Coco

I was hard pressed not to cry as our whole family watched this beautiful animated film:

For most of us, family really comes first. But there are times when we want something so badly that we are willing to sacrifice them in order to reach our personal desires. And like me, sometimes love of family entails sacrifices so you can provide for them. No matter the circumstances, these challenges only make you love them even more because the sacrifices and the hardships make them even more meaningful after you’ve conquered them. Does this make sense? I know it does.

Oh, and this is Maxine’s first movie experience. She was so excited, and we had to keep her from going around. It’s a good thing we watched the first show and there was not a lot of people yet. Midway through the movie, we had to subdue her and she fell asleep! Haha. But I loved having her around. No more taking turns staying outside the cinema to keep her company.

Nurse Maxine

Ain’t she the cutest nurse?

Yesterday, she and her classmates participated in their school’s Community Heroes’ Day. We scouted for her costume at the local market near us, and I am glad I didn’t have to buy online or in more expensive stores. Thank goodness for that spate of non-working holidays.

As I have posted on FB, I am really sorry for always missing her school activities. I hope she and even Ate Mischa don’t hate me too much. It is for them that I choose work over them sometimes. I would never choose work because I love my work more, but because I have to.

Latina

Because I already took a leave of absence on Maxine’s birthday, I could not come with her during her first United Nations activity in school. Her class was picked to represent the South American region, and I have long bought her costume when I had the chance to pass by a costume store. She looked so pretty as Ms. Venezuela! I let wake up early that day so I dress her up and take her photos. Sorry, anak, hehehe.

Thank God for mommy friends in school and FB pages, I was able to see her performance and other photos while in school.

It’s time to be a hero

Ms. Makulit is now three, yay! I love your kakulitan and your charm more than ever. My day considerably lightens even after a hard day when I come home and see your easygoing and ready smile.

I hope you enjoyed your PJ Masks party in school with your little friends. It also didn’t push through because of a slight snag with the school but all is well that ends well. I woke up early to DIY your small party, and even though I was exhausted by 10:00 a.m., it was all worth it.

Indisposed

Perfect timing as usual, my dear bunso. Why oh why do your sick days fall at times I am or will be away at a significant length of time, or I am or will in a place that need long haul flights? Not that I want you to get sick at all…but more so when I cannot be with you.

Thank God you are better, and I can leave for a while with some peace of mind. We can put behind the last three days of our being in the ER and your consequent confinement. Never mind that we spent Daddy’s birthday at the hospital. I will still be thinking of you and Ate for most of my waking hours anyway. You will understand, I hope, in the future, that all of leaving are for you and your sister. All of what I do are for you both.

Back to back Buwan ng Wika

Because of several days’ rain, school activities of both kids were pushed, and incidentally were held at the same time. Just my luck that both of them would hold the culmination activities of their respective school’s Buwan ng Wika. Both of them needed to bring native Filipino dishes that are not normally within my cooking range. So I cheated a bit and used instant mixes hehe. Still, I had to get up at an ungodly hour to prepare and cook because I couldn’t do it the night before for fear that the food will spoil.

For Ate Mischa, she was picked to bring Ginataang Isda (whose kids eat ginataan??)

Maxine, on the other hand, was supposed to bring palabok.

They were not bad really. But why couldn’t have gotten paper plates, or disposable utensils. lol.

We didn’t get to go with Maxine because I’ve been on leave for several days because Mama was sick (more on that later). But we were able to go with Mischa before the Parada ng Lahi of students in their native costumes started. And while I see her everyday, I still marvel everytime at how fast she is growing! What happened to my baby??

With her friends and classmates:

Jaden the big boy


Happy to have celebrated this big, little boy’s first birthday!  I tried to carry him and he seemed to be heavier than Maxine, who is turning three in a couple of months. Haha. I am amazed that his mom, who is on the family way, can still bend, kneel and carry.

Glad to also have met WeiEm, the son of one of Mischa’s ninongs.

And someone got scared of Jollibee πŸ˜…. Funny how she likes the big mascot from afar, but cowered and lost her appetite when she saw the real one. Haha.