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Keeping up with traditions, we’re putting up the Christmas tree right after Thanksgiving! This tradition has passed on to the boys now. They recruited their cousins to come help since this may take a few hours. “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” was playing on the radio, the perfect song for this activity!

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Mr. Piggy dragged the boys down to the backyard this morning to do some cleaning and pruning. Yes, “dragged” since this is not their favorite ‘chore,’ but anything to get them away from electronics! First the boys were moaning and groaning. Once they started, they seemed to enjoy the work…

For non-electronic Sunday, the boys went back to the basic entertainment – building legos. They spent most of the day building ships, planes, or any moving vehicles with legos. Somehow they convinced me to join them. This is my first time sitting down building something with legos. I turned on my innovative and imaginative thinking and attempted to put something together – and failed (the pieces start falling apart). When the boys encouraged me to build with them, they gave me the best pieces to play with. I never realized how difficult it was – how much it involves spatial reasoning, concepts of symmetry, shape, and geometry. Whoopsies.

Later on that day, boys had an epic battle with their creations. The last standing one wins!IMG_0178

They did manage to sneak some time out to take a break from legos.IMG_0223

Took the kid out for a bike ride today because the weather is just too beautiful to be at home. We biked around the park for a good 2 hours. Afterwards, we went home and enjoyed some down time.IMG_8709

Even got some time to practice my calligraphy.IMG_8704

For our no-electronics Sunday, we biked around the park with his Ma cousins. We even introduced his cousin to letterboxing around the park!UntitledFor dessert tonight, I made some steamed milk egg custard (鮮奶燉蛋). This is a popular dessert served in Hong Kong restaurants. It’s a dessert to impress and super easy to make. Recipe to come!

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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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