Monthly Archives: September 2013

Pretzels on the Moon

From Daddy: Yesterday morning on the way to school he told me that he wanted to be a racecar driver. I asked, “Don’t you want to be a golfer?”

Not anymore, he said. “I want to sing my songs–I know what song I want to sing–then be a race car driver, then go to outer space, and sell pretzels on the moon!”

“What song do you want to sing?”

“I’m not telling!” he sang.

By the way, he’s told me before that he wanted to sell pretzels on the moon when he grows up. I told him that no one was on the moon to whom to sell pretzels. He believes that there will be a clientele by the time he’s on the moon.

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Time for Tip Off!

2013 09 15 Basketball - foot on ball 4, September 15, 2013, 1:16 p.m.

Concentrating on the basket (well, not really, but this is a good caption), September 15, 2013, 1:16 p.m.

From Daddy: As is clear from these many recent posts, Robert loves his basketball clinic!

2013 09 15 Basketball - seated 2, September 15, 2013, 1:05 p.m.

Attentive basketball student, September 15, 2013, 1:05 p.m.

2013 09 15 Basketball - foot on ball 1, September 15, 2013, 1:07 p.m.

Foot-on-ball is the ready position, but it’s not the most steady position for him, September 15, 2013, 1:07 p.m.

He’s doing quite well, too!

2013 09 15 Basketball - seated 1, September 15, 2013, 1:05 p.m.

Eager to please the coach, September 15, 2013, 1:05 p.m.

2013 09 15 Basketball - foot on ball 2, September 15, 2013, 1:08  p.m.

The approving glance of his coach, September 15, 2013, 1:08 p.m.

Here are videos of games from the past couple of weeks!


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

2013 09 22 Basketball - Game 09, September 22, 2013, 1:49 p.m.

Fast break!, September 22, 2013, 1:49 p.m.

2013 09 22 Basketball - Game 10, September 22, 2013, 1:51 p.m.

Dribbling that way!, September 22, 2013, 1:51 p.m.

2013 09 22 Basketball - Game 01, September 22, 2013, 1:33 p.m.

Pass it to me! I’m open!, September 22, 2013, 1:33 p.m.

Watch great highlights from last weekend below!


(or click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGQSoFdW0AQ on your mobile device)

During half time, the Coach led a game of “Coach Says” in the vein of “Simon Says.” Robert dislikes “Simon Says” (probably due to fear of elimination) but no kid did even close to as well as he did during “Coach Says”! He liked it.

Later, at home, I would tell Mommy about “Coach Says” and ask him to tell Mommy about what he thinks of “Simon Says.” He responded, “Hate it.”

2013 09 22 Basketball - Game 08, September 22, 2013, 1:44 p.m.

Dribbling down the court, September 22, 2013, 1:44 p.m.

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Sports, but No My Gym


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From Daddy: We enjoyed sports this weekend, but we had to give up My Gym for a while due to scheduling. Here are some videos from My Gym.

My Gym


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2013 06 01 My Gym - nose smudge, June 1, 2013, 2:11 p.m.

He smudged his nose with My Gym’s handstamp, June 1, 2013, 2:11 p.m.

Basketball

The link to one of the basketball videos from yesterday’s post didn’t work out, so here it is again plus another couple of basketball videos from yesterday:


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bb5_iyKDNA,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SZUt5kNrHM, and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jqa-pyPWo4Y on your mobile device)

Bonus

Robert uses up some nervous energy before Grandma and Granddad’s anniversary party.

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Sports Weekend

2013 09 22 Basketball - Dribbling 08, September 22, 2013, 1:12 p.m.

Awaiting instructions from the coach, September 22, 2013, 1:12 p.m.

2013 09 22 Basketball - Dribbling 10, September 22, 2013, 1:12 p.m.

Jump stop, September 22, 2013, 1:12 p.m.

From Daddy: We had a great sports weekend! At yesterday’s swimming class, he did a great job getting his face underwater.

2013 09 21 Swimming 22, September 21, 2013, 12:50 p.m.

Preparing to jump into the water, September 21, 2013, 12:50 p.m.

2013 09 21 Swimming 23, September 21, 2013, 12:51 p.m.

Grinning at whatever the teacher said, September 21, 2013, 12:51 p.m.

2013 09 21 Swimming 07, September 21, 2013, 12:36 p.m.

