Monthly Archives: September 2011

Cable Car Turntable

Family, December 24, 2010, 2:41 p.m.

Family at the Cable Car Turntable, December 24, 2010, 2:41 p.m.


From Daddy: Despite the blank expressions below, Robert had a great time with the cable car on Christmas Eve 2010, even though Grandma wouldn’t let Robert sit on the edge of the cable car with Granddad.
Turning, December 24, 2010, 2:31 p.m.

Turning, December 24, 2010, 2:31 p.m.

Robert on Mommy, December 24, 2010, 2:34 p.m.

Robert on Mommy, December 24, 2010, 2:34 p.m.


Robert on Grandma, December 24, 2010, 2:29 p.m.

Robert on Grandma, December 24, 2010, 2:29 p.m.

What's Robert eating?, December 24, 2010, 3:29 p.m.

What's Robert eating?, December 24, 2010, 3:29 p.m.


There was a long line and wait to board on a cable car to return, but Robert made the best of it. I ran around trees with him to keep him occupied sometimes.

Waiting to return, December 24, 2010, 4:17 p.m.

Waiting to return, December 24, 2010, 4:17 p.m.

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Sliding into a Bowl Full of Mush

Bowl Full of Mush

Bowl Full of Mush

From Daddy: Goodnight Moon is currently one of Robert’s favorite bedtime books. Last week as I was reading to Robert, there is a reference to a “bowl full of mush.” Robert asked what that was and it pointed to the picture in the book. He declared, “It’s like your oatmeal.” Cute and true (though I haven’t eaten oatmeal with him in the morning for quite soon time).

Good Night Moon

Good Night Moon

Here’s a longer combined video of Robert’s favorite slide from last weekend at Dennis the Menace Playground:


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?edit=vd&v=ZKGqL9yFf8Y on your mobile device)

One Year Ago

Asleep on Daddy, September 25, 2010, 3:47 p.m.

Asleep on Daddy, September 25, 2010, 3:47 p.m.

Two Years Ago

Here are some photos from Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen’s house:

Yeah-Yeah and Robert, September 22, 2009, 7:10 p.m.

Yeah-Yeah and Robert, September 22, 2009, 7:10 p.m.

Yeah-Yeah, Ngen-Ngen, and Robert 2, September 22, 2009, 7:10 p.m.

Yeah-Yeah, Ngen-Ngen, and Robert, September 22, 2009, 7:10 p.m.

Yeah-Yeah, Ngen-Ngen, and Robert 1, September 22, 2009, 7:09 p.m.

Yeah-Yeah, Ngen-Ngen, and Robert grabs his ear, September 22, 2009, 7:09 p.m.

Robert from above 1, September 22, 2009, 7:10 p.m.

Robert from above 1, September 22, 2009, 7:10 p.m.

Robert from above 2, September 22, 2009, 7:10 p.m.

Robert from above 2, September 22, 2009, 7:10 p.m.

Three Years Ago

Changing Table - Scrawny Robert 2, September 23, 2008, 8:34 a.m.

He was small at less than two months old..., September 23, 2008, 8:34 a.m.

Changing Table - Scrawny Robert 1, September 23, 2008, 8:32 a.m.

...and scrawny too, September 23, 2008, 8:32 a.m.

Daddy holds Robert, September 23, 2008, 7:56 p.m.

I was so new to being a Daddy back then and still getting used to holding him, September 23, 2008, 7:56 p.m.

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The Bay Aquarium

Aquarium - Robert, Daddy, & Anchovies 2, September 17, 2011, 1:07 p.m.

A sense of wonder while watching anchovies swim around an oval tank, September 17, 2011, 1:07 p.m.

Dennis the Menace Playground 1, September 17, 2011, 5 p.m.

Cute Robert at the Playground, September 17, 2011, 5 p.m.

Dinner at Mimi's Cafe - Robert and Mommy 2, June 18, 2011

Coloring at the restaurant, June 18, 2011

From Brian: Last weekend, we all went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Robert knows that it’s in Monterey, so he calls it the “Bay Aquarium.”

