Chabot Space & Science Center

2015 08 22 18.04.22 Lakeshore Learning, August 22, 2015, 6:04 p.m.

This sour face belongs to the boy who did not want his photo taken at the Lakeshore Learning store in San Leandro, August 22, 2015, 6:04 p.m.

From Daddy: We had a space-themed adventure this evening!

2015 08 22 19.57.10 Chabot Space - Spacesuit, August 22, 2015, 7:57 p.m.

Whoa, he said of the spacesuit on display at the Chabot Space Center, it’s double my height, August 22, 2015, 7:57 p.m.

Speaking of height, here he is lined up at a display in the Chabot Space Center to be shown to be shorter than the shortest astronaut, August 22, 2015, 8:09 p.m.

After Mommy’s errand at the very crowded Lakeshore Learning store in San Leandro and dinner at nearby Hometown Buffet (which he enjoyed even though the ice cream machine needed to be replaced), we visited the Chabot Space & Science Center for some evening fun!

The Chabot Space & Science Center

The building itself was striking!

Chabot Space & Science Center entrance, source: Wikipedia

There were great exhibits!

2015 08 22 19.56.02 Chabot Space - Mars globe, August 22, 2015 7:56 p.m.

In the Chabot Space & Science Center, we were greeted by this amazing Martian globe, August 22, 2015 7:56 p.m.

One of the favorites was “Beyond Blastoff” where we learned about living in space:

2015 08 22 20.01.32 Chabot Space - Soyuz Capsule, August 22, 2015, 8:01 p.m.

We saw a Soyuz Capsule at the Chabot Space & Science Center, August 22, 2015, 8:01 p.m.

2015 08 22 20.04.10 Soyuz Capsule, August 22, 2015, 8:04 p.m.

A look inside the Soyuz Capsule. Newer Descent Modules have more controls and can accommodate differ travelers’ heights, August 22, 2015, 8:04 p.m.

We saw breaktaking telescopes, including Leah…

Leah was acquired in 1883 and when we first saw her, we were amazed by the telescope's beauty. Too bad the night was too foggy to use the scope. Source: ChabotSpace.org

…and Rachel!

But we were doubly amazed to see Rachel! Source: Wikipedia

Yesterday

It was a great first week of school. We capped the evening with a trip to Elephant Bar–his choice of restaurant to celebrate completing the week.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCIzOu5LEeg to see him play on the fifth day of Second Grade.)

Two Days Ago

2015 08 20 18.27.14 Burrito Break at Rubio's, August 20, 2015, 6:27 p.m.

While Daddy was out, Mommy and Boy had a Burrito Break at Rubio’s. Mommy asked him to say “Burrito Break!” but he might have said, “Cheese,” August 20, 2015, 6:27 p.m.

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Four Square on the Fourth Day of Second Grade

2015 08 20 07.49.26 Four Square, August 20, 2015, 7:49 a.m.

Playing Four Square in the morning of the fourth day of Second Grade, August 20, 2015, 7:49 a.m.

From Daddy: Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9an4enW2kAo to below to see how well he plays Four Square!

One Month Ago

First day of camp at La Petite Baleen!

2015 07 20 08.38.37 Schedule, July 20, 2015, 8:38 a.m.

The weekly schedule of La Petite Baleen Camp, July 20, 2015, 8:38 a.m.

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Third Day of Second Grade

2015 08 19 08.01.53 Third Day of School - Wall Ball, August 19, 2015, 8:01 a.m.

He had just lost a game of Wall Ball and was graciously walking back into line. This would be his last game for the period because outside time ended less than one minute later, August 19, 2015, 8:01 a.m.

From Daddy: Things were back to normal today. He delayed somewhat in the morning so that we did not arrive with much time left in the Outside Time during before school care. And he attended after school care.

2015 08 19 08.00.05 Third Day of School - Lost and Found, August 19, 2015, 8 a.m.

After the first day of school, the lost and found already had several items. Here it is after the second day/early on the third day of school, August 19, 2015, 8 a.m.

