Saturday, September 30, 2017

Fun Surprise and a Great Book for Kids

In mid-September our  friend     invited us to a surprise party for their  two daughters.  It was also a surprise for our  kids because  we did not told them that we were attending a  birthday party of their friends.  We have done this before and  they  were completely surprised  that we  pulled a trick on them.  This time, we  said that we will  see if the girls would  like to come and play tennis with us and they  were  excited about it.  When we got there, they saw some  kids in their classes getting off their car and they immediately got the message.

 I admire their Mom for  getting this  surprise party a secret because I am sure could not pull it off  if I were her lol.  They created a diversion for the girls, they were at  their friend's house until the party   is ready to  start with all their friends there waiting for them.  It was funny seeing their reaction.
 It's awesome when you have a swimming pool in your backyard because it is a great entertainment for the kids.  My kids didn't know that I packed them their swimsuits but  they were delighted when I handed them the beach bag containing  what they need to join the fun.
 It was really a fun surprise for everybody.  Even the adults have enjoyed the party.  Thanks to the Mascio family for inviting us over to their new  home.
 I also want to share this great book that Wisdom Tales have sent me for my kids to read and reflect  on.  It is called Talking to God, it is about the list of prayers for children  from the world's religion.  
An award winning  author and illustrator, Demi, shows in this book how Jews, Christians, and Muslims pray.  Also included are prayers  for Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists, and Shintoists.  There is also  prayers from African and American Indians.  
I love the fact that Demi also included an appendix with notes on the  the prayers and illustrations.  She  described clearly what the prayer is about and also the illustrations.  
My son's favorite  prayer are the Taoism and Shintoism.  They are short but precise, direct to the point and  very easy to understand for  little kids.
Taoism Prayer:" In dealing with others, know how to be gentle and kind" (Lao Tzu)
Shintoism Prayer :O spirits, wash away my sins from me" (Traditional Prayer) 
Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the complimentary product/s mentioned  for testing purposes and to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Camp Magis: My First Experience of Being Away

Hello this is Rylie, it's been  a while since I wrote something on my blog.  Thanks Mom for letting me.

I am so glad we are off today. I am so stuffy and not feeling so well. I just got done with my homework and I thought of writing about my experience at Camp Magis. This was the very first time that I was away from my family. I have never gone to any sleep overs or anything like that so I didn't really know what to expect without my parents and brother with me. We do everything together so I was a little nervous embarking on this journey.   I have to say though that I had so much fun with my friends out there.  We had three parent chaperones  that came with us so I felt  like my  Mom and Dad were there with me.  Fr. Dennis and Deacon Vince was also  with us.  
Let me tell you about Camp Magis a little bit.   Camp Magis is a program put together by the  the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s  for all seventh graders in West Virginia Catholic schools. This  awesome journey is held at at the Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center in Morgantown.  According to the information provided to us, Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center  is a 1400-acre property centrally isolated in the heart of West Virginia. It is operated by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.  The center is a place set aside to help young people like me to  fall in love with Jesus Christ and His Church.​   In this 3-day adventure, we have learned about our faith and encountered God through the line up of high-adventure activities, prayer, fellowship, and liturgy. The place was beautiful and very relaxing.  
The morning we left school
The four main goals of  Camp Magis includes:

We left  on Wednesday, August 30.  I packed all the things that I needed in the camp during the weekend.  I  used the army roll technique in packing all my clothing, bedding, towel, and pillow so it won't take a lot of space in my suitcase.  I packed  my stuff very neatly so I only  needed one  medium size of suitcase.  I was excited and nervous at the same time.  I woke up  very early on Wednesday.  My Mom and Dad were already awake.  Mom cooked breakfast, we ate, and my Dad dropped me off at school at 5:45, he waited until we departed from school.  I can tell, both of my parents were anxious.
It took us about 3-4 hours on the road before we arrived at our destination.  Our very first activity was a team of two  challenge.  One has to lead  the team while they are blindfolded.  My friend Jules was my teammate and I was the one who led her the way.  We learned how to trust each other on this activity.
I have learned a lot on this camp experience.   I told my Mom she would have been so proud of me if she were there because I did  house chores just like I do at home.  We  cleaned dishes and  other things.  Some of the fun  activities  that we did includes archery, farming, canoeing,  swinging up high on a tree, and we did  a lot of self reflection activities.  On our camping list supplies, we were asked to bring a journal and a pen and we used it to jot down our thoughts and  emotions.  
Only few of my classmates  did not go on this out-of-school activity.  I wish they would have gone with us because they missed out on a lot of fun and learning experience. 
I think my Mom would have loved it there, because of the  fresh vegetable in the farm and the animals like the pigs and bunnies.  I love bunnies, so I was happy to see a lot of them there.  I felt bad that one of the pigs escaped the pen when  my friend and I went inside.  Even though the  guy did not show it, I could see that he was displeased of what happened.  It took him a while to catch it and I felt guilty.
The photo below   was taken on our way back home.  We were all exhausted.  I think the lack of sleep  drained my energy because I felt terrible the next day.  I went to our volleyball practice and when I came home I was having chills and body ache.  My Mom made and gave  me  some ginger tea and Daddy gave me a shot of medicine.  I fell asleep and stayed in bed for hours.  I felt fine  on Sunday but today I am feeling bad again.  
One of the motivational speaker during one of our group sessions  shared his personal experiences about his life.  He told us that if plan doesn't go as we hope it to be, we shouldn't let it  drag us down but  instead, take it as a  stepping stone to move forward.  My question is, what if we don't have a back up plan?  I guess, I will figure this out when I get a little older but it definitely made me think.    

