Watching Golf with Grandpa

2014 10 18 Watching Golf with Grandpa 1, October 18, 2014, 7:35 p.m.

Happily watching Europe PGA Tour in Hong Kong on the Golf Channel with Grandpa, October 18, 2014, 7:35 p.m.

From Daddy: We had a great weekend visit with Grandpa and Grandma Pam, our “special guests.”

They arrived Friday and we had dinner at Pasquale’s, after which he reminisced about our last dinner there with friends as we walked together past Easy Breezy and saw the sandwich board advertised the Pumpkin Pie flavor.

On Saturday, he and I visited the school carnival and then he and Grandpa went golfing in Golden Gate Park.

2014 10 18 AFY Carnival - Training 2, October 18, 2014, 11:59 a.m.

Training for American Ninja Warrior at the school carnival, October 18, 2014, 11:59 a.m.

2014 10 18 AFY Carnival - Training 4, October 18, 2014, noon

Running from self-conceived obstacle to self-conceived obstacle while training for American Ninja Warrior at the school carnival, October 18, 2014, noon

2014 10 18 AFY Carnival - Training 6, October 18, 2014, noon

Mid-slide while training for American Ninja Warrior at the school carnival, October 18, 2014, noon

2014 10 18 Golf - waiting 1, October 18, 2014, 1:03 p.m.

Leaning like the golf bag while waiting for Grandpa to golf, October 18, 2014, 1:03 p.m.

2014 10 18 Golf - with Grandpa 1, October 18, 2014, 1:07 p.m.

Golf with Grandpa in Golden Gate Park, October 18, 2014, 1:07 p.m.

2014 10 18 Golf - with Mommy and Grandpa, October 18, 2014, 1:08 p.m.

In Golden Gate Park with Mommy and Grandpa, just before golf, October 18, 2014, 1:08 p.m.

2014 10 18 Golf - tee off, October 18, 2014, 1:09 p.m.

Ready to tee off in Golden Gate Park, October 18, 2014, 1:09 p.m.

2014 10 18 Golf - first hole 1, October 18, 2014, 1:10 p.m.

Where’s the ball?, October 18, 2014, 1:10 p.m.

2014 10 18 Golf - first hole 2, October 18, 2014, 1:11 p.m.

With Grandpa, surveying the first hole at the golf course in Golden Gate Park, October 18, 2014, 1:11 p.m.

2014 10 18 AFY Carnival - Cupcake 1, October 18, 2014, 3:24 p.m.

As he is about to enjoy the giant cupcake we purchased at the school carnival, Mommy is opening his Halloween package from Grandma, October 18, 2014, 3:24 p.m.

2014 10 18 Watching Golf with Grandpa 2, October 18, 2014, 7:35 p.m.

After dinner, he pleaded, “Daddy, can I pleeeze watch golf with Grandpa?”, October 18, 2014, 7:35 p.m.

On Sunday, we were pleased that Grandpa and Grandma Pam joined us for the last session of this basketball pre-league.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM-EKXVanTM to see layup and rebounding practice)


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luwX-hXQ_uE to see a one-on-one drill)


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op5aX0fli3c to watch the basketball game; I’m not sure that he took a shot as we was great at passing)

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Carnival!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdHDoeBc6xE to see a giant Connect 4; I was disappointed that he did not have worthy competition)

From Daddy: Around 11:00 this morning, we arrived after walking to school. There was a carnival fundraiser, and he had so much fun!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWe_YCjYoMk to see Plinko for prize tickets. Most underwhelming.)

We spent $28 on games (not see was a waffle board, a wiffle ball against a backboard, and throwing bean bags to knock over cans) and $2 for a cupcake that I walked home.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luUpqly9KfY to see his attempt at the dunk tank. He came quite close on a second try. All in all, his performance was the best of any kid that I saw)

2014 10 18 AFY Carnival - Jumpy House 2, October 18, 2014, 11:48 a.m.

Airborn in the Jumpy House, October 18, 2014, 11:48 a.m.

2014 10 18 AFY Carnival - Jumpy House 1, October 18, 2014, 11:48 a.m.

He only stay in the jumpy house for five of his allotted ten minutes so that he could move on, October 18, 2014, 11:48 a.m.

Though, we came home with prizes: A miniature Hungry Hungry Hippos set, a kite, a small ball, a small frisbee, and a water bottle.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbBCwIup0qQ to see that he did not miss out on the opportunity to train for American Ninja Warrior at the school’s play structure)

Later, we walked home, had a quick lunch, and then he and Grandpa played golf at Golden Gate Park.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pRBycew8tw to see the first tee-off)

It was a great and fun day.

