Monthly Archives: June 2014

Busy Weekend

From Daddy: We had a very busy weekend!

This Afternoon

We had a playdate with one of the kids his grade from his school. We started with lots of time on tablet computers. Then we hiked along the historic trail above UCSF.


(or click www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_dsMQZMLFg to learn about the restoration of the trail)

When we returned, there was more tablet time, dinner with pizza, a cookie, and a trampoline. He later said, “My best playdate ever.”

2014 06 29 Tyler's, June 29, 2014, 4:09 p.m.

Electronics = best playdate ever, June 29, 2014, 4:09 p.m.

This Morning

2014 06 29 Home Depot, June 29, 2014, 9:03 a.m.

Race car cart at Home Depot at Westlake Shopping Center, June 29, 2014, 9:03 a.m.

We started with a trip to Home Depot. Then we made a quick stop at Walgreen’s before sharing some Egg McMuffins at McDonald’s.

2014 06 29 McDonald's 2, June 29, 2014, 9:48 a.m.

He enjoyed 1.5 Egg McMuffins at McDonald’s in Daly City, but he did not appreciate this photo being taken, June 29, 2014, 9:48 a.m.

Afterward, we visited J.P. Murphy Playground. He said that it was okay to go with me but “Mommy always falls on me and scratches me.” He understood that she didn’t try to do so.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKKs1i3KONw to watch some basketball dribbling and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ue_1cG7Tj4 to watch him run the Indianapolis 5(00)-lap run around the sandbox)

Yesterday Afternoon

2014 06 28 Swimming, June 28, 2014, 12:36 p.m.

Happy swimmer, June 28, 2014, 12:36 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixTNjbXIVng to see his swimming lesson)

Yesterday Morning

We walked to the cacti on Judah Street (which he claims no longer interests him). He raced ahead of me and touched a garbage can, so we proceeded down 21st Avenue to the hair salon to wash hands, etc. However, it was 9:25 a.m. and it would open in five more minutes.

So, we headed around the corner to the bank to deposit $10 to his K2C Kindergarten-to-College account. The kind teller allowed us to use the restroom to wash his hands (and he impressed her by knowing how to say it in Cantonese).

Then we proceeded to Sheng-Kee to buy a snack. He selected a bolo bao for us to share. That morning, we’d counted out fifteen pennies, so as I was laying the pennies out on the counter beside our bolo bao on a tray, another bolo bao in a take-out bag appeared to our left. I remarked that it was the same as ours. The mom who bought the bolo bao had her daughter in tow and told me that it was the plainest thing that could be bought that her daughter would eat. (Interesting, because for him, he is the least picky about breads.) We happily ate our bao and then continued to the salon.

2014 06 28 Sheng Kee 2, June 28, 2014, 9:36 a.m.

A boy and his bolo bao, June 28, 2014, 9:36 a.m.

At the salon, I had him wash hands again. I was going to make an appointment for his haircut tomorrow, but when the TV was about to air The Lego Movie, he whispered, “Daddy, can I please have a haircut?” He was so distracted by the movie that he didn’t even mind when the blower was used on him.

2014 06 28 Salon de Annie, June 28, 2014, 9:53 a.m.

He’s on the right in the racecar. In the left background is the mom who bought the bolo bao for her daughter. In the foreground are three sons of a mom that we met 1.5 years ago during kindergarten tours, June 28, 2014, 9:53 a.m.

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Just a Toy

2014 06 26 Fort Building Toy 1, June 26, 2014, 8:32 a.m.

A toy built and painted during Fort Building camp and brought home on June 20, 2014

From Daddy: On the second day of Fort Building camp last week, he thought that he would be able to use a saw, but he was satisfied with having the opportunity to paint. He came home with purple paint splattered on his gray sweatshirt.

Also, a teacher said that he was building stairs. Later that was revised to “a pyramid.” A week ago, we found it at Fort Building camp and brought it home.

I asked him what it is, if it was a pyramid or something. He said that it was “just a toy.”

