Monthly Archives: June 2012

Beanie Doesn’t Like Summer Vacation & Congrats to Goo-Goo’s!

Backyard Putting Green - sitting, June 2, 2012, 1:30 p.m.

Robert sitting at the backyard putting green that Yeah-Yeah built (unrelated to this post otherwise, but the photo is cute), June 2, 2012, 1:30 p.m.

From Daddy: Robert’s last day of school was June 5, and last week Robert told Mommy that he didn’t like his school-less summer vacation, so now he has joined Summer Camp for two or three days a week. He likes it very much! Today, he reunited with his BFF Hadley and they built a long train track that was–in his opinion–“Awesome!”

Robert hadn’t seen Hadley for a little over a week since Hadley’s birthday party. On the morning on that party, Robert told me, “I love Hadley so much,” and he told me what a good friend Hadley is.

Hadley's present, June 9, 2012, 4:18 p.m.

Robert watches a present being opened, June 9, 2012, 4:18 p.m.

The Refrigerator Store

Last Saturday, while Robert and I were getting a smoothie (or as he calls it, a “smoovie”), Yeah-Yeah called me to ask me to buy a refrigerator for him at Lowe’s. After our “smoovie,” Robert and I bought drove there.

Refrigerator 1, June 10, 2012, 12:02 p.m.

Robert tries to push the refrigerator, June 10, 2012, 12:02 p.m.

As soon as I exited the freeway, Robert recognized the neighborhood and told me that he wanted to go to The Golf Mart. I told him, “If we go to the refrigerator store and you are a GOOD BOY, then we can go to Golf Mart.” I repeated, “If we go to the refrigerator store and you are a GOOD BOY, then we can go to Golf Mart. Do you understand me?” I reiterated, “If we go to the refrigerator store and you are…”

And he completed my sentence, “PATIENT.”

Close enough, I thought.

Refrigerator 5, June 10, 2012, 12:06 p.m.

The refrigerator that we purchased with Robert in the photo for scale, June 10, 2012, 12:06 p.m.

And, yes, afterward, we played at Golf Mart.

Golf Mart driving range - high tee 1, June 10, 2012, 12:50 p.m.

Fore!, June 10, 2012, 12:50 p.m.

Golf Mart driving range - high tee 2, June 10, 2012, 12:50 p.m.

The tee was too high for him but Robert disagreed and glared at me when I suggested a shorter tee, June 10, 2012, 12:50 p.m.


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXft7JVf3ZA on your mobile device)

Nothing Terry Pork

One of Robert’s favorite toys in the past few weeks has been the Hawaiian Vacation Talking Buzz Lightyear previously given to him by Uncle Albert. At some point, Robert removed the Hawaiian clothing and told mommy that Buzz was no longer from Hawaii!

Buzz talks and Robert’s favorite quotations have been, “Halt! Who goes there!” (which Robert insists is “Hat! Who goes there!”) and “All’s quiet. Nothing to report.” (or, as Robert says, “Nothing Terry Pork!”)

Hawaiian Buzz Lightyear

Hawaiian Buzz Lightyear

Peanuts

In the past few weeks, Robert has rediscovered his cookie-shaped toys and his toy kitchen. One morning he offered me light colored star-shaped while he had dark square cookies. He said that my cookies were chocolate with peanuts while his were chocolate with no peanuts.

Later, he asked me, “Daddy, what do I have to do so that I can eat peanuts?” It was so sad! He wanted to know what he needed to accomplish so that he was no longer allergic to peanuts! I told him that I didn’t know but I that I was proud of him for knowing that he can’t eat peanuts. (Recall https://beanieblog.wordpress.com/2011/02/27/february-in-review and https://beanieblog.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/treats-for-success.)

Congratulations to Goo-Goo’s!

Adrienne Goo-Goo graduated Sunday! Yay! That makes two graduated Goo-Goo’s in a row!

