Trick or Treat!

2014 10 31 AFY Halloween - from Suzette 1, October 31, 2014, 2:19 p.m.

His 2014 Halloween costume – Future American Ninja Warrior, October 31, 2014, 2:19 p.m.

From Daddy: Happy Halloween 2014!

2014 10 31 AFY Halloween 4, October 31, 2014, 2:45 p.m.

We parents in the yard were requested to stand back at the ramp; he did not always see me but I could see him, October 31, 2014, 2:45 p.m.

I arrived about seven minutes late for the beginning of the Halloween assembly. No worries because everyone still assembling!

2014 10 31 AFY Halloween - from Suzette 2, October 31, 2014

The 2014 Halloween parade at school, October 31, 2014

He was already changed into his costume, and he and the other students paraded around the school twice.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2TATyoNNeI to watch him parade)

2014 10 31 AFY Halloween - Parade 2, October 31, 2014, 2:47 p.m.

Notice no students near him in front or behind: This was typical of his parading. He would drift far behind his classmates and then run to catch up, October 31, 2014, 2:47 p.m.

2014 10 31 AFY Halloween - from Suzette 3, October 31, 2014

Leaning on the railing, away from the action, October 31, 2014

After School

2014 10 31 GLO Carnival - Golfing for Ghouls sign, October 31, 2014, 4:14 p.m.

One of the games at the Halloween Carnival was Golfing for Ghouls, October 31, 2014, 4:14 p.m.

2014 10 31 GLO Carnival - Golfing for Ghouls 1, October 31, 2014, 4:23 p.m.

Just before his turn, he proclaimed to all that he knew “all about golf” and that he’s been golfing for “half my life” (which is probably true), October 31, 2014, 4:23 p.m.

2014 10 31 GLO Carnival - Golfing for Ghouls 2, October 31, 2014, 4:23 p.m.

His first put successfully hit a target. His final two putts were wide, but one was enough to win, October 31, 2014, 4:23 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8-2tg59Uaw to watch him “Golf for Ghouls” at the Halloween Carnival in his afterschool program)

2014 10 31 GLO Carnival - snack, October 31, 2014, 4:27 p.m.

After Golfing for Ghouls, a well-deserved snack break, October 31, 2014, 4:27 p.m.

2014 10 31 GLO Carnival - Tic Tac Toe 1, October 31, 2014, 4:30 p.m.

Reviewing the game board for Tic Tace Toe at the 2014 Halloween Carnival, October 31, 2014, 4:30 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-dE_X2sMkk to watch Tic Tac Toe domination)

2014 10 31 GLO Carnival - Zombie, October 31, 2014, 4:36 p.m.

Zombie target at the 2014 Halloween Carnival, October 31, 2014, 4:36 p.m.

2014 10 31 GLO Carnival - Haunted House, October 31, 2014, 5:14 p.m.

The last event was the Haunted House and its interminable wait. He smiled upon exit, declaring, “That made my heart beat!” October 31, 2014, 5:14 p.m.

This Evening

2014 10 31 Halloween - Sunset, October 31, 2014, 6:14 p.m.

A beautiful sunset during our trick-or-treating, October 31, 2014, 6:14 p.m.

Trick or treat!

2014 10 31 Halloween - Trick or Treat 2, October 31, 2014, 6:10 p.m.

He trick-or-treats and leaves ladies in his wake, October 31, 2014, 6:10 p.m.

2014 10 31 Halloween - Trick or Treat with Mommy, October 31, 2014, 6:47 p.m.

Mommy and the Future American Ninja Warrior on this 2014 Halloween, October 31, 2014, 6:47 p.m.

You know, the San Francisco Giants wore perfectly Halloween-colored attire at this afternoon’s parade to celebrate their 2014 World Series victory!

2014 10 31 Halloween - Tombstones, October 31, 2014, 6:47 p.m.

During our trick-or-treat session, I witnessed these tombstones to honor the recently departed (from the League playoffs and the World Series; Go Giants!), October 31, 2014, 6:47 p.m.

This Morning

2014 10 31 Day of the Dead from Lesley photo 1, October 31, 2014, 11:15 a.m.

He attended a school assembly about the Latin Day of the Dead, October 31, 2014, 11:15 a.m.

There was a school assembly to discuss the Latin “Day of the Dead.”

2014 10 31 Day of the Dead from Lesley photo 2, October 31, 2014, 11:23 a.m.

