Saturday was pretty much all kids activities. My younger daughter volunteered to work on the Makali'i, a Hawaiian voyaging canoe - she had to be at school at 7 am and was meant to be back at 9 pm, but the real arrival was closer to 10 pm.
I was very tired because my son had both a track meet and a wrestling meet. Fortunately, they were both at the same place, so he was able to do his high jump, run over to wrestling and wrestle three rounds, then run back and do his 400 m run, and his 4 x200 m relay. This is after he was gone all week working hard on various fish ponds and lo'i on Moloka'i with his class. (He lost his expensive shoes and his expensive jacket along the way...). I have no right to say I am tired - if anyone should be tired, it should be him. But I am - track meets wear me out. It was his 7th and final season in Age Group Track, which is amazing, actually. If I were crafty and motivated, I could do some kind of display with his medals and what not - but I am not, so there you go. I will have to go with the memories. Some of the kids I coached when they were in 4th grade will be coming up to high school next year - it's just crazy how time flies.
Running the 4 x 200 m relay in (school) record time was a pretty good way for the boys to end their Age Group career. It's the laaaaassst race of a very long day, so most coaches pack it in before then - there were two teams running - a girl team and a boy team - so they were running against the clock rather than another team.
Depending on my daughter, I may have an 8th season next year, but who knows - this year she had to make some choices between track, honor band, and the Makali'i. She ended up doing a little bit of all of them.
On Sunday, I decided to make stuffed rolls. I cooked up several pounds of chicken thighs in the crock pot with carrots, cooked a kabocha pumpkin and several Okinawan sweet potatoes and started a double batch of whole wheat dough. I divided the chicken mixture in two and seasoned some with curry and the rest with teriyaki sauce. I froze a bit of the kabocha pumpkin and used the rest for the stuffed rolls. I flattened disks of dough and placed the fillings in the middle and sealed them up. So I could tell which was which I shaped them differently - the pumpkin ones were made into crescents, the purple sweet potato version was a ball. The chicken version was also formed into a ball, but I sprinkled it with paprika so I could tell which was which. I guess they were a little like manapua, but whole wheat and baked. It took pretty much all day and for some reason I had a grand-daddy of a headache.
It was worth it, though - I had two for lunch and they were delicious.