Aquarium - Robert and Jellies 1, June 18, 2011

Robert looks into a jelly tank, June 18, 2011

Aquarium - Robert and Jellies 2, June 18, 2011

Robert and the jellies, June 18, 2011

We’ve all wanted to return since our trip there in June. Robert loves it there.

Aquarium - Robert in shell 3, June 18, 2011, 11:05 a.m.

Robert in a shell, June 18, 2011, 11:05 a.m.

Aquarium - Robert in shell 1, June 18, 2011, 11:05 a.m.

Robert says cheese in a shell, June 18, 2011, 11:05 a.m.

Robert had three favorite parts of the aquarium. The first was the slide in the kids’ play area:

Aquarium - Slide 1, June 18, 2011, 11:30 a.m.

Slide 1, June 18, 2011, 11:30 a.m.

Aquarium - Slide 2, June 18, 2011, 11:30 a.m.

Slide 2, June 18, 2011, 11:30 a.m.

Aquarium - Slide 3, June 18, 2011, 11:30 a.m.

Slide 3, June 18, 2011, 11:30 a.m.

Aquarium - Slide 4, June 18, 2011, 11:31 a.m.

Slide 4, June 18, 2011, 11:31 a.m.

Aquarium - Slide 5, June 18, 2011, 11:31 a.m.

Slide 5, June 18, 2011, 11:31 a.m.

Another was a play area for little kids. (We couldn’t go there on our recent visit because it was crowded and we decided that he was too big. He was very saddened by that decision.)

Aquarium - Play area Robert with Daddy 2, June 18, 2011, 11:15 a.m.

Come on, Daddy, jump with me!, June 18, 2011, 11:15 a.m.

Aquarium - Play area Robert with Daddy 3, June 18, 2011, 11:15 a.m.

Robert with Daddy in the play area, June 18, 2011, 11:15 a.m.

Robert even found a way to spell TOY!

Aquarium - Play area TOY 2, June 18, 2011, 11:21 a.m.

Robert spells Toy with Daddy's help, June 18, 2011, 11:21 a.m.

Aquarium - Play area TOY 1, June 18, 2011, 11:20 a.m.

Kids can use almost anything as a TOY, June 18, 2011, 11:20 a.m.

Robert’s absolute favorite, however, were the starfish. (As soon as we entered the aquarium on Saturday, I asked, “Where are the starfish?” The lady corrected me to say that they are “sea stars.” But to Robert, they’ll be “starfish” for some time to come.)

Aquarium - Robert starfish 1, June 18, 2011, 10:52 a.m.

Robert looks at a starfish or a sea star, June 18, 2011, 10:52 a.m.

Aquarium - Robert starfish 2, June 18, 2011, 10:52 a.m.

Robert smiles at the starfish or sea star, June 18, 2011, 10:52 a.m.

Aquarium - Brittle Stars 2, September 17, 2011, 11:42 a.m.

Brittle Stars, September 17, 2011, 11:42 a.m.

It all started at the hotel the night before the aquarium. We found a sea star video on the aquarium’s web site and Robert wanted to watch it endlessly. You can watch it on your flash-enabled device at http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/videos/Video.aspx?enc=0ZZ+8rD1FkbaS6rJ54LaoA==. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out how to embed the video here.

Monterey hotel 1, June 27, 2011, 9:09 p.m.

Robert and Daddy at the hotel at a moment when they weren't watching a sea star video, June 27, 2011, 9:09 p.m.

From that video, you could see Robert’s favorite type of sea star called a “bat star.”

Aquarium - Tide Pool 1, September 17, 2011, 11:47 a.m.

Beanie touches a bat star 1, September 17, 2011, 11:47 a.m.

Aquarium - Tide Pool 2, September 17, 2011, 11:48 a.m.

Beanie touches a bat star 2, September 17, 2011, 11:48 a.m.

Aquarium - Tide Pool 3, September 17, 2011, 11:48 a.m.

Beanie beholds bat stars, September 17, 2011, 11:48 a.m.

Aquarium - Tide Pool 4, September 17, 2011, 11:48 a.m.

