Monthly Archives: April 2014

Big Buddy

From Daddy: When I got home this evening (well after 8 p.m. because I had a late meeting), he was still awake, reading with his bedroom lights on. He is often be asleep by this time. I offered to lay in bed with him to help him sleep, and he accepted. With the lights off, we chatted.

First, he mentioned that it was movie night at home and he watched Turbo. “Is that a good movie?” I asked.

“It’s a great movie.”

Since it is a movie about racing, it doesn’t surprise Mommy or me that he likes the movie. Originally, his enthusiasm for the movie was tepid and he still preferred The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

I asked him how was school, and he said that he enjoyed it. “Guess if I went to the garden or not,” he requested.

2014 04 30 Schedule

Class schedule as of April 30, 2014

I guess that he did but he said that they didn’t go to the garden because they didn’t have enough time: The kindergartners assembled for a visit from the author Oliver Chin. He was able to define “author” for me. He was also able to distinguish that the person “who draws and colors the pictures” was, in this case, somebody else. (He knew that her name was Jennifer Wood, but she did not visit school today). He seemed to enjoy the assembly.

It wasn’t too long before he decided that he couldn’t go to sleep, so he clicked the light back on to read. He told me/implied that he knew that I would not be able to help him sleep, but he wanted to spend time with me. Awwwww.

Yesterday

Yesterday (Tuesday), he asked me what day it would be the day after tomorrow (Thursday). I replied, “The day after Garden Day?” (which, per above, was incorrect). He said that Thursday was “Big Buddy Day,” and he expressed how much he enjoyed it. He likes to play Connect Four with his Big Buddy.

Last Week (maybe Friday?)

Due to having to park farther than usual, we walked to school through the middle school. I was pleased to hold his hand down the hill, through the middle school, and onward.

However, halfway through the middle school, he stopped walking. I looked back to see that he had turned back to observe a pack of middle-schoolers. Then he shouted “Hi!” to own of the boys. The boy looked over, took a couple of required moments to determine the little boy within the puffy jacket and the head covered by the puffy hood, and returned the greeting. Then we continued toward the elementary school.

I asked him who the boy was. He said that he was his Big Buddy. I thought that it was really sweet that he made a point to be friendly and greet his Big Buddy.

Last Tuesday: Bike and Roll Day

Another photo of us, taken by the garden teacher (who, apparently, he did not have time to see today):

http://afygarden.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/afybikenrollcelebration3photobypattyfung.jpg

We had just arrived to Bike and Roll to school, April 22, 2014, around 8:15 a.m.

Five Months Ago

From Colorado Springs to home to swimming:

2013 11 30 Swimming 04, November 30, 2013, 12:38 p.m.

Despite our morning flight being diverted to Fresno, we still arrived home sufficiently early to dive into his swimming class!, November 30, 2013, 12:38 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6UYmKakk-s to watch his post-flight swimming class)

2013 11 30 Swimming 08, November 30, 2013, 12:46 p.m.

Getting comfortable with lying back in the water, November 30, 2013, 12:46 p.m.

2013 11 30 Swimming 09, November 30, 2013, 12:46 p.m.

Pool hair, November 30, 2013, 12:46 p.m.

2013 11 30 Swimming - Achievement 2, November 30, 2013, 1:04 p.m.

Despite having woken up extremely early and flying in, he still earned an achievement in swimming today!, November 30, 2013, 1:04 p.m.

One Year Ago

2013 04 30 Preschool with Jodi 1, April 30, 2013, 10:18 a.m.

In the preschool playground with his second-year preschool teacher, April 30, 2013, 10:18 a.m.

Three Years Ago

2011 04 30 Playground - with Ga-Ga, April 30, 2011, 1:29 p.m.

We spent the day with Ga-Ga and Di-Di. Here he’s playing with Ga-Ga at the playground, April 30, 2011, 1:29 p.m.

