Monthly Archives: May 2014

It’s a Small Kindergarten

Class photo 1, May 29, 2014, 12:05 p.m.

Happily graduated, May 29, 2014, 12:05 p.m.

From Daddy: Today wasn’t the last day of kindergarten, but rather the next-to-last day. With the school year running short, I gave him a final opportunity to walk to school this morning.

2014 05 29 Walk to School, May 29, 2014, 8:13 a.m.

Last walk to school for the school year, May 29, 2014, 8:13 a.m.

Graduation - Before 1, May 29, 2014, 11:08 a.m.

Blurry and smiling before the ceremony began, May 29, 2014, 11:08 a.m.

Graduation - Before 2, May 29, 2014, 11:09 a.m.

Trying to pose and smile as the principal was speaking, May 29, 2014, 11:09 a.m.

Graduation - Before 3, May 29, 2014, 11:09 a.m.

Trying a different pose at the ceremony with teacher on the right, May 29, 2014, 11:09 a.m.

Graduation - Before 4, May 29, 2014, 11:09 a.m.

Last pose, then we blew each other a kiss before I returned to my seat, May 29, 2014, 11:09 a.m.

Graduation - Speech 3, May 29, 2014, 11:14 a.m.

Valiantly trying to smile for my camera as the principal speaks, May 29, 2014, 11:14 a.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07e1hKIR5GE to listen)

Class photo 7, May 29, 2014, 12:06 a.m.

Thumbs up, May 29, 2014, 12:06 a.m.

With Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen 2, May 29, 2014, 12:07 p.m.

Happy Graduate ahd with Happy Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen, May 29, 2014, 12:07 p.m.

With Mommy and Daddy 2, May 29, 2014, 12:08 p.m.

Happy graduate with a happy Mommy (and a happy Daddy who should have smiled more), May 29, 2014, 12:08 p.m.

With parents and teacher 1, May 29, 2014, 12:09 p.m.

Happy family and the teacher most responsible for the happy day, May 29, 2014, 12:09 p.m.

Afterward the ceremony, we returned to the classroom for a great slideshow that his teacher assembled. Then we enjoyed a special potluck/luncheon.

2014 05 29 Luncheon 1, May 29, 2014, 12:48 p.m.

The first part of the special luncheon and potluck. He would get a slice of pizza later, May 29, 2014, 12:48 p.m.

After lunch, he returned to the basketball courts (which is where he was immediately before the ceremony; Yeah-Yeah and I were able to play with him and his friends for a while before the ceremony began).

His after-school program was to have ice cream, but instead we went to JJ’s.

Ice Cream 3, May 29, 2014, 3:42 p.m.

Is the best moment just before the first lick of ice cream?, May 29, 2014, 3:42 p.m.

Ice Cream 4, May 29, 2014, 3:42 p.m.

Or immediately afterward?, May 29, 2014, 3:42 p.m.

Ice Cream with Olivier, May 29, 2014, 3:51 p.m.

We invited one of his best preschool friends who lived nearby. We played together for a while before returning home for homework and then dinner with family, May 29, 2014, 3:51 p.m.

A great day.

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Party City

From Daddy: This afternoon, his after-school program had an end of year party for the kindergartners. Also, on Friday, there will be an end of year party for all grades in the after-school program funded by the sale of yearbooks.

Yesterday

2014 05 27 GLO party announcement, May 27, 2014, 8:29 a.m.

We’d heard that the party would be tomorrow, but yesterday morning we found out that the party was moved to this afternoon, May 27, 2014, 8:29 a.m.

One Year Ago

We went to school early so that I could attend an all-day meeting Downtown. We took the train because I would have to pay the fare myself and he was free.

Bus to school 4, May 29, 2013, 7: 11 a.m.

On the train to school, May 29, 2013, 7:11 a.m.

Caterpillars 1, May 29, 2013, 7:18 a.m.

Caterpillars in the Caterpillar Class at preschool, May 29, 2013, 7:18 a.m.

Two Years Ago

2012 05 28 Morning Bed, May 28, 2012, 9:36 a.m.

Here is a photo of him in the morning. He has a pillow on his back and he declared, “I’m a turtle,” May 28, 2012, 9:36 a.m.

