Monthly Archives: August 2014

Bee Barf

From Daddy: We’re home! We spent the weekend away for…

This Afternoon

…a visit with Grandma and Granddad, including a new bike, snacks, and a dip in the pool!

This Morning

…breakfast with family after the great wedding!

Last Night

…the best wedding ever, though he got sick and threw up (a lot) on the bus on the way back to the hotel!

The Day Before Yesterday (Friday)

…a great trip to Disneyland with family!

Thursday

…a very long drive to Anaheim!

Tuesday

He said this about honey: “Honey is pretty good. Even though you’re eating bee barf.”

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Earthquake Preparedness

From Daddy: We had an earthquake around 3:20 a.m. yesterday morning. He didn’t wake up to it because the epicenter was far away.

At school this morning, during line-up, his principal and teachers discussed what to do during an earthquake. A fellow parent told me that the discussion was all in Cantonese but he later reported that it was in English.

This Morning

I asked him what he wanted for breakfast. We settled on cereal. When I asked him which he wanted, he went to the pantry to review his options.

He held and regarded the back of the box of Trader Joe’s Crisp Rice Cereal was great interest but he asked for Honey Bunches of Oats (one of his favorites). I suggested that I serve the Honey Bunches of Oats while he read the other box in the dining room. He agreed.

I’m so proud that he has become such a good reader. Later, while I was in another room, he wanted to tell me a joke [actually it was a riddle]. “Why did the dolphin cross the bay?”

“Why?” I asked.

“To get to the other tide!”

“Ha! Where did you learn that joke?” I asked. I figured that it was from school or something. He told me that it was on the cereal box.

What a good reader.

* * *

He asked me for a toasted bagel with spreading cheese. I told him that he had to finish his cereal, including the flakes. (He much prefers the sweet clusters.) He agreed, but by the time he finished his cereal, the time was sufficiently late that I told him that we would not be able to arrive at school “early” (i.e., as early as he occasionally prefers) if he has a bagel.

He decided that a bagel was better than school. (Yes, since Wednesday he has been less excited about school.)

* * *

We arrived at school around 8:20, not late by any stretch. As we walked into the school (past the breakfast lady who held the door; I made sure that we said “good morning” in Cantonese), he saw the array of breakfast cereals laid out for the before-school program kids. He inspected the containers and saw Cinnamon Toast Crunch. “YES!” he exclaimed triumphantly. He confirmed this evening that he ate cereal at school.

That’s three breakfasts.

One Week Ago

2014 08 18 First Day of School - Walking to School 5, August 18, 2014, 8:51 a.m.

On the walk to the first day of First Grade, he is so tired of my taking photos, August 18, 2014, 8:51 a.m.

2014 08 18 First Day of School - First Recess, August 18, 2014, 10:56 a.m.

Participating in a game of four-square during his first recess of the first grade; this morning in the present, he tells me that he plays four-square almost every day and he enjoys the game, August 18, 2014, 10:56 a.m.

First Day of First Grade, August 18, 2014, 10:37 a.m.

A photo taken on the first day of First Grade in his English classroom, August 18, 2014, 10:37 a.m.

One Year Ago

2013 08 25 Solar System picture 2, August 25, 2013, 11:10 a.m.

Proudly showing his Solar System drawing, August 25, 2013, 11:10 a.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaOfVy94CAo to see part of his swimming lesson from one year ago)

Two Years Ago


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsDHzXgAUZ0 to see him at My Gym)

Three Years Ago


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYFeLZ4jBIY to watch his drive to his first day of preschool!)

2011-08-25_14-14-16 First Day of Preschool 3, August 25, 2011, 2:14 p.m.

First Day of Preschool 3, August 25, 2011, 2:14 p.m.

2011-08-25_14-14-23 First Day of Preschool 2, August 25, 2011, 2:14 p.m.

First Day of Preschool 2, August 25, 2011, 2:14 p.m.

2011-08-25_14-14-31 First Day of Preschool 1, August 25, 2011, 2:14 p.m.

First Day of Preschool 1, August 25, 2011, 2:14 p.m.

2011-08-25_17-29-46 First Day of Preschool 4, August 25, 2011, 5:29 p.m.

Ready to snack on his first day of preschool, August 25, 2011, 5:29 p.m.

Four Years Ago


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2jOM7KZS1U to watch him play his 3-in-1 instrument. Every so often–for reasons I don’t know–the instrument exclaims, “Grrreat!” In the present day, he thinks that each time it does, he scores a point and he tries to play to get a high score)

Five Years Ago

Christopher and Robert, August 25, 2009, 7:02 p.m.

Ga-Ga and Beanie, August 25, 2009, 7:02 p.m.

Six Years Ago


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsE6BBgFYfE to see him on Mommy)

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Playground Training


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-nuyVr1bMg to see him train for American Ninja Warrior at Sunset Playground)

From Daddy: This afternoon, he got to train for American Ninja Warrior at the playground!

