Thursday, June 17, 2010

Mommy Moments - Daddy Moments

I've chosen to share with you the Daddy Moments of my dear hubby with our kids. It is these moments that I know he'll treasure the most. My kids and I made this slideshow as a gift for their father.

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Romy, my husband, likes to spend time with our kids especially now that they are growing up - fast! He is supposed to receive this on saturday, June 19 but I can't wait anymore so I'm sending it to him now.

Happy Father's Day, Papa! We love you!!

Nostalgia Entry # 2 - Home Decorations

Its been wonderful that I keep on receiving gifts or donations from family to decorate in our new home.

From my mother, (because she knows I like sunflower)

I just need to get a really nice cupboard to showcase this one.

From my brother, Edward, (his labor of love)

From my youngest sister, Jovy, (her own 3-D scented flower frame)

I really love this one! Thanks sis!

From my eldest sister, Jho, this beautiful picture frame (which I havent decide which family picture to put on yet)

The blue fish was a fighting fish given to my kids by my mom. Its their end-of-school gift from her.

There's a lot more, they say, that they will have to give me. But I those have to wait until I have a house-blessing (hopefully by next month).

Friday, June 11, 2010

"Hot Dad"

I did an extraordinary thing for my husband this father's day/month!

Smart Parenting magazine is in search for Hot Dads who helps out in the house and takes care of the kids! I sent pictures of my dear husband right away thinking that it would be nice to see him win! That would be a different kind of father's day gift he's going to get. The kids are excited about it also. It's our litte secret and surprise for their father.

If you have time, please visit and click the stars to cast a vote.
We'll be very happy. And we hope he wins!!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Remembering Papa

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When Papa died eight years ago, I remember the priest told us to document every wonderful thoughts and praises that family, relatives and friends are telling us about how they remember Papa. It would be a nice legacy for his grandchildren and great grandchildren. After 1 year, during our "babang-luksa", I was tasked to do the documentation but I can't seem to write anything in remembrance of Papa, so I wrote this poem instead. . .


I knew a man
Who was not a fisherman
Neither was he a spokesman
But for me he was a great man.

He's not known to Never Land
Though he's been to many lands
It is to his homeland
Where he wants to be grand.

He was not a great ruler.
Nor was he a great teacher.
But,for me, he was the greatest of all fathers.
And his name was Peter!

Papa taught my eldest how to write. He cuddled my second child. But he never had the chance to see my youngest. So, I named him after his lolos (grandfathers) - PETER BENJAMIN ("Peter" was after my father, who actually is "Pedro" and "Benjamin" is after my father-in-law).

It is now that I missed him so. I missed his rough hands as we hold hands as we go shopping. I missed his driving (he never exceeds 40km/hr). I missed to see how he eats "tilapia" and "panga ng tuna". I just missed him!

Happy Father's Day, Papa!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Nostalgia Entry # 1 - College Friends Photos


As I read your post and saw that Japanese Doll, I cannot help but show you mine. Exactly the same as yours, sis!

This one was a gift from my younger brother, Edward, who works in an International Law Office in Japan. He gave it to me about 10years ago as a remembrance in our short stay there.

And this is my entry: an old photo of my college days friends!

My friends in college are the ones closest to my heart. I've been keeping these photos as a souvenir. Just a week ago, I've been reunited with my friends in college on-line, my bestfriends! We have so many things to talk about. So many memories to look back to. And I never taught I have missed them so much.

Monday, June 7, 2010

First Day of School

Its my youngest son, Phoebo's, first day at big school!

The night before he said he was excited. He slept early as their classes will start at 7:00am and we practiced how he is going to introduce himself in front of the class.

This morning, he hates it when I woke him up early. He cried as I give him a bath. Unlike his older brothers, he seems to be not really excited. Maybe because its a big school now and he doesn't know anyone there at all.

As I take him to school and his kuya accompanied him to his room (because parents are not allowed to enter the school building), I see his face about to cry! He has separation anxiety that's why I put him in a small school during his pre-school years. I went home worried how his first day or his first hour in school would have been.

Uneasy, I came back to school at 8:30am to check on him or rather check if there were uncontrolled crying that the teacher would have to get him out of the room. Luckily, there was none and I saw him in line as they were being introduced to the different areas in the school.

To sum it up, he has a good first day of school experience! Thank God!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Mommy Moments - Unforgetable Summer

I will never forget the summer of 2010 because it is when my eldest son got circumcised!

I was still making a big deal out of it maybe because there was a lot of realization on my part that is connected with circumcision. And the biggest one is the reality that my son is growing up.

There were already times that I cannot make him accompany me in doing to the grocery. When we went to the mall just the two of us, he doesnt want to hold hands with me anymore. He wont kiss me in school anymore but he still kisses me in church. I wonder what else will change now that he is going through another phase in his life.

I just hope our hug-times at home will still remain.

One down, I have 2 more boys to go and I hope by that time I'm ready.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


It is a fact of life for boys here in our country to be circumcise. And my boys (all 3 of them) were no exemptions. I am having difficulty understanding why do boys need to be circumcised but I cannot do anything about it. I have to go with the flow. So, I pushed it out of my head for a while but 11 years after, my son requested that we schedule him for one! I think it was peer pressure. And my son was ready!

It was the most "i-dont-know-what-you-call-it" feeling I ever felt! Seeing my son going to the Operating Room all by himself and I just sit there in the waiting area waiting, and waiting, and waiting. Boy! it was the longest 30-minutes of my life!

I was scared for my son. I was scared of what he is going to feel. I was scared that a doctor might hurt(of course there is an anesthesia) my son. I was scared of the healing process my son will go through.


I think circumcision is a sign that the kid is growing up. A sign that the little boy is not there anymore. A sign of manhood.

I cried to myself that night because I can see the pain he is going through. I cried because I cannot do anything about it. I cried because he is growing up and will start to experience what life really is. I cried because I may not have given him the proper tools he needs to face the real world. I cried because I may have to let go of my son and let him experience life on his own.

On the otherhand, although my son is experiencing some pain, I can see that he is proud of what he has accomplished. He has survived the pain of circumcision! By God's grace, I know he will survive life's challenges. We, as parents, will only be here to support him. Good luck, my boy! I love you!
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