Monthly Archives: February 2014

Back to Basketball (Video)

From Daddy: As we walked into school today, he saw the assortment of cereals for breakfast. He saw the Lucky Charms and excitedly exclaimed, “I love Lucky Charms!” He was set for a sweet and yummy breakfast part two.

Yesterday

Video from yesterday’s basketball game!


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A33sgtYsoRM to see the basketball game)

Two Days Ago

Video from our morning walk!


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm5S4uonTHc to see the cactus hunt!)

One Year Ago

2013 02 24 Forks in the car web, February 24, 2014, 11:08 a.m.

Making sure that our friend Forks Washington is buckled safely, February 24, 2014, 11:08 a.m.

Two Years Ago

Playing ball…batter up!

2012 02 24 T-ball with Granddad 1, February 24, 2012, 10:02 a.m.

Playing ball with Granddad, February 24, 2012, 10:02 a.m.

2012 02 24 T-ball with Granddad 3, February 24, 2012, 10:02 a.m.

Playing ball with Granddad – action shot!, February 24, 2012, 10:02 a.m.

Three Years Ago

Shopping…

2011 02 24 Party store with girls 3, February 24, 2011, 10:04 a.m.

Snazzy, February 24, 2011, 10:04 a.m.

2011 02 24 Party store with girls 1, February 24, 2011, 10:03 a.m.

Shopping for trinkets, February 24, 2011, 10:03 a.m.

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Back to Basketball

2014 02 23 Basketball - before class, February 23, 2014, 12:05 p.m.

Ball down, foot on top–the ready position just before class begins, February 23, 2014, 12:05 p.m.

From Daddy: Today, we finally resumed basketball class. He was so happy to be back!


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgdzypkx2e4 to see dribbling

2014 02 23 Basketball - dribbling 1, February 23, 2014, 12:09 p.m.

Dribbling practice, February 23, 2014, 12:09 p.m.

He got right back into the swing of things and was pleased to see some of his old classmates and coaches.

2014 02 23 Basketball - shooting 4, February 23, 2014, 12:29 p.m.

Getting ready for shooting practice, February 23, 2014, 12:29 p.m.


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa5OYZYEpuA to see shooting practice)

2014 02 23 Basketball - game huddle 2, February 23, 2014, 12:33 p.m.

Pre-game huddle, February 23, 2014, 12:33 p.m.

2014 02 23 Basketball - game huddle 3, February 23, 2014, 12:33 p.m.

Just before the game–Go Team!, February 23, 2014, 12:33 p.m.

2014 02 23 Basketball - game 3, February 23, 2014, 12:41 p.m.

In pre-league, the defense is required to keep a foot on the marker on the floor, February 23, 2014, 12:41 p.m.

2014 02 23 Basketball - game 4, February 23, 2014, 12:42 p.m.

He told me that playing defense without a foot on the market was called, “Illegal defense,” February 23, 2014, 12:42 p.m.

2014 02 23 Basketball - game 7, February 23, 2014, 12:45 p.m.

Leaping defense, February 23, 2014, 12:45 p.m.

2014 02 23 Basketball - game 8, February 23, 2014, 12:46 p.m.

It’s not easy to play defense when you can’t move far, February 23, 2014, 12:46 p.m.

Yesterday

Swimming class!


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIW5YFpltYM on your mobile device)

One Month Ago

He was out of school sick.

2014 01 23 Sunset Super, January 23, 2014, 12:02 p.m.

Shopping at Sunset Super, January 23, 2014, 12:02 p.m.

2014 01 23 Sunset Super misspelling, February 23, 2014, 12:02 p.m.

A Super misspelling, February 23, 2014, 12:02 p.m.

Two Months Ago

The Christmas season

Christmas - Robert in elf hat, December 23, 2013, 7:54 p.m.

Beanie in elf hat, December 23, 2013, 7:54 p.m.

Christmas - Robert and Jeannie's Ornament 3, December 23, 2013, 7:52 p.m.

Nana Jeannie’s Christmas Ornament, December 23, 2013, 7:52 p.m.

Christmas - Mommy, Grandma, and Robert, December 23, 2013, 8:27 p.m.