Four Years Ago

2010 04 30 Hardhat 1, April 30, 2010, 3:52 p.m.

He was playing here. Boy at Work, April 30, 2010, 3:52 p.m.

2010 04 30 Hardhat 3, April 30, 2010, 3:53 p.m.

I’m not sure what this is, but I’m glad that he is wearing proper head protection, April 30, 2010, 3:53 p.m.

2010 04 30 Hardhat 4, April 30, 2010, 3:53 p.m.

Cute construction worker who–because of our local weather patterns–requires a sweater in the spring, April 30, 2010, 3:53 p.m.

Five Years Ago

2009 04 30 Restaurant 1, April 30, 2009, 5:31 p.m.

Out to dinner with the little boy, April 30, 2009, 5:31 p.m.

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Sleeping Late

2014 04 29 Sleeping in web, April 29, 2014, 6:55 a.m.

Sleeping in, April 29, 2014, 6:55 a.m.–he often would have been awake for nearly half an hour by now

From Daddy: He has been sleeping late on most weekdays since he was sick a couple of weeks ago. This has caused us often to arrive at school later than usual.

He emerged from bed at 7:12 a.m. this morning. We were efficient and arrived at school near the beginning of calisthenics (which you can watch if you click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPd4iBl_Ur8 on your mobile device or click below).

This Evening

He and I have been playing Monopoly often since the weekend (using his understanding of the rules, though I’m not sure where he learned these rules). While he’s learned somewhat about money, he cannot negotiate change yet. He was not sure how to proceed when he had to pay $160 while he only had hundred dollar bills, so I helped him exchange $100 for twenty-dollar bills. “Take a twenty-dollar bill,” I suggested.

He laid it out.

“Take another twenty-dollar bill,” I continued.

“That’s $40,” he declared.

“Take another twenty-dollar bill,” I repeated.

“I know what you’re doing!” he exclaimed triumphantly.

We figured out that $100 was equal to 5 twenty-dollar bills, and he was able to pay $160 from there.

This Weekend


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWR_1_2WuQg to watch his basketball game)

A Long Time Ago: A photo much like the one at the top of this blog entry!

Relaxing Nap 3, November 8, 2009, 1:25 p.m.

Relaxing Nap 3, November 8, 2009, 1:25 p.m.

A sleeping angel.

Relaxing Nap 1, November 8, 2009, 1:24 p.m.

Relaxing Nap 1, November 8, 2009, 1:24 p.m.

Relaxing Nap 2, November 8, 2009, 1:24 p.m.

Relaxing Nap 2, November 8, 2009, 1:24 p.m.

One Month Ago

First we swam:

2014 03 29 Swimming 3, March 29, 2014, 12:37 p.m.

Sometimes it’s better not to use a flash at an indoor pool, March 29, 2014, 12:37 p.m.

2014 03 29 Swimming 7, March 29, 2014, 12:45 p.m.

Aqualad in the water, March 29, 2014, 12:45 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQnZeOp3LsA to see his swimming class on March 29, 2014)

Then we had a good dinner at Boulevard Cafe at which we played Hangman during a long wait for our food:

2014 03 29 Boulevard Cafe, March 29, 2014, 6:48 p.m.

Hangman at Boulevard Cafe, March 29, 2014, 6:48 p.m.

One Year Ago

2013 04 29 Ice Cream, April 29, 2013, 2:19 p.m.

I don’t recall the reason that we were at Tanforan, but it was time for a treat, April 29, 2013, 2:19 p.m.

Two Years Ago

Newspaper with Granddad 2, April 29, 2012, 7:05 a.m.

Newspaper with Granddad, April 29, 2012, 7:05 a.m.

Newspaper with Granddad 3, April 29, 2012, 8:06 a.m.

Granddad, Robert might be a little young to do the Hocus Focus, April 29, 2012, 8:06 a.m.

Five Years Ago

Erinn's camera and Robert 2, April 29, 2009, 5:20 p.m.