He made a mask like this also, October 31, 2014, 11:23 a.m.

Three Weeks Ago

2014 10 10 20.46.21 Gilroy hotel lobby, October 10, 2014, 8:46 p.m.

We finally arrived in Gilroy! He entertains himself with Mommy’s phone in the hotel lobby while we confirm our room, October 10, 2014, 8:46 p.m.

Four Weeks Ago

2014 10 03 18.58.52 Children's Playground, October 3, 2014, 6:58 p.m.

As fast as The Flash, he trains at Children’s Playground, October 3, 2014, 6:58 p.m.

Six Weeks Ago

2014 09 19 18.48.08 Children's Playground, September 19,2 014, 6:48 p.m.

His arms are too swift for my camera to capture his training at Children’s Playground, September 19,2 014, 6:48 p.m.

2014 09 19 18.48.22 Children's Playground, September 19, 2014, 6:48 p.m.

Training at Children’s Playground. Looking familiar?, September 19, 2014, 6:48 p.m.

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Riding a Bike While We Waited


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_h_70Ft9mE to watch some bicycle riding)

From Daddy: This morning, we were ready to leave the house early. Too early.

2014 10 30 07.43.27 Bicycle Ride, October 30, 2014, 7:43 a.m.

Swiftly cycling, October 30, 2014, 7:43 a.m.

There were seven minutes left on the clothes washing machine cycle, and I wanted to move the laundry into the dryer before we left. So I suggested a bicycle ride around the block while we waited.

He enthusiastically agreed. He new bike was blocked in the garage, so he took a spin on the old bike. I didn’t realize how small it had become for him!

This Afternoon

I was able to leave work early today to pick him up from school. This was the first time that I ever took him to The First Tee, and he realized that.

2014 10 30 First Tee - 9 Core Values, October 30, 2014, 4:09 p.m.

The First Tee’s Nine Core Values displayed on a window sill in the classroom, October 30, 2014, 4:09 p.m.

We had to hustle out of the school. The large amount of traffic congestion delayed us from arriving until just before the session started, though changing clothes, a bite to eat, and the bathroom made us slightly late for class.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMRXaEkaW4U to watch him fidget in the classroom during the discussion of yesterday’s World Series victory by the Hometown Giants!)

Not much happened today at The First Tee, but I was glad to share his experience.

2014 10 30 First Tee - Driving Range, October 30, 2014, 4:18 p.m.

I heard that The First Tee had its own driving range, but today was the first time that I saw it. Fantastic!, October 30, 2014, 4:18 p.m.

Yesterday

2014 10 29 Earth 2, October 29, 2014, 7:58 a.m.

He drew this representation of Earth in the morning. He said that the green part represented America, October 29, 2014, 7:58 a.m.

Two Days Ago

He doesn’t like Tuesday and Thursday calisthenics before school. (Well, he prefers Tuesday calisthenics to the tiring long walk to bao.)

2014 10 28 08.06.53 Calisthenics, October 28, 2014, 8:06 a.m.

The instructions during this part of calisthenics before school was to reach for the sky. He complied. Then he began to twirl like a balletic pirouette, October 28, 2014, 8:06 a.m.

Three Days Ago

He did not recall what this mean, so I snapped a photo and e-mailed the mother of one of his classmates.

2014 10 27 17.27.20 Night Time

Pronounced mon serng, this means “night time”

She clued me in and I told him the next morning.

Four Days Ago

Mommy took him to a carnival at Mommy’s school. He had great fun, jumped a lot, got a couple of live goldfish (one of which was found deceased this morning), and won a neat black and gray basketball! I was too ill to attend that day.

Five Days Ago


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKkVP-rrc10 to see his swimming class)

Six Days Ago

2014 10 24 17.02.38 55.6 MPG, October 24, 2014, 5:02 p.m.

The new Daddy car’s mileage was 55.6 MPG on the way to South San Francisco that morning on the way to a conference. It wasn’t my best, however, October 24, 2014

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2014 10 15 12.28.42 58.7 MPG, October 15, 2014, 12:28 p.m.

My best mileage was 58.7 MPG to work in the morning two weeks ago. My next trip would be 52.4 MPG from the office to lunch closer to our satellite office, October 15, 2014, 12:28 p.m.

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Toothless II

2014 10 27 Toothless 4, October 27, 2014, 7:04 p.m

Missing tooth, October 27, 2014, 7:04 p.m

From Daddy: Tonight, he complained that of pain during dinner, that his tooth was loose and it hurt.

