Sunnyside Up

From Daddy: We had a playdate at Sunnyside Playground today. This was out first time there, and he found a great new place to train for American Ninja Warrior. Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bxrYlQUD28 to watch. He failed his challenges, but maybe next time.

Yesterday

After a hiatus due to bad traffic and travel to see Grandpa, we finally made it back to swimming class.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRFWRXX5DwQ to watch him jump in the pool)

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Birthday Golf with Grandpa

2015 02 21 Golf with Grandpa - Arroyo Seco 1, February 21, 2015, 10:04 a.m.

With a brand new set of clubs, he is ready to go to the golf course with Grandpa, February 21, 2015, 10:04 a.m.

From Daddy: We enjoyed a weekend with Grandpa to celebrate his 70th birthday!

2015 02 21 Golf with Grandpa - Arroyo Seco 2, February 21, 2015, 10:18 a.m.

Holding Grandpa’s hold as he crosses the parking lot of Arroyo Seco Golf Course, February 21, 2015, 10:18 a.m.

Luckily, he had the opportunity to enjoy the driving range and putting green at Arroyo Seco Golf Course.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5b103jqQ8k to watch him play)

Just the day before, we went to Roger Dunn Golf in North Hollywood to get new clubs for him as his current set of clubs are now too short.

2015 02 20 13.46.01 New Clubs, February 20, 2015, 1:46 p.m.

New Clubs – front, February 20, 2015, 1:46 p.m.

2015 02 20 13.45.51 New Clubs, February 20, 2015, 1:45 p.m.

New Clubs – back, February 20, 2015, 1:45 p.m.

2015 02 22 Goodbye Grandpa, February 22, 2015, 9:12 a.m.

Happy birthday, Grandpa, February 22, 2015, 9:12 a.m.

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Valetine’s Weekend 2015

2015 02 14 09.05.15 Boy in the Morning, Valentine's Morning 2015, 9:05 a.m.

Smiling Boy on Valentine’s Morning 2015, 9:05 a.m.

2015 02 14 09.05.36 Boy in the Morning, Valentine's Morning, 9:05 a.m.

Boy on Valentine’s Morning 2015, 9:05 a.m.

From Daddy: Valentine’s Day was a lovely warm day in town…which led to horrible traffic. We could not make it to swimming because traffic was horrible; we probably would have arrived after swimming class ended. So we trekked across town and waited a long time for lunch at the boy’s choice of Olive Garden where he had spaghetti, chicken, broccoli, breadsticks, and one salad crouton.

2015 02 14 Trader Joe's 1, Valentine's Day 2015, 3:33 p.m.

After a Valentine’s Day late lunch, we shopped at Trader Joe’s, Valentine’s Day 2015, 3:33 p.m.

Still, he was pleased by his own patience while we waited for lunch, and we were pleased with him as well.

2015 02 14 Trader Joe's 2, Valentine's Day 2015, 3:33 p.m.

The Fresh Prince of Trader Joe’s, Valentine’s Day 2015, 3:33 p.m.

2015 02 14 Trader Joe's 3, Valentine's Day 2015, 3:35 p.m.

Hanging at the kids play area at Trader Joe’s, Valentine’s Day 2015, 3:35 p.m.

At home, we enjoyed dessert: We shared a red velvet bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cake that I bought the evening before.

The next day, the boy and I had a great breakfast (two pancakes, one piece of bacon, and one hard-boiled egg) at Denny’s with Uncle Albert. Before breakfast was served, we played a fun game of The Scrambled States of America, the boy’s current favorite game.

The Scrambled States of America game

The Scrambled States of America Game

Then we had a family walk in the neighborhood and a snack at Sheng-Kee.

2015 02 15 Neighborhood Walk, February 15, 2015, 4:19 p.m.

Have a drink (of water) during a neighborhood walk on a warm day, February 15, 2015, 4:19 p.m.

This Morning

Adults had the day off but he had school, so Uncle Albert and Daddy walked him to school. He had a great time and the walk was seventeen minutes.

Since we arrived early in his opinion (i.e., before 8:15 a.m.), he asked if he could show Uncle Albert his favorite part of the school, which was the handout area. He saw first-graders in the yard and a handball game in progress, so he joined the game (click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y_YXYiZV-g to watch).

I put away his backpack and signed him into the before-school program. Later, he convinced me to play a game with him (which I won).

Two Weeks Ago

2015 02 02 Good-bye to Mesquite 1, February 2, 2015, 10:10 a.m.

Mommy and boy say good-bye to Grandma with Granddad in the foreground, February 2, 2015, 10:10 a.m.

2015 02 02 Good-bye to Mesquite 2, February 2, 2015, 10:11 a.m.

Good-bye to Grandma–we are leaving Mesquite, February 2, 2015, 10:11 a.m.

2015 02 02 Good-bye to Mesquite 3, February 2, 2015, 10:11 a.m.

Good-bye to Granddad, February 2, 2015, 10:11 a.m.

2015 02 02 Las Vegas - filling gas, February 2, 2015, 11:36 a.m.

Filling gas in Las Vegas on the way back to the rental car place at the airport, February 2, 2015, 11:36 a.m.

One Year Ago

2014 02 16 11.45.20 Academy of Sciences - Daddy, February 16, 2014, 11:45 a.m.

