Last Day of First Grade

2015 05 29 Last Day of School - Elephant Bar, May 29, 2015, 7:47 p.m.

Celebrating the last day of first grade with dinner at Elephant Bar–his restaurant of choice, May 29, 2015, 7:47 p.m.

From Daddy: We parents can’t believe it! He completed the first grade!

After almost a week of being sick, he attended the last two party-filled days of school!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrZ9veEu984 to see him play Four Square at the end of the day)

I arrived at school about twenty minutes before the end of after-school care/party. I said good-bye to friends and was invited to have grown-up snacks (sushi, fried stuff, etc.) in Room 102 (which I did, and that’s why the video above is so regrettably short).

Then, we left school, only for me to have to return to retrieve his emergency medicines from the office.

Then, we picked up Mommy to go to dinner to celebrate! However, the return to school and the running in, etc., delayed dinner and helped to tire him. He nearly fell asleep on the way home!

Congratulations on our nearly-second-grader!

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End of First Grade Party

2015 05 28 First Grade Party - walk, May 28, 2015, 10:04 a.m.

Over sixty first-graders walked seven very hilly blocks to the playground, May 28, 2015, 10:04 a.m.

From Daddy: This morning was his first at school this week after falling ill on Monday (Memorial Day) and missing school on Tuesday (when I stayed home) and Wednesday (when Mommy stayed home). Fortunately he was well enough to attend today.

His appetite was poor yesterday, this morning, and he didn’t even have much pizza at lunch today at the end of year party for the first graders at J.P. Murphy Playground.

2015 05 28 First Grade Party - Sandbox, May 28, 2015, 10:31 a.m.

He ran around the edge of the sandbox like Pluto around the gravitational well of the sun, May 28, 2015, 10:31 a.m.

I had the pleasure of attending and later he would say that his favorite part of the day was playing with me!

2015 05 28 First Grade Party - Wall Ball 2, May 28, 2015, 10:55 a.m.

Wall Ball at JP Murphy Playground, May 28, 2015, 10:55 a.m.

He had great fun playing a wide variety of things (click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84CJw2unARI to watch some Two Square action).

2015 05 28 First Grade Party - Secret Hiding Place 1, May 28, 2015, 11:25 a.m.

The Secret Hiding Place to hide from teachers (but not parents) was initially intended only for these three boys. Then two girls were invited, then a boy, then two more girls…, May 28, 2015, 11:25 a.m.

2015 05 28 First Grade Party - Secret Hiding Place 3, May 28, 2015, 11:48 a.m.

Pretend that the materials at the bottom of the photo are a campfire, May 28, 2015, 11:48 a.m.

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Uncle Albert Goes to Preschool

2015 05 24 Uncle Albert and Preschool 2, May 24, 4:07 p.m.

Uncle Albert visits preschool, May 24, 4:07 p.m.

From Daddy: On Saturday Uncle Albert joined us on a trip to the Parkside branch of the library where we borrowed Ten Worlds: Everything That Orbits the Sun by Ken Croswell and Mercury by Gregory L. Vogt.

We checked out Ten Worlds: Everything That Orbits the Sun by Ken Croswell from the Parkside branch of the Library


We also checked out Mercury by Gregory L. Vogt

On Sunday he visited preschool to play.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQIwzCFNGpM to watch Uncle Albert play Wall Ball)

2015 05 24 Preschool Doctor 2, May 24, 2015, 4:13 p.m.

After Uncle Albert departed, he used a pretend stethoscope on me, May 24, 2015, 4:13 p.m.

2015 05 24 Preschool Doctor 3, May 24, 2015, 4:13 p.m.

Doctor Beanie, May 24, 2015, 4:13 p.m.

He was so happy that Uncle Albert played with him!

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Spring Sing Sequel


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu4Exj12mB4

From Daddy: He tried to show the family his Spring Sing dance yesterday, but it fizzled out above!

2015 05 23 Crazy 8s, May 23, 2015, 2:41 p.m.

He got to play Crazy 8s–his new favorite game–with the family, May 23, 2015, 2:41 p.m.

Yesterday

2015 05 23 Swimming, May 23, 2015, 1 p.m.

His swimming teacher, May 23, 2015, 1 p.m.

Last Weekend

2015 05 16 Snack with Granddad 2, May 16, 2016, 9:41 a.m.

We visited Sheng Kee, walked by Maxim, and shared a snack with Granddad at TC before walking by Happy Bakery and then walking home, May 16, 2016, 9:41 a.m.

Two Weeks Ago

It’s hard to believe that basketball is over for the spring!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elYc9p8Cj98 to see his last dribbling practice for the spring)


For dribbling practice, we revisited “Sharks & Minnows,” an elimination game that used to make him cry. I’m proud of him for trying to hard and not being afraid. Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40lsYvmpuWg on your mobile device to watch.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwDHhpIF8ho to see his last basketball game of the spring)

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2015 Spring Sing

2015 05 20 Spring Sing 1, May 20, 2015, 6 p.m.

Getting ready to perform in the 2015 Spring Sing, May 20, 2015, 6 p.m.