Mommy, Grandma, and elf, December 23, 2013, 8:27 p.m.

Christmas - Robert and Mommy, December 23, 2013, 7:55 p.m.

Mommy and son at Christmas, December 23, 2013, 7:55 p.m.

One Year Ago

2013 02 23 Robert in an Etch-a-Sketch, February 23, 2013, 10:14 a.m.

Name in an Etch-a-Sketch, February 23, 2013, 10:14 a.m.

2013 02 23 Robert baking with Grandma 1, February 23, 2013, 7:12 p.m.

Baking with Grandma Pam–or maybe just spreading frosting, February 23, 2013, 7:12 p.m.

2013 02 23 Robert baking with Grandma 6, February 23, 2013, 7:12 p.m.

Hey Grandma Pam, watch me move my arm too quickly for the smartphone camera, February 23, 2013, 7:12 p.m.

Two Years Ago

2012 02 22 in Granddad's Chair, February 22, 2012, 2:05 p.m.

In Granddad’s Chair, February 22, 2012, 2:05 p.m.

Five Years Ago

Store-bought carrots 1, February 23, 2009, 6:58 p.m.

Loving those carrots!, February 23, 2009, 6:58 p.m.

Store-bought carrots 2, February 23, 2009, 6:58 p.m.

Satisfied with those carrots, February 23, 2009, 6:58 p.m.

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“There’s Nothing Fun at the Bank”

2014 02 22 Bank 3, February 22, 2014, 11:06 a.m.

Writing the date in the activity book at the bank, February 22, 2014, 11:06 a.m.

From Daddy: We had a busy day while Mommy was home sick.

First, to get rid of some loose energy and to avoid the temptation of watching more television, I took him on a brief walk around the block. (He asked to take his bicycle, but I didn’t want to chase him down a decline.) During our walk, he told me that he didn’t like swimming because he hated “sit-jumps.” I made a mental note.

2014 02 22 Morning Walk 1, February 22, 2014, 9:30 a.m.

Fascinated by a small rose bush not in bloom on our morning walk, February 22, 2014, 9:30 a.m.

He stopped at rose bushes and asked to be in a picture with the giant cactus below.

2014 02 22 Morning Walk 3, February 22, 2014, 9:32 a.m.

He saw the giant cactus and wanted to be in a picture with it, February 22, 2014, 9:32 a.m.

2014 02 22 Morning Walk 5, February 22, 2014, 9:34 a.m.

While the rose bush seemed ordinary to me, he asked me to take a photo of it on our morning walk, February 22, 2014, 9:34 a.m.

When encountered a garage sale and he found a small beach ball that he liked. We returned home for twenty-five cents of his own money so that he could buy it.

After about half an hour to wind down at home (during which I e-mailed his swimming teacher), I took him to the bank. I suggested that it might be fun. “There’s nothing fun at the bank,” he said, but I knew that nifty Kindergarten 2 College program was setting up an event there to encourage families to save and educate them. We also got a couple of activity books for Ga-Ga and Di-Di and an extra bag of information for them.

As we headed toward the car, he told me that we could walk to the bank (Bank of America). Actually, we went to another bank–one with which he wasn’t familiar!

We parked on Irving Street and street walking toward the bank (Citibank). I saw red, white, and blue balloons in the distance and chanted to him, “I spy with my little eye, something fun for kids.” At that moment, we walked past a different bank (Well Fargo) and he told me that we missed the bank. I led him a little further down the block toward the balloons, and they piqued his interest. “Should we go inside and check it out?” He agreed.

2014 02 22 Bank 1, February 22, 2014, 10:56 a.m.

Coloring an activity book at the bank, February 22, 2014, 10:56 a.m.

He had fun! He colored in a coloring book with a couple of girls, chatted with the program director and the branch manager, and we obtained some snacks (some juice and “Cheddar Bunnies,” the label of which he was able to read! He wanted to eat the snacks right away, but I told him that he would have to wait; we were going to lunch at Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen’s.

We met up with Ga-Ga, Di-Di, and family at Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen’s backyard. Yeah-Yeah was picking avocados. Then we had lunch, and we took off to swimming class!

2014 02 22 Swimming 04, February 22, 2014, 12:35 p.m.

