Don’t Miss the Dismount

From Daddy: On the way to his swimming class, he badly skinned his knees trying to execute an ill-advised dismount from his American Ninja Warrior training with a bike rack. It was a dumb move, and he cried horribly. Sheesh. Things improved eventually at the swimming lesson.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2shwuvg1I8 to see the swimming lesson)

Later, just before dinner, we watched these videos before we left the house.

Yesterday

This was his final challenge at Children’s Playground yesterday.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl6-2chcces on your device)

Coincidentally, his swimming teacher drove by an recognized us in the park; she told us at the swimming lesson today.

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The Second First Tee

2014 09 12 18.20.13 First Tee, September 12, 2014, 6:20 p.m.

New First Tee polo shirt and cap, September 12, 2014, 6:20 p.m.

From Daddy: Today was his first day of a weekly series of sessions at The First Tee. The session for his age group and his previous experience began late this afternoon. (I attended a meeting about it last week because I did not know nor was I told much about the program.)

2014 09 12 17.56.28 Steering Wheel, September 12, 2014, 5:56 p.m.

After the session at The First Tee, we met for dinner with some friends. He and Mommy arrived early for dinner, so they sat and chatted in the car. Here he is enjoying the steering wheel while on Mommy’s lap, September 12, 2014, 5:56 p.m.

2014 09 12 18.17.03 Books, September 12, 2014, 6:17 p.m.

Next, he and Mommy visited a nearby bookstore, and here are some of the books that caught Mommy’s eye, September 12, 2014, 6:17 p.m.

2014 09 12 18.20.17 First Tee - moving, September 12, 2014, 6:20 p.m.

We met outside the restaurant. I loved his new First Tee attire and tried to take a photo. The good photo began this blog post, and this photo shows him wiggling faster than my phone could photograph, September 12, 2014, 6:20 p.m.

2014 09 12 19.08.11 Living Roof, September 12, 2014, 7:08 p.m.

After dinner, we walked to Children’s Playground. I took this photo of the Living Roof of the California Academy of Sciences during the walk, September 12, 2014, 7:08 p.m.


(To see him run his “course” for American Ninja Warrior at Children’s Playground, click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B-ag5H5AEY on your device)

One Year Ago

2013 09 12 19.21.54 Board Game with Cousins 1, September 12, 2013, 7:21 p.m.

While their parents went to Back to School Night, we had the privilege of having the boys over, September 12, 2013, 7:21 p.m.

2013 09 12 19.22.20 Board Game with Cousins 2, September 12, 2013, 7:22 p.m.

He was happy to play Candyland with Mommy and his cousins, September 12, 2013, 7:22 p.m.

Two Years Ago

2012 09 12 10.10.22 Hotel pillows, September 12, 2012, 10:10 a.m.

Before checking out of the hotel, he built a wall of pillows, September 12, 2012, 10:10 a.m.

2012 09 12 12.12.54 Portland Toy Store, September 12, 2012, 12:12 p.m.

A toy store in Portland, September 12, 2012, 12:12 p.m.

2012 09 12 13.41.10 Blueplate menu, September 12, 2012, 1:41 p.m.

My conference ended that day. After my conference, we had lunch at the Blueplate. He and Mommy had been there previously, September 12, 2012, 1:41 p.m.

2012 09 12 13.59.41 Blueplate Sandwich, September 12, 2012, 1:59 p.m.

Shocker! At lunch with Mommy, he dipped his sandwich in the tomato soup. He did it again at this family lunch, September 12, 2012, 1:59 p.m.

2012 09 12 14.35.57 Lan Su Chinese Garden, September 12, 2012, 2:35 p.m.

Before we left Portland, we enjoyed a tranquil visit, exploring the Lan Su Chinese Garden, September 12, 2012, 2:35 p.m.

2012 09 12 14.36.10 Lan Su Chinese Garden, September 12, 2012, 2:36 p.m.

Observing a pond inside the Lan Su Chinese Garden, September 12, 2012, 2:36 p.m.

2012 09 12 14.47.38 Lan Su Chinese Garden, September 12, 2012, 2:47 p.m.

A waterfall in the Lan Su Chinese Garden, September 12, 2012, 2:47 p.m.

2012 09 12 15-15-05 Lan Su Chinese Garden, September 12, 2012, 3:15 p.m.

