Apr 28, 2010

Lee Dewyze of American Idol

We love Lee Dewyze! When I say we, I mean Basti Simon and I. We always watch AI every Wednesday on Q and we always find ourselves singing or dancing along with him. Who wouldn't love this guy?

Check out this video and you'll know what I'm talking about. He sang "Looks Like We Made It" from Shania Twain. And I dedicate this song to my hubby. We're celebrating our 9th anniversary today! And it rained today! Good sign of better things to come!

Apr 25, 2010

Follow Me Philippines Giveaway!

I'm joining Pinay Mommy Online's Follow Me Philippines Giveaway!  The contest is open to all Philippine residents. I'm excited to join, especially so that the mechanics are very simple and easy to follow. And I'm also excited to win Ms. Janet Toral's Blogging from Home book. 

So if you want to join, go ahead and visit Pinay Mommy Online! There are more prizes in store!

Contest runs from April 15 to May 15, 2010.

I'm joining BC Blogger 3

Calling all bloggers who want to gain friends in the blogosphere and build links at the same time – BC Bloggers 3 is now open. To join just visit Mommy Diary, read the requirements, and fill out the Application Form.

I missed BC Blogger 1 and BC Blogger 2 and so I'll definitely grab this chance. This is the easiest way to exchange links and be able to get to know more bloggers out there. Thanks to Paula  for this wonderful idea.

So what's up with us?

Nothing much. I have been very busy trying to make a extra little money here and there, while Sam and Basti spends most of their summer vacation at my in-laws' house. It's just me and little Simon here at the house most of the time. Simon keeps me busy all  day long, from morning till night. He runs all over the house, climb stairs and on chairs when I'm not looking, and eats anything he puts his hands on. There's never a dull moment with me and Simon, he-he. We're only quiet when he's asleep, and then I do all my stuff online.

Next Monday, not tomorrow, but Monday next week, I'll be going back to a full time 8-hour work. So I'm a SAHM no more and back to being a call center agent. I wish I could stay being a SAHM forever but there are other things to consider. But the good thing is I won't be working nights anymore. So it's all good.

For all mommies out there who want to have extra work while the kids are asleep or bored or have nothing else to do and want to earn extra money, I'd like to share this link : Homebased Jobs For Mommies Like Me!  

Have good week ahead everyone!

Apr 24, 2010

Mommy Moments : Red

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Red is definitely Sam's color. 
He is the fire and the warmth of our house. 
So today's Mommy Moments is for my Dear Sam.
I love you, Sammie!

Apr 22, 2010

Cuisinera at the Podium

Thanks to Ms. Janice Villanueva of Mommy Pages for the info.

Apr 20, 2010

Farmville, Basti, And Me

Basti and I have been spending some time on Farmville. I think it's a  great bonding game for us. And it teaches Basti a lot of things. 

For one, it teaches him some SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY.  He knows when a crop needs to be harvested. Sometimes he'll wake me up from my sleep just to say that this crop is about to wither so we need to harvest.

He learns the value of HELPING annd LENDING A HAND. He knows that he need to help other farmers fertilize their farms, and when he does,  they help him back. He learns what it means to GIVE AND TAKE.. 

He knows that this Nursery Barn will not be finished without the help of friends/ neighbors. 

He also learns how to GIVE  and to APPRECIATE all the gifts that were sent to him. His favorite neighbor is his Tita Henny who's always sending us gifts. He always shows his appreciation and thanks by sending gifts back. I like my friend Henny too. She asked me to grab this wonderful castle that the boys are ecstatic about. 

Once, he said to me "Thank you very much, Mama!". I said for what? He said, "Oh, for the beautiful fountain that you shared with us."  And I'm happy that he's thanking me for small acts of kindness.

He learns to appreciate things that are given to him, especially those that are given unexpectedly.

He learns to PLAN. He knows that he can only plant crops that he's sure that he'll be able to harvest when he's around. He knows he cannot plant a crop that needs to be harvest in say 12 hours because we're probably asleep by then. And if he already planted and won't be around to harvest because he'll be sleeping over at Grandma's, he'll be sure to remind me before he leaves what I need to do. LOL. Such a worrier. 

There are so many other things that he learns through Farmville. Like, one day while watching TV a politician said the word "balimbing". He asked what a "balimbing" is. It was really hard to explain to a little boy what a "balimbing" is but we managed. A "balimbing" person is someone who takes sides or changes opinions or allegiances depending on what will most benefit him at the moment. I hope that's close enough. The word is derived from the name of the fruit, balimbing, which in English is the Star Fruit. The problem is Basti has not even seen a star fruit. But thanks to Farmville, he already knows what a star fruit is. Babaw no, hehehe. 

There's the star fruit tree at the left. And there's a banana tree as well. He hasn't seen a banana tree up close.
Notice the three bikes. Those are for the three boys.  

One thing that he learns is to MAKING DECISIONS and MAKING CHOICES.  That shoe house up there is his choice, as many other equipments and decorations  in the farm. 

So who say's that Farmville is a complete waste of time.  Basti and I completely disagree! LOL. 

Apr 17, 2010

Mommy Moments : Yellow

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The color yellow in our lives. 
I'll keep it short and simple.

One of my favorite Yellow Moments is this... 

And this...
Happy Weekend everyone!

Apr 12, 2010

Basti's Cooking Lesson Number 1 : Corned Beef with Potatoes


The other night Basti came home with a can of corned beef and some pieces of potatoes. He said that's what he wants to eat for dinner. I grabbed the chance to start the cooking lessons he was asking me about a few weeks back. So Basti helped me prepare the potatoes and the corned beef for cooking. At first I was hesitant about letting him use the knife all by himself, but he assured me he's a big boy now and can handle it. So he sliced the potatoes the way he wanted it sliced and diced, he got no help from me there. I was the one who actually cooked but  it's good he helped me prepare the food. This is his first time to do such a thing.  Baby steps, bay steps. 

