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The boys found these old badminton rackets at my inlaws. It was cold out, but luckily there was no wind. It was so much fun playing with the boys. Dai Bee had a better handle since it was one of the sports in PE class last year. Now we can add this to one of our no-electronics’ activities during the weekends.

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A Friday ritual.

A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember – {this moment}

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Low key, no-electronics, homework kinda day. It’s good we have one of the two in a weekend to deflate. screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-1-24-36-pm

The Daylight savings time is really throwing off our schedule. Morning hours zoom by left with a long afternoon. We have a birthday party and a piano workshop scheduled today. In between those times, the boys are looking for stuff to do. Since Sundays are no-electronics day, Mr. Piggy found a great opportunity to (re)introduce them this geometric drawing toy he bought last year. At that time, the boys show no interest at all. However, today, they thought it was the coolest toy drawing complicated patterns and curves. This sure kept them busy.

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When we were cleaning up my MIL’s house a few weeks ago, the boys found a wooden sword Mr. Piggy made when he was a little boy. The boys have been bugging Mr. Piggy to make them one. Today, without electronics in hand, Mr. Piggy found the perfect project for them to work on.

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After an hour or so of sawing and drilling, the boys found themselves a new toy they made with Mr. Piggy. Ah Lo decided to paint his special sword while Dai Bee is sanding off the handle to avoid splinters. Glad the boys got their bonding time.

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Busy day in the kitchen for me on Sundays while the kids can play catch up with homework and house chores from a hectic Saturday.

Luckily Mr. Piggy has an addendum to the boys’ agenda in the afternoon to sway them away from video games. Mr. Piggy brought home a broken flat screen tv from his grandparents. The boys were asked to dissect it to see what’s inside. This project works out to be a great bonding time for father and sons.

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Making soup, preparing meals for the week (chili), cooking dinner (bake pork chop over rice) surely take up a good chunk of the day!

Again, took advantage of no activities today. We grabbed our bikes and hiked in our backyard (local park near our house). Normally, this place was crowded with tourists or athletes. Since we got there pretty early, we were able to enjoy the view as we hiked. Though this park is so close to home, and we pass by it every day, but we would always find something new every time we come here.

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In the afternoon, Mr. Piggy and the boys did some spring cleaning. After clearing out old toys and emptying shelves, they even had a few games of battleship! I enjoy these kind of Sundays.

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It is a bit unusual with no activities on a Sunday. We took advantage of the “time off” and the beautiful weather to hike at Mt. Tam. We walked around for a good 4 miles and inhaled nature’s beauty at our reach. Of course, we put back the calories burnt swallowing that juicy hamburger. In the afternoon, I had the boys paint the letters which I will be using for a baby shower later on this week. This is a more enjoyable relaxing Sunday.

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When Ah Lo mentioned this week we haven’t biked for awhile, it dawned on me that he was right! We used to bike more often. Because of basketball (game and practice) schedules, it threw us off a little bit. Today, with no game in place, we got up early and drove to Mt. Tam for an adventurous mountain bike ride. For the first time mountain biking, it was insanely fun but a little intense. Though the ride was a bit bumpy, the trail was quiet, serene, and energizing! Unfortunately, we didn’t get to stay longer than we wanted to. We will definitely be back.

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We started off with our no-electronics Sunday with practicing some calligraphy for Ah Lo and working on some advanced math for Dai Bee.

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This is “optional” work for Dai Bee. His school has an Advanced Math Club (hosted by the Vice Principal who used to teach Math Honors) which meets every Tuesdays. Since he can’t make it on Tuesdays, I’ve asked the Vice Principal to see if we can pick up the worksheets for Dai Bee to work on from home. Finally, he had the time to work on them.  To some, this is all work most children don’t want to deal with. Luckily for my boys, they still consider this to be “fun.”

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Following this exciting work, we went to a birthday party, then to a park. Who needs electronics when we can do all these fun stuff?

On the side note, a friend asked us to join them on a Disney Cruise next summer. I thought it was fun, but wanted to get the boys’ opinion since they are not huge fans of Disney. I told them if I were to spend the same amount of money on a trip, which one would they prefer: Disney cruise or visiting a foreign country. Dai Bee thought for a while and said he’d prefer to travel to a foreign country. His reason being “there’s nothing to learn on a cruise. You basically eat and play all day.” I tried to explain to him there are shows on the cruise, stuff to do, and great food. He rebutted that you can do all that stuff and more on land, in a foreign country. For Ah Lo, he can do either way. With that, we declined our friend’s invitation.