Erinn and Nana Jeannie ask Robert to say cheese

Erinn's camera and Robert 1, April 29, 2009, 5:20 p.m.

Erinn asks Robert to say cheese

Robert and Brady 1, April 29, 2009, 5:17 p.m.

More playing

Robert and Brady 2, April 29, 2009, 5:17 p.m.

Playing with our friends

Robert at Deweeses 3, April 29, 2009, 4:08 p.m.

Still cute

Robert at Deweeses 2, April 29, 2009, 4:08 p.m.

Still looking cute

Erinn and Robert 4, April 29, 2009, 4:06 p.m.

Checking out Erinn’s drink

Erinn and Robert 3, April 29, 2009, 4:06 p.m.

A close-up of Robert next to Erinn

Erinn and Robert 2, April 29, 2009, 5:20 p.m.

Robert still talking to Erinn

Erinn and Robert 1, April 29, 2009, 5:20 p.m.

Robert talking to Erinn

Robert at Deweeses 1, April 29, 2009, 4:08 p.m.

Robert at Deweeses 1, April 29, 2009, 4:08 p.m.

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Shooting around Cones

From Daddy: During shooting practice, he was supposed to dribble around the cones, shoot the ball, and move to the next station. Above is video from yesterday (or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXJi0lXT05A on your mobile device)

Five Months Ago

Happy Thanksgiving!

2013 11 28 On Mommy 5, November 28, 2013, 2:31 p.m.

Happy with Mommy on Thanksgiving, November 28, 2013, 2:31 p.m.

2013 11 28 Thanksgiving Dinner 1, November 28, 2013, 4:04 p.m.

Thanksgiving Dinner–Auntie Jamie’s at the kids’ table, November 28, 2013, 4:04 p.m.

One Year Ago

His fifth swimming lesson!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hxl-hYosOo to see his fifth swimming lesson)

Two Years Ago

Golf with Granddad:

Golf with Granddad and Grandma - Robert at Driving Range, April 28, 2012, 11:04 a.m.

Robert at the Driving Range, April 28, 2012, 11:04 a.m.

Golf with Granddad and Grandma - Granddad and Robert putting, April 28, 2012, 10:59 a.m.

Granddad watches Robert put, April 28, 2012, 10:59 a.m.

Golf with Granddad and Grandma - Grandma putting, April 28, 2012, 10:51 a.m.

Grandma practices some putting as well, April 28, 2012, 10:51 a.m.

Golf with Granddad and Grandma - Putting with Grandparents 2, April 28, 2012, 10:52 a.m.

Granddad puts in the foreground while Grandma and Robert consult in the background, April 28, 2012, 10:52 a.m.

2012-04-28 12.14.06 Golf, April 28, 2012, 12:14 p.m.

Practice swing, April 28, 2012, 12:14 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXYuJ8OItYE to see some golf)

A visit to the windmills!

Murphy Windmill 1, April 28, 2012, 12:06 p.m.

Granddad, Robert, and Daddy at the Murphy Windmill, April 28, 2012, 12:06 p.m.

Murphy Windmill 2, April 28, 2012, 12:07 p.m.

Grandma, Granddad, and Robert (in the lower right corner) beside the Murphy Windmill, April 28, 2012, 12:07 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY-ntx6pdYI to see the Murphy Windmill)

Bedtime!

Grandma Reads Story 2, April 28, 2012, 8:21 p.m.

Thank you Grandma and Granddad!, April 28, 2012, 8:21 p.m.

Three Years Ago

2011 04 28 Kitchen close-up 1, April 28, 2011, 8:57 a.m.

Kitchen close-up, April 28, 2011, 8:57 a.m.

2011 04 28 Girls - Robert visits, April 28, 2011, 8:55 a.m.

Cheese for the camera (I loved these pajamas), April 28, 2011, 8:55 a.m.

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Rebounded

2014 04 27 Basketball - game 10, April 27, 2014, 12:43 p.m.

