Category Archives: Zoo

Zoo Lights

2016 01 01 17.19.19 Zoo lights 2, January 1, 2016, 5:19 p.m.

Zoo lights, January 1, 2016, 5:19 p.m.

2016 01 01 18.16.24 Zoo - snowing, January 1, 2016, 6:16 p.m.

Daddy and son enjoying the snow machine at the zoo, January 1, 2016, 6:16 p.m.

From Daddy: We had a great time at “Zoo Lights,” an annual tradition at the zoo.

2016 01 01 18.26.08 Zoo - Hammock, January 1, 2016, 6:26 p.m.

Mommy and son’s selfie in the hammock, January 1, 2016, 6:26 p.m.

2016 01 01 18.28.26 Zoo - Hammock, January 1, 2016, 6:28 p.m.

Mommy and son enjoy the hammock at the zoo’s playground, January 1, 2016, 6:28 p.m.

2016 01 01 18.32.25 Zoo - snowing, January 1, 2016, 6:32 p.m.

He loved the snow machine at the zoo, January 1, 2016, 6:32 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OOKC-fF6ck to listen to him enjoy the snow machine)

2016 01 01 18.32.28 Zoo - snowing, January 1, 2016, 6:32 p.m.

He hopes that the snow from the snow machine at the zoo would accumulate on him, but the bubbles from the soapy foam would not persist, January 1, 2016, 6:32 p.m.

2016 01 01 17.17.13 Zoo, January 1, 2016, 5:17 p.m.

Mommy and son at the zoo entrance, before our evening began, January 1, 2016, 5:17 p.m.

His First Visit to the Zoo

Zoo with Mommy 3 - happy, July 11, 2009, 4:51 p.m.

Mommy and Beanie near the front gate, July 11, 2009, 4:51 p.m.

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Photo Booth Fun


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDDWTWXZV_k to watch posing in the photo booth)

From Daddy: We had a great time last month at the zoo! Above is a video of him in the photo booth posing!


(or watch him on the way to the zoo by clicking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEOHgkQ0_cE)

We also got to watch a squirrel swing in a bird feeder, November 22, 2015, 10:41 a.m.

Three Days Ago


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Kiae9jss_I to watch diving practice at his swimming class)

Last Weekend

After a three-week Thanksgiving hiatus, basketball resumed!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AutDQ_qE3U to watch team shooting practice)


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyx2H7XESC8 to watch him play basketball!)

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Return to the Zoo

2015 08 16 Zoo - Near front gate 1, August 16, 2015, 2:47 p.m.

With Mommy at the Zoo, August 16, 2015, 2:47 p.m.

Zoo with Mommy 3 - happy, July 11, 2009, 4:51 p.m.

With Mommy at the Zoo, July 11, 2009, 4:51 p.m.

From Daddy: We went to the zoo today and I could not resist taking a photo where we took his very first photo at the zoo!

2015 08 16 Zoo - Elephant Statue, August 16, 2015, 3:56 p.m.

Climbing the Elephant Statue at the Zoo, August 16, 2015, 3:56 p.m.

2015 08 16 Zoo - Web net 1, August 16, 2015, 4:01 p.m.

Climbing the Web net, August 16, 2015, 4:01 p.m.

2015 08 16 Zoo - Wingspan, August 16, 2015, 4:36 p.m.

A greater wingspan than a peregrine falcon, August 16, 2015, 4:36 p.m.

2015 08 16 Zoo - Carousel 2, August 16, 2015, 4:47 p.m.

A perfect ending to the day at the zoo, August 16, 2015, 4:47 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inZGilPrNr4 to see him train for American Ninja Warrior at the Zoo)

Yesterday

2015 08 15 20.07.44 Shower, August 15, 2015, 8:07 p.m.

Washing the swimming lesson’s chlorine out of his hair, August 15, 2015, 8:07 p.m.