From Daddy: Fun night at the Spring Sing last night!

2015 05 20 Spring Sing 2, May 20, 2015, 6 p.m.

Chillin’ before the 2015 Spring Sing, May 20, 2015, 6 p.m.

2015 05 20 Spring Sing on stage, May 20, 2015, 6:22 p.m.

Getting on-stage for the 2015 Spring Sing, May 20, 2015, 6:22 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4UAEQ4fPTk to watch his class perform)

Here were other performances:


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XcKCTklQfw to watch the kinders)


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN_7ebGxGr4 to watch the third-graders)


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm-6DH2Hiek to watch the teachers)

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Mother’s Day 2015

2015 05 10 Mother's Day - Park Chalet 1, May 10, 2015, 6:15 p.m.

We enjoyed Mother’s Day dinner at the Park Chalet, May 10, 2015, 6:15 p.m.

From Daddy: We had a fun but very busy Mother’s Day!

He woke early and wished Mommy a Happy Mother’s Day. He emerged from the bedroom and looked very angry at me that I didn’t do the same, but I insisted that Mommy needed to rest because it was before 7:00!

Around 9:00, as requested by the boy yesterday, we all had breakfast at his favorite McDonald’s in Daly City.

2015 05 10 Mother's Day - McDonald's, May 10, 2015, 9:44 a.m.

He was so happy to share Mother’s Day breakfast at McDonald’s, May 10, 2015, 9:44 a.m.

He was really happy to share this Daddy-and-son thing with Mommy. He’s been here with Mommy before, but not since he developed the routine that he and I have created: While I wait in line to order, he goes to retrieve straws for the dispenser. Then he has allowed to make his way upstairs by himself (there is only one way in and out) while I get our Egg McMuffins. I order two of the them, and he gives me his plain muffin and Canadian bacon while I give him my half-muffin with cheese. He cuts the egg with into wedges with a knife and eats them last with a fork.

Afterward, we returned home, Mommy said that she wanted to make cookies for his basketball coaches. He commented that it was more of a Daddy-and-son day. We asked why. He said that Mommy’s always doing things for us. Awwww.

The power went off in the house just before lunch, so we got him fed, and then I took him to basketball while Mommy could work on cleaning the house–another goal of Mommy’s today.

2015 05 10 Basketball - Coach Will 2, May 10, 2015, 2:18 p.m.

Cookie to one basketball coach, May 10, 2015, 2:18 p.m.

2015 05 10 Basketball - Coach Luke 1, May 10, 2015, 2:19 p.m.

Cookie to the other basketball coach, May 10, 2015, 2:19 p.m.

Today was the last day of this league and we won’t return until summer. This was a great few weeks, and I’m sad that it ended.

2015 05 10 Basketball - game huddle, May 10, 2015, 2:01 p.m.

The last in-game huddle in this basketball (pre-)league, May 10, 2015, 2:01 p.m.

I remember looking out on the basketball court this afternoon and marveling at how small the kids were!

2015 05 10 Basketball - game 1, May 10, 2015, 1:51 p.m.

He is on the far left and he is so small compared to the coach on the far right!, May 10, 2015, 1:51 p.m.

He has come so far in just a few weeks! Watch below as he helped the coach demonstrate a crossover dribble for the kids (or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MIANUI2oO0 on your mobile device):

2015 05 10 Basketball - line up 3, May 10, 2015, 2:17 p.m.

As the coach was saying good-bye, he suggested that the kids clean their rooms for Mother’s Day. He raised his hand to comment that his Mommy was cleaning the house at this very moment, May 10, 2015, 2:17 p.m.

When we returned home from basketball, we all did our things: He played and watched TV, Mommy cleaned, and I went to Home Depot to get cleaning supplies. Later, we enjoyed Mother’s Day dinner at the Park Chalet!

2015 05 10 18.16.00 Park Chalet, May 5, 2015, 6:16 p.m.

Wishing Mommy a Happy Mother’s Day at dinner at Park Chalet, May 5, 2015, 6:16 p.m.

Dinner at Park Chalet, May 10, 2015, 6:16 p.m. Mommy posted on Facebook, “Happy Mother’s Day to me!”

2015 05 10 18.16.27 Park Chalet, May 10, 2015, 6:16 p.m

His upper teeth are coming in!, May 10, 2015, 6:16 p.m

2015 05 10 Mother's Day - Park Chalet 3, May 10, 2015, 6:16 p.m.

Close-up of new upper teeth, May 10, 2015, 6:16 p.m.

Afterward, ice cream at Polly Ann’s and then home to bed. Whew!

Yesterday

Yesterday was busy too! Swimming class!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WBnKDpswoE to watch some swimming)

One Week Ago

2015 05 03 Playdate, May 3, 2015, 5:04 p.m.

Playdate, May 3, 2015, 5:04 p.m.

He really wanted a friend to come over to help with train tracks. “I’m going out of my mind about these train tracks,” he declared. Trains led to electronics and pizza for dinner. He had a great time.

2015 05 03 Playdate with Trouble, May 3, 2015, 6:38 p.m.

After dinner, some played Trouble and he played with a friend’s iPhone, May 3, 2015, 6:38 p.m.

