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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