Last Week


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBpnn6aMGdw to see fun with cousins at the playground)

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Swinging at the Zoo


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9WSp6GzEQ8 to see him swing at the zoo)

From Daddy: Today he had some TV time in the morning. Then we went to McDonald’s for Egg McMuffins. Then to Sunset Playground to play two-square and basketball. Then home for a snack. Then the zoo to meet Ga-Ga and Di-Di.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCfvjlt9vUM to see him play at the playground)

2014 11 28 Zoo - Pole 2, November 28, 2014, 12:45 p.m.

Trying to climb the firepole at the playground at the zoo, November 28, 2014, 12:45 p.m.

2014 11 28 Zoo - Hide from Di-Di 1, November 28, 2014, 1:09 p.m.

He and Ga-Ga often tried to hid from Di-Di…, November 28, 2014, 1:09 p.m.

2014 11 28 Zoo - Hide from Di-Di 2, November 28, 2014, 1:09 p.m.

…but they did not try to hide from me, November 28, 2014, 1:09 p.m.

2014 11 28 Zoo - Hide from Di-Di 3, November 28, 2014, 1:12 p.m.

Hiding from Di-Di in the distance, November 28, 2014, 1:12 p.m.

2014 11 28 Zoo - Following Ga-Ga, November 28, 2014, 1:12 p.m.

He would follow Ga-Ga anywhere, November 28, 2014, 1:12 p.m.

2014 11 28 Zoo - With Ga-Ga 2, November 28, 2014, 1:13 p.m.

Best cousins at the zoo, November 28, 2014, 1:13 p.m.

Then lunch with Ga-Ga and Di-Di. Then home for a while. Then Uncle Albert came to play. Then movie night with Turbo. Then Christian and Aaron came to play.

He said earlier tonight, “I like day-offs.”

Yesterday

2014 11 27 Thanksgiving boys 3, November 27, 2014, 2:02 p.m

We are thankful for cousins, dessert, and video games, November 27, 2014, 2:02 p.m

2014 11 27 Thanksgiving ping-pong 1, November 27, 2014, 2:40 p.m.

He loved playing and watching Thanksgiving ping-pong, November 27, 2014, 2:40 p.m.

2014 11 27 Thanksgiving ping-pong 2, November 27, 2014, 2:40 p.m.

He watched, Mr. Lee served, and Di-Di jumped, November 27, 2014, 2:40 p.m.

Two Days Ago

2014 11 26 Sunset Playground (7), November 26, 2014, 11:46 a.m.

At the “grown-up” playstructure/workout area, November 26, 2014, 11:46 a.m.

2014 11 26 Sunset Playground (3), November 26, 2014, 11:45 a.m.

Hanging around at Sunset Playground, November 26, 2014, 11:45 a.m.

2014 11 26 Sunset Playground (6), November 26, 2014, 11:46 a.m.

The unwilling portrait subject, November 26, 2014, 11:46 a.m.

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Not Anybody’s Responsibility But Me

From Daddy: This morning, when I asked him if he completed his homework, it began a conversation that included his saying, “Homework is the most important part; it’s not anybody’s responsibility but me.”

Wow.

Also, this morning, he wore his Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock t-shirt. He was still wearing it at dinner when Ga-Ga saw it.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSLeBKT7-sM to learn the rules of the game)

  • Ga-Ga is unfamiliar with the game and ask him what is Spock. He told Ga-Ga exactly what I previously told him, that Spock was a very smart man.
  • Ga-Ga asked what “disproves” means. He told Ga-Ga that to disprove is to show that someone is wrong.
  • Ga-Ga asked if the paper is telling Spock that he is wrong. He said that was the case. He also provided an example along the lines of “Like when they used to think that the sun orbited the Earth and then that prove that the Earth orbited the sun.” I was shocked that for once he was teaching Ga-Ga something.

He was great at dinner, eating quite a bit and politely asking for milk to drink. After dinner, he politely asked to go to the bathroom. Later, we heard squeak-squeak-squeaking and we knew that he went to the tricycle and was riding it back. “Did you flush the potty?” I asked. He said yes. “Did you wash your hands?” He said yes. “With soap?” Then he admitted not washing his hands and returning upstairs.

