50 miles for Tuesday

The highlight of my day was spending three hours in an allergy clinic for Peanut to get tested. We got some vague answers for his eczema but also found out he is slightly allergic to nuts (walnut, almond, peanut, and soy nut), and a shellfish. The allergy specialist linked the nuts and shellfish allergies to eczema but even days that I he didn’t have any, eczema still flared up. But anyway, the allergies are very fractional so we don’t need EpiPen, which is a good thing because those things are damn expensive. I just need to be more watchful of what he eats, and perhaps reduce the food that causes eczema. The allergy specialist suggested we have a follow up in late March for second testing.

This boy screamed his lungs out when the nurse pricked the skin on his back. I had to pin him down so that he would not get hurt accidentally by the pricks.

This photo was taken for his homework, which is due tomorrow. He was holding Pickles the Frog, the class’s mascot. The kids in his class rotate each week for time with Pickles, and then each write a journal entry or two telling how they spend their time with their stuffy friend. My little friend wrote about having noodle soup for lunch with Pickles, and then Pickles napped on his study chair. 😛

The not-so-highlight of the day was dragging a sick puppy around town for various errands while he was feeling lethargic. I didn’t get to feed him lunch until 3 p.m. when we got out of the allergy clinic. We stopped by Wholefoods for him to get a small cup of chicken noodle soup, which he didn’t finish, and just wanted to go home for a nap.

This picture was taken last week. He didn’t look this up-spirit today. I kind of miss the hyperactive kid, though!

P.S. I spent 2 and a half hours this morning making 30 spring rolls and then delivered to Mr. O’s work place for him to share with colleagues. Hence, the driving back and forth with an accumulation of 50 miles from one place to another.

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run, Forrest…run

The Parent-Teacher association at the boys’ school organized a Walk-a-Thon last week to raise money for the school. The weather was perfect for walking/running that day while it was raining heavy the day before. My boys did very well with each of their own strength, they ran/jogged instead of walk; Peanut did 8 laps, equivalent to 2 miles, and Peapod did 12 laps, that’s 3 miles…

We didn’t get any friends or O’s coworkers to sign up so we have to give the boys money for contribution to PTA’s fund. It seems that we have been donating more to our kids’ school than other organizations that needed funds this year. Our kids come first!

Overall, it was a fun experience for them. They were overjoyed that I was one of the parent volunteers for the event, helping kids with water and snack, taking photos, and even walking the course with some little Kindergarteners who couldn’t walk long distance.

And the boys slept so well that night!

back in the loop

This is one of the most relaxing weekday I have had so far, because today the kids have a day off from school to observe Veteran’s Day. Originally I set out for them to do some extra brain work, and perhaps all three can go for a hike at the park and climb that small ridge, and also take them out for a lunch-date at a Korean restaurant, then a round of grocery shopping…

None of the listed above happened.

I slept in with extra 30 minutes, and then I let the kids watch some of their favorite PBS shows on TV. By the time I was going to take them out for lunch, Mr. O texted me that he would come home early because of not feeling well. So we picked him up from the station and head out to eat at an Afghan place.

There were some drizzle of rain this morning, reminds me a bit of early fall in MN and MA. It’s now almost mid November and we haven’t had any real rain yet. At this time last year the grass had already come up, and the green color plastered on every ridge and mountain tops around me.

Not this year, it’s still brown. That’s California drought for us! The price of water we are paying here is almost triple what we paid in MN. But on the flip side, I am not suffering from the blistery cold of god-forsaken Midwestern winter.

…and I have been real busy these past two weeks…in between doctor appointments (many of them!), different hours for kung fu classes, field trips, class volunteering…

I figured Halloween was almost two weeks passed, but haven’t put photos of them up here yet. Here are a few photos taken at their school’s annual Halloween parade.

P.S. Now we are getting ready for a Red Cross fund-raising gala.

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last day of summer break

What a wonderful day to end the summer break. Tomorrow the kids will have their first day of school — Peanut is for Kindergarten and PP is in second grade!

We skipped Peanut’s optional K-orientation this morning to battle the fight for a spot at the parking lot and a spot at the waiting line for free solar glasses at a local public library. We were there more than an hour earlier than posted time but the line was already a block long. But it’s all paid off when we received two glasses before the organizers ran out of stock.

There was an overcast around 10 a.m. so as soon as we had the glasses to immediately walked the kids to the car and got out of that traffic mess. Half way home the sun came out from the cast and there was an opportunity for the kids to see the solar eclipse, I pulled into an almost-emptied CVS parking lot and let the kids down to look at the sun, with the glasses on, of course!

Tomorrow, I am back to lunch-packing job, and a few hours of time for myself each day to spend however I please. So looking forward to it!