#PaulParcs Toddler Vocabulary

Toddlers have their own way of communicating but most of the time they learn by mimicking what adults say and do. As much as we would like to understand what they’re trying to tell us, let’s admit it that we don’t get it all the time. Often, this can frustrate your toddler and may be a source of their tantrums. Be patient with your toddler, if you don’t understand the word try to ask them leading questions. It took me months to finally figure out my toddler’s vocab so here are examples of his cute toddler words:

“Ti-tap!” (Wake up)

“Mowning” (Good morning)

“Eeh-t” (Eat)

“Didark” (It’s dark)

“Bi-do” (Ambulance siren)

“Nayt” (A place he’s been to)

“Cameer” (Come here)

“Die down” (Lie down)

“Chacher” (Soccer)

“1,3,9” (Learn the numbers video)

“Lookahdis” (Look at this)

“Abyu” (I love you)

“Tanchu” (Thank you)

“Bah-lons” (Balloons)

“Phoon” (Phone)

“Vijos” (Video)

“Me/Me too” (Yes)

“One/Mihlk” (Milk)

“Dizard” (Lizard)

“Moona” (Luna – moon’s name)

“Eyoww” (Eww)

“Go-ross” (Gross)

“Shrabi” (Crabbie his comfort blanket)

“Taptap” (Laptop)

“Bee-ball bells” (Jingle bells)

“Chrishmas” (Merry Christmas)

“Eh-men” (Amen)

“Jeshash” (Jesus)

“Chuya” (Kuya / Big Brother)

“Chobe” (Kobe / ShihTzu Dog of My Sister)

“Shalut” (Salute)

“Shplay” (Play)

“Blafly” (Butterfly)

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An Open Letter To the Tired Moms Everywhere
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An Open Letter To the Tired Moms Everywhere

Dear Tired Mom Like Me,

You are incredibly amazing and you’re doing a great job!

You may be sitting in front of your computer scanning through photos of friends posting about their latest vacays and parties. Ah! Sounds so good and yet there you are just like me, wishing and hoping to visit places and be alone even for just a day. Your hands may be full, it doesn’t matter whether you have clingy toddlers, shy preschoolers or rebellious teenagers. We’ve been there once but having children will make you go through it all over again. I guarantee you that crying helps sometimes, oh wait! Maybe most of the time, it is the answer to ease the tough times you are going through and have to go through every single day. It is okay to cry lady; it’s not a sign of weakness. I always thank my tears for washing out my mind clouded with doubts and negative thoughts, they stir my creative juices again making me braver to face the day ahead.

I know you’re tired; maybe you don’t even have time to finish this letter. Let me tell you that I am tired too; in fact I don’t know how to start or end this letter for you. I just wanted to say that I understand where you are coming from and that we are on the same page, (for the most part). You may be down and feeling blue, you may get to a point where you don’t know what to do; you have no one to turn to, no one to talk to or listen to you. I get it everyone’s busy living their own lives and there you are staring blankly at the wall, tired and overwhelmed.

On most days, your schedule probably look like this: prepare breakfast, wash dishes, take care of the baby, do the laundry, do groceries, clean the house, take care of the baby, work, take care of the baby, cook lunch, do errands, take care of the baby, cook dinner and the cycle continues…

What do you have there for yourself? Your coffee gets cold all the time, you never finish a movie, you missed the latest episode of The Walking Dead, wait did you just say it already ended? You look at yourself in the mirror and saw strands of your hair in all the wrong places. You held the same book for months now, your normal sleep pattern is down to 4 hours each day or worse they are usually I-N-T-E-R-R-U-P-T-E-D sleep. At the end of the day, you’re exhausted and just want to crawl up in bed and get a good massage.

Losing your patience and showing your anger doesn’t make you less of a mom. Kids will love you for being you just as you love them for being them.

Don’t worry tired mom, you’ll soon get your life back but you’ll surely miss the days when you have to deal with tantrums, pukes and scattered toys. Children grow up fast with just a blink of an eye; I know that deep inside that tired, weary soul is a tender loving mother who would willingly and undyingly do anything and everything just to keep them safe and secure. You may be the type of mom who just like me would rather miss a concert, skip social events, lack sleep and nurse an aching body at home just to be with your kids.

