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Merry Christmas 2017!

From Daddy: He got a Nintendo Switch for Christmas! Click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx_TB4ssYP0.

This is our family calendar (click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvY3LVvP520):

He opened Goo-Poo’s present: Click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DyVDc_WX8c

Also, we’re a fan of Zach King and he got his book! (Click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZBI3CRX2eI)

2017 12 25 065444 Christmas - Calvin & Hobbes, December 25, 2017, 6:54 a.m.

Thanks to Uncle Albert for his gifts!, December 25, 2017, 6:54 a.m.

2017 12 25 065323 Christmas - Kim-Paw's gifts, December 25, 6:53 a.m.

Thanks to Kim-Paw. “For once, I like to get clothes!” he exclaimed, December 25, 6:53 a.m.

Merry Christmas!

We went to Gilroy Gardens recently. Click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_XHLQ1TqS4.

Also, last weekend he narrated the Christmas pageant at church. Click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-evYadgpws

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Last Day of Vacation

2017-01-02-15-52-37-boys-at-preschool, January 2, 2017, 3:52 p.m.

Boys crowd around a computer at preschool, January 2, 2017, 3:52 p.m.

From Daddy: Today is his (and Mommy’s) last before school resumes tomorrow. We’ve had a great break and I hope that all are ready to return to school!

New Year’s Day

Beanie playing video games but not wanting his photo taken, January 1, 2016, 7:26 a.m.

Beanie playing video games but not wanting his photo taken, January 1, 2016, 7:26 a.m.

We drove home yesterday from Southern California.

2017-01-01-10-40-42-snow-in-gorman

Wondering through the snow, January 1, 2017, 10:40 a.m.

2017-01-01-10-40-39-snow-in-gorman, January 1, 2017, 10:40 a.m.

Boy in the snow in Gorman. He’s been in ice before, but this was his first time in soft snow, January 1, 2017, 10:40 a.m.

2017-01-01-10-47-02-snow-in-gorman, January 1, 2017, 10:47 a.m.

He enjoyed the snowball fight with Mommy, January 1, 2017, 10:47 a.m.

2017-01-01-10-49-32-snow-angel-in-gorman, January 1, 2017, 10:49 a.m.

He enjoyed making a snow angel, January 1, 2017, 10:49 a.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfM0vS5RtXY to watch him play in snow)

2017-01-01-14-58-29-casa-de-fruta, January 1, 2017, 2:58 p.m.

A driving break to play at Casa de Fruta, January 1, 2017, 2:58 p.m.

We returned from Southern California yesterday and he enjoyed some well-deserved video game time today intermixed with homework and playtime with cousins.

New Year’s Eve

We had a nice day playing, running an errand (returning computer hardware), and having lunch and dessert while Grandma and Mommy were at a movie.

2016-12-31-15-12-10-granddad, December 31, 2016, 3:12 p.m.

Playing a serious game while hanging out with Granddad, December 31, 2016, 3:12 p.m.

He didn’t stay up until midnight but rather until about 9:15 on our coast so that he could watch the ball drop in New York on CNN.

The Day Before (December 30)

I flew down to visit everyone. They waited for me before going out to dinner for Granddad’s birthday (which was the previous day).

2016-12-30-19-30-14-granddads-birthday-cake, December 30, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Granddad’s birthday bundt cakes at home after dinner out, December 30, 2016, 7:30 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HOA7IiSpyk to sign the birthday song)

Christmas Eve


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ0piHs0c0Y to see what happened at breakfast with Uncle Albert)

We saw Uncle Albert in the morning. In the evening, we saw Mommy sing at church.

2016-12-24-18-49-49-seventh-ave-presbyterian, December 24, 2016, 6:49 p.m.

Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, December 24, 2016, 6:49 p.m.

2016-12-24-18-50-01-seventh-ave-presbyterian, , December 24, 2016, 6:50 p.m.

Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, December 24, 2016, 6:50 p.m.

2016-12-24-19-17-34-seventh-ave-presbyterian, December 24, 2016, 7:17 p.m.

The pastor speaks with the children, December 24, 2016, 7:17 p.m.

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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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Bishop Museum Birthday


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiMspldunHs to hear his birthday song)

From Daddy: We spent his birthday at the Bishop Museum and I can’t write enough good things about the museum. They had Hawaiian artifacts and more.

She led a tour of the Hawaiian Building, July 31, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

She led a tour of the Hawaiian Building, July 31, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

2016 07 31 10.42.25 Pu'ili, July 31, 2016, 10:42 a.m.

He played with these pu’ili instruments, July 31, 2016, 10:42 a.m.