Three Weeks Ago

2015 04 19 18.07.10 Playdate, April 19, 2015, 6:07 p.m

Playdate: Look familiar?, April 19, 2015, 6:07 p.m

He had to clean up in preparation for the playdate. “Daddy says I need to pick up my toys,” he said to Mommy, “But, I need someone there to watch me and help me. Since you are my favorite parent, I think it should be you.”

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Livability

2015 05 08 18.52.44 Elephant Bar, May 8, 2015, 6:52 p.m.

Happy to be at Elephant Bar, May 8, 2015, 6:52 p.m.

From Daddy: As an early Mother’s Day present, I got Mommy a new phone. We had to go to the phone kiosk at the mall at dinnertime to finish the upgrade. He became super grumpy and sad because this mall did not have Elephant Bar and he really wanted to have dinner there.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAlV1GRU_bg to watch a close putt)

So, after I picked him up from the final session of First Tee yesterday, we picked up Mommy at school and went to Elephant Bar for dinner.

“Finally a happy kid. I was beginning to think I’d never see him again,” posted Mommy on Facebook.

One Year Ago

2014 05 09 Chinatown - Field Trip Schedule, May 9, 2014, 9:33 a.m.

Field Trip Schedule to Chinatown, May 9, 2014, 9:33 a.m.

2014 05 09 Chinatown - Self-Help for Elderly - walking to 2, May 9, 2014, 10:33 a.m.

Walking to Self-Help for Elderly to perform, May 9, 2014, 10:33 a.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_uj90drJu0 to watch him sing!)

2014 05 09 Chinatown - Restaurant - Lunch - Robert 2, May 9, 2014, 11:30 a.m.

Boy just before lunch at the Four Seas restaurant, May 9, 2014, 11:30 a.m.

2014 05 09 Chinatown - Restaurant - Lunch - Robert 1, May 9, 2014, 11:30 a.m.

Boy just before lunch at the Four Seas restaurant–but I wish he were looking directly at the camera, May 9, 2014, 11:30 a.m.

2014 05 09 Chinatown - Restaurant - Lunch - Group, May 9, 2014, 11:32 a.m.

Boy and Daddy just before lunch at the Four Seas restaurant, May 9, 2014, 11:32 a.m.

2014 05 09 Chinatown - Restaurant - Before lunch 4, May 9, 2014, 11:25 a.m.

We arrived to enjoy lunch at the Four Seas restaurant in Chinatown, May 9, 2014, 11:25 a.m.

2014 05 09 Chinatown - Eastern Bakery 2, May 9, 2014, 1:24 p.m.

Posing outside Eastern Bakery during the Chinatown field trip–he ordered a bolo bao for himself and then a guy mai bao for Daddy, May 9, 2014, 1:24 p.m.

2014 05 09 Chinatown - Woo Woo Playground - Legs in Sand 1, May 9, 2014, 1:59 p.m.

Burying his legs at Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground–he would do this at a beach in Yosemite the next day, May 9, 2014, 1:59 p.m.

2014 05 09 Casa de Fruta Playground 2, May 9, 2014, 7:42 p.m.

Monkey bars the the playground at Casa de Fruta on the way to Yosemite, May 9, 2014, 7:42 p.m.

Five Years Ago

Dixon 2010 - Yeah-Yeah, Ngen-Ngen, and Robert at Dixon 1, May 9, 2010, 12:51 p.m.

Happy Mother’s Day 2010 to Ngen-Ngen

Dixon 2010 - Yeah-Yeah, Ngen-Ngen, and Robert 2, May 9, 2010, 12:51 p.m.

Yeah-Yeah, Ngen-Ngen, and Robert at Dixon

Dixon 2010 - Yeah-Yeah walks with Robert, May 9, 2010, 12:13 p.m.

Yeah-Yeah walks with Robert toward the ponies–the calm before the storm

Dixon 2010 - Robert 2, May 9, 2010, 12:21 p.m.

Robert chases a bubble

Dixon 2010 - Robert 3, May 9, 2010, 12:21 p.m.

Looking up for bubbles

Dixon 2010 - Napping 1, May 9, 2010, 3:05 p.m.

Zzzzz after Dixon

Sac State Squirrel 2, May 9, 2010, 3:49 p.m.

Chasing a squirrel

Sac State Squirrel 1, May 9, 2010, 3:49 p.m.

Sneaking up on a squirrel

Sac State Nature 1, May 9, 2010, 3:51 p.m.

Sac State Dirt

Sac State Nature 2, May 9, 2010, 3:51 p.m.

Sac State Nature

Sac State Nature 3-4, May 9, 2010, 3:55 p.m.

Sniffing leaves

Sac State Rocks 1-2, May 9, 2010, 4:03 p.m.

Rock garden

Sac State Union outside 3, May 9, 2010, 4:11 p.m.

Outside of the University Union

Fresh Choice broccoli 3, May 9, 2010, 6:22 p.m.

Broccoli. Yum.

Fresh Choice broccoli 2, May 9, 2010, 6:17 p.m.

Chomp, chomp

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