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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}


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}


Had a little scare today.

The night before I arranged with my sister to have my brother in law drive Ah Lo to summer camp. The plan was that Ah Lo would take the bus there today to meet up with them. However, the message was never conveyed to my brother-in-law.

This morning, Ah Lo took the bus himself (for the first time) to my sister’s house. When he didn’t call me after 10 minutes later, I called my brother-in-law to see if Ah Lo made it to his house. He was confused about my call. That moment when I realized my BIL was already at camp, but didn’t know Ah Lo’s whereabouts, my blood pressure just shot up the roof. I started panicking knowing he would be outside the house, probably just as nervous since he didn’t have a phone. With work emails to answer and calls coming in, I tried my best to keep my cool and find the solution to this problem.

Five minutes later, an phone call from any anonymous number came in. I normally don’t pick up phone calls with numbers I don’t recognize. This time I trusted my instinct, and sure enough it was Ah Lo. His voice cracked and told me about the situation. Immediately, I called my BIL and he went back to his house to pick up Ah Lo.

When all this is behind we discussed this situation and used this is as learning lesson for the boys. At the end of the day, nothing feels better than having the boys at home, safe and sound.

On days when I or Mr. Piggy work from home, we asked Ah Lo to come back home by himself. Now it’s a good idea to start giving him this responsibility. It’s been 2 weeks and so far it’s been working out great. Starting next fall, he will be walking to school all by himself, just like his older brother.IMG_7635

Ah Lo has been helping out with dinner the last few nights. Since Dai Bee is out at Yosemite, it’s nice to have some alone time with him these days.


Excited to learn that Ah Lo is picked by his teachers as one of the speakers at his promotion ceremony. He was a bit hesitant at first, but with some nudges, he finally agreed. I suggested he finds video from YouTube to get ideas of what to write, how to start and so forth. Couple of nights ago, he was frustrated because he wasn’t getting anywhere with the speech. Like most kids, he wanted to give up. Again, with some more encouragement, he dried his eyes and kept writing.

I was warned by his teacher not to help him (so that I would have the surprise factor), and I stayed out. His teacher and he worked on a few revisions. I can’t wait to hear it next week! I would probably need a box of Kleenex.


Piano recitals back to back (last night with Ah Lo and tonight with Dai Bee). In the morning, I made the boys turkey and cheese sandwich (Grand Piano) and PBJ sandwich (piano keys) for breakfast. Just felt like making them when I got up this morning since it’s been awhile. Oh I miss playing with food!IMG_7120Untitled-3

Also came in the mail today was the children’s magazine that published one of Ah Lo’s poems. Coincidentally the poem they chose to publish is about the piano which goes perfectly with our music theme this weekend.


Normally, the boys go to fencing on their own. However, today Dai Bee has track meet and won’t be back in time. And I can’t get leave work early. This means Ah Lo has to lug his big old bag and go there by himself. While at work, I was so worried about him managing to get there by himself. Sometimes that’s what mothers do,  we worry about this and worry about that. Not only did he get there fine, he was there early. Even my baby is a growing up so fast.

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This has got to be the most disorganized birthday party I’ve every thrown. March has been such a crazy week for us with tournaments and school activities, all our weekends are fully booked except today (the only day). Because of so, I realized there weren’t much availability for a birthday party. However, Ah Lo just wanted something small, hanging out with his friends. Again, the only day and time available was today. So I just sent out an email invitation to a handful of people which I wasn’t getting much response. Anyway, at the very last minute, I whipped up a simple hard copy invitation since I didn’t know most of the folks’ emails. Not knowing who he invited and clueless of who will show up (most didn’t even RSVP), I scrambled to buy some snacks, fruits and cupcakes in the morning of. I would loved to bake, but just couldn’t find the time.

Another stressful thing was I didn’t even reserve a site! We’ve been at that park a couple of times to fly the drone. It has always been a little quiet with light foot traffic. Since I didn’t even know who to call to make reservations, we just showed up and started marking our territory. Luckily we didn’t have any issues with anyone. We brought a whole bunch of games and just enough NERF guns to entertain the boys. The two hours just flew by and everyone had fun. Whew!

Planning is always a plus, but sometimes acting on spontaneity can bring surprises even if it’s messy at times. The cupcakes got crushed while we were moving the table to be in the shade. LOL. Weather was unbelievably cooperative today! What a big bonus. At the end of the day, Ah Lo got what he wanted (to spend time with his friends) and I couldn’t asked for a better party (not too bad for a last minute planning).

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