Mommy, Robert, and I went to Party City to get decorations for Adrienne Goo-Goo’s dinner party. Robert was so happy there, skipping and bobbing down the aisle until he found a hula-hoop!

Party City - Hula Hoop, June 16, 2012, 12:54 p.m.

Party City hula hoop, June 16, 2012, 12:54 p.m.


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

One Year Ago

We visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

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 - Robert and Jellies 1, June 18, 2011

Robert looks into a jelly tank, June 18, 2011

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

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

Aquarium - Kelp Robert, June 18, 2011, 10:35 a.m.

Mommy and Daddy like to watch the kelp forest, but Robert wasn’t into it, June 18, 2011, 10:35 a.m.

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

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

Two Years Ago

We visited Grandma and Granddad!

Swing 2010 2, June 19, 2010, 12:07 p.m.

Getting back into the swing of things

Tree with Granddad 2, June 19, 2010, 11:39 a.m.

Tree with Granddad 2


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

Poolside 1, June 19, 2010, 11:35 a.m.

Poolside 1, June 19, 2010, 11:35 a.m.

Erinn's plastic car, June 19, 2010, 6:37 p.m.

Playing with Hannah in her backyard, June 19, 2010, 6:37 p.m.

Sitting with Granddad in Den 6, June 19, 2010, 8:52 p.m.

Watching TV on Granddad’s lap, June 19, 2010, 8:52 p.m.

Climbing Erinn's playground structure 1, June 19, 2010, 5:20 p.m.

Climbing Erinn’s playground structure under Granddad’s watchful eye


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

Three Years Ago

High Chair 1, June 19, 2009, 1:55 p.m.

High Chair 1, June 19, 2009, 1:55 p.m.

High Chair 3, June 19, 2009, 1:55 p.m.

Remember that this was early in his high chair career, June 19, 2009, 1:55 p.m.

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Big Nap & Golf Mart

Big Nap, June 3, 2012, 3:17 p.m.

Big Nap, June 3, 2012, 3:17 p.m.


From Daddy: I was able to create yesterday’s long post because Robert napped for three hours yesterday!

After his nap, Mommy and I thought of ways for him to get out his excess energy. So we took him to Golf Mart!

Golf Mart putting green, June 3, 2012, 5:35 p.m.

Golf Mart putting green, June 3, 2012, 5:35 p.m.

Golf Mart putting green in action 1, June 3, 2012, 5:34 p.m.

Golf Mart putting green – Robert in action, June 3, 2012, 5:34 p.m.

Golf Mart putting green in action 2, June 3, 2012, 5:35 p.m.

Reaching into the hole for his golf ball, June 3, 2012, 5:35 p.m.


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

After Golf Mart, he played at the kids’ play area at Tanforan for a while.

Tanforan play area - on binoculars, June 3, 2012, 5:55 p.m.

Tanforan play area – Robert atop giant binoculars, June 3, 2012, 5:55 p.m.

Tanforan play area, June 3, 2012, 5:58 p.m.

Keeping an eye on him in a large play area can be like playing Where’s Waldo?, but look for the kid wearing a cap, June 3, 2012, 5:58 p.m.

Tanforan play area - jump, June 3, 2012, 5:59 p.m.

I tried to get him to smile and pose for a photo, but he’s lately wanted to jump when smiling for a photo…ugh…like that second of the Mother’s Day photos from yesterday’s post at https://beanieblog.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/happy-mothers-day-2012, June 3, 2012, 5:59 p.m.

Afterward, we had dinner where he was good enough to eat noodles, edamame beans, baked potato, and broccoli at Fresh Choice. It was a fun family evening!

Golf Mart putting green in action 1 close-up, June 3, 2012, 5:34 p.m.

Golf Mart putting green in action – close-up, June 3, 2012, 5:34 p.m.

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Happy Mother’s Day 2012!

Happy Mother's Day 2012 3, May 26, 2012, 1:03 p.m.

Happy Mother’s Day 2012 from Robert as he looks directly at the camera, May 26, 2012, 1:03 p.m.

