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Ah Lo wanted mac and cheese for our meatless Monday, so mac and cheese we will have. He went “cheese” shopping with Mr. Piggy last night. He watched one youtube channel to see how it’s done using instant pot. And he did it (with little supervision). It was not too bad for the first time. I thought we will definitely have leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Nope, all gone.

Glad that the boys can now make simple meals on their own. IMG_0530

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Our morning is clear, so found the time to stop by senior home and play some music. The boys did great and Dai Bee played for a good 20 minutes. We will try to stop by sometime next month.

Next onto Ah Lo’s basketball practice while we did some grocery shopping. Afterwards, Ah Lo had his first piano workshop with this piano teacher (same one as Dai Bee’s). According to the teacher, he has improved so much on sight reading. He seemed to enjoy playing a lot more now. He’s also very lucky to have a teacher at home who can give him some pointers. When I drove him back, dinner was ready!

Meal prepared by Dai Bee and Mr. Piggy. What a special treat. It’s always nice to come home and dinner is ready. Doesn’t happen very often, and when it does, I love it.IMG_0329

Ah Lo wakes up the tiger in me. People often asked me if I am a tiger mom, and some even told me I am one before I can answer. With Dai Bee, I don’t have to be one. He works independently, and I am very hands off. I support him whatever he needs, and that’s about it.

With Ah Lo, the tiger can no longer rest still. I need to be fully awake to check homework, meet with teachers, help study for tests, monitor his progress, remind him to practice piano (and to sit in just to make sure he does the required time). Above everything else, dealing with the pre-teen attitude. I don’t necessary believe the tiger parenting. It works for some kids only, not Ah Lo. Nevertheless, he needs a lot reminders, discipline and lots of reasoning and explanation. I want to be a doting nurturing parent and hate to be that person who constantly nags and wears a frown. Knowing him, I have to play both roles. Ever since he was a toddler, Ah Lo likes to test his limits. He can be the most lovable kid but can be one of those who will blow off the roof for no reason.

Lately, I’ve been stashing a lot of patience in my bag because Ah Lo has been draining it pretty quickly these days. I tried my best to stay calm though I can feel the blood boiling inside of me. I already foresee the battle ahead of me, and am not looking forward to it. This is the only beginning…

This is one of Ah Lo’s shoe. The sole of his shoe ripped during basketball practice yesterday. Of course, when we learned about it, it was very late in the day. I didn’t pay too much attention to it (or didn’t realize how bad it was). The next day, he told me one of his classmates accidentally stepped on it which tore the sole even more. Being innovative, he used his shoe lace to tie around the entire shoe from falling apart. I think maybe it’s time to get him some new shoes?IMG_0150

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_0131

 

Every tournament, Ah Lo’s teammates vote for the two kids to be the team captain for the team. This week, Ah Lo is the team captain. At the end of the tournament, he would give out a line or two to motivate the team.  He’s not the best player in the team, but he took the job seriously and kept the team upbeat and positive during this tournament. The team came back with a 2 wins and 1 loss.

Good job, Ah Lo. I’m so proud of you!

‘Tis the season of basketball which means crazy weekend schedule again. Ah Lo’s first tournament of the season happened today. 2 out of 2 losses. The team was half asleep playing the 1st game, and got crushed the 2nd game. Hope they will do better tomorrow. I do notice that Ah Lo has more play time today, which is a good thing. He’s gradually improving, but still need to play a little bit more aggressive. IMG_9858-1

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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Today is the first day of school for Ah Lo. It’s always so exciting to see kids after summer. Ah Lo is taking choir, so his schedule starts before most kids. I can’t wait to hear all about his first day!School-1As a bonus to the first day of school, today is also the solar eclipse visible from coast to coast across the US in 99 years. News media is all over this exciting event. abc-solar-eclipse-dasilva-09-abc-jc-170821_1_12x5_992For dinner, we are welcoming back our meatless Monday meal! One pot Mexican style quinoa salad. Not the boys’ favorite, but glad they still ate it. IMG_9560

Without his older brother by his side, Ah Lo has been taking the bus by himself this summer. He takes the bus to my sister’s in the morning (to get a ride to school), and then bus home himself after school. I know many of his friends at his age are still being chauffeured around. With the child spending so much time in the car, under constant adult supervision, not so sure if it is the right way to go. Having him on the bus seems like a win-win to me (more exercise for him and less chaperoning for us).

Though I still get nervous when I don’t get the phone call from him at a certain time, but being able to ride a bus independently is a great accomplishment! So proud of him!

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