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Kids: Sweetness and Thoughtfulness

Whenever I look at Roey, it suddenly becomes a reminder to me that time really do pass fast. It was not long ago when all she wanted was milk and corresponds with just her giggles and cries. Now, she has become unstoppable. So kulit, likot and sometimes a little naughty. I find myself, my patience, tested almost everyday. It isn't just her though, I also have a growing up 10 year old daughter who sometimes feel neglected (even if she's not!).

Anyways, I just would like to share too that besides these somehow irritating gestures or should I call it attitudes of my kids, they are both sweet and thoughtful. Check this conversation with Roey:

Saw a beauty product TVC (something I use) ...

Me: "May bago!"Roey: "Gusto mo yan Momi?"Me: " Yes baby, di ba meron ako ganyan?"Roey: "Ibili kita ganyan ha? Gusto mo nyan, bili kita!"
Watching GGV...
Me: "Ang ganda ng legs ni Vice."Roey: "Gusto mo yun Momi?"Me: "Ganda legs nya, why?"Roey: "Bili kita nyun!"
Haha! Ang sweet lang!


Roey at 40 months!

Happy 40th month to our lovable ROEY!

Days passed too quick that it surprised me how big she is now. She still pretend to be a baby though - I just could not carry her in my arms that long anymore. Roey has shown big developments and we are really happy for her. She even wanted to attend school - actually, she has been asking for me to allow her to go with her big sister K at school! 

- She can say her name and nickname.
- She can become very talkative with her stories to tell.
- She can answer questions and asks a lot too.
- Can draw a stick person, some shapes & letters.
- She knows how to use the computer mouse and browser bookmarks too.
- Can use the computer keyboard for specific letters she needed to go to a website to play.
- Can be very demanding sometimes.
- Curious with baking and preparing milk and juices.

One thing that really surprised me to hear from her one time was:

"Mommy, look at my tummy, it is already big. I don;t want a big tummy like yours. I will not eat rice, I'll just drink my milk. I want a flat tummy like my (big) sister K."

(She said these sentences in mixed English and Filipino words)

I was startled!  Now that is NOT normal! But I find it funny! She must have heard it from someone or must have been listening to our conversation and jokes about my belly. I just had to remind her again that at her age, she should be eating healthy for her to be strong, healthy and pretty. She replied with a very sweet - "Okay". 


Can I Call This Mom's Tantrum?

Sometimes, I wonder how other Moms handle situations that really pisses off a person. My closest friends know me to be calm and patient with my kids. Yes and no! 

I have had my share of really-mad-mom moments but rarely outside the four corners of the house. I make it a point to keep my composure and breeding when my girls gives me more than a doze of instant headache. That is especially when we're out - supposedly having fun and making memories. You may wonder why I suddenly made a post of this... I am not sure as well. But, I think this is the easiest way for me to somehow unload, write the feelings down. I often find myself nagging - my girls are like attending an everyday sermon. They both can really transform me - from sweet & demure to a monster mom! It just came to me as a surprise that even of different ages, they can be both impolite, stubborn and self-centered AT THE SAME TIME! Whew! I am just so glad that my Mama has well guided me that I have developed the ability of self-control and I choose my battles. Parenting did not really come with a manual or guide book, you know!

One good thing about my elder daughter is that after our sermon, after her tears and once both our "anger" fade, we still talk. Its as if the BOSS up in heaven signals for us to look into each other's eyes and we end up hugging each other. K also prays the rosary with me for a week now. The image of Virgen Delos Remedios is at home. I am really thankful that both my girls are growing up to be God-fearing. 

I just had to post this to release my tantrums. This too shall pass! And after typing that famous phrase, I realized that it is nice to be growing up with my kids. I so LOVE 'em!


Milk for My Toddler; Freebie For Mommy!

