Egg noodles stir fry with 5-spice tofu, mushrooms and cabbage as our Meatless Monday dinner. Simple, just simple.

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Boys participated and finished their first kids’ triathlon today. My goal is to encourage a healthy and positive attitude towards exercising and to instill confidence. From the very start when I brought up about this event, they were very resistant. They didn’t think they could do it. Seriously, if it weren’t my younger sister throwing it out there, I wouldn’t have dreamt of getting the boys to try it out. Sure, like everything else, they complained about it. At first, I enticed them by letting them know their cousins would also be going. Only to find out later, he bailed (but I had already signed up for my boys.) In the following weeks, I pushed them back to the pool to get them ready. Louder cries now, but they still went for it. To motivate them even more, I even got myself back in the pool. We spent a couple of weekends biking around the park to get them “warmed up.”

On the day of, I really didn’t know what to expect. We got there early (even then, there were moaning and groaning and I chose to ignore it). Gave them the prep talk about going out there to have fun and enjoying the experience. They weren’t out their to compete with anyone (which gets ride of the pressure) but to compete themselves. After the race, both felt great about it. I was proud of both of them doing their best crossing the finish line. The overall vibe of this event was so positive and encouraging. Yes, we’ll be there again next year, except this time no pushing needed.

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Another crazy busy out-an-about weekend with the boys. After baseball practice, we grabbed a quick bite. Drove to a certified bike shop to check their bikes and helmets for their triathlon tomorrow. Unfortunately, one of the helmets had a crack and didn’t pass the inspection. We were disappointed because we purposely went a day early to this place to avoid the long lines tomorrow. Now we must show up a bit earlier to get another helmet checked so the boys can compete at the triathlon. The positive side was that glad the folks here didn’t take the inspection lightly.

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After the check, we decided last minute to go the maker’s faire in that area. I’ve heard so much about this but never had the chance to check it out. Of course, with the last minute plan, we were stuck with paying the tickets at the door (which is always more expensive). At $45 (adult) and $20 (kids), it was hefty since we were there at 2pm. Still, I found it amazing as there was so much cool things to see, to touch, to hear and to learn! Many schools came out to showcase their innovative creations. There were many hands-on activities for adults and kids. A little crowded at certain areas, it was pretty fun to spend the afternoon. We left towards closing (and boys were exhausted at this point – from baseball practice and all the walking).

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Note to self: Next year – plan ahead and try not to drive.

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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Just another variation of boys’ breakfast with avocados (and cherry tomatoes – not their favorite).

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Made breakfast this morning knowing boys are not fans of avocado. Still, snuck it in there because I figured first meal of the day, they’re hungry, so they’ll eat it. Not only did they ate it all, my picky eater, Ah Lo complimented on how good this tasted! It’s his first time having avocado, and said “didn’t know it can taste this good.”

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When I have extra time in the morning, I tend to make a hearty breakfast (otherwise, it’ll be store bought buns or cereal). With steel cut oats, and adding ripe bananas, milk and sprinkle cinnamon, the boys actually enjoyed this healthy breakfast!

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When Dai Bee suggested going for one meatless day a week to help the environment, I didn’t think we would last this long. Now eight months later and going, we are still having our meatless Monday’s. Sometimes we just have to be a little creative…

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Boys wet not too happy when I had to pull them out early from their basketball practice to attend a private school’s open house. I’ve always wanted to check this private school, who has a strong emphasis in Math. While talking to the parents and staff, I’ve learned so much about this school. It’s great for anyone who loves Math, who loves the nonstructural classroom learning style. Students learn by their ability, and not necessarily by grade or age. I love this idea because it challenges each kid at every level. The kids who volunteer at the fair all seemed happy and enjoyed the school life at this school. Besides the hefty price tag, this school does provide an intensive program for the mathematically gifted kid. However, my concern is that the school lacks other aspects of education – sports, art and music, foreign language, etc, which I think are just as important. It’s a small school which can be a good or a bad thing. Anyway, it was a great way to keep the boys entertained on different math problems and puzzles.

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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