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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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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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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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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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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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In the beginning of the summer, my boys and I have set goals for the entire summer. Our weekends are filling up quick, with parties and activities, or events that come up last minute. So when we don’t have anything planned, we’d work on completing our tasks (or, anything to keep the boys away from electronics). One of the goals is to work or ‘clean up’ the backyard. After baseball practice today, the boys spent some time on the backyard with Mr. Piggy. There was quite some work to be done.

While they were doing that, I need to keep myself busy as well.

Made soup for the week

prepped lunch for the week

cooked dinner

brewed herbal tea (smoothing sore throat) for Mr. Piggy

wrapped dumplings (snacks for boys afterschool)

baked cake roll (strawberry filling)

No activities planned for today, so decided to lay low in the house. By that, I have mentally prepared a long list of things to do. In the morning, we did our routine Sunday writing and/or finishing up homework. The boys had so much energy this morning, I asked them to clean up their room, which they did a fine job. After lunch break, Mr. Piggy conducted a ‘how to clean bathroom’ workshop. The work was divided up by three parts – sink/counter (for the girl), shower (Dai Bee) and toilet (Ah Lo). Mr. Piggy gave them pointers and showed them how it’s done. We dropped off the cleaning supplies and off they went. Ah Lo finished first, and now has a newfound respect for clean toilets. While waiting for Dai Bee to finish up, he was willing to vacuum the living room. If this hasn’t tired you yet, in between all these chores, the boys did the laundry together and Dai Bee washed the dishes from last night. This is what I called a productive day.

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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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Saturdays are laundry days for the boys now. Since this summer, Dai Bee picked up a life skill from his residential camp – doing his own laundry – which allowed us a little break. When he came home from camp, he was happy to do his share, and of course, dragged Ah Lo along the way. Both of them take care of cleaning, folding and putting away. Even if the laundry doesn’t turn out perfectly, at least it gets done. See how thrilled they look?

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The same day, I invited my mom and sister (and her family) over dinner. This is also the first time I made abalone (frozen ones from Costco.) I got some tips from my other sister on how to make them. Surprisingly, they were pretty easy to make. They came out very delicious and tender, even my mom (with dentures) could gobble them up. Then there were the yummy fried chicken wings.

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Boys are always looking for stuff to do on the weekend to “earn some minutes” on the computer. When I told them car needs to be washed, they immediately jumped on it. This is part of the parent assignment which would give them 10 minutes! Yes, besides washing and cleaning, they scrub the tires as well, yes, with a toothbrush. It’s just the way we do things in our family.

While washing the car, the boys had some meaningful interaction with each other. They taught each other the more effective way to scrub the tires. They laughed and joked about little things. Sure, this might not be the most fun or interesting task, but I think doing chores is essential for them to learn that they are valuable contributors to the family.

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