Thursday, August 27, 2015

He Came, He Conquered, He Took Home the Cake

Here's Adam emulating Bruce Lee, handsome as ever, without his usual glasses and huge mop of hair. Next week he will be starting high school!

Four years ago, this cute little boy entered middle school at 5th grade, unable to deal with no more recess, but always with a zen-like calm in every situation.

Adam 2011

Since then he's grown from 4'8" to 5' 10", towering over both of us.  But some things didn't change. Like his recreational basketball teams winning the championship in 5th, 6th and 8th grade.  Look how much smaller that trophy looked last year!

Adam 5th Grade Basketball

Adam also played mallet percussion in band throughout.  Did I mention that he grew over a foot?!

Of course he played violin like every good Asian boy should.

Not all of them can play as beautifully as this.

But some things were totally new. His soccer team went from losing every game to winning the regional trophy.

Most notably, he learned to play the bass and has become an awesome bassist, or a "bass prodigy" as one of his rock band members call him.  When he was first invited to perform in the middle school jazz band, I pushed him to learn the electric bass because "it was just like the violin, except in fourths". Clearly a stretch, but he had no problem learning it with just a few lessons from his mom and band teacher.

And then this year, we got him an upright bass and lessons because "it was just like the violin and the electric bass combined".  In only a couple months he was able to play his upright bass in the District Jazz Band, performing with 18 of the best middle school musicians from over 100 schools!

Central District Jazz Band

I didn't manage to cut his unruly hair for his 8th grade ceremony, but he still looked dapper.

And after the celebration dance, he took home the cake!

On to high school! We are so proud of you!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Summer Beach Stop Motion

Dova at the beach

What do you do when your daughter asks you to take a ton of photos and videos at the beach (166 to be exact)?  Make a stop motion video of course!

Dova Beach 2015

Who can resist stop motion of triple back walkovers?

After doing a search for "summer beach stop motion", I found this super fun video of "happy Zappos clothes". Summer Beach Stop Motion from Chris "Gonzo" Gonzalez on Vimeo.

Hope you're having a fun summer!

Dova handstand on beach

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Apple Picking in Cider Donut Heaven

Dova Apple Picking

Every year, we make it a tradition to go apple picking at our local orchard in town.  After all, it's the only way to be a proper "New Englanda" living in the outer suburbs of Boston.

Doug holding Dova

Doug said that Dova is getting way too big to pick up for the apples up high.

Walking the orchard

But nothing beats a walk through the apple orchard, with the crisp fall air and glimpses of foliage.

Dova picks a pumpkin

As usual, Dova loved picking out pumpkins.

Adam carries a pumpkin

And Adam hauled them to the car.

Brussel sprouts

This year in the store, we also picked up some fresh brussel sprouts to Adam's dismay.

Cider Donuts frying

But what really caught our eyes and noses were the fresh cider donuts frying right in the store.

Cider donuts

Here they are in the bag just before we inhaled them on the car ride home.  Can you smell the cinnamon goodness?


We also picked up some cute gourds, next to Dova's Harry Potter mandrake she got as party favor.

Bite the apple!

The best part (besides the cider donuts) is deciding which apple to eat, the largest or the smallest!

Angela's note:  Another out of season post, but these photos were too good to pass up!
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