Robert loves the bat stars, September 17, 2011, 11:48 a.m.

After the aquarium, we shopped briefly. Here’s Robert on a mechanical horse at the outlet mall:


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nzw-0N5KC2A on your mobile device)

Then afterward we played at Dennis the Menace Playground.

Beanie at Dennis the Menace Playground 3, September 17, 2011, 4:22 p.m.

Happy at Dennis the Menace Playground, September 17, 2011, 4:22 p.m.

Beanie at Dennis the Menace Playground 6, September 17, 2011, 4:21 p.m.

A funny look at a fun place, September 17, 2011, 4:21 p.m.

Beanie at Dennis the Menace Playground with Mommy, September 17, 2011, 4:25 p.m.

Climbing a structure with Mommy behind, September 17, 2011, 4:25 p.m.

Dennis the Menace Playground - Spiral Slide, September 17, 2011, 4:25 p.m.

He liked this spiral slide a lot, September 17, 2011, 4:25 p.m.


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeZqGhKQG7M on your mobile device)

Dennis and Menace Playground with Daddy 2, September 17, 2011, 4:15 p.m.

Robert and Daddy climb a bridge over a giant slide, September 17, 2011, 4:15 p.m.

Dennis the Menace Playground slide 4, September 17, 2011, 4:20 p.m.

This was his favorite slide, September 17, 2011, 4:20 p.m.


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB2b-RjTeSY on your mobile device)

Dennis the Menace Playground 2, September 17, 2011, 5 p.m.

Close-up, September 17, 2011, 5 p.m.

This past weekend, we were fortunate that we could stay at Shannon’s vacation home. When we returned home, for a couple of days, Robert declared, “I don’t live here anymore.” He thought that he moved to Shannon’s.

In fact, in the dark early this morning, Robert scampered into our bedtime crying and whimpering, muttering, “Shannon…” I asked if he was dreaming and he said yes. I think that he dreamt that he was at Shannon’s and woke disoriented. Poor Beanie!

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Frustration

From Daddy: When I came home from work yesterday, Robert seemed a bit sad. I asked him how he was. He replied, “I think I am frustrated.” (Actually, it sounded more like “I zzhink I am fwustwated.”) It was so cute that he said that! (He was just disappointed that a toy jack o’ lantern didn’t have a candle in it.)

By the way, Robert’s on a roll with potty-training! He’s used the potty four times in the past two days! Yay, Robert!

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Is the Easter Bunny Yucky? & A Retrospective

2010-09-12_18-16-17 Robert in Restaurant 3, September 12, 2010, 6:16 p.m.

Ready to make the Easter Bunny a suggestion that he can't refuse, September 12, 2010, 6:16 p.m.

From Daddy: Tonight while playing, Robert, Mommy, and Daddy hid under the blanket in the big bed. When Mommy asked Robert from whom we were hiding, Robert declared, “We’re hiding from the Easter Bunny!”

Mommy asked, “Why are we hiding from the Easter Bunny?”

Robert replied, “Because the Easter Bunny is yucky!” Mommy asked him why the Easter Bunny was yucky and Robert logically answered, “Because he is.

Mommy said, “The Easter Bunny brings chocolate and candy.”

Robert said, “I…like…candy,” but then he added, “The Easter Bunny should bring…toys.”

Mommy said, “That’s Santa Claus’ job.”

One Year Ago

I don’t remember where we were on September 12, 2010, but here is Robert coloring in a restaurant:

2010-09-12_18-16-31 Robert in Restaurant 6, September 12, 2010, 6:16 p.m.

Robert at work, September 12, 2010, 6:16 p.m.

365 days ago today, we were visiting the people that Robert calls, “My friends The Girls.”

2010-09-13_16-54 Alaina bikes around Robert, September 13, 2010, 4:54 p.m.

Alaina rides around Robert in the parking lot, September 13, 2010, 4:54 p.m.


2010-09-13_16-55 Robert golfs with Katia, September 13, 2010, 4:55 p.m.

Robert golfs with Kati, September 13, 2010, 4:55 p.m.