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.

Three Years Ago

2011 05 28 Robert's photo of kitchen 3, May 28, 2011, 6:36 p.m.

Robert plays with the camera in the kitchen, May 28, 2011, 6:36 p.m.

Boulevard Cafe 1

Beanie looks through a porthole at Boulevard Cafe restaurant, May 29, 2011, 5:32 p.m.

Four Years Ago

Letter Puzzle at Bok-Bok's 4, May 29, 2010, 12:35 p.m.

Playing with a letter puzzle at Bok-Bok’s house

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Chatter on the Way to Breakfast

From Daddy: On Sunday, we drove to breakfast with Uncle Albert. My idea was to take them to McDonald’s to get Egg McMuffins since they have been enjoyed in the past (here’s a blog post with a great photo from 2012 and here’s the blog post from his first experience with an Egg McMuffin; though we’ve been to McDonald’s for breakfast with Uncle Albert before). The boy wanted to go to the McDonald’s near the cemetery (near Serramonte) “because the have the best McMuffins” as opposed to the closer Stonestown, so off we went!

His conversations with Uncle Albert are always so cute, so I turned on the voice record, and you can click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya6MlAeFXts to listen in.

One Year Ago


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDu5WC8nLJI to see him at a Jack in the Box for breakfast on the way back from Southern California)

2013 05 27 Casa de Fruta - Train 2, May 27, 2013, 1:37 p.m.

Sitting in the train at Casa de Fruta, May 27, 2013, 1:37 p.m.

2013 05 27 Casa de Fruta - Malt Balls 1, May 27, 2013, 1:33 p.m.

The traditional shopping for a treat on the way home from Santa Clarita, May 27, 2013, 1:33 p.m.

2013 05 27 Jack in the Box 7, May 27, 2013, 10:38 a.m.

A serious looking penguin on the way home from Santa Clarita, May 27, 2013, 10:38 a.m.

2013 05 27 Jack in the Box 4,, May 27, 2013, 10:33 a.m.

Happy at the restaurant on the way home from Santa Clarita, May 27, 2013, 10:33 a.m.

2013 05 27 Jack in the Box 3, May 27, 2013, 10:33 a.m.

Patiently waiting for food on the way home from Santa Clarita, May 27, 2013, 10:33 a.m.

2013 05 27 Family Drawing 2, May 27, 2013, 4:34 p.m.

He drew a family portrait when we got home, May 27, 2013, 4:34 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jInMqQNMRU to see him in the bathtub with foam letters that evening at home)

Two Years Ago

GGB birthday cake 2, May 27, 2012, 2 p.m.

He and Mommy made a cake for the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th birthday, May 27, 2012, 2 p.m.

Four Years Ago

Boston Market Laughing, May 27, 2010, 7:02 p.m.

Preparing to burst into laughter during our dinner out, May 27, 2010, 7:02 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2pv7J4h58o to see him laugh at dinner with me)

Five Years Ago

Sitting on the grass, May 27, 2009, 4:38 p.m.

Sitting on the grass, May 27, 2009, 4:38 p.m.

Mess in the high chair, May 27, 2009, 6:55 p.m.

A happy mess in the high chair at dinner, May 27, 2009, 6:55 p.m.

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Toy Cousins


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxT0-V6xcNA on your mobile device)

From Daddy: Today was a busy Memorial Day. We had breakfast with Uncle Albert, went shopping for a bouncey ball to replace one of his friend’s that he threw away on Friday, and a played with his cousins at the playground. When I asked him if he enjoyed more breakfast with Uncle Albert or playing at the playground, he replied sighing, “Cousins.”

At the playground, Ga-Ga dubbed them all the “toy cousins.”

This Morning

We had breakfast with Uncle Albert and then drove him to the airport.

2014 05 26 Breakfast with Uncle Albert 1, May 26, 2014, 10:22 a.m.

Working on the activities on the kids’ menu during breakfast with Uncle Albert, May 26, 2014, 10:22 a.m.

2014 05 26 Breakfast with Uncle Albert 2, May 26, 2014, 10:29 a.m.

Showing Uncle Albert how to play 2048 at breakfast, May 26, 2014, 10:29 a.m.