I think that he knows these characters today, September 12, 2012, 3:15 p.m.

Four Years Ago

Daddy and Robert on sofa 2, September 12, 2010

Daddy and Robert on the sofa, September 12, 2010

Snuggling with Daddy 3, September 12, 2010

Snuggling with Daddy, September 12, 2010

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Storyboard

2014 09 09 Robert's Storyboard 1

Robert’s Storyboard, part 1, created September 9, 2014

2014 09 01 Sunset Playground, September 1, 2014, 10:34 a.m.

Considering climbing through these rings at Sunset Playground, September 1, 2014, 10:34 a.m.

From Daddy: Yesterday, his teacher returned this assignment to him!

2014 09 09 Robert's Storyboard 2

Robert’s Storyboard, part 2, created September 9, 2014

2014 09 01 Uncle Albert - Denny's 2, September 1, 2014, 11:37 a.m.

Beanie and Uncle Albert at Denny’s 2, September 1, 2014, 11:37 a.m.

I think that he did a great job recapping our morning with Uncle Albert when we played and dropped him off at the airport!

2014 09 09 Robert's Storyboard 3

Robert’s Storyboard, part 3, created September 9, 2014

2014 09 09 Robert's Storyboard 4

Robert’s Storyboard, part 4, created September 9, 2014

Two Years Ago

2012 09 10 14-45-41_483 Weird Portland, September 10, 2012, 2:45 p.m.

“Keep Portland Weird,” said the sign that he and Mommy saw on their travels in Portland while Daddy was at a conference, September 10, 2012, 2:45 p.m.

He and Mommy visited the famous Voodoo Doughnut store, September 10, 2012, 2:30 p.m.

He and Mommy visited the famous Voodoo Doughnut store, September 10, 2012, 2:30 p.m.

2012 09 10 14.44.01 Voodoo Doughnut, September 10, 2012, 2:44 p.m.

Inside Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, September 10, 2012, 2:44 p.m.

2012 09 11 12-30-31_160 Tractor, September 11, 2012, 12:30 p.m.

Happy on a tractor, September 11, 2012, 12:30 p.m.

2012 09 11 12-31-02_8 Tractor, September 11, 2012, 12:31 p.m.

Behind the wheel of a tractor, September 11, 2012, 12:31 p.m.

2012 09 11 13-33-37_768 Portland Zoo, September 11, 2012, 1:33 p.m.

Portland Zoo, September 11, 2012, 1:33 p.m.

2012 09 11 14.17.37 Drum, September 11, 2012, 2:17 p.m.

Drumming, September 11, 2012, 2:17 p.m.

2012 09 11 23-19-12_263 Asleep on the Edge of the Bed, September 11, 2012, 11:19 p.m.

After a long day, he fell asleep back at the hotel but he made his way to the edge of the bed…, September 11, 2012, 11:19 p.m.

2012 09 11 23.59.14 Asleep with Daddy, September 11, 2012, 11:59 p.m.

…so of course he was reset and I joined him, September 11, 2012, 11:59 p.m.

Three Years Ago

2011 09 11 Garden with Luke Girls 09, September 11, 2011, 9:29 a.m.

Bumblebee rainboots in the backyard, September 11, 2011, 9:29 a.m.

2011 09 11 Garden with Luke Girls 08, September 11, 2011, 9:29 a.m.

Hanging out in the backyard with godsisters, September 11, 2011, 9:29 a.m.

Four Years Ago


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrM-yyNwN3E to see him play)

Umbrella in the driveway 1, September 11, 2010, 11:05 a.m.

Umbrella in the driveway 1

Umbrella in the driveway 2, September 11, 2010, 11:05 a.m.

Umbrella in the driveway 2

In the car 1, September 11, 2010

In the car 1, September 11, 2010

In the car 2, September 11, 2010

In the car 2, September 11, 2010

In the car 3, September 11, 2010

In the car 3, September 11, 2010


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8Us_GiWSOA to see him play near Di-Di after lunch)

Five Years Ago


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COqJRizBYRw to see him laugh during his first visit to Ferraro’s)

Six Years Ago

Robert Close Up, September 11, 2008, 5:40 p.m.

Robert Close Up, September 11, 2008, 5:40 p.m.

