Monthly Archives: July 2016

Swimming Achievement Today!

From Daddy: He got an achievement for the Butterfly Skill stroke! Click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbE2ofxLAlo to see him swim and later receive his achievement!

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Birthday Party Obstacle Course

From Daddy: We had a great birthday party today!

He’s been looking forward to it all week, counting down days.

Yesterday, was counting down hours while we were running errands to Party City to get a balloon, Toys R Us to get a controller for the new Wii-U, IHOP to lunch, the Merced and Parkside branches of the library, 7-Eleven for Mommy, and then home (almost 4 hours roundtrip).

Today’s party was a small one, centered on just a few boys and video games. This was his first birthday party intended for a limited audience. As he said on Thursday morning, if he were to have a more expansive party, “What better place than [Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen’s] house? They always [love celebrating birthdays].”

Also, we had stick-the-star-and-the-Super-Mario-poster.

Trying on the blindfold for the Star game, July 24, 2015, 8:25 a.m.

Trying on the blindfold for the Star game, July 24, 2015, 8:25 a.m.

Super Mario themed chocolate cake from the same bakery as Yeah-Yeah's grandfather's day cake (because he loved Yeah-Yeah's cake), July 24, 2016, 1:39 p.m.

Super Mario themed chocolate cake from the same bakery as Yeah-Yeah’s grandfather’s day cake (because he loved Yeah-Yeah’s cake), July 24, 2016, 1:39 p.m.

The capstone was an Mario-themed obstacle course. He had told Mommy that he wanted an obstacle course in the hallway, and he and (mostly) I developed it yesterday morning. Obstacles were jumping over pits, touching the “ice flower” and freezing Piranha Plants (by throwing cotton balls)…

A Piranha Plant, courtesy of the Fantendo Wiki

A Piranha Plant, courtesy of the Fantendo Wiki

…the cloud walk to retrieve a gold (dollar) coin), …

See inspiration for the cloud walk by clicking below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLljC1iKps4&feature=youtu.be&t=48:

…touching a fire flower and shooting Piranha Plants (by bowling them over with golf balls), bouncing a spike ball into Bowser Jr’s Clown Car (inspired by New Super Mario Wii)…

Bowser Jr in a clown car from the Fantendo Wiki

Bowser Jr in a clown car from the Fantendo Wiki

…using a “Koopa shell” to break down a wall (of masking tape), touching the coin to his bedroom’s door knob, and opening his door!

The official results:

  • Ryan: 2:44
  • Aaron 3:14 plus 1:30 penalty (30-second penalty for each incompletion)
  • Christopher 2:00 plus 1:00 penalty
  • Cristian 1:58 (in the lead!)
  • Timothy 1:38 plus 0:45 penalty (Birthday Boy halved a penalty)
  • And 1:06 for the Birthday Boy

  • (or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1gJCI_nVaU to see the fastest time)

    However, the Birthday Boy realized that it wouldn’t be fun if he just took home the medal, so he graciously bestowed the winning medal upon Cristian!

    As he said just before bed tonight about the obstacle course, “It was awesome.”

    Last Weekend

    The Porcelain Dragon at Gilroy Gardens is made of 60,000 plates, tea cups, etc., July 16, 2016, 6:51 p.m.

    The Porcelain Dragon at Gilroy Gardens is made of 60,000 plates, tea cups, etc., July 16, 2016, 6:51 p.m.

    The Porcelain Dragon breathes fire, July 16, 2016, 6:52 p.m

    The Porcelain Dragon breathes fire, July 16, 2016, 6:52 p.m

    It lights up at night (photo from KFOX).

    It lights up at night (photo from KFOX).

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    Diving Progress

    From Daddy: More progress in diving in swimming class today! He’s extending his body more, however, he is still trying to hit the water first with his knee. Click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nit1-rPz18E to watch this week’s class and click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoQdNa7gwnk for last week’s.

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    Lumination

    From Daddy: On Saturday night, we were treated to the stunning Lumination celebration at our Happy Place, Gilroy Gardens. Please click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCx0TyZ2bDo from his tour and below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yULme4gLlHg for a darkened train ride.

    [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yULme4gLlHg]

    Then, yesterday, we spent a full day enjoying Gilroy Gardens by daylight! Click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edu2lcsmaNc for his experience.

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    Chai the Rabbit

    2016 07 09 13.51.47 Chai the Rabbit, July 9, 2016, 1:51 p.m.

    A Bunny Teeth Smile and Chai the Rabbit, July 9, 2016, 1:51 p.m.

    From Daddy: We attended a party at an uncle and auntie’s today. There were lots of family and we met a cute bunny!

    2016 07 09 13.50.35 Elliptical, July 9, 2016, 1:50 p.m.

    Training on the Elliptical, July 9, 2016, 1:50 p.m.

    2016 07 09 13.51.45 Chai the Rabbit, July 9, 2016, 1:51 p.m.

    We loved Chai the Rabbit, July 9, 2016, 1:51 p.m.


    (or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-hvbn50OHQ to watch him play ping pong)

    Yesterday

    2016 07 08 13.43.30 California Pizza Kitchen, July 8, 2016, 1:43 p.m.

    A sundae for desert at California Pizza Kitchen, July 8, 2016, 1:43 p.m.

    One Week Ago


    (or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVhxp4RUzFI to see a video he took of Uncle Albert at breakfast)

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    Basketball Robin

    2016 07 07 08.13.10 Basketball - Robin Mask, July 7, 2016, 8:13 a.m.

    Ready for basketball with a Robin mask, July 7, 2016, 8:13 a.m.

    From Daddy: We found the face-painting crayons, and he went to basketball with a Robin mask this morning!

    Robin is ready for basketball, July 7, 2016, 8:13 a.m.

    Robin is ready for basketball, July 7, 2016, 8:13 a.m.

    2016 07 07 08.12.56 Basketball - Robin Mask, July 7, 2016, 8:12 a.m.

    Robin is too cool for basketball, July 7, 2016, 8:12 a.m.

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    Sports

    2016 07 06 08.10.14 Basketball, July 6, 2016, 8:10 a.m.

    After I dropped him off at basketball camp, July 6, 2016, 8:10 a.m.

    From Daddy: Sports today!

    Getting some practice at the driving range at Golf Mart before golf camp at The First Tee next week, July 6, 2016, 2:07 p.m.

    Getting some practice at the driving range at Golf Mart before golf camp at The First Tee next week, July 6, 2016, 2:07 p.m.

    Yesterday’s Sport

    2016 07 05 17.39.32 Swimming, July 5, 2016, 5:39 p.m.

    A close-up of the achievement earned at yesterday’s swimming class, July 5, 2016, 5:39 p.m.

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