Monthly Archives: December 2014

Happy New Year 2015!

From Daddy: He stayed up until 9:10 p.m. tonight so that we could watch New York celebrate the New York on CNN. We toasted with cider and he said, “Happy New Year, New York.” We also defined confetti for him and he understood not to do it at home (a disclaimer he saw several times as he watched with interest the Mythbusters marathon on the Science channel at Grandpa and Grandma Pam’s house recently and a bit this evening).

Early Christmas

Before we departed for our week in Southern California, he opened his San Francisco presents. Thank you to the Day-Days for a great present!

2014 12 22 NASA T-shirt from Day-Days 1, December 22, 2014, 8:50 p.m.

“Oh, this is going to be a great present,” he said to himself while peering into the wrapping, December 22, 2014, 8:50 p.m.

2014 12 22 NASA T-shirt from Day-Days 2, December 22, 2014, 8:50 p.m.

“NASA,” he read, December 22, 2014, 8:50 p.m.

2014 12 22 NASA T-shirt from Day-Days 4, December 22, 2014, 8:51 p.m.

He knew that this present from the Day-Days would be great. “This is the best present,” he declared, December 22, 2014, 8:51 p.m.

2014 12 22 NASA T-shirt from Day-Days 5, December 22, 2014, 8:51 p.m.

When he discovered that the shirt glowed, he sprinted to his bedroom to look (but the shirt hadn’t “charged” yet), December 22, 2014, 8:51 p.m.

2014 12 22 Activity books from Ga-Ga and Di-Di 1, December 22, 2014, 8:52 p.m.

He read that this present was from Ga-Ga and Di-Di. “They are my best cousins,” he told us. “They are my best cousins because I met them first,” he explained, December 22, 2014, 8:52 p.m.

2014 12 22 Activity books from Ga-Ga and Di-Di 2, December 22, 2014, 8:52 p.m.

Thank you for the activity books! For the discussion that follows, click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdwj6WsuW8A, December 22, 2014, 8:52 p.m.

2014 12 22 Shirt from Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen 1, December 22, 2014, 8:53 p.m.

“To jee ming,” he read, “from Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen. I can read that,” he declared, December 22, 2014, 8:53 p.m.

2014 12 22 Shirt from Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen 2, December 22, 2014, 8:54 p.m.

Sporty shirt from Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen, December 22, 2014, 8:54 p.m.

Yesterday

2014 12 20 Candy Cane Lane sign, December 20, 2014, 5:22 p.m.

Candy Cane Lane sign just inside the entrance to Gilroy Gardens, December 20, 2014, 5:22 p.m.

On December 20, we spent a few hours at Gilroy Gardens for “Holiday Lights” where he enjoyed their Christmas Feast so much that we returned there yesterday on the way home from Southern California.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNA2DNe-fV0 to watch him ride the Pit Stop Racers)

We missed the light show at Bonfonte Falls on December 20 but caught them yesterday!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y2sPSyJrnw

Night fell relatively swiftly and it was so cold, but it didn’t spoil our fun.

2014 12 30 17.27.06 Tubs-O-Fun & Bulgy the Goldfish sign, December 30, 5:27 p.m.

Tubs-O-Fun and Bulgy the Goldfish sign. He was pleased that he was tall enough to ride both, December 30, 5:27 p.m.



(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJm02OLN9v8 to see him ride Bulgy the Goldfish or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARlyYCKT_Ck to see him spin in the adjacent ride Tubs-O-Fun)

2014 12 30 17.44.18 Christmas Feast, December 30, 2014, 5:44 p.m.

The Peanuts Gang provided a brief show at each Christmas Feast, December 30, 2014, 5:44 p.m.

2014 12 30 17.44.35 Christmas Feast, December 30, 2014, 5:44 p.m.

Daddy and the Browns, December 30, 2014, 5:44 p.m.

2014 12 30 18.05.20 Christmas Feast, December 30, 2014, 6:05 p.m.

Singing and Dancing at the Christmas Feast, December 30, 2014, 6:05 p.m.

We had a great time on both visits!

2014 12 20 Apple & Worm ride 1, December 20, 2014, 7:43 p.m.

Family on the Apple & Worm ride, December 20, 2014, 7:43 p.m.

Last Week: Penny the Dog

He loved playing with Penny at Grandpa and Grandma Pam’s last week!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qntTbGAKKI4

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Beanie on Ice!

From Daddy: Merry Christmas 2014!

Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeArcsHEuC4 to see him ice skate for the very first time!

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Last Day of School!

From Daddy: Today was his last day of school for the year!

Tonight he said that he hopes that we’ll have a good winter vacation.

Last Sunday: The Return of Basketball!


(or click youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leC__QER8bk to see a very distracted boy at lay-up practice and click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKpH9BkDWnc to see the game)

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Naughty or Nice

From Daddy: Last Saturday, on the phone with Grandma Pam, he told her, “I have a good feeling that I’m on the naughty list.” When asked why, he explained that he isn’t showing his teacher enough respect in class by paying attention.

