Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Carefree and Happy-Go-Lucky Guy Turns 12

At 10:09 of January the 15th, twelve years ago, our youngest was born.  He was an 8 pounder baby.  My pregnancy with him was  a lot harder than with my daughter's but it was all worth it.  Despite the doctor's suspicion that he might have a down syndrome, he turned out healthy, for that,  we are truly grateful and blessed.
This guy's personality is way different than his sister.  He is carefree and happy-go-lucky.  He love to have fun and does not worry about things.  It makes me  worry and at the same time thankful.  I worry  that he might not be serious about things that matter but I am thankful that he isn't a worrywart like me.  But then again, he is young and  suppose to enjoy being a child.
 Although  he is not very fond of school, his dream is to become a doctor or engineer.  I told him that in order to achieve that, he need to be good in school.  His grades are good though although he can improve so much more if he  put his mind to it.
 I hope that we could continue to guide him towards a good path  in life.  That's always my prayer that both of our children will grow up to be good people.
  I love that he is still acts like a child, he loves to  dance  whenever and wherever, he doesn't care what others think lol.  It always  bring a smile to my face although it annoys his sister, to me, it's a treat to see him always laughing and having fun no matter what he does.
My wish for you Anak,  is to have a healthy and happy life.  I pray that God will continue to bless you with that.  Even when Mom and Dad will no longer be around in the future, I want you to remember how much we love you.  Happy birthday!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

8th Graders Christmas Party with Santa.

I can't believe how time have flown.  I can still remember the very first day I dropped off my daughter at the kindergarten, I felt  nauseous upon  coming back home.  I've never put my children in a daycare and I taught them at home during their pre-school years so it was a first for me.  She took it easier than me though, she was such a true trooper and very independent.  Now, she is in 8th grade, my gosh! 
Since it is their last year in grade school, the homeroom moms and teacher, along with other moms, made sure that they will have plenty of fun and memories to look back to.  Thanks to the best Moms who planned all the activities, the kids  sure are  having a blast.
They had their Christmas party last December 21.  The homeroom Moms invited some of us to be there as well.   We took lots of photos and videos of them.
I am grateful for these Moms who put  their time, effort, and love  in putting  everything together.  They prepared food and games, arts and crafts, and  decorated the whole room to set the yuletide atmosphere.
There's treat for everyone of them.  We went to their classroom  earlier to prep the room and set up everything.
The main chef and dedicated homeroom mom, Mrs. Arnold, thanks a lot Rose.
I love the backdraft.  Mr. and Mrs. Claus were invited so the kids can have their picture taken with them.
Our group of girls.  Sad to see some of them are going to a different school in highschool but that's life.
The memories they all shared will be remembered for a very long time.  They are so close to each other and have a great friendship throughout their elementary days.
Most teens  feel awkward when it comes to their pictures being taken but glad most of these peeps are up to it and were cool about talking to Santa and having their photos taken.
The Moms were even got the chance to have  our pictures  taken with them as well, it was nice.
I am so grateful to met all of these wonderful Moms.  We've developed great friendship, 8 years have been filled with wonderful memories.
The 8th graders are blessed to have Mrs. Ferguson as their homeroom class teacher, she's  a true Mom to them and a great teacher too.
Thanks to Darla for encouraging me to have a photo with Santa, my very first, ha!
It's so nice to see when your kids get along so well with their friends.
The exchange gifts was fun.  My daughter received a whole bag of goodies from this guy right here.
She had a great time looking each of the items that were in the bag, they were all funny lol.
They had a ginger bread house making contest.
They played  stacking cups game.
Those little stockings with the first letter of their names  were so cute.
They were filled with chocolates for them to enjoy later on, thanks Amy!
Over all, they had  a great time celebrating their last Christmas party at St. Joseph School.  High School is around the corner and I am feeling anxious about it.  We will see what  HS awaits for us.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Family Weekend Bonding and Fun While Doing their Science Project

 It's Thanksgiving weekend already?  What, what just happened?  I felt like November just  flew by!