Taking the plunge in swimming class, February 22, 2014, 12:35 p.m.

We told his swimming teacher that he didn’t like the sit-jumps. She said, “That’s because he doesn’t want to do them right. He’s like, ‘Screw that!’ ” (which, I should hastily add, has more than an element of truth!).

2014 02 22 Swimming 21, February 22, 2014, 12:55 p.m.

Floating starfish in swimming class, February 22, 2014, 12:55 p.m.

He said that it was actually because he was afraid of the height. (I didn’t learn that until after I e-mailed her teacher.) The teacher made sure that today he would only sit-jump from the island in the pool, and he had a great lesson!

2014 02 22 Swimming 22, February 22, 2014, 12:57 p.m.

Chasing the swimming teacher, February 22, 2014, 12:57 p.m.

Four Years Ago

Hauenstein toybox, February 22, 2010, 8:04 a.m.

Sitting at his toybox at his grandparents’ house with a piece of bread for breakfast, February 22, 2010, 8:04 a.m.

Five Years Ago

His playing with this spoon allows us to feed him without interference--unless he uses it as a shield!, February 22, 2009, 6:38 p.m.

His playing with this spoon allows us to feed him without his using his hands for interference–unless he uses the spoon as a shield!, February 22, 2009, 6:38 p.m.


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7jh7AV_59I for a vintage video)

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Touching Toes

2014 02 20 GLO Calisthenics 2, February 20, 2014, 8:07 a.m.

Touching toes, February 20, 2014, 8:07 a.m.

From Daddy: Yesterday was another day for exercise before school. I snapped a photo above. I’m not sure that he know that he was supposed to avoid bending his knees.

2014 02 20 GLO Calisthenics 1, February 20, 2014, 8:07 a.m.

Lined up and ready to exercise, February 20, 2014, 8:07 a.m.

One Month Ago

Boy on Mommy 1, January 21, 2014, 7:40 p.m.

Boy on Mommy, hiding behind her on the sofa, January 21, 2014, 7:40 p.m.

Two Months Ago

A bike ride!

2013 12 21 Cactus hunt 2, December 21, 2013, 3:29 p.m.

We found a cactus!, December 21, 2013, 3:29 p.m.

2013 12 21 Cactus hunt 3, December 21, 2013, 3:29 p.m.

Cactus and tongue, December 21, 2013, 3:29 p.m.

2013 12 21 Cactus hunt 1, December 21, 2013, 3:22 p.m.

He paused during his bike ride to take interest in this rose bush, December 21, 2013, 3:22 p.m.

A Christmas tree!

2013 12 21 Christmas tree with Mommy 3, December 21, 2014, 8:06 p.m.

We strung the lights on the Christmas tree that night, December 21, 2014, 8:06 p.m.

Three Months Ago

2013 11 21 Kindergarten to College

What a great program! K2C!

One Year Ago

On the way to see Grandpa!

2013 02 21 Casa de Fruta fountain, February 21, 2013, 11:19 a.m.

A brief stop at Casa de Fruta, taking a photo by the fountain, February 21, 2013, 11:19 a.m.

2013 02 21 Police hat, February 21, 2013, 7:22 p.m.

Grandpa’s Police hat, February 21, 2013, 7:22 p.m.

Four Years Ago

Zoo - Mommy, Grandma Carol, Granddad, and Robert 2, February 21, 2010, 12:10 p.m.

Big happy family at the San Diego Zoo, February 21, 2010, 12:10 p.m.

The San Diego Zoo!


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef5lbEH6X_4 to see the amazing panda eat!)

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Solar System Book

Solar System book as a present, given to him on February 19, 2014

Solar System book as a present, given to him on February 19, 2014

From Daddy: He loved the present.

“Oh my god! Oh my god, it’s a solar system book! It’s a solar system NOTEBOOK!”

2014 02 20 Solar System book present 1, February 20, 2014, 7:53 p.m.

Excitedly opening the Solar System book present, February 20, 2014, 7:53 p.m.

Katia gave me this present to me yesterday to give to Robert. He was amused that it was “double-wrapped.” But then he opened the present and loved it.

“It’s not a notebook; it’s better than a notebook!”