Cousins playing on statues at the Bishop Museum, July 31, 2016, 11:30 a.m.

Cousins playing on statues at the Bishop Museum, July 31, 2016, 11:30 a.m.

2016 07 31 14.49.33 Picture Gallery, July 31, 2016, 2:49 p.m.

The third floor Picture Gallery was restored to the way it originally looked, July 31, 2016, 2:49 p.m.

2016 07 31 14.58.49 Drums, July 31, 2016, 2:58 p.m.

These are drums, July 31, 2016, 2:58 p.m.

Their signature exhibits include this whale:

The whale, photo from the Bishop Museum website

The whale, photo from the Bishop Museum website

2016 07 31 10.27.46 Whale, July 31, 2016, 10:27 a.m.

The signature exhibit of the Bishop Museum is this whale suspended from the ceiling and at eye level on the third floor of the Hawaiian Hall Complex, July 31, 2016, 10:27 a.m.

2016 07 31 14.44.32 Whale, July 31, 2016, 2:44 p.m.

One side of the whale is a paper mache exterior and the other side is this skeleton, July 31, 2016, 2:44 p.m.

2016 07 31 14.44.05 Whale, July 31, 2016, 2:44 p.m.

The whale has been featured at this museum since 1902!, July 31, 2016, 2:44 p.m.

This summer, they had a big “Planet Shark” exhibit.

2016 07 31 12.59.24 Sharks, July 31, 2016, 12:59 p.m.

A nice feature was the forward wall which regularly changed–like PowerPoint–to display more information about the sharks, July 31, 2016, 12:59 p.m.

2016 07 31 13.00.01 Sharks, July 31, 2016, 1 p.m.

There was a room for the shark exhibit that was amazing. There was a surround-experience cinema, July 31, 2016, 1 p.m.

And we enjoyed 2 planetarium shows, including one called the Wayfinders which taught us how Polynesian navigators used the stars.

2016 07 31 13.26.09 Elevation, July 31, 2016, 1:26 p.m.

While the boys waited for the planetarium show, they played with this exhibit. They moved the sand and the elevation lines automatically adjusted, July 31, 2016, 1:26 p.m.

2016 07 31 14.57.00 Stars, July 31, 2016, 2:57 p.m.

There was more to navigating the stars than I imagined. Navigators memorized the locations of 200 stars and where they rose and fell at the horizon to determine their compass point, July 31, 2016, 2:57 p.m.

Also, they demonstrate and pour lava daily! (Click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIHvZkLOPyQ to watch)

After the museum, we bought malasadas as Leonard's Bakery, July 31, 2016, 3:30 p.m.

After the museum, we bought malasadas as Leonard’s Bakery, July 31, 2016, 3:30 p.m.

Birthday Breakfast

2016-07-31 08.34.35, July 31, 2016, 8:34 a.m.

Family birthday breakfast at McDonald’s. It would be our final trip to McDonald’s for the trip, July 31, 2016, 8:34 a.m.

Birthday Dinner

2016 07 31 18.18.00 Arancino di Mare risotto, July 31, 6:18 p.m.

The way they make risotto at Arancino di Mare was cool! They poured it directly into a cheese wheel and then scrape it out, July 31, 6:18 p.m.

2016 07 31 18.08.44 Arancino di Mare, July 31, 2016, 6:08 p.m.

We had dinner and dessert at Arancino di Mare, July 31, 2016, 6:08 p.m.

2016 07 31 17.49.52 Seat, July 31, 2016, 5:49 p.m.

Service left much to be desired. This was my wet seat before it stopped raining!, July 31, 2016, 5:49 p.m.

That Night

2016-07-31 19.40.13, July 31, 2016, 7:40 p.m.

Nighttime in the pool with a little bit of rain, July 31, 2016, 7:40 p.m.

The Evening Before

After dinner at Sansei Seafood Resaurant and Sushi Bar, we invaded a Christmas store!, July 30, 2016, 7:33 p.m.

After dinner at Sansei Seafood Resaurant and Sushi Bar, we invaded a Christmas store!, July 30, 2016, 7:33 p.m.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas Show

The latest edition to our family: A Joe Cool Snoopy, adopted on December 12, 2015. Photo was taken 8:21 p.m.

From Daddy: We had a great time at Gilroy Gardens on Saturday!

A Charlie Brown Christmas Show at Gilroy Gardens. We watched the show at 7:30 p.m. on December 12, 2015.
Snoopy in the sled, December 12, 2015, 7:35 p.m.

Snoopy in the sled, December 12, 2015, 7:35 p.m.

2015 12 12 19.46.42 Gilroy Gardens - Peanuts Show, December 12, 2015, 7:46 p.m.

