Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Quincy invested some of his Christmas $ in this new remote controlled boat. There was no talking him out of it - he was in love. We tried it out at the lake today. It has awesome power and actually shoots water up in the air (and is pretty darned loud). I suspect it won't live long (altho he is very careful with it). Pic taken with my new 10-22 mm wide angle lens. So cool.

Monday, December 22, 2008

The kids have finished their latest Star Wars lego ship and enjoyed playing with it today.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Dead ants, dead ants.... thousands of them. That is how I spend my days. First started off with Simple Green and paper towels. Moved on to duct tape. Tried "bait" - supposed to kill them w/in 24 hours - instead seemed to invite them to move their whole colony to our house. Multiple vacuum episodes. More Simple Green. Bought non-poison spray whose main active ingredient is mint oil. Now our house smells like a giant candy cane. At least the other members of the family don't seem to mind it too much. Have reduced numbers (for now) from thousands to a mere 100 or so (that I can find) but they've moved to yet another window. But hey - the kid's room is cleaner than it has been in years. Literally.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Quincy had a good birthday - it went surprisingly well considering that both Aidan and Quincy were sleep deprived from the sleepover birthday party at Ellie's house the eve before. Quincy had a list of 14 things we had to get through during his party (that included some scheduled "free time"). He started off with free play while all the guests arrived. We then transitioned to coloring in stained glass like pictures. Next up was getting the t-shirts ready for tie-dying (doing the tying part). Then some Wii games and apples for snack before heading out to the playground. Actually we headed to the local elementary school - which interestingly enough is now being locked up. Fortunately there was enough play in the chain that we were able to squeeze through the gate anyway. First up was "stomp rockets". The school yard is on two levels so one of the goals was to shoot from the lower level up and over the high fence to the yard above. Then on to some rocket balloon fun. Next up was the pinata. At first we thought it might break quite quickly - before all the boys had a turn. But a full half hour of beating on it with a metal bat made it clear that there was no way we would be able to destroy the pinata and Pete turned it upside down to let loose the goodies inside. Remarkably the kids' bashing had managed to break a pencil in half and shatter quite of few of the chocolate coins and other stuff. After the pinata we did the dying part of the tie-dye. I have to say that it worked quite well to have them dye outside and happily no one dyed themselves (always a real possibility!). Then a quick time check from Quincy - 4:30 - oh no! Must head home for next activity! First up though was snack time of chips and quacamole followed by the birthday "cake" or in this case, snowman Krispy Kreme donuts. Pete and I tried to talk him out of the next activity to no avail - it was time for some kids to sit in the car while other kids squirted it with the hose. Yikes! The kids loved it. That pretty much wrapped up his scheduled activities I think. They played a bit more Wii and opened presents then Tyler and Quincy worked on building his lego present. Quincy scheduled the party from 1 to 6 and managed to pretty much fill the whole time. Phew!
After dinner of some of his favorite Trader Joe's orange chicken he opened some family cards and gifts. Here he is sporting his new Phillies hat courtesy of Uncle Chuck and showing off some of his new $5 bills (which he enjoyed counting!). You will be happy to know that he is supporting the Lego corporation (and Star Wars franchise) with his birthday funds. :-)

Saturday, December 06, 2008

How do you like Quincy's pinata for his birthday party tomorrow? He originally thought maybe a Star Wars character - but then saw this tree...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

wishing you a warm holiday season

the leaves outside our house are turning. not glorious colors but definitely fall.