2014 06 26 Fort Building Toy 4, June 26, 2014, 8:33 a.m.

Profile of a toy built and painted during Fort Building camp and brought home on June 20, 2014

The specks on it are stuff from the ground that fused with the dried paint.

Yesterday

In the morning, he was bored and seeking something to do. So, I asked him to assist me while I took the photos above.

One Year Ago


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xySaMa3HqqU to see ping-pong

2013 06 27 Garden Watering with the Boys, June 27, 2013, 6:26 p.m.

Happy watering Yeah-Yeah’s Garden with the boys, June 27, 2013, 6:26 p.m.

Four Years Ago

Robert and Maia in jammies 2, June 27, 2010, 7:31 a.m.

Boy and godsister in jammies, June 27, 2010, 7:31 a.m.

Five Years Ago

Daddy & Robert sleep 1, June 27, 2009, 11:26 a.m.

Father-son nap time, June 27, 2009, 11:26 a.m.

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Was Staying At Home Always Like This?

From Jen:

The following is a post I made on Facebook today.  Enjoy!

The Boy has been home from his morning golf camp for 2 hours and already, there have been these conversations:

Boy: I was really annoyed when you told me I was not quite tall enough for those ropes yesterday.
Me: You mean at My Gym?
Boy: Yeah.
Me: I wasn’t trying to annoy you, I was just being honest.
Boy: Yeah, well I didn’t want your honesty yesterday.

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As I’m trying to do laundry downstairs:

Boy: Huh, I guess you shouldn’t touch the tires of cars.
Me: Did you get dirty?
Boy: Yep. Look at my black finger nails
(And I turned around to also find a Hitler mustache from him touching his upper lip.)

************************************************************************************
And, lastly:
Me: (After the tire incident) Go wash your hands with soap and water please.
Boy comes out wiping his hands on his pants.
Me: Please don’t use your dirty pants as a towel.
Boy: Mom, it’s not like they got dirty at golf camp. It’s fine.

 

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The First Tee: The Second Day

2014 06 24 The First Tee 3, June 24, 2014, 12:02 p.m.

Happy golfer, June 24, 2014, 12:02 p.m.

From Daddy: He’s enjoying his golf camp! I asked him at dinner what he did today and he replied, “The same as yesterday.” I asked him what he did yesterday and he replied, “The same as today.”

2014 06 24 The First Tee - lunch, June 24, 2014, 12:23 p.m.

Not happy that Mommy is taking a photo, June 24, 2014, 12:23 p.m.

Two Weeks Ago

2014 06 10 Pool, June 10, 2014, 3:27 p.m.

Chasing a ball in the pool at Grandma and Granddad’s, June 10, 2014, 3:27 p.m.

2014 06 10 Connect 4, June 10, 2014, 5:23 p.m.

A game of Connect 4, June 10, 2014, 5:23 p.m.

One Year Ago

2013 06 24 135022_734 Bowling Robert, June 24, 2013, 1:50 p.m.

Bowling Robert, June 24, 2013, 1:50 p.m.

2013 06 24 132358_924 Bowling Score, June 24, 2013, 1:23 p.m.

Early Bowling Score (though he had bumpers in his bowling lane), June 24, 2013, 1:23 p.m.

2013 06 24 135225_725 Bowling Score, June 24, 2013, 1:52 p.m.

Later Bowling Score, June 24, 2013, 1:52 p.m.

2013 06 24 140215_261 Drinking Robert, June 24, 2013, 2:02 p.m.

Drinks after bowling, June 24, 2013, 2:02 p.m.

2013 06 24 140228_096 Drinking Robert, June 24, 2013, 2:02 p.m.

Robert drinking, June 24, 2013, 2:02 p.m.

Two Years Ago

2012 06 24 Naked in Bed, June 24, 2012, 9:23 a.m.

Naked in bed–there is a video that goes with this, but I won’t put it online, June 24, 2012, 9:23 a.m.