(Earlier, he hurt himself in the grown-up exercise area leaping bars. I no longer want him to do that without a helmet! He cried after hurting himself but was also sad that I made him quit.)

One Year Ago


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJs-wf6VNYw to see My Gym from one year ago)

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Swimming Progress

2014 08 23 Swimming - Skill achievement 3, August 23, 2014, 1:02 p.m.

Swimming skill achievement, August 23, 2014, 1:02 p.m.

From Daddy: He did a great job swimming today! He earned an achievement!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CuVjtrHdA0 to watch today’s swimming lesson)

2014 08 23 Swimming - Skill achievement 1, August 23, 2014, 1:01 p.m.

Having just received his skill achievement award, he considers it in his hand in the pool, August 23, 2014, 1:01 p.m.

2014 08 23 Swimming - Skill achievement 4, August 23, 2014, 1:14 p.m.

Registering his new achievement, August 23, 2014, 1:14 p.m.

One Month Ago

2014 07 23 14.18.12 Boston Market, July 23, 2014, 2:18 p.m.

Lunch at Boston Market with Mommy after My Gym, July 23, 2014, 2:18 p.m.

2014 07 23 14.18.16 Boston Market, July 23, 2014, 2:18 p.m.

Smirking at Boston Market, July 23, 2014, 2:18 p.m.

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First Week of First Grade

From Daddy: We made it! The first week of first grade is complete, and everything went well!

Yesterday

2014 08 21 08.15.57 Lego Man, August 21, 2014, 8:15 a.m.

At his before school program on Wednesday, he worked on this Lego Man. Yesterday morning, he declined to work on it more and declared it to be done, August 21, 2014, 8:15 a.m.

One Week Ago

2014 08 15 13.48.14 CPK, August 15, 2014, 1:48 p.m.

He hadn’t been to my office since early this year, so we celebrated the end of summer with a visit to my office and to his favorite CPK, August 15, 2014, 1:48 p.m.

2014 08 15 13.10.56 CPK, August 15, 2014, 1:10 p.m.

Busy with his activities on the kids menu at CPK, August 15, 2014, 1:10 p.m.

One Year Ago

2013 08 22 08.24.46 GLO Self-Portrait, August 22, 2013, 8:24 a.m.

Rather than a Lego man, he drew this self-portrait. I took this photo on August 22, 2013, 8:24 a.m., when it was posted to the wall.

2013 08 22 08.25.07 GLO Self-Portraits, August 22, 2013, 8:25 a.m.

All the self-portraits, August 22, 2013, 8:25 a.m.

2013 08 22 GLO Breakfast 1, August 22, 2013, 8:33 a.m.

Politely lined up for breakfast, August 22, 2013, 8:33 a.m.

2013 08 22 GLO Breakfast 2, August 22, 2013, 8:33 a.m.

I am proud of him that he was able to line up so politely, August 22, 2013, 8:33 a.m.

Two Years Ago

2012 08 22 10-11-06_52 Constructure, August 22, 2012, 10:11 a.m.

He built this on the floor and called it a “constructure,” August 22, 2012, 10:11 a.m.

Four Years Ago

Little Tikes car 3, August 22, 2010, 4 p.m.

Granddad and Grandma Carol got me a new car!

Little Tikes car 5, August 22, 2010, 4:02 p.m.

Driven into a corner, August 22, 2010, 4:02 p.m.

Little Tikes car 1, August 22, 2010, 4 p.m.

Am I close enough to the curb?

Little Tikes car 9, August 22, 2010, 4:24 p.m.

A boy and his car

Swimming with Grandma 2, August 22, 2010, 6:45 p.m.

Grandma holds him up, August 22, 2010, 6:45 p.m.

Swimming with Grandma 6, August 22, 2010, 6:47 p.m.

At least Grandma Carol looked at the camera

Swimming with Grandma 4, August 22, 2010, 6:46 p.m.

Tongue out while swimming with Grandma Carol

Swimming with Grandma 3, August 22, 2010, 6:46 p.m.

Funny face while swimming with Grandma Carol

Five Years Ago

Asleep in Daddy's Arms 1, August 22, 2010, 1:39 p.m.

As his napped in my arms, I took this photo, August 22, 2010, 1:39 p.m.

Asleep in Daddy's Arms 4, August 22, 2009, 12:40 p.m.

Asleep in Daddy’s Arms 4, August 22, 2009, 12:40 p.m.

Asleep in Daddy's Arms 1, August 22, 2009, 12:39 p.m.

Asleep in Daddy’s Arms 1, August 22, 2009, 12:39 p.m.

Six Years Ago

Fingernail, August 22, 2008, 9:30 p.m.

His tiny cut fingernail rests upon my fingertip, August 22, 2008, 9:30 p.m.

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Fourth Day of His Best Friend

From Daddy: Also, he said today when leaving the car, “Today is the fourth day of school, and it’s the fourth day of” his best friend.