Yesterday

Showing Uncle Albert how to play with the iPad:

2014 05 25 Uncle Albert iPad 1, May 25, 2014, 10:42 a.m.

Uncle Albert and the iPad 1, May 25, 2014, 10:42 a.m.

One Year Ago

Fun in Los Angeles:



(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1dc1UKomOk to see fun at the refrigerator or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKkFyg1XaDo to see a couple seconds of fun on the playground)

Two Years Ago

Fun at Yeah-Yeah’s and Ngen-Ngen’s:


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jDBUzwJuDw to see Yeah-Yeah’s and Ngen-Ngen’s backyard)

Three Years Ago

Breakfast

Robert smiles after eating his breakfast, May 26, 2011, 8 a.m.

Five Years Ago

Fun in Santa Clarita:


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYnpPeFvgHk to see Granddad help him with shoes)

Asleep on the play mat, May 26, 2009, 3:52 p.m.

Napping on a down throw on his old foam play mat

Asleep on the play mat 1, May 26, 2009, 3:52 p.m.

The empty water bottle in the upper left was a toy he enjoyed. The object in the lower right was his Easter Basket.

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Diving


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO4dubIpVPM to see him dive)

From Daddy: He had swimming class today and he said that going underwater in the video above was his favorite part.

2014 05 24 Swimming web, May 24, 2014, 12:46 p.m.

Getting ready to do a sit-jump, May 24, 2014, 12:46 p.m.

This Evening

At dinner, he wrote his name in Chinese.

2014 05 24 180337_836 Chinese Name

Doodling at dinner, May 24, 2014, 6:03 p.m.

This Morning

2014 05 24 Bank 2, May 24, 2014, 10:54 a.m.

At the bank, getting ready to make a deposit into his K2C college account, May 24, 2014, 10:54 a.m.

Four Days Ago: Tuesday Afternoon

As part of a homework assignment, I show him how to write him last name in Chinese. It was–to my knowledge–by far the most complex character that he’s been expected to learn. We went over it a few times.

Three Days Ago: Wednesday Morning

He drew his last name character in Chinese on the water droplets on the wall of the bathroom. He was pleased that he had already learned it!

Last Week

A major improvement in his sit-jump! Also, he only had one flipper, and that’s a promotion!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEDWN0FucoM to watch)

Later on, building at his old preschool.

2014 05 17 Preschool Building, May 17, 2014, 3:11 p.m.

Preschool Building, May 17, 2014, 3:11 p.m.

Two Years Ago

Where’s mommy during bath time?

Where's Mommy during bathtime, May 24, 2012, 7:50 p.m.

Sad and defiant at bathtime, May 24, 2012, 7:50 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osO7L81kMUI to listening to the whining)

Golf with Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen.

Yeah-Yeah, Ngen-Ngen, and Aaron join Beanie at Golf Mart, May 24, 2012, 10:59 a.m.

Yeah-Yeah, Ngen-Ngen, and Aaron join Beanie at Golf Mart, May 24, 2012, 10:59 a.m.

Three Years Ago

2011 05 24 Tent 1, May 24, 2011, 5:59 p.m.

Playing with Tent 1, May 24, 2011, 5:59 p.m.

2011 05 04 Tent 2, May 24, 2011, 6 p.m.

Playing with Tent 2, May 24, 2011, 6 p.m.

2011 05 04 Tent 3, May 24, 2011, 6 p.m.

Playing with Tent 3, May 24, 2011, 6 p.m.

2011 05 04 Tent 4, May 24, 2011, 6:04 p.m.

Playing with Tent 4, May 24, 2011, 6:04 p.m.

2011 05 04 Tent 5, May 24, 2011, 6:04 p.m.

Playing with Tent 5, May 24, 2011, 6:04 p.m.

Four Years Ago

Blue pajamas 4, May 24, 2010, 7:30 a.m.

Blue pajamas

Playgroup Pick-Up, May 24, 2010, 10:19 a.m.

Playgroup Pick-Up

Playgroup - on the ground, May 24, 2010, 10:29 a.m.

Playgroup with Ga-Ga

(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwXYVr2I6eQ to see play with Ga-Ga and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxNv_9vE-Pg to see him play guitar)

Guitar in the Kitchen, May 24, 2010, 4:54 p.m.

