Monthly Archives: December 2012

We Wish You a Merry 2012 Christmas

2012 Christmas Cars notepad 1, December 25, 2012, 1:47 p.m.

He loves opening presents, December 25, 2012, 1:47 p.m.

From Daddy: We had a great Christmas! Robert ran to get me out of bed this morning to open presents.

2012 Christmas - Bob the Builder 1, December 25, 2012, 7:26 a.m.

Hmmm…What’s in this?, December 25, 2012, 7:26 a.m.

His favorite present was a construction set (great job, Mommy!)

2012 Christmas - Bob the Builder 2, December 25, 2012, 7:26 a.m.

Robert wants to be Bob the Builder, December 25, 2012, 7:26 a.m.

2012 Christmas - Bob the Builder 4, December 25, 2012, 7:28 a.m.

Safety googles, December 25, 2012, 7:28 a.m.

2012 Christmas - Bob the Builder 6, December 25, 2012, 7:28 a.m.

Robert the Builder, December 25, 2012, 7:28 a.m.

2012 Christmas - Bob the Builder 8, December 25, 2012, 7:34 a.m.

He loves this toy hammer, December 25, 2012, 7:34 a.m.

(Not pictured: His Bob the Builder DVD set (thanks to the Drews)—some of which he watched this morning—and his power jigsaw (thanks to Selena Day-Day and Auntie Helen)—which he received later—to complete the set.)

2012 Christmas with Yeah-Yeah 2, December 25, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

Playing Builder with Yeah-Yeah, December 25, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

Thanks to everyone for his presents!

2012 Christmas shirt, December 25, 2012, 1:48 p.m.

What you can do with a shirt, December 25, 2012, 1:48 p.m.

2012 Christmas calendar 2, December 25, 2012, 1:44 p.m.

Presenting the 2012 calendar that Mommy made for Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen, December 25, 2012, 1:44 p.m.

2012 Christmas calendar 3, December 25, 2012, 1:44 p.m.

Admiring the 2012 calendar that Mommy made for Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen, December 25, 2012, 1:45 p.m.

Happy Holidays 2012!

Giants game 1, September 8, 2012, 12:44 p.m.

Enjoying the SF Giants game, September 8, 2012, 12:44 p.m.

Forks High School, September 14, 2012, 11:55 a.m.

Holding up the Forks High School sign, September 14, 2012, 11:55 a.m.

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

Robert and Daddy happy at the top of the Hoover Tower, May 6, 2012, 1 p.m.

Casa de Fruta Pacheco Express 1, April 23, 2012, 12:55 p.m.

All aboard with Robert and Mommy, April 23, 2012, 12:55 p.m.

Hope you’ve had as much fun this year as we have. With Love.

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2012 Merry Christmas Eve

From Daddy: We wish you a Merry Christmas Eve!

2012 Christmas Tree 8, December 11, 2012, 7:43 p.m.

Daddy, Boy, & Christmas Tree, December 11, 2012, 7:43 p.m.

“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

Robert had a great time decorating the Christmas Tree.

2012 Christmas Tree 4, December 11, 2012, 7:27 p.m.

He sets the ornament just right, December 11, 2012, 7:27 p.m.


He’ll tell you he “loves” decorating the tree.
2012 Christmas Tree 6, December 11, 2012, 7:28 p.m.

Decorating the tree with Mommy, December 11, 2012, 7:28 p.m.


He especially loves the lights and finds them “colorful!”
2012 Christmas Tree 5December 11, 2012, 7:28 p.m.

Happy Christmas Tree decorator pointing inside an opening in the tree where he can see more colorful lights, December 11, 2012, 7:28 p.m.


After we were done, I asked him to sit with me on the couch at the other end of the living room. He climbed up beside me and sat right at my side and exclaimed, “From here it looks wonderful!” Awwwww.

2012 Christmas Tree 9, December 11, 2012, 7:49 p.m.

Wonderful Christmas Tree, December 11, 2012, 7:49 p.m.

Little Drummer Boy

This morning, Robert and I walked down to Annie’s to get our hair cut. Robert has been declaring for few weeks that he would never get his hair cut again, but yesterday he backtracked when Mommy reminded him that a reward for getting his hair cut was a lollipop. So, this morning, on the way to Annie’s, he told me, “I will never get a hair cut, but I’m going to get a hair cut.”

When we arrived, Annie remarked how handsome he looked with his cowboy boots. Robert made sure that she noticed his cowboy hat as well.

Christmas Eve Haircut 1, December 24, 2012, 10:35 a.m.

Seated in the race car barber chair, taking a photo with Daddy, December 24, 2012, 10:35 a.m.

Before the hair cut, I made sure to grab the sole blue lollipop out of Annie’s candy bucket. Robert enjoyed it during my haircut while he played.