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Stormy Weather

2014 12 11 Raincoat, December 11, 2014, 2:47 p.m.

New Raincoat at Sheng-Kee Bakery, December 11, 2014, 2:47 p.m.

From Daddy: A big rainstorm on Thursday led to closures of school, work, and other businesses. We had a family walk in the rain to two local bakeries and the local library where he had terrific fun reading.

2014 12 11 15.04.48 Library, December 11, 2014, 3:04 p.m

I found these audio books at the library during the rainstorm. We just finished Dolphins at Daybreak tonight, the ninth book in the series. It will be quite a while before we get to these books, December 11, 2014, 3:04 p.m

2014 12 11 Checkers, December 11, 2014, 5:28 p.m.

A serious game of checkers before enjoying dinner with Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen, December 11, 2014, 5:28 p.m.

Yesterday

Party at night.

2014 12 12 Daddy's Birthday - Cake 1, December 12, 2014, 7:12 p.m.

Ga-Ga was surprised that Yeah-Yeah (or actually his Goong-Goong) made a birthday cake without milk, December 12, 2014, 7:12 p.m.

2014 12 12 Daddy's Birthday - Cake 5, December 12, 2014, 7:13 p.m.

Helping daddy blow out the candles, December 12, 2014, 7:13 p.m.

Art in the morning.

2014 12 12 GLO Family Arts Day 3, December 12, 2014, 8:57 a.m.

He had a great time a Family Arts Day in the morning. In the foreground are his original pair of pants before he spilled hot cocoa everywhere–he didn’t quite believe me when I told him how hot it was, December 12, 2014, 8:57 a.m.

We arrived at the Multi-Purpose Room at school around 8:06. Almost all of the before school kids were seated at the couple of long cafeteria tables put together. The before school Site Coordinator was going through the rules with the kids, so he and I remained standing near the entrance so as not to interrupt. The Playworks coach was standing there too, and he and I exchanged a quick hello at “grown-up” level; the boy didn’t notice so he grabbed me to whisper, “Say ‘Hi’ to Coach Josh!” to which I answered, “I already did!”

When the children released from the explanation of the rules, they scattered. Rather than first go for food or drink, he wanted to go to an arts station. We (mostly I) must have spent over twenty minutes on a difficult project of making a star out of stars and string. Afterward, he got in line for hot cocoa. It was HOT! I warned him, but he felt great after a quick sip. A longer drink burned his mouth, and he pushed the cup forward creating a spill on the table. With the help of a kind boy, the three of us cleaned the table.

He got another hot cocoa and a cinnamon bread. He happily ate the bread–pausing kindly to share some with me–during which I got the spare pants out of his backpack for him to change.

He later reported having a great time.

Last Weekend

2014 12 07 Christmas Tree lot 1, December 7, 2014, 5:38 p.m.

Posing by our Christmas tree without a camera flash, December 7, 2014, 5:38 p.m.

Christmas tree shopping!

2014 12 07 Christmas Tree lot 3, December 7, 2014, 5:38 p.m.

The tree that we wanted was not at the tree lot on 19th and Sloat. But we quickly found the perfect tree at 9th and Lawton. It was expensive, however, December 7, 2014, 5:38 p.m.

2014 12 07 Christmas Tree - Tree Trimming 1, December 7, 2014, 8:52 p.m.

Rocking around the Christmas Tree, December 7, 2014, 8:52 p.m.

2014 12 07 Christmas Tree - Tree Trimming 2, December 7, 2014, 8:52 p.m.

He placed the ornament on the tree, December 7, 2014, 8:52 p.m.

2014 12 07 Christmas Tree - Tree Trimming 3, December 7, 2014, 8:52 p.m.

Placing another ornament on the tree, December 7, 2014, 8:52 p.m.

2014 12 07 Christmas Tree lights 8, December 7, 2014, 9:03 p.m.

He took this photo of Mommy but didn’t turn on the flash, December 7, 2014, 9:03 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDkuTloB-z0 to listen to conversation during the tree trimming)

Earlier Today (Saturday)

We had a substitute swim teacher for the third week in a row, but the substitutes have taught him to swim faster!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3wE7r8cMHg to see him swim fast)

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Parents Are Like Dogs

From Daddy: As reported by Mommy, over the weekend he told her that “Mommies and Daddies are like dogs.”

Mommy asked how so.

“Because they love you no matter what.”

Yesterday


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md6DbOHqRvA to watch him train for American Ninja Warrior)

One Month Ago

2014 11 08 14.47.05 Donner Lake, November 8, 2014, 2:47 p.m

Mommy and Daddy enjoy Donner Lake, November 8, 2014, 2:47 p.m

2014 11 08 Donner Lake 6, November 8, 2014, 3:09 p.m.

Donner Lake is beautiful, November 8, 2014, 3:09 p.m.

Two Months Ago


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R5GnJu2Kzg to watch him practice his cliffhanger at school)

One Year Ago

2013 12 08 10.20.14 Structure, December 8, 2013, 10:20 a.m.

He built this “constructure” with blocks at home, December 8, 2013, 10:20 a.m.

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