I am making good with my promise to post the past events in my family, because more than anything else, I want to put on record the milestones in my kids’ lives, and blogging about them is one way of doing that. I’m starting off with my son’s graduation from College last 3 April 2013. Here’s a screenshot of my FB post on that day:
This post sums up what we (his Dad and I) felt on that day. It was a mixed feeling of excitement, happiness, and anticipation for what lies ahead for him. I know that he is focused in his dream of becoming a doctor someday and his Dad and I are here to support that dream.
His graduation was held at the PICC. The schedule was strictly followed and we appreciated the well laid out programme of the ceremony. The guest of honor was Dr. Gaerlan Inciong, also an alumni of the school. He gave an inspirational talk for the graduates and I think he caught their attention when he said that he wasn’t able to attend the graduation ceremony because he was prevented by the school authorities to do so. He was a scholar but he did something which was against the school policies that was why he was barred from attending the graduation ceremony. The parents were also moved with what he shared, with the way he turned his life around and eventually finishing medical school with flying colors.
To celebrate his graduation, we had dinner at Cabalen Restaurant in Mall of Asia with the rest of the family.
At the end of the day, we knew that he was happy, but we also knew that deep in his heart he still felt that his journey has just started. He still has to pass his board exams and he still has to go to Medical School. Still a long journey ahead of him, but his Dad and I know that for as long as he remains focused in what he wants to achieve in his life, everything will fall into place just the way he wants it.
I haven’t posted any updates in my blog for almost two months now. My last post was made in the hope that I can regain my momentum in writing, but unfortunately, it did not. I was still too overwhelmed with all the family updates that I needed and wanted to post that I couldn’t get around to finally start doing it. For 2013, I have a grand total of 6 posts! So, what has been the problem? I think it all started when our Internet connection at home went really and awfully slow. We had to change into different services being offered by our current provider hoping to finally find the one that will work fast in our area. Until now we’re still struggling but I guess we have to change our home address in order to find the best Internet provider.
Lately, I’ve been reading about the importance of journalling — I’m actually aware of its importance for years but it finally got me thinking that blogging is one way of putting on record the events in my family. It dawned on me that I shouldn’t stop blogging about the important or even the not-so-important events in my kids’ lives or about my family because my kids will appreciate those stories later on, and will be appreciated even more by their own kids. My youngest daughter has gotten used to my blogging that whenever we have family vacation or family events, she would ask me, “Mommy, have you blogged about our Davao trip already?” and then when I say that I haven’t, she would be disappointed. So now, I promised to myself that I will start writing again. I have a long list of family events that I felt I need to put on record:
- Davao Trip with Izah in December 2011
- Davao Trip with Faye in March 2012
- Izah’s 18th Birthday in December 2012
- Family Davao Trip in December 2012
- Christmas and New Year Family celebrations
- Earvin’s College Graduation in March 2013
- Family Hong Kong Trip in May 2013
- Family Bohol Trip in June 2013
So there, I’m sure there are still other events that I haven’t posted yet, which I’ll only be able to identify when I check on my photo albums. It’s time to get busy!
Summer vacation simply means kids should have more time to clean their rooms as well as do other chores like washing the dishes, mopping the floors, doing the laundry. There’s no room for excuses like, “But mommy, I have to finish my project!” or “But mommy, I want to wake up late during weekends!”.
This weekend, my 3 kids had a nice bonding time cleaning their room. Believe it or not, the room that is shared by my two daughters are more cluttered than my son’s room. Yesterday, we had to do a major clean up of their room because it got really dirty and dusty after drilling a hole for the aircon. My son who saw the room of her sisters couldn’t stand the clutter and he really surprised me when I saw him on the floor with his sister doing the sorting of all the trinkets, knick knacks, and he even did some labeling of some containers for easy access. He was good at it! They finished the sorting in about 30 minutes, I think. I was amazed because I was sure that if I did that myself, it would take me longer plus it would be a stressful activity for both me and my daughters because I wouldn’t stop scolding them about their heavily cluttered room, LOL!
I wonder what’s next? The part of the house to clean, that is!
Who doesn’t love Mexican food? I’m sure most of the people do. It’s filling, delicious, and can satisfy any palate. For families who love to eat out, it’s always reassuring to know that you can easily find the best mexican restaurants in dallas. This is what my cousins say. Whenever we get the chance to chat, they couldn’t stop raving about the Mexican restaurants in las Colinas and even the Mexican restaurants in frisco tx. So, I made them promise that when I finally have the resources to visit them, they should make it a point to bring me to those restaurants on the Day One of my trip.
For family bonding moments it’s nice to know that there are restaurants that cater to the entire family, especially the kids. Kids are sometimes difficult to please, but I’m fortunate that my own kids simply adore tacos. They could live with it — oh well; of course that’s an exaggeration! But they just love it! My cousins were even telling me that one of their kids had a birthday party in a Mexican restaurant, and they had a blast, which just proves that kids also love it. For special occasions like Christmas and other holidays, we also availed of the catering packages which some restaurants offer. What are the advantages? Less time-consuming, less stressful, more time for other things, and most importantly, assurance that guests will enjoy the food. Most of the time, we just order food and have them delivered at home. It makes for more quality time with the family because I don’t slave in the kitchen and I don’t worry too much about the menu. All I had to do was to make sure that there are enough food for everyone and that everyone’s food preference are considered.
As for my cousins, I hope they get ready to show my family around the Mexican restaurants that they were telling me about.
I think throwing two Sagittarians together makes for a very adventurous couple. My husband and I love to travel, although due to financial constraints, we only get to visit some local destinations, and we’ve only been out of the country just once. It’s a good thing that the Philippines has lots of very nice places to explore, in fact, we didn’t even need to go abroad, we just want to experience different cultures, and that’s why exploring other countries is on our bucket list.
We make it a point to go on a vacation once every year, just the two of us, sans the kids, and we schedule it around the time of our wedding anniversary. We both believe that this is very important in our married life, because we get to unwind, relax and just forget about the everyday worries of domestic life, even for just a few days. We always feel refreshed every time we go back to our home. We’ve also had family trips with the kids ever since they were young, and we all know how it can be challenging to travel with toddlers, because yes, we did that! We even took a 12 hour boat ride with our 3 kids, the youngest being 1 year and 6 months, and we survived it, feeding bottles, diapers and all.
Now that they are older, we look forward to the time when we can have grand vacations outside the country, like New Zealand and Australia. My kids want to visit the place where the Lord of the Rings was filmed, yes, they are excited about that. Now, whenever I see posts about the beauty of these countries, I get more inspired when I visit various blogs and websites like eyton.com.au because I get to see products here that I’m sure my family will enjoy. With various airlines in the Philippines offering fare discounts, I hope that we can scratch this off our bucket list sooner than we planned. Eyton has some intriguing information for any traveller at heart, and is so worth checking out. If you have the money to travel, why not go here and make some immediate plans! Wish I could do the same.