Christmas Eve Haircut 3, December 24,  10:56 a.m.

Haircut under hat, boy by Annie’s toys, and bluish lips, December 24, 2012, 10:56 a.m.

“O’ Christmas Tree”

On the way to and from Annie’s, we visited the cactus planting on Judah Street and 22nd Avenue. Granddad, Grandma, and Robert cactus:

Judah St Cacti 1, December 24, 2012, 11:19 a.m.

Robert declared the taller catcus on the right to be “Granddad,” the left to be “Grandma,” and the small catcus to be “Robert,” December 24, 2012, 11:19 a.m.

Grandma Pam and Auntie Jamie cactus:

Judah St Cacti 2, December 24, 2012, 11:20 a.m.

He declared the tallest to be “Grandma Pam” and the second-tallest to be “Auntie Jamie,” but when I asked him about Grandpa…, December 24, 2012, 11:20 a.m.

Grandpa cactus:

Judah St Cacti 3, December 24, 2012, 11:20 a.m.

…he looked around for a tall one and declared it to be “Grandpa,” December 24, 2012, 11:20 a.m.

Andrew cactus:

Judah St Cacti 4, December 24, 2012, 11:20 a.m.

Then he found “Andrew,” though I’m not sure which one he is, December 24, 2012, 11:20 a.m.

“Christmas Cookies” or “Frosting the Snowman”

Today, Mommy baked cookies with Robert. Later, we decorated cookies.

2012 Christmas Cookies 1, December 24, 2012, 3:30 p.m.

Cookie decorator at work, December 24, 2012, 3:30 p.m.


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

2012 Christmas Cookies 5, December 24, 2012, 3:37 p.m.

2012 Christmas Cookie Close-Up, December 24, 2012, 3:37 p.m.

We also left a cookie out for Santa tonight!

Later tonight, we drove to visit the Tom and Jerry’s house in San Francisco.

Tom & Jerry House in San Francisco

Tom & Jerry House in San Francisco during the daytime

When a fire truck drove down the street, Santa and his elf handed them candy canes. As Robert watched Santa, he shouted over the noise to Uncle Albert, “I left a cookie out for Santa, and I left a cookie out for you!” (pointing to Uncle Albert).

I asked, “Do you want to tell him?”

As Santa walked back to the sidewalk, Robert said, “I left a cookie out for you at my house!”

Santa asked if it was his favorite kind of cookie…“a Christmas cookie!”

Robert said it was and something about the frosting being glue (because Mommy likened the frosting to glue for the sprinkles). Despite their rapport, Robert still didn’t want to take a photo with Santa. He told me later that there were two kinds of Santas: One he doesn’t like and one he does like that he saw at school with the other kids.

Christmas Wrapping

One of Robert’s favorite things about this weekend was quality time with Uncle Albert. Here are photos of Robert giving Uncle Albert with a Christmas present.

Uncle Albert 2012 Christmas Gift 2, December 22, 2012, 4:46 p.m.

Reading the Christmas card together, December 22, 2012, 4:46 p.m.

Uncle Albert 2012 Christmas Gift 3, December 22, 2012, 4:46 p.m.

Leaning on Uncle Albert, December 22, 2012, 4:46 p.m.

Uncle Albert 2012 Christmas Gift 1, December 22, 2012, 4:46 p.m.

Happy Christmas-time with Uncle Albert, December 22, 2012, 4:46 p.m.

Tonight, Mommy suggested that Robert select a cookie to share with Uncle Albert. Robert agreed and said, “And if Uncle Albert wants to share it with me, I would like it!”

“Santa Baby”

We love our boy.

2012 Christmas Tree 7, December 11, 2012, 7:41 p.m.

A boy and his tree, December 11, 2012, 7:41 p.m.

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2012 Christmas Sing-Along

Sing-Along 02, December 21, 2012, 11:14 a.m.

Clapping Along, December 21, 2012, 11:14 a.m.


From Daddy: This morning was the 2012 Christmas Sing-Along for St. Anne Preschool.
Sing-Along 03, December 21, 2012, 11:15 a.m.

Sing-Along, December 21, 2012, 11:15 a.m.


Robert has been talking about it for three days. “I can’t wait!” he would exclaim.
Sing-Along 10, December 21, 2012, 11:17 a.m.

Sing-Along Smile, December 21, 2012, 11:17 a.m.

Like last year…

Sing-Along - clinging 3, December 16, 2011, 11:08 a.m.

2011 Cling-Along, December 16, 2012, 11:08 a.m.

Sing-Along - clinging 1, December 16, 2011, 11:08 a.m.

Mommy Comforts Baby at his first Christmas Sing-Along, December 16, 2011, 11:08 a.m.

