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Field Day

2017 05 12 10.30.01 Selfie, May 12, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

Field Day, May 12, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

From Daddy: One day in the Spring, near the end of the school year, is Field Day for his elementary school. All kids converge to Sunset Rec Center, gather and snack, and then rotate to various activity stations. There seemed to be seven or eight stations, and each class played at four of them. His class had a basketball challenge

a flag ball-capture challenge against another third-grade class (which his class won three times in a row; I’m not sure why the other class had no success)…

…a game of tag where kids would run across an open field to safe bases, avoiding being tagged by some adults, and finally a team challenge shooting bouncey balls into trash cans from various spots.

The main event were relay races simulating a Dragon Boat. The winner of the third-grace Dragon Boat race

…was his class!

What a fun day!

Afterward, we had an impromptu video game play date and pizza dinner plus ice cream dessert with friends!

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Driving Simulator

From Daddy: While buying a birthday present for Grandpa, he had an opportunity to play at the driving range simulator at the Roger Dunn Golf Shop in North Hollywood. (Click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkxp7ehKXgg to watch him.)

He and I also practiced at the putting green, February 19, 2017

He and I also practiced at the putting green, February 19, 2017

2017-02-19-13-53-38-roger-dunn, February 19, 2017, 1:53 p.m.

Measuring his height at Roger Dunn, February 19, 2017, 1:53 p.m.

We were visiting Grandpa and Grandma Pam over the President’s Day weekend, and he made sure to work out at York Park.

Beanie and the cardio walker in York Park, February 19, 2017, 2:53 p.m.

Beanie and the elliptical in York Park, February 19, 2017, 2:53 p.m.

Beanie and the cardio walker, February 19, 2017, 3:08 p.m.

Beanie and the cardio walker, February 19, 2017, 3:08 p.m.

Mommy walked over to bring us snacks.

Donut Friend box, February 19, 2017

Donut Friend box, February 19, 2017

Variety pack from Donut Friend, February 19, 2017

Variety pack from Donut Friend, February 19, 2017

This Evening

Teacher demonstrating to him. He's the only student that showed up this evening, February 21, 2017, 5:03 p.m.

Teacher demonstrating to him. He’s the only student that showed up this evening, February 21, 2017, 5:03 p.m.

He received a swimming achievement! (Click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGHpiQGg3uQ)

2017-02-21-17-30-36-swimming, February 21, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Congratulations on your swimming achievement, February 21, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

2017-02-21-17-37-54-swimming-achievement, February 21, 2017, 5:37 p.m.

Swimming achievement, February 21, 2017, 5:37 p.m.

2017-02-21-18-07-12-mels, February 21, 2017, 6:07 p.m.

He was happy with my attempt to comb his hair, February 21, 2017, 6:07 p.m.

Last Night

2017-02-20-18-42-37-calfornia-pizza-kitchen, February 20, 2017, 6:42 p.m.

We drove home and stopped for dinner at California Pizza Kitchen in Emeryville. By the end, he was really tired and wore Mommy’s purse string, February 20, 2017, 6:42 p.m.

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Notes from His 2016 Birthday Party & Jet Set

Playground playdate, August 21, 2016, 10:12 a.m.

Playground playdate, August 21, 2016, 10:12 a.m.

From Daddy: This morning, we took a friend to IHOP for breakfast, then played at the playground, and then to his house for fun!

Here’s a conversation in the car ride from IHOP to the playground:

Friend: “Are you as bored as I am?”

Beanie: “How bored are you?”

Friend: “Pretty bored. Are you bored?”

Beanie: “No, just relaxed.”

Yesterday

We had a fun walk with some friends, then walked on the beach, and then had another playdate.

2016 08 20 13.47.48 Cliff House walk, August 20, 2016, 1:47 p.m.

While on the phone with his friend, the younger brother pulled their wagon, August 20, 2016, 1:47 p.m.

2016 08 20 14.00.33 Pokemon Go, August 20, 2016, 2 p.m.

Boy caught a Pokemon with a friend’s phone, August 20, 2016, 2 p.m.

2016 08 20 14.12.08 Ocean Beach, August 20, 2016, 2:12 p.m.

Walking on Ocean Beach, August 20, 2016, 2:12 p.m.

Four Weeks Ago

I just found notes from his birthday party four weeks ago. These were notes for coming up with obstacles for his obstacle course which come together that morning:

Train table crawl

Spike ball into clown car
Koopa shell brick wall mission
Fireball / piranha plant
Ice Flower / piranha plant
Cloud walk
Pit jump
Coin to unlock the door

Need:

  • Black construction paper
  • Clouds?
  • Masking tape
  • Printing of Bowser Jr.

