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One of the summer goals is to teach the boys to cook a full meal on their own. Dai Bee is making fried rice with chinese sausage and scrambled eggs. Though he still prefers I watch him through the whole process, I really don’t need to.FullSizeRender 12

This is the end result. First cooked meal by Dai Bee. Hpe there’s many more to come. It needs some work but not too bad for the first time.

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This is second and last week for Dai Bee, working as a TA at his summer camp where he was once a student. He seems to enjoy working with the teachers and gets along well with most people. He was assigned to an older class which means he didn’t have to do too much hand holding. His job mostly consists of cleaning up and washing dishes after class is over. Unfortunately, he can only work 2 weeks during the first session because he has another camps signed up starting next week. This is his first real job (besides being a piano teacher) so he gets a taste of what the real world is like…

Boys are doing their 3rd triathlon today. Dai Bee was a bit hesitant at first, felt he wasn’t quite ready. He had the earlier time this year because of his age group. For some reason, both the boys are doing the same thing for their age groups this year: 200-yard swim, 6-mile bike, 1-1/4 mile run. Another one awaits in July!

TOTAL ELAPSED TIME: 44:34, with 2:06 and 1:23 transitioning times, respectively.Untitled

TOTAL ELAPSED TIME: 54:57, with 3:10 and 2:05 transitioning times, respectively.Untitled2

This time joining the fun is my 6-year old niece and 2-year old nephew! My niece has the fastest swim time and my nephew won the race for being the youngest (and cutest!) So proud of all these triathletes!

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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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On days when I or Mr. Piggy work from home, we asked Ah Lo to come back home by himself. Now it’s a good idea to start giving him this responsibility. It’s been 2 weeks and so far it’s been working out great. Starting next fall, he will be walking to school all by himself, just like his older brother.IMG_7635

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.

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Piano recitals back to back (last night with Ah Lo and tonight with Dai Bee). In the morning, I made the boys turkey and cheese sandwich (Grand Piano) and PBJ sandwich (piano keys) for breakfast. Just felt like making them when I got up this morning since it’s been awhile. Oh I miss playing with food!IMG_7120Untitled-3

Also came in the mail today was the children’s magazine that published one of Ah Lo’s poems. Coincidentally the poem they chose to publish is about the piano which goes perfectly with our music theme this weekend.

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Normally, the boys go to fencing on their own. However, today Dai Bee has track meet and won’t be back in time. And I can’t get leave work early. This means Ah Lo has to lug his big old bag and go there by himself. While at work, I was so worried about him managing to get there by himself. Sometimes that’s what mothers do,  we worry about this and worry about that. Not only did he get there fine, he was there early. Even my baby is a growing up so fast.

Lately, the boys have been packing their own lunches (from leftovers). They basically heat it up the morning and pack them in their thermos in the morning. From preparing bentos every morning, to making “normal” lunches, this has been a LONG time in coming. But really, it’s time. I have a 8th grader and a 5th grader, and they’re more than capable.

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Though not their first time on public transportation, this is the first time taking bus on their own.  In the past, when I enrolled the boys to summer camps, one of my deciding factor for the camp is to figure out how to get them there. I often have to work around my schedule to accommodate transporting them to the destination.

This year when I signed up the boys for this camp few months ago, I thought maybe it’s time for them to take the bus.For the most part, they were pretty lucky this week to get rides from uncles to and back. Of course when the time came, I was very nervous. On the first day, I took the bus with them. Though not their first time on public transportation, this is the first time taking bus on their own.  No phones or books, so they can always stay alert with their surroundings. Mr. Piggy gave Dai Bee a phone so he can text/call me when he gets to school. Clearly, they were ready all along. It was just me, who wasn’t.

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