Glad to Be Home

From Daddy: After two weeks in Southern California, I met up with Mommy and the boy for dinner. He say to me quietly, “I’m so happy to so you.” Awwww. He also say that he was glad to be back in San Francisco. I told him that I was glad but that technically we were in Daly City. He said, “I know but it’s so close.”

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American Ninja Warrior – Venice Qualifying

2015-06-17 12.57.24 Venice Beach, June 17, 2015, 12:57 p.m.

Delighting in burying his cousin at Venice Beach, June 17, 2015, 12:57 p.m.

From Daddy: Today, he enjoyed spending time at Venice Beach.

2015-06-17 12.56.03 Venice Beach, June 17, 2015, 12:56 p.m.

Burying his cousin at Venice Beach, June 17, 2015, 12:56 p.m.

Not lost upon him was that American Ninja Warrior periodically tapes in Venice!

2015-06-17 13.52.07 Venice Beach, June 17, 2015, 1:52 p.m.

Training for American Ninja Warrior at Venice Beach, June 17, 2015, 1:52 p.m.

2015-06-17 13.52.56 Venice Beach, June 17, 2015, 1:52 p.m.

Happy at Venice Beach, June 17, 2015, 1:52 p.m.

2015-06-17 13.55.16 Venice Beach, June 17, 2015, 1:55 p.m.

Swinging at Venice Beach, June 17, 2015, 1:55 p.m.

One Week Ago

2015 06 10 17.08.07 Peppa Pig in Cantonese, June 10, 2015, 5:08 p.m.

Watching Peppa Pig in Cantonese to “study,” June 10, 2015, 5:08 p.m.

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Fort Building


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lxox9I9YhX4 for a tour of his fort)

From Daddy: He spent mornings last week at the Bay Area Discovery Museum at Fort Building Camp!

2015 06 08 Discovery Museum - GGB 2, June 8, 2015, 8:49 a.m.

The ol’ superhero pose with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, June 8, 2015, 8:49 a.m.

I had the great fortune of being able to drive him there on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, but unfortunately I did not plan sufficiently to be able to drive him Wednesday and Friday nor visit his fort on Friday (the last day).

2015 06 08 Discovery Museum - GGB 3, June 8, 2015, 8:48 a.m.

Me with the Golden Gate Bridge; he took the photo, June 8, 2015, 8:48 a.m.

Still, returning to the museum gave me a great deal of nostalgia. He’s attend a camp at the Bay Area Discovery Museum for each of the previous two years (Art Attack! two years ago, Fort Building also last year), and we had great memories.

2015 06 08 Discovery Museum - GGB 4, June 8, 2015, 8:48 a.m.

Happy boy; he had to wear his cap and mine while taking a photo of me, June 8, 2015, 8:48 a.m.

We arrived early on Monday (the first day), so we enjoyed a walk near the shoreline to look at the Golden Gate Bridge and take photos. Then, he joined his group on the mat that was set up on the sidewalk.

2015 06 08 Discovery Museum - Fort Building 1, June 8, 2015, 8:54 a.m.

The Fort Building teacher had all the kids put a foot in the middle at a morning huddle before leading them into the museum, June 8, 2015, 8:54 a.m.

On the following morning, we also left the house early so I treated him to a bolo bao which he would have enjoyed at school on Tuesdays anyway. We brought our treats (I also got a pastry) and ate at the museum before anyone else arrived.

2015 06 09 08.38.05 Bolo Bao, June 9, 2015, 8:38 a.m.

Enjoying a bolo bao before Fort Building camp began. We fed pastry crumbs to pigeons, June 9, 2015, 8:38 a.m.

After camp on Tuesday, he and Mommy joined me for lunch near the office!

2015 06 09 13.29.11 Boudin, June 9, 2015, 1:29 p.m.

Have a drink during a break from the Boudin activity sheet, June 9, 2015, 1:29 p.m.

On Thursday, I took photos him as I was trying out my new phone (obtained just three days previously).

2015 06 11 08.47.34 Getting Backpack out of Car, June 11, 8:47 a.m.

Having to reach back into the car to retrieve his backpack because he left the car without it, June 11, 8:47 a.m.

