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!

Tooth Fairy didn’t come again

PP lost another tooth on Sunday. It’s the second one from the upper set. Last time, Tooth Fairy was generous and gifted him a new gadget, and maybe that’s the reason he hasn’t even mentioned about Tooth Fairy’s visit this time.

Either way, I think we are done with all these Tooth Fairy business…

Wait…Peanut still has not lost any of his baby teeth. I guess Tooth Fairy will return then. In the meantime, Tooth Fairy, please jump over our house and go to the next!

P.S. Pictures were taken a month ago!