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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

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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.

IMG_4107So proud of all the big and little ones for finishing this difficult race. Everyone did an awesome job!IMG_4115IMG_4121

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.

Everyone is off today at home. Mr. Piggy has to work, and the boys didn’t want to go out. I spent most of the morning working on a small project for my nieces and nephews. I made these for my boys earlier this year. I tape them up in a place where they will see it all the time. Every book they finish, they will put the title and author on the book. One of my sisters saw it and loved the idea. She requested two for her boys as well.

I decided to make for all the little ones as an encouragement for them to read this summer. We are gathering at my sisters again tonight to watch GAME 7 of the Western Finals. So I will be passing these to them.

After a couple of years of encouragement, nudging, some nagging, Dai Bee finally bought into the idea of “giving back to the community” by volunteering his time to tutor younger kids. I suggested he reached out to his elementary school and the elementary school close by him. To my surprise, he jumped on it, sending out emails left and right and followed through the process.

Today he received calls/emails from both schools and are working with them to arrange for the schedule. I am guessing he’s mainly tutoring kids with math and/or helping some with homework (in different subjects). I am proud that he’s taking the initiative and staying on top of it. It’s a big step for him considering it took 2 years in the making. Hopefully it’ll work out and he’s able to help other kids.

I guess when the kid is ready, he’s ready.

Every tournament, Ah Lo’s teammates vote for the two kids to be the team captain for the team. This week, Ah Lo is the team captain. At the end of the tournament, he would give out a line or two to motivate the team.  He’s not the best player in the team, but he took the job seriously and kept the team upbeat and positive during this tournament. The team came back with a 2 wins and 1 loss.

Good job, Ah Lo. I’m so proud of you!

Ah Lo shared his book of poems with our neighbor who also happens to be a poet (with some published work!) A few days later, we found this in the mail…IMG_8976

The brothers performed at Onlok Senior Home yesterday. It was a Friday, so we couldn’t get too many people to participate. Dai Bee played most of the time with 5 songs while Ah Lo played 2. One of the songs Dai Bee played was a Chinese song (月亮代表我的心). The seniors clapped with the tune and sang along. It was the sweetest thing to watch. Glad the boys are much more comfortable performing for others now. It’s such a special gift to be able to play music. They just don’t know it yet.

Screen Shot 2017-07-31 at 9.53.52 AMUntitledAfter the performance, we met up with my sister at a gym to play badminton and ping pong. We were there for a good 3 hours, yet they still find the energy to shoot hoops when they came home.Untitled

Had some middle school friends over today and cooked up a storm. There’s always endless topics to talk about with this group of friends. So when we go out, we always get kicked out before we can all share our stories. That’s why we decided to have it in one of our homes so we can talk/laugh without anyone constantly coming over asking if we wanted anything else. *wink* IMG_8695

It was supposed to be potluck, but somehow I did most of the cooking. One friend brought small pot of tofu soup, one brought drinks, one brought fruits, and my sister brought chicken wings and garlic enoki mushrooms.

For me, I made some rose dumplings, mini mango tart, egg leaf salad, japchae and green onion pancakes. My friends have been wanting to try my homemade bread, so it’s right there on the table! Since it’s an Asian themed brunch, I made name cards using each person’s chinese name.

gatheringfood Happy for the company, grateful for the memories, and glad everyone left with their tummies satisfied.

Dai Bee’s last orchestra performance at his school. He was performing for choir last Thursday. The school year is coming to an end and with all these school performances and activities, luckily we live so close to school!

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