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Happy that we made it to this annual event, now in its 4th year at the Botanical Garden (today was their last day!) The boys took turns to play pianos hidden around the garden and listened to performances from professionals and talented visitors alike.

The boys did it last year and it was downright magical. I suggested to the boys instead of practicing at home tonight, they can bring their pieces to play (as practice). This time around both is more willing to play in front of the audience. Dai Bee received compliments from a few people. So so proud of both boys!IMG_4225IMG_4233IMG_4224IMG_4234


Our annual pancreatic awareness walk was today. This year our group was much smaller with just the 3 of us and my younger niece and nephew. One of my sisters took Ah Lo and her family to a basketball game in Santa Cruz. It was a beautiful day for the walk, in memory of my dearest dad. IMG_3442IMG_3401EDIT

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}


One of my resolutions for 2018 is to read at least one book a month, and my boys, at least 3 a month. When my sister and nieces heard about it, they wanted to join. So together, we formed a ‘reading club.’

This month we read “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline. It takes place in the year 2044 where our world is suffering from global energy crisis. People found ways to escape the harsh truth by living through the virtual reality game-world. The main character in the book, a series gamer, decodes clues and solves puzzles to win a prize hidden in the game. Since this book makes many references to dungeons and dragons, video games and 80’s culture, I recommended for the boys to read. Of course, it took them 2 days to finish it. Everyone finished it in time for the release of the movie (yesterday). Those who read it were uber excited to watch the movie, especially after a sneak peak at the movie trailer.

Thursday night, we all went out to watch the movie. We were all a bit disappointed since there were many details in the book (which we were all waiting to see) didn’t make the cut. The plot is drastically different and we only get a fraction of the detail featured in the book. Anyway, we all enjoyed reading the book and had a great time ‘reviewing the movie’ together. Until the next good read…IMG_2452

Right before we went to the movie, Dai Bee told me he has a science test the next day. I felt bad to drag him along to watch a movie (on a weeknight). Glad to hear he did well on his test. Phew!

Another jam packed Saturday. First we have a 5k Run in the morning. When I signed up, somehow I thought it was 5k was ONE mile. I know?! Of course, got some lip service from my boys since one of them has a basketball game in the afternoon. Still, they were a a good sport and came out to run with me in the morning. IMG_2046-EDITEDAfter the race, we went home and took a short break and went off to Ah Lo’s basketball game. It was a nail biter since we won by one point! These games are a lot more interesting to watch now since Ah Lo has been improving. Way to go!

We had to part after the 1st game since Dai Bee has a piano recital in the evening and Ah Lo has another game. Mr. Piggy reported our team won the second game.

Ah Lo completed his 4th triathlon today without Dai Bee (who’s at camp): 200-yard swim, 6-mile bike, 1-1/4 mile run.

TOTAL ELAPSED TIME: 55:58, with 3:36 and 1:18 transitioning times, respectively.

Screen Shot 2017-07-10 at 10.31.34 AM.pngCongratulations once again to all the triathletes in my family!

Screen Shot 2017-07-10 at 10.42.40 AMMet one of our goals this summer!


3 graduations in 3 days…one heading to college, one graduated with highest academic honor and one delivered a fantastic speech at his ceremony, I can’t be prouder. I am excited for the new beginnings for each and everyone one of them in fall.FullSizeRender 4

This year we had so many graduations in the family. We had 2 more graduations besides these 3 which gave me the perfect reason to put a celebratory dinner together!

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Baked and decorated some sugar cookies this weekend in preparation for a graduation party coming up. I haven’t decorate in a while, it took a while and wasn’t my best batch. Oh well, I’m sure someone will eat these…IMG_7566

Excited to learn that Ah Lo is picked by his teachers as one of the speakers at his promotion ceremony. He was a bit hesitant at first, but with some nudges, he finally agreed. I suggested he finds video from YouTube to get ideas of what to write, how to start and so forth. Couple of nights ago, he was frustrated because he wasn’t getting anywhere with the speech. Like most kids, he wanted to give up. Again, with some more encouragement, he dried his eyes and kept writing.

I was warned by his teacher not to help him (so that I would have the surprise factor), and I stayed out. His teacher and he worked on a few revisions. I can’t wait to hear it next week! I would probably need a box of Kleenex.


One of Mr. Piggy’s cousin got married today. It has been an extremely long day for us. Finally by 7:30pm we got to enjoy a great lion dance show (before the banquet) and excellent food!

To Mr. and Mrs. Nguyens, you guys are made for each other, and it’s great to see true love exists! Congratulations on your wedding and lots of love!