Free Day at the California Academy of Sciences

2016 02 07 11.18.09 Children's Playground, February 7, 2016, 11:18 a.m.

We started the day at the Koret’s Children’s Quarter Playground, February 7, 2016, 11:18 a.m.

2016 02 07 11.52.48 Triangles in the Sky, February 7, 2016, 11:52 p.m.

We parked a long way from the Academy of Sciences, but fortunately, these mysterious Triangles in the Sky pointed us to the museum, February 7, 2016, 11:52 p.m.

From Daddy: We enjoyed a free day at the California Academy of Sciences! The museum has free admission once per quarter.

Tour of the Universe from the California Academy of Sciences

The highlight was a live planetarium show called Tour of the Universe. We were told that this show (which ran every half-hour pretty much all day) is only shown on free day and there was even mention of the theorized Planet Nine.

Uromastyx lizard, photo from The Life of Animals blog

Uromastyx lizard, photo from The Life of Animals blog

Also, I enjoyed seeing a very read uromastyx lizard, which was shown as part of the Animal Color Encounters program. For fifteen minutes, the presenters taught kids about how animals use colors and talked about this lizard whose flat stomach can puff up so that a predator would be unable to extract it from between rocks.

The living roof from the California Academy of Sciences

The living roof from the California Academy of Sciences

2016 02 07 12.55.00 Living Roof, February 7, 2016, 12:55 p.m.

Boy on the Living Roof, February 7, 2016, 12:55 p.m.

Of course, no visit would be complete without hanging out on the Living Roof or seeing the jellies in the California Coast exhibit in the Steinhart Aquarium.

Pacific Sea Nettles from the California Academy of Sciences
Pacific Sea Nettles from the California Academy of Sciences

2016 02 07 13.46.07 Fountain, February 7, 2016, 1:46 p.m

Some good rains must have filled the Fountain, February 7, 2016, 1:46 p.m

2016 02 07 13.46.50 Fountain Family, February 7, 2016, 1:46 p.m.

This family could be happier looking into the camera in front of the fountain, February 7, 2016, 1:46 p.m.

Yesterday

Fence climbing. I told him not to the climb the fence at his school's field trip to the Symphony on Wednesday but that he could do so at the playground, February 6, 2016

I told him not to the climb the fence at his school’s field trip to the Symphony on Wednesday but that he could do so at the playground. Mommy took the photo.

One Week Ago

Happy birthday to Mommy, flowers select by the boy, voluntarily spending his own money, January 31, 2016

Happy birthday to Mommy, flowers select by the boy, voluntarily spending his own money.

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Beautiful Innocence

From Daddy: I watch the television show The Flash won’t allow him to watch. Mommy explained to him that I won’t let him watch it because some characters try to hurt other characters on the show. He asked me several months ago, “Why do people hurt other people on The Flash? I only hurt other people by accident.” Awwwwww.

We have had problems with flies in the house. We told him that the flies swarm around because they are looking for food. He asked a few weeks ago, “Why don’t their mommies and daddies gave them food?” Awwwwww.

Last Week

2016 01 30 18.57.57 Hangar Steak, January 30, 2016, 7:57 p.m.

Boy and Daddy outside the yummy restaurant Hangar Steak, January 30, 2016, 7:57 p.m.

2016 01 30 Hangar Steak 4, January 30, 2016, 7:39 p.m.

Chocolate covered strawberries after dinner at Hangar Steak, January 30, 2016, 7:39 p.m.

Mommies at Hangar Steak enjoying chocolate covered strawberries, January 30, 2016, 7:39 p.m.

Two Weeks Ago

Before Chinese New Year, cut your hair, January 23, 2016, 11:20 a.m.

Before Chinese New Year, cut your hair, January 23, 2016, 11:20 a.m.

Beanie found jeans to his liking as he and Daddy shopped at Old Navy, January 23, 2016, 7:20 p.m.

Beanie found jeans to his liking as he and Daddy shopped at Old Navy, January 23, 2016, 7:20 p.m.

Three Weeks Ago

2016 01 16 17.07.46 Best Buy, January 16, 2016, 5:07 p.m.

Beanie tries out a Wii U while at Best Buy and rocking the Mario cap that Uncle Albert bought him for Christmas, January 16, 2016, 5:07 p.m.

Four Weeks Ago

We took advantage of a break in the rain to climb at West Sunset Playground on Ortega St, January 8, 2016, 4:40 p.m.

We took advantage of a break in the rain to climb at West Sunset Playground on Ortega St, January 8, 2016, 4:40 p.m.

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Basketball Is Back

From Daddy: His basketball league is taking this Superbowl weekend off, but here are videos from the past couple of weekend, the first two sessions of this series. (Click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FLXiiwFTXc to see Week 1 or click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?edit=vd&v=MzNucSkUscQ to see Week 2)

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Good Night Video

From Daddy: I was out of town for a few days last week, so he (with Mommy’s help) recorded the above video one evening to wish me a good night. (Click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd0WfaxDg1g.)

