Return to Gilroy Gardens

Mommy and Beanie at Black Bear Diner in Gilroy, October 7, 2017, 6:20 p.m.

Mommy and Beanie at Black Bear Diner in Gilroy, October 7, 2017, 6:20 p.m.

From Daddy: Not too long after aikido class on Saturday, we packed up the car and drove to Gilroy Gardens, our Happy Place. We parked, he and Mommy did the Garlic Twirl, we rode on Balloon Flight, and then we went to the Water Oasis where he enjoyed some Dippin’ Dots. After that, he frolicked in the water.

2017 10 07 14.17.48 Gilroy Gardens - Water Oasis, October 7, 2017, 2:17 p.m.

Beanie at the Water Oasis at Gilroy Gardens, October 7, 2017, 2:17 p.m.

We had a big snack, rode the Panoramic Wheel and then cooled down in the Green Barn to do some artwork.

Beanie and Mommy's art contest at the Green Barn at Gilroy Gardens, October 7, 2017

Beanie and Mommy’s art contest at the Green Barn at Gilroy Gardens, October 7, 2017

Afterward, we checked into our hotel, rested, and then had a long dinner at the Black Bear Diner.

He devours a pizza for dinner at the Black Bear Diner. The pizza looked burnt, but he loved it. Service was terrible; we probably waited half an hour for our dinner, October 7, 2017, 7:03 p.m.

He devours a pizza for dinner at the Black Bear Diner. The pizza looked burnt, but he loved it. Service was terrible; we probably waited half an hour for our dinner, October 7, 2017, 7:03 p.m.

We returned to Gilroy Gardens to collect candy and play.

2017 10 07 20.23.26 Gilroy Gardens - Outside Green Barn, October 7, 2017, 8:23 p.m.

We took a photo outside the Green Barn that evening. Notice he is wearing a basketball jersey for the Halloween theme, October 7, 2017, 8:23 p.m.

2017 10 07 20.35.57 Gilroy Gardens - Bonfonte Falls, October 7, 2017, 8:35 p.m.

Bonfonte Falls was illuminated for Halloween, but it was more festive than creepy, October 7, 2017, 8:35 p.m.

2017 10 07 20.36.04 Gilroy Gardens - Bonfante Falls, October 7, 2017, 8:36 p.m.

They added mist at Bonfante Falls for effect. Also, there was a secret walkway leading back to the Marketplace, October 7, 2017, 8:36 p.m.

2017 10 07 20.50.36 Gilroy Gardens - Candy Skulls, October 7, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

Day of the Dead display, October 7, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

Victory at the Hay Maze, October 7, 2017, 8:54 p.m. He made numerous attempts and reduced his time to reaching the middle to 9.9 seconds.

Victory at the Hay Maze, October 7, 2017, 8:54 p.m. He made numerous attempts to traverse the Hay Maze and reduced his time to reaching the middle to 9.9 seconds.

2017 10 07 21.25.05 Gilroy Gardens - Bat, October 7, 2017, 9:25 p.m.

Nighttime bat, October 7, 2017, 9:25 p.m.

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Basketball Is Back

From Daddy: It’s been a long time, but he’s back in basketball! He wanted a few months off but he wanted to resume. Click above to see him play last week or below to see him play a couple of days ago.

This Weekend

2017 09 30 17.01.22 Bowling, September 30, 2017, 5:01 p.m.

On an outing at Presidio Bowl with Mommy’s church, he outbowled his parents, September 30, 2017, 5:01 p.m.

One Month Ago

Click above to see the video that he made on his final day at Grandpa and Grandma Pam’s house in L.A. They have since moved to Colorado.

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More Aikido

Beanie's Orange Belt Exam for Aikido, August 26, 2017, 10:22 a.m.

Beanie’s Orange Belt Exam for Aikido, August 26, 2017, 10:22 a.m.

From Daddy: Above is a montage of photos from his Orange Belt exam!

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Orange Belt in Aikido!

Orange Belt in Aikido, August 26, 2017, 10:40 a.m.

Orange Belt in Aikido, August 26, 2017, 10:40 a.m.

From Daddy: We are proud of our Orange Belt! Click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4tCr_0_AwM to see his exam.

He was happy to put on the new belt!

Beanie tries on his Orange Belt in Aikido, August 26, 2017, 10:40 a.m.

Beanie tries on his Orange Belt in Aikido, August 26, 2017, 10:40 a.m.

