Monthly Archives: January 2015

Happy Birthday, Mommy!

Made by the boy yesterday:

Mommy's Birthday Card 1

Mommy’s 2015 Birthday Card, part 1

Mommy's Birthday Card 2

Mommy’s 2015 Birthday Card, part 2 (the title)

Mommy's Birthday Card 3

Mommy’s 2015 Birthday Card, part 3

Mommy's Birthday Card 4

Mommy’s 2015 Birthday Card, part 4

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Switch


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNb_pwdR6uY to see Switch)

From Daddy: On Thursday, I witnessed him playing “Switch” before school. I hadn’t seen this game before, but he seemed to be quite good at it.

This morning, as he requested on Friday, we took a walk around the neighborhood. (He also mentioned bicycling as an alternative, but his bicycle no longer has training wheels, he doesn’t yet know how to ride without them, and I don’t know how to teach him.) We walked to the hair salon where we each had the opportunity for a haircut. Also at the salon, he found a small ball that looked like a globe–great because he is into geography now.

2015 01 25 09.34.31 Haircut, January 25, 2015, 9:34 a.m.

The fierce cold wind during our walk irritated his eyes in this photo, but they got better soon, January 25, 2015, 9:34 a.m.

2015 01 25 10.09.07 Haircut - lollipop, January 25, 2015, 10:09 a.m.

After the haircut came the traditional lollipop. He switched it up and chose green, January 25, 2015, 10:09 a.m.

2015 01 25 10.21.52 Sheng-Kee garlic bread, January 25, 2015, 10:21 a.m.

After we left the salon, he requested garlic bread at the bakery. Yum!, January 25, 2015, 10:21 a.m.

Yesterday

2015 01 24 12.47.28 Swimming - board, January 24, 2015, 12:47 p.m.

No substitute teachers at swimming; I have never seen that before, January 24, 2015, 12:47 p.m.

One Week Ago

Today, he developed a very slight fever and didn’t feel up to basketball. Here is a photo from last week:

While the others stood still to pay attention to the coach, he practiced kicks for hitting a handball with his foot, January 18, 2015, 1:24 p.m.

While the others stood still to pay attention to the coach, he practiced kicks for hitting a handball with his foot, January 18, 2015, 1:24 p.m.

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Phrisbee

2015 01 24 Chinese Checkers, January 24, 2015, 1:57 p.m.

Chinese Checkers, January 24, 2015, 1:57 p.m.

Phrom Daddy: After swimming today, we headed to Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen’s house for some fun. In the car, we were listening to a song by Phosphorescent when he said that he knew that the “ph” in the word “phosphorescent” made the “f” sound, like the words “photo,” “photograph,” and “pharmacy.” I was very impressed. When we arrived at their house, he said that he knew how to spell the word /NO’/. I assumed N-O, but he spelled the much harder word K-N-O-W. Impressive. He was also impressive with the frisbee we played at Rossi Playground Afterward, we had a great time at the Open House at St. Anne Preschool! (or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGCzVOE1QPA to see some swimming)

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The Silver State


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itADWz_ddqw to see a water fountain show at the Fountains of Bellagio from two days ago)

From Daddy: I’m in Las Vegas now for a conference and missing my family.

I had a great conversation with the boy this evening. He spoke about his great day and how he enjoyed free play at his before school program because Mommy got him to school very early. He asked me to describe my day, and I told him that I woke early (at 5:37 a.m.; I had difficulty sleeping) and took a walk as the sun was rising. I walked for about 20 minutes south and then walked back to the Planet Hollywood hotel for brunch. Then I returned and got ready for my conference. I explain to him that my conference sessions were like classes. After dinner, I returned to my hotel room to wait for his call. He thought it sounded like a good day.

He also told me that it would only be a few hours until the day (tomorrow) that I leave for California (which he knew to be the “Golden State”) from Nevada (which he knew to be the “Silver State”). What a great boy.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW7lcigeLiA to water a water fountain show from tonight)

Yesterday

It was a school holiday yesterday. He enjoyed his day but told Mommy that it would have been more fun if I were there.

The Day Before Yesterday

Mommy drove me to the airport. She drove my Honda and the boy told her that she did “a pretty good job” driving the car because of her good gas mileage. (I told her that earlier too.)

Also, using the free wi-fi aboard the Jet Blue flight, I was able to send Mommy a text from the sky.

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Minute to Win It

2015 01 16 08.35.48 Minute to Win It, January 16, 2015, 8:35 a.m.

Ready for Minute to Win It (he’s in the lower left), January 16, 2015, 8:35 a.m.

From Daddy: Inspired by the TV game show, the before school program had a session of Minute to Win It for the kids. I was great, but we only saw a little bit because we were late.

