Friday, March 29, 2013

For God So Loved


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       Have you ever paused to think about what this verse really meant? Today I have. And I can’t even try to put myself in God’s place, even on my mind.
       To be honest, I as a parent cannot even think of doing something like this. I cannot allow my child to suffer for the sake of the undeserving. I cannot allow my child to take on the blame for something she did not do. I am sure any other parent like me wouldn’t.
       And even if I knew that my child will rise up on the third day, just the thought of her suffering at all would really really break my heart. I will not be able to survive this – I would much rather take her place. Seeing her in pain is so much more difficult and painful for me, than being in pain myself.
     But that is what God did for us. He did the unthinkable. In His sovereignty and majesty, He allowed himself to experience this indescribable pain for our sake. He did what any normal parent would not do – willingly allow their child to pay for someone else’s debts – someone else’s sins, just so He can look at us with eyes that are filled with love for a child - His son Jesus – who took our place and who became sin for us.
       And now our heavenly Father can love us with the same love that He has for His son. A parent loving a child – the greatest love that could possibly exist on this earth. He knew that it is only through Jesus that He could love us again after our disobedience. And He continues to love us every single day. 
      What a wonderful, loving, merciful and gracious Father we have. Thank you God for all that You have done for us.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Fruitful Life


    Sometimes life catches us off guard. I have heard a lot of sad news this year from people who are close to me. And all these stories have one thing in common. Loss.
     I cannot imagine losing the ones I love, the ones that matter to me, or even be the person that my loved ones will lose. That’s why time with them is so precious to me.
     But as I’ve witnessed the loss of a mother, I couldn’t help but hurt on the inside. This mom was a wonderful mother to her children and a faithful servant of God.
     She brought encouragement to people who wanted to pray for her in the midst of her sickness – as they’ve intended to give, they instead received.
     Her children spoke of her highly. She wasn’t just a wonderful and loving mother, she was also wise. When they would go to her with a problem, she would simply say,”Your problem can’t be any bigger than our God – for His love for you is so deep and so wide that anything else seems so small”.
     Before they bid her earthly body goodbye, people spoke of her fruitful life. She served, cared, loved. In her state of suffering she would tell her children, “Do not doubt God because of what you see. He is good and He always will be.”
     As I said my last goodbye, the sadness was forgotten when I saw her happy face. Indeed she lived a fruitful and abundant life. I just wish she stayed around longer, like her kids did. And it was my prayer that I too would live a life full of purpose and fruitfulness. 
     I may not fully understand why life is the way it is. But I do understand that there is a God who watches over us and brings peace and comfort to our hearts when we need it most.

In memory of Tita Annie Sanares


"May your unfailing love be my comfort"
                                                                           - Psalm 119:76
                                                           

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I Kissed My Baby to Sleep


      Sometimes when my baby would start getting bored or fussy, I would pick her up from her crib and carry her. This would usually solve the problem, but there are times when it doesn’t. She just squirms and tries to reach out for things that interest her while she’s being carried. It seems as though she is restless and it is then that I realize that she just needs to relax and wind down – but with me nearby.
     And so I put her down on her crib and rub her back. I place her in a comfortable position and start kissing her face, neck, fingers, arms, toes and legs until she gets sleepy. At first I hear a little laugh – she may have gotten a little ticklish when mama kissed her neck and tummy J And as I kiss her face some more her eyes would start closing and opening slowly. And I don’t stop kissing her till she falls asleep.
     I just love that I get to do this. What a wonderful way to put my baby to sleep! ;) she actually loves my kisses! But more than that, I am so honored that my presence and touch gives her so much security. It makes her settle down and relax. It makes sleeping easy.
     Knowing that I am present and there by her side puts her at peace.


     This makes me think about our heavenly Father. Knowing that He is present puts me at ease. It gives me peace and security.
     Sometimes we feel that God should be carrying us in the midst of our trials and troubles – that He should be the one fixing all of our problems for us. We feel there are things that are too much for us to bear. 
      There are times when it gets so difficult that we wonder if He is present at all. BUT, He is near. He is always by our side. He gives us peace, comfort, security. He is close by. If we know this in our hearts, our worries and anxieties will no longer be as big as we perceive them to be. All we need to know is that God is with us. He will never leave us, nor forsake us. He will always be there for us.


