Thursday, October 10, 2019

WV History Bowl Championship

The day leading to the  championship for the History Bowl competition was a stressful one for our daughter.  She really wanted to  do good so she was stressing out and was working hard to  pack her brain with so much information.  
 We went  a day early  at Charleston so that  she could at least relax before the    day of the final competition.  We encouraged her to  have a good night sleep but I can tell that she did not sleep that long.  I know I couldn't sleep myself as well thinking about it, I was nervous for her.
 Nevertheless, she was optimistic and hoping for the best.  This is the morning of the  competition.  We woke up early and had breakfast at the hotel and got ready to go to the venue.
 I thought we arrived early but it seems like everybody was there already lol.  While waiting for the  competition to start, we had a lot of time to  spend for taking photos and  review some more.
 I can tell that even though they were prepared, they were still anxious.
 We sat by the corner and  reviewed their materials.
 I am not sure if it's the nerve that kicking in but our daughter can't remember  some of the  information that she knew before  this day.
 Since  the kids did not have a coach, the moms served as their coaches.
 This was taken during the first elimination round.  They won and advanced to to the next round.  They scored 38 while the other school scored 20.
 The school principal was there cheering them on also.
Below is the video of the first elimination round which was  set for ten minutes.  I was  so nervous that this video is so shaky lol.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

6 Tips for Making Your House Healthy and Safe

Every parent wants to raise their children in a safe, happy, and healthy environment. However, your home could be filled with potential safety risks or hazards, which could pose a threat to your kids’ well-being.

While your home should be a haven away from harm, small problems could lead to a big health issue for both you and your little ones.

To ensure you create a secure environment for your children each day, make sure to read these six top tips for making your house both healthy and safe.

1.  Test Your Water Temperature

The last thing you will want is to scald your baby or toddler during bath-time. While 140 degrees F might be fine for an adult, it could burn a child in as little as five seconds. For this reason, you must ensure your water heater is set to no more than 120 degrees F, and you should always test the temperature before you place your child into a tub. If you are unsure how to control your water heater or suspect there could be a fault with the temperature, you should go online and search for “best plumbers near me” to have a professional review and repair the system.

2.  Protect All Electrical Outlets

Children are inquisitive by nature. As a result, they might be tempted to play with an electrical outlet. Rather than allowing them to place their fingers into an open socket, you should install plastic caps onto all unused outlets to protect your kids at all times. You also should keep electrical items out of your child’s reach, such as curling irons, hair dryers, space heaters, and radios, especially when they are in the bathroom.

3. Install a Smoke Detector

The thought of a fire breaking out in your property probably chills you to the bone. For this reason, you must install a dependable smoke detector on every floor, especially outside sleeping areas, which will notify the whole family in the event of a fire.

You also need to check that the smoke detectors are in working order at least once per month, and you must replace the batteries once per year, even if they are seemingly working. It will provide you with peace of mind that you will have enough time to evacuate your family and ring a fire department should the worst happen.

4. Install Safety Gates on Your Staircase

If you are raising young children, it is wise to install safety gates at both the top and bottom of your staircase. Kids might be tempted to walk or crawl up or down the stairs when your back is turned, but the gates can prevent them from gaining access and can, in turn, prevent an accident within the home. It is a must-do if your children are starting to walk or crawl.

5.  Monitor Carbon Monoxide Levels

Carbon monoxide (CO) can have serious and fatal health repercussions if left unrecognized. If you have low to moderate CO levels within the home, it is possible you or a loved one could develop flu-like symptoms, but you will unlikely develop a fever.

For this reason, you must install a carbon monoxide alarm outside your loved ones’ bedrooms, which can prevent poisoning. You also should have your heating system inspected at least once per year, and you should contact a plumber or the gas company if you suspect a leak.

6. Lock Away Cleaning Products and Medicines

Young children often don’t think twice about putting an item into their mouth, as they will not know what is unsafe or tastes bad. As a result, they will be more than happy to add makeup, cleaning products, and medicines into their mouth, if they can. To prevent them from consuming the hazardous items, you should lock away all potentially dangerous items your children might be tempted to consume.

You also should purchase cleaning agents and medicines with child-resistant tops and install a safety latch onto all low cabinets and drawers your kids could access. Don’t forget to hide away any small objects your kids could potentially swallow, such as marbles, jewelry, safety pins, coins, and small toy parts.


While it can be difficult to monitor your children every second of every day, there are actions you can take to increase their safety within the home. It is a wise idea to walk throughout the home to identify potential health hazards and to follow the above tips to create a safe and healthy environment for your nearest and dearest.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Fourteen #Katorse #Catorce

Our daughter turned 14 years old last month.  Time really do flies!  I am grateful that I'd become a mother of this one special and loving little lady.  She's a  hard worker and really do her best in anything that she  try to do.  She gets frustrated when she can't do something right, the way that she wants it to but in the process she is learning that not everything in life will go as planned.  As early as possible, we try to explain to our kids that life is full of surprises so it is always best to think the different possibilities  when doing things.

