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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.

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Afternoon snacks: green onion biscuits, celebrating the last day of school for Ah Lo!IMG_3527

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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Ah Lo’s felt project. He said he got a B for this.IMG_0939

These past few days have been record high in the city, almost to the point it was unbearable. And of course, I had to pick this time to bake. I was thinking to take advantage of the heat for getting the dough to rise quicker. It sure did, but that was when I realized I had to put them in the oven. Yikes! The entire kitchen got even warmer. At least the boys had fresh bread for breakfast!UntitledUntitled2Untitled3

Today is the first day of school for Ah Lo. It’s always so exciting to see kids after summer. Ah Lo is taking choir, so his schedule starts before most kids. I can’t wait to hear all about his first day!School-1As a bonus to the first day of school, today is also the solar eclipse visible from coast to coast across the US in 99 years. News media is all over this exciting event. abc-solar-eclipse-dasilva-09-abc-jc-170821_1_12x5_992For dinner, we are welcoming back our meatless Monday meal! One pot Mexican style quinoa salad. Not the boys’ favorite, but glad they still ate it. IMG_9560

Summer vacation is coming to an end. My sisters and I found an excuse for a casual 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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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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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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In the mail today.IMG_6361Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 2.11.34 PM