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At Dai Bee’s first fencing competition. Boys have been taking fencing for some time now, and this was his first competition. He’s probably the only one doing this the first time since I was the only one taking pictures while the other parents were sitting there chilling. It was pretty low key, not much yelling or cheering. We spent a good chunk of time watching and waiting. He wasn’t the last one on the rank, so I take it that’s a pretty good?!IMG_7270

Mr. Piggy’s nephew is turning 2 today. After the fencing competition, we went to his house to celebrate with him. I made this minion piñata for him (or for his older cousins). He had no clue of what the game was, but managed to swing with his bat. The kids (my boys) had more fun at it than he did! IMG_7274 (1)DSC_0552 (1)

Dai Bee has invited some of his close friends over tomorrow to celebrate his birthday with him. Though he’s been telling me he doesn’t need a cake, I thought what’s a birthday without a cake? Since they are into emoji’s / instagram these days, thought this would be the perfect dessert to have. He did help out making the cake!

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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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We had some friends over Sunday, and I made a coffee cake roll for dessert. Since I had leftover frosting, I decided to bake my nephew a birthday! Yesterday, I brought a mango (his favorite). After slicing the mango, I realized it wasn’t enough to cover the whole cake. So I covered the top with chocolate sprinkles.

Happy birthday to Mr. T, whose turning 8 tomorrow. He’s the sweetest little guy I know. img_6020

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Today is a fairly light day. Baseball practice in the morning before heading to Mr. Piggy’s nephew’s 1st birthday party. We pretty much spent the whole day with them, chilling. I even got to sneak out a couple of hours to shop for a few items.

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Here’s the birthday boy. Mattie is a happy child in general, according to his parents. Just today was a bit crazy for him to see so many strange faces who wanted a piece of him. Poor guy was so tired and overwhelmed by the party he was clinging on to his parents the whole time. We’ve seen him in a much more cheerful mood. I could have used a better picture, but this one is too cute to leave out.

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Dai Bee’s birthday is coming up, so Ah Lo and I got busy the last week to bake him his birthday cakes (2, one for his friends and one for the family). Yesterday (Friday) was the only day we have available. From birthday invitation to activities, he took the lead planning his own party with his friends. The party was very casual, no decorations, no special themes, no party favors, nothing fancy. Just his friends meeting up after school, shoot some hoops at the nearby park, then back home. A simple homemade dinner, a fun movie and a cake, were all it took for a fun party.

This is the first party where it dawn on me I really don’t need all that hoopla. I realized the boys had so much fun, just being around each other, joking around and that’s all that matters. Some of the boys had their guitar from school. So they played some songs to entertain the rest of the group. It was just that simple.

Today, celebrating with his cousins and my side of the family, was also fairly easy going. After dinner, we watched a chinese movie, and then cake.

Cake for his friends (coffee cake roll):

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Cake for the bigger crowd (white cake with mango filling):

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Ah Lo wanted a birthday party with his friends and family. So we had to split the event in two days. Should have combined it. What was I thinking? While the kids were watching movie (Rush Hour I) yesterday, I spent a lot of time prepping for dinner today. My biggest mistake was trying to do too much. From baking a cake for him to making the entire dinner, it was over my head. I didn’t know what I was thinking, clearly I wasn’t. I just slaved away in the kitchen making pasta with wild mushroom sauce, caesar salad, mango-coconut jelly, and garlic bread! Yes, I made my own garlic bread. It was a big hit, so I didn’t mind the work at all. Since the birthday boy doesn’t care for mushrooms, I had to make something else for the kids – beef tacos. I didn’t take pictures of the food because I wanted to make sure everyone was fed. I had the chance to snap the picture of the cake before the M&M’s started to melt.

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Before he went to bed, Ah Lo came over and gave me a big hug and pecked me on the cheeks, thanking me for the parties. “I know it’s a lot of work. I appreciate it.” My heart melted as quickly as the m&m’s on his cake. What work?!