Feb 28, 2010
After finishing 4 characters, we all became more adept. Each succeeding project took a shorter time to make and each piece looked better than the last.
So imagine hubby and 13 yo Kyle cutting the paper pieces and me taping and pasting the parts together. That's pretty much how our weekend at home was spent. Geeky but cool!
Feb 26, 2010
Son #2, Kyle's patience, which is usually short (ha!), was tested last night as we cut and glued together the paper pieces for this craft.
It may not be as perfect as we wanted it to look (rough edges, imperfect head, missing piece, etc), but it was the best we could do as 1st timers. This was actually fun and I enjoyed doing it with him.
Thanks to a colleague who introduced us to this, we'll have more projects this weekend.
Feb 20, 2010
Hold the roll and sink your teeth to taste something new. I guarantee you'll find it quite a novelty. The first time I tried, I immediately liked it. Maybe you would too if you like greens.
Of course, before all that, you have to order it from a Yellow Cab pizza outlet nearest you.
Feb 19, 2010
Feb 16, 2010
figures! Yep, good thing it's a hobby for most IT experts. These
could keep Jake preoccupied for hours while I go about my day and
while Jerry goes from one meeting to the next. :)
"Woosh! Bam-bala-bam... Woo! The pirates have landed! Bsssh!"
I'd gladly choose listening to make-believe pirate stories more than
hearing a whiney kid who's already bored stiff. Wouldn't you?
Feb 14, 2010
The restaurants in the malls are full. Some even require advance bookings or reservations. Good business actually for retail establishments and food outlets, with 2 special occasions falling on the same day: Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year. Add to that the fact that it's payday. And you have the perfect mix for a happily chaotic weekend. Hehe.
For us, lunch was spent at home, after hearing mass. But come 6 pm, we were part of the crowd jostling for space in one of the restos in the mall.
Dinner was at Sizzling Pepper Steak. And compared with La Gondola (last night's venue for dinner), tonight's fare was better in more ways than one.
Now we are here having tea at the bar of Gustavian (and enjoying free wifi). Dinner has been 2 hours ago and am still full. I know now where to get my salmon steak fix for P300.
And it's definitely not from La Gondola.
Feb 13, 2010
To treat the boys to a dragon/lion dance and fireworks display in celebration of the Chinese new year, we brought them to Waterfront Hotel where we had dinner at La Gondola.
Being the restless kid, Jake was walking around engaging everyone to a conversation when I caught this:
Jake (to chef): Is Ratatouille in your cap?
Jake (to the same chef who's making pizza): Are you making bread?
Jake (seeing the round dough): Oh! That's not bread. Is that siopao?
Kung hei fat choi!
Our preschool boy came home last Thursday and excitedly exclaimed: "I have something for you Ma!" and proceeded to hand me a project they made in school. :)
It was a paper cut-out shaped into a heart and pasted in 2 layers. As you open the 1st layer, this message is written inside: "I love you Mom and Dad! - Jacob".
I looked at it and imagined how much effort he put into it. Then I looked at him, smiled and gave him a hug as I thanked him. It's now ranked high up there together with the love notes handmade by my elder sons when they were Jake's age.
Small reminders of their child-like days when their full focus was on family and they were not preoccupied yet with teenage stuff like friends, school, going out, crushes, etc. My heart ached a bit and longed for those times. Our elder sons have grown now. They no longer make paper cut-outs in the shape of hearts.
I sat in reverie until my thoughts were interrupted.
"Do you like it?", Jacob asked. "Of course!", I replied.
Happy hearts' day!
Feb 10, 2010
up ahead of my 2 set alarms. I instinctively barge into the boys'
room to literally pull them out of bed and coax them to get ready for
school. Then I try to go back to sleep.
Recently, I added a new routine to my lethargic mornings to allow for
some fitness regimen. Ahem. Hubby bought a "twist and shape" stepper
which is, more than anything, for making tv watching more productive.
So by 7am, after seeing the boys off, I'd be hooked on Unang Hirit or
Umagang Kay Ganda while working the mini machine until it registers
200 calories burned!
The happy hormones would power me to go about the rest of the day.
However, right after lunch at home, I try to squeeze in about 10mins
of downtime (aka nap) or else, I'd look like Jake's favorite cartoon
character in this pic.