2010-09-13_16-55 Robert plays with Katia, September 13, 2010, 4:55 p.m.

Robert loved then (and still loves today) to wave sticks around, September 13, 2010, 4:55 p.m.

2010-09-13_16-55 Robert, September 13, 2010, 4:55 p.m.

Our little boy, one year littler, September 13, 2010, 4:55 p.m.

Two Years Ago

Mommy and Robert had gone to visit Grandma and Granddad:


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COqJRizBYRw on your mobile device)

Later, I would fly down and we would drive home together:

Kayla and Robert 1, September 13, 2009, 9:37 a.m.

We visited Jennie and Kayla on the way out of Santa Clarita and here's Kayla holding Baby Robert, September 13, 2009, 9:37 a.m.

Kayla and Robert 2, September 13, 2009, 9:37 a.m.

Robert was just beginning to appreciate hats, September 13, 2009, 9:37 a.m.

Harris Ranch 1, September 13, 2009, 1:09 p.m.

We stopped at Harris Ranch to walk around, September 13, 2009, 1:09 p.m.

Harris Ranch 3, September 10, 2009, 1:10 p.m.

Let's go this way!, September 10, 2009, 1:10 p.m.

Harris Ranch 5, September 13, 2009, 1:10 p.m.

Daddy loves Beanie!, September 13, 2009, 1:10 p.m.

Santa Nella 2, September 13, 2009, 3:05 p.m.

Lunch on the road (Santa Nella), September 13, 2009, 3:05 p.m.

Santa Nella 1, September 13, 2009, 3:05 p.m.

Tired of paparazzi, September 13, 2009, 3:05 p.m.

Straw and Zoo Cup 1, September 13, 2009, 4:18 p.m.

Straw and Zoo Cup 1, September 13, 2009, 4:18 p.m.

Straw and Zoo Cup 2, September 13, 2009, 4:18 p.m

Straw and Zoo Cup 2, September 13, 2009, 4:18 p.m.


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHiW4Oa9QZo on your mobile device)

Three Years Ago

Playing with Ngen-Ngen, September 17, 2008, 5:06 p.m.

Playing with Ngen-Ngen, September 17, 2008, 5:06 p.m.

Smiling at Ngen-Ngen, September 17, 2008, 5:06 p.m.

Smiling at Ngen-Ngen, September 17, 2008, 5:06 p.m.

Robert Looks Serious on Yeah-Yeah, September 17, 2008, 6:59 p.m.

Robert Looks Serious on Yeah-Yeah, September 17, 2008, 6:59 p.m.



(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIk0axK9VGs and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyWpy_2xp80 on your mobile device)

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Grandma Calls Me “Lovebug”

Playing the Wii with Granddad 7, September 5, 2011, 4:05 p.m.

Big Smile for the Grandparents, September 5, 2011, 4:05 p.m.

From Daddy: The title of this post comes from Grandma calling Robert “Lovebug.” He used to echo her cutely and say, “Luuuvbug…”

We really enjoyed last weekend when Grandma and Granddad stayed with us for a few days!

Beanie and Grandma play Pooh bears 1, September 4, 2011, 7:04 a.m.

Beanie and Grandma play with plastic Pooh bears, September 4, 2011, 7:04 a.m.

Beanie and Grandma play Pooh bears 3, September 4, 2011, 7:04 a.m.

Your move, Pooh bear, September 4, 2011, 7:04 a.m.

Robert and Grandma had lots of fun. Grandma’s interest in the Big Fat Windmill was one of the reasons we visited it last weekend and also they bonded over Rock and Rock with Elmo (recall https://beanieblog.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/big-fat-windmill-big-fat-windmill/). After Granddad added batteries to the microphone, they sang songs from the book together. Robert’s favorite song was “Shoe Snakes” (which was really the chorus of “Shoo Fly,” just with lyrics changed around a little bit). He even sang the song to her this morning over the phone while sitting on the potty.

Beanie and Grandma sing Shoe Snakes, September 4, 2011, 9:25 a.m.

