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We have a very hot date tonight – at a gym, that is! Dai Bee’s basketball team made it to championship and it’s happening tonight. If any other night, we would have eaten out. Since tonight is popular night for couples, I decided to whip up something simple. I picked up some groceries during lunch today. This will have to do for our Valentine’s dinner. After dinner, we enjoyed an exciting championship game in which our boys took home the trophy! What a great treat to end the night!

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Ah Lo wanted to bake for his classmates this Valentine’s day. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much time today because we spent a good chunk of time at Mr. Piggy’s friend’s RE&G party. We started in the morning, took a long break (party and then haircut) before baking. Didn’t start baking until the evening time. This is our first time making lemon bars, so don’t know how it will turn out. Will make another batch if the chef thinks it’s good.  screen-shot-2017-02-13-at-9-56-00-am

UPDATE: the lemon bars didn’t turn out the way I hoped (sad face). So we rushed to Safeway and got some sugar cookies to pass out to his class instead. I realized this is our last year we will be making V-day treats. Since Ah Lo will be going off to middle school next year and I don’t think middle schoolers pass out treats to their classes. Over the years, we made cards, baked, did all kinds of crafts together for V-Day (much better than store bought). I enjoyed spending every minute (with them) making the special treats. These great memories will always hold a place in my heart.

Valentine’s Day Dinner @ home. Economical. Healthy. Delicious. Big Bonus – no reservations, no lines.

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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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Valentine’s Day today – no flowers, no gifts, no surprises, no tantalizing meals. Mr. Piggy was with me the whole day, driving me here and there picking up groceries (which he hates) for tomorrow’s big feast. He kept me company while I was chopping and dicing in the kitchen. Nothing fancy. So yes, I like it that way because that’s all that matters.

Got up to make these French toast nuggets for breakfast. Drop off the boys at the routine stops. Picked up some sandwiches while enjoying the sun. For dinner, my nephews came over and wanted to stay for dinner. So dinner was made. With little extra time, I made turnip dried scallop soup. Since it’s love day, why not turn the turnip into a cute heart shape? That’s my kinda Valentine.

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Inspired by Soule Mama:

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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Last night Ah Lo and I got busy finishing up the batch of cookies for his classmates as Valentine’s day treats this year. I enjoyed spending these moments with him in the kitchen, showing him how things work, and encouraging him to be creative. I hope he will treasure and cherish these childhood memories. I know I will.

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Here’s our final products. I had to stay up a little later than usual to finish and clean up because it was way past his bedtime. He worked meticulously on each one, and did a pretty good for a beginner.  I can’t believe that my new interest – baking – brings the two of us together and gives us the greatest memory-making opportunities!

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Busy day today making meals all day long. First, it was breakfast, heart-shaped PBJ sandwiches with milk. Then my attempt to make heart-shaped sushi’s. Without the proper tools, it was tough. So, they had teriyaki beef sushi rolls with Cupid’s Arrows for lunch. Dinner time, I made fried rice and molded into a heart shape. Mr. Piggy got me some tulips for Valentine’s day, and we call this our day of love.

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As always, teachers get special V-Day cards. As an alternative to making cards, we made 3-D geometric heart-shaped boxes filled with letters for the teachers to unscramble. Folding these hearts are not as easy as it looks.  We finally finished ours today. Here’s the PDF where I found this template.

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The kids are older now. Instead of sweets, I think they can unscramble some words? I printed some Valentine greetings on card stocks a way head of time: Have a sweet day; You are awesome; Hugs and Kisses; Be my valentine, etc. Next I printed “Unscramble to read the message” onto different colored papers. Cut them out in heart shapes. It looks like a lot of work, but I cut out a few a day, here and there, the next thing I know, I have all 50 different colored heart shapes!

v-day3It’s pouring outside today. Nobody is complaining for sure for this much needed rain. In the morning, the boys helped out with their Valentine Day Crafts. As in previous years, we make our own, because I think it’s more fun. Why give store-bought cards to when you can make this adorable love notes and create a sweet sentiment. Though I’m sure as in every year, some kids might not appreciate the thought. Who cares, the fun is in the process! This craft took a little longer than we normally do. Well, there’s origami involved, words unscrambling, envelope stuffing and last not but least, note addressing.  See pictures below.

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