lunch date

The other day, DD and I had a nice lunch date with Hoffmom and Son. For the first hour or so, the boys kept to themselves, glancing at each other every once in a while in that shy, non-familiar way. It's not like they never met before but it had been a while.

By the second hour, Hoffmom and I couldn't keep them apart. By the time we hit the gelato shop, DD couldn't stop following Hoffson or giving him bear hugs.

DD doesn't have many buddies of his own - he's not in preschool, doesn't belong to a playgroup (unlike his brother), and seriously thinks his brother's friends are "his friends" - so it was nice to see him having a great time with a buddy his age. One that he now calls his friend.

We have to get them together more often, Hoffmom.

Today is Hoffmom's birthday. Happy birthday, my friend!



an hour

Baseball practice begins. Little League, season four. 

An hour practice, an hour scrimmage.




Since his days as a three year-old preschooler, Bao's Valentine's Day card to his classmates comprised of a themed doodle drawn by him, then scanned, laid out, printed and trimmed by me. The cards were unique and personal, and they also became keepsake art pieces that would be carefully filed into his scrapbook for posterity. (For now, they're all sitting in a pile in my work drawer). Admittedly, it was a lot of work...for me.

So this year, I decided that it was time to teach him the basics of my trade - graphic design + production - so that he can make his own cards and learn an important skill that can carry him through school projects and reports for years to come. For a couple of hours, we sat down in front of the computer and I taught him how to use Adobe Illustrator to draw his very own Valentine's Day card. 

He drew a card for the girls...

...and one for the boys.

(His teacher and her assistants will receive two-sided cards with each printed on either side.)

For safety reasons, the cards were printed and trimmed by me (that's another lesson to be given few years down the line), but for the most part, he painted, copy and pasted, typed and colored on the trackpad all by himself.

We created an assembly line to package the Valentines: plastic sleeves held a card, a few tattoos, and a piece of caramel or a lollipop.

This year, unlike the years before, he did 75% of the work.

Not bad considering the years before I was the one doing 75% of his work.

Of course, whatever Big Bro does Little Bro must do. Even though he hasn't started preschool yet, DD made his very own Valentine's Day card (based on Bao's drawings and with my help) and packaged them himself – one for each of his very own three friends. 



an hour

Watching Bao in rehearsal for the school's Spring musical production.

As a second grader, he can only be a member of the choir. But there's enough singing and dancing to satisfy any budding actor. The idea is to get the younger kids used to being in a musical so that by the time they are Upper Graders (grades 4-6) they can audition for roles and perform on stage. 

I think it's a great way for the younger kids to get involved in the arts, be inspired to strive for bigger and better as they climb the school ranks, and conquer any insecurities or fears.  

DD, who is the shy observer type, was mesmorized. He knew all the songs from listening to the CD and swayed to the music as they rehearsed. By the time he starts elementary school, maybe he'll want to join in on the fun.

Heck, it made even me - who never once considered doing anything of the sort - wish that I had been a part of my school's musical. 



one year ago