Hydrogen on the Changing Table, September 11, 2008, 6:26 p.m.

Hydrogen on the Changing Table, September 11, 2008, 6:26 p.m.

Hydrogen close-up, September 11, 2008, 6:27 p.m.

Hydrogen close-up, September 11, 2008, 6:27 p.m.

Robert Sitting on Mommy, September 11, 2008, 5:38 p.m.

Robert Sitting on Mommy, September 11, 2008, 5:38 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIk0axK9VGs because he is happy and he knows it)

Robert Watches the Mobile, September 11, 2008, 6:26 p.m.

Robert Watches the Mobile, September 11, 2008, 6:26 p.m.

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Back to School (again)

From Daddy: He misplaced his homework so as soon as I got home, we as a family drove back to school to look for it. It wasn’t at his after-school classroom, so we walked up to his first grade classroom. His teacher was still there, so he had to request it in Cantonese. I don’t know if she handed him a new set or the set that his left behind, but it was cute to hear him speak Cantonese; I’m so used to his speaking (all the time) that I don’t always notice the cuteness of his voice (in English, anyway).

This Afternoon

We watched the finale of American Ninja Warrior!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKpJbu_tsyE to watch weatherman Joe Moravsky take on Stage 2 of Mt. Midoriyama)


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV4WsGH7jbM to watch Elet Hall take on Stage 2 of Mt. Midoriyama)

Yesterday

Yesterday was the Moon Festival Assembly at his school. No parent I know was able to attend. I heard from him that he did not perform but his class paraded their paper lanterns.

There were photos posted to the parent association’s web site. Below is the best photo that happen to be taken of him.

2014 09 08 Moon Festival 2, September 8, 2014, 12:15 p.m.

2014 Moon Festival Assembly at school, September 8, 2014, 12:15 p.m.

One Month Ago

2014 08 09 18.16.05  Midtown Terrace Playground 3, August 9, 2014, 4:16 p.m.

Playdate at Midtown Terrace Playground, August 9, 2014, 4:16 p.m.

Last Year

2013 09 19 Moon Festival Mooncake, September 19, 2013, 12:15 p.m.

Last year, the Moon Festival Assembly was held on September 19, 2013. He enjoyed his first ever mooncake around 12:15 p.m. and thought it was delicious!

2013 09 19 Moon Festival Assembly - before Assembly 1, September 19, 2013, 11:09 a.m.

Receiving last minute instructions from his kindergarten teacher just before performing at the Moon Festival assembly, September 19, 2013, 11:09 a.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djChUyVqNiA to enjoy some of last year’s Moon Festival Assembly)

2013 09 19 Moon Festival Parade 2, September 19, 2013, 12:03 p.m.

Parade with his lantern, September 19, 2013, 12:03 p.m.

2013 09 19 Moon Festival Assembly 8 - close up, September 19, 2013, 11:12 a.m.

Mouth open and close up, September 19, 2013, 11:12 a.m.

2013 09 19 Moon Festival Assembly 21- Daddy and Ngen-Ngen, September 9, 2014, 11:28 a.m.

Daddy and Ngen-Ngen were seated way in the back to observe the Moon Festival Assembly, September 9, 2014, 11:28 a.m.

Two Years Ago

2012 09 09 16.47.29 Portland Hotel 1, September 9, 2012, 4:47 p.m.

At last we arranged at our hotel in Portland Hotel, September 9, 2012, 4:47 p.m.

2012 09 09 21.04.34 Portland Hotel 2, September 9, 2012, 9:04 p.m.

Asleep in Portland after a long day, September 9, 2012, 9:04 p.m.

Four Years Ago

Not a stop sign, September 9, 2010, 4:55 p.m.

He observed that this was not a stop sign; I was for some reason very impressed with his insight at the young age of just over two years old, September 9, 2010, 4:55 p.m.

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American Ninja Monkey

2014 09 08 16.49.39 Top of Cargo Net, September 8, 2014, 4:49 p.m.

Top of the Cargo Net at Children’s Playground, September 8, 2014, 4:49 p.m.

From Daddy: Just weeks ago, he was complaining that there were no cargo nets for his training.

