Spent most of the day at the gym today. Not the kind where I can workout, but the sit and watch kind. Ah Lo finally gets to compete with other local teams on behalf of this team. His last tournament was back in November. They have been practicing twice a week, and finally get to see their progress. We were there at 10am (first game) and 1:30p (2nd game). They won both games and were awarded an trophy souvenir. Ah Lo also got a chance play and made some points for the team! He has improved so much this year and can’t wait to see him play more in the near future.
Low key, no-electronics, homework kinda day. It’s good we have one of the two in a weekend to deflate.
After breakfast, Dai Bee started on one of his HS application. This is a simple considering it doesn’t require writing essays. It was a breeze for Dai Bee.
We also found time to stop by senior home today. We haven’t gone in awhile since the past month we were busy touring schools. His #1 fan came up to him and asked him where he was. She told him she was waiting for him to play. I’m sure he was pleased to hear that, and hopefully gave me more confidence to play more freely.
Been meaning to take the boys to try out the Segway a couple of years ago when we were traveling to east coast. Back then, Ah Lo was too young and they didn’t recommend it. Until recently, we stumbled upon the Segway rental in our neighborhood one day (right before they were closing). The manager invited us to try it out. Ever since then the boys wanted to try it out on the streets. Finally this weekend, we don’t have activities for the weekend and thought it would be great to give it a try. We rented 1.5 hours ($45) and roam around our neighborhood park. The boys had a blast!
Another crazy busy out-an-about weekend with the boys. After baseball practice, we grabbed a quick bite. Drove to a certified bike shop to check their bikes and helmets for their triathlon tomorrow. Unfortunately, one of the helmets had a crack and didn’t pass the inspection. We were disappointed because we purposely went a day early to this place to avoid the long lines tomorrow. Now we must show up a bit earlier to get another helmet checked so the boys can compete at the triathlon. The positive side was that glad the folks here didn’t take the inspection lightly.
After the check, we decided last minute to go the maker’s faire in that area. I’ve heard so much about this but never had the chance to check it out. Of course, with the last minute plan, we were stuck with paying the tickets at the door (which is always more expensive). At $45 (adult) and $20 (kids), it was hefty since we were there at 2pm. Still, I found it amazing as there was so much cool things to see, to touch, to hear and to learn! Many schools came out to showcase their innovative creations. There were many hands-on activities for adults and kids. A little crowded at certain areas, it was pretty fun to spend the afternoon. We left towards closing (and boys were exhausted at this point – from baseball practice and all the walking).
Note to self: Next year – plan ahead and try not to drive.
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.
I know we needed the rain, and it’s great we are getting it today. So today should be one of those days where we stay at home all day in our bed watching tv until our eyes get tired. Well, when you have kids, that’s a luxurious thinking. Dai Bee has his music theory class while Ah Lo has a chess tournament. So off we go, umbrellas, rain coats and rain boots. The chess tournament is just for fun, to keep Ah Lo’s chess skills in tune, not really to compete. Can’t believe this event took a bulk of the day.
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.
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.
Boys have started with a new league this year (playing for separate grades). For Dai Bee’s team, so far, they lost 2 games out of the 7. Ah Lo’s team won once so far. The wins in Dai Bee’s team motivates him to practice more. To him, he feels that he’s the worst player in the team. So any chance he gets, he wants to practice, whether in the garage at home, or in the playground. Lately, he sets goals for himself when he practices at the playground. Today, he wouldn’t leave until he made 5 free throws in a row. Brrrrr….
Dai Bee’s determination also encouraged Ah Lo to hone his dribbling skills. On a dry day (even though it’s in the 50’s), you will find us at the playground a good chunk of time on any given weekend. The boys will practice while I freeze in the cold. That’s ok, that’s what mothers do, I guess.
Today is one of those hectic days again. First off it’s Dai Bee’s big testing day. We dropped him off at the testing center (SI) at 7:45am in one of the more chilly mornings.
The three of us drove around to grab breakfast. We almost never go out for breakfast. I was surprised to find many places are still closed, except this dingy looking dim-sum to go place. We sat down and filled our tummies with hot watery porridge and some dim sum. Afterwards, I went for grocery shopping to get the items we need for the week.
The second or third stop we made was driving Ah Lo for his first basketball game. The team lost, but it was always fun to watch the little ones play. After his game, we rushed back to pick up Dai Bee. He was waiting for us by the time we got there. He didn’t complain much about taking the test, nor did he mention if it was too hard/easy for him. He finished the English portion, but didn’t have enough time for the Math part. The test included the essay part – “Originality is over rated.” He did the best he could, but wished for more time. That was the feedback I got.
We had lunch before we went shopping for the boys. Dai Bee has a piano recital next weekend and was asked to dress up in “nice clothes”. All they have are sweat pants and casual clothes. Glad that was taken care of today. His piano recital will be held in a piano gallery. Since he has a Yamaha at home, and he will be playing a Steinway during recital. His teacher suggested for him to try playing on the Steinway piano since the pianos have a different feel to it. We spent a good hour there, waiting for him to practice.
Great thing that Mr. Piggy found a prime spot near the piano gallery and we ended up having dinner in that area (which we almost never venture out to). This is one of those weird days where we ate out for the entire day – breakfast, lunch and dinner.