Monthly Archives: June 2017

Brains On!

Brains On!

Brains On!

From Daddy: The second kids podcast that we began to listen regularly is Brains On! The most recent episode we heard was the second Mystery Sound Extravaganza. We love the show and its Brains Honorroll. High Five! #trypod

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But Why?

But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids

But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids

From Daddy: About a year ago, while driving around Gilroy, the boy and I started listening to podcasts specifically aimed to kids. The first one, I believe, is “But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids” and we salute it. #trypod. Check it out at http://digital.vpr.net/programs/why-podcast-curious-kids. The most recent episode he heard was “Do Dogs Get Strep Throat?”

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What Ever Happened to Predictability?

Beanie and Daddy on the ferry to Alcatraz, June 21, 2017, 11:05 a.m.

Beanie and Daddy on the ferry to Alcatraz, June 21, 2017, 11:05 a.m.

From Daddy: He had a great week with his Colorado cousins!

The Dutchman Sea House in Morro Bay, June 19, 2017

The Dutchman Sea House in Morro Bay, June 19, 2017

Mommy and he met them, Grandpa, and Grandma Pam on Monday.

Included was swimming time at the hotel pool in Pismo Beach, June 19, 2017

Included was swimming time at the hotel pool in Pismo Beach, June 19, 2017

Pool time in Pismo followed by dinner at McClintock's and staying up way too late to watch TV, June 19, 2017

Pool time in Pismo followed by dinner at McClintock’s and staying up way too late to watch TV, June 19, 2017

They all came back here on Tuesday and then we went to Alcatraz on Wednesday!

Before the ferry, June 21, 2017

Before the ferry, June 21, 2017

Now entering Alcatraz, June 21, 2017

Now entering Alcatraz, June 21, 2017

Beanie tours Alcatraz and also attends a lecture on famous inmates, June 21, 2017, 11:55 a.m.

Beanie tours Alcatraz and also attends a lecture on famous inmates, June 21, 2017, 11:55 a.m.

Afterward, lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf and we swung by the house made popular by the television shows “Full House” and “Fuller House.” We also drove past the building where Mommy and I had our wedding reception almost eighteen years ago.

Beanie at the Full House, June 21, 2017, 3:38 p.m.

Beanie at the Full House, June 21, 2017, 3:38 p.m.

I had to go to work on Thursday, but they went to the mall to shop and see turtles.

Turtle time at Serramonte, June 22, 2017

Turtle time at Serramonte, June 22, 2017

This cousin proudly has a pet turtle, June 22, 2017

This cousin proudly has a pet turtle, June 22, 2017

The next day, they tried and failed to get into Muir Woods. They shopped and had lunch with me. Then the young boys went to the playground.

Playground, June 23, 2017

Playground, June 23, 2017

Climbing, June 23, 2017

Climbing, June 23, 2017

Sliding, June 23, 2017

Sliding, June 23, 2017

On top!, June 23, 2017

On top!, June 23, 2017

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Father's Day at Grandparents, June 18, 2017

Father’s Day at Grandparents, June 18, 2017

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Planet Granite

Waiting for our time at Planet Granite, June 17, 2017, 4:34 p.m.

Waiting for our time at Planet Granite, June 17, 2017, 4:34 p.m.

From Daddy: We had a great playdate last week at Planet Granite!

Beanie at Planet Granite, June 17, 2017, 4:47 p.m.

Beanie at Planet Granite, June 17, 2017, 4:47 p.m.

He had a fun time climbing! (Click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpoE3boOOUk to watch him climb.)

2017 06 17 17.14 Planet Granite,, June 17, 2017, 5:14 p.m.

He was not supposed to climb this boulder; we would later find out that this was for age 14 and up!, June 17, 2017, 5:14 p.m.

Afterward, we ate at Irving Pizza! Yum!

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Glad to Be Home

From Daddy: Last week, I was at a conference in Las Vegas and I’m glad to be home to the family! Above is the light show at the Fremont Street Experience with zipliners flying through (or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQfKs0pvZS0

This was the welcome reception at the conference (or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4QmmyYhc30)

Here was my room: Room 6105 at the MGM Grand Hotel (or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63uBhD917Bk for the tour).

The UNLV Marching Band played “Viva Las Vegas” one morning to welcome us (or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMWa86jFTLA to listen)!

Here’s the video of my flight taking off from the airport in Las Vegas (or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOkPNFWnjGI)

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Camp Strawberry

2017 06 05 08.20.57 McDonald's - Cars jacket, June 5, 2017, 8:20 a.m.

Proud to have finally grown into this Cars jacket, June 5, 2017, 8:20 a.m.

2016 06 08_162808 Camp Strawberry shirt, June 8, 2016, 4:28 p.m.

Posing with his Camp Strawberry shirt, June 8, 2016, 4:28 p.m.

From Daddy: He’s happy to be back at Camp Strawberry, one year after his first camp here!

2016 06 08_162547 Strawberry Recreation District, June 8, 2016, 4:25 p.m.

A panoramic look at the Strawberry Recreation District and site of Camp Strawberry, June 8, 2016, 4:25 p.m.

Yesterday (Monday) was the first day. We had breakfast at McDonald’s, just before camp, as we did last year (though unlikely last year, he is sadly without his classmate, who is currently in a different camp).

2017 06 05 08.28.58 McDonald's, June 5, 2017, 8:28 a.m.

Breakfast at McDonald’s just before Camp Strawberry, June 5, 2017, 8:28 a.m.

In the morning, the temperature outside home and in Mill Valley was in the 50s when we left home. He tried and loved his Cars jacket. I’d tried to get him to wear it in the winter once, and he didn’t care for it. Today, he loved it and found it comfy. He even wore it into the restaurant.

2017 06 05 08.35.24 McDonald's, June 5, 2017, 8:35 a.m.

Munching on his bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit at McDonald’s just before Camp Strawberry, June 5, 2017, 8:35 a.m.

I had him leave the jacket in the car when we arrived at camp since the temperature had risen to the 60s. (He put it back on for the car ride this morning.)

He was happy to be back.

2017 06 05 08.57.08 Camp Strawberry, June 5, 2017, 8:57 a.m.

Situated on Day One of Camp Strawberry, June 5, 2017, 8:57 a.m. We were early; it turns out camp starts at 9:30 so we arrived later for Day Two this morning.

He had a happy Day One, but leaped up to meet me when I picked him up at 4:33 p.m. in the afternoon; I had confirmed with the camp counselors that camp ended at 4:30 and that I should pick him up just afterward, but many kids had left by the time that I arrived and he greeted me with a “Finally!”

2017 06 05 08.58.25 Camp Strawberry banner, June 5, 2017, 8:58 a.m.

Happy to be back at Camp Strawberry, June 5, 2017, 8:58 a.m.

We jointly agreed that I would pick him up fifteen minutes earlier today. He ran up to greet me when I arrived this afternoon and declared that I arrived at the perfect time. Somehow he was proud of have received seven lei’s today and wants to wear them tomorrow for Dress-Up Wednesday in which the theme is “tropical.”

2017 06 06 16.20.14 Camp Strawberry - Leis, June 6, 2017, 4:20 p.m.

He somehow got seven leis at Camp Strawberry today, June 6, 2017, 4:20 p.m.

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