In the morning, my alarm woke me at 6:50 a.m. I got out of bed after couple of minutes to start breakfast, and as I emerged from my bedroom I saw his silhouette, sitting in his bed. “Daddy?” he said. I was amazed he didn’t come to our bed, but we went to the kitchen together. I very nearly burned his breakfast bagels but all went well.

He was distracted during the early morning, but when he wanted to go to school, I noticed that he hadn’t gotten dressed. Then, the next time that he wanted to be ready five minutes later, he still hadn’t put on his socks. Then as we were ready to leave, I noticed that his homework had not been finished! I pushed him through finishing his homework and off we went.

We got to school at 8:33. I escorted him to the room for his grade level that morning, and it looked like about the three youngest grade levels together in this larger room. They were playing Minute to Win It (untimed, of course), hosted by two of the teachers but maybe influenced by his last year’s before-school teacher because she told me that she loved the show! So cool!

When we entered late, one of the “hosts” asked one of his teachers to put our boy’s name in a cup.

So, the object of the game was for two teams of three to–one at a one–blow three ping-pong balls into three horseshoes across a table. The teacher on the left pulled names out of the cup, but the first three selected kids declined (out of shyness or fear?). I was concerned that they would discourage our boy. The cup eventually ran out of names, and he was selected by one of the teachers–and he happily accepted. The teacher on the right had a similar experience (she also chose our boy’s name out of her cup; of course, he already he a spot). Watch the game!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6DLvqaIXZE to see Minute to Win It)

Afterward, the room devolved into free play. He looked a bit lost and decided to go get breakfast (Life cereal).

2015 01 16 08.45.36 Breakfast, January 16, 2015, 8:45 a.m.

At the breakfast line, getting Life cereal from the breakfast lady, January 16, 2015, 8:45 a.m.

Yesterday


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6ZT6k9KVdI to watch swimming)

After swimming we had a fun playdate. He brought an children’s atlas book to share with our friends’ Daddy and he talked about placed he’s been and Iceland (his favorite place on maps). Very cute.

While driving to the playdate, he reviewed the atlas and said, “Oh! I’ve been to Maine.”

“No you haven’t! Where in Maine have you been?”

“Portlandddd-D,” he said, emphasis on the final “D.”

I told him that he’d been to the Portland in Oregon.

Last Weekend


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFQAh9latMQ to see last weekend’s swimming class)

Two Weeks Ago


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm-sYD_l87A to see him in the line-up while being coached)


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RD3HEYaKo4 to watch his basketball game)

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Photos at Gilroy Gardens Finally Blooms

2014 12 30 Gilroy Gardens 2, December, 30, 2014

Boy at Gilroy Gardens, December, 30, 2014

From Daddy: The commercial photos taken at Gilroy Gardens on our last visit are finally on the web site!

2014 12 30 Gilroy Gardens 1, December 30, 2014

Family at Gilroy Gardens, December 30, 2014

I guess they took a long New Year’s break!

You can order the photos at http://gilroygardens.photogra.com/myphoto.cfm?PID=23112650%7C41416949969681%7C.

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He’s a Great Reader

From Daddy: I’ve been amazed at his proficiency with reading! I think that he’s only been reading for thirteen months, and now he seems quite expert. He reads signs and words frequently and sometimes he even reads his own bedtime stories by himself.

Reading Assessment 1, received November 10, 2014

Reading Assessment 2, received November 10, 2014

Reading Assessment 3, received November 10, 2014

Reading assessment was AWESOME! He exceeded he grade level and won’t really need to be tested again this year, received November 10, 2014

One of his regular homework assignments is to read a page with a series of short words and then a couple of sentences. In the beginning, the words were all based upon a single vowel sound (such as a “short I” sound). Tonight’s was a mix of long A’s and short A’s. He has to read the page to two people, and tonight he read to Mommy and me.

Yesterday was a long afternoon. He want grocery shopping with Mommy after school. He was busy, there was dinner, and he was easily being distracted. Also, the homework was involved: Homework included measuring things (I got to trace his foot). He was industrious and it was cute, but he was up late doing homework and asked me for permission to go to bed and finish tomorrow.

This morning, due to homework, we got a late start on the day. We called Grandma and Granddad to finish the reading assignment. Then we barely made it to bao at school, but it was nice that I had an opportunity to sit and share a bite with him.

Report Card 1, received November 10, 2014

Report Card 2, received November 10, 2014

Report Card 3, received November 10, 2014

Report Card 4, received November 10, 2014

Report Card 5, received November 10, 2014

Report card, part 1, received November 10, 2014

I’m so proud of our little reader.

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