2012 06 24 12.28.54 Golfing boys 1, June 24, 2012, 12:28 p.m.

Two years ago today, he was playing golf with the boys, June 24, 2012, 12:28 p.m.

2012 06 24 12.29.08 Golfing boys 2, June 24, 2012, 12:29 p.m.

Sharing a club, June 24, 2012, 12:29 p.m.

2012 06 24 16.06.12 Ngen-Ngen and Yeah-Yeah on couch 1, June 24, 2012, 4:06 p.m.

Watching the family play the Wii with Ngen-Ngen and Yeah-Yeah on the couch, June 24, 2012, 4:06 p.m.

2012 06 24 16.06.29 Ngen-Ngen and Yeah-Yeah on couch 2, June 24, 2012, 4:06 p.m.

Holding his foot, June 24, 2012, 4:06 p.m.

2012 06 24 16.08.05 Ngen-Ngen and Yeah-Yeah on couch 3, June 24, 2012, 4:08 p.m.

Watching intently, June 24, 2012, 4:08 p.m.

Three Years Ago

2011 06 24 Discovery Museum - Curious George 3, June 24, 2011, 9:28 a.m.

Curious George exhibit at the Bay Area Discovery Museum – close-up, June 24, 2011, 9:28 a.m.

2011 06 24 Discovery Museum - Imagination Playground, June 24, 2014, 10:27 a.m.

Imagination Playground at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, June 24, 2014, 10:27 a.m.

2011 06 24 Discovery Museum - Curious George 2, June 24, 2011, 9:28 a.m.

Curious George exhibit at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (yes, this is where he has his Fort Building camp last week, June 24, 2011, 9:28 a.m.

Four Years Ago

Looking Down on Moose Shirt, June 24, 2010, 7:20 p.m.

Looking Down on His Moose Shirt, June 24, 2010, 7:20 p.m.

Grandparents and boys, June 24, 2010, 7:21 p.m.

Grandparents and boys, June 24, 2010, 7:21 p.m.

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First Tee

From Daddy: Today was his first day of golf camp! It was at Harding Park. At dinner, he said that it was the best camp.

They serve granola bars with nuts for snack, so he substituted Chex Mix.

Today, he learned about “courtesy” (which he said was a new word to him), respect, and then another word that he couldn’t remember. He described the word as meaning always telling the truth. When I suggested that the word might be “honesty,” he agreed, “Yes!”

Two Weeks Ago

2014 06 09 Mater's Junkyard Jamboree 2, June 9, 2014, 8:57 a.m.

Mommy and boy ready for Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, June 9, 2014, 8:57 a.m. (or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUM370yW4qc to watch their ride)

2014 06 09 Cozy Cone Inn Motel 1, June 9, 2014, 9:56 a.m.

A snack at the Cozy Cone Inn Motel, June 9, 2014, 9:56 a.m.

2014 06 09 Cozy Cone Inn Motel 4, June 9, 2014, 9:57 a.m.

Approval of the Cozy Cone Inn Motel, June 9, 2014, 9:57 a.m.

2014 06 09 125557_034 Flo's V-8, June 9, 2014, 12:26 p.m.

We had lunch at Flo’s V-8 Cafe, June 9, 2014, 12:26 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrB8qSw6DtU to see the Sequoia Smoke Jumpers Training Tower)

One Year Ago

Face painting buddies, June 23, 2013, 4:40 p.m.

Face painting buddies; he requested the Earth, June 23, 2013, 4:40 p.m.

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Swinging into a Playdate

2014 06 22 Playdate with Nicholas 3, June 22, 2014, 11:52 a.m.

Years from now, will he remember that he asked Mommy to push him around?, June 22, 2014, 11:52 a.m.

From Daddy: We had a great playdate this morning that started off with basketball and ended up with playground fun (including hide-and-seek)!

2014 06 22 Playdate with Nicholas 4, June 22, 2014, 11:59 a.m.

