Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cascading Ruffle Dress and Swimsuit

Swimming is something that both of my children love to do  especially during summer time.  They also love it that the  community center's pool is   open during winter so once in a while we go there and they swim.  We didn't have the chance to go last month but we planned to take them sometime this month.  
My daughter is very excited to go swimming  again so she can use her new  set of swimsuit that Limeapple sent us to review.  She love the design of this rays striped cropped tankini, it has brilliant shade of orange,  fuchsia and lime and striking black bottoms.  
 She also love the  center front zip up detail/zipper guard, which is quite unique.  Limeapple has so many cute designs for  girls swimwear.  I love that  the material is high quality and that they are  made well.

 I also got her this cascading ruffle dress in blue which I was  pleasantly surprised that she liked because she doesn't like dresses with   ruffles for some reason but  I am glad she like this one.  In act she  wore it to church last Sunday and it looked good on her and it fit so well on her tiny body.  
 I love the quality of this dress, the  lining is soft and  thicker than I epxected but it makes for a great  dress to wear to go to church.  Blue is her favorite color so I guess the color  of the dress  bypassed  her dislike for ruffles.  
Whoever  Limeapple's designer is really knows how to design for girl's dresses.  There is a lot of beautiful selection and not only  that they carry swimwear but they also  have a wide  selection of  dance wear,  dresses,    fitness clothing or active wear, and a lot more.  Limeapple really is  a lifestyle  girls clothing company so if you have daughters and you are looking for some stylish  clothing for them, I  encourage you to  give them a try.  They have plenty of selection.  Oh they also offer free shipping for orders $50 and above.

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.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Preparing for that First Dance

It is a rite of passage.  All young men go through it.  He may be the most talented athlete on the team or the smartest lad in the class.  He can be as thin as a toothpick or so fluid you must look twice to be certain his isn’t linked with the ball.  Regardless, when the time comes for him to get all dressed up for the dance that celebrates graduation from primary school, most youngsters suddenly become all thumbs.  Fortunately, you bought him a snazzy suit from Hudson’s Bay; the one he’d worn so proudly when he performed at the county talent show just last month. 

And why shouldn’t he suddenly become so discombobulated?  For the first time in his young life he is judged by criteria over which he has little or no control.  After all, he comes into this new stage of his life just as he also first enters that phase of puberty when his body grows rapidly but at uncoordinated rates and spurts.  One day he finds he doesn’t fit into his favorite pair of pants; the next he feels his neck is so long he looks like a baby giraffe.  Worst of all, he feels that every change in his physique is painfully noticeable to those around him.  That’s why using money saving Groupons to buy clothes for his ever-changing body makes such good sense.  (Especially when they offer up to 65% off boys apparel and free shipping.)

In his mind the person most likely to take note of all these changes is the very one he is expected to escort to their first dance.  For some strange reason, the girls are suddenly taller, more graceful and poised.  They are as attractive, intelligent, and aware as he is disjointed, awkward and uncomfortable.  For the first time in his young life he feels a sense of his own seeming inadequacy at the very time he is expected to be paired up with those whom he has secretly admired from afar.  Wouldn’t anybody feel uneasy when thrust into such circumstances? 

And yet, while it may seem forever to him, this is only a brief – though painful – passing phase.  Yes, he may need to return to Hudson’s Bay for a more stylish and better fitting suit.  And he also must learn the more intricate social details needed in this expanded world.  But the shaky steps taken at his first dance serve as the foundation upon which he can build the confidence that enables him to take on the challenges that lie ahead. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Dearest Son: Happy 10th Birthday!