Yesterday


(He seems to be having fun during Inside Outside Day doing calisthenics before school. Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjfqEgWLBME to see him and others play before he yelled, “Daddy, I want you to go!”)

One Week Ago

2014-10-11 09.39.14 Days Inn Lobby, October 11, 2014, 9:39 a.m.

In the lobby at the Days Inn in Gilroy, October 11, 2014, 9:39 a.m.

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Special Guests

From Daddy: As we were laying in his bed this evening, I said to him, “I love you very much.”

He whispered back, “I love you very much.” He added, “I love weekends.”

I said, “I love every day that I’m with you.”

He said, “I love days with special guests.” Grandpa and Grandma Pam are visiting.

Last Week

2014 10 10 Bicycle Ride 3, October 10, 2014, 5:57 p.m.

Bicycle ride just before going to Gilroy, October 10, 2014, 5:57 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuD_mWF9ZCM to watch some of his bike ride just before we left for dinner and then to Gilroy one week ago)


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QduVr6r1GIw to watch him train for American Ninja Warrior using makeshift Devil Steps at the Days Inn on Murray Avenue in Gilroy)

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Gilroy Gardens, part 2


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBOGnrOX_sE to watch the balloon flight)

From Daddy: Today was the first day of school for the week after yesterday’s holiday. It’s Tuesday and thus it was Writer’s Workshop in his English class (they have Writer’s Workshop on Tuesday and Thursdays). While we lay in bed this evening, he told me that they talked today and he shared that he went to Gilroy Gardens over the weekend.

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Balloon Flight sign 1, October 11, 2014

Balloon Flight ride at Gilroy Gardens, October 11, 2014

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Balloon Flight 05, October 11, 2014, 12:35 p.m.

He enjoyed the Balloon Flight ride at Gilroy Gardens, October 11, 2014, 12:35 p.m.

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Balloon Flight 08, October 11, 2014, 12:35 p.m.

The Balloon Flight ride at Gilroy Gardens, October 11, 2014, 12:35 p.m.

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Rock Maze, October 11, 2014, 12:45 p.m.

He went through the Pinnacles Rock Maze three times, October 11, 2014, 12:45 p.m.

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Bonfante Falls sign 2, October 11, 2014, 1:05 p.m.

Gilroy Gardens – Bonfante Falls, October 11, 2014, 1:05 p.m.

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Bonfante Falls 2, October 11, 2014, 1:06 p.m.

There are five waterfalls at Bonfante Falls in Gilroy Gardens. Mommy and Beanie are at one of them, October 11, 2014, 1:06 p.m.

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Bonfante Falls 3, October 11, 2014, 1:06 p.m.

There are five waterfalls at Bonfante Falls in Gilroy Gardens. Mommy and Beanie are at one of them and about to walk through another one, October 11, 2014, 1:06 p.m.

Beanie at Bonfante Falls at Gilroy Gardens, October 11, 2014, 1:07 p.m.

Beanie at Bonfante Falls at Gilroy Gardens, October 11, 2014, 1:07 p.m.

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Bonfante Falls 4, October 11, 2014

Bonfante Falls trivia, October 11, 2014

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Rainbow Garden Round Boat Ride sign, October 11, 2014, 2:59 p.m.

He is entering the waiting area for the Rainbow Garden Round Boat Ride, October 11, 2014, 2:59 p.m.

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Rainbow Garden Round Boat Ride - wait 3, October 11, 2014, 3:21 p.m.

Waiting for the Gilroy Gardens Rainbow Garden Round Boat Ride, October 11, 2014, 3:21 p.m.

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Rainbow Garden Round Boat Ride 3, October 11, 2014, 3:23 p.m.

Ready to begin the Rainbow Garden Round Boat Ride at Gilroy Gardens, October 11, 2014, 3:23 p.m.

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Rainbow Garden Round Boat Ride 5, October 11, 2014, 3:24 p.m.

Enjoying the Rainbow Garden at Gilroy Gardens while on the Round Boat Ride, October 11, 2014, 3:24 p.m.

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Rainbow Garden Round Boat Ride 6, October 11, 2014, 3:25 p.m.

Admiring the Rainbow Garden at Gilroy Gardens while on the Round Boat Ride, October 11, 2014, 3:25 p.m.

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Rainbow Garden Round Boat Ride 7, October 11, 2014, 3:25 p.m.

The Rainbow Garden Round Boats were bumper boats, October 11, 2014, 3:25 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvoorwDbyMc to ride the Rainbow Garden Round Boat Ride)

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Rainbow Garden Round Boat Ride 8, October 11, 2014, 3:28 p.m.

