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:

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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 😅. Funny how she likes the big mascot from afar, but cowered and lost her appetite when she saw the real one. Haha.

Bye Ate!

My bunso is really the cheerful one in the family. Even if she is not feeling well, she almost always has a ready smile for anyone (of course she still has her share of bad days). Today, for example, she had a fitful sleep because of colds and a warm temperature. She still managed to send off her older sister happily. And the grannies told me she is as excited when Ate comes home from school.

We love you a lot, my little sunshine!

First assessment

We finished the first week of Toddler class last week, and now halfway through the second. And I am still proud to say that we have yet to witness tears or tantrums in school. Hooray! At one time or another, all of her classmates have cried for their mommies/grandmas/nannies, and the latter have spent time inside the classroom to hold the toddlers’ hand or dry their tears. So far, this has never happened to our spiffy little girl. One boy even cried for one whole week! This has, however, prevented us from going inside the classroom ourselves so we haven’t witnessed any of her classes. One lola (who is now Mama’s kumare haha) reported to us (when her charge cried and she got to go inside) that Maxine is so participative in class. Hayayay, I wish I could see her, but I rest knowing that my baby is doing well. Last Friday, we also got her very first assessment from her teachers. Yay!

Toddler in school

There are times when you don’t know whether to laugh and cry at the same time. Watching your two-year old start school is one of them. Our bunso entered the educational system much younger than her three-year old ate, and in so many ways, much more baby-er. She’s more into play than actual learning but that’s okay.

Some may judge us for apparently “pressuring” her to be in school so early. But…I just want to relaxed, learning environment for my baby, and who could argue with that. Better than being at home the whole day glued to the TV or gadgets if she gets tired with her toys, while we are at work and her sister is in school. What’s so bad about three hours in school with kids her age, and a licensed professional overseeing her? It’s not like she’s asked to produce top grades or anything like that.

Just a very proud moment for us. There were no tears, no separation anxiety. I was expecting a little tantrum or she would cling to me when I hand her over to teacher. It was crazy that I was sad that she was willing to let go. Haha.

My independent baby.