He sipped on hot chocolate on and off during the Peanuts Show, December 12, 2015, 7:46 p.m.

2015 12 12 19.46.38 Gilroy Gardens - Peanuts Show, December 12, 2015, 7:46 p.m.

It “snowed” during the Peanuts Show, December 12, 2015, 7:46 p.m.

It was so cold that he wanted me to take a photo of his foggy breath, December 12, 2015, 7:21 p.m.

It was so cold that he wanted me to take a photo of his foggy breath, December 12, 2015, 7:21 p.m.

2015 12 12 19.46.29 Gilroy Gardens - Peanuts Show, December 12, 2015, 7:46 p.m.

Let it snow at the Peanuts Show, December 12, 2015, 7:46 p.m.

2015 12 12 19.50.42 Gilroy Garden - Peanuts Show, December 12, 2015, 7:50 p.m.

After learning about the true meaning of Christmas at the twenty-minute Peanuts Show, he tries to approach Snoopy. Trapped on the other side of Snoopy was wrangler and the human star of the show “Samantha,” December 12, 2015, 7:50 p.m.

However, due to a corporate event by Intel, we were denied an opportunity to have the traditional holiday feast at Gilroy Gardens.

Earlier

2015 12 12 14.21.51 Jingle Bear, December 12, 2015, 2:21 p.m

At the Best Western Forest Park Inn, he found, loved, and later snuggled with Jingle Bear in the lobby, December 12, 2015, 2:21 p.m

2015 12 12 15.07.57 Snow, December 12, 3:07 p.m.

While the park opened at 3 p.m., sadly the rides did not open until 3:30 p.m. However, we did get an early opportunity to play in snow (soap foam), December 12, 3:07 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAx26IGcUzI to watch him play in the “snow”)

2015 12 12 15.32.24 Gilroy Gardens - South County Backroads, December 12, 2015, 3:32 p.m.

Our first ride was a drive on the South County Backroads, December 12, 2015, 3:32 p.m.

Family at Bonfonte Falls, December 12, 2015, 4:04 p.m.

Family at Bonfonte Falls, December 12, 2015, 4:04 p.m.

We spent a lot of time making art at the Green Barn. (Daddy wrote the sign that he's holding.) December 12, 2015, 4:42 p.m.

We spent a lot of time making art at the Green Barn. (Daddy wrote the sign that he’s holding.) December 12, 2015, 4:42 p.m.

He spent even more time playing with the Microeye Discovery projection microscope, December 12, 2015, 4:19 p.m.

He spent even more time playing with the Microeye Discovery projection microscope, December 12, 2015, 4:19 p.m.

2015 12 12 17.03.05 Gilroy Gardens - Holly Garden, December 12, 5:03 p.m.

Family in the Holly Garden at Gilroy Gardens, December 12, 5:03 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoN7VW0bA7M to watch the light show at Bonfonte Falls)

Yesterday


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEOOMVnHHNM to watch him play basketball!)

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Back to Basketball

2014 02 23 Basketball - before class, February 23, 2014, 12:05 p.m.

Ball down, foot on top–the ready position just before class begins, February 23, 2014, 12:05 p.m.

From Daddy: Today, we finally resumed basketball class. He was so happy to be back!


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgdzypkx2e4 to see dribbling

2014 02 23 Basketball - dribbling 1, February 23, 2014, 12:09 p.m.

Dribbling practice, February 23, 2014, 12:09 p.m.

He got right back into the swing of things and was pleased to see some of his old classmates and coaches.

2014 02 23 Basketball - shooting 4, February 23, 2014, 12:29 p.m.

Getting ready for shooting practice, February 23, 2014, 12:29 p.m.


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa5OYZYEpuA to see shooting practice)

2014 02 23 Basketball - game huddle 2, February 23, 2014, 12:33 p.m.

Pre-game huddle, February 23, 2014, 12:33 p.m.

2014 02 23 Basketball - game huddle 3, February 23, 2014, 12:33 p.m.

Just before the game–Go Team!, February 23, 2014, 12:33 p.m.

2014 02 23 Basketball - game 3, February 23, 2014, 12:41 p.m.

In pre-league, the defense is required to keep a foot on the marker on the floor, February 23, 2014, 12:41 p.m.

2014 02 23 Basketball - game 4, February 23, 2014, 12:42 p.m.

He told me that playing defense without a foot on the market was called, “Illegal defense,” February 23, 2014, 12:42 p.m.

2014 02 23 Basketball - game 7, February 23, 2014, 12:45 p.m.

Leaping defense, February 23, 2014, 12:45 p.m.

