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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}

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InstaTen…10 things currently happening or have happened, Instagram style.

  1.  As of this blog, both boys now have finished 3 triathlons, and one more coming this weekend..
  2.  Dai Bee found this free software where he can write his songs. One of the goals he wants to accomplish this summer.
  3. First time bagging lunches at GLIDE, a great volunteer opportunity for the boys.
  4. Dai Bee’s first violin recital.
  5. Still wandering around to search for treasures – letterboxing in the city.
  6. Making Dai Bee helping with cooking dinner, hope he can whip something up without any supervision by end of summer – again,of the goals for this summer.
  7. The boys gave a workshop to their cousins about investing. Though it’s a little advance for the little cousins, but this also gives a chance for the boys to present in front of the group, and to share what they know about investments.
  8. Mr. Piggy found a basketball hoop a month ago, and it’s being used EVERY SINGLE day.
  9. Dai Bee is off to a 3-week camp studying combinatorics and graph theory at UC Santa Cruz.
  10. As of June, Ah Lo is learning piano with Dai Bee’s teacher. She pushes Ah Lo to do a lot more. It’s a bit hard for him at first since his previous teacher was so lenient. This teacher is much more expensive, but at least he’s learning a lot more now.

A crazy busy day, starting off with waking up early to bake these scrumptious BBQ pork buns. You won’t find the fatty BBQ pork inside these homemade ones (unlike the store bought ones). Now that I got the recipe for these soft fluffy dinner rolls down (will share recipe later), you can pretty much do whatever with them. IMG_7057

Dai Bee has music (choir) competition in the morning, two placement tests (math and language), and fencing late afternoon. Ah Lo has two basketball games today as well. Now you know why I baked these, just to get the boys off the right feet for a busy day ahead.

Being the gym commissioner for Ah Lo’s team tournament, one of the responsibility is to find the scorekeeper for all the games. At 10:30pm the night before, I was still scrambling to find one. I volunteered Mr. Piggy, so he got busy learning how to be a scorekeeper via youtube that night. LOL.

When the time came, I just asked Dai Bee to take over the job since he’s familiar with the game rules. He sat down and poked at the machine. Next thing, he was there all day long and kept going for the next 8 games. Great he can earned the extra cash while enjoying the games.

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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.

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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.

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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}

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This program adds more craziness to our already busy schedule in the last two months. We had to move things around in order to fit in this time frame (usually practice times were given to us that week of). From practices to games (times 2), it had taken away a good chunk of our weekends. I don’t know how other families who played in several leagues at the same time, with multiple kids, manage with this kind of schedule. Though I’m glad it’s over, I hate to admit that I wished it to last a bit longer. Besides enjoying the game, CYO basketball gave the boys more understanding of the game, helped them build character, self-esteem and discipline, and developed a stronger sense of responsibility. For that, yes, deep deep down, it would be great if this season could be a week or two or three longer…

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We have a very hot date tonight – at a gym, that is! Dai Bee’s basketball team made it to championship and it’s happening tonight. If any other night, we would have eaten out. Since tonight is popular night for couples, I decided to whip up something simple. I picked up some groceries during lunch today. This will have to do for our Valentine’s dinner. After dinner, we enjoyed an exciting championship game in which our boys took home the trophy! What a great treat to end the night!

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Boys have started with a new league this year (playing for separate grades). For Dai Bee’s team, so far, they lost 2 games out of the 7. Ah Lo’s team won once so far. The wins in Dai Bee’s team motivates him to practice more. To him, he feels that he’s the worst player in the team. So any chance he gets, he wants to practice, whether in the garage at home, or in the playground. Lately, he sets goals for himself when he practices at the playground. Today, he wouldn’t leave until he made 5 free throws in a row. Brrrrr….

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Dai Bee’s determination also encouraged Ah Lo to hone his dribbling skills. On a dry day (even though it’s in the 50’s), you will find us at the playground a good chunk of time on any given weekend. The boys will practice while I freeze in the cold. That’s ok, that’s what mothers do, I guess.

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