9/14/14

went home scared

Yesterday, the little girl was out to play with the kids at the neighbor's house, just a few steps in front of ours. It was already an afternoon routine for her and her playmates. Not long after she went out, she went home scared and crying. One of her playmates informed me that one of the older kids showed her a toy that really looked like a real snake. Boy, she was shaking, sweaty and in so much tears! The kid (a girl) who scared her with the toy went to the house and apologized and explained to her and us that it's nothing real because it's just a toy. She showed it again in front of her. Feeling assured, she has already calmed down and was ready to play again after I let her drink some water. I told the kid that regardless that it's a toy, she shouldn't play with it (although it's really her choice) because she might see a real one and think that it is still a toy and not mind picking it up. She said, she has already seen a real one.Tough one! Reminded her not to do that again to my daughter because she's scared of it. Anyway, when the kid left, my daughter Dippy told me she shouldn't have bought a toy like that. Jesus will not be happy seeing her play with a creepy toy like that. One way or the other, I really thought she made sense. Oh, the wisdom of a five-year old!

is a morning serenade old school?

I wonder why I woke up too early today. It sure looked like I still have time to get back to bed and enjoy more hours of sleep; however, my eyes are telling me I've already had enough. Wow, and it's not even 2am yet when I last checked the watch! Watching my little girl and my husband in deep sleep can't even lure me back to sleeping mode yet. So, I guess this is Internet time for me, huh!. Gosh, I really wish someone in the neighborhood is having a birthday right now so I can join the thoughtful neighbors in their mañanita. Being waken up to a serenade at dawn on the day of your birthday maybe a bit of an old school but this thoughtful gesture still works and can touch the birthday celebrant's heart right to the very core. It is for this reason that my good neighbors started this mañanita gesture. It's really cool when you have cool friends like this in the neighborhood, don't you think? It doesn't matter if they own a musician's friend guitar, or whether the songs are sung beautifully or not, because it's really the thoughtfulness that matters to any celebrant. I have yet to join them in their future serenade, though. It's a shame I wasn't able to join them the last time they did this because, besides missing the night rehearsal, I wasn't able to wake up early. But now that I'm quite perfectly mañanita-ready, nobody seems to be celebrating a birthday in the neighborhood. How lucky can you be?

Incidentally, as I am writing this, I realized that a good friend and high school buddy on the other side of the world is celebrating her birthday. She's one of my high school buddies before. Now I'm having this throwback of my high school time. I remember every year we used to go to the bishop's palace with the rest of the choir and the nuns to serenade the bishop on his birthday, which happens to be her birthday as well. I wish her the best of things on her birthday - blessings of good health for her and her family.

9/13/14

still finding the right balance

It's been months of not blogging anything, I know! Like always! Truly, it's hard to find the right balance between and among everything else. I really have to make way for several priorities. I spent the last few months trying to make up my mind about giving up blogging but then again, I couldn't really bring myself to do it permanently. No, not yet! Not when my husband still wants me to. I'll definitely hold on to my two blogs for as long as I can and for as long as my husband is okay with this. Perhaps there will come a time when I would be able to sit and blog regularly, eh! Crossing my fingers here. Meantime, I'll just have to enjoy every single blogging chance I can have.

It turns out my last update was last March. Our little girl did really well when she was in Nursery. In fact, she was asked to render a thank you message during their "moving up ceremony". This year, though, we decided to enroll her for kindergarten in a different school. Although the new school is a little farther to our home than the previous school she last went to, we still wanted her to try being there so that she can also experience having more than just three or four classmates.  Besides the intellectual aspect, we also recognized the need for her to develop and improve socially. Hopefully, she can overcome her shyness and be able to deal with different types of personality while in school. So far, she's already well-adjusted in her new environment.

3/12/14

appreciating the sister

I'm not the type who's really crazy about fashion. I feel really safe and comfy by just wearing simple and casual clothes and I must admit that there are times when I would sometimes need help with enhancing my looks. In fact, my sister is the one who would help me decide what to wear on certain occasions. From clothes to make-up, she's really phenomenal at helping me look my best when I really need to. And did I say jewelry, too? I mean the fashionably right ones for the simple me, of course. Recently, she gave me an idea about finding inspiration in fashion jewelry from Jeweler's Wife, and I must say that there are a lot of good ones there that I am willing to wear. :-) Believe me, she knows what's best for me and my tiny budget. Thank God for sisters like her!

3/11/14

schoolyear is almost over

The schoolyear for our little preschooler will soon be over. In fact, they are already rehearsing for their moving up ceremony which will happen next weekend. After that, she can already take her vacation. Yipee! She's really looking forward to spend some of her vacation days with the in-laws. The thought of having a lot of playtime with her first cousins pretty soon really excites her. I'm also excited for her moving up to kindergarten school come this school opening.

Vacation time from school also means vacation time from school-related expenditures (Yipee for us parents! LOL); although this respite from school shouldn't take long because we are also planning to let her take summer classes/workshop. Hopefully, this short break would allow us to save up a little bit for her future school fees.

3/2/14

what preschoolers learn about music recently

I don't know if it's just me but I found it amazing to know that my Nursery student is already learning the different types of musical instruments in school. Just recently, we were doing her assignment on the examples of string, percussion and wind instruments. I thought back then, when I was the same age as her (4 years old), I didn't know about these things. I was not even enrolled in preschool yet and I only got to enter Kindergarten at 6 years old. Bugles were a common sight in school parades but, as far as I can remember, we weren't discussing their classification during preschool. Amazing, indeed!