One Week Ago


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAZXihth40Y to watch the video of his house-long train tracks narrated by Mommy)

One Month Ago

2015 07 19 14.14.14 Windmill, July 19, 2015, 2:14 p.m.

Before some golf, we visited the Murphy Windmill and the Dutch Windmill (pictured) in Golden Gate Park, July 19, 2015, 2:14 p.m.

2015 07 19 14.14.32 Windmill, July 19, 2015, 2:14 p.m.

The Queen Wilhemina Tulip Garden in front of the Dutch Windmill, July 19, 2015, 2:14 p.m.

2015 07 19 14.14.57 Windmill, July 19, 2015, 2:14 p.m.

Boy & Daddy in the Queen Wilhemina Tulip Garden in front of the Dutch Windmill, July 19, 2015, 2:14 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg-WRtD6acI to watch some golf)

Two Years Ago

2013 08 19 15.33.22 First Day of School, August 18, 2013, 3:33 p.m.

Lined up after the first day of kindergarten, August 19, 2013, 3:33 p.m.

2013 08 19 15.33.28 First Day of School, August 19, 2013, 3:33 p.m.

Preparing to be dismissed after the first day of kindergarten, August 19, 2013, 3:33 p.m.

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Second Day of Second Grade

2015 08 18 07.41.16 Second Day of School - Wall Ball, August 18, 2015, 7:41 a.m.

Bouncing a ball against the wall by himself on the second day of school, August 18, 2015, 7:41 a.m.

From Daddy: Per his request, we departed for school in the morning somewhat early.

We didn’t attend before-school care yesterday for the first day of school (again, per his request), so today would be his first day of before-school care.

We parked the car and exited. Like we used to do, he gave me his backpack so that he could trot to the school yard more quickly.

We arrived before Outside Time, so we entered the school building together. We explored the hallway together and hunted for where the second-graders–NOT the first-graders–were to deposit their backpacks before school; they were in the hallway but on the opposite wing from where he deposited his backpack just four months ago.

We entered the main before-school care room–Room 102, the room where he was based two years ago in kindergarten and the starting room last year as a first grader.

At 7:35 a.m., the teachers seemed to outnumber the students! (I suspect that the teachers were more heavily staffed this morning.) Within a minute, the main kindergarten teacher announced that students would be permitted outside; he did not hear the announcement, but I drew his attention to it so he pursued it.

Then, I left the room–nearly run over by his favorite Wall Ball friend and little brother–to provide his medications to his care program teachers and to sign him in.

2015 08 17 15.27.39 Doctor's Note, August 17, 2015, 3:27 p.m.

Making sure everyone knows about his allergies

Afterward, I went out to the yard to see him line up politely and then retrieve a ball. He dribbled to the far side of the yard to bounce it against the wall. I moved to bid him good-bye, but he convinced me to play with him. After I beat him, three rounds out of five, his Wall Ball friend joined and it was back to his routine.

2015 08 18 07.43.57 Second Day of School - Wall Ball, August 18, 2014, 7:43 a.m.

He was able to start a pick-up game of Wall Ball with his friend as if the summer never happened, August 18, 2014, 7:43 a.m.

2015 08 18 07.44.00 Second Day of School - Wall Ball, August 18, 2014, 7:44 a.m.

That ball moves fast!, August 18, 2014, 7:44 a.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-ae-nkUxi8 to watch them play!)

Yesterday

2015 08 17 14.42.54 Fog Bank over SF, August 17, 2015, 2:42 p.m.

It was warm yesterday, but this thick layer of fog over the city allowed him to wear his long-sleeved shirt all day…, August 17, 2015, 2:42 p.m.

Saturday

2015 08 15 Pier 39 Bay Cruise - Sea Lions 1, August 15, 2015, 3:24 p.m.

…but we had no fog bank on this day, so it was very warm as our boat launched…, August 15, 2015, 3:24 p.m.