The photos below were taken last year during her 13th birthday.  When I look at these pictures, I can't believe how a year makes a big difference.  Physically, she was still so little last year but this year, she is  almost as tall as me.  Well, I am short so she would probably be taller than me.  She still have few years to grow.  
These photos were taken at Theodore M. Berry International Park in Cleveland Ohio.  We spent her birthday  on a road trip last year and it was a blast.  
We didn't get to travel this year on her birthday but she understands why.  
She still have a baby face last year but as she turned 14, she's looking more mature and a bit grown up.
I miss the times when I can still tell her to pose for me so I can take a picture of her.  It's been hard nowadays  to take a picture of her lol.  I guess, it is part of being a teen, being awkward with a lot of things.
What I love about our daughter is that, she still talks to us.  Both of our kids does not go to bed without going to our room and say good nights and "I love you."  I am glad that they are "too cool" to hug us and do silly things in front of us.  There are times when she had moments of attitude but it ain't so bad.  We always talk about it and resolve  each issue she faces.
As parents, it is very important that we listen to every little things  they say.  It is our attention that they do need at this critical stage of their adolescence.  A lot of teens these days rebel because they want attention.  
"Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don't give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people." - Tena Desae
"Work hard for what you want because it won't come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.
- Leah LaBelle
"Don't forget to tell yourself positive things daily! You must love yourself internally to glow externally." -  Hannah Bronfman
"It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts." -  Robert H. Schuller
"Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them." - Jack Canfield
"You just keep a positive attitude no matter what comes in your way - challenges, roadblocks - don't let it faze you, and you can overcome anything. " - Rose Namajunas
"You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like, people who have a nice conversation. There are so many positive things to think about." - Sophia Loren
"It's easy to get negative because you get beat down. 
You go through a few disappointments and it's easy to stay in that negative frame of mind. Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is a whole cliche, but your attitude is going to determine how you're going to live your life." -  Joel Osteen
"Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. 
Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. 
Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up." -  Allen Klein
Dearest Anak,

As you continue to grow, I hope that you can find those  positive quotes handy when you are having a hard time.  Always remember that we are always here for you.  Always  keep the faith in you and the work ethic that you already have.  We believe that you can do whatever you put your mind into. Continue to work hard in achieving your goals. 

 We love  and believe in you! 

Mom, Dad, and EJ

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

WV State Capitol

As finalist for the WV History Bowl competition,  one of the few  perks for the participants and their families is a couple of tours.  Part of the  capitol is under renovation but we still had a great time.  The first part of the competition is learning about our state  more by  doing the tours.  
This is minute compared to the ones we experienced in Washington DC but still a wonderful opportunity to be able to see it.   My husband said that he appreciated  our state more by doing this activity.
Our family got the chance to bond  with the other family as well.  We made great memories.
It's beautiful down there in Charleston.  It was our first time  to visit the state capital.  Even my husband who was born and raised in WV, he have never been to Charleston so it was exciting.
There were so many squirrels running around  on the ground  and under those big trees.
Touring the capitol   is such a  great learning experience.  I will share more details about it as soon as I get the chance to  download all the pictures. 
I wish I am more motivated to write these days.  There were so many events that we went through already in the last three months.  In fact, the week that we went to our state capital, we head out to the nation's capital  (DC), one day after we returned home.  Our whole week was jammed with traveling and lots of new experience.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Aquinas Medal Awardee

On April 7th, we  attended the Catholic Schools Dinner celebrating the 25 years of Catholic Education in West Virginia.  My daughter is the  Aquinas Medal awardee from her school.   Every year, they  choose one student with an excellent academic grade for this award.  Community service and other  religious participation is also a factor  for this prestigious award.  We are very humbled that our daughter was selected this year, it is a great honor.
Before the  awarding ceremony, we attended a Sunday mass celebration  first at St. Francis de Sales.  It was a beautiful service led and celebrated by Rev. Monsignor Anthony Cincinnati.  We had to leave after the mass right away and proceeded to Marriott Waterfront hotel for the  awarding ceremony.  
After registering at the recipient table, my daughter  had to get her picture taken with the Bishop at the designated photo area.  Then we  proceeded at the reception area where snacks and refreshments were laid out.
The kids enjoyed the  cookies and punch.  There was an hour window   given to all the  guests before the dinner begin so it gave all of us a chance to socialize with the other guests although we didn't do  much because we are not that social people lol.  We just spent our time  taking some pictures after we said high to the people we know from our school and the two schools we know from our place.
"Saint Thomas Aquinas  was an Italian Dominican friar, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church. He is an immensely influential philosopher, theologian, and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism, within which he is also known as the Doctor Angelicus and the Doctor Communis."
With the principal of St. Joseph School, Mrs. R. Fuscardo.
With the awardee from St. Paul School and the principal of Madonna High School.
After an hour of  socializing (not), the  formal dinner have started.  Our parish priest, Fr. Dennis also came and attended the ceremony.
Salad and bread were  served for an appetizers.  I was pretty much  full with eating just that.
The main course include chicken, mashed potatoes, and veggies.  I couldn't eat the meat, my anti-salt pallet thinks that every food is salty (lol).  I was gonna pull a Cinderella Man technique there where the wife  saved the meat for her kids at home but in my  case for the dogs, but I didn't.  I was just thinking of how many food are wasted in this kind of events. 
They also served  cake for dessert.
While dessert are being served, the awarding commenced.
Photos were blurry for the awarding.
Before  going home, we  got the chance to take pictures of the  awardees of the Catholic schools in our city. Three kids  from Madonna  received an Aquinas award and two Sebastian award.  St. Paul also had one  Aquinas awardee.
The Spartan Family - St. Joseph School.
The proud Daddy.
By the time the ceremony was done, we were all tired.  We woke up really early that day and head to Morgantown which is an hour and half drive from our  place.  

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We will be in Charleston for 3 days for the WV History Bowl championship next week then when we come back, we will be going to a 3-day field trip in DC. The next day after DC, they will be having the May crowning. That one whole week is packed so I might be walking like a zombie after that lol.  Lots of traveling and lots of events to attend too.  It can be physically and financially draining but its a good thing.  Being involved with our children while they still want us around  is our priority.

WV History Bowl Championship

The day leading to the  championship for the History Bowl competition was a stressful one for our daughter.  She really wanted to  do good ...