2014 09 08 16.45.54 Top of Cargo Net, September 8, 2014, 4:45 p.m

Climbing the Cargo Net at Children’s Playground, September 8, 2014, 4:45 p.m

I corrected him by reminding him that there was cargo nets at various playgrounds including JP Murphy and Sunset.

2014 06 22 Playdate with Nicholas 2, June 22, 2014, 11:36 a.m.

Lying down while being spun around, June 22, 2014, 11:36 a.m.

Mommy took him to Children’s Playground today and took the photo at the top of the blog post (and contributed the title of the blog post).

Actually, he’s been training for this for a long time!


(My Gym seemed like training for this. Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNmq6c5ZX94 to see his My Gym class from roughly two years ago)

One Year Ago


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2QFSndKun0 to see the first day of his basketball pre-league)

Two Years Ago

2012 09 08 152847642 Giants Game, September 8, 2012, 3:23 p.m

Play ball!, September 8, 2012, 3:23 p.m

2012 09 08 Giants game certificate

His certificate for the Giants Game on September 8, 2012; he threw up on it during the Summer of 2014

2012 09 08 124324045 Giants Game, September 8, 2012, 12:43 p.m.

In the stands at the Giants Game, September 8, 2012, 12:43 p.m.

Giants game 1, September 8, 2012, 12:44 p.m.

Enjoying the SF Giants game, September 8, 2012, 12:44 p.m.

2012 09 08 141134576  Whiffle Ball at Giants Game, September 8, 2012, 2:11 p.m.

Seated while waiting his turn for Whiffle Ball at the Giants Game, September 8, 2012, 2:11 p.m.

2012 09 08 141142311 Whiffle Ball at Giants Game, September 8, 2012, 2:11 p.m.

His attempt at a smile while seated waiting his turn for Whiffle Ball at the Giants Game, September 8, 2012, 2:11 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqO1lTfYU_U to see him play whiffle ball at AT&T Park at a Giants Game)

Five Years Ago

2009 09 08 Headband, September, 8, 2009, 11:20 a.m.

Pretty Beanie–we spent most of the day with our good friends Erinn and Nana Jeannie, as well as Erinn’s children Hannah and Brady. Brady and Robert decided to try on some of Hannah’s headbands, September, 8, 2009, 11:20 a.m.

Six Years Ago

2012 09 08 Green Polka dots PJs, September 8, 2008, 8:33 a.m.

Robert Asleep on Mommy, September 8, 2008, 8:33 a.m.

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Ninja Rush

2014 08 05 16.48.13 Sunset Playground, August 5, 2014, 4:48 p.m.

Training for American Ninja Warrior at Sunset Playground, August 5, 2014, 4:48 p.m.

From Daddy: This morning, he asked me for the time. When I told him that it was 10:35, he hurriedly dressed. Then he announced, “There is one place that I want to go.” That place was McDonald’s for an Egg McMuffin. I wished that he has provided more notice because we barely made it in time for a couple of McMuffins.

2014 08 23 18.03.40  American Ninja Warrior Training on Sofa 2, August 23, 2014, 6:03 p.m.

Training for American Ninja Warrior on our sofa (from which he is now banned) August 23, 2014, 6:03 p.m.

The nearest McDonald’s was Stonestown, and the price was $3.99. It seemed high.

2014 07 27 10.40.10 McDonald's, July 27, 2014, 10:40 a.m.

Smiling at McDonald’s after a previous Egg McMuffin run, July 27, 2014, 10:40 a.m.

He ate all of his McMuffin (though I ate his Canadian bacon) and he ate the egg from mine.

2014 09 07 17.16.30 Pool Party 2, September 7, 2014, 5:16 p.m.

We attended a pool party this afternoon, September 7, 2014, 5:16 p.m.

One Week Ago


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_6A3eUJ_og to he him perform the Spider Climb at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach)

One Year Ago

Elephant Bar - coloring, September 7, 2013, 7:35 p.m.

Coloring at Elephant Bar, September 7, 2013, 7:35 p.m.

Elephant Bar - Parmesan Fried Green Beans, September 7, 2013, 7:40 p.m.

Our first time trying Parmesan fried green beans, September 7, 2013, 7:40 p.m.

Two Years Ago

2012 08 27 Preschool Art, August 27, 2012

Preschool Art, created August 27, 2012; photo taken September 7, 2012

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Poolhead

2014 09 06 09.30.17 Haircut, September 6, 2014, 9:30 a.m.

