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Summer vacation is coming to an end. My sisters and I found an excuse for a small get gathering (potluck style)! Nothing fancy, it’s a way to help bring the summer to a close and get the kids together to make the leap into the fall season. It seems like all the kiddos are ready for another great school year!

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Here are a couple more homemade postpartum meals for my sister.

1. sweet peas and mushrooms stir fry

2. wood ear and pork slices stir fry

3. chives and shallots scrambled eggs

4. papaya, peanuts, fish soup

5. rice cooked with chicken brothIMG_88761. lemongrass porkchops with chives

2. wood ear, mushrooms and okra stir fry

3. wild yam and green beans with pork slicesIMG_8897

As my gift to my sister who just delivered her 2nd boy, I have been making lunches and dinners for her. So every night after dinner, I’m back in kitchen again, busy putting another meal together. I make soup, lunch and dinner for her, nothing fancy. However, these are my ideal postpartum food. I wouldn’t mind eating these all the time! Luckily she lives so close by so I can drop these off to her in the morning before heading to work. IMG_8775UntitledIMG_8766

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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!

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IMG_8569Decided to throw my youngest sister a baby shower very last minute. This is her 2nd child, and she didn’t care to have a shower, even for her 1st baby. So we surprised her with one today! It was not much of a party, but rather an excuse for me to make stuff. 🙂 Recruited some helpers along the way.IMG_8545IMG_8567IMG_8568IMG_8561

The weather by the bay is always so unpredictable. What started out as a gloomy morning turned out to be nice warm day here in the city! I almost wanted to cancel plans to picnic @ Crissy Field, luckily I didn’t! The boys have been bugging me to take them to fly drones, and this would be the best place. I invited my sisters to join and was glad most of them can make it. FullSizeRender 20

This is a bring-your-own food picnic, so it was much more manageable for the four of us. I made sandwiches for the boys. Then there’s pasta salad, crackers and cheese and snacks for Mr. Piggy and I.IMG_8344

I was smart enough to dress in layers though. Yes, I even wore turtle neck just in case (I know, mid-June, me, dressed in a turtle neck). Then again, nothing more warms the heart than to see the boys running around with their cousins. Some are flying drones with others flying frisbees. When the drone battery died, we worked on volleying the ball over the net. We had enough to keep the kids jumping up and down!

UntitledWe sang, we laughed and we continued to chase around.

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The plan was to picnic and then bike around the area which ended up to be the best plan for this weekend. I wouldn’t want to spend this Sunday any other way!

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Today my boys and their cousins are partnering to do the letterboxing. Good news and bad news. Bad news is that we searched at least 6 letterboxes, but to no avail. Good news is we spent some quality time and got our exercise. Though we try to locate the letterboxes close in proximity, but we were all exhausted by the end of the search. I think it’ll probably make the day if we didn’t leave empty-ended. The search continues…IMG_8318IMG_8326

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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