And there's Simon looking on. From the look of his face, I'm sure he wanted to grab the knife from his Kuya and do all the cutting himself.

Apr 11, 2010

Simon Sings and Dance

Did I ever tell you that Simon loves to sing and dance. He can dance to the beat of any music, in his own little way, and sings election campaign jingles very well. What would we do after the election, hehe?

Here are candid shots of Simon singing and dancing in front of  TV at his Grandma's house. I managed to make a collage out of it. I used Scrapbook Flair by the way.  In the background is kuya Sam.

Singing even without a mike. 

Apr 9, 2010

Baclaran Shoes and Blessings

Today is Mommy Moments day but I will be posting my entry tomorrow 'cause I still need to find pics. Incidentally the topic is also about shoes. Now for some good news!

I received my first online salary. Hooray for me! Not much compared to my regular salary before but not bad  for 2 to 3 hours worth of  daily work at home, at my own leisure. That felt really really good. A year ago I never dreamt this would be possible. 

With my first online salary, I bought some groceries for the kids. I was able to buy Simon his much needed ointment for his diaper rash which have became really really nasty due to the heat.

And then, I went to Baclaran to see what I can buy for P500 or around $11. I'm on a budget and I really needed a new set of clothes for my client interview. Baclaran, like Divisoria, is a good place to shop. You just need to know where to go so you'll get the best quality for the most affordable price. I don't buy in retail stores there. I go to the  wholesale section. Some of them will sell an item at a wholesale price, if you ask nicely. So I was able to buy a good quality pair of shoes at $3, a slacks for 4$ and a blouse for $4. The pair of shoes is a treat. It was the last pair and can't be sold anymore wholesale so I got it at that price. 

So I dressed up for my client interview, even wore that new pair of heeled shoe. Gosh, I can't remember the last time I wore heels. It has been years! I wanted to look good and feel confident. I even had my hair trimmed. I wanted to make sure I get hired. The client interview is the most crucial interview in this industry. Even if the HR Manager or the Recruitment Manager likes you and think you're qualified for the job, you won't get hired it if the clients find something they don't like in you. 

So I headed off to my client interview only to find out that I will be interviewed via phone from overseas. Ahehehe.  After all the effort and time I put on dressing up and making myself prettier I won't even be seen, not even on webcam.. Isn't that funny? 

But then my efforts paved off  and did a good job for my self-confidence, I guess, because I got hired! Another hooray for me! 

I have less than a month before I start training which is more than okay so I could enjoy the rest of my short SAHM experience, while it last. The best outcome of me staying at home for almost a month now, is that the kids are not anymore sleeping at 12:00 or 1:00 in the morning. They go to bed earlier at around 10:00 or 11:00 and wakes up at 6 in the morning or 7. We have established a routine where we turn off the lights at the sala and everyone lies down  and they know it's sleeping time. Sometimes Simon tries to play in the dark but gives up most of the time when he sees Kuya Sam and Kuya Basti pretending to be asleep or at least trying to sleep. 

I thank God for all the blessings He's giving me and my family. We're having a difficult time right now but there are so many things to be happy about that the difficult part pales in the background and things becomes easier. And I become more hopeful of  good things that tomorrow may bring. 

Apr 4, 2010

Happy Easter Sunday!!

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Today is a joyous day! Christ has risen!
Have a wonderful Easter Sunday everyone!

Apr 2, 2010

Little Simon at 1 year and 8 months

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Simon is almost 1 year and 8 months. He's such an active curious child. Everyone agrees that he's like his brothers but multiplied by two, haha.

At age 1, he can stack 2 plastic chairs (like Orocan chairs) on top of each other on his own. He can climb on those chairs to get things on the table. He gets his own chair to join anyone eating at the table or to join us when we're in front of the computer. He needs to have his own chair and would not sit on our lap when he's watching his Kuya Basti and Kuya Sam play games online. We had to put two mouse in front of the computer, one for him and one for his brothers, because if not he'd cry and whine until he has his own mouse to click on. Of course, his mouse is not attached to the computer but we made it look that way, for him. Aahh, the things we have to do for our kids, hehe. 

He can now doodle. He can hold a ballpen like a pro. 

From sandals and baby shoes, he has moved up to wearing slippers. We noticed a few months back that he was trying on his Kuya Sam's slippers every now and then. Last week, I found a pair of slippers my brother-in-law gave Sam and which Sam did not use at all. So I gave it to Simon and he loves it!

Apr 1, 2010

Cooking Lessons for Basti this Summer

Two weeks ago Basti asked me  if  I could teach him how to cook.  I said, "Great! Okay, what would you like to cook?"  He said "Uhm, fried eggs (sunny side up, his favorite), adobo , and  fried chcicken". And of course, he also wants to learn how to cook rice.

I am happy that he's having the initiative to learn all these things. He's fast becoming a big brother now. So for this summer one of the things that we can add to our list of things to do is Cooking Lessons. We could do this on a weekly basis not daily so that it will not seem like a chore to him. Food and cooking has always been a source of bonding moments with the boys and their Papa. They usually cook midnight snacks together. And now, I'm glad it will be my turn.

There are so many things to do this summer and I'm always on the lookout for summer activities for the kids. Last summer, we set up a mini sari-sari store at the front of our house with goods catering to the kids in the neighborhood. During the afternoons that summer, Basti acted as the storeowner, and was happy about it because all the customers were kids.

I'm happy that Paula, one of my favorite WAHMs has set up her meme on 101 Ways to Keep Kids Busy This Summer. I'll always be heading to her site to check on fun and inexpensive activities for the boys this summer.