To me nothing is more special than watching cartoons with my son, play with toys and make learning fun for him, going to coffee shops together even if it means calling his attention from time to time, chasing him around and dragging him to our travels.

After all that’s been said and done, one thing’s for sure—we are tired but happy and fulfilled being a mother and it’s all worth it.

Thank you Lord for the strength you give the mothers everywhere. Proverbs 31.

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Go and Make Disciples!

When Pokemon says go, you GO! When God says GO, would you?

Today was my first time to play Pokemon Go. Although this game have taken the world by storm, I am personally not “lured”, not a fan and not interested to download and play it at all. My husband was driving when he convinced me to play it on his behalf so he can get more Pokeballs (or Razz Berries) everytime we come close to a Pokestop. These terms sounded so out of this world to me considering I have not watched Pokemon when I was a kid.

The submissive wife that I am gave in to my husband’s request with a few sermons (don’t play when you’re driving or you’re just wasting your time playing this nonsense). Though I was a first timer, I was surprised that it was actually easy to play with. It’s a child friendly game that even my 26 months old son can play it so well through one time tutorial.

I got curious why it was called ‘Pokemon Go’ but playing it I quickly got the idea that you really have to go, catch Pokemon, get cool items from Pokestops and explore the world!

This may seem like a good game telling you to stand on your feet and walk around, I can’t help but ask how many Christians do that nowadays in order to make disciples?

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Psalm 96:3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!

It’s easy to get lured with what the world has to offer but why is it hard for us to do the will of the Father? The command was simple, God said to “GO and MAKE DISCIPLES” and here we are walking around in circles, questioning God what does he want us to do? We always have an excuse whenever we get invitations to go to church, join small groups or reading the Bible, but watching movies, going out for a walk to play Pokemon Go and scrolling our Facebook news feed for hours doesn’t bore us.

God is only asking a few minutes of our time each day and we can’t seem to give it to Him. He wants us to GO and make time for Him in reading his word and He definitely wants us to GO and meet his people to fellowship with one another. Stop procrastinating and make time for the Lord.

Matthew 16:15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”

Prayer:

Dear God, teach me to walk in your ways and do what you say. It is often hard for me to understand your will but in trust and obedience I will do as you please. I will not let earthly things take its toll in my life, I find no pleasure in them. I pray that love and compassion for the lost will take its place in my heart that I may go and make disciples in your name. In Christ name I pray. Amen.

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He Reveals Himself to Those Who Seek Him

“I revealed myself…”

I do not like it at all when my toddler begins to whine instead of telling me what is it exactly that he wants. Every morning we remind him to say “good morning” before crying or if he wants to drink milk, he has to say “tatay or mommy, milk please” (which he does by the way). Though he’s only 2 years old, I believe he is capable of understanding what I am telling him to do and he is able to verbalize or communicate what he needs so I can give it to him.

We may not realize it but adults can be like toddlers too. We want a lot of things in life and we are hoping to get answers right away. If we don’t get what we want, we whine, complain, get mad, we blame and so on… When we grumble, we stumble and fall… Unbeknownst to us we are blocking God’s extravagant blessings in our life.

Matthew 7:7 reminds us to: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Isaiah 65:1 speaks the same thing: “I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.'”

Whatever is it that you are going through right now, it could be a conflict with another family member, loss of a job, financial instability, maybe you’re stressed out with the people around you or having a strained relationship with your wife or husband, etc.

Friends you are not alone in this fight, God is with you–he is waiting for you to call upon his name. Stop complaining and start seeking the Lord! You need to shift your focus back to Him and prepare to receive God’s best. When you do, He will reveal himself to you in ways you cannot imagine.

Isaiah 59:1 Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.

Prayer:

Father, teach me to walk in your ways and to trust in your unfailing love. May my heart desire for more of you and less of me. Reveal your glory as I continue to seek you and knock on heaven’s door. Your will be done, not mine. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen

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R A I N – K I S S E D

P L U V I O P H I L E – (n) a lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days…

I don’t admit being a pluviophile but today after a million light years away I found myself playing in the rain with my toddler.

