Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Hallowe'en!

Our favorite day of the year has come and gone once again. This year, we (teachers), at Galileo High School wanted to make it a memorable one for ourselves and our students. Led by Ashe and a science teacher a series of clandestine meetings and rehearsals were successfully executed over the past 3 weeks, culminating in the dance number to end all dance numbers: zombie teachers dancing to Michael Jackson's Thriller. Most of the students with the confidence and spirit necessary to dress up for Hallowe'en at school were skipping school in order to attend the Giants victory parade. That left the school conspicuously void of costumes today. It's a good thing we had our dance ready because it certainly was the highlight of the lunchtime Hallowe'en parade in the school courtyard (watch the video to see Ashe in perfect zombie form and me trying desperately to cover up the fact that I didn't attend enough of those dance practices myself).
Meanwhile, the math teachers had a surprise up their sleeves, as well! We were the Mathematical Marvels, each with our own unique "math superhero" persona. I was the Geometric Goliath. We also had the Polar Princess, the Slope Interceptor, the Quadratic Queen, Proof Power, The Fraction Phantom, Ms.Matrix, Normal Man, the Differentiation Duo, and the Super Nerd. It was great! Only math teachers know how to have a great time like that!
Back at home, the fun continued. Rai and Ko were super excited to go trick or treating. This year, we decided to try what calls America's best neighborhood for Hallowe'en: Presidio Heights. The neighborhood was full of smoke, lights, laser beams, music, and costumes. We had a great time! Can't believe it's all over.
The video is below by bad quality. Here's the link:


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tennessee Valley

A while ago, we hiked to Tennessee Cove for the first time and were amazed. Since then, we've been meaning to get back into Tennessee Valley. On Sunday, we did. To make the afternoon even better, we met Kate and Neil there and spent a few hours on the beach together. Needless to say, it was a perfect Sunday!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Scaregrove 2012

Every year, right before Hallowe'en, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department transforms the amazing Stern Grove into an amazing Hallowe'en event known as the Scaregrove. While Ashe stayed home with newborn Ko two years ago, I took Rai to the event and he loved it. We missed it last year but made sure to attend once again this year. As before, Rai (and now Ko) loved all the performances on stage and while we enjoyed the tall trees lit only by lanterns and a nearly full moon. We ended the evening with a hayride. We'll return for the haunted house next year!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pumpkin Patch 2012

After four consecutive years of attending, we can confidently say that visiting the Inner Sunset Pumpkin Patch is a Hallowe'en tradition for our family. As with our other annual traditions, looking back over the Pumpkin Patch photos gives us the chance to see just how much Rai and Ko have grown up and changed over these past few years. Four days until Hallowe'en!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Third Bedroom

If we ever make enough money to afford a 3-bedroom apartment, this is exactly what the third bedroom will look like: it's Ashe's dream master bedroom. But, then again, isn't it everyone's dream room?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Happy Birthday, An Mei!

Last weekend, we celebrated An Mei's first birthday with her. Based on their recent encounter with An Mei, we knew that Rai and Ko would love to see her again. They were excited, too, to do a bit of a dress rehearsal for Hallowe'en. After the party, they both decided that they still want a little sister. We'll see what we can do about that for them...