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBQgCbaZo78 to see a happy boy work on his solar system book)

2014 02 20 Solar System book present 3, February 20, 2014

A section of the book; he etched artwork into the covered foil on the right side (photo taken after he went to bed), February 20, 2014

2014 02 20 Solar System book present 3, February 20, 2014

A close-up of the etched artwork he made (photo taken after he went to bed), February 20, 2014

One Month Ago

Trying to perfect his xylophone playing.


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=597dfrCl6Qs to watch and listen)

Two Months Ago

The Christmas program at school!

2013 12 20 AFY Christmas Program 01, December 20, 2013, 1:32 p.m.

Christmas Program: Marching in, December 20, 2013, 1:32 p.m.

2013 12 20 AFY Christmas Program 04, December 20, 2013, 1:32 p.m.

Christmas Program: Lined up and ready to sing, December 20, 2013, 1:32 p.m.

2013 12 20 AFY Christmas Program 07, December 20, 2013, 1:34 p.m.

Christmas Program: I guess his pants her too loose, December 20, 2013, 1:34 p.m.

2013 12 20 AFY Christmas Program 11, December 20, 2013, 1:44 p.m.

Christmas Program: Ready for next performance, December 20, 2013, 1:44 p.m.

2013 12 20 AFY Christmas - Gingerbread 1, December 20, 2013, 2:12 p.m.

Christmas Program: Afterward, working on his gingerbread house, December 20, 2013, 2:12 p.m.

2013 12 20 AFY Christmas - Gingerbread 3, December 20, 2013, 2:12 p.m.

Christmas Program: Afterward, I guess this passes as a smile, December 20, 2013, 2:12 p.m.

Three Months Ago

2013 11 20 Pattern 2, November 20, 2013, 5:29 p.m.

A pattern of Halloween candy bars, November 20, 2013, 5:29 p.m.

2013 11 20 Pattern 1, November 20, 2013, 5:28 p.m.

Working on patterns for homework, November 20, 2013, 5:28 p.m.

Four Months Ago

2013 10 20 Basketball - Coach Says, October 20, 2013, 12:47 p.m.

Eagerly awaiting orders for Coach Says, October 20, 2013, 12:47 p.m.


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECl4lpPYFXg to watch the basketball game)


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALNDD6Pawmc to watch him join dribbling practice with bigger kids because we arrived too early to join the small kids)

Six Months Ago: The Second Day of School!

2013 08 20 GLO Self-Portrait 2, August 20, 2013, 8:26 a.m.

He was asked to draw a self-portrait at the before-school care, August 20, 2013, 8:26 a.m.

2013 08 20 GLO Breakfast 1, August 20, 2014, 8:34 a.m.

He discovered bo lo bao (pineapple bun) for the first time at breakfast and he eats it every Tuesday even now, August 20, 2014, 8:34 a.m.

2013 08 20 Before school basketball 2, August 20, 2013, 9:03 a.m.

Playing some basketball before the second day of school, August 20, 2013, 9:03 a.m.

2013-08-20 Second Day of School 6, August 20, 2013, 9:32 a.m.

Lined up for the second day of school, August 20, 2013, 9:32 a.m.

At home from the second day of school!

2013 08 20 Bedroom Solar System 3, August 20, 2013, 6:49 a.m.

A home-made Solar System made with a sun-light and coins, August 20, 2013, 6:49 a.m.

Four Years Ago


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE4lOj1zFcg to see cuteness)

Five Years Ago


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtE7K9WZalY to see and hear the squeal)

Smiling after his squealing, February 20, 2009, 7:11 p.m.

Smiling after his squealing, February 20, 2009, 7:11 p.m.

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Morning Exercise

2014 02 18 GLO Calisthenics 2, February 18, 2014, 8:08 a.m.

Jumping jacks in a line up, February 18, 2014, 8:08 a.m.

From Daddy: On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 – 8:30, his before-school program exercises. Usually we arrive in the middle of the activities.

Yesterday

Continuing with the golf theme, Mommy took him to Golf Mart where the simulators estimate that he drove a golf ball as far as 80 yards.

One Month Ago

Farmers market and Golf Mart with Grandma and Granddad.