Showing the gap in his teeth at the Rainbow Garden Round Boat in Gilroy Gardens, October 11, 2014, 3:28 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNUvHA31_4A to watch him play a carnival game at Gilroy Gardens)


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vzNLe04I_M to watch him chase bubbles)

2014 10 12 Gilroy Days Inn Spa, October 12, 2014, 8:56 a.m.

On a morning that started chilly, he played in the spa at the Days Inn in Gilroy. Before 9 a.m., the days was beginning to get warm already, October 12, 2014, 8:56 a.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtkP7nPaNIY to watch him play in the spa at the Days Inn in Gilroy on the morning after Gilroy Gardens)

Sunday


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YAkbaKdIjQ to watch dribbling)


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZrvUyNBqiw to watch one of his favorite drills: throw and catch)


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3t7pmSuYKc to watch a great basketball game)

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Gilroy Gardens!

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Family, October 11, 2014, around 10:30 a.m.

Happy family at Gilroy Gardens, October 11, 2014, around 10:30 a.m.

From Daddy: We had an unexpectedly fun time at Gilroy Gardens!

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Oak Park Playground 3, October 11, 2014, 10:26 a.m.

Hanging and swinging, October 11, 2014, 10:26 a.m.

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Oak Park Playground 7, October 11, 2014, 10:27 a.m.

Swinging across, October 11, 2014, 10:27 a.m.

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Oak Park Playground 1, October 11, 2014, 10:25 a.m.

He loved training for American Ninja Warrior at the Oak Park Playground here in Gilroy Gardens. We visited in the morning and the afternoon, October 11, 2014, 10:25 a.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzO3rHannEo to see him train from American Ninja Warrior at the Oak Park Playground at Gilroy Gardens)

He’s been wanting a getaway for a while, so we decided to explore Gilroy Gardens. It turns out that we loved it!

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Apple & Worm sign, October 11, 2014, 10:58 a.m.

The Apple & Worm ride was manufactured in Germany, October 11, 2014, 10:58 a.m.

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Apple & Worm 1, October 11, 2014, 10:59 a.m.

The Apple & Worm ride was great fun for kids, October 11, 2014, 10:59 a.m.

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Artichoke Dip sign, October 11, 2014, 11:14 a.m.

The Artichoke Dip honors Castroville, the artichoke capital of the world. The ride is built around a Coastal Live Oak tree that has not been moved from its original location, October 11, 2014, 11:14 a.m.

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Artichoke Dip 1, October 11, 2014, 11:15 a.m.

Ready to ride the Artichoke Dip, October 11, 2014, 11:15 a.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpIG7LDaFO8 to watch Mommy and he ride the Artichoke Dip)

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Garlic Twirl sign, October 11, 2014, 11:06 a.m.

The olive trees surrounding the Garlic Twirl ride are over 100 years old, October 11, 2014, 11:06 a.m.

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Garlic Twirl, October 11, 2014, 11:08 a.m.

The brave boy wasn’t 100% certain about the Garlic Twirl, but he loved it enough to ride it a second time in the afternoon! Daddy didn’t even try, though, October 11, 2014, 11:08 a.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqB-zVT0tKI to watch Mommy and he ride the Garlic Twirl)

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Hay Maze sign, October 11, 2014, 12:02 p.m.

The Hay Maze was brief and not at all scary, October 11, 2014, 12:02 p.m.

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Pit Stop Racers 5, October 11, 2014, 12:06 p.m.

The Pit Stop Racers was great for little kids, though he was by far the biggest kid riding it. He rode it twice, October 11, 2014, 12:06 p.m.

2014 10 11 Gilroy Gardens - Pit Stop Racers 6, October 11, 2014, 12:06 p.m.

Leaning into a turn before the Pit Stop Racers actually began, October 11, 2014, 12:06 p.m.

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Start Reading Before the Phone Rings Again!

Gilroy Gardens - Robert, October 11, 2014, around 10:30 a.m.

Happy to be at Gilroy Gardens, October 11, 2014, around 10:30 a.m.

From Daddy: We had a great day at Gilroy Gardens! So much fun! The heat we bearable and he loved the rides, attractions, and training for American Ninja Warrior at their playground.

This Evening

We are low on socks for him, so I drove to the local superstore while Mommy was getting him ready for bed. First, I had to call Mommy to confirm his size. Then, I called a minute later to ask for help deciding between the two styles. Unbeknownst to me, Mommy was reading his bedtime story and he said, “Quick, start reading before the phone rings again!”

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First Family Trip with the New Trip Tonight!

2014 09 04 Picture Day, September 4, 2014

Happy boy, September 4, 2014

From Daddy: He’s been wanting to go on another trip since we returned from Vickie Goo-Goo’s wedding in Long Beach. We’ll be in Gilroy tonight!

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