From Daddy: May was a busy month!

Stanford

On May 6, families descended upon Adrienne Goo-Goo’s school for brunch and a campus tour. One of the highlights was the color wall–the art piece called Monument to Change as It Changes.

Color Wall 1, May 6, 2012, 12:23 p.m.

Cute kids with Adrienne Goo-Goo, May 6, 2012, 12:23 p.m.

Color Wall 2, May 6, 2012, 12:23 p.m.

Cute kids with Adrienne Goo-Goo, closer shot, May 6, 2012, 12:23 p.m.

Color Wall 4, May 6, 2012, 12:26 p.m.

Uncle James takes photos of the two seated kids while Robert explores, May 6, 2012, 12:26 p.m.

Color Wall - Christopher and Alexandra 3, May 6, 2012, 12:26 p.m.

Two seated bottoms, May 6, 2012, 12:26 p.m.

Every so often, the colors in the art piece would change like a waterfall. The kids would cutely exclaim, “Cool!” and “Whoa!”

Color Wall transition, May 6, 2012, 12:29 p.m.

Color Wall transition – Mommy takes a photo standing with Arlene Goo-Goo, Adrienne Goo-Goo, and Christopher, May 6, 2012, 12:29 p.m.



(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttajKgpJTns and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GowlLiZqbg from your mobile device)

We also found a neat fountain a took a family photo:

Fountain - family 2, May 6, 2012, 12:38 p.m.

Happy Daddy, Mommy, Robert, and Ga-Ga at the fountain, May 6, 2012, 12:38 p.m.

After the fountain, we took the elevator to the observation platform atop the Hoover Tower, which is 285 feet tall (the platform is 250 feet tall).

Tower - Fountain, May 6, 2012, 12:55 p.m.

Photo of the Fountain from the top of the Hoover Tower, May 6, 2012, 12:55 p.m.

There is a carillon of bells in the observation platform. Robert was scared of them once he realized that they might ring! (They were not scheduled to ring that day, but Robert was still concerned.)

Tower - Daddy and Robert, May 6, 2012, 1 p.m.

Robert and Daddy happy at the top of the Hoover Tower before Robert realized that the bells might ring, May 6, 2012, 1 p.m.

Totem, May 6, 2012, 1:26 p.m.

Totem on the Stanford campus, May 6, 2012, 1:26 p.m.

San Francisco Scavenger Hunt

Isabella and family visited this month. We have a scavenger hunt day!

Windmill group 1, May 19, 2012, 11:06 a.m.

Group at the windmill. Sorry that there was an imperfection on the lens. By the time I cleaned the lens, the group at dispersed!, May 19, 2012, 11:06 a.m.

Mother’s Day

On most years, on the actual day of Mother’s Day, we visit Ngen-Ngen at the fair in Dixon.


Unfortunately, Daddy was sick that day.

So here was the photo that Robert presented to Ngen-Ngen this Wednesday:

Ngen-Ngen's Mother's Day 2012, May 29, 2012, 11:15 p.m.

Ngen-Ngen’s Mother’s Day 2012 collage, May 29, 2012, 11:15 p.m.

For Mommy’s Mother’s Day, her tradition is to take most of a day off from being a mommy. (Conveniently, Uncle Albert visited that weekend!) Immediately below was Mommy’s photo from Robert:

Mother's Day 2012 - final, May 26, 2012, 2:09 p.m.

Mother’s Day 2012 – final version given to Mommy, May 26, 2012, 2:09 p.m.

Mother's Day 2012, May 25, 2012, 9:09 p.m.

Mother’s Day 2012 for Mommy – first draft, May 25, 2012, 9:09 p.m.

Happy Mother's Day 2012 2, May 26, 2012, 1:02 p.m.

Happy Mother’s Day 2012 from Robert as he jumps out of the picture frame, May 26, 2012, 1:02 p.m.

Happy Mother's Day 2012 1, May 26, 2012, 1:02 p.m.

