An Umbrella Is Not a Parachute

From Daddy: I’m so proud of him and his basketball team! Their opponents today were stronger, bigger, and older, but yet his team stayed competitive and had the stamina and/or depth to dominate the second half! Click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7V8YMcGt0E.

This Morning

While we walked in the rain with umbrellas on the way to our haircuts, he asked me, “Daddy, does an umbrella truly help when you’re skydiving?”

I said, “No, an umbrella isn’t strong enough or big enough to make a difference.” Then I thought about it. “But, you know there is something big enough and strong enough, right? You know what it’s called.”

He asked, “What?”

I replied, “A parachute!”

He half-laughed, “Oh yeah! A parachute!”

A couple of minutes later, he took a couple of small hops. “You’re right,” he declared, “it didn’t help at all [in slowing his fall].”

Last Week

He was great last week in shooting practice…

…and his team had a great game!

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Anniversary!

2016-11-06-18-21-56-family, November 6, 2016, 6:21 p.m.

Anniversary family selfie, November 6, 2016, 6:21 p.m.

From Daddy: Happy Anniversary to us! Seventeen years for Mommy and Daddy!

Mommy and Daddy had Thai food with peanuts at lunch, November 6, 2016

Mommy and Daddy had Thai food with peanuts at lunch, November 6, 2016

The boy had a great day with a playdate with Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen

Beanie with Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen, November 6, 2016, 9:09 a.m.

Beanie with Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen, November 6, 2016, 9:09 a.m.

He even studied a bit of Chinese with Ngen-Ngen (click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5IBiGU22pE.

Afterward, to a friend’s house!

2016-11-06-10-58-43-playdate, November 6, 2016, 10:58 a.m.

He enjoyed a very “electronic” playdate with a friend and he couldn’t stop talking about how much he enjoyed it, November 6, 2016, 10:58 a.m.

Then a new round of basketball, this time with kids as old as ten!

2016-11-06-15-41-01-basketball-line-up, November 6, 2016, 3:41 p.m.

Lining up by height for a new round of basketball; I had my doubts with his being second from the left, November 6, 2016, 3:41 p.m.

He seemed up to the challenge in the one-on-one skill drill above (or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFClymF84Hc).

But, by luck of the draw, his team was probably the weakest–undersized, relatively slower, and not as physical. His first basket was his team’s only score from the field for a long time. But he was not discouraged even though he know that he was the shortest on the court. Immediately after the game, he practiced so that he could get better. I am so very proud of his attitude. Click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mABXtGbFuEo to see how outmatched and scrappy is his team.

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Halloween Carnival

2016-10-28-17-14-39-glo-halloween, October 28, 2016, 5:14 p.m.

Posing with a ninja friend, October 28, 2016, 5:14 p.m.

From Daddy: Friday at the Halloween Carnival for his after school program. Costumes were welcome for the carnival but not during school.

2016-10-28-15-52-03-glo-halloween, October 28, 2016, 3:52 p.m.

Seated at his desk, patiently waiting for clearance to go to the carnival, October 28, 2016, 3:52 p.m.

First thing in the morning, we were discussing costume logistics. Mommy didn’t relish the idea of leaving his costume at school, and neither did I. I offered to bring the costume after school. Then he asked, “Does that mean you can be there for the whole party?”

I supposed that I could. I asked if he wanted that and he said yes. I agreed. Then he grabbed my arm and kissed it.

2016-10-28-16-18-49-glo-halloween, October 28, 2016, 4:18 p.m.

Side view while waiting for the soccer game, October 28, 2016, 4:18 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h6pem1heYU to watch the activities)

I was really impressed with the care and patience of the volunteer face painter who drew a great Mario mustache on him!

2016-10-28-17-50-18-mustache, October 28, 2016, 5:50 p.m.

Mustache and Daddy, October 28, 2016, 5:50 p.m.

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Bringing Us Closer Together

Beanie at the Pumpkin Patch, October 30, 2016, 4:50 p.m.

Beanie at the Pumpkin Patch, October 30, 2016, 4:50 p.m.

From Daddy: We brought Grandma and Granddad to the pumpkin patch this afternoon. The recent rains made the hay stack maze particularly dirty, but he enjoyed playing it!

We also enjoyed seeing turkeys and bunnies.

Afterward, he held Mommy’s right hand and my left hand, and then he pulled. Mommy asked why he did that. He said that he wanted to pull us closer together. I told him, “You already did.”

This Evening

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (thanks to Wikipedia for the image)

After Granddad and I returned from a great dinner at Oishi Sushi, we enjoyed watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” as a family.

This Morning

We got to hear Mommy sing in church this morning!

Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, October 30, 2016, 10:31 a.m.

Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, October 30, 2016, 10:31 a.m.

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Happy Birthday Grandma!

From Daddy: Happy Birthday to Grandma! We enjoyed your party! And the bundt cake!

2016-10-29-20-10-45-grandmas-birthday, October 29, 2016, 8:10 p.m.

Grandma’s birthday party, October 29, 2016, 8:10 p.m.

Grandma opens her present, October 29, 2016, 8:16 p.m.

Grandma opens her present, October 29, 2016, 8:16 p.m.

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Pizza Critic

From Daddy: Four months ago, Mommy made some homemade pizza for The Boy and The Nephews to have for lunch. This is what she overheard:

Older Nephew: The pizza was definitely the best.

The Boy: Definitely. But you can’t underestimate the strawberries.

Older Nephew: Oh yeah, they were great too. Definitely can’t underestimate them.

All the while, Mommy thinks that the Younger Nephew is looking at both of them like he can’t believe they are playing food critic.

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Basketball Success


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKnboywRtNI to watch today’s great play)

From Daddy: After some difficulty connecting with his team a few weeks ago, he and his team have gelled these past weeks!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk8bnrgGUVc to watch the kids play “Steal the Bacon” before game time)

This was the last of the six-session series (we missed the first session going to Shaver Lake). Per tradition, Mommy baked goodies and the boy handed them to the coaches.

Beanie and Mommy give gifts to coaches at the end of a basketball league, October 23, 2016, 2:17 p.m.

Beanie and Mommy give gifts to coaches at the end of a basketball league, October 23, 2016, 2:17 p.m.

Last Week


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02M2HH5zq8Q to watch last week)

Three Weeks Ago

2016-10-02-13-31-08-basketball, October 2, 2016, 1:31 p.m.

Can you line up for basketball and hide from the camera at the same time?, October 2, 2016, 1:31 p.m.

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