Later, he returned to the kitchen barefoot. “Where are your socks?” I asked. He said that there were in the hall. “Where do they belong?” He put them in his shoe. In fact, he dropped them from the second floor because he thought that they would get to his shoes more quickly.

Two Years Ago

2012 09 18 08-19-14 Tree art, September 18, 2012, 8:19 a.m.

Photo of tree art at preschool, September 18, 2012, 8:19 a.m.

2012 09 18 08-20-16 Name art, September 18, 2012, 8:20 a.m.

Photo of name art at preschool, September 18, 2012, 8:20 a.m.

2012 09 18 08-32-44_742 Street construction, September 18, 2012, 8:32 a.m.

The view outside of our house’s window, September 18, 2012, 8:32 a.m.

Four Years Ago

2010 09 18 11-09-15_285 Zoo 1, September 18, 2010, 11:09 a.m.

Look, a water spout at the Zoo!, September 18, 2010, 11:09 a.m.

2010 09 18 11-09-21_574 Zoo 2, September 18, 2010, 11:09 a.m.

Watching the penguin habitat refill with water, September 18, 2010, 11:09 a.m.

2010 09 18 11-16-44_126 Zoo 4, September 18, 2010, 11:16 a.m.

Refilling penguin habitat, September 18, 2010, 11:16 a.m.

Six Years Ago

2008 09 18 Mommy and son nap, September 18, 2008, 8:35 a.m.

Mommy and son take a morning nap, September 18, 2008, 8:35 a.m.

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Poolhead

2014 09 06 09.30.17 Haircut, September 6, 2014, 9:30 a.m.

Getting a haircut. The smock around him conceals the race car chair, September 6, 2014, 9:30 a.m.

From Daddy: This morning, we made our monthly deposit into his Kindergarten 2 College fund, and then walked around the corner for haircuts.

2014 09 06 09.53.11 Haircut web, September 6, 2014, 9:53 a.m.

A better look at the race car chair, September 6, 2014, 9:53 a.m.

I was proud of his for sitting still so long; the haircut took a long time. (The Lego Movie on the TV helped as well.)

He helped himself to his customary lollipop after the haircut (he chose a red one), but he got no bakery snack today because he didn’t finish his breakfast.

Later at his swimming class, I marveled at his post-haircut poolhead.

2014 09 06 12.46.41 Swimming - Poolhead, September 6, 2014, 12:46 p.m.

Swimming – Poolhead, September 6, 2014, 12:46 p.m.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWxBjlImnlU to see today’s swimming lesson)

One Week Ago

2014 08 03 Vickie's Wedding - Heart, August 3, 2014, 5:45 p.m.

Heart painting at Vickie Goo-Goo’s Wedding, August 3, 2014, 5:45 p.m.

Two Years Ago

Art gallery!

2012 09 05 22-11-41_513 Bathroom balance, September 5, 2012, 10:11 p.m.

Balancing act in the bathroom, photo taken after he went to bed, September 5, 2012, 10:11 p.m.

2012 09 06 08-01-17 art, September 6, 2012, 8:01 a.m.

Not totally sure what this is, September 6, 2012, 8:01 a.m.

2012 09 06 08-00-19 Art, September 6, 2012, 8 a.m.

Looks like a letter to himself with a solar system, September 6, 2012, 8 a.m.

Three Years Ago

Fresh Choice lunch 2, September 6, 2010, 12:50 p.m.

What did Robert eat? You mean what did he NOT eat, September 6, 2010, 12:50 p.m.

Fresh Choice lunch 1, September 6, 2010, 12:50 p.m.

I don’t want this food. I want OUT!, September 6, 2010, 12:50 p.m.

Five Years Ago

The Zoo with Grandma and Granddad!

Walking Robert 2, September 6, 2009, 1:29 p.m.