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Back to Basketball

From Daddy: After a short hiatus, we returned to basketball. This time, the pre-league was at UCSF in Mission Bay. We’ve never been to this location, and the gym’s acoustics are difficult for kids to listen to the coach. But it was great to be back. (Click above to watch or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FLXiiwFTXc.)

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The Tooth Shall Set You Free

2016 01 08 07.36.06 Tooth Fairy, January 8, 2016, 7:36 a.m.

Under the terms of the Tooth Fairy agreement, one misplaced tooth = one quarter, one tooth under the pillow = two quarters. The missing tooth was just right of the upper front teeth , January 8, 2016, 7:36 a.m.

From Daddy: When I picked him up from after school yesterday, he reported a wiggly tooth.

By dinner, the wiggling was more pronounced. By the time I was reading his bedtime story (Summer of the Sea Serpent), the wiggling was so great that I suspected it might have to be removed before he went to sleep.

We tried to called Granddad a couple of times for a consultation on painless tooth removal, but he was unable to hear on his house phone (it seems that the phone needed to be rebooted).

2015 04 05 Third Tooth with Granddad 3, April 5, 2015, 7:48 p.m.

Granddad removed his third tooth without pain. The boy didn’t mind the blood either, April 5, 2015, 7:48 p.m.

We Google’d a few suggestions, but he was very anxious that the removal would hurt. He was very anxious and had to be strongly coaxed into letting me touch it (I promised that I wouldn’t remove it during exploration) two or three times. After the last exploration, I could see the base of the tooth coming away from his gum. It had to be removed before bed.

Finally, he let me start on the removal when I promised that it would not hurt. He had slowly wiggled it looser, mostly with his tongue but also a bit with his fingers, fractions of millimeters at the time. I gently and slowly scraped the tooth off, and it didn’t hurt him! He was pleased!

2016 01 07 20.31.02 Tooth, January 7, 2016, 8:31 p.m.

Nothing but the Tooth, January 7, 2016, 8:31 p.m.

We announced this to Mommy and we were all proud.

2016 01 08 07.36.04 Tooth Fairy, January 8, 2016, 7:36 a.m.

While he spoke this morning in the bathroom that some kids believe that mommies and daddies leave money under pillows, a check under his pillow shortly thereafter provided evidence of a visit from the Tooth Fairy, January 8, 2016, 7:36 a.m.

I acknowledged to him that he was afraid but he claimed that he wasn’t afraid, though his heart was beating and he “had the shivers.” Anyway, I think that he’ll be more easygoing about my trying to remove his loose teeth in the future!

He thought that he could feel the new tooth already coming in.

This morning, he saw evidence of the Tooth Fairy’s visit (click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge8XzURSrx4).

Laundry

This evening, he thought that he had run out of clean underpants. I said that I had already planned to do laundry tonight, but he found quite a few (I hope). So he said that I didn’t have to do laundry tonight and that I could do laundry “any time…except NEVER.”

Sleepy Time

Tonight, he stumbled out of the bedtime, groggy and sleepy. He wordlessly moved to his bathroom where I knew there was no cup, so I hurried to the kitchen to retrieve one. When I made it to his bathroom, he was drizzling water over the soap dispenser which he had moved under the faucet.

I gave him the cup and, after his drink, I suggested that he use the bathroom. He generally prefers our bathroom for this purpose, so I offered that he could do so. He walked into his bedroom before I redirected him to our bathroom.

I was explaining this to Mommy but he was quiet. I checked on him and he was naked; I think that he was preparing to shower. I had to remind him to use the bathroom.

Later, he needed help getting re-dressed for bed.

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Mario’s World

Showing off his Mario backpack to the camera. He often resists my requests or scowls during posed photos, but I asked him to show the backpack to Uncle Albert, and he was pleased to comply, January 7, 2016, 8:12 a.m.

From Daddy: The boy is obsessed with Mario.

2016 01 06 18.01.19 Mario Chess, January 6, 2016, 6:01 p.m.

Super Mario Chess was a great Christmas present from Auntie Jamie. Thank you, Auntie Jamie!, January 6, 2016, 6:01 p.m.

Thank you to Uncle Albert for a backpack that he wears to school.

2016 01 06 08.06.47 Mario backpack, January 6, 2016, 8:06 a.m.

His backpack is now quite easy to identify among a crowd of other backpacks, January 6, 2016, 8:06 a.m.

Yesterday

2016 01 06 17.35.41 GLO Chess, January 6, 2016, 5:35 p.m.

Speaking of chess, he enjoys playing with schoolmates after school. Here, he failed to take the queen at e4 with his pawn at f3, but he did a great job, January 6, 2016, 5:35 p.m.

The Day Before Yesterday

2016 01 05 07.42.39 Lost and Found, January 5, 2016, 7:42 a.m.

Speaking of school, this was the lost and found on only the second morning of school for the year. Fortunately, I don’t think that he lost anything in the autumn of second grade, January 5, 2016, 7:42 a.m.

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