Beanie plays guitar, or something like it

Five Years Ago

Visiting Grandma and Granddad:

2009 05 24 On Granddad's lap, May 24, 2009, 8:39 a.m.

On Granddad’s lap, May 24, 2009, 8:39 a.m.

2009 05 24 Gardening 1, May 24, 2009, 9:24 a.m.

Gardening with Grandma (unseen) and Granddad, May 24, 2009, 9:24 a.m.

2009 05 24 Doorstep 2, May 24, 2009, 9:24 a.m.

At Grandma’s and Granddad’s Doorstep, May 24, 2009, 9:24 a.m.

2009 05 24 Doorstep 3, May 24, 2009, 9:24 a.m.

At Grandma’s and Granddad’s Doorstep with a funny look, May 24, 2009, 9:24 a.m.

2009 05 24 High Chair 1, May 24, 2009, 12:14 p.m.

High Chair, May 24, 2009, 12:14 p.m.

2009 05 24 Pool 1, May 24, 2009, 1:33 p.m.

Checking the temperature of the pool/spa, May 24, 2009, 1:33 p.m.

2009 05 24 Near Pool 1, May 24, 2009, 1:33 p.m.

With Grandma outside, May 24, 2009, 1:33 p.m.

2009 05 24 With Grandma Outside 3, May 24, 2009, 1:34 p.m.

Grandma plays with his feet, May 24, 2009, 1:34 p.m.

2009 05 24 Sleeping 2, May 24, 2009, 2:46 p.m.

Sleeping on the floor, May 24, 2009, 2:46 p.m.

2009 05 24 Grandma holds Robert at Pool, May 24, 2009, 5:10 p.m.

None too happy with Grandma at the pool, May 24, 2009, 5:10 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL0pFq9N78s to see his first swim)

2009 05 24 Peggy Marrone 4, May 24, 2009, 7:18 p.m.

Can you say “Peggy?,” May 24, 2009, 7:18 p.m.

2009 05 24 Peggy Marrone 3, May 24, 2009, 7:18 p.m.

Love from Peggy Marrone may one day be appreciated, but for now it is only tolerated, May 24, 2009, 7:18 p.m.

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Build Me Up Buttercup


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5VGIstEMho to watch the cuteness)

From Daddy: Two days ago (Wednesday), his afterschool program put on an evening show (“The Spring Sing”) in which each of the classes sang and performed.

GLO Spring Sing - Robert eating, May 21, 2014, 5:28 p.m.

We didn’t let him go to the afterschool program directly from class but rather took him home first. When I brought him to school around 5:15 p.m., he was somewhat out of sorts because he did not easily fit into what the kids were already doing–beginning a dinner party with pizza, fruit, and chicken nuggets. I helped him ease in by telling a teacher that he wanted pizza. He was given chicken nuggets until the pizza was ready and that helped him situate, May 21, 2014, 5:28 p.m.

As I waited for the show to begin, a fourth-grade mom sat beside me. She would ask how was our year (that is nearly at a close…sniff!). I said that it was great, but I should have said that it was magical.

GLO Spring Sing - Kinder Sign, May 21, 2014

Spring Sing Sign, May 21, 2014

The performance was great and he did so well!

2014 05 22 GLO Buttercup, May 22, 2014

During the performance, the kids wore an oversized white T-shirt. The boys had paper buttercups pinned to their fronts while the girls had one in their hair. The next morning, his before school teacher offered me one of the buttercups, May 22, 2014

This morning (Friday), he and a few classmates held a special performance for the middle schoolers that help up before school.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH0tFY5dlNo

Anyway, before I left The Spring Sing, I asked the fourth grade mom if she’d like me to provide a copy of the fourth-graders’ performance. She declined, but if ever sees this blog post, the performances of the other classes during The Spring Sing are at the end below.

This Evening

He’s afraid that he’ll miss one of his best friends if his best friend doesn’t do well enough in school to be promoted to the next grade as he will.

This Morning

2014 05 23 GLO Connect 4 1, May 23, 2014, 8:14 a.m.