Maybe

  • Clouds
  • Medals

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Shared Schoolyard

Jumping at the Dianne Feinstein Elementary School schoolyard, April 30, 2016, 12:41 p.m.

Jumping at the Dianne Feinstein Elementary School schoolyard, April 30, 2016, 12:41 p.m.

As part of the Shared Schoolyard Project, the schoolyard at Dianne Feinstein Elementary School opened to the public on weekends starting on Saturday. After we dropped on Mommy at the airport on Saturday, we visited and enjoyed the schoolyard! Click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm9Fz5gIzsQ on your mobile device to watch his message to Mommy!

Later, we met up with friends (and a dog) at Midtown Terrace Playground for play and the adjacent Sutro Reservior for scootering.

Beanie scoots leaving Midtown Terrace Playground, April 30, 2016, 4:23 p.m. Monty the dog is our friend.

Beanie scoots leaving Midtown Terrace Playground, April 30, 2016, 4:23 p.m. Monty the dog is our friend.

Yesterday


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xc9w5RG_Kbw to see him swim!)

Three Days Ago

The league was divided into two sides for free-throw contests. He did well as did his side! Click above or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFTlzaIRpko to watch.

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Free Day at the California Academy of Sciences

2016 02 07 11.18.09 Children's Playground, February 7, 2016, 11:18 a.m.

We started the day at the Koret’s Children’s Quarter Playground, February 7, 2016, 11:18 a.m.

2016 02 07 11.52.48 Triangles in the Sky, February 7, 2016, 11:52 p.m.

We parked a long way from the Academy of Sciences, but fortunately, these mysterious Triangles in the Sky pointed us to the museum, February 7, 2016, 11:52 p.m.

From Daddy: We enjoyed a free day at the California Academy of Sciences! The museum has free admission once per quarter.

Tour of the Universe from the California Academy of Sciences

The highlight was a live planetarium show called Tour of the Universe. We were told that this show (which ran every half-hour pretty much all day) is only shown on free day and there was even mention of the theorized Planet Nine.

Uromastyx lizard, photo from The Life of Animals blog

Uromastyx lizard, photo from The Life of Animals blog

Also, I enjoyed seeing a very read uromastyx lizard, which was shown as part of the Animal Color Encounters program. For fifteen minutes, the presenters taught kids about how animals use colors and talked about this lizard whose flat stomach can puff up so that a predator would be unable to extract it from between rocks.

The living roof from the California Academy of Sciences

The living roof from the California Academy of Sciences

2016 02 07 12.55.00 Living Roof, February 7, 2016, 12:55 p.m.

Boy on the Living Roof, February 7, 2016, 12:55 p.m.

Of course, no visit would be complete without hanging out on the Living Roof or seeing the jellies in the California Coast exhibit in the Steinhart Aquarium.

Pacific Sea Nettles from the California Academy of Sciences
Pacific Sea Nettles from the California Academy of Sciences

2016 02 07 13.46.07 Fountain, February 7, 2016, 1:46 p.m

Some good rains must have filled the Fountain, February 7, 2016, 1:46 p.m

2016 02 07 13.46.50 Fountain Family, February 7, 2016, 1:46 p.m.

This family could be happier looking into the camera in front of the fountain, February 7, 2016, 1:46 p.m.

Yesterday

Fence climbing. I told him not to the climb the fence at his school's field trip to the Symphony on Wednesday but that he could do so at the playground, February 6, 2016

I told him not to the climb the fence at his school’s field trip to the Symphony on Wednesday but that he could do so at the playground. Mommy took the photo.

One Week Ago

Happy birthday to Mommy, flowers select by the boy, voluntarily spending his own money, January 31, 2016

Happy birthday to Mommy, flowers select by the boy, voluntarily spending his own money.

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Beautiful Innocence

From Daddy: I watch the television show The Flash won’t allow him to watch. Mommy explained to him that I won’t let him watch it because some characters try to hurt other characters on the show. He asked me several months ago, “Why do people hurt other people on The Flash? I only hurt other people by accident.” Awwwwww.

We have had problems with flies in the house. We told him that the flies swarm around because they are looking for food. He asked a few weeks ago, “Why don’t their mommies and daddies gave them food?” Awwwwww.

Last Week

2016 01 30 18.57.57 Hangar Steak, January 30, 2016, 7:57 p.m.