We checked. Yep, it was loose.

I gave him a handkerchief and he sucked on it to wipe the bleeding. Later, he was on his second handkerchief and I encouraged him to watch TV to calm him down.

2014 10 27 Handkerchief, October 27, 2014, 6:45 p.m.

Sucking on a handkerchief while his tooth is loose, October 27, 2014, 6:45 p.m.

Mommy and I spoke; we thought it probably a good idea that the tooth be removed before he slept tonight.

I joined him in the living room. He asked, “Daddy, is the bleeding gone?” (or something like that.) I approached him. “Daddy! Is the bleeding gone?! I really want to know!”

I chuckled, “I can’t tell until I get closer,” I told him. I took a closer look and told him that the bleeding was gone.

He said that he was sure that the tooth would come out any time now–my thoughts exactly and I told him that I agreed–but that he was worried about it.

I told him that everything would be okay, and I ask him if he knew how I knew that everything would be okay. “How?” he asked.

“Because every kid loses a second tooth. I did–“

“–how old were you went you lost your tooth?” he interjected.

“I don’t remember. Also, Mommy did, Ga-Ga did, …”

The handkerchief was soaked with his saliva, so I told him that if he wanted another handkerchief then he should follow me to the bedroom, which he did.

Soon enough, some blood was deposited on the new handkerchief. He was explaining the situation to mommy, gesticulating, when his hand holding the handkerchief came in a bit too quickly and–

2014 10 27 Toothless 2, October 27, 2014, 7:03 p.m.

His new smile, October 27, 2014, 7:03 p.m.

–yup, he knocked the tooth out.

He did not seem to experience any pain. We recovered the tooth this time and sent him to rinse. He marveled that the rinsed water was “reddish” (and I was impressed that he knew the word “reddish” rather than just describing the water with the simpler word “red”), and we took pictures with some protests.

2014 10 27 Toothless in Mirror 2, October 27, 2014, 7:34 p.m.

Admiring himself in the mirror, October 27, 2014, 7:34 p.m.

Later, he said that he was not excited that the tooth came out but that he was excited to show his friends.

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What Happens at a Conference?

2014 10 25 18.26.40 Haircut chalkboard, October 25, 2014, 6:26 p.m.

After his haircut, he showed me what he previously wrote on the salon’s chalkboard while I got my haircut, October 25, 2014, 6:26 p.m.

From Daddy: This morning, around 5 a.m. or 5:30 a.m., he walked right up to me while I was in bed.

I wondered if he had wet his bed. He said that he didn’t and that he was here in order to snuggle. I invited him into the bed.

(We have two kinds of snuggles: A “family snuggle” and also a “boy snuggle” without Mommy. There is probably a name for the snuggle with Mommy when I’m not around, but I don’t know it.)

In bed, he asked, “Daddy, what happens at a conference?”

Thursday

Two nights ago, I mentioned to him that I had a conference to attend the following morning and Saturday that I would prefer to leave the house early.

Friday

I set my alarm extra early. When he eventually rose, we had a relatively normal morning, but he inquired how early I would like to leave. I was glad that he remembered what I had said.

I dropped him off at school before 7:30 and made it to the conference (cached link) just ten minutes late.

After my conference, I met him and Mommy at Elephant Bar to which he’d apparently been bugging Mommy to take him all week. I arrived early since my conference ended before his session at The First Tee. When I received Mommy’s text message that they were on the way from the parking lot, I stepped outside the restaurant and watched them approach. He skipped and ran happily, and also tried to scale the wall of JC Penny; he climbed it about four feet before he listened to the order to get down. He also tried to climb street signs. Still, it made me smile to see him so happy.

JCPenney at Serramonte; notice the climbable rock formations on the wall. When I approached, he smiled to me and declared, 'Rock climbing!'

JCPenney at Serramonte; notice the climbable rock formations on the wall. When I approached, he smiled to me and declared, “Rock climbing!”

This Morning, In the Dark

I explained to him that a conference is a polite meeting. My conference today was more structured like a classroom where I learn things.

This Afternoon

2014 10 25 12.47.06 Swimming, October 25, 2014, 12:47 p.m.

I missed his swimming class because I attended the conference, October 25, 2014, 12:47 p.m.

This Evening

When I arrived home, he was very eager to play with me. Mommy, however, informed us that we needed to buy chili powder at the grocery store.

