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Baked two sponge cakes (from scratch) for mother’s day tomorrow, one for each mom. These are fruit filled cakes with buttercream frosting. I barely had enough frosting to cover the 8′ layered cake. Instead, I used fruits to decorate it.IMG_7457

I thought the buttercream frosting was too sweet. So with a thin layer of frosting and some fruits, it was a perfect match. Glad everyone enjoyed it. IMG_7468

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)

Just updated our trip to the backcountry.

Enjoy.

This lady came into my life before I was born. She, and my grandmother hauled my sisters and I through the treacherous journey of coming to America and reunited us with our family. She has dedicate a good chunk of her life to our family. Aside from my parents and my grandmother, I am forever indebted to this lady, who I call granny (亞婆).

This morning my granny departed us and her suffering to travel to a more comfortable place. It is comforting to know she’s at a better place now.

You will always hold a special place in my ❤️

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Merry Christmas, everyone!

While I wish everyone is enjoying this joyous day, I find it difficult to be in the the cheerful mood. Worrying about my health, my granny, and trying to stay calm. About a month ago, I had the Christmas menu all planned out. I was going to cook up a storm. Of course, it won’t happen. Instead, I had everyone bring a dish. I made ribs, garlic shrimp pesto pasta and this apple rose pastry. I was exhausted by the time the party ended.

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Since I wasn’t hosting for my side for Thanksgiving, this allows me to do a few more things.

  1. Get the kids to put up the Christmas tree a day early. They were smart enough to recruit their cousins to do some of the work.img_4971
  2. Cook up a storm.img_4973-1
  3. and…playing with food.img_4975-1

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Attended a relative’s wedding today, one of the most relaxing and fun parties. It was a mix of traditional and modern twist to it.  Parents from both sides spoke for a bit, and then groom and bride told their story of how they met. There were many details put into the party, from decorations to floral arrangements, sign in area to dessert table, it was quite impressive. The venue was beautiful and we all had a blast.

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And I must add, the best and most practical wedding favor. Congrats once again to Jamie and Vince!

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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!

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Joined by my sisters and their families, we explored Clear Lake State Park this weekend for our annual camping trip. Everyone got their share of work, and my biggest responsibility is to transport all the kids to the campsite on Friday. Other than that, I am also planning for activities to keep the kids busy during our short stay.

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For my boys, it’s easier to engage them because they are older. Got them to help out setting up the tents and canopy, do dishes, find ways to hang up the dish rack, towels, etc.

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On Saturday, when we have the full day to ourselves, we tried to fill up the day with things to do: collected twigs and built floating rafts, hiked to the lake (adding some fun with a scavenger hunt along the way), climbed rocks, and finally enjoyed a light lunch by the lake.

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The boys tested their rafts while others splashed in the water.

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By dawn, it was time to go fishing with the uncles. Though we didn’t catch any fish, but the experience was unforgettable. The boys learned some casting techniques from their uncles.

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We came back to the site for dinner, shared some stories and Ah Lo gave his presentation about “bullying.” We ended the night with campfire and marshmallows, and of course, not to miss out on the stargazing opportunity which was absolutely stunning.

My sisters and our families joined the walk to support and bring awareness to the pancreatic cancer research. It was three years ago that we lost our dad to this deadly disease. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2013, and died a month later. Seeing him suffer for last month was extremely difficult. Although his presence is no longer here, his strength, energy and grit are still with us. This is another way to remember our dad, and boys’ grandfather.

Together, our families raised over $3k. We hope one day soon, we will find a cure. Let’s continue to fight against this war to end this disease.

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