Monday, November 10, 2008

I don't think I ever showed my waterfall pic I shot for class. I didn't end up using it as had better pics but I do like how it shows how much you can vary the appearance of water in your photo just with the settings on the camera. The water didn't really look like either one in person - but like the shot I took of a setting in between these two but these are more interesting IMO than the "real" water.
Here are the kids at the end of the line of lego bags working on bag #1.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Took Aidan to Target yesterday. He spied the Lego Star Wars Star Destroyer ship. A mere $100. (well actually $99 + tax). Boxes and boxes of it - clearly stocking up for the holiday shopping season. NO WAY would I ever buy such a thing! But Aidan realized that he had $57 mommy owed him from back allowance (at $4/wk) and at least $20 in cash at home in his wallet and Quincy had $15 in allowance. Hmm. That gets him in the ballpark. A quick cell phone call to his brother to confirm that they wanted to join forces and purchase it. What?! It was a big and heavy box. Aidan muscled it to the check out stand. I pulled out my plastic. He hadn't even finish his last Lego Star Wars ship - the Rogue Shadow (or something like that). I insisted that they finish that one off (a $50 item he purchased with funds from grandparents for his birthday). I had also given him another $50 ship for his birthday (already built, played with, and now somewhat in pieces). (Can there be too much lego in one house? Or Star Wars?). I reminded him that he was wanting another DS and another Wii game (computer games). Nope. Star Wars it was. So they finished off the one ship today. Remarkably Quincy is the one heads down making his way through this. That was also true for much of Aidan's birthday lego. Quincy used to not be much into following directions whereas Aidan was happy to spend hours with direction building toys as early as 5 yrs old. The tides have turned. 12 packets of 1366 lego pieces. Quincy made his own Star Wars ship out of K'nex pieces a week or so ago. It is very cool and at least 3' long. Yesterday he plastered it with black construction paper. He is curious how the lego one will compare with his home made one. I LOVE K'nex. You can build very large and very sturdy items - unlike lego that fall apart if you look at it funny - let alone try to play with it.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Birthday party time! Aidan's day started with a party at his buddy Charlie's house (the only kid older than Aidan in his class - he turned 9 last month - many of his classmates are just turning 8). We picked him up at 1:30, ran into icky traffic and arrived late for Aidan's party - at Cayuga Park at the south end of the city. Oops. 3 kids were already there hanging out at the playground. Never fear, party was quickly under way. Today was one of the saddest weather days in a while - Friday was (as one attendee noted) possibly the nicest day all year. What a difference a couple days makes! At least it wasn't windy but it was gray and maybe 60 out (compared to sunny and 80 Friday). The park has a large green playing field bounded by some cool hills with secret paths and stick forts. I had nicely scheduled the party so I only had to provide snack - not a real meal. I had made up a large number of sushi rolls last night (with some help from the kids). Carrot, cucumber, imitation crab, and tuna. Pretty tasty. I also melted some chocolate and dipped dried apricots in it (the only way Quincy will bother eating apricots). Also provided some cashews, popcorn, pretzels etc. and some fizzy lemonade and juices. For games it was rocket balloons to start. A knock down the sticks with balls game. Snacks. Capture the Flag (which surprisingly resulted in at least 3 boys in tears altho not either of my boys). Time for "cake" - or in this case - Krispy Kreme donuts. Aidan sang very loud and obnoxiously to himself. Then time for stomp rockets while waiting for parents to come and kids to be willing to leave. Pete orchestrated all games for which I am ever thankful! He does a great job. All the parents who had stayed (about 5 of us) hung out at the snack table chatting.

So this eve as we nosh on leftover sushi Aidan is opening presents - he can only blow through 3 presents before he has to write thank you cards. Remarkably (to us compared to past year) he is whipping out nice cards in legible handwriting with good spelling. Wow! Remarkable also to me are some of the presents he is receiving. A $50 gift card to Target (what?! I am excusing them as they recently moved to the country and maybe don't realize that is a NICE gift for a random friend). An MP3 player. What?! It is quite cool and also plays out loud (and 2 pairs of headphones) and came with 512 MB SD card (what I use for my camera - I might abscond with it). Also came with Aidan's first "mixed tape" (or ripped disk) of MP3 songs from his friend (on another 512 card). And a whole BOOK on disk as well (I'm assuming pirated). Jeeze. A large dump truck lego set. 2 large Star Wars jet fighter toy things. Star Wars lego kit. A glow in the dark soccer ball (huh? needs light to glow so won't really be useful after dark). A bird house (huh?). OK so some of these gifts seem a bit much to me - or strange. He got James and the Giant Peach book and audio CD and we have a couple more presents to go.
Poor little mouse. He (she?) seems to have itchy skin. Really itchy. Pete and Aidan picked up some holistic spray that is supposed to help (how?). I've spritzed him a couple of times (you are supposed to avoid the eyes and "flush" if it gets in the eyes - excuse me - on a mouse?? have you seen how tiny their eyes are?). I started off this morning attempting internet suggested remedy - duct tape on the back foot. Hah. So I ended up plopping the tape over the raw patch. Poor mouse. Before dousing him this afternoon I ripped off the tape - it came with a heck of a lot of hair attached. Poor mouse. This eve we had him out in his run around ball. Paying NO attention to him. When suddenly Pete saw him run under the stove - sans ball... Oops! The lid had fallen off before so we knew better than to ignore him in the ball. Thankfully he popped out a couple times and when he was fully out I scooped him up and returned him to his cage. I would have hated to have had to get out the mousetraps we used last year... We are actually quite fond of the little guy! He has gotten used to us and seems fairly happy to be handled etc. I think Pete and i enjoy him more than the kids. He was living on Aidan's desk until Ellie slept over after the Disney on Ice Show on Wednesday - when his squeaky wheel running was keeping her from sleeping. Now he resides in the middle of the hallway for our amusement.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Some photos taken for my class. Above working on backlit "rain" effect.