Making a balloon face underwater, September 21, 2013, 12:36 p.m.

2013 09 21 Swimming 15, September 21, 2013, 12:42 p.m.

Face underwater, September 21, 2013, 12:42 p.m.

2013 09 21 Swimming 26, September 21, 2013, 12:51 p.m.

Teacher helps him get his face underwater, September 21, 2013, 12:51 p.m.

2013 09 21 Swimming 27, September 21, 2013, 12:53 p.m.

He just spit out a mouthful of pool water…and loved it, September 21, 2013, 12:53 p.m.


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zRyWrWJWgE)

This morning, he played golf with Ga-Ga and Yeah-Yeah in the backyard at Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen’s house.

2013 09 22 Backyard Golf 1, September 22, 2013, 11:25 a.m.

Talking golf rules with the boys, September 22, 2013, 11:25 a.m.


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k7pK-UoWDM

2013 09 22 Backyard Golf 2, September 22, 2013, 11:26 a.m.

He celebrates after making a HOLE IN ONE! from one side of the backyard to the other just moments after I (unfortunately) stopped the movie above, September 22, 2013, 11:26 a.m.

Here’s dribbling practice below:

2013 09 22 Basketball - Dribbling 03 edited, September 22, 2013, 1:05 p.m.

Dribbling back from the other side of the court, September 22, 2013, 1:05 p.m.

2013 09 22 Basketball - Dribbling 13, September 22, 2013, 1:15 p.m.

Look at him go!, September 22, 2013, 1:15 p.m.

2013 09 22 Basketball - Dribbling 15, September 22, 2013, 1:15 p.m.

Resting after a good dribbling session, September 22, 2013, 1:15 p.m.

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2013 09 22 Basketball - Dribbling  02, September 22, 2013, 1:04 p.m.

Ready position with foot on the ball, September 22, 2013, 1:04 p.m.

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Can’t Wait for Basketball Clinic Tomorrow!


From Daddy: We had swimming class today and we can’t wait for basketball tomorrow!

(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ycxkb4tFogI
and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA8SFmKHYsY
on your mobile device)

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2013 Moon Festival Assembly

2013 09 19 Moon Festival Assembly 1, September 19, 2013, 11:05 a.m.

Robert seated before the assembly begins, September 19, 2013, 11:05 a.m.

From Daddy: Yesterday was Robert’s first performance assembly at school for the Moon Festival! Ngen-Ngen and I attended.

2013 09 19 Moon Festival Assembly 8, September 13, 2013, 11:12 a.m.

Can you spot him?, September 13, 2013, 11:12 a.m.

The kindergartners sang three songs at the beginning of the assembly.

2013 09 19 Moon Festival Assembly 8 - close up, September 19, 2013, 11:12 a.m.

Mouth open and close up, September 19, 2013, 11:12 a.m.


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Then the rest of the elementary students performed for about forty minutes. (Robert yelled to me, “Daddy, I’m bored!” as he sat and waited.)

Afterward, class by class, the student paraded with their lanterns, and then the teachers paraded with lanterns with lit candles.

2013 09 19 Moon Festival Parade 2, September 19, 2013, 12:03 p.m.

Parade with his lantern, September 19, 2013, 12:03 p.m.

Afterward, the students got to eat a slice of moon cake! Robert’s teacher had previously e-mailed Mommy and I that the school got some moon cakes that were made without peanut oil. He’s always wanted to try one, and Mommy and I made sure that he knew that they would be nut-free.

So this was Robert’s very first moon cake. He gobbled it up!

2013 09 19 Moon Festival Mooncake, September 19, 2013, 12:15 p.m.

First mooncake, September 19, 2013, 12:15 p.m.

When I asked him that evening what he thought of the moon cake, he exclaimed, “It had no peanuts and it was DELICIOUS!”

Bonus

On Tuesday, Robert and I arrived at school a little earlier than usual so he got to join the calisthenics line before school.

2013 09 17 GLO Exercise, September 09, 2013, 8 a.m.

Robert in a line doing exercise before school, September 09, 2013, 8 a.m.


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One Month Ago

Can you spot him? He's in the lower right corner, August 20, 2013, 9:29 a.m.

Can you spot him on the second day of school? He’s in the lower right corner, August 20, 2013, 9:29 a.m.

Two Months Ago

We had fun at My Gym!