It seems like it's just yesterday when I gave birth to my  second child.  I can still remember  the pain, the excitement, and the worries that I have inside me having to  take care of  two  children.  I wished then that my family was around so they could help me.    My  daughter was just  18 months   when my son was born.  It felt like I  have a twin!  It's amazing how  we, as parents, survive things that we thought we could never do but for the love of our children, we try our best to do whatever we can to help, protect and raised our kids the way we know is best for them.  I can't believe it's been almost ten years.  Our son is turning  double digits this Sunday.
According to an article I read, ten year old is an age of contradictions.  Some may tell their parents not to hug them in  public but requests snuggles at home.  I am glad that my son  doesn't  do that.  He  love  hugs and kisses, he is not embarrassed to be hugged in public.   He is the most loving guy I know and very sensitive too.  We have to watch what we say as he gets hurt by words so easily.
I noticed  that he is very vocal about his friends.  He tells me all about them and what they do in school.  I am glad about that because I want to know  everything that is  going on school  when I am not around them.  
 When it comes to  grades in school, he is more laxed than his sister.  He is a straight A student but he is okay if they are not all 100s.  I used to be strict at him about this but I realized that it was  a wrong approach so I let him learn the way that he wants effective as  long as it doesn't affect  his grades.  I know that he is as smart as his sister  is, he just don't have that patience to sit and  study  everything.
 Both of my children have their own electronics but during  school days,  they  don't use them.  They  surrender them to us, they only get it  during weekend.  I know that we have to give our children  some independence but at the same time, they still need our guidance as they are still kids.
Below is a short letter I wrote for my son.  

Dearest EJ,

As you celebrate your 10th birthday, Mom and Dad and Ate wishes you  the best of everything.  May God   grant your wishes  and that may He always bless you with  good health.  I can't believe it has been ten years since I gave birth to you.  I can't even imagine carrying an 8 pound baby inside me but  you are a great blessing to our family!   Life won't be the same without you.  I am very grateful that God took care of you, despite the  doctor's worries about your  health when you were inside me, you were born  perfectly healthy.  

As you  start spreading your wings, always remember that we love you very much!   We   will always be here for you no matter what the circumstance is.  Stay sweet and loving.  Happy birthday Sweetheart!



Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas Eve 2016

Our first Christmas at  the new home was  so much fun.  We definitely had  a great family time together as my husband  took a couple of days off from work so that we could spend  some quality time  for each other.  The kids baked  some chocolate crinkles, the only cookies we baked for the Christmas season.  We don't really bake a lot of cookies because I hate throwing out stale cookies.  We only bake what we can eat.  
These two always find something to do, it's either  working together   or annoying each other lol.  I am glad that they are growing out of  picking on each other with every little thing.  I hope that  from this time on, they would  support each other all the time.  
 It's been a while since I used our video camcorder so I recorded them when they were making the chocolate crinkles and of course when they were eating it.  I haven't uploaded the videos but glad I did.  Over the  course of  their holiday break from school, we spent a lot of time watching the videos  that my husband and I  recorded when they were babies.  I don't know why we stopped doing it  after we came back from overseas but I am glad we started again.  It's fun to watch them.
 We attended  the 5 o'clock mass on Christmas eve because both of the kids  joined  other  children from St. Joseph's choir to sing at the  said mass. 
 We got  ready super early so we had time to take some family photos.
 The little man did not want to wear his  tux but  went casual on his outfit.
 We went to church  at four, we were the first one to arrive so we got to choose the front seat, yes!
There's Fr. Dennis and  the music director, Ms. Bernardi.
 It was so much fun  watching our  kiddos  mingle with  other kids while waiting for the mass to start.  They also had time to practice all of their songs.
 Rylie was part of the Bell choir as well.  They played  certain songs  with bells.
 This year's mass was different because we didn't do the  Christmas pageant so the mass was short.
 My daughter is so small compared to her friends.  Here she is with one of her best friends.
 My little lady with Hannah and Juliana.
 I was lucky to get some photos after the mass.  Everybody crowd  in front of the altar after the mass.  Here they are with the Brady kids, Sophie and Nathan.  These four are  Fil-Ams.
Time flies, I can't believe my  daughter will be driving in  4 more years.  That would be exciting and a nervous stage for me lol.  We had a great  first Christmas at our new  home, to God be the glory.  May we all have a  peaceful and prosperous new year!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Music Event at A Senior's Place

