The boys found these old badminton rackets at my inlaws. It was cold out, but luckily there was no wind. It was so much fun playing with the boys. Dai Bee had a better handle since it was one of the sports in PE class last year. Now we can add this to one of our no-electronics’ activities during the weekends.
Christmas countdown activity: playing board games.
Today for our Chinese curriculum, I had the boys write Christmas cards in Chinese, mainly to the older generation. Writing Christmas cards is also one of the countdown activities. Basically, I’m killing two birds in one stone!
Busy night for us with activities back to back. Dai Bee has a winter concert, where he performs for the orchestra and choir. Both Ah Lo and Dai Bee have basketball practices happening the same night. Luckily the timing works out beautifully as Ah Lo has practice during Dai Bee’s performance. The great thing was the performance and practice are in the same location! How great is that?! After performance, Dai Bee changed (from a musician to a basketball player).
Dai Bee is also the concertmaster at his school’s orchestra. Because he’s part of the choir, he only played one song (the “Little Drummer Boy). Still, I thought he did great (but then, I might be biased.) This kid never ceases to amaze me.
With an additional sport (fencing) and a basketball league starting, the boys are busier than ever. I’ve recently checked in with them to see if they are ok with the activities, both are fine with it. The basketball league (CYO) for Dai Bee is very short, only a couple of months.
They are on the run during weeknights, so quick dinners are always helpful. They are not big fans of sandwiches, so it does require some work to make it them a bit interesting. Tonight is spicy pork, grilled onions and cucumbers with french baguette.
A busy Saturday – an entrance exam, school tour and 3 basketball games across the bridge all happening today. Whew, we did it, exhausted, but we did it. Dai Bee spent 3.5 hours taking the SSAT this morning. He thought it was just as hard as the SAT, but felt a little pressured because he knew this counts. Oh well, we’ll see the results 2 weeks later. After picking him up, we drove to the last school tour on our list. By now, he has a pretty clear idea of what schools he is applying. While we were touring the school, my sister (thank goodness for her) took her son and Ah Lo (who are in the same team) to Game 1. We met up with them and enjoyed the other two games.
Took the day to hang out with my nieces and nephews. After lunch with my sisters and their little ones, we went home to clean ‘out’ the pumpkins. The boys look forward to this every year because they love the roasted pumpkin seeds (with various flavors). We recruited a few helpers this year who were eager to dig in.
Boys just want to stick with the basic salt & pepper and Garlic butter this year. See how long this lasts.
One of the many things to do on a gloomy rainy day. Painting pumpkins is the family tradition now. We carved it one year but the pumpkins didn’t last very long. Plus painting is a lot easier! Can you guess what our theme is for this year?
Ah Lo’s class/school is participating in the annual LEAP’s sandcastle building this year. We’ve gone to it in the past but this is our first year we get to be a part of it. I was skeptical about going in the morning since it was drizzling and cold. I’m glad we went because it was a lot of fun. Working with teams of engineers, contractors, engineers and designers, each school works with together to build giant sand sculptures. This program fundraises for the art programs in local public schools. We didn’tstay for the award ceremony, but I heard our school won the “Best Show.”