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}

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Taking a look at what’s on our bookshelves these days:

Dai Bee is taking a break from Sherlock Holmes books and moving on to reading a new authors – Clive Cussler and Joshua Cohen. He can read (or re-read) John Grisham’s books any day.

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Ah Lo finished all The Unwanted series by Lisa McMann and a few on the side. He received Mike Mullen’s “Ashfall” as a gift from his ‘secret valentine buddy. He will be reading it, if not, his brother will grab it and re-read it.

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This program adds more craziness to our already busy schedule in the last two months. We had to move things around in order to fit in this time frame (usually practice times were given to us that week of). From practices to games (times 2), it had taken away a good chunk of our weekends. I don’t know how other families who played in several leagues at the same time, with multiple kids, manage with this kind of schedule. Though I’m glad it’s over, I hate to admit that I wished it to last a bit longer. Besides enjoying the game, CYO basketball gave the boys more understanding of the game, helped them build character, self-esteem and discipline, and developed a stronger sense of responsibility. For that, yes, deep deep down, it would be great if this season could be a week or two or three longer…

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We have a very hot date tonight – at a gym, that is! Dai Bee’s basketball team made it to championship and it’s happening tonight. If any other night, we would have eaten out. Since tonight is popular night for couples, I decided to whip up something simple. I picked up some groceries during lunch today. This will have to do for our Valentine’s dinner. After dinner, we enjoyed an exciting championship game in which our boys took home the trophy! What a great treat to end the night!

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Dinner will be quick tonight. We need to cheer on one of our nephews whose team is playing for the championship today. So I hastily put something together for our meatless Monday meal! Something that doesn’t require much cooking and here you are…img_5956img_5963

Ah Lo wanted to bake for his classmates this Valentine’s day. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much time today because we spent a good chunk of time at Mr. Piggy’s friend’s RE&G party. We started in the morning, took a long break (party and then haircut) before baking. Didn’t start baking until the evening time. This is our first time making lemon bars, so don’t know how it will turn out. Will make another batch if the chef thinks it’s good.  screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-9-56-00-am

UPDATE: the lemon bars didn’t turn out the way I hoped (sad face). So we rushed to Safeway and got some sugar cookies to pass out to his class instead. I realized this is our last year we will be making V-day treats. Since Ah Lo will be going off to middle school next year and I don’t think middle schoolers pass out treats to their classes. Over the years, we made cards, baked, did all kinds of crafts together for V-Day (much better than store bought). I enjoyed spending every minute (with them) making the special treats. These great memories will always hold a place in my heart.

It’s Tangyuan season again! Today is the fifteenth day of the first lunar month, or the Lantern Festival, which in China, would be the most celebrated festival in China. People eat these rice glutinous balls, somewhat the last items for the spring festival. Because it is the year of the Rooster, I decided to make these black seasame filling tangyuan. screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-9-28-53-am

Luckily I had some time to prep for these tangyuan days ahead because today was crazy busy. In the morning Dai Bee stopped by the senior home to play for the seniors, then we were off to Ah Lo’s playoff game (which they lost). Immediately afterwards, we rushed to Dai Bee’s playoff game (and dropping Ah Lo off to his Dragon’s team practice). After pickup, they boys were driven to their fencing practice. We had a couple of hours of free time before heading to college basketball game (free tickets from my boss). The boys will have a good night sleep for sure!

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}IMG_5914.jpg

Homemade turnip cake (made by Mr. Piggy’s grandma) to the rescue for quick weeknight dinner. She made such a large batch good to feed 10 people. We couldn’t even finish half of it!

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Making dumplings for boys’ lunches over the weekend. I normally make a big batch and freeze them. These are great for last minute lunches. Adding some chives to the filling, and not quite sure how the boys’ reaction. We shall wait and see.

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