Monthly Archives: December 2016

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas from our family! (2016)

Merry Christmas from our family! (2016)

Beanie opens Christmas presents, December 25, 2016, 6:58 a.m.

Beanie opens Christmas presents, December 25, 2016, 6:58 a.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpvcfwQbacM to watch him open presents)

Beanie opens Christmas presents, December 25, 2016, 1:13 p.m.

Beanie opens Christmas presents, December 25, 2016, 1:13 p.m.

Union Square, December 23, 2016

Union Square, December 23, 2016

Christmas Tree, 2016

Christmas Tree, 2016

Decorating Christmas Trees is optional, December 23, 2016

Decorating Christmas Trees is optional, December 23, 2016

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Looking Forward to Rejoining My Family Tomorrow!

From Daddy: Mommy and Boy have been away since Tuesday. I’m looking forward to seeing them tomorrow!

Two Months Ago

2016-10-29-20-07-09-grandmas-birthday-cake, October 29, 2016, 8:07 p.m.

Grandma’s Birthday Cake, October 29, 2016, 8:07 p.m.

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Working Out in L.A.

2016-12-28-highland-park-1, December 28, 2016

Standing on a rock in York Park (in Highland Park), December 28, 2016

From Daddy: I’ve missed my family. There are in Los Angeles now, but they look like they are having fun!

2016-12-28-highland-park-2, December 28, 2016

Training for American Ninja Warrior in York Park (in Highland Park), December 28, 2016

Milkshake in Pasadena, December 28, 2016

Milkshake at the Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain in Pasadena, December 28, 2016

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Gilroy Gardens after Christmas

2016-12-26-11-29-08-south-county-backroads, December 26, 2016, 11:29 a.m.

Unfortunate shadows in the photo, but a happy family in the car, December 26, 2016, 11:29 a.m.

From Daddy: Yesterday, on the morning after Christmas, we packed up the cars and drove to our “happy place,” Gilroy Gardens.

When we arrived, he saw the displays from Lumination (extended to January 8) and decided that he didn’t want to return until after Lumination was gone. The crabby-puss would recant that when I spoke with him on the phone tonight, agreeing that we had a good time after all.

Back at our happy place, December 26, 2016

Back at our happy place, December 26, 2016

As usual, we began with a ride on the Paddle Boats shaped like ducks.

Paddle away as Mommy snapped a photo, December 26, 2016

Paddle away as Mommy snapped a photo, December 26, 2016

2016-12-26-11-12-38-gilroy-gardens-duck-boats, December 26, 2016, 11:12 a.m.

Still remnants of Lumination on Coyote Lake while we paddled on a duck, December 26, 2016, 11:12 a.m.

2016-12-26-11-14-22-gilroy-gardens-duck-boats, December 26, 2016, 11:14 a.m.

The color of the fish were not as deep, but we were glad to paddle near them, December 26, 2016, 11:14 a.m.

2016-12-26-11-18-22-gilroy-gardens-duck-boats-selfie, December 26, 2016, 11:18 a.m.

Paddling Daddy and son, December 26, 2016, 11:18 a.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNJ7jFhaaeA to paddle with us while I obviously didn’t know the camera was recording)

Next, as is our tradition, we continued to the South County Backroads where he drove us in a 1920s jalopy/roadster…

2016-12-26-11-30-33-south-county-backroads, December 26, 2016, 11:30 a.m.

Look! A driverless car!, December 26, 2016, 11:30 a.m.

…followed by the boy and Mommy in a two-seat 1950s Chevy.

2016-12-26-11-35-27-south-county-backroads, December 26, 2016, 11:35 a.m.

Two-seater 1950s-era Chevy, December 26, 2016, 11:35 a.m.

Next, we were surprised that there was an ice skating rink!

Beanie tries to ice skate at Gilroy Gardens, December 26, 2016, 12:04 p.m.

Beanie tries to ice skate at Gilroy Gardens, December 26, 2016, 12:04 p.m.

2016-12-26-12-07-25-gilroy-gardens-ice-skayting, December 26, 2016, 12:07 p.m.

He kept trying and gripping the sidewall, December 26, 2016, 12:07 p.m.

He also used a traffic cone for balance, December 26, 2016

He also used a traffic cone for balance, December 26, 2016


(click above and make sure to get to the first minute or click https://youtu.be/HhawueFqTuk?t=64 to listen to his commentary)

Then, without crowds in the way, Mommy finally got photos of us by our Chinese Zodiac sign.

Our family and the Chinese Zodiac, December 26, 2016, 12:43 p.m.

Our family and the Chinese Zodiac, December 26, 2016, 12:43 p.m.

Afterward lunch (Italian) and a ride on the Balloon Flight! It was already cold (mostly in the 40s) in Gilroy, and the flight made it colder!

2016-12-26-13-20-36-gilroy-gardens-balloon-flight, December 26, 2016, 1:20 p.m.