Technique called "panning" - move camera and keep subject in focus and background blurry.

Swirling or twirling with your camera - for fun? (And strange looks from strangers!).

This was while trying to get backlit rain and Aidan decided to add a spray from the watering pot to Quincy's squirt bottle squirts.

Trying to "imply" motion. Cool huh? He is a corbel holding up a window down on Cole St.

More zooming implying motion...

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Meet the newest member of the household (maybe). We "borrowed" him/her from Aidan's friend Finn although Finn's mom hoped he will stay permanently with us. They call him JoJo. So far Pete suggested "Stinky" Aidan suggested "Mouse". What is your name suggestion? He is a very friendly little guy. Pete and Aidan picked up a little ball for him to run around the house in for our entertainment.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

At the start of our school's Walk-a-thon Aidan and Pete are running with Phil, Ellie and Maggie

Here is Aidan almost 7 miles later with his friend Mai Ly - they look a bit like they are propping each other up!

After the 2 hour Walk-a-thon and a little potluck the kids still had plenty of energy for tug-of-war and water balloon toss.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Aidan and I were just perusing this blog. He asks "has anyone ever looked at this blog?". A good question!

Last week we were supposed to photograph silhouettes - Aidan was willing to model for me.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

All boys. We have a classmate of Quincy's over for the first time. So far they got out the lego (and other) play swords and went whacking away at things. Currently they have very loudly moved onto using nerf guns and shooting all sorts of things. Think we'll be finding nerf "bullets" everywhere. Quincy seems to think they also should play a little Wii pretty soon... I'm trying to discourage it as computer games don't say playdate to me (altho I know that at Aidan's age they are the norm). It is loud and active here!
I'm not very good with this photoshop stuff (took my much too long and use of a book to create the side by side thing above) but what IS kind of amazing (IMO) is that my camera actually took the picture on the left - WAY too dark (which I knew when I took it) but I also knew that by shooting in "RAW" format in my camera that the software would happily convert it to the photo on the right with just a few minutes of my time. Pretty cool stuff... (I'm not sure I'd bother printing the photo on the right as it actually has a lot of "grain" in it because the camera just didn't have much light to work with - it was after sundown after all). Like most things, the more you know they more you can do and the more fun you can have :-)

Monday, September 29, 2008

What rules should be set around the playing of computer games? Quincy asks to play Wii the most - but usually hands it off to his brother - as his brother is "better" at it and Quincy wants to make sure they rack up the most points - or lives - or whatever (they are playing a lot of Mario Galaxy at present - our only other game besides Wii Sports). They watch less than an hour a week of TV... And computer games don't mess up the house... nor take up much storage space :-)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Today the kids and I went down to the Cole Street Festival. There were several classic cars parked on a cross street - here are a couple of pics I snapped of them. Pretty sensual huh?

