Monthly Archives: January 2016

Good Night Video

From Daddy: I was out of town for a few days last week, so he (with Mommy’s help) recorded the above video one evening to wish me a good night. (Click above or


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Back to Basketball

From Daddy: After a short hiatus, we returned to basketball. This time, the pre-league was at UCSF in Mission Bay. We’ve never been to this location, and the gym’s acoustics are difficult for kids to listen to the coach. But it was great to be back. (Click above to watch or

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The Tooth Shall Set You Free

2016 01 08 07.36.06 Tooth Fairy, January 8, 2016, 7:36 a.m.

Under the terms of the Tooth Fairy agreement, one misplaced tooth = one quarter, one tooth under the pillow = two quarters. The missing tooth was just right of the upper front teeth , January 8, 2016, 7:36 a.m.

From Daddy: When I picked him up from after school yesterday, he reported a wiggly tooth.

By dinner, the wiggling was more pronounced. By the time I was reading his bedtime story (Summer of the Sea Serpent), the wiggling was so great that I suspected it might have to be removed before he went to sleep.

We tried to called Granddad a couple of times for a consultation on painless tooth removal, but he was unable to hear on his house phone (it seems that the phone needed to be rebooted).

2015 04 05 Third Tooth with Granddad 3, April 5, 2015, 7:48 p.m.

Granddad removed his third tooth without pain. The boy didn’t mind the blood either, April 5, 2015, 7:48 p.m.

We Google’d a few suggestions, but he was very anxious that the removal would hurt. He was very anxious and had to be strongly coaxed into letting me touch it (I promised that I wouldn’t remove it during exploration) two or three times. After the last exploration, I could see the base of the tooth coming away from his gum. It had to be removed before bed.

Finally, he let me start on the removal when I promised that it would not hurt. He had slowly wiggled it looser, mostly with his tongue but also a bit with his fingers, fractions of millimeters at the time. I gently and slowly scraped the tooth off, and it didn’t hurt him! He was pleased!

2016 01 07 20.31.02 Tooth, January 7, 2016, 8:31 p.m.

Nothing but the Tooth, January 7, 2016, 8:31 p.m.

We announced this to Mommy and we were all proud.

2016 01 08 07.36.04 Tooth Fairy, January 8, 2016, 7:36 a.m.

While he spoke this morning in the bathroom that some kids believe that mommies and daddies leave money under pillows, a check under his pillow shortly thereafter provided evidence of a visit from the Tooth Fairy, January 8, 2016, 7:36 a.m.

I acknowledged to him that he was afraid but he claimed that he wasn’t afraid, though his heart was beating and he “had the shivers.” Anyway, I think that he’ll be more easygoing about my trying to remove his loose teeth in the future!

He thought that he could feel the new tooth already coming in.

This morning, he saw evidence of the Tooth Fairy’s visit (click above or


This evening, he thought that he had run out of clean underpants. I said that I had already planned to do laundry tonight, but he found quite a few (I hope). So he said that I didn’t have to do laundry tonight and that I could do laundry “any time…except NEVER.”

Sleepy Time

Tonight, he stumbled out of the bedtime, groggy and sleepy. He wordlessly moved to his bathroom where I knew there was no cup, so I hurried to the kitchen to retrieve one. When I made it to his bathroom, he was drizzling water over the soap dispenser which he had moved under the faucet.

I gave him the cup and, after his drink, I suggested that he use the bathroom. He generally prefers our bathroom for this purpose, so I offered that he could do so. He walked into his bedroom before I redirected him to our bathroom.

I was explaining this to Mommy but he was quiet. I checked on him and he was naked; I think that he was preparing to shower. I had to remind him to use the bathroom.

Later, he needed help getting re-dressed for bed.

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Mario’s World

Showing off his Mario backpack to the camera. He often resists my requests or scowls during posed photos, but I asked him to show the backpack to Uncle Albert, and he was pleased to comply, January 7, 2016, 8:12 a.m.

From Daddy: The boy is obsessed with Mario.

2016 01 06 18.01.19 Mario Chess, January 6, 2016, 6:01 p.m.

Super Mario Chess was a great Christmas present from Auntie Jamie. Thank you, Auntie Jamie!, January 6, 2016, 6:01 p.m.

Thank you to Uncle Albert for a backpack that he wears to school.

2016 01 06 08.06.47 Mario backpack, January 6, 2016, 8:06 a.m.

His backpack is now quite easy to identify among a crowd of other backpacks, January 6, 2016, 8:06 a.m.


2016 01 06 17.35.41 GLO Chess, January 6, 2016, 5:35 p.m.

Speaking of chess, he enjoys playing with schoolmates after school. Here, he failed to take the queen at e4 with his pawn at f3, but he did a great job, January 6, 2016, 5:35 p.m.

The Day Before Yesterday

2016 01 05 07.42.39 Lost and Found, January 5, 2016, 7:42 a.m.

Speaking of school, this was the lost and found on only the second morning of school for the year. Fortunately, I don’t think that he lost anything in the autumn of second grade, January 5, 2016, 7:42 a.m.

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First Swim of the Year!

From Daddy: Yesterday was the first swimming class of the year! Click about or to see him dive and swim for a bit.

Yesterday Evening

We got our reading assignment done just before dinner.

2016 01 05 18.28.04 Reading The Lives of Stars, January 5, 2016, 6:28 p.m.

Reading The Lives of Stars by Ken Croswell just before dinner. One of his ongoing homework assignments is for him or someone to read to him for at least fifteen minutes on most Mondays through Thursdays, January 5, 2016, 6:28 p.m.

During the Winter Break, the assignment was only to read on five days over the break–not difficult at all.

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Here’s What He Thinks of School Resuming Yesterday

2016 01 05 07.32.48 Boo to School, January 5, 2016, 7:32 a.m.

He drew this on his board before school resumed yesterday, January 5, 2016, 7:32 a.m.

From Daddy: Despite the message above (written before school resumed for the year), he seems to have enjoyed his first two days back to school.

Last Week

Friends (including two units) visited. Highlights included pizza and a sunset.

2015 12 28 16.06.36 Pizza at Jupiter in Berkeley, December 28, 2015, 4:06 p.m.

Pizza for dinner at Jupiter in Berkeley (taken from Mommy’s phone because Daddy wasn’t there), December 28, 2015, 4:06 p.m.

2015 12 28 17.20.08 Sunset from Lawrence Hall of Science, December 28, 2015, 5:20 p.m.

Sunset from the Lawrence Hall of Science (taken from Mommy’s phone because Daddy wasn’t there), December 28, 2015, 5:20 p.m.

Two Weeks Ago

2015 12 21 081357 Basketball Camp, December 21, 2015, 8:13 a.m.

He enjoyed three great mornings at basketball camp, December 21, 2015, 8:13 a.m.

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The Albino Alligator

(or click to see it move)

From Daddy: Claude, the albino alligator, lives at the California Academy of Sciences. One week ago, the boy and I visited for a planetarium show and perhaps our last visit for a while because our membership was expiring.

We saw the albino alligator, and he didn’t think that it was real. He remarked that he never saw it move–and then it blinked! Then he wondered why it didn’t move around, and then–well, see the video above.

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