2015 06 11 08.48.39 Discovery Museum, June 11, 2015, 8:48 a.m.

Walking to the Discovery Museum with the back of his recent haircut in view, June 11, 2015, 8:48 a.m.

2015 06 11 08.48.41 Discovery Museum, June 11, 2015, 8:48 a.m.

In the upper left, you can see his teachers and fellow campers for Fort Building, June 11, 2015, 8:48 a.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6_nl8Z-itU to watch him walk to Fort Building camp last Thursday, the last day that I would be able to take him there)

Finally on Friday, the fort was unveiled!

2015 06 12 Fort, June 12, 2015, 12:30 p.m.

Proud of his fort, June 12, 2015, 12:30 p.m.

2015 06 12 12.43.11 Fort - Selfie, June 12, 2015, 12:43 p.m.

Mommy and boy selfie at Fort Building camp, June 12, 2015, 12:43 p.m.

2015 06 12 13.33.38 Curious George, June 12, 2015, 1:33 p.m.

After camp, he and Mommy enjoyed the Curious George exhibit at the Discovery Museum, June 12, 2015, 1:33 p.m.

Today

He had lunch at In-and-Out and enjoyed the Griffith Observatory!

This Past Weekend


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSLR-L8FnJM to see him bounce around on trampolines)

Between the trampoline dodgeball at House of Air and the rock climbing at Planet Granite, he did some free bouncing around. See the video above!

Also, just for fun, here is the safety video at Planet Granite (click https://vimeo.com/126339592 because it will not play below).

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Dodgeball


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHJPE0HK1hk to watch dodgeball)

From Daddy: One of his favorite things to do at House of Air (preceding the rock climbing at Planet Granite) at Saturday’s birthday party was to play dodgeball on trampolines! I was surprised because this was the type of game (elimination/combat) that would cause him to cry less than two couple of years ago. His side won the first two games and he was delighted.

We would later realized (unrelatedly) that he was erroneously given a wrist band for those older than age 7. Still, I would think that he was as physical as any seven year old. Later, he didn’t love dodgeball as much as the older kids (tweens and teens) were too good.

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Up


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKCkggGXCls to see his first ascent)

2015 06 13 Tyler's Birthday Party - Planet Granite 08, June 13, 2015, 4:44 p.m.

Getting in his harness at Planet Granite, June 13, 2015, 4:44 p.m.

From Daddy: Yesterday, we attended a great birthday party! The highlight for him was an hour at Planet Granite to rock climb.

2015 06 13 Tyler's Birthday Party - Planet Granite 17, June 13, 2015, 4:56 p.m

Final rundown before his first climb at Planet Granite, June 13, 2015, 4:56 p.m

2015 06 13 Tyler's Birthday Party - Planet Granite 01, June 13, 2015, 4:42 p.m.

Surveying the first rock climb at Planet Granite, June 13, 2015, 4:42 p.m.

2015 06 13 Tyler's Birthday Party - Planet Granite 05, June 13, 2015, 4:42 p.m.

Stepping into his harness at Planet Granite, June 13, 2015, 4:42 p.m.

2015 06 13 Tyler's Birthday Party - Planet Granite 12, June 13, 2015, 4:49 p.m.

Ready for his ascent at Planet Granite, June 13, 2015, 4:49 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBsj1xAyF4A to see his second climb)


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bgr1dxNCFNE to see more climbing)

After Climbing

2015 06 13 Tyler's Birthday Party - Pasquale's 1, June 13, 2015, 7:16 p.m.

Two cakes for dessert, June 13, 2015, 7:16 p.m.

2015 06 13 Tyler's Birthday Party - Pasquale's 3, June 13, 2015, 7:16 p.m

By the end of dessert, he said that he didn’t want to eat any more because he might start to get sick!, June 13, 2015, 7:16 p.m

Four Days Ago

Enjoying a treat at CostCo with Mommy, June 10, 2015, 2:11 p.m.

Speaking of desserts, here he is enjoying a treat at CostCo with Mommy! Yummy frozen yogurt to counteract some of the antibiotics he’s had to take due to a recent illness, June 10, 2015, 2:11 p.m.