Here is the video that one of our chaperone's took of me when I was on  the swing.
As much as I would love to elaborate more, I have to go because I have piano in an hour and I need to practice. I wasn't able to really practice this week because of the camp and volleyball practices. I hope that I would feel better soon because we have our very first volleyball game tomorrow. Speaking of which, we have so many volleyball games line up this year. We are now teamed up with St. Paul so I am learning new techniques. I am trying to really strengthen my serve outside the court. I am not there yet but once in a while, I get lucky with my serve. Anyways, I really have to go. By for now. Until next time.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Balloon Fight and a Rain Shower

My daughter was volunteering  for the set up of the vacation Bible school in her school on the day of her birthday so  her little brother wanted to surprise her  with water in balloons so they could have a  water balloon fight when she arrives.  He even learned  how to  tie the balloons himself, that's how bad he really wanted to do something special for her Ate.  
I told him to use the wheelbarrow to put all the filled balloons so the  dogs  won't bust them.  
They had so much fun.  They  asked me to join in but I told them that I will just do the documentation.  They told me to  use  the stand for the camera but I didn't want the camera to get wet .  That was actually my excuse  lol.  The last time we had a balloon fight, I was the main target ha!
Anyway, towards the end of their balloon fight, the rain started coming down.  That was an extra  bonus because  they seldom play in the rain due to lightning and thunderstorm that comes with it most of the times.  This time it was only raining so it was safe for them to  play in the rain.
I told them that when I was a kid, we  always played in the rain every chance we get and it was a lot of fun!
The balloons that they used is not really the water balloons you normally used but a regular  baloons that you blow that's why they were huge.  My son said that the regular balloons  carry more water and it is more fun because you get wet right away when you get blasted.  The issue of it was that, it was hard throwing it  far.  Nevertheless, they had so much fun.
I am glad that my son initiated this  activity, it really made my daughter's day when she came home from school,
Even our dogs took part in chasing them but then ran away when  they got splashed with the water lol.
Those balloons are bigger than their heads lol.  I think they were filled with more than a gallon each.
As a birthday present, EJ let  her  Ate throw a balloon on him without  him running away.
Here us the video I managed to  record of them  throwing those big balloons at each other.  

Thursday, July 13, 2017

5 Fun Things to Do When Boredom Strikes on a Rainy Day

Outside is gloomy, wet, and mucky—what is there to do? Plenty. Especially if you are planning a day of boredom-busting fun for your family. Keep reading to see 5 fun things you can do to banish boredom on a rainy day.

Have Your Fortune Told

 Call a hotline, host a psychic, or brave the rain in favor of fun at the local faire or carnival—whatever way is convenient, you should get your fortune told just for fun. Ask questions, discover what you were in a past life, or delve into the love and romance details of your future.

Host a Neighborhood Water War

This suggestion is a huge hit with kids because they love to get wet and muddy in the rain. Fill up some water balloons and play host to a neighborhood water war. Invite entire families, encourage them to bring their water blasters, and plan for hours of muddy, soaked, rainy day entertainment. But be sure to slather yourself and your guests with coral safe sunscreen [left over from your recent beach trip]. It might be raining but you could actually get sunburnt because the sunshine’s rays are strong enough to penetrate clouds, and water intensifies the effects.

Learn a Language

What better time to dedicate yourself to something serious than when rain keeps you indoors for the day? Learn another language, such as Spanish, French, or Italian. Download some learning tools and online books, and get to work while the rain pours down outside. You’d be surprised how much you can learn in an afternoon.