2015 08 15 Pier 39 Bay Cruise - Sea Lions 2, August 15, 2015, 3:24 p.m

…though he was happy as we cruised beyond the sea lions…, August 15, 2015, 3:24 p.m

2015 08 15 Pier 39 Bay Cruise - Golden Gate Bridge 3, August 15, 2015, 3:40 p.m.

…and the lack of fog meant that we were treated…, August 15, 2015, 3:40 p.m.

2015 08 15 Pier 39 Bay Cruise - Golden Gate Bridge 8, August 15, 2015, 3:41 p.m.

…to this breathtaking view of the Golden Gate Bridge…, August 15, 2015, 3:41 p.m.

2015 08 15 Pier 39 Bay Cruise - Golden Gate Bridge 7, August 15, 2015, 3:40 p.m.

…under which we cruised!, August 15, 2015, 3:40 p.m.

2015 08 15 Pier 39 Bay Cruise - Mommy, August 15, 2015, 3:53 p.m.

Digging for the water bottle while Mommy holds the backpack, August 15, 2015, 3:53 p.m.

2015 08 15 Pier 39 Bay Cruise - Alcatraz 6, August 15, 2015, 3:56 p.m.

We also saw Alcatraz, August 15, 2015, 3:56 p.m.

2015 08 15 Pier 39 Bay Cruise - Alcatraz 9, August 15, 2015, 3:56 p.m.

Watching Alcatraz with his friend, August 15, 2015, 3:56 p.m.

Sunday

2015 08 16 Zoo - Petting Zoo horse 2, August 16, 2015, 4:12 p.m.

Ride ’em, Cowboy, August 16, 2015, 4:12 p.m.

2015 08 16 Zoo - Petting Zoo horse 5, August 16, 2015, 4:13 p.m.

Boy and Mommy inside the petting zoo, August 16, 2015, 4:13 p.m.

He was hoping to feed animals at the Petting Zoo, but we arrived too late to get feed.

2015 08 16 Zoo - Petting Zoo 2, August 18, 2015, 4:25 p.m.

At least he got to brush a goat, August 18, 2015, 4:25 p.m.

2015 08 16 Zoo - Petting Zoo 3, August 16, 2015, 4:25 p.m.

Sharing a goat, August 16, 2015, 4:25 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re65RLBPymU to watch him brush a goat)

2015 08 16 16.49.06 Carousel, August 16, 2015, 4:49 p.m.

He didn’t prefer the selfie, but the carousel was a great end to the day at the zoo, August 16, 2015, 4:49 p.m.

One Month Ago

2015 07 18 12.42.45 Swimming Class, July 18, 2015, 12:42 p.m.

Happy to be in swimming class, July 18, 2015, 12:42 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B4lAcizeSQ to see him jump into the pool)

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First Day of Second Grade

The mess that is the first day of school, August 17, 2015, 9:36 a.m.

The mess that is the first day of school, August 17, 2015, 9:36 a.m.

From Daddy: Today was his first day of second grade!

Family on the first day of second grade, August 17, 2015, 9:14 a.m.

Mommy and I both enjoyed taking him to school! He may have expressed doubts the day before, but he was happy to be back. Mommy said that he bounded to the school yard and played.

2015 08 17 09.20.18 With Gavin, August 17, 2015, 9:20 a.m.

Starting second grade with his best friend as his classmate, August 17, 2015, 9:20 a.m.

We were thrilled that his best friend was in the same classroom.

2015 08 17 In line 3, August 17, 2015, 9:35 a.m.

I took many photos, August 17, 2015, 9:35 a.m.

2015 08 17 In line 2, August 17, 2015, 9:35 a.m.

I took too many photos for his taste, August 17, 2015, 9:35 a.m.

We stayed for the principal’s announcements and staff introductions. Then it was time for him to go to class.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qUyzin_zIA to see the newly-minted second-graders walk to class for the first day. I nickname this, “The March of the Penguins.”)

2015 08 17 09.20.57 Super-Hero pose, August 17, 2015, 9:20 a.m.