We were watching a TV program when rain began to pour down, my son climbed up a chair, looked out of the window and watched the rain shower on the ground. To his delight he shouted “RAIN, RAIN, RAIN!” and looked at his father signaling him to go out with him and play in the rain. Both of them are pluviophiles and would always go out to play every time it rains and I don’t mind that my son is wet as long as he is enjoying his time, it makes me happy too.

My son stepped down from the chair and danced while saying “rain” and we laughed at him for being a comedian! My husband and I just stared at each other and debated who among us two will accompany our son outside of the house.

We both ended up letting him go out and play in the rain alone while watching on the side. Good thing my nanny’s 2 sons arrived, drenched in the rain wearing their school uniforms and played with Paul. Eventually, I gave in to my toddlers request when he said “mommy join”. I had so much fun soaking myself in the rain and splashing water on my feet. It feels good to be a kid again.

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Happy 2nd Birthday Paul!

Terrific Two!

I can’t believe you’re already 2! It took me months to gather the courage in writing this letter about how it feels like to be your mom and you being my son. I’m torn between wanting you to grow up or not. You’ve grown so much in the past few months and though I would love for you to stay as my baby forever, there’s no way I can do that–you have to grow up! Paul, know that you are loved and cherished… Tatty and mommy loves you so much that we are willing to give you the world but can’t. However, we are putting our trust in the Lord knowing He can give you all the desires of your heart and more and yes he can possibly give you the world because you are Christ’s inheritor, an heir to God’s kingdom!

It’s hard for me to believe that in a few more years you’ll be going to school and we would be apart for longer periods of time. Since you were born, we’ve been inseparable and I haven’t tried being away from you overnight (yet). I know that someday I will have to let go of you not only coz you’re growing up but to train you to rise up as a godly man this generation so badly needs. Right now I just want to spend more time with you and be with you for as long as I can.

Tatty and mommy loves taking care of you and no matter how exhausting it may get we will still choose to get tired than have somebody else do it for you and miss out on a lot of things while you’re growing up.

I could write all day long to let you know how much I love you but I hope that my hugs and kisses are enough to let you feel that I really do and that I am willing to lay down my life for you.

It’s cute when you follow every word we say, like when your tatty calls me babe and you’d call me babe too. I’m amazed how fast you can recall places and repeat words the first time you hear them. Like mommy, you are family oriented and it melts my heart when I hear you looking for your grandparents, cousins and other family members. I am pretty sure you’ll grow up to be a loving man someday and you’re future wife and kids will be so lucky to have you.

I don’t mind watching minions movie again and again coz I know they’re your favorite cartoon characters. I would even memorize the script by heart (only if I could) but can only remember a few lines to make you smile everytime we watch it. I would never get tired letting you ride on the train, small cars and visit Timezone whenever we go to the mall. It makes me feel like a young kid again, you make us so alive!

You remind me and your tatty to sit down, relax and enjoy life with you. I could tell you want to spend time with us and play always whenever mommy is doing something and you’d say “sit” so we can watch a movie together. You’re definitely a keeper my son! I am proud of what you are becoming… so sweet and gentle. I still want to do things for you but now you insist on doing it on your own, where’s my little baby who used to wait and cry whenever he needs something? How time flies…

Your grace before meals sounds too cute it makes me whisper a secret prayer of gratefulness to God for giving you to us! You are really an angel from above, a great blessing from heaven. Know that you are a joy to us and to so many people. You are our little comedian and you always make mommy smile. I love watching you dance together with your tatty and I hope you will never change! Please don’t forget our family hugs and family kisses, they’re so special to me and I pray it would be special to you too.

Don’t mind mommy whenever I cry, I get tired sometimes and have to let it out in order to feel better. You may throw tantrums and get moody but it doesn’t make us love you less, in fact we are taught to love you more. To assure you that our love for you is unconditional.

I love being your mom and your tatty loves being your dad. In short, we love being your parents! I am so proud to have you Paul. You always make us smile and even go crazy if it needs to but you keep us grounded and sane at the same time. I don’t know if we’re doing it right as your parents but since day 1 everything came naturally as it should and now that you’re all grown up I can sense that your tatty and I did a great job raising you up by the grace of God.

Happy 2nd Birthday Paul! I love you so much!

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Playtime all the time!

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Playtime all the time!

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Playtime all the time!

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Playtime all the time!

