Hastily threw in a pig this morning for the girl’s lunch.

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Those who know me know I like to plan ahead. I’m constantly thinking in the future. Good thing is I’m prepared, bad thing is I sometimes forget about NOW. Anyway, back to my normal self of thinking ahead. I am constantly trying to find ways to prepare the boys for college (yes, already!) without sending them to tutoring centers (which costs a fortune) last minute during their sophomore/junior year in high school. Recently one of the boss told me about this book studying root words. So I bought it. This should help them recognize common roots and affixes to expand their vocabulary and/or to determine the meaning of words. Hopefully mastering the roots will be easier for them when they take the vocabulary section on the SAT (again, thinking ahead!)

When I showed it to Dai Bee, he already knew over half of it because he studied it last year. For him, it’d be more like a review. For Ah Lo, I’ll see if I can find a fun way to help him build a good root word knowledge base.

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Bento lunch for the girl today, since she’s the only one in the household who still appreciates cute lunches like this.

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Tried poaching eggs for the very first time using this recipe for breakfast this morning. The boys didn’t care for it, so Mr. Piggy and I chowed it down. So good and so healthy I will make more next time!

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After breakfast, we went straight to our Sunday writing…

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Making the most requested meal in our house for dinner tonight – baked Pork Chop over fried rice (焗豬扒飯). You can see the detailed recipe here.

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You can’t get a bigger smile than this…

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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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Dinner last night – one of the easier meals to make. Grilled sea bass, garlic stir fry and garlic black bean frogs. Yes, I said frogs, although the girls would have eaten more if I told them it was chicken.

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Again, lunch for my niece, Rilakkuma is made out of brown rice which she’s not a big fan of. “Rilakkuma” literally means “bear in relaxed mood.” She’s been pretty stressed out about her junior year. Hope she got my message.

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During dinner last night, we went around the table and the three talked about their first day at school.

Dai Bee: has classes with different teachers, but a little bit disappointed he now has the same group of kids in the classes. He doesn’t want to change because he thinks his teachers are good (which we all commented that was the most important part).

Ah Lo: thinks his teacher is fairly inexperienced such that she couldn’t control her classroom. He now has 32 students in his class and is a bit chaotic for him. There was not much to do on the first day of school, so it was boring for him.

Yuns: class schedule is all messed up again. She got a chance to show off her lunch with her class. With a full load this year, she already has an essay due the next day. Seems like she’s pretty pumped up for her junior year. Hope she’s able to stretch the energy for a little longer.

After dinner, we had our first official Chinese class. It went pretty well as neither of them complain the amount of work I gave them.  The boys read different books and I gave them different vocabulary to learn to read and write. Though they have gone to chinese school for a few years, Dai Bee (5) and Ah Lo (3), the books I’m getting them are for 3rd grade level (Dai Bee) and 1st grade level (Ah Lo). Today we will learn history. I’ve prepared to teach them the dynasties in Chinese history and hope they can stay up for that!

Note: though I’m teaching Ah Lo in cantonese, he recites back to me in mandarin. Weird, huh?

Made my first school bento for the year for my niece. That’s right, not for the boys, but for the girl who’s staying with me. Can’t wait to hear all about their day today. Normally, the dinner table is the noisiest this time of year when everyone wants to share about their first day.

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