Being attentive, he ends up with the ball after two boys scramble for it, April 27, 2014, 12:43 p.m.

From Daddy: At least, after four weeks (due to illness and Easter Sunday) I was able to attend basketball again.



(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvV0CDvLQSE to watch some of the dribbling practice and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-bPKWrTZgg to watch Pac-Man tag dribbling practice)

2014 04 27 Basketball - shooting practice 4, April 24, 2014, 12:22 p.m.

During shooting practice, he was supposed to dribble through pylons, shoot the ball, and move to the next station, April 24, 2014, 12:22 p.m.

2014 04 27 Basketball - shooting practice 5, April 27, 2014, 12:22 p.m.

Dribbling during shooting practice, April 27, 2014, 12:22 p.m.

It was great for me to be have rebounded from my flu so that I could be a part of this.

2014 04 27 Basketball - post-game seated 2, April 27, 2014, 1:03 p.m.

Seated and attentive, listening to the coach after the game, April 27, 2014, 1:03 p.m.

He loves basketball. It’s his favorite sport. Basketball makes its way into his homework!

Left, right, sky, and middle 1

The characters for left, right, sky, and middle.

Left, right, sky, and middle 2

Left represented by pointing left, right represented by pointing right, sky represented by blackbirds (according to him) in the sky, and middle represented by choosing the middle of three basketballs.

Afterward, we enjoyed a great lunch.

2014 04 27 Macaroni Grill 2, April 27, 2014, 1:55 p.m.

Happy to be at Macaroni Grill, April 27, 2014, 1:55 p.m.

Also, later on, his dinner included two hard-boiled Easter eggs. After eating the first one, he declared that it “was great, even the yolk.”

Yesterday


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRcIhnZSudM to watch video of his swimming class from yesterday)

Two Months Ago

2014 02 25 One hundred pennies 2, February 25, 2014, 4:41 p.m.

On display outside of his classroom was his project for his one-hundredth day of school in which he used 100 pennies to represent a character, February 25, 2014, 4:41 p.m.

Five Months Ago

He recently talked about how much he enjoyed our trip to Colorado over Thanksgiving and that his favorite parts were our morning walks.

2013 11 27 Walk in the morning 1, November 27, 2012, 8:46 a.m.

His favorite part of our Thanksgiving trip to Fort Carson, Colorado, were our morning walks through the ice to the complimentary bagels in the registration building, November 27, 2012, 8:46 a.m.

2013 11 27 Walk in the morning 2, November 27, 2013, 8:46 a.m.

Boy in the lingering snow in Fort Carson, Colorado, November 27, 2013, 8:46 a.m.

2013 11 27 Drawing with cousin 1, November 27, 2013, 11:15 a.m.

Drawing with his cousin while the rest of the family watched TV, November 27, 2013, 11:15 a.m.

Six Months Ago

His first go-round of basketball in San Carlos (where his basketball class is currently):

2013 10 27 Basketball - Shooting Game 1, October 27, 2013, 12:14 p.m.

Basketball shooting practice – action shot!, October 27, 2013, 12:14 p.m.

2013 10 27 Basketball - Shooting Game 5 - seated, October 27, 2013, 12:23 p.m.

He was on the green team at the time; now he is on the black team, October 27, 2013, 12:23 p.m.

2013 10 27 Basketball - Shooting Game 4 - seated, October 27, 2013, 12:23 p.m.

Our cute basketball player, October 27, 2013, 12:23 p.m.

2013 10 27 Basketball - Game 16, October 27, 2013, 12:51 p.m.

It’s hard to see but he’s kicking his left leg high in order to dribble under it, October 27, 2013, 12:51 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahS_JBFc5gM to watch vintage game footage)

Later, to the pumpkin patch:

2013 10 27 Pumpkin Patch - Daddy and Robert 2, October 27, 2013, 4:45 p.m.