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Junior Counselor

2017 07 17 08.24.27 Discovery Museum, July 17, 2017, 8:24 a.m.

Beanie at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, July 17, 2017, 8:24 a.m.

From Daddy: Three weeks ago (during the week of July 17 – 21, 2017), he was a Junior Counselor at the Bay Area Discover Museum. Essentially he was too old (go figure!) to be a student in their camps, so he became a junior counselor instead!

After much cajoling, he agreed to pose for a photo. Eventually, he agreed to the super-hero pose, July 17, 2017, 8:23 a.m.

After much cajoling, he agreed to pose for a photo. Eventually, he agreed to the super-hero pose, July 17, 2017, 8:23 a.m.

He assisted the main counselor Jackson. In fact, a couple of the campers did not really speak English, so he helped with Cantonese while Jackson knew some Mandarin.

2017 07 21 08.33.55 Discovery Museum, July 21, 2017, 8:33 a.m.

Danielle (Program Assistant, Camps and Enrichment Classes) led the meetings. Here he is playing with his laminated name badge, seated beside counselor Jackson, July 21, 2017, 8:33 a.m.

Each morning, he attended a meeting full of adult counselors before the campers arrived.

Beanie in a meeting at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, July 21, 2017, 8:32 a.m.

Beanie in a meeting at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, July 21, 2017, 8:32 a.m.

It sounded like a great experience! When I arrived home at the end of the day, I would ask him how was work!

Super-Hero Poses Through the Years

2016 06 21 08.27.57 Discovery Museum - Superhero pose, June 21, 2016, 8:27 a.m.

The traditional superhero pose outside of the Bay Area Discovery Museum before the Golden Gate Bridge, June 21, 2016, 8:27 a.m.

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.

2014 06 16 GGB 4, June 16, 2014, 8:47 a.m.

A closer look (for comparison) at the old superhero pose before the Golden Gate Bridge, soon before Fort Building Camp at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, June 16, 2014, 8:47 a.m.

2013 07 29 Discovery GGB 1, July 29, 2013, 8:35 a.m.

With the Golden Gate Bridge, early for camp at the Discovery Museum, July 29, 2013, 8:35 a.m.

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.


(The original inspiration for the super-hero pose was Pocoyo. Click above to watch the episode.)

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MV Code Club

From Daddy: He really enjoyed this week at MV Code Club as well as breakfasts at Mel’s Drive In on Monday and Friday mornings. Mel’s is only about one block from Code Club and Monday’s would be his birthday breakfast.

Beanie assembles creamers at Mel's Drive In, July 31, 2017, 8:14 a.m.

Beanie assembles creamers at Mel’s Drive In, July 31, 2017, 8:14 a.m.

Daddy and Beanie selfie at Mel's Drive In, July 31, 2017, 8:14 a.m. Just before the first day of MV Code Club.

Daddy and Beanie selfie at Mel’s Drive In, July 31, 2017, 8:14 a.m. Just before the first day of MV Code Club.

By the second day of camp, he wanted to demonstrate his “work.”

Beanie at MV Code Club, August 1, 2017, 8:54 a.m. He wanted to show Daddy how he can play vintage Mario.

Beanie at MV Code Club, August 1, 2017, 8:54 a.m. He wanted to show Daddy how he can play vintage Mario.

On the third day, he could show the code (in Scratch) that he created for a game!

Beanie shows his game code on his second morning of MV Code Club, August 2, 2017, 8:50 a.m.

Beanie shows his game code on his second morning of MV Code Club, August 2, 2017, 8:50 a.m.

A great week of camp and we look forward to weekly afternoon classes in the fall!

His Birthday

Speaking of his birthday, he enjoyed this Mario Mini Radio Control Kart!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRFwCoodbdE to watch him drive it down our hallway)

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Nation’s Giant Hamburgers

Beanie at Nations, June 3, 2017, 6:40 p.m.

Beanie at Nations, June 3, 2017, 6:40 p.m.

From Daddy: Two months ago, I took him to dinner at Nation’s in Daly City. He didn’t exactly know where we were going and honestly his liking burgers consistently was still relatively new and uncertain to me. However, Nation’s did not disappoint and he loved his cheeseburger. Since then, he’s been pleased to eat every burger we’ve given him. He doesn’t have one often, but it’s good to know that we have another go-to thing to eat.

Nation's

Nation’s

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