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Discovering and learning

 

Cebu Canyoneering Adventure

Thrill and Shrill…

After weeks of planning for our summer outing with church mates and a mix of people from Rocky’s workplace, we finally decided to do Canyoneering. (Note: Canyoneering is for the brave and not for the faint hearted!) Of course there were moments of deliberation and not everyone agreed at first but majority wins.

May 8 – Many are Called but Few are Chosen

Our meet up time and place was 7am at Mcdonalds’s The Walk (IT Park), we waited for everyone to arrive and left the place to travel at around 8:20 am. Inside the van we got to meet new faces and shared how we feel about doing the “canyo”. Some were freaking nervous and others were thrilled to do this risky adventure.

It takes about 4 hours of travel going to Badian (South of Cebu) and the travel time gave some people in our group a chance to take a nap for being awake almost 24 hours already! They worked the night before and hopped on to the trip they wouldn’t want to miss.

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Praying for safety and God’s protection to be upon us.

When we arrived in the place, our tour guide approached us and told us to pay first and change to our Canyo attire. We scrambled to our feet and hurriedly changed inside the van with the ladies first and the gentlemen next. Never forget to put on your sunblock too, although the water is really cold, the sun creeps in a little bit here and there whenever it has the chance to.

Canyoneering in Cebu started a long time ago but was popularized in a travel show Biyahe ni Drew when this beautiful place was featured sometime in 2014. It was worth taking the risk although we were all starting to get nervous. We were told by our guide to calm down, relax and enjoy the adventure. After all we are there already and there’s no reason for us to back out! Nothing at all. We rode a habal-habal going to the orientation site which took us about 8-10 minutes. From there my adventure already begun as I am not really a big fan of motorbikes.

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Here we are wearing the proper Canyoneering gear (helmet, vest, rash guard, aqua shoes and COURAGE!) Now we’re ready!

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It was clearly not as easy as I expected it to be! We have to jump this 20 feet cliff to start our swimming, trekking and to jump all the other cliffs.

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This is it! We had the time of our lives jumping one cliff to another and walking on the amazingly formed stones to get to our next destination.

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We are 15 in all and having an awesome time throwing our fears aside and ourselves too.

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I swear it’s not easy but you gotta try it! You’ll love the water and the experience is unforgettable. Our guide would always tell us not to jump if we are anxious whenever we want to try jumping higher cliffs.

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I am proud to say that my husband and I conquered the 50 feet cliff (the highest cliff jump). Only 4 of us in the group did it although I was shaky and nervous. I just can’t let this moment pass me by!

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Everything around us was breathtaking, I was wondering the whole time we were walking how God can create such.

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Surviving one jump to another. The technique really is to put your feet firmly on the base, aim where to land, close your eyes and jump for your life! Make sure that your entire body is straight when you land into the water. So easy to say but it’s really hard to do! When you miss a good landing your whole body will hurt like hell! All of my jumps and landings were wrong and I’ve been making big water splashes that the moment I come out of the water, I feel tired. lol!

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The hiking part lasts about 5-6 hours. Something I wasn’t prepared for and something I didn’t expected! It is important that you do some stretching, warm ups or even running days before doing this activity. Nevertheless, the view was our form of diversion from our aching bodies.

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Never miss a single shot! The stone formation is AWESOME!

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This is the spot where people in groups form a big circle and just enjoy the water.

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If Dory told Nemo to “just keep swimming”, our motto here is to “just keep walking.” I never thought we’d ever be going home. It feels like forever!

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Here’s us from the other side! 🙂

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Sealing this adventure with a kiss. I had so much fun but I can’t say I want to go back, maybe we will try it again after how many years. lol

Before heading to the falls, you will pass by a spot where people are selling barbecues. Take a break, eat and drink, believe me you will need extra energy for the trekking.

I can’t find our shots from the Kawasan waterfalls but it was definitely one of the best falls I’ve seen in my entire life. The water was ice cold you could actually drink from it! Once you get there, it marks the end of the Canyoneering adventure. Meals are included in our adventure package and we all devoured on our food like beasts!

We ended almost 6pm, walked back to our van for about 15 minutes and headed home at 7pm. One of the most memorable extreme adventures I’ve done so far and hoping to do more with my husband and friends. Most of all thank You God for keeping us safe. 🙂