Monthly Archives: December 2011

Merry Christmas 2011!

Christmas Tree 2011 with Grandma and Granddad 4, December 25, 2011, 9:19 a.m.

Such a cute Christmas photo!, December 25, 2011, 9:19 a.m.

Christmas Tree 2011 with Grandma and Granddad 1, December 25, 2011, 9:18 a.m.

Merry Christmas from Grandma, Granddad, and Robert, December 25, 2011, 9:18 a.m.

From Daddy: We all enjoyed eight days visiting grandparents in Southern California, and we just returned today!

We drove down on the night of Thursday the 22nd arriving around 1:30 a.m. (with Robert awake for the last two hours. Eeech.)

Christmas Presents 2011 - Thomas pillow, December 25, 2011

Santa gave Robert a Thomas pillow, December 25, 2011

Christmas Presents 2011 - Thomas tracks 1, December 25, 2011

Mommy helps Robert open Thomas tracks, December 25, 2011

Christmas Presents 2011 - Thomas tracks 2, December 25, 2011

Beholding the Thomas train tracks, December 25, 2011

Christmas Presents 2011 - Thomas tracks 8, December 25, 2011

Saying cheese, December 25, 2011

After presents on Christmas morning at Grandma’s and Granddad’s, we drove to Grandpa’s and Grandma Pam’s.

Christmas Presents 2011 - Golf clubs 1, December 30, 2011, 3:02 p.m.

Enjoying the golf clubs with Grandpa, December 30, 2011, 3:02 p.m.

Christmas Presents 2011 - Golf clubs 2, December 25, 2011, 3:02 p.m.

Posing with the golf clubs and Grandpa, December 25, 2011, 3:02 p.m.

We didn’t spend the night there, so during the following the morning, I hurried downstairs with the camera when I heard Robert giggling so cutely and loudly:

Volleyball with Grandma 1, December 26, 2011, 8:55 a.m.

Looking serious, December 26, 2011, 8:55 a.m.

Volleyball with Grandma 3, December 26, 2011, 8:55 a.m.

Volleyball with Grandma, December 26, 2011, 8:55 a.m.

Robert was playing volleyball with Grandma!

Volleyball with Grandma 4, December 26, 2011, 8:58 a.m.

Bouncing the makeshift volleyball, December 26, 2011, 8:58 a.m.

Volleyball with Grandma 5, December 26, 2011, 8:58 a.m.

Getting ready to throw to Grandma, December 26, 2011, 8:58 a.m.

Later that day, armed with the golf clubs that Grandpa gave to Robert the day before, Grandpa took Robert and me to the Alhambra Golf Course!

Beanie's first golf outing 1, December 26, 2011, 1:06 p.m.

Grandpa takes Robert by the hand to lead him down to the driving range, December 26, 2011, 1:06 p.m.

Grandpa got a medium bucket of golf balls out of the vending machine and then he led us down to the lowest of the three levels of the driving range.

Alhambra Golf Course driving range

Better that Robert hit from the lowest level!

Beanie's first golf outing 2, December 26, 2011, 1:06 p.m.

Surveying the driving range, December 26, 2011, 1:06 p.m.

As I look at the photo above, I am reminded of Robert sitting happily and peacefully with Grandma and Granddad watching a lone golfer at the driving range at the golf course in Golden Gate Park on September 4. I didn’t think as much of it at the time (https://beanieblog.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/big-fat-windmill-big-fat-windmill), but in past three months he has developed a love and obsession with golf.

Beanie's first golf outing 3, December 26, 2011, 1:07 p.m.

A golf lesson from Grandpa, December 26, 2011, 1:07 p.m.

After a golf lesson from Grandpa, Robert was happily pleased to be able to hit the ball approaching forty yards.

Beanie's first golf outing 4, December 26, 2011, 1:07 p.m.

Looking so pleased, December 26, 2011, 1:07 p.m.

The obsession was golf carried onto Wednesday morning when Granddad took Mommy, Robert, and me to Egg Plantation for breakfast (which turned into brunch due to the long wait):

Merry Christmas from us!

Cable car sketching, December 16, 2011, 5:08 p.m.

Mommy and Robert on a motorized cable car tour, December 16, 2011, 5:08 p.m.

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Penmanship

Signature, December 7, 2011

Beanie's Signature, December 7, 2011


From Daddy: This is Robert’s signature on artwork that we sent to Goo-Poo for her birthday (Happy Birthday, Goo-Poo!) Mommy helped to steady his hand, but he did most of the work on the writing! As he wrote the letters, he started taking more and more liberty. By the end, he wanted a free hand to write a very big T.

At lunch on Monday, he also drew the following artwork:

Pentagon, December 5, 2011

This is Robert's attempt at a pentagon, December 5, 2011


Self-portrait, December 5, 2011

This is his self-portrait!, December 5, 2011


Aren’t they cool? They are better than most of his attempts at photos!
2011-10-16_14-29-41_194, October 15, 2011, 2:29 p.m.

Robert rarely takes successful photos, October 15, 2011, 2:29 p.m.

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Golf & The Love of “The Girls”

Mini golf 1, November 25, 2011, 12:11 p.m.

Teeing up at the second hole, November 25, 2011, 12:11 p.m.


From Daddy: One of his major obsessions over the past few months has been golf.
Mini golf 2, November 25, 2011, 12:12 p.m.

Nice shot on hole two, November 25, 2011, 12:12 p.m.


For months he has been talking about his desire to go golfing. This summer, he and the girls went miniature golfing in San Rafael and he loved it. During the recent Thanksgiving long weekend, we all went with Grandma and Granddad.

One of the moments that I’ll remember most is the long walk to the miniature golfing entrance of Malibu Grand Prix in Redwood City. His mommy and I smiled happily to each other and we saw the happy bounce in his step as he pranced down the walkway. Awwwwww. We love that kid.

Usually, he would tee off from the beginning of a hole (often missing the ball a few times). Much later, closer to the hole, he would pick up the ball, move it immediately next to the hold, and tap it in!


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After the fun of golf, he got to play some skee-ball in the arcade and then we had lunch at the Old Port Lobster Shack.

Old Port Lobster Shack 2, November 25, 2011, 1:56 p.m.

Lunch at the Old Port Lobster Shack, November 25, 2011, 1:56 p.m.

Recently, mommy bought him some nice soft golf balls for playing around the house. He loves these.

Golf game, December, 6, 2011, 10:53 p.m.

Golf game and four foam kid-friendly golf balls

This morning, he said to me, “Next time when the girls come here, next time when the come here, we can play golf together in the house.” Yep, there would be a golf ball for each of them. Awwwwwww.

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