Toddler to Pre Schooler

All Grown Up…

A few more months and my little lad’s going to school! It was only like yesterday when I first held him in my arms… Sob… My little boy is growing up fast, a pre schooler soon… I noticed changes in his size (height and weight) early January this year but what surprised us all was his sudden weight gain from 13kgs to 20kgs!

OMG #PaulParcs no wonder I’m having back pains!😱 Your BMI is 22.6. That puts you above the 95th percentile, which indicates you are OBESE.😅 44.1lbs.(20kgs.), 37in. (94cm.) @32months 🤔 #BMI #toddlertales #heavyweight #myfatkid #fatsoPaul #porkyPaul

I still want to carry him like a baby but the problem is, I get all kinds of body aches whenever I do! I still can’t believe my son is no longer a small baby but a little boy expressing his desire to go to school!

He eats a lot, likes the company of kids who are older than him, he enjoys watching videos, plays with Nerf guns, runs around, he can memorize the 9 planets in the solar system, he’s a walking encyclopedia in training, polite, well behave, obedient though at times can go a little bit out of control, he shouts and punches or kick when provoked, throws things when in tantrums especially when he’s tired and sleepy, he likes animals and loves nature and most of all he likes being surrounded by people he loves and who loves him. He is in fact a darling of the crowd and my boy amazes me so much, he makes me proud as a mom!

His bright and happy personality is enough to make one smile, his curly hair and chubby cheeks make the ladies scream. His charisma, charm and wit makes people turn their heads on him but despite all the attention he gets, it’s our love and attention (his parents) that he is longing most. He likes to cuddle with me and his tatty, he always ask us to play with him, pray and eat together.

His love language is TIME and his love tank is always full! What a blessed boy he is!😊

Sweet Summer Memories

Summer Fun…

We’ve been living in Cebu for 8 years now and looking back from where it all began I always wondered how it feels like to be in a place where I don’t know anybody (aside from my sis and bro in law). The Bisaya language that used to sound so gibberish to me became second nature and when I met Rocky my journey in this once strange place automatically changed. We both explored Cebu like never before and it is now more enjoyable with the three of us doing adventures together in the Philippines famous Pearl of the Orient Seas.

For our little family, the most valuable possession we will ever have are the shared experiences and memories that link our hearts together. Making memories doesn’t have to be expensive and can be done planned or unplanned. Having Rocky and Paul means having an instant and constant travel and adventure buddies.

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His nothing box…

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Ready for Easter Egg Hunt

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Mommy and son moment…

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My love!

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#PaulParcs the mighty sandman…

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Blessed…

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Everybody look to the left.

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To more family summer adventure!

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These two are the funniest!

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I love our skin color!

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My favorite boys!

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Beach life!

Summertime Rolls

Cebu…Ubec…

When you live in a place where beaches are accessible, it is too impossible to resist the beauty it has to offer especially when the summer heat is on.

This summer, we are in quest for amazing beaches to visit around Cebu. A great way to have family bonding, swimming, sun tanning, star gazing and food tripping like what we did in Moal Boal.

Our restless feet are always on the go itching to do some adventures with our little wanderer who doesn’t mind getting dragged by his parents.haha! Good thing he likes long travels and enjoys watching the scenery.

Thank you Lord for a wonderful family time.

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It’s too bright in here!

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My hubby’s lullaby (far back?) is the sound of the waves, while PaulParcs and I are playing with the sand.

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Beautiful sunset!

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Making memories…

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Can we live here please?

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Breakfast by the beach…

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Jump for joy Tatty! Paul doesn’t mind!lol

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On board to our next family adventure.

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His face after eating ice cream!

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Let’s go!

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Home Sweet Home

Our First Month…

With a handful of things to do (work and home) and a toddler in tow, blogging is almost impossible for me to do. I am aiming to write at least one blog every month and because I really do love writing or journaling, I don’t want it to become an obligation. I am wondering how other mums with a large brood of children juggle their mommy duties as I have been so busy with only one for the past 2 years!

While writing this, I am pausing from my laundry task to keep my thoughts intact. It’s almost a month since we settled in to our new place and we are liking our new home so much! There’s always a lot of things to do, visitors to entertain, friends and family sleeping over, groceries getting bigger and tons of stuff to get busy with.

It’s nice that we can finally accommodate people, have a barbecue party and let Paul play outside because the area is bigger and better. Though we shed out a hefty amount of money to fill it with furnitures and appliances, at the end of the day my husband and I always say that it’s worth it! Totally!