Daddy watches Robert and Grandad 2

Walking Robert 1, September 6, 2009, 1:29 p.m.

Daddy watches Robert and Grandad 1


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNgwkvYvN8EM to see him observe flowers with Granddad)

Robert and Mommy 2, September 6, 2009, 12:45 p.m.

Robert and Mommy

Meerkat 2. September 6, 2009, 1:35 p.m.

Meerkat on patrol

Peacock, September 6, 2009, 1 p.m.

Pretty Peacock

Bear 5, September 6, 2009, 12:43 p.m.

Out for a swim

Lion 3, September 6, 2009, 12:20 p.m.

Don’t get too close!

Walking Robert

Walking Robert

2009 09 06 Zoo - Carol and Robert 3, September 6, 2009, 2:32 p.m.

Hey Grandma, look over there!, September 6, 2009, 2:32 p.m.

2009 09 06 Zoo - Carol and Robert 5, September 6, 2009, 2:33 p.m.

Looks like he’s grabbing for something, September 6, 2009, 2:33 p.m.

2009 09 06 Zoo - Carol and Robert 2, September 6, 2009, 2:32 p.m.

Got the tickets!, September 6, 2009, 2:32 p.m.

2009 09 06 Zoo - Carol and Robert 1, September 6, 2009, 2:32 p.m.

Hmmm, what are these anyway?, September 6, 2009, 2:32 p.m.

2009 09 06 Zoo - Carol and Robert 4, September 6, 2009, 2:33 p.m.

Studying them, September 6, 2009, 2:33 p.m.

Robert and Daddy. September 6, 2009, 1:27 p.m.

Robert and Daddy. September 6, 2009, 1:27 p.m.

Six Years Ago

2008 09 06 Goofy face 1, September 6, 2008

Goofy face 1, September 6, 2008

2008 09 06 Goofy face 2, September 6, 2008

Goofy face 2, September 6, 2008

Robert in His Bath, September 6, 2008, 9:03 p.m.

Robert in His Bath, September 6, 2008, 9:03 p.m.

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Scaling the Warped Wall


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G7fAe6G_TQ to watch him climb the pool a.k.a. the warped wall)

From Daddy: We arrived at Grandma’s and Granddad’s on Saturday evening. They had drained their pool and while I was unpacking the car, he and Mommy checked out the interior of the empty pool. Unfortunately, I wasn’t present when Mommy recognized a look on his face and he ran to try to scale the wall! (Earlier in the day, we were all inspired by the performance of Michelle Warnky on an airing of “American Ninja Warrior.”)


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YygpYEXFxQ to watch on your mobile device)

His first attempt to scale the pool’s “Warped Wall” was unsuccessful, but this morning I gave him some pointers, and he succeeded twice!

Yesterday

We had so much fun yesterday! We took him to Chuck E. Cheese’s for lunch and games. It was his first time at Chuck E. Cheese’s and he’s been wanting to go for months. (He’s been influenced by TV commercials and recited their slogan “Where a kid can be a kid” yesterday.) He loved it and enjoyed the pizza. His favorite game was “H2Overdrive.”


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7gGmKrZ65k to watch him play “H2Overdrive”)

After dinner (because it was 102 degrees in the afternoon), we played in at Santa Clarita Park / the Robot Park playground:



(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP8yTF2OKNI to watch him play baseball, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh_-yiSRof0 to watch him swing, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2M-zObj9tY to watch him laugh)

Two Days Ago

Map of the Santa Barbara Zoo

Map of the Santa Barbara Zoo (from the zoo’s web site)

We loved the Burmese black tortoises at the Santa Barbara Zoo!


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaECCXZxW6s to watch the tortoises)


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1_bRGyF0Gk to watch elephants get watered down)


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-BcmaK6nGE to watch him ride motorized lion)


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8DKrCGh94A to watch him slide down the “ant hill” in the Kallman Family Play Area)


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXlKlpX2sF8 to ride the train with us at the Santa Barbara Zoo)

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