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Boys completed their 5th (for Ah Lo) and 4th (for Dai Bee) triathlon today: 200-yard swim, 6-mile bike, 1-1/4 mile run. This will be their last which means one thing, I’m going to find other activities for next summer!

TOTAL ELAPSED TIME: DQ – because Dai Bee might have swam one less lap.

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TOTAL ELAPSED TIME: 45:44, with 1:43 and 0:50 transitioning times, respectively.

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Back in 2013, two of my nieces moved in with us for a couple of years. Today I held back tears watching one of them walk across the stage, accepting her diploma and so ready to move on the next chapter of her life. She has grown from a clueless insecure teenager to a confident young woman. I know it wasn’t easy for her to get to where she is today. She listened to her heart, jumped through hurdles and stuck to what she believes in. She wrote me the sweetest note thanking me for helping her to get here. Those 2 years were hectic for me, but seeing her today has validated my decision (to have the Girls living with us) was correct. So, thank you!

“Oh, the places she will go…
Oh, the things she knows…
Once she sets her goals…
All her hard work will show…”

We couldn’t be more proud of you and your accomplishments! We ❤️ you.DSC_3728

Made her a money lei/necklace, a poster and “GRAD 2018” (cut out from cardboard). My sisters and I all chipped in to give her some cash (per her request). Instead of handing off checks to her, I put them in a pizza box. Mr. Piggy came up with the line, clever as always.

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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Woke up early this morning for a basketball tournament. Surprised by a breakfast by Mr. Piggy – totally didn’t expect that. So yes, it was a pleasant surprise!

After basketball game, we met up with my other sisters and had takeout at one of the sister’s house.  Like last year, we took a stroll along ocean beach back to my mom’s home.

For dinner, my boys made (spam and egg) for dinner. Sure, it was simple, but I was able to take the day off (even squeezed a quick nap in between)!

Baked the cake just so that I could use the Russian tips! LOL. The frosting was still a tad bit softer than it should be. In hindsight, should have toss it in the fridge for 30 mins. Oh well, I was pretty happy with it, and glad everyone enjoyed it.

Happy moms day to all the superMOM’s out there.

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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Great to have my family living so close, and even greater to have cousins who are (fairly) close in age. Since I’m back to work today and thankful that my sister and BIL can take my boys for a fishing trip. They went from pier to pier on a chilly day trying to get a good catch.

Results of their fishing expedition- lost 3 hooks, 2 weights, 1 line, and gained 0 fish, and a few giggles.

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Keeping up with traditions, we’re putting up the Christmas tree right after Thanksgiving! This tradition has passed on to the boys now. They recruited their cousins to come help since this may take a few hours. “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” was playing on the radio, the perfect song for this activity!

Girls came over tonight to join us for dinner. I had to made some changes to my dinner menu tonight – cooking their favorites: chicken wings, glass noodles with napa cabbage, tofu with minced meat and steamed eggs. Various conversations were flying around the small round dining table, just like it was when they were staying with us. We talked about college life, friends, relationship and work. Both the girls are very animated, so the boys always enjoyed listening to them talk.

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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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My sister hosted a BBQ on this warm labor day Sunday! Besides enjoying great company and delicious food, it was great for the kids to run around. I even got them to sing a song. I’m so happy that Dai Bee can play the guitar which makes it a lot more fun to teach. IMG_9743