Swinging into your heart, June 22, 2014, 11:59 a.m.

2014 06 22 Playdate with Nicholas 2, June 22, 2014, 11:36 p.m.

Lying down while being spun around, June 22, 2014, 11:36 p.m.

Later, we had fun and an ice cream cone at Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen’s house:

2014 06 22 Ice Cream Cousins 1, June 22, 2014, 2:27 p.m.

I tried to take a photo but he wasn’t facing the camera, June 22, 2014, 2:27 p.m.

2014 06 22 Ice Cream Cousins 3, June 22, 2014, 2:27 p.m.

I tried to take a photo, but he didn’t smile, June 22, 2014, 2:27 p.m.

2014 06 22 Ice Cream Cousins 4, June 22, 2014, 2:28 p.m.

I tried to take a photo with his smile, but this was close enough, June 22, 2014, 2:28 p.m.

Afterward, we watered the garden at school!

2014 06 22 Watering AFY 1, June 22, 2014, 3:13 p.m.

Going to water the school garden, June 22, 2014, 3:13 p.m.

2014 06 22 Watering AFY 2, June 22, 2014, 3:14 p.m.

Not trespassing as we go to the school garden, June 22, 2014, 3:14 p.m.

2014 06 22 Watering AFY 3, June 22, 2014, 4 p.m.

Watering the school garden, June 22, 2014, 4 p.m.

2014 06 22 Watering AFY 4, June 22, 2014, 4:01 p.m.

I asked him to smile, but I didn’t specify to smile at the camera, June 22, 2014, 4:01 p.m.

Then I needed a long nap to recover from the day!

Tomorrow

First day of golf camp!

Two Weeks Ago

2014 06 08 Tarzan's Treehouse, June 8, 2014, 1:14 p.m.

He enjoyed climbing around Tarzan’s Treehouse. In one room, this model of the solar system caught his eye, June 8, 2014, 1:14 p.m.

2014 06 08 114423_046 Mad Hatter Tea Cup, June 8, 2014, 11:44 a.m.

Mommy and boy attempted selfie on the Mad Hatter Tea Cup, June 8, 2014, 11:44 a.m.

Mad Hatter Tea Cup, June 8, 2014, 11:44 p.m.

From Daddy’s perspective, taking a selfie on the Mad Hatter’s tea cup, June 8, 2014, 11:44 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXsPDFedFvI to watch him belly-laugh at cartoons after dinner at the Disneyland Hotel)

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Water System & Waterfall

From Daddy: Here’s another video from yesterday in which he is demonstrating the water system/aquaduct at the top of the hill of the site of his Fort Building Camp. I heard on Wednesday morning that he and a couple of other boys were studying this water system intently, and I now suspect that the crank that he is using in the video was the inspiration for his “something for steering” that he built on Tuesday. (Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcNaCFS7Zdc to see him demonstrate the water system.)

This Afternoon

2014 06 21 132208_061 Above The Warming Hut web, June 21, 2014, 1:22 p.m.

You can’t hear it, but he’s yelling from the hills above The Warming Hut for Mommy not to take photos after today’s swimming class, June 21, 2014, 1:22 p.m.

Two Weeks Ago

2014 06 07 083604_003 In Suitcase 2, June 7, 2014, 8:36 a.m.

Mommy was trying to convince him that he would fit In this Suitcase; he looks convinced, June 7, 2014, 8:36 a.m.

2014 06 07 160822_058 Jump5150 Air Hockey, June 7, 2014, 4:08 p.m.

On the left, playing air hockey at Jump5150, June 7, 2014, 4:08 p.m.


(or click to see him jump at Jump5150)


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtr9LknAeUY to see him circumnavigate the pool by edging around with his hands; he thinks that he’s training for American Ninja Warrior)

Four Weeks Ago

2014 05 10 On rock 2, May 10, 2014, 12:07 p.m.

As mentioned last month, we were in Yosemite. He here stands proudly on a rock at our first stop inside Yosemite, May 10, 12:07 p.m.