I shot this for my photo class "Understanding Exposure". The kids said "cool!". I used the self-timer and ran around in front of the camera each time. Did maybe a dozen shots trying to get it fairly right. There is still room for improvement but it is pretty decent I think.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Last night I was on my way home from a meeting when I saw a gorgeous orange glowing harvest moon low on the horizon. For one of the few times since I got my new camera I didn't have it with me. I hustled home, grabbed it, dashed back out to find a place to set up my tripod. Ha. About 15 min later I was stumbling up Tank Hill in the dark (memo to self - next time take flash light!). Unfortunately the moon had already scooted higher (and further over) in the sky so I didn't get the pic of my hopes. I figured today I'd try again. Nope - now it is cloudy. Anyway - did get this image last night.
I like this shot from Aidan's soccer practice yesterday. The coach had them jumping back and forth over the ball.
Today we had a friend of Quincy's over for a playdate. While we were out at a playground I got a call from his mom asking if the kids liked imitation crab - and miso soup... she was whipping up some california rolls and soup for us! She also made some sushi with bright yellow daikon (I need the recipe) and kapa (cucumber) ones as well as spam blocks. I told her I didn't have the mold for that one and she proceeded to give me a mold as well! I am not sure I have ever had spam - but I must say it was pretty darned yummy sandwiched with rice and wrapped in nori. So we came home from dropping off William and had more sushi than we could eat and plenty of very good miso soup. Oh yeah - some excellent home made Japanese style pickles too! I grabbed some green tea and sake. Ahh. Now what do I fill the containers with when I return them to her? Mison and her husband are both lovely people and give and give to our school - in the classroom and to events such as the auction (her husband has agreed to run it this year). I know she doesn't expect anything but I'd like to give her something.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Today was Aidan's first game of big boy soccer. Last year they played 4 on 4 - this year it is 8 on 8 and they play positions. They actually looked great all things considered. The other team was dominating the first half but our team held its own in the second half (the players were swapped around in positions). They track scores for the first time ever and I think we still lost soundly but the other team had apparently played this format last year so was at an advantage of sorts. It was a gorgeous day - hopefully we'll have more of this to come. This photo is of Aidan and the coach's son Shawn before the game begun. It cracks me up.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Just found a link to a blog from a gifted and talented educator that is quite interesting. Unfortunately in today's society the gifted and talented are essentially brushed under a rug. Turns out our district receives $4 mill in grant funding to service all our GT kids - apparently less than 10 years ago it was $40 mill. Huh? That $4 mill equates to about $1,000 per school to use for maybe some xeroxes and helps pay for a part time "coordinator" (who to the best of knowledge does nothing). In elementary school I loved when I was told that they didn't know who the GT kids were until 3rd grade (after 2nd grade standardized testing results came back). HA HA HA! I volunteer in kindergarten and I'd be happy to point out a few of the GT kids to the teachers if they want. Those standardized tests certainly will miss certain kids as well. In our society it is not politically correct to lobby or speak of the GT kids. The kids on the other end of the education spectrum however have incredibly vocal political allies (often their parents armed with lawsuits). GT kids theoretically have just as different needs and yet are all but ignored. Sad.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Here are some of my pics of the kids scooting out front. I am practicing "panning" the camera - use a slow shutter speed and try to keep camera on your subject and the background blurs. Not too bad.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

"Is it the world's largest zucchini?" asked Aidan. Not a bad question - but no. Wish I'd taken a before pic - it was pretty darned huge! Probably 18" or so in length. We visited Sara, Thomas & Ella down south in Redwood City yesterday and headed home with this monster from their garden. For lunch today I decided I'd tried stuffed zucchini for the first time. The 4 halves of the squash fairly filled up the tray side by side. I sauteed onions, carrots, garlic, mixed in some whole wheat couscous and chopped tomatoes, basil and parsley, topped it with a little feta and broiled. Quite yummy! Quincy wasn't quite agreeing - he wanted his zucchini separate from his carrots and couscous but he ate some.

The boys had an overnight at their friend Zac's house (Zac is a classmate of Aidan's). Ryan was there too. Pete and I had a lovely dinner down at EOS in their absence. Aidan wasn't sure he wanted to stay overnight, Quincy was sure he did. They headed out with sleeping bags "just in case" and a pair of Wii remotes. I understand there were HOURS of Wii, Club Penguin on the PC and perhaps a little DS Lite thrown in. Also my kids were the ones early to bed at 11ish and were up before 7. They are currently both down for naps - Aidan protested vigorously but they weren't getting along and we are heading out for a party tonite and their cousins Ellie and Maggie will be coming home with us for a sleepover - another night of much too little sleep - and school starts on Monday. Pete has tried to wake them up to no avail...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The kid's ode to the Olympics. I am not sure who the Americans are playing in this volleyball round (we think it might be China). It also appears to be a coed division. The Americans have the ball about to serve...

