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Basketball Is Back

From Daddy: It’s been a long time, but he’s back in basketball! He wanted a few months off but he wanted to resume. Click above to see him play last week or below to see him play a couple of days ago.

This Weekend

2017 09 30 17.01.22 Bowling, September 30, 2017, 5:01 p.m.

On an outing at Presidio Bowl with Mommy’s church, he outbowled his parents, September 30, 2017, 5:01 p.m.

One Month Ago

Click above to see the video that he made on his final day at Grandpa and Grandma Pam’s house in L.A. They have since moved to Colorado.

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Orange Belt in Aikido!

Orange Belt in Aikido, August 26, 2017, 10:40 a.m.

Orange Belt in Aikido, August 26, 2017, 10:40 a.m.

From Daddy: We are proud of our Orange Belt! Click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4tCr_0_AwM to see his exam.

He was happy to put on the new belt!

Beanie tries on his Orange Belt in Aikido, August 26, 2017, 10:40 a.m.

Beanie tries on his Orange Belt in Aikido, August 26, 2017, 10:40 a.m.

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Junior Counselor

2017 07 17 08.24.27 Discovery Museum, July 17, 2017, 8:24 a.m.

Beanie at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, July 17, 2017, 8:24 a.m.

From Daddy: Three weeks ago (during the week of July 17 – 21, 2017), he was a Junior Counselor at the Bay Area Discover Museum. Essentially he was too old (go figure!) to be a student in their camps, so he became a junior counselor instead!

After much cajoling, he agreed to pose for a photo. Eventually, he agreed to the super-hero pose, July 17, 2017, 8:23 a.m.

After much cajoling, he agreed to pose for a photo. Eventually, he agreed to the super-hero pose, July 17, 2017, 8:23 a.m.

He assisted the main counselor Jackson. In fact, a couple of the campers did not really speak English, so he helped with Cantonese while Jackson knew some Mandarin.

2017 07 21 08.33.55 Discovery Museum, July 21, 2017, 8:33 a.m.

Danielle (Program Assistant, Camps and Enrichment Classes) led the meetings. Here he is playing with his laminated name badge, seated beside counselor Jackson, July 21, 2017, 8:33 a.m.

Each morning, he attended a meeting full of adult counselors before the campers arrived.

Beanie in a meeting at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, July 21, 2017, 8:32 a.m.

Beanie in a meeting at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, July 21, 2017, 8:32 a.m.

It sounded like a great experience! When I arrived home at the end of the day, I would ask him how was work!

Super-Hero Poses Through the Years

2016 06 21 08.27.57 Discovery Museum - Superhero pose, June 21, 2016, 8:27 a.m.

The traditional superhero pose outside of the Bay Area Discovery Museum before the Golden Gate Bridge, June 21, 2016, 8:27 a.m.

2015 06 08 Discovery Museum - GGB 2, June 8, 2015, 8:49 a.m.

The ol’ superhero pose with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, June 8, 2015, 8:49 a.m.

2014 06 16 GGB 4, June 16, 2014, 8:47 a.m.

A closer look (for comparison) at the old superhero pose before the Golden Gate Bridge, soon before Fort Building Camp at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, June 16, 2014, 8:47 a.m.

2013 07 29 Discovery GGB 1, July 29, 2013, 8:35 a.m.

With the Golden Gate Bridge, early for camp at the Discovery Museum, July 29, 2013, 8:35 a.m.

2012 08 15 Discovery Museum camp - getting ready 5, August 15, 2012, 8:25 a.m.

Ready to go to the Discovery Museum camp, August 15, 2012, 8:25 a.m.


(The original inspiration for the super-hero pose was Pocoyo. Click above to watch the episode.)

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MV Code Club

From Daddy: He really enjoyed this week at MV Code Club as well as breakfasts at Mel’s Drive In on Monday and Friday mornings. Mel’s is only about one block from Code Club and Monday’s would be his birthday breakfast.

Beanie assembles creamers at Mel's Drive In, July 31, 2017, 8:14 a.m.

Beanie assembles creamers at Mel’s Drive In, July 31, 2017, 8:14 a.m.

Daddy and Beanie selfie at Mel's Drive In, July 31, 2017, 8:14 a.m. Just before the first day of MV Code Club.

Daddy and Beanie selfie at Mel’s Drive In, July 31, 2017, 8:14 a.m. Just before the first day of MV Code Club.

By the second day of camp, he wanted to demonstrate his “work.”

Beanie at MV Code Club, August 1, 2017, 8:54 a.m. He wanted to show Daddy how he can play vintage Mario.

Beanie at MV Code Club, August 1, 2017, 8:54 a.m. He wanted to show Daddy how he can play vintage Mario.

On the third day, he could show the code (in Scratch) that he created for a game!

Beanie shows his game code on his second morning of MV Code Club, August 2, 2017, 8:50 a.m.

Beanie shows his game code on his second morning of MV Code Club, August 2, 2017, 8:50 a.m.

A great week of camp and we look forward to weekly afternoon classes in the fall!

His Birthday

Speaking of his birthday, he enjoyed this Mario Mini Radio Control Kart!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRFwCoodbdE to watch him drive it down our hallway)

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Pioneer Park & The Ice Museum

From Daddy: Two weeks ago was our only full day in Fairbanks.

Boy at the Cookie Jar Restaurant, June 29, 2017, 10:08 a.m.