I finally got done decorating our  house for the holidays.  I  did it when my kids were in school so they were surprised  to come home  where decorations are up already.  They used to help me decorating the tree so I kind of felt bad that I did it without them.  I told them that  they can help  their Dad  in putting the lights outdoors this weekend.
 I am glad I got it done though because they have few projects that needs to be done before the Thanksgiving break so hubby and I were able to help them with it.
 Last Sunday, we  focused in finishing their Science project which was  collecting 20 different  leaves.  They were stressing out about it since most of the leaves have now fallen on the ground and they said that their teacher  don't want  crinkled leaves.  We told them that  we need to  work on what we have available, it is what it is.  If point get's take out from them for having  dried leaves, so be it.
 Luckily though, we  found  some that are still in good condition.  We  roamed around our  neighborhood trying to find leaves but it was a fun family bonding.
 This project would have been perfect  if  it was done before November but as I have said, it is what it is and we worked on the circumstances given.  Glad it still turned out well.
 I told them that if we can't gather the total number that they need that they can use my tropical plants that I brought indoors.  The only problem with it is they can only use a few  that doesn't grow regularly in the area.  But that was our  last option if we did not have enough.
 Finding the leaves was the easy part, identifying each of them was the  challenge.  Luckily, the teacher provided them an app that they can use to identify the leaves, even with the app though, we still found it  hard to  identify some of them.
 This Ginko tree is a favorite one that we always go to during summer time.  There's a great memory that we had with this tree when  our neighbor friend was still alive.  He was the one who introduced us  about it and explained  to us it's benefits.
 You don't normally see Ginko tree around  here but  there is one  by our neighborhood.
"Ginkgo biloba, commonly known as ginkgo or gingko, also known as the maidenhair tree, is the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, all others being extinct. It is found in fossils dating back 270 million years. Native to China, the tree is widely cultivated, and was cultivated early in human history." source 
 Ginko leaves have a very beautiful shape.  It's shapes remind me of anahaw leaves.
 The wild berries and the  fruit of  Japanese barberries makes the almost-bare wooded  area  still look  bright and beautiful.
 I love this area   where we live because although we are in the heart of the city where business stuff  surround us, there is also a wooded area close to us.
 We used to take the kids here when they were younger and  discover a lot of stuff.  We didn't get to do it this summer due to  fear of ticks but now that  it is cold, I don't think tick are still around so we were able to  roam around.
 We have such great memories in  this area.
 It's a great feeling to  be able to do things with our children.  Activities as simple as gathering leaves can be so entertaining and make a great memory that would last a long time.

It is also a great  opportunity for us to talk to them about their future and other important  matters concerning about their studies, dreams and aspirations, and the importance of family as a whole.
 Open communication with children especially in this generation where technology is almost an everyday part of their lives is a  so important.  It is only with open communication that you can clearly  tell your children about things that matters and also a great avenue  for us parents to know what they are thinking and feeling.
 I am glad that our children are not afraid to tell us  things.
 I always love this quote from Frederick Douglass.  He said that   "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men" which is so true.  While we are  busy  trying to  do our jobs, we should always set aside time to talk to our  children.  They will remember this when  we are old and  value the importance of having the family around  you.
 It was an hour of fun and adventure.
Since it is almost  Thanksgiving, I would like to acknowledge the company that  sent us these hoodies that my children were wearing (Thank you!).  TeePublic has a great variety of products to choose from  which includes adult and kids apparel, home goods, cases and stickers.   So if you are looking for a unique gifts for love one these holidays, check them out.
 One of my daughter's dream is to visit New Zealand and see  wombats so I chose this hoodie for her, she loves it.  My son  also loves his hoodie since it has cars in it.
Anyway, here is the project that they have  made .  They were able to put it together  last Sunday and turned it  in one day ahead of it due date.
"Parenting now is a two-way relationship 
where you learn from each other. "
Juhi Chawla

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Carefree and Happy-Go-Lucky Guy Turns 12

At 10:09 of January the 15th, twelve years ago, our youngest was born.  He was an 8 pounder baby.  My pregnancy with him was  a lot harder...