Beanie and Grandma sing "Shoe Snakes," September 4, 2011, 9:25 a.m.

Beanie sings Shoe Snakes, September 4, 2011, 9:28 a.m.

Beanie sings Shoe Snakes with the microphone in the kitchen, September 4, 2011, 9:28 a.m.


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQrupuuXhsg on your mobile device)

Robert and Granddad played with the Nintendo Wii a lot last Sunday and had lots of fun!

2011 09 05 Wii dance 6, September 5, 2011, 4:01 p.m.

In case you didn't know, the Wii is unique because it detects the motion of the controller. Here Robert is whipping the controller around, September 5, 2011, 4:01 p.m.

Recall the Robert likes to dance to the Wii Sports music (from https://beanieblog.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/i-want-sports/).

2011 09 05 Wii dance 3, September 5, 2011, 2:11 p.m.

As the music started, Robert said, "Granddad, dance with me!" September 5, 2011, 2:11 p.m.

2011 09 05 Wii dance 1, September 5, 2011, 1:05 p.m.

Robert dancing to the Wii 1, September 5, 2011, 1:05 p.m.

2011 09 05 Wii dance 2, September 5, 2011, 1:10 p.m.

Robert dancing to the Wii 2, September 5, 2011, 1:10 p.m.

Granddad really loved to play golf on the Wii!

Playing the Wii with Granddad 4, September 5, 2011, 4:04 p.m.

There were tense moments during Wii golf..., September 5, 2011, 4:04 p.m.

Playing the Wii with Granddad 3, September 5, 2011, 4:04 p.m.

...and there were happy moments during Wii golf..., September 5, 2011, 4:04 p.m.

Playing the Wii with Granddad 6, September 5, 2011, 4:04 p.m.

Happy Robert, September 5, 2011, 4:04 p.m.

Playing the Wii with Granddad 1, September 5, 2011, 1:12 p.m.

...but much like actual golf, there were many boring moments, September 5, 2011, 1:12 p.m.

On Saturday night, we had dinner at Ngen-Ngen and Yeah-Yeah’s house to celebrate Adrienne Goo-Goo’s return. Here’s a movie with Robert and Ga-Ga at the “microphone”:


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0X5HPnYkug on your mobile device)

Mommy and I loved being able to sleep in while the grandparents watched Robert in the morning.

2011 09 05 Sleeping in, September 5, 2011, 6:13 a.m.

After pushing Daddy out of bed, Robert slept in this morning, September 5, 2011, 6:13 a.m.

One night while getting ready for bed, I sent Robert into the living room to say goodnight to Grandma and Granddad. He bounded in to give them hugs, saying, “I zzzhink I will go to sleeeep now.” Grandma called him Lovebug and he smiled at us to say, “Grandma calls me ‘Lovebug.'” Hee-hee!

It was a great and fun weekend!

Playing the Wii with Granddad 9, September 5, 2011, 4:06 p.m.

If only Daddy aimed the camera slightly lower..., September 5, 2011, 4:06 p.m.

By the way, Robert also got into the act of playing with the camera. Here’s a photo that he took of his own feet while wearing his BuzzLight pajamas (recall https://beanieblog.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/buzz-woody-and-other-great-partnerships).

Buzz Feet 2, September 2, 2011, 10:42 a.m.

To infinity...and below!, September 2, 2011, 10:42 a.m.

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I Want Sports


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSEJO56CzLQ on your mobile device)

From Daddy: Robert loves the opening music to Nintendo Wii Sports. When the Wii main menu begins, he says, “I want Sports,” so that you’ll click Wii Sports. Then the dancing begins!

The dance doesn’t last that long, but it’s cute.

We joined Arlene Goo-Goo, Uncle James, Ga-Ga, and Di-Di for lunch with Bok-Bok today, and the boys played with the Wii. Robert and Ga-Ga were so cute! And I fed Di-Di corn kernels. Here are photos and a video of lunch with the boys from last month:

Boys in hats, June 28, 2011, 5:28 p.m.

Boys in hats, June 28, 2011, 5:28 p.m.


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEDntak5WDs on your mobile device)

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