Boy and Daddy outside the yummy restaurant Hangar Steak, January 30, 2016, 7:57 p.m.

2016 01 30 Hangar Steak 4, January 30, 2016, 7:39 p.m.

Chocolate covered strawberries after dinner at Hangar Steak, January 30, 2016, 7:39 p.m.

Mommies at Hangar Steak enjoying chocolate covered strawberries, January 30, 2016, 7:39 p.m.

Two Weeks Ago

Before Chinese New Year, cut your hair, January 23, 2016, 11:20 a.m.

Before Chinese New Year, cut your hair, January 23, 2016, 11:20 a.m.

Beanie found jeans to his liking as he and Daddy shopped at Old Navy, January 23, 2016, 7:20 p.m.

Beanie found jeans to his liking as he and Daddy shopped at Old Navy, January 23, 2016, 7:20 p.m.

Three Weeks Ago

2016 01 16 17.07.46 Best Buy, January 16, 2016, 5:07 p.m.

Beanie tries out a Wii U while at Best Buy and rocking the Mario cap that Uncle Albert bought him for Christmas, January 16, 2016, 5:07 p.m.

Four Weeks Ago

We took advantage of a break in the rain to climb at West Sunset Playground on Ortega St, January 8, 2016, 4:40 p.m.

We took advantage of a break in the rain to climb at West Sunset Playground on Ortega St, January 8, 2016, 4:40 p.m.

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The Blue Dragon

2015 10 14 07.50.11 Blue Dragon, October 14, 2015, 7:50 a.m.

The Blue Dragon in the background, October 14, 2015, 7:50 a.m.

From Daddy: I dropped him off at school on Monday morning and he ran somewhat ahead of me. Before he entered the school building some fifty feet ahead of me, he pointed back toward his school yard’s play structure. I didn’t understand what he was trying to tell me at first, but then I noticed that the muralist painted a blue dragon over the weekend!

This Evening

2015 10 15 18.25.46 Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen's, October 15, 2015, 6:25 p.m.

Happy to be at Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen’s, October 15, 2015, 6:25 p.m.

2015 10 15 18.25.54 Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen's, October 15, 2015, 6:25 p.m.

Great noodles for dinner at Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen’s, October 15, 2015, 6:25 p.m.

This Morning

2015 10 15 07.51.13 Morning Treat, October 15, 2015, 7:51 a.m.

Why is he so smiley?, October 15, 2015, 7:51 a.m.

2015 10 15 07.51.26 Morning Treat, October 15, 2015, 7:51 a.m.

Because after a week of eating breakfasts at his before school program and a healthy morning breakfast including scrambled eggs by Mommy, Thursday morning is Treat Morning! He needs to wipe at the corners of his mouth, October 15, 2015, 7:51 a.m.

One Month Ago

2015 09 15 19.17.55 Ninja Warrior, September 15, 2015, 7:17 p.m.

Congratulations to Isaac Caldiero for being an American Ninja Warrior, September 15, 2015, 7:17 p.m.

Two Years Ago


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpqMewkOGoI to watch him exercise in the morning)

Five Years Ago

2010 10 15 Robert in Orange Sunglasses, October 15, 2010, 12:06 p.m

Chillin’ in the kitchen with orange sunglasses, October 15, 2010, 12:06 p.m

Seven Years Ago

2008 10 15 Activity Mat, October 15, 2008, 7:17 a.m.

Lying on the activity mat in the morning, October 15, 2008, 7:17 a.m.

2008 10 15 Changing Table, October 15, 2008, 7:32 a.m.

On the changing table in the morning, October 15, 2008, 7:32 a.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2FvS5DluGQ to watch him move a bit)

2008 10 15 Ranger bear 1, October 15, 2008, 9:10 a.m.

Hello Ranger bear, October 15, 2008, 9:10 a.m.

2008 10 15 Ranger bear 2, October 15, 2008, 9:10 a.m.

Or is it a dog or a bean?, October 15, 2008, 9:10 a.m.

2008 10 15 Ngen-Ngen 1, October 15, 2008, 4:43 p.m.

Ngen-Ngen holds the baby, October 15, 2008, 4:43 p.m.

2008 10 15 Ngen-Ngen 2, October 15, 2008, 4:43 p.m.

Looking up at Ngen-Ngen, October 15, 2008, 4:43 p.m.

Yeah-Yeah, Ngen-Ngen, and Goo-Poo, October 15, 2008, 6:25 p.m.

Yeah-Yeah, Ngen-Ngen, and Goo-Poo, October 15, 2008, 6:25 p.m.

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