He Likes Spending Time with Me

From Daddy: This morning, after he woke up, he walked into my bedroom. I asked him if he wanted to come into bed with me or if he wanted to get into bed with Mommy (who had recently shifted over to the guest bedroom). He crawled into bed, kissed me on the cheek, and told me that he wanted to be with me. I smiled widely. “I like spending time with you,” he said.

“I like spending time with you too, so much.”

Two Days Ago

He’s been sick and home from school since Tuesday. I heard him cough at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. At 5:00 a.m., I heard him whimpering. He complained about feeling poorly, and Mommy confirmed a fever. When Mommy went to call an advice nurse, he whimpered alone. I asked if he wanted me to be with him. “Are you still sick?” he asked. I had been sick since Saturday.

“Yes.”

“Then, no!” he replied.

Later, Mommy managed to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wong–who she explained to him was a colleague of Dr. Chan’s, he usual pediatrician. “Where’s Dr. Chan?” he asked. “Is he sick?” Funny.

Until the appointment, Robert got to watch some of the movie Turbo, his new favorite film.

This Weekend


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu_fPXHGwBQ to watch some basketball)

Above is a video of his basketball class from Sunday. I was too ill to attend, but Mommy shared this video.

The class was in San Carlos, which was warm. He told Mommy, “I don’t like it when it’s sunny and warm because it makes me want ice cream and you always say, ‘No.’ “

Below is a video of Saturday’s swimming class.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7wWSIFU15Q to see him swim)

Later on Saturday, while Mommy and I attended a function at her school, we left him at the arranged childcare site at the school. As we approached it, he said that he thought that he was like it; he remembered that he’d been there before! (Yes, the previous two years!) We were one of the first to arrive and the adult in charge recognized him. I covertly walked over the game cabinet and noticed that they had Connect Four! I made sure the the adult knew that he liked Connect Four. (He did get to play some that night.)

Later, I would hear that he ate lasagna (a step up from the usual pizza–good boy!) and divided him time between watching Frozen, the first and so far only movie he’s watched in the theater, and playing dodgeball. Actually, when I went to pick him up, I walked right through the dodgeballers because I didn’t think that he would play dodgeball. (He hates elimination games like dodgeball, tag when you can tag right back, musical chairs, sharks and minnows…well, I guess he’s over sharks and minnows now, right?) I didn’t see him, so I passed the dodgeballers again, walked to the movie room, didn’t see him, and then returned to see him put on a great jump/body turn/dodge then throw move. Wow, he’s over dodgeball now too.

I asked if he wanted to leave, but he didn’t. I picked him up again about twenty minutes later just after 9:30 and he was so tired. At home, after he took off his shoes, I asked Mommy to make sure that he was okay: He tried to fall asleep on the floor!

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Superhero Haircut

2014 04 05 To Annie's 1, April 5, 2014, 9:56 a.m.

Running to Annie’s, April 5, 2014, 9:56 a.m.

From Daddy: This morning, he and I walked down to Annie’s to get our hair cut.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o0NGbxJxW8 to follow his to Annie’s)

2014 04 05 To Annie's 2, April 5, 2014, 9:57 a.m.

His new superhero pose, April 5, 2014, 9:57 a.m.

By the way, here is his new superhero pose: before his haircut above and after his haircut below.

2014 04 05 From Annie's 2, April 5, 2014, 10:58 a.m.

His new superhero pose in front of the neighborhood Light Blue Smart Car, April 5, 2014, 10:58 a.m.

Ngen-Ngen happened to be at Annie’s, and he was game to demonstrate his written Chinese.

2014 04 05 At Annie's, April 5, 2014, 10:01 a.m.

Performing at Annie’s by writing in Chinese, April 5, 2014, 10:01 a.m.

After the haircut, we walked down to ATM where Daddy withdrew some money and then we continued to the bakery to buy a chicken pie and bo lo bao (pineapple bun) to share (he spent a dollar of his own money).

Then we went to the bank together to deposit $10 of his own money into his Kindergarten 2 College account. There was someone in front of us at the bank and I asked him to read the sign “Please wait here,” which he did (I’m still tickled that he can read). He waited patiently until a teller guided us to the counter. I showed his K2C card and said that we’d like to deposit into his account. He slapped his own ten dollar bill onto the very tall counter. I lifted him up so that he could see, and he and the teller had such a cute and polite conversation.

2014 04 05 From Annie's 4, April 5, 2014, 11 a.m.

Dandelion in hand, April 5, 2014, 11 a.m.

2014 04 05 From Annie's 5, April 5, 2014, 11 a.m.

