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 that there weren’t many availability to throw a birthday party for Ah Lo. At first, I didn’t plan on one. 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 3-day planning party).
This weekend, we took a short vacation to Sacramento – for Ah Lo’s basketball games. We drove early on Saturday for our early game @ 9am. We played two games today (both of which we lost) and a consolation game tomorrow. The first game, the boys didn’t wake up until the last two quarters. After the game, we checked into our hotel (Ramada Inn). Ah Lo and his teammates bonded with many rounds of computer video games. We had dinner (sushi @ Manna) and off to some lasertag fun. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to do the laser tag (because we had to wait an hour for the earlier group to finish). So the boys ended up playing some arcade and we called it a night.
We had parent-teacher conference with Ah Lo’s teacher today.
His teacher’s comments: “Ah Lo continues to do well in 5th grade. He is clearly an advanced reader, as noted in assessments and in classroom discussions. However, I think sometimes he does not push himself as much as he could because some of the assignments are easy for him. He knows I want to try for his best effort. In informational writing, Ah Lo shows good organization, but must sometimes be prompted to add more detail or a better conclusion. He is easily able to improve his work. Mathematics continues to be a strength for Ah Lo, but he should always slow down and check his work. Ah Lo did a great job during our dance and poetry performance, even though getting up on the stage is not his ‘cup of tea.’ His artwork and organization continue to astound me.
Ah Lo has outstanding behavior in and out of the classroom. He is a thoughtful, kind and helpful person. I really want Ah Lo to reach is potential as a learner and I know with a little more effort he can do even better work. I know he will enjoy the upcoming challenges and tasks as we close out the fifth grade year. He is a special guy.”
He really is…
Ah Lo’s SRI Lexile index has gone up from 1162 to 1302. What a great improvement since the beginning of this year.
Spent most of the day at the gym today. Not the kind where I can workout, but the sit and watch kind. Ah Lo finally gets to compete with other local teams on behalf of this team. His last tournament was back in November. They have been practicing twice a week, and finally get to see their progress. We were there at 10am (first game) and 1:30p (2nd game). They won both games and were awarded an trophy souvenir. Ah Lo also got a chance play and made some points for the team! He has improved so much this year and can’t wait to see him play more in the near future.
Ah Lo has a project due next week and I’m having him finish it this week. His teacher will probably think I’m one of those “tiger moms.” Anyway, it’s a long weekend, and thankfully, we are pretty free this weekend, why not?! I assisted, but tried my best to stay away because I will probably “take over” the project if I am near.
Ah Lo’s creation of Jamestown and their environment. My hands are itching to add more, but reminded myself, this is a 5th grader’s project after all.
Ah Lo wanted to bake for his classmates this Valentine’s day. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much time today because we spent a good chunk of time at Mr. Piggy’s friend’s RE&G party. We started in the morning, took a long break (party and then haircut) before baking. Didn’t start baking until the evening time. This is our first time making lemon bars, so don’t know how it will turn out. Will make another batch if the chef thinks it’s good.
UPDATE: the lemon bars didn’t turn out the way I hoped (sad face). So we rushed to Safeway and got some sugar cookies to pass out to his class instead. I realized this is our last year we will be making V-day treats. Since Ah Lo will be going off to middle school next year and I don’t think middle schoolers pass out treats to their classes. Over the years, we made cards, baked, did all kinds of crafts together for V-Day (much better than store bought). I enjoyed spending every minute (with them) making the special treats. These great memories will always hold a place in my heart.
Two years ago, got glasses for Dai Bee. It’s inevitable Ah Lo will need a pair (thanks to Mr. Piggy’s genes), just didn’t think so soon. He failed the vision test at school. So here he is, getting new pair. All of a sudden, he says, the world is so much clearer.
Ah Lo has been writing a good number of poems in the last couple of months. I am putting them in a book as a keepsake. He also wants to illustrate them as well. So these days, besides being on the computer, basketball practice, reading, writing poems, goofing off, you’ll find him busy sketching/coloring.
Felt like this is the the coldest winter ever, especially at our house. We tried not to turn on the heater because of obvious reasons. Instead, we baked often to keep our house and ourselves warm.
Ah Lo wrote a poem and won 2nd place in the Literature Category at the school’s PTA Reflections Art Contest – “What is your story?” The program is a wonderful way for kids to explore their creativity in a number of different ways, including dance choreography, film production, music composition, visual arts, photography and of course, literature.
The boys have entered in the past (Dai Bee did music composition and Ah Lo, visual arts a couple years.) Since this is our last year with the school, this is not a bad souvenir to take home!