Rough Morning

For the second morning in a row, he again said he was not feeling great, but came around to going to school. He also said that he doesn’t like school as much as doing stuff at home (because he’s training; he’s down to 8 seconds on a made-up obstacle course at home and he also hurt himself).

He accidentally hurt his finger, leaving in part way in the door jam while he started to close the car door, but he didn’t cry. I told him I was proud of him that he didn’t cry; I told him that it was okay to cry but that I was proud of his bravery. I’m pretty sure that when I was around his age that my thumb was crushed in a van’s door and I cried a lot.

Late Afternoon

He got to watch much of this during the late afternoon for his down time:

One Month Ago

2014 07 21 Summer Reading List, July 21, 2014

His summer reading list as of July 21, 2014

Two Months Ago

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, June 21, 2014, 1:22 p.m.

Three Months Ago

GLO Spring Sing - Kinder Sign, May 21, 2014

Spring Sing Sign, May 21, 2014

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

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


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5VGIstEMho to watch “Build Me Up Buttercup”)

Two Years Ago

2012-08-21_13-57-24_920 Sea Bowl, August 21, 2012, 1:57 p.m.

Sea Bowl, August 21, 2012, 1:57 p.m.

2012-08-21_13-20-47_668 Score, August 21, 2012, 1:20 p.m.

Mommy won the first game at Sea Bowl, August 21, 2012, 1:20 p.m.

2012-08-21_13-56-53_185 Score, August 21, 2012, 1:56 p.m.

Mommy won the second game at Sea Bowl by a wider margin, August 21, 2012, 1:56 p.m.

Four Years Ago

Backyard and wet 4, August 21, 2010, 3:09 p.m.

Near the sprinkler

Wet in the Backyard 2 - 3, August 21, 2010, 3:08 p.m.

Twice as soaked

Backyard and wet 1, August 21, 2010, 3:08 p.m.

Wet in the Backyard 1

Sitting in Underwear 2, August 21, 2010, 8:54 a.m.

Watching TV in his underwear at Grandpa’s and Grandma Pam’s

Six Years Ago

2008 08 21 Mommy holds Robert 10, August 21, 2008, 7:44 p.m.

Such a tiny Beanie, August 21, 2008, 7:44 p.m.

2008 08 21 Mommy holds Robert 08, August 21, 2008, 7:44 p.m.

Very tiny Beanie, August 21, 2008, 7:44 p.m.

2008 08 21 Mommy holds Robert 02, August 21, 2008, 7:37 p.m.

He was a floppy baby, August 21, 2008, 7:37 p.m.

2008 08 21 Mommy holds Robert 05, August 21, 2008, 7:39 p.m.

Mommy used to sit him up on top of her while lying on the sofa. Click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkudExIUtSE on your device, August 21, 2008, 7:39 p.m.

2008 08 21 Mommy holds Robert 13, August 21, 2008, 7:47 p.m.

Making faces at each other, August 21, 2008, 7:47 p.m.

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Third Day of First Grade

From Daddy: Today was his first day of before-school and after-school care. He had a great day again. Even though he stressed this morning that he still preferred kindergarten.

This morning, I was pleased that he didn’t push to arrive at school early (i.e., 8:00 like yesterday). This morning, we got into the car around 8:11 and his asked when the before school program was over. I said 9:00. He asked in how many minutes that was, and I said 49 minutes.

He watched the clock on my phone, and counted down to 48 minutes. 47 minutes…

Last Year

We had a family dinner at a favorite restaurant following the third day of kindergarten…

2013 08 21 18.26.32 Elephant Bar, August 21, 2013, 6:26 p.m.

Happy boy and Mommy, August 21, 2013, 6:26 p.m.

2013 08 21 18.26.13 Elephant Bar, August 21, 2013, 6:26 p.m.

He’s busy doing activities on the kids menu, August 21, 2013, 6:26 p.m.

…whereas this year, we went to that restaurant following the very first day of first grade.

Three Years Ago

2011 08 20 13.26.07 Outfit, August 20, 2011, 1:26 p.m.

All dressed up and ready to go to Woodland, August 20, 2011, 1:26 p.m.

How can such a nice boy…

2011 08 20 19-25-39_692 Woodland, August 20, 5:25 p.m.

Sitting on the edge of the trailer in Woodland, August 20, 5:25 p.m.

2011 08 20 19-25-47_841 Woodland, August 20, 2011, 5:25 p.m.

Among the gas tanks in Woodland, August 20, 2011, 5:25 p.m.

2011 08 20 18-22-12_654 Woodland, August 20, 2011, 6:22 p.m.

Having a seat in the back in Woodland, August 20, 2011, 6:22 p.m.

2011 08 20 18-22-19_795 Woodland, August 20, 2011, 6:22 p.m.

I miss these Buzz Lightyear shoes, August 20, 2011, 6:22 p.m.

…leave such a mess on the walls with a marker?

Wall Drawings (4), August 20, 2011

Wall Drawings, August 20, 2011

Wall Drawings (3), August 20, 2011

Wall Scribblings, August 20, 2011

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