Blowing dandelion, April 5, 2014, 11 a.m.

He was naughty at swimming, squirting pool water out of his mouth at his teacher’s face, not staying with the kids (and getting a lecture from the lifeguard), and tossing his pool noodle. *Sigh!*

2014 04 05 Swimming 1, April 5, 2014, 12:36 p.m.

He is splashing pool water into his mouth, April 5, 2014, 12:36 p.m.

One Year Ago


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrttNNmz9CY to watch him play at the Bay Area Discovery Museum)

Abby and Robert Bridge Pic 1, April 5, 2013, 4:55 p.m.

With Abby and the Bridge 1, April 5, 2013, 4:55 p.m.

Abby and Robert Bridge Pic 2, April 5, 2013, 4:56 p.m.

With Abby and the Bridge 2, April 5, 2013, 4:56 p.m.

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Connect Four

2014 04 04 GLO Camp Connect Four 1, April 4, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

Connect Four – happy, April 4, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

From Daddy: As mentioned in yesterday’s post, he has come to love Connect Four. Above is a photo of him happy joining a couple of boys who were playing when we arrived at Day Camp this morning. Below is a photo shortly thereafter as the boys permitted him to play in the very next game.

2014 04 04 GLO Camp Connect Four 2, April 4, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

Connect Four – deep in thought, April 4, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

The boy (barely seen) on the left kept talking the whole time, identifying blocking moves for both our boy and his opponent. Our boy lost, but he was very happy to be playing.

Also, as I mentioned yesterday, he happily skip-shuffled to camp and it was very cute! I took a video this morning of his walk to camp, but he didn’t do it again.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX5mEgBx6qE to see him go to day camp)

Mommy said that he was playing Connect Four when she picked him up this afternoon for lunch and an outing to the zoo.

At the zoo, he said that he raced the train and people were happily watching him, impressed with his speed!

Yesterday

At dinner at Yeah-Yeah’s and Ngen-Ngen’s, Ga-Ga told him, “You are one of my best cousins.” (Ga-Ga only has three cousins.)

The reply was, “Ga-Ga, you are one of my best cousins as well.” (Cute!)

After dinner, the boys played the Wii. He lost bowling, but he was very good-spirited about it. This is great because about a year ago, he would cry after the loss!

2014 04 03 Wii, April 3, 2014, 6:46 p.m.

Boys playing Wii, April 3, 2014, 6:46 p.m.

Also, Di-Di playing very poorly on his second hole in Wii golf (not that Di-Di cared). Our boy couldn’t take it! He tried to offer advice, pleaded his case to Di-Di, but ended up having to leave the room (so that he could not watch) with his hands over his ears. This from the boy who used to intentionally his Wii golf balls into the water hazards.

Four Years Ago: Easter Weekend!

Easter sandbox - Robert 1, April 3, 2010, 3:08 p.m.

Sandbox, April 3, 2010, 3:08 p.m.

Easter sandbox - Robert 2, April 3, 2010, 3:08 p.m.

Something looks wrong, April 3, 2010, 3:08 p.m.

Easter sandbox - Robert 3, April 3, 2010, 3:08 a.m.

Something really looks wrong, April 3, 2010, 3:08 p.m.

Easter sandbox, April 3, 2010, 3:08 p.m.

Easter sandbox, April 3, 2010, 3:08 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvRNEfAuUAE to dizzily play in the sandbox)

Easter Egg Hunt - outdoors, April 3, 2010, 4:31 p.m.

Found an egg outside during the Easter egg hunt, April 3, 2010, 4:31 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt with Granddad, April 3, 2010, 4:32 p.m.

Easter egg hunting with Granddad, April 3, 2010, 4:32 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt with Brady 2, April 3, 2010, 4:39 p.m.

He was definitely the littlest Easter egg hunter, but he was happy, April 3, 2010, 4:39 p.m.

Easter drawing with chalk, April 3, 2010, 4:57 p.m.

Easter drawing with chalk with Brady, April 3, 2010, 4:57 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfnJnYaEU9o to see his with Brady drawing with chalk)

Easter with Grandma Carol 2, April 4, 2010, 7:26 p.m.

Easter love from Grandma, April 4, 2010, 7:26 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt - indoors 1,  April 4, 2010, 8:02 a.m.

We had an Easter egg hunt indoors the following morning, April 4, 2010, 8:02 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt - indoors 2, April 4, 2010, 8:04 a.m.

Found an egg, April 4, 2010, 8:04 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt - indoors 5, April 4, 2010, 8:05 a.m.