On a hayride at the pumpkin patch, October 27, 2013, 4:45 p.m.

2013 10 27 Pumpkin Patch - Daddy and Robert 3, October 27, 2013, 4:45 p.m.

On a hayride at the pumpkin patch, October 27, 2013, 4:45 p.m.

2013 10 27 Pumpkin Patch - pulling wagon, October 27, 2013, 5 p.m.

His pulls wagon through the pumpkin patch, October 27, 2013, 5 p.m.

2013 10 27 Robert Brian Pumpkin Patch 2013, October 27, 2013, 5:14 p.m.

Pumpkin patch wagon, October 27, 2013, 5:14 p.m.

One Year Ago

A morning with family.

2013 04 27 Lucky Penny Breakfast 2, April 27, 2013, 9:16 a.m.

Breakfast at Lucky Penny, April 27, 2013, 9:16 a.m.

2013-04-27 10.30.58 Wii with Ga-Ga 2, April 27, 2013, 10:30 a.m.

We played the Wii. He was literally jumping because he was so happy with Ga-Ga’s success. However, he cried when he lost to Ga-Ga, April 27, 2013, 10:30 a.m.

Two Years Ago

2012 04 27 Bicycling 1, April 27, 2012, 1:02 p.m.

Dressed as Buzz Lightyear on a neighborhood bike ride with Mommy and Daddy, April 27, 2012, 1:02 p.m.

2012 04 27 Bicycling 2, April 27, 2012, 1:04 p.m.

Pausing to smile during the bike road, but not pausing to look at the camera, April 27, 2012, 1:04 p.m.

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New Swimsuit

2014 04 26 Swimming - new suit 3, April 26, 2014, 12:28 p.m.

Debut of new swimsuit, April 26, 2014, 12:28 p.m.

From Daddy: As mentioned in passing last week, the seams of his swimsuit were splitting, and so–almost exactly a year after beginning his swimming lessons–we debuted a new swimsuit today.

2014 04 26 Swimming 05, April 26, 2014, 12:41 p.m.

Different look at new swimsuit, April 26, 2014, 12:41 p.m.

2014 04 26 Swimming 06, April 25, 2014, 12:41 p.m.

Ready to dive in with new swimsuit, April 25, 2014, 12:41 p.m.

2014 04 26 Swimming 03, April 26, 2014, 12:39 p.m.

Swimming with new swimsuit, April 26, 2014, 12:39 p.m.

2014 04 26 Swimming - new suit 2, April 26, 2014, 12:27 p.m.

One more look at the new swimsuit–compare it with the previous swimsuit below, April 26, 2014, 12:27 p.m.

After Swimming

We met family at Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen’s house. Colleen Goo-Goo brought a South African cake that we all loved.

2014 04 26 South African Cake 8, April 26, 2014, 1:59 p.m.

Boys and the South African cake, April 26, 2014, 1:59 p.m.

He loved playing basketball at the house. Next, he followed Mommy to work where he played more and built this skyscraper:

2014-04-26 16.41.09 Building Blocks, April 26, 2014, 4:41 p.m.

He built this great structure, April 26, 2014, 4:41 p.m.

Last Month


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y77bzdVP4lY to see him run a lap)

2014-03-25 08.17.49 Calisthenics - holding hands, March 25, 2014, 8:17 a.m.

After running, we removed his jacket. As calisthenics in his before-school program continues, the kids hold hands in a circle. I think that they were playing duck-duck-goose, March 25, 2014, 8:17 a.m.

Last Year

A look at his previous swimsuit:

La Petite Baleen 2013-04-07 13.58 Going 2

Going to swimming class for the first time, April 7, 2013, 1:58 pm

La Petite Baleen 2013-04-07 14.05.58 At Pool

Ta-Da! How does this compare with his new swimsuit?, April 7, 2013, 2:05 p.m.

Four Years Ago

At playgroup!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUAP_gNfI3s to watch his play at playgroup)

Reading to his friends!

