The most nerve wracking, heart wrenching win ever! What a game! What a fight!


Now that they’ve won, we’re going back to our normal routine, which means no more “TV dinners.”

Ok, I probably spoke too soon yesterday and jinxed it. The game was so painful to watch, I had to walk away. Today winner takes all which makes the game a lot more interesting! I told the boys to make sure they finish their homework before coming home so they can watch the game!



Today’s bentos relates to the SF Giants Game 6. I had started Halloween bentos and then just dawn on me that today could be their last game! My niece sent me some ideas earlier for designing cookies. However, I thought I’d use cheese to make these instead. I asked the boys and girls who their favorite players are. Thank goodness nobody picked Bumgarner; otherwise, I’d be having trouble fitting the name onto the shirt. I tried to convince my Crawford fan to change to BELT, much shorter name for me to play with. She refused and she is a die-hard fan since the very beginning. Luckily, it all worked out.


For an extension to the homework, some parents have asked the third grade teachers to provide more challenging homework. Last week, Ah Lo did mostly computer games on Language Arts. This week, we are trying out various math games. Here’s one with a deck of cards. The goal is to use the numbers of five cards to make up equations that equal the number on a sixth card (with jack, queen and kings as 10’s and A’s can be 1 or 11). Player gets to keep the cards used. At the end, the player with most cards wins! So far, he’s only playing with addition and subtraction, but also using positive and negative numbers. I’m assuming this will get more complicated (i.e. timer, or using multiplication/division)


Finally done with our pumpkins this year. A little later than usual, but better late than never. You can probably guess what we will be dressed as this Halloween. Here is what we did last year.

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Today is our school’s annual carnival. Many classrooms held booths to raise funds for for their classes. As Ah Lo’s room parent, I decided to do some arts and crafts. We have families donated mini pumpkins, art supplies, stickers, etc. We raised $150, would have been more if I didn’t underprice it. However, seeing the faces of all the little ones who stopped by and decorated the pumpkins was priceless. Sure, it was a fund raiser, but at the end, it is the community building that counts!

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Inspired by Soule Mama:

A Friday ritual.

A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember – {this moment}.


Just finished an assignment for my high schooler. Today, October 23 is Mole Day which commemorates Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 10^23, a measuring unit in chemistry). Her chemistry class is celebrating this day with a fun twist. For “lab”, each student is to make a stuffed mole (with a mole template). The mole should have a name that contains the word “mole” and should be dressed in an outfit that matches the name. We sat down and came up with a bunch of moles we can play with (i.e Rock-n-Mole, Moleficient, GuacaMolee). Extra points awarded for being creative; therefore, I was anxious to “help”. Since I have the materials, I basically took over the “lab” while she wrote the report.

Here’s what I came up with, introducing to you “Holy Molely.”


These great chocolate bear cookies are great for cake tops! Haven’t baked cakes in a while. I started last night (baking the cake making the frosting). By the time I got home, I was so tired today I almost didn’t want to do it. Luckily I have these tops and plopped them on it. The girls gobbled it up in no time. Always a bless to have someone being my guinea pig around the house and willing to try everything I make!


Here’s what’s for dinner tonight. This morning threw in the drumsticks and lather it with BBQ sauce. My lazy way of cooking.



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