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Another weekend of basketball. Ah Lo didn’t play very well yesterday. He didn’t play much. Again, there were two games today. He was one of the starters and played somewhat decent the 1st Q. Not sure what happened, he missed a few rebounds and got benched immediately. I am not sure if that made him even more nervous because the next few rounds when he was in the court, he messed up even more. Of course, the coach barked at him. By the end of the game, Ah Lo was so upset he didn’t want to continue. He stormed out when the team gathered, found a quiet place and cried his eyes out.

I gave him more pep talk, fed him with more positive thoughts, and encouraged him to get back to his feet. When we were done with lunch, he was much calmer and receptive. He didn’t get to play much 2nd game, but that was totally fine. He was much more relaxed when the game was over.

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Being in a competitive sport is hard. It’s not for everyone, especially with a coach who kicks butts. Though this coach is mean and loud, deep down, I know he has a big heart and wants his kids to perform at their highest potential. Not many kids can understand and not many parents would accept this coaching style. I think after today, Ah Lo’s skin grew a bit thicker.

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Today Ah Lo’s team played 2 games. Since one of the starters was not present, he got to step in and played most of the game. In both games, he played exceptionally well. He made such an improvement even the coaches noticed the big change (he’s rebounding more, plays more aggressively, makes better shots, better handling of the ball, he even jumps higher!). The assistant coach actually acknowledged him as the MVP for one of the games. We were all so proud of him. He still has a lot of room for improvement and more skills to be developed, but glad to see he’s making progress.

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Basketball season is back on track. 3 games in one day. This is just for one of his teams he plays for. When the season season is in full swing, it’ll be another crazy hectic year.IMG_5211

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

A busy and long day today – with Ah Lo playing 3 games today. So let’s load him up with some carbs with these yummy steamed green onion buns for breakfast. IMG_3960

After his 3 games (2-1), came home and whip up a quick dinner – chicken salad sandwich. Wonder why I was so tired when I got home (and I was just sitting down watching the games)?IMG_3979

A beautiful day at the bay today, and comforting to know we don’t have any activities on the calendar. Took the boys to go for a swim and bike to get them ready for the upcoming triathlon. They were very reluctant to dive in the pool at first. I encouraged them by jumping in there myself. Boy, what a great workout for all of us! They were happy they did it because it felt so good afterwards! We went back home and grabbed our bikes and cruised on the GG Bridge.

We were a bit exhausted by noon time. However we didn’t stop there! We bought a scavenger hunt (from Groupon) and walked another 2 hours around GGP to find what we needed for the Scavenger Hunt.IMG_3897

 

10 things currently happening in the house:

  1. Dai Bee tutored younger kids during school year and he finds it fulfilling. He hopes to continue next year.
  2. Noticed Dai Bee has a tad bit more HW in the last trimester than before. Hope he’s keeping up.
  3. Ah Lo started playing with a new basketball team. His coach is mean and strict, perfect in lighting up the fire in Ah Lo. We already seen improvement.
  4. Ah Lo’s new basketball team schedule is throwing us off our weekend routine quite a bit these days.
  5. Ah Lo started on wearing his braces on Thursday. He already hates it.
  6. Guess the boys will be reading plenty of National Geographic magazines this summer.
  7. Sat down today and went over our summer goals this year.
  8. Boys are starting their summer camps this coming Monday, yeah, not much of a break for them. Surprise. Surprise.
  9. Happy Dai Bee is willing to try out for volleyball next year (even though he said because his friends are doing it).
  10. June Triathlon moved to August, on a date the boys aren’t available. They’re happy about that. We still got July!

Busy day around the clock. Started the day at 8am and didn’t come home until 9pm. As one of the gym commissioner to Ah Lo’s basketball organization, I had to show up early to setup and make sure all goes well with the tournament. Dai Bee and my sister are the official time/score keepers. In the middle of the day, Dai Bee needs to be dropped off for this school’s orchestra spring concert (rehearsal). I took over his job as timekeeper. As soon as the last game ended, we rushed to see Dai Bee’s concert in the evening.

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With all the madness, it was icing on the cake to know Ah Lo’s team won both games and will be going to championship tomorrow morning.

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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Another great tournament for Ah Lo, his team came home with the trophy. The hard work is finally paying off. On the first game, they had a come back when they were down by 8 points. It was that kind of spirit that carried them to championship. Good job, boys! IMG_2202