Super-hero pose on the first day of second grade, August 17, 2015, 9:20 a.m.

Last year

2014 08 18 First Day of School - Walking to School 4, August 18, 2014, 8:51 a.m.

“Daddy, I don’t do a super-hero pose anymore!,” August 18, 2014, 8:51 a.m.

Two Years Ago

Happy in his "super-hero" pose on the way to school, August 19, 2013, 9:01 a.m.

Happy in his “super-hero” pose on the way to his first day of kindergarten, August 19, 2013, 9:01 a.m.

2013-08-20 Second Day of School 5, August 20, 2013, 9:31 a.m.

Even though I tried to hide as I observed him on the second day of kindergarten, he still identified me and saluted me with the super-hero pose, August 20, 2013, 9:31 a.m.

Three Years Ago

First Day Giraffe 1, August 27, 2012, 8:05 a.m.

Our boy is accustomed to Daddy’s constant photographs, August 27, 2012, 8:05 a.m.

Four Years Ago

2011-08-25_14-14-31 First Day of Preschool, August 25, 2011, 2:14 p.m.

First Day of Preschool, August 25, 2011, 2:14 p.m.

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Return to the Zoo

2015 08 16 Zoo - Near front gate 1, August 16, 2015, 2:47 p.m.

With Mommy at the Zoo, August 16, 2015, 2:47 p.m.

Zoo with Mommy 3 - happy, July 11, 2009, 4:51 p.m.

With Mommy at the Zoo, July 11, 2009, 4:51 p.m.

From Daddy: We went to the zoo today and I could not resist taking a photo where we took his very first photo at the zoo!

2015 08 16 Zoo - Elephant Statue, August 16, 2015, 3:56 p.m.

Climbing the Elephant Statue at the Zoo, August 16, 2015, 3:56 p.m.

2015 08 16 Zoo - Web net 1, August 16, 2015, 4:01 p.m.

Climbing the Web net, August 16, 2015, 4:01 p.m.

2015 08 16 Zoo - Wingspan, August 16, 2015, 4:36 p.m.

A greater wingspan than a peregrine falcon, August 16, 2015, 4:36 p.m.

2015 08 16 Zoo - Carousel 2, August 16, 2015, 4:47 p.m.

A perfect ending to the day at the zoo, August 16, 2015, 4:47 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inZGilPrNr4 to see him train for American Ninja Warrior at the Zoo)

Yesterday

2015 08 15 20.07.44 Shower, August 15, 2015, 8:07 p.m.

Washing the swimming lesson’s chlorine out of his hair, August 15, 2015, 8:07 p.m.

Last Week


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBpnn6aMGdw to see fun with cousins at the playground)

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Destination San Francisco

Family on the Bay, August 15, 2015, 3:30 p.m.

Family on the Bay, August 15, 2015, 3:30 p.m.

2015 08 15 16.07.13 Bay Cruise selfie, August 15, 2015, 4:07 p.m.

We enjoyed the Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise, August 15, 2015, 4:07 p.m.

From Daddy: Some great friends drove into town around 3 a.m. After a morning of TV and video games, we got a late start to swimming class (and horrible traffic on the way to the Golden Gate Bridge didn’t help either–and the long drive made him motion sick)…

2015 08 15 12.52.52 Swimming, August 15, 2015, 12:52 p.m.

We arrived at swimming class in time to join the part of the class in the deep end; here he is about to practice, August 15, 2015, 12:52 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA2NDbW5HlM to watch him jump into the water)

…and then more horrible traffic toward Fisherman’s Wharf!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6AS4k1JOGI to watch him chase giant bubbles as we got tickets)

When we finally purchased tickets on our ride on the Blue & Gold Fleet for a cruise on San Francisco Bay, we ate a snack/lunch and then made it through an extremely long line at Pier 39 to board the 3:15 Bay Cruise.

2015 08 15 16.07.10 Bay Cruise selfie, August 15, 2015, 4:07 p.m.

Bay Cruise selfie, August 15, 2015, 4:07 p.m.

