Category Archives: bonding

New Fave Thing to Do

Here’s our two Princesses in their bikes last weekend. I like the idea that they actually go out there and do some physical activity like riding in their bikes on the trail or just in the front yard. This seems to be way far different than their city life before. In Summer, they’d just hang in the house and do electronics all day.

Here in our new house, they have a lot of explorations to do around the property. They also acquired two chickens from our family friend to check every afternoon when they return home from school. But the most important thing is that these girls are moving!

We went out to use the trail for the first time last Saturday. They loved it and so they asked again if they can go ride their bike last Sunday, so as much as I want to be outdoors and get my exercise, I did not hesitate to say yes and we were on the trail for at least 50 minutes. Got home refreshed and probably burned some calories.

Here’s photos of my Princesses proudly pedaling!

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Nowhere Else to Go But the Park

August is always the hardest for me. I suffer so much loneliness, boredom and summer blues. All kinds of negative feelings trapped inside my body. For some reason, my soul wants to be somewhere else but I couldn’t go where it dictates me to go, the Philippines. Well, at least not this year.

The past few weeks me and my children were struggling to fight our boredom. It’s just that, there is not much to do in the house. They stay home all day doing their tablets, I do my online chores and you know when you do the same thing everyday, you get tired with it.

Gladly though, we are surrounded with several nice parks where we live. This photo below just taken two days ago, even if it was raining, the world was gloomy yet we insisted on going out, otherwise, we go crazy.

A good one and a half hours stay at Greenbriar Park was really good. I let the Princesses play at the playground, fed the ducks and just let them be kids. I guess, they loved feeding the ducks with bread. They giggled and amazed at how baby ducks waddle as they walk. Seeing my kids happy gives me joy that even though we live simply, I raise happy and well-behaved girls.

They are my greatest gifts! They give me reasons to live. Thankfully, I have them for when I am lonely in the house, I can just bring them to the mall play area, fast food play area or anywhere else just to kill the time. They give me company on days that I need them.

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Fishing with Uncle Mike

So here’s the very first activities we did the day after we arrived at Mike’s ranch. First, we had to go into the wooded part of his property to get some bamboos to make them into our fishing poles. Going into the woods was quite a challenge for us especially for the girls for there lots of thorny vines all over the place, dead twigs, muddy paddles and a chance of stepping into a snake!

But with Mike’s guidance and navigation, we were able to get what we wanted to get that day. Then, we headed back to his house and cleaned the bamboos, smooth it and get it ready for fishing by tying a line on the tip and used paperclips for the moment.

After setting up the fishing poles, we head out back to the bigger creek and began what had to be the longest wait for the fish to eat the bait, we used cheese at that time for Mike couldn’t find any earth worms at all.

Of course, the second day, he had to make it right and bought us the proper line which is the nylon, a crappie bait and a fishing hook.

Nothing beats the country life, it takes us outdoors and made us admire the beauty of nature all the more.

 

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The Two Princesses’ First Country Life Experience

We spent 4 nights and 4 days at a ranch owned by our friend, Mike in Avery, east of Texas. I am glad we were able to get away from the house for a short period of time and took advantage of the Spring break. Also, I did not have to attend to the old lady across the street so everything fell into places and we were able to have a good time away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The two Princesses had their first country life experience and they did not just like it there, they LOVED it. In fact, during those days we stayed at the ranch, none of them or any of my family talked about going home too soon. If I did not tell my husband to go home after 4 days, I don’t think he would go back any moment but we have obligations at home so we must.

The last moment of our stay at Mike’s, the girls did not or were not ready to leave and wanted to stay a couple more days. Even after we got home, they seemed to have not overcome the country experience. They were having a blast, truly. Because there are so many things to do out there that kept them occupied and be active. Two creeks that we can go fishing, an open and wide field to run, chase/play with dogs, early morning dirt road hike and so many other things.

There will be many country life postings next time. So keep coming back!


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Christmas Day 2015

Very late upload, I apologize for it. I have been lazy updating my blogs and besides, I have been busy attending parties, doing my motherly obligations, running a house and assisting our neighbor. Anyway, here are a few wonderful pictures of our Princesses on Christmas Day.

Like what we usually do on Jesus’ birthday, we all stay at home, even the dada made an effort to be with his family rather than go out working even if it means giving up his double pay in the past Christmases. Christmas morning, as soon as our children wake up, or whoever wakes up first would wait for the whole family to be up before the most-anticipated opening of gifts could take place. And here they are, the amazing and priceless facial expressions when they opened a present they really like ecstatic every time they like what they see… it is something I cannot forget and will treasure for the rest of our lives.

Although we did not give them everything in their wishlist but they are happy what they opened on Christmas day.  There are a few more toys and lots of clothing but not included in the picture.  I hope they realize that they are blessed and that they will learn to be happy and satisfied of what Santa gave them.

