Oct 21, 2009

Famealy Meal

A month ago, we received a flyer from Basti's school regarding Lucky Me's Famealy Day. With the flyer was a letter for us, parents, urging us to make every meal a family meal.

As a call center agent, and with my husband working and coming home late from work, I am guilty of the fact that our kids do not have much time to bond with both of us over dinner. I'm usually asleep during dinner time since I'm on the night shift and Basti's dinner is always prepared everyday by his Mama Tess who takes care of him and Sam during the day, and he usually eats dinner with his Nandy. I hope that midnight snacks are counted as family meals because that's when my boys and their father bond. ALmost every night before going to sleep, they would cook noodles, french fries, pancakes, or just nibble on foods they can find at the fridge. On hotter nights, they would make shakes using their Tita's blender. A few spoonful of Milo, bits of ice, and sugar, and voila!, they have an instant chocolate milkshake sprinkled with ...more Milo.

Though the kids do not eat alone, they usually don't eat with us. This thought, and so many others that nag my mind, have given me so many things to think about when it comes to sharing more quality time with my kids. Eventually, transferring to a day shift would be inevitable, with their Papa getting more and more overtime. I would have to make a decision eventually.

Also, in the flyer, was a stationary for kids to write letters for their parents. I showed the stationary to Basti and told him that he can write me and his Papa a letter but he declined saying matter of factly , "Wag na Mama, ikaw naman", shrugging his shoulders. He really feels so grown-up nowadays. Still hoping for a letter, I posted the stationary on the refrigerator door, saying matter of factly, " Ok, Kahit ano pede mong isulat". I was hoping that he will write down his wishes for his birthday. He might write down his wish to go to Enchanted Kingdom. That would be another great family bonding place with the boys.

Well, the letter did not came back to me. It was drenched to oblivion in the Ondoy flood.

Oct 15, 2009

My Saturday Affair -- October 17, 2009

I've been so busy the past few days that I have not been able to post anything on my blog. I attended the Moms Today and Health Today Ugoy Sa Duyan last Saturday and had a very learning experience, and good time, with Mommy friend Kriz. I'll go into details later when I find the time. There was a very good talk re linguistic programming that I'd like to share with everyone. As always, as with all Moms Todays event, we went home rich with knowledge .. and goodies.
For October 17, 2009... here's my Saturday Affairs. I may not be able to attend because my in-laws are hosting a birthday party for lil' Sam in their house with the neighborhood kids so I gotta be there. But this is all worth sharing.
DTI-CLEEP Free Livelihood Seminars

Admission is Free!!!!

MOM and Baby Care Series
October 17, Rustan's Alabang Town Center
A must for pregnant moms and young moms!

(This event is so recommended for pregnant moms and young moms with newborns. I attended last Saturday at Rustan's Makati and totally enjoyed the experience. There were only two resource persons but they were so detailed and so witty I can't help but enjoy. The topics will include the different stages of pregnancy as well as detailed explanations of laboratory procedures and complications, as well as taking care of the baby when she/he arrives . There were a lot of prizes in store and yummy yummy food. I won the early bird prize and Goody gift pack, plus was able to take home some giveaways. Goody Goody! Thanks Philips Avent.
This poster her is supposed to be for October 3 but they postponed the event for October 17. pLease click on the posters for details of location. )

Of course, let's not forget one of my favorite mommy events, with a lot of soul and information,
Mommy Academy’s 34th Pedia Talk Live
Doctor’s Orders - The Perfect Prescription for Your Family”,
October 17, 2009, Saturday, 8am to 12 noon at the
Grand Ballroom of Dusit Thani Manila.
For hassle-free registration, simply log on to http://www.mommyacademy.com.ph or call 820-5070 and 825-7454 (Monday to Fridays). You may also text your complete name and contact details to 0928-5067308.
Admission is free, but pre-registration is a must.

Oct 8, 2009

My Saturday Affairs - October 10, 2009

Saturday has always been my "Me' Day. Except on occasions when I had to stay home for the kids, or for family gathering, and planned bonding, my husband has given me the freedom, (or should I say it has just become like a tradition since we moved into our own apartment), to do anything I want on Saturdays (all legal stuff only of course!). This is provided that he's at home, so one of us can stay with the kids. If he's on overtime on a Saturday, I forego all activities, because, naturally, the kids are top priority. So, while my boys are enjoying the company of my in-laws, I busy myself with scrapping, photo blogging, blogging, going to mommy events, trade fairs, exhibit and seminars, and bonding with friends and officemates on Saturday afternoons. I've been having such a good time every Saturday on my gimmicks that I began to call it my Saturday Affair.

This October, my Saturdays are full because there are so many events to go to and also Basti and Sam will be celebrating their birthdays this month. So I'm expecting that this will be a fun and exciting month.

My Saturday Affairs for October 10, 2009.

SA UGOY NG DUYAN A Mommy Power Special!
Fresh insights on Family Health and Parenting

Venue: Dusit Thani Hotel, Ballroom B
Time: 8:00am to 12:30pm
Tel: (632) 886-0333 local 112
Cost: P150

Mom and Baby Care

2-5PM at the Infant's Section
RUSTAN'S Department Store, Makati.
Admission is free but pre-registration is a must.
To register, kindly email your name and number to avent@ljs.com.ph.
Or call 7139435 to 38 loc. 143/130
and look for Jenny or Rina for more details.

Oct 2, 2009

Healthy Foods For Kids from Likha ng Central Luzon

I will say it over and over again. I love going to trade fairs and exhibits.

Having an extreme anxiety attack brought about by Typhoon Ondoy and the fear of the unknown brought about by Typhoon Pepeng, I decided I needed some time out to relieve myself of stress and anxiety. So off I went to Megamall and to my favorite place there, Megatrade Hall.

Likha ng Central Luzon Trade Fair is on at Megatrade Hall 2 from September 30, 2009 to October 4, 2009.

There are a lot of things to see, but I looked for products, i.e. food, that are delicious and nutritious, prepared in such a way that kids will love. My kids are picky eaters, and they seem to have aversion to food that are considered nutritious but not delicious to their "discriminating" taste. I was not dissapointed . I found what I was looking for.

Basti obliged to pose as the model for my new finds at the Likha ng Central Luzon Trade Fair at the MegaTrade Hall.

Guava Jelly!!! Uhhmm Yummy!
by Kababaihang Masigla ng Nueva Ecija

Pancit Canton.. Sam loves Pancit Canton but would not eat Veggies
The Solution: Pancit Canton made from Veggies (this one is made of malunggay)
Philnery's Pancit Canton

Pandesal ... Made of Squash
Basti gobbled them up in one sitting!!
Does not taste any different from the regular pandesal but more nutritious!

For schedules of trade fairs and exhibits at the Megatrade Hall, pls go to Megatrade.com.

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