Marshmallows in the egg, April 4, 2010, 8:05 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt - indoors 6, April 4, 2010, 8:08 a.m.

Leaning back and reading a book from his Easter package 1, April 4, 2010, 8:08 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt - indoors 7, April 4, 2010, 8:08 a.m.

Leaning back and reading a book from his Easter package 2; he loved this Elmo colors book, April 4, 2010, 8:08 a.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEtGdb5AmLM to observe his good-bye to Granddad)

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Neighborhood Walk to Ice Cream

2014 04 03 GLO Camp Schedule, April 3, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

Day Camp Schedule, April 3, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

From Daddy: When I drove him to Day Camp this morning, the gate that we entered on yesterday and the day before was locked. We walked around the corner to the other gate and I watched him happily skip-shuffle the 250 feet or so to the stairs. So cute!

The highlight of his day at Day Camp was playing Connect 4 (which he has come to love) and taking a neighborhood walk. He excitedly told me today that they took a neighborhood walk to an ice cream store and he ate chocolate ice cream! Mommy would later tell me that he had a lot of chocolate ice cream on him.

One Year Ago

At the putting green!

2013 04 03 Golf with Nick 1, April 3, 2014, 12:20 p.m.

Golf with Nick 1, April 3, 2014, 12:20 p.m.

2013 04 03 Golf with Nick 3, April 3, 2014, 12:20 p.m.

Golf with Nick 3, April 3, 2014, 12:20 p.m.

2013 04 03 Golf with Nick 2, April 3, 2014, 12:20 p.m.

Golf with Nick 2, April 3, 2014, 12:20 p.m.

Two Years Ago

Beanie makes a triangular pattern with sugar packages at the Olive Garden, April 3, 2012, 5:57 p.m.

Beanie makes a triangular pattern with sugar packages at the Olive Garden, April 3, 2012, 5:57 p.m.

Three Years Ago

Alison's birthday breakfast - Robert 1

Robert at Auntie Alison’s birthday breakfast 1, April 3, 2011, 12:49 p.m.

Alison's birthday breakfast - Robert 2

Robert at Alison’s birthday breakfast 2, April 3, 2011, 12:49 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcHQN_WpDK0 to watch him laugh under the table)

Four Years Ago

2010 04 03 Granddad Feeds Cereal 1, April 3, 2010, 8:50 a.m.

Granddad Feeds Him Cereal 1, April 3, 2010, 8:50 a.m.

2010 04 03 Granddad Feeds Cereal 2, April 3, 2010, 8:50 a.m.

Granddad Feeds Him Cereal 2, April 3, 2010, 8:50 a.m.

2010 04 03 Granddad Feeds Cereal 3, April 3, 2010, 8:50 a.m.

Granddad Feeds Him Cereal 3, April 3, 2010, 8:50 a.m.

2010 04 03 Granddad Feeds Cereal 4, April 3, 2010, 8:50 a.m.

Granddad Feeds Him Cereal 4, April 3, 2010, 8:50 a.m.

2010 04 03 Granddad Feeds Cereal 5, April 3, 2010, 8:50 a.m.

Granddad Feeds Him Cereal 5, April 3, 2010, 8:50 a.m.

Grandma Carol shakes Robert, April 3, 2010, 10:42 a.m.

Grandma playfully shakes him, April 3, 2010, 10:42 a.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlYgKxip-UA to see Grandma playfully shake him)

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More Than Four “So”s

2014 04 02 Note from Mommy

Mommy wrote than note to his this morning, April 2, 2014

From Daddy: Mommy left the above note to him this morning on the dining room table. He found the note at breakfast. In response, he wrote the note below, taking care to have written “more than four ‘SO’s” in order to exceed Mommy’s!

2014 04 02 Note to Mommy

His response to Mommy’s note, April 2, 2014

He’s getting so skillful at writing notes! In January (I think), he was very hungry before dinner and wrote the note below:

Hunger Note, January (I think) 2014

Hunger Note, January (I think) 2014 (the contrast is severe because he wrote lightly with a pencil and it didn’t scan well)

He didn’t know how to spell the word “make,” and he started to ask me how to spell it, when he ran to get his recently purchased book Baker Baker Cookie Maker:

Baker, Baker, Cookie Maker

Baker, Baker, Cookie Maker

He realized that he could figure out how to spell “make” using “Maker”! I was completely impressed with his resourcefulness.

This Evening

He asked for a little more dinner (well, the fun parts of dinner, anyway), and he very courteously asked and use the word “please.” I delightfully complimented him on being so polite! After Mommy agreed to get him more food, he very kindly said, “Thank you.” I highly complimented him again. He said, “I like saying ‘Thank you.’ ” What a great boy!