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One Year Ago

I took this photo in his preschool class!

2012 09 20 Butterfly art, September 20, 2013, 8:17 a.m.

Preschool butterfly art, photo taken September 20, 2013, 8:17 a.m., art made September 17, 2013

Two Years Ago

We visited Ngen-Ngen and Yeah-Yeah at the fair in Watsonville!

2011 Watsonville 2, September 18, 2011, 12:57 p.m.

Ngen-Ngen and Day-Days with Robert in Watsonville, September 18, 2011, 12:57 p.m.

 

Three Years Ago

Judy and US Weekly 1, September 20, 2013, 6:57 p.m.

Judy exposes him to fine literature, September 20, 2013, 6:57 p.m.

Judy and US Weekly 2, September 20, 2013, 6:57 p.m.

He is fascinated by the contents of Judy’s magazine, September 20, 2013, 6:57 p.m.

Pooh backpack, September 20, 2013, 3:05 p.m.

Practice wearing a backpack with Pooh, September 20, 2013, 3:05 p.m.

Four Years Ago

He plays with a straw!

Playing with Straw 1, September 20, 2013, 6:07 p.m.

Straw on the floor, September 20, 2013, 6:07 p.m.

Playing with Straw 2, September 20, 2013, 6:07 p.m.

Wielding straw, September 20, 2013, 6:07 p.m.

Playing with Straw 3. September 20, 2013, 6:07 p.m.

Trying to reinsert straw. September 20, 2013, 6:07 p.m.

Five Years Ago

Sleepy baby:

Daddy holds sleeping Robert 1, September 20, 2013, 11:07 a.m.

Daddy happy to hold napping baby, September 20, 2013, 11:07 a.m.

Daddy holds sleeping Robert 2, September 20, 2008, 11:07 a.m.

Napping baby Robert, September 20, 2013, 11:07 a.m.

Daddy plays with baby:

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Happy Anniversary to Grandma and Granddad!

Carol & Don Anniversary with Woody & Joyce, June 15, 2013, 6:09 p.m.

The head table, June 15, 2013, 6:09 p.m.

From Daddy: Three months ago, we drove to visit Grandma and Granddad.

Carol & Don Anniversary - Boards 2, June 15, 2013, 6:18 p.m.

25 Years of Family and Friends, June 15, 2013, 6:18 p.m.

Carol & Don Anniversary - Boards 3, June 15, 2013, 6:20 p.m.

Anniversary Collage, June 15, 2013, 6:20 p.m.

Mommy threw them an anniversary party!

Carol & Don Anniversary - Cake 6, June 15, 2013, 7:15 p.m.

Cake, June 15, 2013, 7:15 p.m.

Carol & Don Anniversary - Hors d'Oeuvres, June 15, 2013, 5:35 p.m.

Hors d’oeuvres were gobbled up, June 15, 2013, 5:35 p.m.

Carol & Don Anniversary - Guests 8, June 15, 2013, 6:10 p.m.

One side of the dining room, June 15, 2013, 6:10 p.m.

Carol & Don Anniversary - Guests 3, June 15, 2013, 5:28 p.m.

Carol, Erinn, and Peggy, June 15, 2013, 5:28 p.m.

Carol & Don Anniversary - Marc & Jayna, June 15, 2013, 5:30 p.m.

Still newlyweds, June 15, 2013, 5:30 p.m.

Carol & Don Anniversary - Peggy & Larry, June 15, 2013, 5:53 p.m.

Peggy & Larry, June 15, 2013, 5:53 p.m.

Carol & Don Anniversary - Woody & Joyce, June 15, 2013, 5:34 p.m.

Family photobomb, June 15, 2013, 5:34 p.m.

Sometimes it wasn’t the most interesting time for him, but he was a trooper!

Carol & Don Anniversary - Robert 1, June 15, 2013, 5:32 p.m.

Being introduced around, June 15, 2013, 5:32 p.m.

Carol & Don Anniversary - Sometimes it wasn't so exciting for him, June 15, 2013, 5:29 p.m.

Carol & Don Anniversary – Sometimes it wasn’t so exciting for him, June 15, 2013, 5:29 p.m.

Carol & Don Anniversary - Robert 2, June 15, 2013, 6:02 p.m.

He loves bread, June 15, 2013, 6:02 p.m.


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