One Week Ago

2015 06 07 13.22.43 Golf Mart, June 7, 2015, 1:22 p.m.

Our big golfer at Golf Mart, June 7, 2015, 1:22 p.m.

We went to Golf Mart to buy him a golf glove for his right hand. Hopefully, Grandpa will be able to take him golfing when he and Mommy are visiting next week.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytzlqSPF2Dk to watch him play at Golf Mart)

2015 06 07 Golf Mart 1, June 7, 2015, 1:08 p.m.

On the driving range simulator at Golf Mart, his average drive was just over 50 yards, June 7, 2015, 1:08 p.m.

2015 06 07 Golf Mart 2, June 7, 2015, 1:08 p.m.

A 76-yard shot on the driving range simulator at Golf Mart, June 7, 2015, 1:08 p.m.

Then we went shopping at Target at Tanforan after which he wanted to play area just in the mall.

2015 06 07 Tanforan play area 2, June 7, 2015, 2:04 p.m.

Atop a giant pair of plastic binoculars at the Tanforan play area, June 7, 2015, 2:04 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytzlqSPF2Dk see him play at the Tanforan play area)

2015 06 07 Dinner at Turk's 3, 7:48 p.m.

Ignoring the big screen HDTV behind him, he plays with a toy horse while we visit a friend’s at dinner, 7:48 p.m.

Today

Breakfast at Casa de Fruta while he and Mommy were driving to Southern California, June 14, 2015, 9:24 a.m.

Breakfast at Casa de Fruta while he and Mommy were driving to Southern California, June 14, 2015, 9:24 a.m.

A sign at The Shoppe at Kettlemen Bravo Farms, June 15, 2015, 12:29 p.m.

A sign at The Shoppe at Kettlemen Bravo Farms, June 15, 2015, 12:29 p.m.

A layer of smog seen on the way to Southern California, 3:21 p.m.

A layer of smog seen on the way to Southern California, 3:21 p.m.

2015 06 14 15.50.28 King House, June 14, 2015, 3:50 p.m.

Arrived at Grandpa’s and Grandma Pam’s, June 14, 2015, 3:50 p.m.

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Under the Solar System

Boy and daddy camping in the big tent at preschool under the stars/solar system, June 6, 2015, 2:18 p.m.

From Daddy: After a shopping trip at Safeway yesterday, we drove to Mommy’s preschool so that she could drop off some groceries.

2015 06 06 Preschool Tent 1, June 6, 2015, 2:14 p.m.

Posing in the big tent at preschool, June 6, 2015, 2:14 p.m.

She left him in the car because he said that he didn’t want to come in.

2015 06 06 Preschool Tent 2, June 6, 2015, 2:15 p.m.

Running and jumping around in the big tent at preschool, June 6, 2015, 2:15 p.m.

However, when I told him that I saw a gigantic tent, he excitedly wanted to see it!

2015 06 06 14.16.22 Preschool Tent, June 6, 2015, 2:16 p.m.

It’s as if we were camping in the big tent under the stars/solar system at Mommy’s preschool, June 6, 2015, 2:16 p.m.

He want permitted to enter, and he ran and jumped laps inside.

2015 06 06 14.16.39 Preschool Tent, June 6, 2015, 2:16 p.m.

Boy selfie in the big tent at preschool, June 6, 2015, 2:16 p.m.

He frolicked!

2015 06 06 14.17.31 Preschool Tent, June 6, 2015, 2:17 p.m.

He took this photo of the bulletin board from inside the big tent at preschool, June 6, 2015, 2:17 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm2PUUrnFv8 to see him enjoy the tent)

Afterward, we got his long-awaited haircut.

Earlier

2015 06 06 McDonald's, June 6, 2015, 10:24 a.m.

We enjoyed Egg McMuffins at McDonald’s while enjoying American Ninja Warrior on their free wi-fi, June 6, 2015, 10:24 a.m.

Later, we had a swimming lesson.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5vKUlDUG_w to watch the swimming lesson)

Then grocery shopping.

2015 06 06 Shopping for Vinegar, June 6, 2015, 1:49 p.m.