2014 05 24 180337_836 Chinese Name

Doodling at dinner with Mommy, he writes his Chinese name. His first grade teacher will refer to him by his Chinese name, May 24, 2014, 6:03 p.m.

Six Weeks Ago

2014 05 10 Walking with Mommy 2, May 10, 2014, 11:38 a.m.

At our first stop inside the grounds of Yosemite, he walks along a wall with Mommy, May 10, 2014, 11:38 a.m.

2014 05 10 Beach sand 4, May 10, 2014, 12:29 p.m.

We found a beach and he wanted to bury his feet in the sand, May 10, 2014, 12:29 p.m.

2014 05 10 On rock 3, May 10, 2014, 3:08 p.m.

On another rock in Yosemite, May 10, 2014, 3:08 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLDXcmfIyV8 to see Lower Yosemite Fall)

2014 05 10 Lower Yosemite Fall - Robert & Daddy 2, May 10, 3:20 p.m.

Our most adventuresome part was Daddy helping him scale to this part near Lower Yosemite Fall, May 10, 3:20 p.m.

2014 05 10 Lower Yosemite Fall - Robert & Daddy 3, May 10, 2014, 3:20 p.m.

Mommy caught up to us and took this photo, May 10, 2014, 3:20 p.m.

2014 05 10 Lower Yosemite Fall - Robert & Mommy 1, May 10, 2014, 3:21 p.m.

Then Daddy turned around to take this photo, May 10, 2014, 3:21 p.m.

2014 05 10 Lower Yosemite Fall - Robert & Mommy 3, May 10, 2014, 3:21 p.m.

Mommy, son, and Lower Yosemite Fall, May 10, 2014, 3:21 p.m.

2014 05 10 Lower Yosemite Fall - Family 1, May 10, 2014, 3:23 p.m.

Family at Lower Yosemite Fall, May 10, 2014, 3:23 p.m.

2014 05 10 Lower Yosemite Fall - Robert & Mommy 5, May 10, 2014, 3:24 p.m.

Happy boy & Mommy, May 10, 2014, 3:24 p.m.

2014 05 10 Robert & Grandparents 1, May 10, 2014,

The grandparents didn’t climb with us, May 10, 2014, 3:31 p.m.

2014 05 10 Evening with Grandparents, May 10, 2014, 8:59 p.m.

He spent the evening with the grandparents while Mommy and Daddy went to dinner and brought back take-out, May 10, 2014, 8:59 p.m.

Two Years Ago

2012 06 21 17-36-12_16 On Couch 2, June 21, 2012, 5:36 p.m.

Eyes closed on the couch…, June 21, 2012, 5:36 p.m.

2012 06 21 19-41-41_10 Train Track, June 21, 2012, 7:41 p.m.

…but he didn’t clean up his train tracks first, June 21, 2012, 7:41 p.m.

Four Years Ago

Robert Reads Josh and the Woo Woo 1, June 21, 2010, 11:58 a.m.

Robert Reads Josh and the Woo Woo under a patriotic cap, June 21, 2010, 11:58 a.m.

Robert Reads Josh and the Woo Woo 3, June 21, 2010, 11:58 a.m.

Turning the page on Josh and the Woo Woo, June 21, 2010, 11:58 a.m.

Five Years Ago

Family nap 2, June 21, 2009, 10:49 a.m.

Family nap, happy daddy, June 21, 2009, 10:49 a.m.

Family nap 3, June 21, 2009, 11:09 a.m.

Sleepy beauty, June 21, 2009, 11:09 a.m.

Fresh Choice 1, June 21, 2009, 5:34 p.m.

Dinner 1, June 21, 2009, 5:34 p.m.

Fresh Choice 2, June 21, 2009, 5:34 p.m.

Dinner 2, June 21, 2009, 5:34 p.m.

Fresh Choice 4, June 21, 2009, 5:35 p.m.

Rejected food, June 21, 2009, 5:35 p.m.

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