Another senseless blabber just to tie the pic to my post.
Feb 7, 2010
After the boys' haircut at about 5pm, we were choosing between having
snacks or early dinner. Thinking it was a healthier option to eat
before 6pm, we decided to have the latter.
We checked on the menu display of Gustavian, Cyma, Siam, Hola Espana
and Mesa. We even thought of going to Casa Verde. However, upon
seeing the crispchon picture at Mesa, we didn't go any further.
We had crispchon the first time we ate there and greatly enjoyed it.
This time around we tried a different fare altogether and zeroed in on
their inihaw sampler, 2-way laing and my seafood pasta.
Except for the seafood pasta which wasn't the marinara I was expecting
it to be, the inihaw sampler and laing were just delish! To go with
the main dish, we had tinapa rice. The food was more than enough for
3 hungry boys.
"Ah, we're sooo full", exclaimed our eldest when they were done. Ha!
It's only 630pm, I told them. We're in the mall anyway. Go walk it
Choco mousse dessert is waiting at home.
Feb 5, 2010
spaghetti, batchoy, burger steak or chicken. These food outlets are in
the same building where my office is so it was rather convenient.
Yesterday, after sleeping for 2 hours right in Jerry's office and
perhaps getting tired of the usual fare, Jake wanted something
different - tempura and rice.
Off we went to Rai Rai Ken (not my favorite of Japanese restos) and
gave Jake what he craved. I could only shake my head at the way he
ate his rice and battered shrimps and almost drank the tempura sauce.
He even wanted to eat a portion of my ramen!
Hay... my boy is growing faster than I want him to. He'll be six in a
Feb 3, 2010
preschool notebooks for assignment was past midnight! And guess
what? The assignment was for them to bring to school a home-made clock.
Instinctively I ran a list of materials in my head that would be
needed to make the clock. Paper plate, marker, scissors and bolt and
nut. Ever the procrastinator, I decided to sleep instead of do the
project. Can you believe it? It was way past midnight after all!
So by 530am, I was like a headless chicken running about gathering the
things I needed. Thankfully, after completing the clock at 615am, Jake
said: "Ma, that's nicer than what other Mamas made." Hehe.
What do you think?
Feb 2, 2010
Elder boys had brownie cups while I had a small cup of brewed coffee
and half a blueberry muffin.
We sat there just enjoying the dessert and each other's company. Jake
watched Ice Age 3 while eating the other half of my muffin and Jerry's
ice cream. Hehe. And the whole time his eyes were fixed on Sloth.
I love relaxed moments like this.
It was always filled with sound and a lot of energy.
And from the recollection of my mom when we had an hour's call for the first time in 2 weeks, it was never the same after we left. Meals were quiet now. There were no pitter patter sound of footsteps running around the marbled floor nor the ruckus of flying plastic bricks from the play room to the living room.
Yes, we left the Philippines last January 20, arrived in Canada on the same day. Thus, this day became the longest day of our life as a family. Settling down, a week has passed, I could barely recall how our lives would have been different had the lil master of the house wasn't here with us.
Now our routines are in check. The past 10 days was tumultuous with changes in settings and environment disrupting sleep patterns and schedules. There were bouts with cough and colds, which are part and parcel with the change in temperature. There is the lack of energy to see people nor to be with other people. Hibernation was setting in. And it wasn't looking good.
So we broke the patterns one by one. I went out to watch an NBA game live. The wife started to visit her former shopping places and as a family we started to answer some phone calls, replied to emails and went out once in a while.
This allowed us to be out of our funk at least quickly as possible.
But those are physical changes, manifestations of usual transpacific travel, everyone calls as Jet lagged.
The best change we've felt lately is the fact that we were able to get out of everything as a family- us, three. The emotional high riding on fever subsiding or our bodies recovering was made more pleasant by the fact that we healed together as a family. Now, we wake up at the same time, we take turns to be with Gabriel, we watch TV, play outside in the snow and do things with an extra pair of little hands.
If you ask me if there was anything we wished for when we celebrated our Wedding anniversary last month, I'd just smile and tell you that the Lord has blessed us so much, sometimes I've forgotten to ask anything else. The only thing and prayer we utter these days are words of gratitude.