Friday, May 12, 2017

Sports Banquet 2017

We attended the sports banquet at Holiday Inn on May 12.  It was my daughter's first time attending as we didn't attend last year.  She wanted to attend last year but we couldn't because of our move and  other  conflict in schedule.  This year, I asked her if she wants to attend and she said no but  I signed  her up anyway because I wanted her to  experience it.  
The food was catered by Undo's Restaurant.
They were given their  certificate.  My daughter only  played volleyball so  that's the only   sport she was part of for the ceremony.  I  was encouraging her to try the track but she seem   so unsure about it so I didn't  push the issue.  Maybe next year, she  will  try it.  She told me that she wants to go with me on my jog this summer so she would be ready for next year so we will see.  We actually went for a morning run  today (Memorial Day) and I think she did good.  If we  keep up with the training, she will build her endurance and I think she can do track next year.
Some of her friends will be attending the volleyball camp  this summer but she didn't want to do it.
My son's  friend was there at the banquet too  and she sat with us.
After the  awarding ceremony and dinner,  players are allowed to stay  and dance.  We  gave our daughter a little freedom and left her with her friends even though she was not sure if she would  want to stay or not.
She said she did not really enjoy it so she said she won't be  staying for the dance next year.  It was nice  going there though, she get the chance to be with her friends.  Dancing is my son's kind of fun but not my daughter but I  still wanted her to experience it.  Our son will be part of it next year  so  maybe he could stay and be with her sister.  We will see.,
Football season is going to start soon.  I am bummed that we didn't get to  enroll the kids for  the spring season of tennis.  Maybe  we would be able to do it this Fall, we will see.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

"Take Your Children to Work" Day

My husband works at Industrial Scientific, the leading provider of gas detection service and portable gas detectors.  I love that they are  family -oriented and that they value each   employee and their families.  Every year, they host  a "Take Your Children to Work" day to commemorate the Workers Memorial Day.
Workers Memorial Day is celebrated to  remember those workers who  have suffered and died on the job.  Industrial Scientific  aims to  educate  the children  of what the company stands for and  the importance of the services and products that they provide to people and companies.  This event also gives the children a glimpse of what their parents do on a day to day basis.
My husband  showed the kids all the different kinds of gas detectors.
The company building is humongous.  They used to have different offices but  now they have a new building built where they can all work together as a whole.
Before we went to the orientation area, my husband  took us to the  place where he works and we met some of his co-workers.
The registration was on the top of the building.  Every child was given a gift pack, snacks, and  materials that they need  during the sessions.  Before the activities   starts, the CEO   did a speech and ask questions  where the children  are encourage to participate.  It was nice.
Our children was not interested in attending last year but this year, they were definitely on board.
The set-up in the lobby reminds me of Google Complex, it's very modern.
Just by sitting in the lobby, you will learn what the company is all about  because they have a huge TV and it  displays   all about the  mission, vision, and services of Industrial Scientific.
Parents were  not allowed to be with the children so my husband gave me a tour inside the building.  It also gave me  a chance to take photos where it is allowed.
I was trying to  sneak and see what the children were up to.  I can't help but take some  photos where they at.
Every child was given a clip board and  the people in charge   posted   clues  or  situation on the wall and  they have to evaluate whether the situation is safe or not.
I am glad that  both of our children were  participating, they learned new things and they also have the chance to  be with other children.
After all the activities, the answers of every child  was tabulated by a group of IT's and their scores are displayed on the white board  on the lobby.  The highest score is 42 and both  of them got it.
It was a  special day  not just for  our children but for all of us.  The kids said that they will definitely  attend again  next year if given a chance.  I am grateful for  the  company for hosting this event.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Books For the Heart, Mind, and Soul : Summer Reading List #WisdomeTales