When you have a family, your priority changes and you always want the best for them. Most of all I’d like to thank my husband for being a good provider!

Thank you Lord for our new home. 🙂


  
  

Moving Out 

 

New Place. New Memories.

A week from now we will be saying goodbye to the place we called home for 2 years. The past two years in our humble abode has been filled with joy, tears, laughter and lessons we will bring forever with us.
It is in this place where we first brought #PaulParcs home, raised him, trained him and taught him how to talk, walk, play, kiss and hug.
This place made our bond as husband and wife stronger; we learned hard lessons and had good and bad experiences but together the struggles of life made us sail through it smoothly by God’s grace.

Like everything else, it’s time to move on to a better and bigger place. The only constant thing in life is change and we must embrace it with an expectant heart knowing that God is ahead of us wherever life may take us.

Moving out is not new to me. As a kid, I’ve experienced my first major move from one city to another together with my family. We moved to a total of 5 houses and from there we transferred again to another city where my husband and I now permanently reside.

Moving out teaches us to rely an unknown future to an all knowing God. By faith, my husband and I moved from one house to another trusting him in the area of our finances.

Moving out is not a bad thing, in fact it teaches us lifelong lessons we will keep on learning from. Moving out is exciting but the leaving part makes it hard. Leaving friends behind and only taking with you moments that will soon become just a part of your memory.

I will surely miss this place. I will never see it again in the future although we will only live right across it. I only have these photos to relive the memories written on the walls of this small but beautiful home that we have.

God thank you so much for blessing us with a bigger and better place. We are excited to make new memories together as a family in our new home.



  


Time Flies

Happy Times…

Time flies when you’re having fun! I hardly even noticed that Paul is already 19 months old and 5 more months to go til he turns 2 (need to prepare again for another celebration!) Before he turned 1 year old last year, I have whirlwind of emotions setting my heart on fire! I never wanted him to grow up fast and I wished that time was a complete standstill. I have only desires for him to stay an infant for a very long time and it’s funny to think that I was able to conquer all that and began to enjoy each and every day that we’re together now.

Lately, he’s been the sweetest kid I’ve known! He would suddenly hug and kiss me and Rocky, a moment that we don’t ever want to end! He would call me ‘mommy’ and when asked what’s mommy’s name, he would answer “I-wa” (Ira) and would call his Tatay “Tati” and “Yak” (Rock). There were so many instances too where he would stare at us with his love look and utter the words “lavu” which means I love you in his toddler language. I wish moments like these were easy to capture, however it’s really hard to keep him still and when our memory fails us it’s better to write it down (like what I’m doing now.)

Paul’s charm entertains people a lot wherever we go especially our family and friends. He smiles a lot, waves at people saying “HI!” and “BYE!” Rocky and I often feel embarrassed when he does that to strangers but through him we gain a lot of new acquaintainces. When people acknowledges his cuteness, he would go further by doing flying kisses, dance and pose for the cam. The charisma of this boy is one of a kind!

He is a sucker with balls, in fact half of our house is his play area filled with books and toys! At the end of the day, I always get back aches for fixing his stuff and picking it up one by one. Note: We don’t have LEGO yet, what more if we do? lol

Paul is a huge fan of some musical instruments such as the guitar, drums and piano. His fascination with it started when he was around 6 months, he sees it at church during praise and worship time and he would always go in front (on stage) together with me during practices whenever it’s my turn to lead. Hmmm I see a future musician…

Every night before I put him to bed is our quality playtime. This is were we both enjoy each other’s company most, we sing Hi-5 songs, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Wheels on the Bus, Jesus Loves Me and Read Your Bible. I also tell him my own original bedtime stories like The Tickle Finger and The Boy Named Paul. A lot of things happen right before he sleeps and this is very fulfilling to me! I am happy that my boy is learning a lot and is having a good time with me before sleeping. We also pray and do the team sign as we say: “This day belongs to Jesus!”

He talks a lot now too but there are some words we don’t understand yet. What we do is get some cues or keywords and formulate the sentences for him, like the “bowa” (ball), “fuh” (fire) and “fay” (five)–shoot the ball, hi-5 songs and the fireworks, when he smiles it means we got it right! A relief for me and my hubby for understanding what he’s trying to say. He can speak 2-3 words like “no more”, “tati no more” and “done na”. I’m proud to say he knows  how to count 1-10 by filling in the blanks and can do the singing of the alphabet too! Thank you Lord!