Boy at the Cookie Jar Restaurant, June 29, 2017, 10:08 a.m.

In the morning, we took the bus to the Cookie Jar Restaurant for breakfast.

Approved by Guy Fieri, June 29, 2017, 10:18 a.m.

Approved by Guy Fieri, June 29, 2017, 10:18 a.m.

Breakfast was enjoyable but unfinished, June 29, 2017, 10:49 a.m.

Breakfast was enjoyable but unfinished, June 29, 2017, 10:49 a.m.

It was a very warm day. When we got to Pioneer Park, we needed ice to cool down.

Shaved ice cooled us down, June 29, 2017, 1:18 p.m.

Shaved ice cooled us down, June 29, 2017, 1:18 p.m.

We enjoyed a train ride around the park, June 29, 2017, 3:05 p.m.

We enjoyed a train ride around the park, June 29, 2017, 3:05 p.m.

He also trained for American Ninja Warrior at a playground in the park (click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwPeFuONJdM:

Later for dinner, we enjoyed barbeque.

Food finished at Big Daddy's BarB-Q Alaska, also approved by Guy Fieri, June 29, 2017

Food finished at Big Daddy’s BarB-Q Alaska, also approved by Guy Fieri, June 29, 2017

But the highlight was the Ice Museum!

Ice bar, June 29, 2017, 7:34 p.m.

Ice bar, June 29, 2017, 7:34 p.m.

Posing behind cut-outs, June 29, 2017, 7:31 p.m.

Posing behind cut-outs, June 29, 2017, 7:31 p.m.

Snowmobile, June 29, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Snowmobile, June 29, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

He slid down in a sled on an ice ramp (click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrezMSJrC7k!

Mommy driving a dogsled carved from ice at the Fairbanks Ice Museum, June 29, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Mommy driving a dogsled carved from ice at the Fairbanks Ice Museum, June 29, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Beanie seated in an ice sled, Fairbanks Ice Museum, June 29, 2017, 7:36 p.m.

Beanie seated in an ice sled, Fairbanks Ice Museum, June 29, 2017, 7:36 p.m.

The Ice Museum was such a relief because it was so hot outside!

81 degrees at 8:45 p.m., June 29, 2017

81 degrees at 8:45 p.m., June 29, 2017

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Flight Plan

2017 06 28 Flight Path

Our flight path on June 28, 2017

From Daddy: It was just two weeks ago when we began our journey to Alaska!

Using our Lyft app, we pre-scheduled a ride to the airport to arrive between 4:30 and 4:40 a.m. Actually, the prospective driver called at 4:27 a.m. to report that he was 10 miles away and that it would likely be better if I cancel the ride and request a new one. The driver did the right thing, even though it cost him money, because a new driver arrived by 4:40.

Our flight to Seattle was scheduled for 6:20.

On plane at SFO

On plane at SFO, June 28, 2017, 6:10 a.m.

Boy on plane to Seattle

Boy on plane to Seattle, June 28, 2017, 6:04 a.m.

Our connecting flight to Fairbanks was scheduled for 11:15.

(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHMoGJX_-iU to see a video the boy took on the plane)

Touchdown in Fairbanks

Touchdown in Fairbanks, June 28, 2017, at 1:54 p.m. local time which would have been 2:54 at home

A number of travelers assembled at baggage claim in Fairbanks…

Waiting for a shuttle in Fairbanks, June 28, 2017

Waiting for a shuttle in Fairbanks, June 28, 2017,
2:18 p.m.

2017 06 28 14.35.42 Fairbanks Shuttle, June 28, 2017, 2:35 p.m.

On the hotel shuttle in Fairbanks, June 28, 2017, 2:35 p.m.

…and a bus shuttled us to Westmark Hotel where the room was nice but the WiFi was horrible. Fortunately, our phone service was just fine.

We had dinner at Soapy Smith’s Pioneer Restaurant where the server was great but the food was so-so.

Boy and Daddy at Soapy Smith's Pioneer Restaurant, June 28, 2017

Boy and Daddy at Soapy Smith’s Pioneer Restaurant, June 28, 2017

2017 06 28 16.41.33 Soapy Smith's, June 28, 2017, 4:41 p.m.

Honored by an item of decor that the boy noted on the wall, June 28, 2017, 4:41 p.m.

Mommy recorded there the adorable video that was posted yesterday.

We then walked to and enjoyed a visit to The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center and watched much of a documentary on the Northern Lights.

(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPjSjR0GKxM to watch Aurora: Fire in the Sky)

We returned to the hotel to rest, but it was crazy sunny and warm around 8 p.m.!

Sunny at 8 p.m. in Fairbanks, June 28, 2017

Sunny at 8 p.m. in Fairbanks, June 28, 2017

The sun would not go down for a while.

The sun would set at 12:41 a.m. on June 29, 2017

The sun would set at 12:41 a.m. on June 29, 2017

It wouldn’t cool off much overnight since the sun was down for only about two and a half hours.

The sun rose at 3:07 a.m. on June 28, 2017

The sun rose at 3:07 a.m. on June 28, 2017

We would spend the next day in Fairbanks.

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Perform, Little Monkey! Perform!

From Daddy: On our first day in Fairbanks, we had dinner at Soapy Smith’s Pioneer Restaurant where mommy took the video above.

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