2015 08 15 16.07.26 Bay Cruise selfie, August 15, 2015, 4:07 p.m.

A boy and a Daddy on the Bay, August 15, 2015, 4:07 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puPWcW7PUBY to watch his cruise the Bay)

Yesterday

2015 08 14 19.48.05 Family, August 14, 2015, 7:48 p.m.

Great time and dinner with the cousins and family. Here pictured with Ngen-Ngen, August 14, 2015, 7:48 p.m.

One Week Ago

2015 08 08 14.57.51 Grandparents' Wii, August 8, 2015, 2:57 p.m.

He played baseball and ping-pong with the grandparents. Yeah-Yeah would challenge his on the Wii and they bowled. The boy got five strikes in a row, tying his personal record, August 8, 2015, 2:57 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZW6Brrsvao to see his fifth strike in a row!)

About Two Weeks Ago

It was the final assembly at “Destination San Francisco,” the last week of Camp Galileo which he really enjoyed! It was also his birthday, and you can look for his crown in the video below.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3BwFjBdTvE to see the final assembly at Camp Galileo’s Destination San Francisco)

We began our trip to Las Vegas the following day.

Boy and Daddy on the rental car shuttle in Las Vegas, August 1, 2015, 3:47 p.m. The line at Budget would be enormous.

Boy and Daddy on the rental car shuttle in Las Vegas, August 1, 2015, 3:47 p.m. The line at Budget would be enormous.

Boy and Daddy looking at where American Ninja Warrior is taped in Las Vegas, August 3, 2015, 6:33 p.m. Boy and Daddy looking at where American Ninja Warrior is taped in Las Vegas, August 3, 2015, 6:33 p.m.

Bass Pro Shops selfie in Las Vegas, August 3, 2015, 8:02 p.m.

Bass Pro Shops selfie in Las Vegas, August 3, 2015, 8:02 p.m.

Two Years Ago

2013 08 15 130703_883 Boston Market drawing, August 15, 2015, 1:07 p.m.

He is interested again in the Solar System as of a few months ago, but here he is two years ago, intently drawing, August 15, 2013, 1:07 p.m.

2013 08 15 135144_095 Boston Market drawing, August 15, 2015, 1:51 p.m.

A better look at the drawing of our Solar System, August 15, 2013, 1:51 p.m.

Three Years Ago

2012 08 15 Discovery Museum camp - getting ready 5, August 15, 2012, 8:25 a.m.

Ready to go to the Discovery Museum camp, August 15, 2012, 8:25 a.m.

2012 08 15 Discovery Museum camp 2, August 15, 2012, 8:25 a.m.

Arrived at the Discovery Museum, August 15, 2012, 8:25 a.m.

2012 08 15 Discovery Museum camp 3, August, 15, 2012, 8:47 a.m.

Ready to march into the Discovery Museum camp, August, 15, 2012, 8:47 a.m.

2012 08 15 Discovery Museum camp 4, August 15, 2012, 8:47 a.m.

Here is where I turned over my little boy to the Discovery Museum camp 4, August 15, 2012, 8:47 a.m.

Four Years Ago

2011 08 15 14.20.56 Toy, August 15, 2011, 2:20 p.m.

At three years old, he can spell!, August 15, 2011, 2:20 p.m.

Seven Years Ago

Yawn!

2008 08 15 Napping on Daddy 3, August 15, 2008, 9:18 a.m.

Snuggling on Daddy, August 15, 2008, 9:18 a.m.

2008 08 15 Napping on Daddy 4, August 15, 2008, 9:21 a.m.

Are those eyes open?, August 15, 2008, 9:21 a.m.

2008 08 15 Napping on Daddy 5, August 15, 2008, 9:23 a.m.

Napping on Daddy, August 15, 2008, 9:23 a.m.

2008 08 15 Napping on sofa 2, August 15, 2008, 9:47 a.m.

Swaddled on the sofa, August 15, 2008, 9:47 a.m.

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