Did I every say how all consuming the kids find the Wii? See Q play boxing.

Pete joined facebook and I followed him. (not sure if links will work if you aren't a member or a friend but whatever). We aren't sure exactly what we are doing there - or why. But it is an amusing way to pass some time.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Have you every had fresh "baby corn"? You know - from a husk and not a can? That is what you are seeing here. I had them one year at Trader Joes - I literally saw them once (already shucked in plastic wrap), bought them, loved them, and never saw them again. Well, yesterday Aidan and I found them down at the farmers market. This foto is a bit misleading as you will notice Aidan's hands look large as do the ears of corn - they aren't! There is a fair amount of husk and silks ratio to corn. You do indeed eat the whole thing cob and all. You can eat it raw (it is fairly soft) or any other way you want to cook it. I had one raw and briefly sauted the rest for the family dinner.

Here is some of our other take home - more of the corn, yellow carrots on the bottom (they are yummy - also this batch is fairly small in size), a large white peach (so yummy!), lemon cucumber above, more varieties of cucumbers to the right. We also bought (not shown) a lot of strawberries, some tomatoes, some white balsamic vinegar, fresh bread, a huge bag of shelling peas, and a nectarine (eaten before the pic was taken).

Can you see the baby corn in amongst all the silks? I was impressed at how much STUFF wrapped up this little guy.

Pete walked the couple of blocks from his office to meet up with Aidan and I briefly at the market. It was a warm sunny day - very nice for San Francisco! We haven't missed the fog at all these past couple of days :-)

Monday, August 11, 2008

I came upon this scene this morning and decided it needed documenting. The kids picked this one as their favorite shot. I have no idea exactly what was going on but there is a clear story in there.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Aidan's first standardized test scores came in the mail yesterday. Here in California the kids have to take the STAR test every year starting in second grade. I was rather bemused to learn that the MATH part of it had the questions read aloud to the kids - the questions weren't even written in the book for them to refer to. The teacher could only read the questions twice. (Aidan's teacher's English is far from excellent - she is a native Japanese speaker - but the kids don't seem to have any trouble understanding her). Wouldn't understanding English thus become part of what they were testing for instead of just math? Doesn't this discriminate somewhat against our state's huge English Learner population? I really didn't get that at all. I've also seen some past exam questions and was not impressed at all. How hard is it to write a test for second graders that is not ambiguous? Pete and I, both college grads, debated the answers of several questions trying to decide which was "correct" from the choices. Crazy! So we got the results and I also didn't really understand some of their choices in reporting structure. (OK so this is all about me). On the front page was a score (out of 600) in both "English Language Arts" and "Mathematics" and a bar graph showing where it fell relative to their divisions "Advanced, Proficient, Basic, Below Basic, Far Below Basic". They hope to get all state students eventually in Advanced or Proficient (so they state - duh). But there is nothing that show how his score relates to all test takers - AKA a percentage score perhaps. Now we turn the sheet over. English is broken into the following test question categories "Word Analysis and Vocabulary Development, Reading Comprehension, Literary Response and Analysis, Written Conventions, Writing Strategies" Math into "Place Value Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication Division and Fractions, Algebra and Functions, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics Data Analysis and Probability". Each category has your child's # (I think perhaps this is how many correct they got in the category - but it doesn't say how many total there were in the category) and your child's % - which I assume means % of how many he got correct out of the total. He ranges from 100% to 86%. Again there isn't really anything that lets you evaluate this information compared to anyone else. Well guess that isn't quite true as they put another little graph up - showing your kid as a diamond versus a bar of where "Proficient" kids fall. All in all a bit weird. Aidan's only question was "did I make GATE [gifted and talented]?". Basically the answer is yes as essentially kids scoring at "Advanced" level in both subjects in one year get considered for GATE program (which means nothing in elementary school in our district - you supposedly get "differentiated teaching" hah hah hah...) At least at his school about 2/3rds of the kids end up GATE identified (altho according to some of the teachers some of those kids are getting the designation at the pushing of their parents and not because they really deserve it) thus the whole class is theoretically taught a bit more aimed at GATE kids. I remember loving my gifted and talented pull outs in 4th grade. I also remember that only 3 of us from my grade went (roughly 1 per class). A bit more exclusive than 2/3rd of the class? I'm not sure I learned much?? (I remember doing one that was a sewing class thing) but I did really enjoy it - we were bused to a local high school for an afternoon a week and hung out with other 4th graders and did all sorts of different things. Aidan's buddy Thomas lives south of here in Redwood City. They have a whole SCHOOL set aside for GATE kids. You test in at 2nd grade and the school starts in 3rd grade. (His parents started him in kindergarten a year before we started Aidan - our cut off here for kindergarten is December! We held Aidan). The only bummer is that there are more kids than open slots so they have a lottery - which ends up resulting in a very few GATE kids left behind at other schools with no peers. Can you imagine? I have to say that Aidan's teacher seemed much more concerned / worried about the kids performance on the test than any of the parents or kids themselves did. She did seem to do a good job in getting the kids to not be worried (not that I can ever remember worrying about a standardized test but I remember others worrying).
The boys have gotten playmobil out today. They had me take this pic - and a video of Quincy actually pushing this contraption along - it seems remarkably well balanced! He pushes on the police van and the stack moves including the police car to the side which is somehow roped to the whole. I thought this could have worked for "risk" in my photo class...

