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52 Weekend Marbles

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Sunday must always be a SUNday, according to the wisdom of my 5-yr-old Aliya! No rain, to grumpy day, but it’s all fun in sun! Well it is supposed to be! But the past weekends were all rainy… and she was quite “disappointed ” that her theory is wrong… But you cannot put a litlle girl down… No one can rain on her parade… That’s why on that one weekend, 3 weeks ago, we played and danced under the downpour of rain, and we enjoyed the flowing ankle-deep flood outside. She invited everyone outside! So the 5 of us were all soaking wet! Anyway, it is a family SUNday! We had fun, and Aliya and I, decided no one and nothing will rain on our SUNdays!

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The weekends doesn’t have to be costly for family to enjoy… a walk to the park, a visit to Dad’s farm, or just playing on a big mat outside the garage.

We did just that yesterday, spreading a big mat on the garage, playing with Aliya and helping Kuya Jolo, designing his skatecycle and had a wonderful chat…

Looking at them, getting bigger and older, actually made me feel “grumpy” a bit…. Jolo said, “well, mum, its the way it is, us getting older…we will not get any younger, will we?” (but how about me? getting “grumpier”?)

Well, let me skip my grumpy thoughts… I have decided that I have to seize these kind of moments, while we are at it, in more vivid and vibrant ways. Weekends has to be “perfect” like this! SUNday! FUNday! Family day!

52 Weekend Marbles will represent just that… Well, 52 representing the 52 weekends in a year. I will start in this exactly 1st day of 2nd half-year. The story of “1000 marbles” I have read longtime ago always lingers in me (yes, it is supposed to be 1000 marbles, from a story of a 50-year-old man who conservatively “calculated” his life until 75… see story here).

So, I have collected just now my marbles, I happened to have a ready 52 marbles that I put in a jar — with another empty jar (for now) for “great” weekends, and a tiny glass for “wasted” ones – which I hope (or I will make sure) that it will remain empty.

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Happy Life Ahead!

Teenage Moment

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(Catch-up post: Feb 2013)

Last night was unplanned. I never intend to eat dinner actually, not that hungry, but since Jolo was having his dinner (seldom I see that), I dined with him. Small talks lead to 2-hr conversation between a mother and a teenage son, who talked about school, friends, girls, dates, kiss and the sacred act 😦 and his take about all of it… (Imagine: son: unashamed, mum: outwardly cool but secretly aghast)… But I’m glad he let me “in” in this stage of his life…

The mother in me wanted to protest and get freaky over some certain stuff but i restrained myself… 🙂 i let him brag about his courting style, his ways of “learning” all these… (he do research and lot of reading, mind you). I have also snippet of info about how he treats girls. I might not call him a total gentleman, but he surely cares about the girls he treats as friends, reminding or warning them of what to act and not to act around boys (like him). At this point, he claimed he considered himself an “informed” kid but not rushing on things (thankfully! wheew!). He likes to be “popular” (he’s quite so in twitter), but despised his other friends who go to the length of being a “social-climber”… This fad about his twitter thing, I feel, is beginning to wane, i know so… He doesn’t stick much on stuff that are just “trending”. He shifts and tries again other stuff, or go back to his most favorites hobbies, like skating, reading, art and music (still a handful).

This boy is not anymore a boy… I have to remind myself… I pray that he retains his values (or any good values I like to think I have taught him)…. I hope I will be there for him or he wants me to be there for him in times of ups and downs…

This is a new phase for the boy… and the mum…

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See Jolo in my early blogs in his early years when he was so innocent and still my “little boy”…. (mom’s still emoting…)
My Boy – 2009
Deciding for High School – 2010

Preparing for Hong Kong 2013

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Been planning for this family get-away for about two years now… Now, Aliya is ready (and excited) to take this tour. This time, it’s all of us five (and those who are willing to come with us). We’ve been saving for this and each of us has a piggy bank (and Aliya is already on her 3rd “savings”)… This is a treat for Aliya’s 5th birthday, and she is very excited that she already announced this to her classmates and cousins. 🙂 Aside from Kuya Jolo (who’ve seen HK 2 times before and is contemplating not to come with us — BUT I am insistent for Aliya’s sake and memories), we are all talking about this and counting the calendar with Aliya.

So I have to make the preparations and researching and booking.
I had actually booked our flights via Cebu Pacific 50% fare via Clark. And now, titas and cousins have signed-in to join, we are now 11 in the group.
A big splurge but we will make this happen!

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Summer Weekend at 8 Waves Waterpark

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Late post: it happened May 27, 2012
Before we end the summer vacation, we have to have meaningful, fun-filled getaway together as family. Since taking the whole family to Bohol is quite to costly (i have good-for-2 free vacation to Bohol, but bringing the kids along is a big chunk in budget), so we decided to have a family overnight getaway at 8 Waves Waterpark and Resort, a nice place in Bulacan too. So we packed our bag (luggage!) and bought some food, and got a room in their hotel (thanks for the discount, we are supplying the souvenir pillows in their resort).

We had a great time together…!! The first time of us 5 (only), together in overnight trip…

Precious Moments with Aliya

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While I was just seating taking a rest, thinking of my takehome work to do later…. my Aliya approached me with a little paper, she said, “look at this Mum, it says i love you!” and she kissed me… And she put her chin on her two palms while resting her elbows on my legs, waiting for me to see whats written on the paper… Oohhh… So want to capture that sweet face, that priceless scene, that charming smile… Of course the paper are just full of mild scrawl of “worms” and wavy lines… (she can’t write yet)… And of course, to her (and to me) it says… “I love you”  priceless, so rewarding… 🙂
That night we ended up sleeping late, just chatting, reading, learning new prayers and chatting…. And falling asleep content and happy!
(post note: and I just panicked when I woke up 3am realizing I haven’t done my homework!…. But also realized that I will never never exchange that night with Aliya by doing my work…… and then went back to sleep. Zzzzz)

 

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Happy Fathers’ Day

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Aliya and I made a  simple card for PaPi’s day, out from recycled cards, magazine cut-out, highlighted by their signatures and palm-print (at the back)… We made it late night and I want this as a surprise to Papi… I asked Aliya not to make noise as we went in our red (craft aka clutter) room , she actually tip-toed and talking in whisper… but when Papi peeked at the room, ALiya said “shhh…papi, secret, we are making birthday (sic. means “father day’) card for you.. 🙂 aha!