…he clung to his parents.

Sing-Along - Before 3, December 21, 2012, 11:06 a.m.

Clinging and chillin’ on Mommy — 2012-style, December 21, 2012, 11:06 a.m.

Unlike last year, Robert actually sang!

Sing-Along 07, December 21, 2012, 11:17 a.m.

Jingle Bells, December 21, 2012, 11:17 a.m.



(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3K48NQ7K7o on your mobile device)

We had a great time! Thank you to the teachers!

Sing-Along 13, December 21, 2012, 11:18 a.m.

New Use for Sleigh Bells, December 21, 2012, 11:18 a.m.

Happy photos from the 2011 Sing-Along while holding onto Daddy, thanks to the front-facing camera of Daddy’s phone:

Sing-Along with Daddy 2, December 16, 2011, 11:20 a.m.

Happy Boy with a Very Happy Daddy at the 2011 Sing-Along, December 16, 2011, 11:20 a.m.

Sing-Along with Daddy 1, December 16, 2011, 11:20 a.m.

Family portrait at the 2011 Sing-Along, December 16, 2011, 11:20 a.m.

More photos from after last year’s Sing-Along:

Sing-Along - Trains 6, December 16, 2011, 12:06 p.m.

Happy Among the Trains, December 16, 2011, 12:06 p.m.

Sing-Along - Trains 1, December 16, 2011, 12:05 p.m.

Boys Playing with Trains, December 16, 2011, 12:05 p.m.

Sing-Along - Trains 3, December 16, 2011, 12:06 p.m.

Each Boy Wants a Thomas the Tank Engine, December 16, 2011, 12:06 p.m.

Sing-Along - Trains 6, December 16, 2011, 12:06 p.m.

Close-Up of the Smiling Boy, December 16, 2011, 12:06 p.m.

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My Gym with Ga-Ga

My Gym with Ga-Ga - seated 3, December 17, 2012, 12:12 p.m.

My Gym with Ga-Ga – seated 3, December 17, 2012, 12:12 p.m.


From Daddy: We had the opportunity to bring Ga-Ga to a My Gym class on Saturday, so here are some photos and videos of that fun day!
My Gym with Ga-Ga - seated 1, December 17, 2012, 12:11 p.m.

Robert ended up on the other side of the girl, but got up to move beside Ga-Ga, December 17, 2012, 12:11 p.m.


My Gym with Ga-Ga - seated 2, December 17, 2012, 12:12 p.m.

Seated with Ga-Ga, December 17, 2012, 12:12 p.m.



(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPuFfhhyYQ8 on your mobile device)
My Gym with Ga-Ga - regroup at circle, December 15, 2012, 12:34 p.m.

Ga-Ga sits still while Robert rolls over, December 15, 2012, 12:34 p.m.

My Gym with Ga-Ga - Robert says Turkey, December 15, 2012, 12:44 p.m.

“Ga-Ga, instead of saying, ‘Ta-da!’ I said, ‘Turkey!,’ ” December 15, 2012, 12:44 p.m.


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0QWpxQFM1k on your mobile device)

My Gym - Catci Nearby, December 8, 2012, 11:45 a.m.

Catci near My Gym, December 8, 2012, 11:45 a.m.

After My Gym, we headed to lunch (stopping to park beside the nearby cacti so that we could gaze upon them in the rain).

Boston Market with Ga-Ga 1, December 15, 2012, 1:34 p.m.

Examining our number 42, December 15, 2012, 1:34 p.m.

I tried to get a good photo of them sitting beside each other.

Boston Market with Ga-Ga 2, December 15, 2012, 1:38 p.m.

Just before I snapped the photo, something fell and the boys looked down at it!, December 15, 2012, 1:38 p.m.

Boston Market with Ga-Ga 3, December 15, 2012, 1:38 p.m.

Thing 1 Smiles, December 15, 2012, 1:38 p.m.

Boston Market with Ga-Ga 4, December 15, 2012, 1:38 p.m.

Thing 2 Smiles, December 15, 2012, 1:38 p.m.

Robert loves his Ga-Ga and was so happy, as always, that he could join us.

Boys at Denny's, December 1, 2012, 8:54 a.m.

Boy marvel at snails in the damp flower bed outside Denny’s before breakfast, December 1, 2012, 8:54 a.m.

Boys on the floor, December 4, 2012, 6:58 p.m.

Weird boys rolling on the floor at Yeah-Yeah’s and Ngen-Ngen’s, December 4, 2012, 6:58 p.m.

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Take On Me

From Daddy: It’s an ’80s weekend on My Gym radio!


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqOxFx4vZFw on your mobile device)

We had so much fun bringing Ga-Ga to My Gym today!

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