Reading in crib with toys 1, April 26, 2010, 3:58 p.m.

Reading in crib with toys 1, April 26, 2010, 3:58 p.m.

Reading in crib with toys 2, April 26, 2010, 3:58 p.m.

Reading in crib with toys 2, April 26, 2010, 3:58 p.m.

Five Years Ago

Crawling from his playmat past to his jumpy chair future:

Crawl to Jumpy 1, April 26, 2009, 9:55 a.m.

Ahh, the playmat. It used to be so much fun, April 26, 2009, 9:55 a.m.

Crawl to Jumpy 2, April 26, 2009, 9:56 a.m.

Crawling away from his past, April 26, 2009, 9:56 a.m.

Crawl to Jumpy 3, April 26, 2009, 9:44 a.m.

Looking back on his past, April 26, 2009, 9:44 a.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Xg0qSUDmrM to see him crawl toward his jumpy chair)

A visit from family!

2009 04 26 Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen 2, April 26, 2009, 3:12 p.m.

Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen visited, April 26, 2009, 3:12 p.m.

2009 04 26 Yeah-Yeah, April 26, 2009, 3:12 p.m.

So happy with Yeah-Yeah, April 26, 2009, 3:12 p.m.

2009 04 26 Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen 3, April 26, 2009, 3:28 p.m.

Look at his little feet!, April 26, 2009, 3:28 p.m.

2009 04 26 Arlene Goo-Goo, April 26, 2009, 3:37 p.m.

Arlene Goo-Goo, April 26, 2009, 3:37 p.m.

2009 04 26 Ga-Ga with Robert 1, April 26, 2009, 3:50 p.m.

He looks up to Ga-Ga, April 26, 2009, 3:50 p.m.

Six Years Ago

Months before he was born, we painted his room!

Jen & Brian, April 26, 2008, 1:54 p.m.

Parents-to-be painting, April 26, 2008, 1:54 p.m.

Jen & Brian together, April 26, 2008, 1:55 p.m.

A ceremonial photo of the pregnant couple in a soon-to-be painted nursery, April 26, 2008, 1:55 p.m.

Don, April 26, 2008, 2:03 p.m.

A ceremonial photo of Granddad painting, April 26, 2008, 2:03 p.m.

Carol, April 26, 2008, 2:03 p.m.

A ceremonial photo of Grandma painting, April 26, 2008, 2:03 p.m.

Don & Carol, April 26, 2008, 2:14 p.m.

Granddad and Grandma removing painter’s tape, April 26, 2008, 2:14 p.m.

Don asleep on a break 3, April 26, 2008, 2:37 p.m.

Granddad takes a well-deserved nap in the backyard, April 26, 2008, 2:37 p.m.

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A New Planet

From Daddy: I asked him this morning what was his favorite part of last night’s Open House at school.

Tree art

Tree art — not art displayed at Open House, but worth sharing!

He answered that his favorite part was playing ball in the schoolyard (just before Open House began). I told him that my favorite part was when he reading to Ngen-Ngen and Yeah-Yeah. Then he changed his mind: His favorite part was playing that penny game, that kind of coin bingo.

Homework - coin

He’s learning/learned about coins and money. Here’s some homework.

Also, last night, I spoke with one of my friends who is the parent of a first-grader at school. He said that homework was about half an hour each night, Monday through Thursday. We didn’t know if the after-school program (for which we submitted re-enrollment yesterday morning) provided time for homework. Some things to explore…

Homework - rabbit clock

He has also learned about time. He made this and the carrots move. This was not displayed during Open House.

Homework - time 1

He’s learning about digital time and analog time.

Homework - time 2

He’s also learned to speak the time in Cantonese.

Homework - clocks

More homework about time. This projected was pasted on construction paper.