Today

His little day camp took him on a field trip to the California Academy of Sciences. Mommy was very nervous about the teachers taking all of the kids on the bus. He had a good time, however. He enjoyed watching the sea nettles. He originally reported that he watched them alone for a while, away from the group. When I asked in more detail, however, he said that he was “this far away” from the group, showing barely twelve inches between his two open palms.

This Morning

On the drive to day camp this morning, I spoke with him at length that he needed to follow the group (especially on and off buses) and to listen to teachers. He said that he knew the consequence might be getting lost, but I didn’t want to dwell on that thought.

Three Years Ago

White hat and tie 3

White hat and tie, April 2, 2011, 10:47 a.m.

2011-04-02_12-08-12_420 Bok-Bok's cake 1, April 2, 2011, 12:08 p.m.

He looks on at the commotion while we take photos of Bok-Bok with her cake, April 2, 2011, 12:08 p.m.

2011-04-02_12-08-27_69 Bok-Bok's cake 2, April 2, 2011, 12:08 p.m.

He looks up at Bok-Bok, April 2, 2011, 12:08 p.m.

2011-04-02_12-32-07_233 Playing with Alexandra and Di-Di 2, April 2, 2011, 12:32 p.m.

Playing with a Day-Day and Di-Di, April 2, 2011, 12:32 p.m.

Bok-Bok’s banquet!

2011-04-02_17-13-38_695 Asleep, April 2, 2011, 5:13 p.m.

Asleep before the banquet begins; Ga-Ga and Di-Di’s Ngen-Ngen watched over him as his slept but he still woke in some tears, April 2, 2011, 5:13 p.m.

2011-04-02_20-16-32_494 With Microphone 1, April 2, 2011, 8:16 p.m.

Is this this on?, April 2, 2011, 8:16 p.m.

2011-04-02_20-16-51_879 With Microphone 2, April 2, 2011, 8:16 p.m.

Ladies and gentlemen…, April 2, 2011, 8:16 p.m.

2011-04-02_20-17-07_249 With Microphone 4, April 2, 2011, 8:17 p.m.

His joy with this microphone would lead to his pretending to use a microphone for about a year, April 2, 2011, 8:17 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DikJ7MnIR3Q on your mobile device)

IMG_0123, April 2, 2011, 10:03 p.m.

Family portrait, April 2, 2011, 10:03 p.m.

Four Years Ago

Sprinklers 19, April 2, 2010, 4:06 p.m.

Soaked!, April 2, 2010, 4:06 p.m.

Sprinklers 17, April 2, 2010, 4:05 p.m.

Hello from Sprinkler-Town!, April 2, 2010, 4:05 p.m.

Sprinklers 11-14, April 2, 2010, 4:04 p.m.

Too fun!, April 2, 2010, 4:04 p.m.

Sprinklers 07, April 2, 2010, 4:03 p.m.

Between two sprinklers, April 2, 2010, 4:03 p.m.

Sprinklers 06, April 2, 2010, 4:03 p.m.

Walk like an Egyptian, April 2, 2010, 4:03 p.m.

Sprinklers 04, April 2, 2010, 4:02 p.m.

Watch out for the pool, April 2, 2010, 4:02 p.m.

Sprinklers 03, April 2, 2010, 4:02 p.m.

Grandma following Robert cautiously, April 2, 2010, 4:02 p.m.

Sprinklers 02, April 2, 2010, 4:02 p.m.

The wet grass, April 2, 2010, 4:02 p.m.

Sprinklers 09 -13, April 2, 2010, 4:03 p.m. - 4:04 p.m.

The look of joy, April 2, 2010, 4:03 p.m. – 4:04 p.m.

Sprinklers 01, April 2, 2010, 4:01 p.m.

Having fun in the sprinklers, April 2, 2010, 4:01 p.m.

Sprinklers 22, April 2, 2010, 4:13 p.m.

Grandma, April 2, 2010, 4:13 p.m.

Sprinklers 05, April 02, 2010, 4:03 p.m.

April showers…bring Beanie!, April 02, 2010, 4:03 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB3RWqxGTvk to watch him have fun with the sprinklers!)

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Princess Easter

2013 04 01 Princess Easter, April 1, 2013, 7:50 a.m.

Princess Easter, April 1, 2013, 7:50 a.m.

From Daddy: One year ago, Robert chose the above costume as his treat at a street fair!

More from Sunday’s Basketball Game


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XQY6fAZc1c to watch the basketball game)

2014 03 30 Basketball - after game 3, March 30, 2014, 1:01 p.m.