Happy Mother’s Day 2012 from Robert, May 26, 2012, 1:02 p.m.

Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th Birthday

Last weekend was the 75th birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge. To celebrate, Robert and Mommy make a cake, scaled a hill for a view of the bridge, and ate some cake! Arlene Goo-Goo’s family got some cake as well.

GGB birthday cake 2, May 27, 2012, 2 p.m.

Cake for the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th birthday, May 27, 2012, 2 p.m.

(You might remember that Robert used to call it the “Go-Go Gate Bwidge.” It was cute, but he doesn’t call it that anymore. When Alaina visited in April (recall: https://beanieblog.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/roberts-spring-break-days-nine-and-ten), she tried and tried to get Robert to say “Go-Go Gate Bridge” but he exclaimed, “I don’t say that anymore!”)

Here’s a great article about the bridge (login required): http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304019404577418440018082040.html

Puzzle Time

Robert completed his first real jigsaw puzzle all by himself this week!

Puzzle 1, May 29, 2012, 6:11 p.m.

Robert completed a puzzle! 1, May 29, 2012, 6:11 p.m.

Puzzle 4, May 29, 2012, 6:11 p.m.

Robert completed a puzzle and sits near the puzzle’s inspiration on the train track, May 29, 2012, 6:11 p.m.

“Don’t Worry Grandma!”

On Thursday, Grandma Carol called. Robert was in the bathtub so we chatted with her on speaker. When the subject of The Golf Mart came up (recall https://beanieblog.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/forty-five-months-old-today, Grandma said that she hadn’t been to Golf Mart yet but perhaps Granddad had been to Roger Dunn with Robert. Robert grabbed the phone from my hand and said, “Don’t worry Grandma, we’ll take you to Golf Mart some time!” So cute and sweet! It made Grandma’s night!

Today

Robert was trying to get me to play with him. He said, “Daddy, do you want to play golf with me? It’s fun.”

Yesterday

As I drove Robert to Yeah-Yeah’s and Ngen-Ngen’s yesterday for lunch (while Mommy was home sick), he declared to me, “When I am bigger and you are smalllll– when you are medium, I will carry you. And I will drive you to Seven Eleven, and I will get you an Icee, and you will sit in the chair that I am sitting in now.” Cute! Especially for a kid that clearly really wanted an Icee.

One Year Ago Today

Robert's camera 1, June 3, 2011, 4:34 p.m.

Yep, Robert got a hold of a camera, June 3, 2011, 4:34 p.m.

Two Years Ago Today

Bed-head 1-2, June 3, 2010, 3:55 p.m.

Bed-head. Waking from a nap is difficult, June 3, 2010, 3:55 p.m.

Three Years Ago Today

Robert and Mommy had lunch with Daddy at Fuddruckers in Emeryville!

Fuddruckers 1, June 3, 2009, 12:18 p.m.

Robert might not be so into Fuddruckers, June 3, 2009, 12:18 p.m.

Fuddruckers 2, June 3, 2009, 12:18 p.m.

What a weird and cute look, June 3, 2009, 12:18 p.m.

Fuddruckers, June 3, 2009, 12:22 p.m.

Our fresh-faced cherub or an E*Trade TV ad?, June 3, 2009, 12:22 p.m.

Fuddruckers 3, June 3, 2009, 12:24 p.m.

A helping hand…, June 3, 2009, 12:24 p.m.

Fuddruckers 4, June 3, 2009, 12:24 p.m.

…as we recall his primary method of drinking…, June 3, 2009, 12:24 p.m.

Fuddruckers 5, June 3, 2009, 12:24 p.m.

…and eating back in those days, June 3, 2009, 12:24 p.m.

Four Years Ago This Week

Cake, June 7, 2008

We had cake and fun at a baby shower at Yeah-Yeah’s and Ngen-Ngen’s house, June 7, 2008

Gifts, June 7, 2008

Boy, did we get a lot of use out of that activity mat and backpack!, June 7, 2008

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