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Summer will be officially over for the boys tomorrow. Let’s tally up how many of these did we accomplish in these 2 short months?IMG_9550

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As an extension of our trip, we booked a campsite near the farmstay. These collages sum up our 2 nights at Calaveras Big Trees State Park! Without cellular service in the woods, the boys managed to find their source of entertainment: made bows and arrows; practiced their archery skills; collected twigs for a raft; and built bond fires on their own.

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We even got to try zip line for the first time! Not a bad way to end the summer.

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Boys off to overnight camp for a week! Our honeymoon officially starts now…Untitled

The boys are helping out dinner today. Lots of help, just need a bigger kitchen to fit in all the helping hands.

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The weather by the bay is always so unpredictable. What started out as a gloomy morning turned out to be nice warm day here in the city! I almost wanted to cancel plans to picnic @ Crissy Field, luckily I didn’t! The boys have been bugging me to take them to fly drones, and this would be the best place. I invited my sisters to join and was glad most of them can make it. FullSizeRender 20

This is a bring-your-own food picnic, so it was much more manageable for the four of us. I made sandwiches for the boys. Then there’s pasta salad, crackers and cheese and snacks for Mr. Piggy and I.IMG_8344

I was smart enough to dress in layers though. Yes, I even wore turtle neck just in case (I know, mid-June, me, dressed in a turtle neck). Then again, nothing more warms the heart than to see the boys running around with their cousins. Some are flying drones with others flying frisbees. When the drone battery died, we worked on volleying the ball over the net. We had enough to keep the kids jumping up and down!

UntitledWe sang, we laughed and we continued to chase around.

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The plan was to picnic and then bike around the area which ended up to be the best plan for this weekend. I wouldn’t want to spend this Sunday any other way!

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Is summer finally here or we are just experiencing a temporary heat wave in the bay area? So today for dinner, we having a cold dish! Bought the dried shaved noodles (刀削麵) for the first time to go with my homemade Japanese soft boiled eggs (aka ajitsuke tamago). I made the eggs a couple of days (using my lovely instapot!). So putting this all together tonight didn’t take too much time. Since my boys aren’t big fans of boiled eggs, I added zucchini and enoki mushrooms. And yes, they ate the eggs!

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To make the egg, this is the marinade I use:

Egg – Instapot (steam for 4 mins, low pressure). Cold water bath afterwards.

Marinade:

-2 tablespoons soy sauce

-1 tablespoon mirin or rice wine vinegar

-1 teaspoon shaoxing wine

-1 tablespoon of oyster sauce

-1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil

-1 teaspoon sugar

-1/2 cup of water

Once remove the eggshells, soak the eggs in the mariande (I left it overnight).

One of the more productive Saturdays, especially for Dai Bee. In the morning, took the boys to volunteer, bagging lunches for homeless shelters. This was our first time volunteering here, so we didn’t know what to expect. It was a pretty simple job and the boys seem to take their jobs seriously.IMG_8075After the volunteer gig (2 hours later), we decided to do some letterboxing. If you are not familiar with letterboxing, check out my travels blog. We recently got into it during our road trip to Utah/Arizona. Here in our backyard, there are still a few treasures left to be found. This treasure hunt brought us to one of the most beautiful trails in our city! We’ve never been to this area and it didn’t even like we were in the city.  IMG_8111

The best part?! We found our stamp and have already met one of our summer goals!

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We had lunch and then came back for Dai Bee’s piano lessons with his cousins. Right after that, we wasted no time to drop off Dai Bee at his first violin recital. He did a phenomenal job, though I can be biased on that.

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And of course, this is Father’s Day weekend. Mr. Piggy wanted some pork chops and pork chops are what we are having. For the first time, I marinated pork chops with lemongrass earlier the day. I bet the chops would be tastier if I had more time with the marinade. Overall, it was quite good and Mr. Piggy was happy, so that’s all that mattered.

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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…

Finally came up with a list of things we want to accomplish this summer. Let’s see how many we can tackle.IMG_7945

Joined by my sisters and their families, we explored Clear Lake State Park this weekend for our annual camping trip. Everyone got their share of work, and my biggest responsibility is to transport all the kids to the campsite on Friday. Other than that, I am also planning for activities to keep the kids busy during our short stay.

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For my boys, it’s easier to engage them because they are older. Got them to help out setting up the tents and canopy, do dishes, find ways to hang up the dish rack, towels, etc.

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On Saturday, when we have the full day to ourselves, we tried to fill up the day with things to do: collected twigs and built floating rafts, hiked to the lake (adding some fun with a scavenger hunt along the way), climbed rocks, and finally enjoyed a light lunch by the lake.

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The boys tested their rafts while others splashed in the water.

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By dawn, it was time to go fishing with the uncles. Though we didn’t catch any fish, but the experience was unforgettable. The boys learned some casting techniques from their uncles.

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We came back to the site for dinner, shared some stories and Ah Lo gave his presentation about “bullying.” We ended the night with campfire and marshmallows, and of course, not to miss out on the stargazing opportunity which was absolutely stunning.