Lined up after the game, March 30, 2014, 1:01 p.m.

2014 03 30 Basketball - after game 2, April 1, 2014, 1:01 p.m.

The end of our basketball class in San Francisco, April 1, 2014, 1:01 p.m.

2014 03 30 Basketball - on the way home, March 30, 2014, 1:54 p.m.

After basketball, on the way to the cemetery for Yeah-Yeah’s side of the family, March 30, 2014, 1:54 p.m.

More from One Year Ago

2013 04 01 Zoo 1, April 1, 2013, 12:41 p.m.

Zoo picture, April 1, 2013, 12:41 p.m.

2013 04 01 Zoo 2, April 1, 2013, 1:40 p.m.

Carousel at the Zoo, April 1, 2013, 1:40 p.m.

2013 04 01 Spinning Lights toy, April 1, 2013, 6:03 p.m.

Spinning lights toy, April 1, 2013, 6:03 p.m.

Three Years Ago

2011 04 01 Wearing a tie, April 1, 2011, 9:54 a.m.

Preparing him to wearing a tie for Bok-Bok’s banquet, April 1, 2011, 9:54 a.m.

2011-04-01_19-56-47_10 Waiting for Mommy's haircut, April 1, 2011, 7:56 p.m.

Waiting for Mommy’s haircut, April 1, 2011, 7:56 p.m.

Four Years Ago

LA Zoo 1, April 1, 2010, 1:41 p.m.

Robert at the LA Zoo with Grandma Pam and Aunt Linda, April 1, 2010, 1:41 p.m.

Five Years Ago

2009 04 01 Baby Swing, April 1, 2009, 4:20 p.m.

Baby Swing, April 1, 2009, 4:20 p.m.

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Love to the Moon and Back

2014 03 31 Love Note 2, March 31, 2014, 6:47 a.m.

Love to the Moon and Back, March 31, 2014, 6:47 a.m.

From Daddy: He wrote the above note on his white board this morning. Awwwww.

From Yesterday


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNHEvk0svmI to watch him throw and catch and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyHcKhroFsQ to watch shooting practice)

2014 03 30 Basketball - game 11, March 30, 2014, 12:56 p.m.

Ready to shoot against the opposition, March 30, 2014, 12:56 p.m.

2014 03 30 Basketball - game 14, March 30, 2014, 1 p.m.

Approaching the other half of the court, March 30, 2014, 1 p.m.

One Year Ago

2013 03 31 Easter Egg Hunt, March 31, 2013, 9:03 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt, March 31, 2013, 9:03 a.m.

2013 03 31 Street Fair 1, March 31, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

Street Fair – at Fairies and Feathers, March 31, 2013, 12:30 p.m.

2013 03 31 Street Fair 3, March 31, 2013, 12:56 p.m.

He looks like the Emperor from Star Wars, March 31, 2013, 12:56 p.m.

2013 03 31 Princess Easter 2, March 31, 2013, 3:29 p.m.

Princess Easter costume from the street fair–what could this be for?, March 31, 2013, 3:29 p.m.

Three Years Ago

2011-03-31_17-51-24_507 Picking Lemons 2, March 31, 2011, 5:51 p.m.

Boys in hats picking lemons, March 31, 2011, 5:51 p.m.

2011-03-31_17-51-30_800 Picking Lemons 3, March 31, 2011, 5:51 p.m.

Adjusting his hat while picking lemons, March 31, 2011, 5:51 p.m.

2011-03-31_19-27-53_634 With Vickie 1, March 31, 2011, 7:28 p.m.

Fascinated by Vickie Goo-Goo’s computer, March 31, 2011, 7:28 p.m.

2011-03-31_19-27-58_109 With Vickie 2, March 31, 2011, 7:28 p.m.

Vickie Goo-Goo, March 31, 2011, 7:28 p.m.

Four Years Ago

Big Ducky, March 31, 2010, 8:35 a.m.

He loved the big ducky behind him in this photo at Grandpa’s and Grandma Pam’s, March 31, 2010, 8:35 a.m.

Yellowstone hat 2 - 3, March 31, 2010, 5:59 p.m.

Various views of the Yellowstone hat that Grandpa gave Robert, March 31, 2010, 5:59 p.m.

Oxi Clean hat 2. March 31, 2010, 6:14 p.m.

Unpaid celebrity spokesperson. March 31, 2010, 6:14 p.m.

Oxi Clean hat 1, March 31, 2010, 6;14 p.m.

Oxi Clean hat, March 31, 2010, 6;14 p.m.

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