Getting a haircut. The smock around him conceals the race car chair, September 6, 2014, 9:30 a.m.

From Daddy: This morning, we made our monthly deposit into his Kindergarten 2 College fund, and then walked around the corner for haircuts.

2014 09 06 09.53.11 Haircut web, September 6, 2014, 9:53 a.m.

A better look at the race car chair, September 6, 2014, 9:53 a.m.

I was proud of his for sitting still so long; the haircut took a long time. (The Lego Movie on the TV helped as well.)

He helped himself to his customary lollipop after the haircut (he chose a red one), but he got no bakery snack today because he didn’t finish his breakfast.

Later at his swimming class, I marveled at his post-haircut poolhead.

2014 09 06 12.46.41 Swimming - Poolhead, September 6, 2014, 12:46 p.m.

Swimming – Poolhead, September 6, 2014, 12:46 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWxBjlImnlU to see today’s swimming lesson)

One Week Ago

2014 08 03 Vickie's Wedding - Heart, August 3, 2014, 5:45 p.m.

Heart painting at Vickie Goo-Goo’s Wedding, August 3, 2014, 5:45 p.m.

Two Years Ago

Art gallery!

2012 09 05 22-11-41_513 Bathroom balance, September 5, 2012, 10:11 p.m.

Balancing act in the bathroom, photo taken after he went to bed, September 5, 2012, 10:11 p.m.

2012 09 06 08-01-17 art, September 6, 2012, 8:01 a.m.

Not totally sure what this is, September 6, 2012, 8:01 a.m.

2012 09 06 08-00-19 Art, September 6, 2012, 8 a.m.

Looks like a letter to himself with a solar system, September 6, 2012, 8 a.m.

Three Years Ago

Fresh Choice lunch 2, September 6, 2010, 12:50 p.m.

What did Robert eat? You mean what did he NOT eat, September 6, 2010, 12:50 p.m.

Fresh Choice lunch 1, September 6, 2010, 12:50 p.m.

I don’t want this food. I want OUT!, September 6, 2010, 12:50 p.m.

Five Years Ago

The Zoo with Grandma and Granddad!

Walking Robert 2, September 6, 2009, 1:29 p.m.

Daddy watches Robert and Grandad 2

Walking Robert 1, September 6, 2009, 1:29 p.m.

Daddy watches Robert and Grandad 1


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNgwkvYvN8EM to see him observe flowers with Granddad)

Robert and Mommy 2, September 6, 2009, 12:45 p.m.

Robert and Mommy

Meerkat 2. September 6, 2009, 1:35 p.m.

Meerkat on patrol

Peacock, September 6, 2009, 1 p.m.

Pretty Peacock

Bear 5, September 6, 2009, 12:43 p.m.

Out for a swim

Lion 3, September 6, 2009, 12:20 p.m.

Don’t get too close!

Walking Robert

Walking Robert

2009 09 06 Zoo - Carol and Robert 3, September 6, 2009, 2:32 p.m.

Hey Grandma, look over there!, September 6, 2009, 2:32 p.m.

2009 09 06 Zoo - Carol and Robert 5, September 6, 2009, 2:33 p.m.

Looks like he’s grabbing for something, September 6, 2009, 2:33 p.m.

2009 09 06 Zoo - Carol and Robert 2, September 6, 2009, 2:32 p.m.

Got the tickets!, September 6, 2009, 2:32 p.m.

2009 09 06 Zoo - Carol and Robert 1, September 6, 2009, 2:32 p.m.

Hmmm, what are these anyway?, September 6, 2009, 2:32 p.m.

2009 09 06 Zoo - Carol and Robert 4, September 6, 2009, 2:33 p.m.

Studying them, September 6, 2009, 2:33 p.m.

Robert and Daddy. September 6, 2009, 1:27 p.m.

Robert and Daddy. September 6, 2009, 1:27 p.m.

Six Years Ago

2008 09 06 Goofy face 1, September 6, 2008

Goofy face 1, September 6, 2008

2008 09 06 Goofy face 2, September 6, 2008

Goofy face 2, September 6, 2008

Robert in His Bath, September 6, 2008, 9:03 p.m.

Robert in His Bath, September 6, 2008, 9:03 p.m.

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