Spend the Afternoon Baking Something Delicious

There is nothing quite like fresh-baked sugar cookies on a rainy afternoon. So roll out the dough, bake up some goodies, grab a fresh cup of hot tea, and sit down in your favorite chair to watch the rain stream down your windows. That’s what you call relaxing.

Watch Cartoons from Your Childhood

Do you remember getting up for those old cartoons when you were a kid? Saturday mornings were devoted to watching television for hours, soaking up the crazy antics of your favorite characters. Now, as an adult, you should relive those childhood days while it rains. Build a pillow fort, find some old reruns of your favorite cartoons, pop a bag of popcorn, and watch hours of laugh-out-loud moments that made your childhood great.

These fun things to do are perfect for rainy days, particularly if you have a family to entertain. So, use these suggestions as you see fit. Or, implement them as stepping stones to something even more fun and entertaining. Either way, have a good time and enjoy the rain. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Happy 12th Birthday My Love, Our #MiracleBaby

No matter how old you you are, you will always remain to be our miracle baby.  God brought you back to life to give us  reason to live.  It was the most heart racing experience we have ever dealt with but glad that you survived, God has plans for you!
 Look at you all grown up!  I can still remember when I wrote a poem on your eight birthday.  I didn't think I had a poetic side   in me.  I realized that being a parent to you brings out the best in us so thank you.  
 I know that we always have different opinions and that we butt heads   sometimes but please know that  deep inside my heart, I love you very much.  You might not understand it now but I am sure you will, when you become a Mom yourself.  It's a parent's  responsibility to be honest  and guide you of what  we think will be best for you.  
 We are the luckiest parents in the world to have a daughter like you.  You bring so much joy to  us and helps us to be better parents to you and your brother.
 Your fun and bubbly personality  gives us reasons to smile  even on our worse days.
 Stay  sweet as you are and keep your feet on the ground no matter  what success you may  have in the future.  We will always be here to help you reach your dreams and aspirations in life.
 Thank you for being my superstar, my all-time model.  Capturing your every moment is  fun!
 Today, as you celebrate your  12th birthday, I want you to  always remember how w much we love you.  
 We will always cherish the fun times that we get to celebrate your birthday.  I know  that one of your favorites was in Ocean City when you turned 10.  It was fun for all of us.
 Remember when you turned 11?  We couldn't wait to  go to our  destination as we always go on a road trip  and family vacation on your birthday week.  Our   time in Williamsburg Virginia  was a awesome.
 I think for a 12 year old, you have accomplished a lot already and we are so proud of you for that.  From winning the Doodle4Google which gave us the opportunity to go in California to winning a talent show, you are pretty good at it.  Music and Arts are your craft so just continue  to do what you love, we will support you for it.  
 Just remember to  be always humble and  be respectful to all people.  Be confident and know that God  gave you those talents to share so keep sharing it.
 I pray that you will always  have a healthy life.  Be strong with all those bumps that you will encounter in life.  We are here when you need us.
 Oh, thank you for confiding  your secret in me today  about a boy who asked you  for a date lol.  You are exactly my daughter as I would have done the same thing.  You are right, you are too young for it so  focus on getting your goals achieve and love will just come naturally  for you when you are ready. 
 As you celebrate your 12th birthday today, I hope that it is at least  12 times better what you expect it to be because you definitely deserve it.  You are one  might young lady.  
 I thought that this birthday wish  that I read is pretty cool, check it out;
So many great things come in 12s: months in a year, inches in a foot, donuts, eggs, roses, hours on a clock, zodiac signs, members of a jury, drummers drumming, birthstones and, most importantly, YOU.
 Here's to 12 years of fun, hooray to a pretty celebrant.  Screaming, yelling, hollering, Happy Birthday to you my miracle baby, I love you so much. 
I want to thank you for bringing me so much joy over the past 11 years years. You have taught me so much about life, about myself, about being patient. You have taught me how to love unconditionally. 
 Smile, laugh, and scream, it is your birthday!
 Dance and sing a song,  tickle the piano, play the violin, you are free to do all those things, it is your birthday.
 Jump as high as you can, feel free to fly,  it is your birthday!
 Happy 12th birthday Dahlin, you have all the power in your hands, use it well in God's glory.
May the Almighty God bless you with good health and guide you all through your  life.  We love you very much!  Enjoy your day and have fun!!

Fun Surprise and a Great Book for Kids

In mid-September our  friend     invited us to a surprise party for their  two daughters.  It was also a surprise for our  kids because  we...