Family balloon flight, December 26, 2016, 1:20 p.m.

2016-12-26-13-27-20-porcelain-dragon, December 26, 2016, 1:27 p.m.

Nearby, one last look at the amazing Porcelain Dragon, December 26, 2016, 1:27 p.m.

Unfortunately, the Pinnacles Rock Maze was closed!

Then we caught a few minutes of the (really bad) Musical Market Show, but he seemed quite interested…


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thtUuLLnV9E to watch a bit of the Musical Market Show)

…while I took a closer look at the Temple of Heaven.

2016-12-26-13-36-31-gilroy-gardens-temple-of-heaven, December 26, 2016, 1:36 p.m.

Temple of Heaven at Gilroy Gardens, December 26, 2016, 1:36 p.m.

Then to the Monarch Garden, the Sky Trail Monorail, and the Panoramic (Ferris) Wheel!

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The display of the Fairies of the Tang Dynasty were near the entrance to the Monarch Garden and the Sky Trail Monorail, December 26, 2016, 1:45 p.m.

Beanie and Mommy on the Sky Trail Monorail at Gilroy Gardens, December 26, 2016, 1:59 p.m.

Beanie and Mommy on the Sky Trail Monorail at Gilroy Gardens, December 26, 2016, 1:59 p.m.

AFterward, we visited our favorite display, the Qilin, the guardian lions.

Qilin at Gilroy Gardens, December 26, 2016, 3 p.m.

Qilin at Gilroy Gardens, December 26, 2016, 3 p.m.


Afterward, some time at the Oak Park Playground, one-and-done attempt to win a prize at the midway, some purchases at the gift shop, and then to check-in at our hotel!

The boy and I watched much of Zootopia. Here’s his favorite scene:


(his favorite scene from Zootopia)

Then, dinner at the Black Bear Diner (mac and cheese for him), a couple pairs of shoes for him from the Skechers Outlet store, hot cocoa at the hotel while finishing Zootopia, and then bed! Great day!

This morning, after breakfast at the hotel (pancake, Froot Loops, scrambled eggs, and cranapple juice for him), he and Mommy continued on to L.A. and I went to work.

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Dance Party!

2016-12-16-10-26-afy-dance, December 16, 2016, 10:26 a.m.

Doing his solo, December 16, 2016, 10:26 a.m.

From Daddy: On Friday, the third grade classes performed a hip-hop dance that they learned! Click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_lRf1fSnOA to watch!

2016-12-16-10-23-afy-dance, December 16, 2016, 10:23 a.m.

Keeping in time with the choreography, December 16, 2016, 10:23 a.m.

2016-12-16-10-25-afy-dance, December 16, 2016, 10:25 a.m.

Hip hop dance, December 16, 2016, 10:25 a.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZACrytdTrU to watch some stand-up comedy at the talent show following the dance)

2016-12-16-11-27-11-afy-dance, December 16, 2016, 11:27 a.m.

Happy after a job well done and watching the talent show, December 16, 2016, 11:27 a.m.

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Basketball!

2016-12-04-15-55-48-basketball, December 4, 2016, 3:55 p.m.

He’s at the front of the line on the right side. Yup, he’s probably the shortest. And his team obviously has the shortest average height as well, December 4, 2016, 3:55 p.m.

From Daddy: After a Thanksgiving Break, we enjoyed another Sunday of basketball! I’m so proud of his and his team’s effort!


He is among the best in his league at throwing and catching the ball! Click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0KtY_YsARI, or watch below for the highlight:

Beanie throws the basketball in the air, claps, and catches it, December 4, 2016, 3:45 p.m.

Beanie throws the basketball in the air, claps, and catches it, December 4, 2016, 3:45 p.m.


If he paid more attention on defense, he’d be even better! Click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do41iTKMN7A to watch the game!

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City Star Party

2016-12-03-192543-moon, December 3, 2016, 7:25 p.m.

This photo through the lens of a telephone did no justice to the crescent moon whose craters we could clearly observe, December 3, 2016, 7:25 p.m.

From Daddy: Last night, we joined a couple of friends at dinner at 5:45 and then attended a “City Star Party” in the Presidio sponsored by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers. So much fun!

It was a good thing that he wore light-up shoes! It was dark!

The Day Before

2016-12-02-11-30-05-sf-symphony, December 2, 2016, 11:30 a.m.

The orchestra was seated while we awaited the conductor, December 2, 2016, 11:30 a.m.

I joined his class on a field trip to the San Francisco Symphony. Performances included an orchestral version of the Can-Can and The Composer Is Dead, composed by a local composer. Later, we walked through City Hall.

2016-12-02-11-24-27-sf-symphony, December 2, 2016, 11:24 a.m.

Ready for the San Francisco Symphony to perform, December 2, 2016, 11:24 a.m.

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