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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

 

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Woke up early this morning for a basketball tournament. Surprised by a breakfast by Mr. Piggy – totally didn’t expect that. So yes, it was a pleasant surprise!

After basketball game, we met up with my other sisters and had takeout at one of the sister’s house.  Like last year, we took a stroll along ocean beach back to my mom’s home.

For dinner, my boys made (spam and egg) for dinner. Sure, it was simple, but I was able to take the day off (even squeezed a quick nap in between)!

Baked the cake just so that I could use the Russian tips! LOL. The frosting was still a tad bit softer than it should be. In hindsight, should have toss it in the fridge for 30 mins. Oh well, I was pretty happy with it, and glad everyone enjoyed it.

Happy moms day to all the superMOM’s out there.

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.

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

Another jam packed Saturday. First we have a 5k Run in the morning. When I signed up, somehow I thought it was 5k was ONE mile. I know?! Of course, got some lip service from my boys since one of them has a basketball game in the afternoon. Still, they were a a good sport and came out to run with me in the morning. IMG_2046-EDITEDAfter the race, we went home and took a short break and went off to Ah Lo’s basketball game. It was a nail biter since we won by one point! These games are a lot more interesting to watch now since Ah Lo has been improving. Way to go!

We had to part after the 1st game since Dai Bee has a piano recital in the evening and Ah Lo has another game. Mr. Piggy reported our team won the second game.

This weekend we drove to Sacramento for Ah Lo’s basketball game. The team played two games yesterday, and depending on the outcome, they would play championship or consolation today. This time around, even without the last couple of practices, our team stepped up their game. They held their heads up and fought hard. To me, as a parent, it was much more exciting to watch Ah Lo played his heart out. I’ve never seen him played the way he did the last two games. In all the games I’ve seen him played, it was obvious he’s not mentally there. However, in this tournament, he was on fire! He jumped for rebounds, made great passes, and helped the team off to championship. Because of so, he earned much more playing time on the court today.

After their two straight wins, the boys’ confidence was a bit shaken when they found out they are going against the best team in the bracket for championship. My sister and I spent the whole morning giving the boys (my nephew is also in the same team) a pep talk. We encouraged the boys the other team is not any better than them. If they played like the way they did yesterday, they have the same chance as any other team.

I must say this game was the most exciting game I’ve seen. To get off a great start, our team set the tone for their opponent by leading on the scoreboard. Though our team was in the lead most of the time, the scores were very tight the entire game. I was at the edge of my seat the whole time. It got even more intense when both teams tied at the end of 4th quarter. Overtime, and then double overtime, both teams stayed focused and still tied. And then…the sudden death overtime, whichever team scores first, wins. That was totally a nail biter. The gym roared when one of our team players stole the ball and finished the game with a layup. For the very first time, the team experienced what was it like competing and winning the championship.

What an exciting and memorable play to watch. This was more than just a game. It was a confidence booster and a life lesson to take with them – never stop trying.

Believe and achieve, that’s all it takes. So proud of our team, and extremely proud of Ah Lo (scored 12 points)!

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Our house is cold and we don’t always turn on the heater. Normally, we hover around the room with the most sunlight. This is how we read, in the winter, in our house…IMG_0294

Mr. Piggy dragged the boys down to the backyard this morning to do some cleaning and pruning. Yes, “dragged” since this is not their favorite ‘chore,’ but anything to get them away from electronics! First the boys were moaning and groaning. Once they started, they seemed to enjoy the work…

For non-electronic Sunday, the boys went back to the basic entertainment – building legos. They spent most of the day building ships, planes, or any moving vehicles with legos. Somehow they convinced me to join them. This is my first time sitting down building something with legos. I turned on my innovative and imaginative thinking and attempted to put something together – and failed (the pieces start falling apart). When the boys encouraged me to build with them, they gave me the best pieces to play with. I never realized how difficult it was – how much it involves spatial reasoning, concepts of symmetry, shape, and geometry. Whoopsies.

Later on that day, boys had an epic battle with their creations. The last standing one wins!IMG_0178

They did manage to sneak some time out to take a break from legos.IMG_0223

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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