Last Saturday, Rylie and other  music students from Torrence Music  played some Christmas songs at Serra Manor, am assisted living place  for seniors.  It was a great afternoon of music, some could not  be there because of sickness but  the ones who were did  a really good job in entertaining the seniors.  Np one really need a used fender telecaster but my daughter said that the piano's pedal there  was sticking.  Her teacher  praised her for not getting distracted of the pedal as she continue playing even with the pedal malfunction.  I will post a separate article with the video next time.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Bert and Ernie's Loch Adventure @BuschGardens

As part of our daughter's 11th birthday celebration, we went to  Busch Gardens on Williamsburg, Virginia.  We were supposed to come here when she turned ten but our vacation got cancelled due to kennel issue cancelling  the boarding of our dog  at the last minute.  We finally got to see it this year.
We went there   a little early so mist of the attraction aren't even opened yet lol.  The very first thing that the kids tried is the Bert and Ernie's Loch adventure.  Even though it was for little kids, they  went  for it because  it was   opened.
 It's amazing  to see how  children's preferences come in play even on rides.  They used to love this kind of rides but now, they act like embarrass on getting on it  because they think they are "too old" for it, lol.
 The good thing about going to  an amusement park early is that, there is no lines to  get in but the   negative part is, most of the stuff aren't even operating yet lol.  I think that all parts of the park should be open when they open the  entrance.
Now that we have been in Busch Gardens, I can say that it was okay.  It wasn't as great as I was expecting it to be. The only thing I love about it is that, it is very clean!  

Music Program in School

It's been 6 years since my daughter started school and she has been an active member of their music  program.  They just started  their Bell choir again this year.  Thank goodness, they don't need any roland td4 or any  expensive gadget, they are just re-using the ones they had last year.   I love seeing  my kids  participate in any music event in school, it makes me very happy and proud to see them on stage and especially in church.  I can't believe how time flies, she is now in 6th grade and I don't even want to think that in few years, she will be driving.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fun Time at the Beach in Jamestown, Virginia

Going to the beach is such an exciting  thing to do for my kids.  We live  very far from the beach so once we get the chance, we make the most of it.  This beach trip  was not in our plan but thanks to a good friend  for telling us different things we can do in Virginia, we got to enjoy  amazing things!
I know that they were so excited to go to the water park but nothing is compared to the beach.  They told us that this was  better than the  water park.  I can tell also because they did not want to go back to the hotel.  I just wish that we  would have went there earlier so they could have enjoyed it longer.  
These two are like peas in a pod.  One moment they   bicker with each other and most of the times they are best friends.  I guess it is normal for siblings.  It reminds me of the times when I was growing up.  MY older brother  was very strict and always  scolding me and giving me sermon about things but  at the end of the day. he was  biggest supporter, a hero and a confidante.  
They are only 18 months apart in age so they are almost like twins!  I am glad that they are the way they are for each other.  
I love watching them when in the water because they take care of each other.  They look out for each other so I am always confident when they are  with each other in the water.  
The fun is not complete without my husband in there.  He is the biggest kid among the three hehehe.  
I always thank God for introducing me to a wonderful man, the father of  my children and the love of my life.  I love how engage he is when it comes to our children.  He will do anything for them.  
One thing about my husband that  not a lot of people know is that, he is the most caring person I know.  Some  call him names but I really don't care because what is important is how he is to us, and that's the only thing that matters.
This is  far better experience  that we have, it was better than the  one we had in Ocean City.  Jamestown beach is a lot cleaner and a lot family friendly because it wasn't too crowded.  Perfect to take your kids, even pets did have fun swimming on that beach.  I would love to take our pets on this beach!  I wish that we can go back there again someday.