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Princess M Caught a Fish for the First Time

I am so proud of my Princess M for her successful fishing last weekend in Avery. Fishing is not easy, it is testing your patience as to how long you can wait for the fish to take your bait. Much more a 5-year old girl whose patience is limited.

Just when she gave up and uttered the words, “I’m tired, I give up” and voila! Something took her bait and yes, she caught her very first fish in her life. A blue gill fish in a bigger pond at a friend’s property. I will write it down here so someday she can look back and remember the date, February 19,2017 she officially became a “fisher girl”, lol.

First photo below was the very spot she got her fish. The men came to the rescue and unhooked the fish and release it to the water.

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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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Fun Times in Cebu

This picture was taken in Cebu, Philippines. We have just been there. We stayed there for 33 days, the weather was nicer than it is here in Texas. Plenty of sunshine and rains occasionally at night which is awesome for we don’t get a lot of dust during the day, the wind is cooler too.

It’s of my Princesses and my little brother and sister. We just had lunch in this picture at Bucket of Shrimps in Cebu Yacht Club, Pusok. So long I have not been to that place and visiting there is one of the places I should see in my list. The food was delicious, nice ambiance, good people and most of all, it was a well-spent day with my siblings and a long time friend.

One of my girls’ favorite about the place is they got to soak their feet in a seawater right where the restaurant is. We also got a pretty good view of beautiful yachts docked in the place that made our visit fun and interesting. The place with all the yachts and mountains on the opposite side reminded me so well of Benecia, California. Although Benecia was a lot cleaner and nicer but if I would just consider the view we had at Cebu Yacht Club, I would say, it was almost like Benecia.

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Grandma’s Little Darling

I like the idea of my Princess Megan to be closed to her grandma Andring. She wasn’t shy or aloof at her lola when we were in the Philippines even though it was her first time to see her and the rest of my family. Lola herself was happy to think that her Fil-am grand child loved to be carried, hugged and played with her all the time.

Unlike Jadyn, she claimed she didn’t know my mother at all. She’d been to the Philippines five times already yet she said that awful thing? That is just embarrassing on Lola’s part. Anyways, photos attached below are just two of the tons of shots I took of them just having a good time together. I feel pity for my mother though because she literally told Princess Megan, “ga mingaw mingaw man lang ka naku Megan!” and leave her nothing but sweet memories of the baby. The baby doesn’t even know what she was talking about… all she cared about was to enjoy playing with her grandma.

I guess it would be another two years before they see each other again and I am hoping we can do that… in God’s will.

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Princess Number 1’s Bath Tub in the Philippines

It is undeniable that my Princesses live comfortably back in Texas but that doesn’t mean they can’t live a simple life while vacationing in the Philippines. One of the many comforts that aren’t available at their grandma’s house is the lack of bath tub. With that being said, my Princesses just use their grandma’s water drum to bet their bath tub and I tell you, it works.

You know my kids aren’t picky. In fact, they love the water dream a lot too. Photo below is of my Princess Megan who had a blast playing with water. The drum is a bit deeper and is not secure enough that I didn’t allow her to stay longer in the drum. She wanted to play more but oh well, the real tub is awaiting for them in Texas. They can play as long as they want once we get home in a few days.

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Looks Like We are Going to Have a Long Summer

I so look forward to the long trip we are going to make in three weeks time. I am excited at the same time nervous because this time I am bringing Princess number 2 with me. With 2 Princesses in tow plus 3 pieces of luggage, I wonder if I can do it? I also am wondering how Princess number 2 going to handle the long airplane ride? Is she going to be just like her big sister, calm, quiet and just enjoying the trip or is she going to be fussy and cranky?

Anyway, so much with my worries. Let me talk about the long summer we are going to have this year. In the Philippines, summer starts April or they even experience extreme heat this time of the year already. By the time we come back here, it will also be early summer and you know when speak of this kind of season in Texas, summer is excruciatingly painful. A good soak in the pool water is the best way to beat the heat.

With that being said, a trip to America’s “The Waterpark Capital of the World!®” would be awesome and that would be Wisconsin Dells. I am seeing here best wisconsin dells resort which is so tempting to go. Why? Because it is a one to no less than three water parks, two outdoor and one indoor, one of which is America’s largest. If you want splash indoors, outdoors, from sun up to sun down then Wisconsin Dells is the place to go.