Since she turned 3, Roey's grown fast - mentally and physically. A number of her big sister's hand me down clothes will no longer fit her or rather look small/short on her. She has been a little picky when it comes to clothing (she prefers the "sporty" wear). She continue to amaze us with her wit and energy. Yes, she is really energetic even in between sick days. She is playful, curious, talkative (and loud at that), silly, ambitious at her young age and sweet. She said that she's also pretty! LOL! I must be very lucky you may say. But hey, there's more! She is also like any other toddler there is - 

Gets envious of her big sister.
Gets too picky with food and clothes.
Sometimes says no to eating and keep asking for milk instead.
Runs around the house with dirty feet.
Shouts at anyone when she's not in the mood.
Gets a little over curious (pakialamera in short!)
Does not want to let her playmates go home.
Does not want to take a bath or get out of the bathroom anymore.
Does not sleep unless Mommy goes first. huhu!

I can name few more of what I call Roey cons but even if I do, it would not change the fact that we truly and madly LOVE her. Some would say that this generation's behavior is because of their milk. Hmmm, I can't agree whole-heartedly with that. I actually breastfed her for 5 months. Now that she's 3, we chose Nido 3+ for her and glad that she liked it instantly. 

Late last year, we saw Nestle Nido 3+ in a different packaging. The 1000g pack (normally in cans) has a free canister. I immediately thought of the possible purposes of the canister once empty (my creative mind must have been awake that time!) and so we ended up buying the ones with freebies. We now have 3 canisters (we did not see this freebie offer for few weeks). The first 2 canisters already contain flour and cocoa powder! I am planning to use the new one for sugar and I am hoping to still catch up the promo next week so I'll have one for the powdered sugar, one for baking soda, one for chocolate chips, for Brown sugar, for baking powder and many more! 

In short, the best part is for Roey (the milk, of course!) and what's left is for Mommy! Hooray! I am not planning on using the canisters for their toys because it is obviously too small - I have durable plastic boxes for their toys! 



You're On The Convergys Team Because...

I was once given a Power of One award when I was still with Convergys. Besides the recognition, they gave us something I can call a loot with stickers, notepads, Power of One cards, plaque and a very nice bookmark. I still have that bookmark which reminded me 25 reasons why I was once part of a Convergys Team.

Enthusiastic ~ Helpful ~ Patient
Committed ~ Respectful ~ Supportive
Optimistic ~ Resourceful ~ Loyal
Caring ~ Responsible ~ Persistent
Imaginative ~ Dedicated ~ Flexible
Confident ~ Courteous ~ Skillful
Trustworthy ~ Efficient
Friendly ~ Understanding ~ Creative
Hard-Working ~ Terrific

I'd like to say that I once didn't know I have all these but of course, I am no perfect! It could be unbelievable to many that a person can have all these characteristics but I know and I believe that we all do. But being human won't allow one to have and show these characteristics at our best all at once. For now, let me just reminisce and be thankful that I was once part of a great team and made friends with great people!


Celebrated the Yuletide Season with Childhood Friends

They are not just childhood friends by the way, they are my lifetime friends! These people have not just made my childhood happy and memorable but also contributed to the ME now. I can enumerate a lot of fond memories we have had as kids, then as teens and as adults but I may tire you with that. On second thought, I don't think you'll get tired with almost endless happy, dramatic and life-changing stories and experiences we all have had but still, I will not enumerate them out of respect.

It was the first week of December when Herbert came home from his work abroad for a month long vacation. We have other friends from different part of the world and rarely does a chance like this come so, prior to his homecoming, we've already made plans for another get together (We had one last September with Ate Mercy). 

We all agreed on a potluck so each one of us pledged via our Facebook group (yes, we have!) on what we are to bring. Aside from the food, we managed to have our schedules free on a weekend date plus Jo allowed us to use her house's rooftop for the gathering. 

It wasn't just us who really enjoyed this rare get together but our kids and parents too. Well, minus mine.

I'll have to post in my other blog few more photos of our memorable Christmas gathering. I just wish I had the chance to be with them again last January 3, it was Herbert's birthday.


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