Happy Daddy and son at the Academy of Sciences, February 16, 2014, 11:45 a.m.

2014 02 16 13.34.22 Academy of Sciences - Starfish, February 16, 2014, 1:34 p.m.

Playing with starfish/sea star at the Academy of Sciences, February 16, 2014, 1:34 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP0VEB-T_sk to watch jellies at the Academy of Sciences)

Five Years Ago

Casa de Fruta restaurant 1, February 16, 2010, 9:56 a.m.

Casa de Fruta restaurant on the way toward San Diego, February 16, 2010, 9:56 a.m.

Casa de Fruta restaurant 2, February 16, 2010, 9:57 a.m.

Casa de Fruta restaurant 2, February 16, 2010, 9:57 a.m.

Six Years Ago


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-St5Xd_ZSzI to watch the best video ever)

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Special in St. George

2015 02 01 Arizona 2 close-up, February 1, 2015, 12:35 p.m.

Close-up of boy near Littlefield, AZ, February 1, 2015, 12:35 p.m.

From Daddy: Tonight, he told Grandma Pam on the phone, “Do you want to know something special that I did in St. George?” He told her, “We went to Dairy Queen.”

2015 02 01 St. George SF Pizza, February 1, 2015, 1:14 p.m.

Greetings from St. George, at the corner of irony and serendipity, but neighboring Dairy Queen, February 1, 2015, 1:14 p.m. Pacific Time, 2:14 p.m. Mountain Time

Sunday

2015 02 01 Arizona 2, February 1, 2015, 12:35 p.m.

Boy near Littlefield, AZ, February 1, 2015, 12:35 p.m.

2015 02 01 Arizona 4, February 1, 2015, 12:37 p.m.

Mommy and boy near Littlefield, AZ, February 1, 2015, 12:37 p.m.

2015 02 01 Arizona 5, February 1, 2015, 12:38 p.m.

Daddy and boy near Littlefield, AZ, February 1, 2015, 12:38 p.m.

2015 02 01 13.36.30 Arizona, February 1, 2015, 1:36 p.m.

Family near Littlefield, AZ, February 1, 2015, 1:36 p.m.

After bowling in Mesquite, NV, but before the Super Bowl party, we headed out to St. George, UT, stopping near Littlefield, AZ, for some photos, in order to support his latest love of geography.

2015 02 01 14.08.29 St. George Dixie Center with Robert, February 1, 2015, 1:08 p.m.

Evidence that he was in St. George, February 1, 2015, 1:08 p.m. Pacific Time, 2:08 Mountain Time

2015 02 01 14.19.31 St. George, February 1, 2015, 1:19 p.m.

Family in St. George, February 1, 2015, 1:19 p.m. Pacific Time, 2:19 p.m. Mountain Time

His latest favorite book

His latest favorite book

2015 02 01 Superbowl party with Grandma, February 1, 2015, 5:55 p.m.

Grandma reads to him during the Superbowl party, near the drink table, February 1, 2015, 5:55 p.m.

Also Tonight

During the shuttle ride on Monday back from the rental car center on the way to the airport in Las Vegas, I made sure to point out the “cactus hotels” along the way. I saw them during the same ride two weeks previous and was delighted to share them with him. He spoke about them with Grandma Pam.

Cactus Hotel, once his favorite book

Cactus Hotel, once his favorite book

She explained it to him, but he said, “I know that very well.”

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Bowling in Mesquite!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0o77wwmHz5c

From Daddy: See him bowl yesterday morning at the Virgin River Hotel and Casino in Mesquite, NV for only $1 per game!

2015 02 01 Bowling in Mesquite scores 2, February 1, 2015, 12:14 p.m.

Scores from bowling at the Virgin River Hotel and Casino in Mesquite, NV, where we all had gutter ball bumpers up, February 1, 2015, 12:14 p.m.

We actually stayed at the CasaBlanca Resort, a sister property of the Virgin River Hotel and Casino and the former Oasis

Earlier in the Day

2015 02 01 Breakfast with Grandparents at McDonald's, February 1, 2015, 8:34 a.m.

Breakfast with Grandparents at McDonald’s playplace in Mesquite, NV, February 1, 2015, 8:34 a.m.

2015 02 01 Breakfast with Allison 1, 10:44 a.m.

Breakfast part 2 with Allison at the River Cafe at the Virgin River Hotel and Casino in Mesquite, NV, 10:44 a.m.

2015 02 01 Breakfast with Allison 2, February 1, 2015, 10:44 a.m.

Breakfast part 2 with Allison at the River Cafe at the Virgin River Hotel and Casino in Mesquite, NV, 10:44 a.m.

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Birthday in Mesquite

From Daddy: We enjoyed a great birthday dinner in Mesquite yesterday night! Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8z-fP4LTCk to see Mommy’s birthday song!

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Happy Birthday, Mommy!

Made by the boy yesterday:

Mommy's Birthday Card 1

Mommy’s 2015 Birthday Card, part 1

Mommy's Birthday Card 2

Mommy’s 2015 Birthday Card, part 2 (the title)

Mommy's Birthday Card 3

Mommy’s 2015 Birthday Card, part 3

Mommy's Birthday Card 4

Mommy’s 2015 Birthday Card, part 4

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