Boys completed their 5th (for Ah Lo) and 4th (for Dai Bee) triathlon today: 200-yard swim, 6-mile bike, 1-1/4 mile run. This will be their last which means one thing, I’m going to find other activities for next summer!

TOTAL ELAPSED TIME: DQ – because Dai Bee might have swam one less lap.

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TOTAL ELAPSED TIME: 45:44, with 1:43 and 0:50 transitioning times, respectively.

IMG_4107So proud of all the big and little ones for finishing this difficult race. Everyone did an awesome job!IMG_4115IMG_4121

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My nieces are coming to dinner Monday. Since Tuesday is her actual birthday, I decided to make her a cake! After making one for Dai Bee a couple of months ago, I’ve been itchy to make another one. Well, my niece coming over for dinner presents the perfect opportunity. Knowing I’d be busy on Monday, I started preparing today. Here’s the crust. IMG_4062

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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Ah Lo has been on Invisalign for 3 weeks now. It took a few days to get used to, especially putting the rubber band on. He was sore the first 2 days, that’s about it. Once he gets the hang of it, it’s not bad. Here are the likes and dislikes about it.

Likes:

1) no need to extract teeth

2) a less-noticeable alternative to metal braces

3) teaches him responsibility

4) can eat whatever and whenever he likes

5) no pain

Dislikes:

1) He’s a teen now, which means he’s eating all the time. Having to take it out, put it back in so often makes it easy for him to misplace (or clean it, or a pain to locate the case to put it in).

2) whether he’s responsible enough to get this process down – involves a lot of cleaning of the trays, brushing and flossing.

Spend the day celebrating America’s birthday by picnicking with Mr. Piggy’s family (at Lafayette Reservoir). We also rented a boat around the reservoir to get some sun. Happy 4th!IMG_4057

Saw this recipe at Better Home & Gardens Magazine and did a copy cat version, except, I left out the celery and added the greens.  The lime and parsley gave this a good twist. IT’s so simple to make for a weeknight meal!IMG_4015

Our meatless Monday meal is served with a big pile of pea sprouts. Ah Lo loves pea sprouts and often order it in restaurants. It is quite an expensive dish, when eating out. So today, when I saw these in the market, I bought 2 lbs. For sure I thought there would be some left, but everything was gone. IMG_4003

Ha! My hands were itchy to try macarons again! Didn’t have to wait long…

I started out with these. Tried to cut down sugar, but they came out flat and didn’t rise properly like they should. Luckily I had more time to whip up another batch (above), except this time, I added back the sugar. I guess I just can’t get away with it. Yikes.

A busy and long day today – with Ah Lo playing 3 games today. So let’s load him up with some carbs with these yummy steamed green onion buns for breakfast. IMG_3960

After his 3 games (2-1), came home and whip up a quick dinner – chicken salad sandwich. Wonder why I was so tired when I got home (and I was just sitting down watching the games)?IMG_3979

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_3973