Wednesday

Remember that Tuesday was Earth Day…

2014 03 26 Homework - Water Cycle

Learning about the water cycle, March 26, 2014

2014 03 26 Homework - Ways to Conserve

Learning ways to conserve, March 26, 2014

…and we biked to the school garden to get a prize.

Homework - earthworm

A homework item–it looks like a picture of an earthworm.

Homework - snail

Speaking of creepy crawlies, in his homework he also wrote and drew a snail, just like at Open House last night.

On Wednesday, he told me in the car that we need to keep our house clean otherwise we need to move to a new house and if there were no more houses that we’d have to move to another planet. I think that this was an Earth Day parable that he may have learned somewhere.

Four Years Ago

2011 04 24 Easter Picnic - Kids 2, April 25, 2011,

With girls at the Easter picnic, April 24, 2011

2011 04 24 Easter Picnic - Kids 4, April 25, 2011

A little extra sun protection at the Easter picnic, April 24, 2011

2011 04 24 Easter Picnic - Hunt 2, April 25, 2011

An escort to hunt for Easter eggs, April 25, 2011

2011 04 24 Easter Picnic - Hunt 8, April 25, 2011

Hunting for Easter eggs in Golden Gate Park, April 24, 2011

2011 04 25 At the computer 3, April 25, 2011, 7:12 a.m.

With Granddad at the computer in the morning, April 25, 2011, 7:12 a.m.

2011 04 25 Bath time 05, April 25, 2011, 6:25 p.m.

Bath time with godsister, April 25, 2011, 6:25 p.m.

2011 04 25 Bath time 21, April 25, 2011, 6:24 p.m.

Smiling at godsister during bath time, April 25, 2011, 6:24 p.m.

2011 04 25 Bath time 15, April 25, 2011, 6:24 p.m.

Laughing during bath time with godsister, April 25, 2011, 6:24 p.m.

2011 04 25 After bath 2, April 25, 2011, 6:33 p.m.

After bath and getting dressed, April 25, 2011, 6:33 p.m.

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2014 Open House at School

2014 04 24 Open House - ceramic face 3, April 24, 2014, 6:35 p.m.

Ceramic face, April 24, 2014, 6:35 p.m.

From Daddy: Tonight from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. was an open house at his school!

2014 04 24 Open House - ceramic face 2, April 24, 2014, 6:35 p.m.

Does this face look like him?, April 24, 2014, 6:35 p.m.

2014 04 24 Open House - coin bingo, April 24, 2014, 6:38 p.m.

He played some kind of coin bingo game, April 24, 2014, 6:38 p.m.

2014 04 24 Open House - reading 2, April 24, 2014, 6:49 p.m.

Reading to Ngen-Ngen and Yeah-Yeah at Open House, April 24, 2014, 6:49 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vwAabSlVDE to see him read to Ngen-Ngen and Yeah-Yeah)

2014 04 24 Open House - writing 1, April 24, 2014, 7:13 p.m.

Demonstrating his writing ability at the open house, April 24, 2014, 7:13 p.m.

2014 04 24 Open House - writing 3, April 24, 2014, 7:18 p.m.

Writing and drawing a snail, April 24, 2014, 7:18 p.m.

2014 04 24 Open House - writing 4, April 24, 2014, 7:19 p.m.

This is a snail, April 24, 2014, 7:19 p.m.

2014 04 24 Open House - play doh, April 24, 2014, 7:27 p.m.

Practicing his ceramics skills with play doh: He pressed the buttons from his shirt to make impressions in the play doh. It’s supposed to be a pizza, April 24, 2014, 7:27 p.m.

We also visited the first grade classrooms as a preview for next year!

This Morning

Tuesdays and Thursdays are calisthenics days at his before school program. He grumped about it, saying that he doesn’t like calisthenics. However, then he saw what the kids were doing. “Banana Tag!” he exclaimed and ran right in!

2014 04 24 Banana tag, April 24, 2014, 8:20 a.m.

He is forced to sit after being tagged out during Banana Tag, April 24, 2014, 8:20 a.m.