Chili powder, the missing ingredient

Chili powder, the missing ingredient

When I told him that I needed to buy something at the grocery store and invited him with me, he grew very sad; he really looked forward to playing with me. So, I agreed to play “wall ball”/handball (using the ball that he won at the carnival game at Gilroy Gardens) for a few minutes, and then he agreed to join me on my shopping run.

Safeway, Noriega Street

Safeway, Noriega Street

We drove to the grocery store (waving and giving our love to Ga-Ga and Di-Di as we drove past their house) and executed our shopping plan. He was well-behaved and very happy. As a reward, I allowed him to hunt for his favorite cereal. He initially grabbed Lucky Charms but we found Fruity Pebbles; he’s not sure what is his favorite cereal, but the unknown favorite cereal is rainbow and Fruity Pebbles seemed close enough this evening. I agreed to allow him to enjoy Fruity Pebbles tomorrow for breakfast.

When we arrived home, we played a bit, and then we walked to Irving Street for impromptu haircuts.

2014 10 25 18.09.02 Haircut, October 25, 2014, 6:09 p.m.

Our sweatshirts are on the right side of the frame, Game 4 of the World Series plays in the upper right; the Giants would soon lose their 1-0 lead in the game when the Royals would score four in one inning, October 25, 2014, 6:09 p.m.

He happily skipped down the sidewalk.

2014 10 25 18.15.31 Haircut, October 25, 2014, 6:15 p.m.

He did a great job sitting still during the haircut, October 25, 2014, 6:15 p.m.

We had to duck into a driveway after a few blocks of walking when slight rain begin. We donned our sweatshirts and finished our journey.

2014 10 25 18.19.29 Haircut, October 25, 2014, 6:19 p.m.

He eventually complained about my taking photos of his haircut, October 25, 2014, 6:19 p.m.

I didn’t rain on the way home, and he was happy about that too.

2014 10 25 18.23.49 Haircut, October 26, 2014, 6:23 p.m.

Smock falling off, October 26, 2014, 6:23 p.m.

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Pumpkin Patch at School

2014 10 23 AFY Garden Pumpkin Patch 1, October 23, 2014, 2:32 p.m.

Posing with his pumpkin at the pumpkin patch that was set up at the school garden , October 23, 2014, 2:32 p.m.

From Daddy: I love these photos from the school garden today!

2014 10 23 AFY Garden Pumpkin Patch 2, October 23, 2014, 2:32 p.m.

A pumpkin patch was set up in the school garden today. Here is his pumpkin. (Thank you to the garden teacher for sharing this photo), October 23, 2014, 2:32 p.m.

This Morning

When we arrived at school, as usual, I signed him in while he was to park his backpack on the appropriate bench. I heard his backpack fall to the floor from the bench. He was gone. By the time I signed him in, I lost track of him. Finally, I found him in line, outside, probably 150 feet from his backpack, eagerly awaiting his turn at the handball game that we witnessed on the walk into school.

2014 10 23 07.57.30 Handball, October 23, 2014, 7:57 a.m.

Waiting patiently for his turn at handball, October 23, 2014, 7:57 a.m.

2014 10 23 07.59.30 Handball, October 23, 2014, 7:59 a.m.

He never really got a turn at handball because time was up, October 23, 2014, 7:59 a.m.


When time was up, he did not complain about not getting a turn. Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWBBLGQYLlE to see him take it in (running) stride.

Yesterday Morning

I reminded him that I was borrowing [the bus company was renting for me] a car while the new car (which he loves) was being fixed. He astutely asked, “Why do they have to fix the car when it’s new?”

“That’s a very good question,” I said. “Remember a couple of weeks ago when we were returning from La Petite Baleen at a bus gently hit my car?”

2014 10 05 09.19.07 scratched car

Scratched and bumper work

“Oh yeahhhhh,” he said. “It was a rainbow bus.”

2014 10 04 Bus 3, October 4, 2014, 1:39 p.m.

As this bus and my car veered right, I heard a “SNAP!” and the bus damaged the six-day-old car, October 4, 2014, 1:39 p.m.

The car was repaired yesterday. My rental car was a silver Hyundai Elantra (sadly, without Bluetooth).

Two Weeks Ago

2014 10 09 09.01.26 First gas fill up, October 9, 2014, 9:01 a.m.

The new car’s first gas fill up under my ownership at 405 miles. (I bought the car at 22 miles, so it went 383 miles), October 9, 2014, 9:01 a.m.

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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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