2014 02 23 Basketball - game 8, February 23, 2014, 12:46 p.m.

It’s not easy to play defense when you can’t move far, February 23, 2014, 12:46 p.m.

Yesterday

Swimming class!


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIW5YFpltYM on your mobile device)

One Month Ago

He was out of school sick.

2014 01 23 Sunset Super, January 23, 2014, 12:02 p.m.

Shopping at Sunset Super, January 23, 2014, 12:02 p.m.

2014 01 23 Sunset Super misspelling, February 23, 2014, 12:02 p.m.

A Super misspelling, February 23, 2014, 12:02 p.m.

Two Months Ago

The Christmas season

Christmas - Robert in elf hat, December 23, 2013, 7:54 p.m.

Beanie in elf hat, December 23, 2013, 7:54 p.m.

Christmas - Robert and Jeannie's Ornament 3, December 23, 2013, 7:52 p.m.

Nana Jeannie’s Christmas Ornament, December 23, 2013, 7:52 p.m.

Christmas - Mommy, Grandma, and Robert, December 23, 2013, 8:27 p.m.

Mommy, Grandma, and elf, December 23, 2013, 8:27 p.m.

Christmas - Robert and Mommy, December 23, 2013, 7:55 p.m.

Mommy and son at Christmas, December 23, 2013, 7:55 p.m.

One Year Ago

2013 02 23 Robert in an Etch-a-Sketch, February 23, 2013, 10:14 a.m.

Name in an Etch-a-Sketch, February 23, 2013, 10:14 a.m.

2013 02 23 Robert baking with Grandma 1, February 23, 2013, 7:12 p.m.

Baking with Grandma Pam–or maybe just spreading frosting, February 23, 2013, 7:12 p.m.

2013 02 23 Robert baking with Grandma 6, February 23, 2013, 7:12 p.m.

Hey Grandma Pam, watch me move my arm too quickly for the smartphone camera, February 23, 2013, 7:12 p.m.

Two Years Ago

2012 02 22 in Granddad's Chair, February 22, 2012, 2:05 p.m.

In Granddad’s Chair, February 22, 2012, 2:05 p.m.

Five Years Ago

Store-bought carrots 1, February 23, 2009, 6:58 p.m.

Loving those carrots!, February 23, 2009, 6:58 p.m.

Store-bought carrots 2, February 23, 2009, 6:58 p.m.

Satisfied with those carrots, February 23, 2009, 6:58 p.m.

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Touching Toes

2014 02 20 GLO Calisthenics 2, February 20, 2014, 8:07 a.m.

Touching toes, February 20, 2014, 8:07 a.m.

From Daddy: Yesterday was another day for exercise before school. I snapped a photo above. I’m not sure that he know that he was supposed to avoid bending his knees.

2014 02 20 GLO Calisthenics 1, February 20, 2014, 8:07 a.m.

Lined up and ready to exercise, February 20, 2014, 8:07 a.m.

One Month Ago

Boy on Mommy 1, January 21, 2014, 7:40 p.m.

Boy on Mommy, hiding behind her on the sofa, January 21, 2014, 7:40 p.m.

Two Months Ago

A bike ride!

2013 12 21 Cactus hunt 2, December 21, 2013, 3:29 p.m.

We found a cactus!, December 21, 2013, 3:29 p.m.

2013 12 21 Cactus hunt 3, December 21, 2013, 3:29 p.m.

Cactus and tongue, December 21, 2013, 3:29 p.m.

2013 12 21 Cactus hunt 1, December 21, 2013, 3:22 p.m.

He paused during his bike ride to take interest in this rose bush, December 21, 2013, 3:22 p.m.

A Christmas tree!

2013 12 21 Christmas tree with Mommy 3, December 21, 2014, 8:06 p.m.

We strung the lights on the Christmas tree that night, December 21, 2014, 8:06 p.m.

Three Months Ago

2013 11 21 Kindergarten to College

What a great program! K2C!

One Year Ago

On the way to see Grandpa!

2013 02 21 Casa de Fruta fountain, February 21, 2013, 11:19 a.m.

A brief stop at Casa de Fruta, taking a photo by the fountain, February 21, 2013, 11:19 a.m.

2013 02 21 Police hat, February 21, 2013, 7:22 p.m.

Grandpa’s Police hat, February 21, 2013, 7:22 p.m.

Four Years Ago

Zoo - Mommy, Grandma Carol, Granddad, and Robert 2, February 21, 2010, 12:10 p.m.

Big happy family at the San Diego Zoo, February 21, 2010, 12:10 p.m.

The San Diego Zoo!


(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef5lbEH6X_4 to see the amazing panda eat!)

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