Nearing the tweens

Oh my God! Isn’t there a slow down or pause button? I read somewhere that the “days are long but the years are short” when it comes to raising children. It couldn’t be more true as I look at my daughters, and it hits me hard usually when it’s their birthdays.

Hay Ate. What can I say? I will always say I love you over and over again until we are all blue in the face. You’ve grown from a small, makulit and temperamental kid to a young tween who has so many interests that it is getting hard to keep up. Continue honing your creativity and passion, and being a wonderful and caring Ate to Maxine. I think I am on the verge of stepping onto another developing stage in your life as you begin your eighth year in this world. While you still like toys, you now begin to get interested in the Net, not just the ones I give you permission for, but things brought about by your own curiosity. I now have to keep a closer eye on the things you watch and hear. I am getting a bit anxious to say the least, considering you are at an impressive age. You also love your crafts a lot. Even though they may get messy in the house, and we keep on badgering you, know that deep down, we are very proud of your “creations”. Keep it up baby girl, we will always support you in whatever you want to do, and help you find your niche in this world.

Buffed and polished

Mischa and I had some much needed girly time yesterday. Actually mama was also next door having her hair done, while we just our nails prettified. It was Mischa’s first time so I asked the attendant to go easy on her hands and feet. It’s a good thing most nail salons and spas nowadays offer packages for young girls like her. Now, I wouldn’t regularly do this, but from time to time, it is nice to have it. Can’t wait for Maxine to join us.

Starstruck

Our dear girl was plain happy upon getting the chance to watch her idols, AC and Xia, perform live during the finals of the Your Face Sounds Familiar. Mind you, she doesn’t normally watch local shows, but she just got caught up watching the kids imitate celebrities. Maybe it’s the music, or that she can relate because the singers are near her age so the show really piqued her interest.

Eventually, the two girls she was rooting for didn’t make it. But she was still so thrilled to be watching them up close and personal. Thank you as always to Ninong for getting her front row tickets!

Nihonggo

I am proud of Mischa’s newest achievement, and that is the completion of her basic Nihonggo class. She took up ten sessions of an hour each, and toiled really hard for these. Hard because the classes were held on Saturdays so she felt that she’s being deprived of her time for normal kids’ activities on weekends. But as a family, we decided to encourage her because a foreign language is always useful, and finally, she’s done! I know that speaking the language must be reinforced so she doesn’t forget. We’ll definitely try. Congratulations, anak!

Called to Love

A few weeks back, Mischa’s school held a post-Valentine concert. Being the supportive parents we are, we trooped to watch her (and the whole school) perform musical numbers. Unfortunately, we were so far back, and it was dark when her class performed, that I didn’t see her singing and dancing at all. Plus, as she is one of the tallest, she normally is positioned at the back. Being petite myself, I didn’t realize before now that being tall could be disadvantageous. lol. The dad was able to go near enough, and recorded it so at least I got to watch it later on.