He wanted to hold the vinegar and then was inspired to weigh the gallon in the produce section; it weighed nine pounds, June 6, 2015, 1:49 p.m.

The Day Before

We celebrated National Doughnut Day 2015 with free doughnuts at Krispy Kreme.

2015 06 05 10.30.53 Krispy Kreme, June 5, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

Happy with his doughnut at Krispy Kreme, June 5, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

2015 06 05 10.26.47 Krispy Kreme, June 5, 2015, 10:26 a.m.

A photo taken near the end of our wait in a long line at Krispy Kreme on National Donut Day, June 5, 2015, 10:26 a.m. He enjoyed his chocolate donut with sprinkles but I thought that my warm glazed donut was better.

Close-up of Krispy Kreme (Paul Chinn, San Francisco Chronicle)

Close-up of Krispy Kreme (Paul Chinn, San Francisco Chronicle)

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Finally a Haircut

2015 06 06 Haircut 3, June 6, 2015, 2:33 p.m.

He’s been asking me for days to get a haircut, June 6, 2015, 2:33 p.m.

From Daddy: He’s wanted a haircut for a while.

2015 06 06 Haircut 1, June 6, 2015, 2:33 p.m.

Revved up in the race car and ready for a haircut, June 6, 2015, 2:33 p.m.

I asked him what he wanted to do yesterday morning; it was his first Friday after the end of first grade and I had arranged to be out of the office to spend the day with him. On his list was golf, an art project, and a haircut.

2015 06 06 14.36.14 Haircut, June 6, 2015, 2:36 p.m.

While the hairdresser tries to hold his head in a certain position, he intently is trying to watch the TV, June 6, 2015, 2:36 p.m.

We accomplished the first two things, but the haircut didn’t happen until this afternoon…but it was well-timed. We arranged for it after his swimming class since his hair would be washed tonight anyway.

2015 06 06 Haircut 4, June 6, 2015, 2:48 p.m

If you can see the reflection of the TV in the mirror in the upper right, he is intently watching tennis coverage on the news in Chinese, June 6, 2015, 2:48 p.m

After swimming, we shopped at Safeway as a family. I wanted him to join us so that he could select for himself some flavors of yogurt which might help to counteract the side effects of the antibiotics he’s been taking since a doctor’s visit on Thursday morning.

2015 06 06 14.52.23 Haircut, June 6, 2015, 2:52 p.m.

What do you think of his haircut?, June 6, 2015, 2:52 p.m.

From Safeway, I called the salon who said that he could get his haircut any time after a half-hour from then.

2015 06 06 14.52.36 Haircut, June 6, 2015, 2:52 p.m.

Profile view of his haircut, June 6, 2015, 2:52 p.m.

We dropped off some groceries at Mommy’s preschool. He played there for a while and then we went to the hair salon.

2015 06 06 14.52.42 Haircut, June 6, 2015, 2:52 p.m.

In lieu of going to the bakery of his choice, his stuck with the tried and true reward of a lollipop after the haircut, June 6, 2015, 2:52 p.m.

The early razor-work in the back seemed to remove too much hair for my preference. However, he gave it an unsolicited thumb up. He would repeat the thumb up after the cut.

2015 06 06 Haircut - back 1, June 6, 2015, 7:55 p.m.

He loved the firm almost prickly feel of his cut hair in the back of his head and asked me to take a photo of it, June 6, 2015, 7:55 p.m.

I liked the way that the haircut turned out!

Earlier

He had his first swimming lesson with the replacement swim teacher. It was a good lesson and she did well for him. She was teaching a new skill today–treading water–and you can watch by clicking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5vKUlDUG_w on your device.

Afterward, we drove to Safeway where he enjoyed driving the shopping cart. He would choose the Boston Cream Pie flavor of Yoplait Greek 100.

His choice of yogurt

Also, I needed to buy vinegar and Mommy needed to buy stuff for the preschool.

2015 06 06 Shopping for Vinegar, June 6, 2015, 1:49 p.m.

He wanted to hold the vinegar and then was inspired to weigh the gallon in the produce section; it weighed nine pounds, June 6, 2015, 1:49 p.m.

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