(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD3Mm23uHnE and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVNv7tL3bz0 on your mobile device)

One Year Ago

2013 02 19 Construction Cereal 3, February 19, 2013, 2:43 a.m.

He woke in the middle of the night and ate cereal in his construction helmet, February 19, 2013, 2:43 a.m.

Three Years Ago

The secret to a successful haircut was not holding down his wrists.

2011-02-19_13-30-21 Haircut 1, February 19, 2011, 1:30 p.m.

The whole family in one photo (Mommy in the mirror), February 19, 2011, 1:30 p.m.

2011-02-19_13-34-17 Haircut 2, February 19, 2011, 1:34 p.m.

He did such a great job on his haircut, February 19, 2011, 1:34 p.m.

2011-02-19_14-41-36 Lunch after haircut 1, February 19, 2011, 2:41 p.m.

A richly deserved lunch, February 19, 2011, 2:41 p.m.

2011-02-19_14-42-00 Lunch after haircut 3, February 19, 2011, 2:42 p.m.

The combination of the stroller in the background, his bumblebee rainboats, and his ski jacket is great, February 19, 2011, 2:42 p.m.

Four Years Ago

Daddy's Shirt 4, February 19, 2010, 9:53 a.m.

Daddy’s shirt

Daddy's Shirt 2, February 19, 2010, 9:53 a.m.

Sleepy drowsy baby

El Indio 1, February 19, 2010, 2:01 p.m.

TV personality Guy Fieri’s display

El Indio 3, February 19, 2010, 2:02 p.m.

Guy’s message

El Indio 5, February 19, 2010, 2:02 p.m.

Just a little messy lunch with Mommy at a Triple-D location, February 19, 2010, 2:02 p.m.

Five Years Ago


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiPzryfH6ns to see the video)

Eating carrots and peas

Feeding himself? Nah, just playing, February 19, 2009, 7:16 p.m.

Feeding himself? Nah, just playing, February 19, 2009, 7:16 p.m.

Don't ask a baby what he's eating--he may decide to SHOW you!, February 19, 2009, 7:16 p.m.

Don’t ask a baby what he’s eating–he may decide to SHOW you!, February 19, 2009, 7:16 p.m.

He may look like he's laughing, but he's trying to cough the food out! February 19, 2009, 7:15 p.m.

He may look like he’s laughing, but he’s trying to cough the food out! February 19, 2009, 7:15 p.m.

Beanie tries to grab the spoon from Mommy, February 19, 2009, 7:15 p.m.

Beanie tries to grab the spoon from Mommy, February 19, 2009, 7:15 p.m.

Did more end up IN him or ON him?, February 19, 2009, 7:14 p.m.

Did more end up IN him or ON him?, February 19, 2009, 7:14 p.m.

Here comes the choo-choo!, February 19, 2009, 7:14 p.m.

Here comes the choo-choo!, February 19, 2009, 7:14 p.m.

A happy beanie, February 19, 2009, 7:14 p.m.

A happy beanie, February 19, 2009, 7:14 p.m.

A particularly violent reaction, February 19, 2009, 7:16 p.m.

A particularly violent reaction, February 19, 2009, 7:16 p.m.

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Golf at Harding Park

From Daddy: Inspired by Sunday’s breakfast at the restaurant at Harding Park, the boy and I returned there to play at the driving range, putting green, and pitching green. He did much better at the driving range than I recall his doing when we last golfed with Grandpa in Alhambra (though he putted much better last time early in the day in Golden Gate Park.)

Four Years Ago

Mother and son enjoyed San Diego while Daddy was at a conference.

Fountain 1, February 18, 2010, 11:39 a.m.

Robert sitting at a fountain

Coronado Beach 2, February 18, 2010, 12:53 p.m.

Playing at the beach

Coronado lunch 8, February 18, 2010, 12:28 p.m.

Hey look, a unicorn!

Coronado lunch 6, February 18, 2010, 12:26 p.m.

Smile for the camera

Coronado lunch 4, February 18, 2010, 12:26 p.m.

Enjoying some bread

Coronado lunch 3, February 18, 2010, 12:16 p.m.

Enjoying a pretzel

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