Sure these things make me insanely happy! Stuff that makes every parent proud. 🙂

Sometimes, I’d feel lonely just being here at home but my purpose is big and this is not something I can throw away. I would surely miss these times when Paul grows up and old enough to do things on his own. Time flies sooo fast and honestly, I am happy and fulfilled seeing him grow daily and teaching him to be the best he can be preparing him for the big world out there.

I’ll keep you posted on another blog abot my career and how being a WAHM changed my life overnight. The success, failures and struggles of a WAHM.

For now, let me conclude this blog by saying “have fun and enjoy with your kids while you can!”

 
 
  
  

New Year, New Beginning

Hello 2016!

What I love about the new year is the feeling of starting all over again and closing the last page of a book to start with a new one. I started the year with so much positivity, hope and love. It’s good to be able to reflect on the previous year thanking God for all the answered prayers, goals achieved and blessings received. 

Two words to describe my 2015: STUPENDOUSLY BLESSED

4 Things I would like to highlight in my 2015:

1. INCREASE IN WORK and FINANCES

2015 was a year of abundance for us. I was blessed to work with several employers who were kind, considerate and generous. My husband, Rocky got a salary increase and was given the X-Factor Award for being excellent at work. We consider our jobs as blessings God has favorably given us! Through my online job I gained a lot of experiences, learned new things in terms of technology and in business, I made new connections abroad and earned 4x bigger than my office job. As a family we have enjoyed many things, went to places and had the time of our life (this is where point number 2 begins).

2. TRAVEL 

It’s a challenge to travel with a toddler moreso with an infant (the reason why we were not able to travel when Paul was less than a year old). When he was almost one year old we had the privilege of travelling and took this challenge on our shoulders. 2015 was indeed a year of family adventure for us from Oslob, Bohol, Leyte, Baguio and Bacolod. This year, we are looking forward for more considering that Paul is also a born traveller like us!

3. LIFE

What can I say? Thank you sweet Jesus for the life you have given us! Waking up to a new morning everyday is already a blessing in itself. He has blessed me and my fam with good health, sound mind and strong bodies! 

In 2015, we celebrated Paul’s first birthday a milestone we shared together with our family and friends and was one joyous celebration that Paul so highly deserved.

It was also a year of birthday surprises for me and my husband, one I will never forget and one that I will always cherish forever!

4. RELATIONSHIPS

LIFEGROUP: After months of hiatus, I gathered the courage to lead my lifegroup and grateful I am today to have found not only new friends but sisters in Christ! We prayed together, worshipped God together and encouraged one another.

FRIENDS: I am also grateful for my TRAX friends because we always stay connected even if life has brought us to different directions. I think they’re the only friends I have left (next to my LEAR-PETC Nurses friends) after I left the corporate world. I’m glad that they could well relate to me whenever I share the downside of being a WAHM (working alone means no colleagues and being stuck in the 4 corner walls of our home). I am not complaining, in fact I love being at home with Paul. 

FAMILY: My journey in life would’ve been so boring without my family. The support, love and care they’re giving me is overwhelming. My deep appreciation in life goes out to my parents for giving me a secure and comfortable life. Growing up, all I could ever think of are the wonderful memories I’ve gained because of them. My siblings, in-laws and the kiddos made it all the more fun and exciting. Glory to God!

ROCKY and PAUL: They are my greatest treasure! No amount of awards, rewards or achievements could come close to what I consider them in my life to be.

Rocky taught me how to love unconditionally, to serve joyfully without complaining, to forgive even the worst of all people, to laugh off my mistake and learn from them, to worship God even in the downest moment of my life and to move on, let go and let God! He made me appreciate who a Proverbs 31 woman is, he brought out the best in me, believed in me and pushed me to become excellent in all things. He made me laugh and cry at his jokes telling me not to take life seriously. Where would I be without him? I cannot imagine life not having my husband beside me in any given lifetime.

Paul is still a toddler but one should never underestimate what a toddler can do. He taught me to be more patient and by that I mean 100x more patient than usual, to take one day at a time and savour every moment, to laugh at petty things and cry only when it is necessary, to be a kid again not only by heart but in everything! He brought the little Kikik out from me and my happy childhood memories came flooding again! Paul taught me to watch my words and to be careful with my actions and reactions (he is watching my/our every move) and follows them by heart. He inspired me to pursue God all the more, to read books, listen to good music, be creative and write blogs so he could follow in my footsteps. This toddler may be small but he means the whole world to me!

2015 wasn’t all about good experiences and happy moments, there were certainly bad ones but that doesn’t cover up for all the good times we’ve had as a family. It was a well written year by God, a story worth remembering and for that I give Him all the glory!

Cheers to a New Year!🎉🎉🎉