Thursday, August 07, 2008

So what is this you wonder? 27 pages of Quincy's poems from his speech class. Why? Because he is DONE!!!! This concludes 3 1/2 years of weekly (or in the beginning 1 1/2 years - twice a week) sessions. We were unbelievably fortunate to get him in to the Scottish Rite Center.
They provide FREE help to the kids they take on. We were also really lucky that Quincy's issues were purely articulation and had no learning component involved. It took him almost 3 years to be able to make the K or hard G sounds but got there in the end. We owe these guys a lot. Not only did they get his speech up to snuff but he had fun doing it. What more can you ask for?

Monday, August 04, 2008


Does this say "loss" to you?

How about "noise"? (do you recognize this as a drum? and my old artwork in the background? titled "Beatles" by a friend at one point)

Photo assignment this week (beyond "jump") are 2 "conceptual" photos that represents some word from a list - includes the words noted above as well as "despair, grief, love, security" and others. For loss I was also considering trying to photograph Pete's head... Oh yeah -forgot - we're not supposed to include humans in this exercise (other than jump - altho one woman who must live in an incredible place since she photographs Yellowstone and Tetons on regular basis and has a den of foxes out her window photographed a fox cub pouncing for her jump photo). I think for the "loss" one I should try again with a pic of a lost ball - maybe bright red (if we had such a thing). Balls rolling down the street from the kids' school is a pretty typical sight. Only chance of retrieving them is if they come to rest against a tire not too far down the hill from school.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Assignment : JUMP!

So which do you prefer? Blurry movement shots or freeze the action shots?
Both kids seem pretty airborne!


Friday, August 01, 2008

OK so I love this image I took on Wednesday. How 'bout you? In my photo class we are supposed to come up with an image (with no people) that fits one of the following words: security, abandonment, access, connections, risk, safety, despair, instability, caution, indifference, loss, stubborness, elation, lethargy, ambition, grief, love. Can my canoes fit any of those? Hmm.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Legion of Honor - Rodin's hand and the flag

Aidan with Dale Chihuly "wig"

Dale Chihuly glass at De Young Museum.

Thanks to Ginette Aidan and I were treated to exhibits at the De Young and Legion of Honor. Friday was De Young and Dale Chihuly. Very exuberant work to say the least. Aidan was OK with touring through but a bit bored until we came out the other side and they had a movie playing of a week of workshops or glassblowing he had done. We must have sat and watched that for close to an hour and Aidan was fascinated. (I agree that watching master glassblowers at work in an edited movie is pretty cool). Today we headed (with the addition of "Pop") to sister museum Legion of Honor for Women Impressionists exhibit. 4 women. It was quite impressive. Aidan was BORED. The rest of us enjoyed the special exhibit and regular collection. Don't know if there was overflow or what, but there were several Chihulys there as well (like "wig" above).