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Today’s father’s day is especially meaningful as our family took our annual walk in memory of our dad/grandpa to bring awareness to Pancreatic Cancer. For the first time, our mom has joined us for the walk. So proud of her!

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Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there!

 

One of the more productive Saturdays, especially for Dai Bee. In the morning, took the boys to volunteer, bagging lunches for homeless shelters. This was our first time volunteering here, so we didn’t know what to expect. It was a pretty simple job and the boys seem to take their jobs seriously.IMG_8075After the volunteer gig (2 hours later), we decided to do some letterboxing. If you are not familiar with letterboxing, check out my travels blog. We recently got into it during our road trip to Utah/Arizona. Here in our backyard, there are still a few treasures left to be found. This treasure hunt brought us to one of the most beautiful trails in our city! We’ve never been to this area and it didn’t even like we were in the city.  IMG_8111

The best part?! We found our stamp and have already met one of our summer goals!

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We had lunch and then came back for Dai Bee’s piano lessons with his cousins. Right after that, we wasted no time to drop off Dai Bee at his first violin recital. He did a phenomenal job, though I can be biased on that.

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And of course, this is Father’s Day weekend. Mr. Piggy wanted some pork chops and pork chops are what we are having. For the first time, I marinated pork chops with lemongrass earlier the day. I bet the chops would be tastier if I had more time with the marinade. Overall, it was quite good and Mr. Piggy was happy, so that’s all that mattered.

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Boys’ cousin, KK, is celebrating her birthday today at a rock climbing facility. She invited the boys to come along! Dai Bee was at his piano recital so he had to miss the climbing while Ah Lo got to enjoy some fun. IMG_7977

To the most creative, smart, happy, unselfish, 7 year old girl, keep dreaming big dreams! Happy Birthday!IMG_7979

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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Spent half a day baking yesterday and half day decorating today.IMG_7435

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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