Princess M got a microphone disco ball because she likes to sing.
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and a pink tablet from dada…

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and she received a Holiday doll from tita Claire, Kaegan’s mommy in Midland, TX
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big Princess got a new purple tablet too, it is a replacement of the broken one she had in the past. Dada completed it with a purple carrying case and a typepad and a protective case.
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she also got an inline skates
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Story Time Night With Santa

December 4,2015 was one of the best nights my Princesses ever experienced in their life, according to them. We attended a Pajama Party that night and we did not expect that Santa would be joining us later that night. Princess M was the first one to see Santa appeared in the door and oh man, she was just mesmerized by him and stayed with Santa’s side and on his lap the entire time he was there.

Both adults and children had a really great time. Of course, it’s so fun to be around with other Filipinas and some whites and share the feast together that the host was serving. The party wasn’t only for adults. I admired how the hosts came up with an idea of crafts for the kids as well.

At first Princess J felt bored and she literally expressed that to me but then as the night went on, she learned to appreciate and joined the kids’ activities they had for the children. I will not forget our first Pajama Party ever! It was the best party for the entire family. Everybody had fun and enjoyed the night!

… Kids were attentive and listening to the story closely which was heaven for me… it’s not everyday we gather like this, be quiet and just listen.
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… the kids in the craft room making a “scentsy” made with orange and cloves. They do it by poking holes into the orange and insert the cloves into it, the orange then slowly releases its juice mixed with the smell of the cloves that makes an amazing natural room freshener.

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Girls Decorating Their Own Tree

We have this 4 feet artificial Christmas tree for nine years now and I passed it on to our girls so they can have their own tree to decorate. Since they are now a bit bigger and can enjoy hanging ornaments up to it, I let them decorate their tree however they want it.

It’s the second year they are doing it and I would like to make it a tradition for them to do and grow up thinking it is the right thing to do when Christmas is approaching. As you can see in the photo below, they are busy and are trying their best beautifying their tree.

By letting them do it, it gives them a sense of accomplishment and that they are responsible and part of the family. That they too are needed and essential in this house.  I even let the big sister to put up the tree top which is a blue Angel.

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Build and Grow Captain America Motorcycle

One of the best wooden kits that my Princesses ever made is this latest “Build and Grow” Captain America motorcycle from Lowe’s yesterday, June 27,2015. We went to the store yesterday an hour early than the schedule and left the husband at home. I did it because I don’t want to disappoint my Princesses for the last time we went there, they weren’t able to get the Avenjet and that just pissed me off.

A surge of kids in a whole bus got in line even though my girls got in there first and did not get the kit. Yesterday was a victory for us, they were the first in line but did not finish building the project in the store. We took them home for I screwed up one part and couldn’t move on unless I take them apart, had no proper tool to do it so we had no choice.

Anyway, when the project was done, this is how they look like below. It was a bit complicated but it’s beautiful once finished. Sadly, we cannot complete the whole set for we are going out of the country soon.

This is the third “Build and Grow” project we have done and looking forward to building more in the future. The toys should last forever for they are nailed together and made of good quality wood that can probably survive of rough play of the kids.

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Our Family Valentine’s Date

Here’s our photos on Valentine’s Day. Unlike other families or couples, they ate out, we didn’t. Instead, we brought our two Princesses to Lowe’s last Saturday for “Build and Grow” Activity. They handed out 2 Valentine picture holder kits and we, the parents, assisted our girls to make it into a beautiful picture hold shown in one of the snaps below.

Our Valentine’s day started with a big hug from my husband with a greeting. I and the girls then gave him a personalized card and two Hershey’s chocolate. When we headed to Lowe’s he gave me his Valentine’s card. Very simple celebration yet I am grateful for we are all together and I have my family near me on that very special occasion of the year. I am thankful for them.

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Fun at Mainstay Farm

Our entire family celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary twice last weekend. Saturday, our feet brought us to Mainstay Farm, about 19 minutes away from our home located in Bethesda, Tx. It was our first time to have visited the farm, my firstborn’s second time for they had a field trip there last year with her kindergarten class.

I am glad we found this farm nearby. Not only it is accessible to us but also it is a great fun place to bring the entire family to have fun, enjoy the outdoors, get real physical activity that every child needs. They have all kinds of activities there like, pumpkin paintings, dug in the sand area, hay play, swing, slides, Mainstay speedway suitable for all ages, they also have a a bike track for little children, zip lines, hay ride, train ride, foods and drinks are available for purchase and a whole lot more.

Our two Princesses really had a blast that day, Saturday, October 18,2014 although they were already tired and insisting on staying so they can play some more. I took tons of photos but of course, I won’t bore you with all of these so I am just sharing a few to you all.

Mainstay Farm is a place where we can go back each year for fun. Hopefully it won’t be too hot next year when we come back!

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