Happy to be able to play Connect 4 during his before school program; he won this game. By the way, he was wearing his Despicable Me 2 pajama top for pajama/school spirit day, May 23, 2014, 8:14 a.m.

Two Mornings Ago

2014 05 21 GLO Connect 4 4, May 21, 2014, 7:57 a.m.

Happy to be able to play Connect 4 during his before school program. I don’t recall the outcome of this game. By the way, he was wearing his near-Hawaiian shirt for Hawaii/school spirit day, May 21, 2014, 7:57 a.m.

Four Mornings Ago

I brought him to the before-school program. He began to play Connect 4 against a teacher while I left the classroom to sign the attendance binder. By the time I returned, he had already won.

Last Week

I stayed at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City for a conference from last Tuesday until Friday. On Friday morning, I took the following videos:

My group had dinner outside in the center courtyard shown in the video above. It was beautiful with perfect weather in the low 70s. I would have loved to have shared the beautiful flowers with him (because he loves to look at flowers). (Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVwNK6215NI to see them too).

There was also a neat toy store inside the hotel. I guess that I’m glad that I didn’t have to take him inside the store, but the exterior display windows were great. (Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7wy3zW2rhI and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUsx9wyTdKg to see them yourself.)

Earlier in the week, I had to go to the City Creek Center Mall where I encountered this fountain show:


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNlzPZ8JuTc on your mobile device)

The Spring Sing

GLO Spring Sing - 1st Grade Sign, May 21, 2014





GLO Spring Sing - 5th Grade Sign, May 21, 2014

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Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx_bHQ301BY to watch Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock)

From Daddy: A week ago, he and I were lying in bed watching the video below on YouTube to learn the rules to Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock. Mommy was listening but not watching. She chuckled, but she didn’t realize that after a couple of viewings, we got the hang of it and played.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSLeBKT7-sM to learn on your own)

As you can see from the first video above, he played on the Muni N-Judah train back to school after the conclusion of Friday’s field trip to Chinatown. (We took the 1-California down to Embarcadero Station and then the N-Judah back to 12th Avenue.)

Not everybody knows how to play Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock, though. Below is simple rock, paper, scissors after lunch at the Four Seas Restaurant:


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLx3KXT5YsY to watch, er, simplicity)

2014 05 09 Chinatown - walking 2, May 9, 2014, 12:33 p.m.

Walking toward the Empress of China during the field trip in Chinatown, May 9, 2014, 12:33 p.m.

2014 05 09 Chinatown - Empress of China Golden Dragon 1, May 9, 2014, 12:25 p.m.

At the Empress of China, looking at the Golden Dragon in the lobby–he recognized the restaurant at the location of the annual family banquet and was excited the recognize that the elevators were the same, May 9, 2014, 12:25 p.m.

2014 05 09 Chinatown - Eastern Bakery 2, May 9, 2014, 1:24 p.m.

Posing outside Eastern Bakery during the Chinatown field trip–he ordered a bolo bao for himself and then a guy mai bao for Daddy, May 9, 2014, 1:24 p.m.

2014 05 09 Chinatown - Woo Woo Playground - Slide, May 9, 2014, 1:36 p.m.

At the conclusion of the field trip, we played at Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground, May 9, 2014, 1:36 p.m.

2014 05 09 Chinatown - Woo Woo Playground - Stand, May 9, 2014, 1:36 p.m.

As he decides what to do at Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground, you can notice the name tag placed on all students during the field trip, May 9, 2014, 1:36 p.m.

2014 05 09 Chinatown - Woo Woo Playground - Legs in Sand 1, May 9, 2014, 1:59 p.m.

Burying his legs at Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground–he would do this at a beach in Yosemite the next day, May 9, 2014, 1:59 p.m.

2014 05 09 Chinatown - Muni - 1 California 2, May 9, 2014, 2:28 p.m.

After the field trip, we stuffed the kids on the 1 California bus, May 9, 2014, 2:28 p.m.

Today: Mother’s Day 2014

We’ll report on Mother’s Day in a later post.

Yesterday: Yosemite

Our family visited Yosemite! We met Grandma and Granddad there. At our first stop, we saw Horsetail Fall (click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3SoYMijWEk to see it in motion).

We’ll report more on Yosemite in a later post.

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