He was joyful–happy and smiling–to play Banana Tag. He used to cry at the prospect of losing in elimination games like dodge ball, Sharks and Minnows, musical chairs, and tag, but now he seems to have advanced! I’m so proud of him!

Also this morning, I took the opportunity to thank the before-school teacher that help him feel better yesterday after he hurt his elbow. I told him that he “made [him] feel better” after he broke his skin.

Three Years Ago

Easter egg hunt!

Easter Egg Hunt 2011 1, April 24, 2011, 7:32 p.m.

The hunt is on!, April 24, 2011, 7:32 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt 2011 7, April 24, 2011, 7:36 a.m.

He found an egg!, April 24, 2011, 7:36 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt 2011 5, April 24, 2011, 7:36 a.m.

Depositing a located egg in the carton, April 24, 2011, 7:36 a.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZyQPv4Fz88 to see Easter Egg Hunt 2011)

Later on, quality time with the godsisters.

2011 04 24 Kids 1, April 24, 2011, 1:17 p.m.

Godsisters, April 24, 2011, 1:17 p.m.

Four Years Ago

Di-Di’s party!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lllfXbwYDkI to watch Beanie play with Ga-Ga)

Timothy's party - Whole family on stage 2 close-up, April 24, 2010, 2:15 p.m.

Okay, Robert Di-Di, let’s do that

Timothy's party - Whole family on stage 1 close-up, April 24, 2010, 2:15 p.m.

So, Ga-Ga, wanna get some drinks after this party?

Timothy's party - Whole family 2, April 24, 2010, 2:19 p.m.

Robert–his shirt wet from spilling water on himself–plays with a party favor

Timothy's party - Whole family 1, April 24, 2010, 2:19 p.m.

Ngen-Ngen holds Robert at Timothy’s party

Timothy's party - Yeah-Yeah and Robert, April 24, 2010, 3:15 p.m.

Yeah-Yeah holds Robert at Timothy Di-Di’s party

Timothy's party - Grandparents, Robert, Timothy, & parents, April 24, 2010, 3:15 p.m.

The happy grandparents, Timothy Di-Di, Robert, Robert’s Mommy, & Robert’s Daddy

Timothy's party - Window, April 24, 2010, 1:48 p.m.

Playing by the window, April 24, 2010, 1:48 p.m.

Timothy's party - Elevator, April 24, 2010, 1:45 p.m.

Playing by the elevator (and, yes, Robert was moving so fast that he was a blur!)

Timothy's party - Robert, April 24, 2010, 12:58 p.m.

This Beanie looks like he’s all business

Timothy's party - Robert and Christopher drinks 2, April 24, 2010, 1:27 p.m.

Robert says ”Cheese!” while Christopher Ga-Ga keeps drinking

Timothy's party - Robert and Christopher drinks 1, April 24, 2010, 1:26 p.m.

Drinks after a long party

Five Years Ago

Playing in the Bathroom

Playing in the Bathroom


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lqJMRXeMGE to watch him play in the bathroom)

I took him out for play time!

Tanforan - Following girl, April 24, 2009, 3:22 p.m.

Robert following his girlfriend 🙂

Tanforan - Girl, April 24, 2009, 3:22 p.m.

Not yet accustomed to playing with other kids

Tanforan - End of Tunnel, April 24, 2009, 3:29 p.m.

A pre-cursor to peek-a-boo/”What are you?” (his currently favorite games)

Tanforan - Arch, April 24, 2009, 3:30 p.m.

Under the arch


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juMqdrCXFBU to watch him in the play area at Tanforan)

Bath 10, April 24, 2009, 6:30 p.m.

Caught in the act of biting his rinsing cup

Bath 07, April 24, 2009, 6:24 p.m.

Baby face!

Bath 05, April 24, 2009, 6:23 p.m.

Looking up, April 24, 2009, 6:23 p.m.

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