The school year is almost over, we have few more weeks left and the kids will be on break from school.  My husband  has  one week left with his  schooling  this semester and I can't wait till he finished all of the stuff that he need to do for his finals.  I can tell how stressed he is dealing with all of the projects and other requirements.  He still have one semester left before finishing his master's degree and I'll be glad when he graduate already.  Anyway, back to the summer break, it is important to keep the children busy when they are off from school so their  brain  are constantly engage  with  stuff.  Reading is one of the  activities that we do during summer. 
 I am happy  to have these great books from Wisdom Tales .  All of their books  are full of valuable life lessons and the illustrations are just beautiful.  We have a collection of some of their greatest books written by different  well-known authors and illustrators.  The Rock Maiden is  a beautiful story of  love, devotion, and faith of a wife whose husband was lost at sea during a storm.  It is a Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty written by Natasha Yim and illustrated by Pirkko Vainio.  
The Rock Maiden is a story based  on an old Chinese legend.  The real rock is called the Amah Rock, a natural rock formation shaped amazingly like a woman with a baby on her back.  The author wanted to have a happy  ending on this story so she re- envisioned  the story with a happy ending.  I won't spoil you with the details, you have to read it to  appreciate the whole story but I highly recommends it.  I am sure your children would love to read this book.  It is appropriate for children ages 4 and up.  You can buy it for $17.95 though the link I have provided above.  
The Princess and the Six Swans is another beautiful story as well.  It is a tale from the Brother's Grimm which is retold and illustrated by Kim Jacobs.  The story is about a young spirited  heroine Princess  named Sophie who carried the loyalty too far that her powerful  stepmother turned her  six brothers into swans.  She had the  task to save her  her brothers  from the spell that their  stepmom have cast on them.
I love the  complexity of the story, the twist and turn  will make you feel like you are watching a movie.  Children would absolutely love this  book as it has that magical fantasy that would surely captivate any kid's attention.  
I saved the best for last because this book  satisfies my curiosity and admiration about Native Americans.  I only see them in movies and wishes that I would know more about them so this book is  perfect.  It contains the Indian voices on nature,.  Sometimes I have to reread the  phrases to understand  the interconnectedness of all things.  It's amazing how the Indians relate things to nature.  It is fascinating to me.  
I love all the photos that were  inside  the book.   Joseph Bruchac did a wonderful job in  conveying   the messages.  I haven't finished reading this book but so far, I love  all the phrases  that Indian people used to  talk to nature.  If there is one thing I  would be given a chance to do, I would choose to live  in an Indian community to  fully understand their ways of living, it  is so interesting and  very unique.  
Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review. I was provided with the product/s mentioned to help me facilitate this review but opinions are my own.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Volleyball Season: Last Game Today

This year's volleyball season went so fast.  They started the game on the first week of  March and  today will be their last game.  Unlike last  year, all the games this season was held in  Bishop John King Muscio.  I liked last season because we got to have the game here in our  school but this year was different.  Nevertheless, it still fun  and it is more intense  as they advance in grades.  
Our school have two teams, the white and the blue.  Our daughter   is on the white team.  They played against the blue team  on the first game.  The blue team won but it did not  stop the  white team from winning some games against the other school's team. So far they have played 7 games, they lost 3  and today will be their last game.
Our daughter got some scrapes and bruises during the last game last week but  that's not stopping her from participating on today's game.  
She's kind of disappointed that they lost three games but we told her that it is part of  playing team sports.  She got used to last season where they never experience a loss.
The best deal here is that, she gets to learn  lessons  such as working  together to achieve a common goal and that she gets to experience how it is  to handle defeat.  In life, you will not win with all your battles but the most important thing to remember is to  learn from that experience no matter the outcome is.
The camaraderie in sports is what the most important lesson these young athletes could learn.  It is not easy to  work  in teams but if you want to achieve  a common goal, you  will learn how to work together.  
Another  new this year was their uniform.  They have long sleeves shirts unlike the jersey they wore last year.  I thought that having their own shirt instead of using the  school sports uniform is better as they get to keep the shirt after the season is over.
Next season, they will have to play with the teams that  they played last season.  This year, they played with the new batch of players from the  lower grades.  Volleyball is the only sports my daughter love.  She never really got interested in  other sports which is okay with me because having so many   sports  at the same time is quite difficult.  Volleyball and piano is what she is involved in.
  I was looking forward to  the Tennis this Spring but the coaches never sent out an info so I am guessing that they did not have it  this Spring.  We do however play it as a family, we all love  playing tennis.  We are also doing Jui-Jitsu as a family.  We started it this month and so far we are  enjoying it.  Hubby and I get to do it together and the kids get to do it too.  Self defense is something I really want all of us to learn especially the kids.  Hopefully, we can stick to it and fully learn it.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Music Audition

Our daughter have participated to the  Young Musician's audition  in West Liberty University.  This  was her second year of participating.  She was very nervous but I knew that she would do very well, and she did.  She received a Superior  rating.  I think most  musicians played piano, I am not sure if there are participants who sing or play other instruments because I only saw a piano, I didn't see  Guitar Center, evans drum heads or any other instruments.  Our daughter was the very last participant, it was night time when we arrived there.  This audition gives young musicians  the chance to showcase their skills and it is also a  great avenue to test their ability to perform in front of a judge.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Play Date at a Bowling Alley

I am not sure if we will be having another bowling night next month but my children are praying for it.  They loved the first time that  we went because  their friends  were there and they had so much fun!  I think that bowling with friends once in a while is a very good breather for  the kids.  It's a very good avenue for us, parents, to catch up with one another.  

My son and his  friends.

My daughter and her friends.

We used to have a get together before every  school year starts and at the end of it too but too much have changed lately that we were all  very occupied and couldn't keep up with the tradition we started.  I hope that we can get together again  often.  

Sports Banquet 2017

We attended the sports banquet at Holiday Inn on May 12.  It was my daughter's first time attending as we didn't attend last year....