“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you”
                                                                          - Isaiah 66:13 NIV


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Love


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Monday, March 25, 2013

Lulu Swing

    
        When I got my much awaited pair of Lulu Swing sandals, I was so thrilled! I instantly loved the Rainbow Shimmys as soon as I saw them online. And when I got the actual thing, I was even more pleased. They were well made, comfortable and pretty as can be! Perfect for summer J


Here 'tis! :)


Someone couldn't help but pose while I was taking pics of my Shimmys! :P


Here are the other styles that I'd love to own next! :)

When Audrey saw me looking at these shoes online, she said, 
“Look at those shoes, they’re so pretty! They’re for you mum!” 
(she read my mind hahaha!) I love little girls! :)

The styles above are currently available at www.facebook.com/luluswing

And here's a sneak peek into their Summer Collection available this April!

I'm liking the Slide gold sandals on the upper right too! Can't wait! :)



Saturday, March 23, 2013

Decisions


    I had so many things on my mind yesterday. And it had a lot to do with what I am supposed to do today.
    I have an opportunity to get involved in some projects which will pay well if I get them and they didn’t really require much effort on my part. All I need to do is go out today to attend a couple of meetings. Sounds pretty good and convenient enough, so it was tempting.
    But behind all of these enticing thoughts, I remembered Natalie. My baby who is nearly 6 months old. Who will take care of her if I get these projects and was required to work not just a few hours away from home but possibly more? She was still breastfeeding and needed me most of the time (I’m a hands on mom so my girls have no yaya). Audrey is more independent now so it's easy enough to leave her at her cousin's place, but I didn’t leave her to do a project requiring me to be out the whole day until she turned one.
     My husband also told me that if I went ahead and pursued these projects today with Natalie in tow, she might get too tired. First, I know that I should listen to my husband. Second, he said that it might be stressful and he has a point. Is it worth all the trouble to tire my little baby out? I don't think so.
     And early this morning, at 3:30am to be exact - I woke up and prayed. I asked the Lord about things, and this was one of them. Should I even consider this opportunity that may eventually pass me up? Well, God’s answer was simple: 'What is the order of your priorities?'
         
 It should be this and it is: 
      God, my husband, my children, my work. 

    So with this alone, my decision was obvious. In this particular situation, I would be honoring God by listening to my husband and taking care of my baby's needs before choosing work. It was that easy.


Making the right decision is easy when you know what your priorities are.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Toddler and a Baby


        I can’t tell you how many times well meaning people tried to get the stroller from me in a restaurant or in church to try and put it aside - and when I stop them and hold onto it tightly while saying “Uh wait”, they would look and be surprised to find a baby inside! :D They all think the stroller is for Audrey who is either walking or being carried by her dad. I guess they just didn’t expect another baby to be in there.
         Having a toddler and a very young baby is quite challenging for hands on parents like my husband and I. The energy that we expend is so much so that we feel like we’ve run a hundred kilometers or more in a day. And during the weekdays, when it’s just me taking care of both girls the whole day, I always get amazed at how tired I am by night time. And they’re girls. If they were boys, I think I would be dead tired before dinner time.
         My husband’s cousin once told him, ‘You’re not a parent until you have two kids’ – and of course this was just a saying of sorts but so true! (imagine if you had more than two!) You now have not just one but two little ones to raise and attend to, and so much time and effort is needed if you truly want to be there for them. Whenever you fill the need of one and think you’re done, you’re not. The other one will need something from you as well and the list just goes on and on. Finding time for yourself just becomes so much more difficult.
         I am so thankful though to be blessed with such wonderful and well behaved (most of the time) daughters. Well, I say ‘most of the time’ because my toddler is not exempt from ‘I’m escaping my nap time’ crankiness and my little one would get bouts of fussiness once in a while. They’re normal human beings too.
         But what’s not easy with having a toddler and a baby at the same time is that they are both in very demanding stages in their lives. Audrey requires a lot of attention and Natalie is still so dependent. And both of these needs have to be met or there will be chaos.
         Whenever both girls cry at the same time, which thank God rarely happens to me – I just can’t help but find the humor in it. Getting stressed out won’t help and laughing would certainly make things seem lighter and bearable. So I just attend to their needs as soon as I can, knowing that they will be ok once it’s done. I just say to myself, don’t panic hehe.
      When Audrey sees Natalie being carried, there are times when she asks to be carried herself (the newly independent toddler has changed her mind and wants to be treated like a baby again). So if Dad isn’t around to carry her, I simply let them take turns. Natalie first, then Audrey (and sometimes I do a countdown to let her know that it will be Natalie’s turn soon). As long as she gets carried even for a bit, she will be happy and satisfied already. Perhaps in her mind, she already got the same amount of attention since her request was honored – so it’s wise for us parents to be considerate of our toddler. This is especially true for Audrey who is still basically adjusting to sharing the attention with Natalie, our new addition. We just always remind Audrey that we love her and her sister equally, and Natalie just needs a little more carrying time because she’s still a baby and can’t do things on her own yet. 
         There are still days when I can’t believe that the day has gone by and all I did was change diapers, carry, feed, give baths and play with them. A typical day at home would consist of this:

-         Feed Natalie
-         Give Natalie a bath
-         Feed Audrey breakfast (and myself too) while Natalie sleeps again
-         Feed Natalie
-         Give Audrey a bath
-         Change Natalie’s poop diaper
-         Change Audrey’s poop diaper (the once successful potty training has been put on  
          hold indefinitely because Audrey wants to be like Natalie – having her diapers 
          changed again)
-         Change Natalie’s poop diaper again (I don’t know why they usually like to poop at 
          the same time haha! Though this doesn’t happen every single day)
-         Feed Natalie
-         Play with Audrey/Arts and Crafts time
-         Feed Audrey lunch (and moi!) while Natalie sleeps
-         Brush Audrey’s teeth
-         Feed Natalie
-         Play/Sing/Read to Audrey and Natalie
-         Try to put Audrey to sleep (start winding down)
-         If Audrey still won’t sleep, give her snacks or milk
-         Feed Natalie
-         Change Natalie’s diaper
-         Get the room prepared for nap time (close lights, window shades, make it quiet)
-         If Audrey still won’t sleep again, I have to pretend sleeping as well (this is hard for 
          me but a piece of cake for Daddy! No need to pretend hehe :D)
-         Audrey taking a nap (yes, a break for me!)
-         Natalie soon follows (double yes! Now I can work)
-         Change Audrey’s diaper when she wakes up
-         Feed Audrey a snack if she’s hungry
-         Feed Natalie
-         Play with Audrey (or Arts and Crafts time if we didn’t get to do it in the morning)
-         Feed Audrey dinner (usually Daddy does this even though Audrey can already eat on 
          her own - supervision is still needed especially when Audrey wants seconds hehe, 
          and when not as hungry she may start playing with her food)
-         Give Natalie a sponge bath
-         Daddy or Mommy will give Audrey an evening bath
-         Brush Audrey’s teeth
-         Feed Natalie
-         Read books and pray
-         Put them to sleep!!!


       And where am I in the midst of all this? I try to squeeze in preparing Audrey’s food, answering work emails and squeezing in some more work if possible, cooking or supervising the day’s lunch and dinner, preparing snacks… so all the other important stuff needs to be done before the girls wake up - like praying, reading, taking a bath, working and blogging (and sometimes late at night if I still have energy). So this is why I get tired?! :D I just wish the girls took more naps together at the same time during the day hehehe. Been working on their daytime routine and it’s been successful some of the time, but not always. And sometimes I do have to enlist the help of Hi-5, Dora and Doc McStuffins! I try to limit tv watching time as much as possible but there are times that I need to allow it for my own sanity ;P And of course, my husband and I need to make time for each other as well. So we try to set our 'Us Time' and be deliberate about it or it won't happen.
     On some days, there’s also some disciplining happening when my opinionated toddler shows some hardheadedness. It’s not easy, but it needs to be done - and done right away. I know that I would be doing her a disservice by not correcting her and teaching her the right way even at this very early stage in her life. The book of Proverbs says that “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child” (Prov 22:15) and no matter how nice or sweet they are, this holds true. So as parents, we need to lovingly but firmly and consistently teach them the right ways – God’s ways (and both mom and dad need to be in agreement as to how their approach in discipline would be). So yeah, besides physical tiredness, emotional and mental tiredness can happen too.
       But despite all this ‘busy-ness’, tiredness and parenting going on, I can’t tell you how truly grateful I am. Especially when my daughters show me their appreciation by saying “Thank you mum” (this is Audrey of course J), hugging me and simply smiling at me (Natalie!). Sometimes we just find ourselves laughing together and being silly – including Natalie since she’s more interactive now - and I can’t tell you how fun that is!


My toddler and baby having so much fun together :)


      I am also so blessed whenever I see Audrey being a loving big sister to Natalie. It was our prayer that when Natalie came, Audrey would welcome her presence in the family and love her – and this prayer was answered. She loves ‘checking up on Natalie’ (like mom does whenever we’re in the dining area for a meal and Natalie is asleep or sometimes awake but just in the room) – and she would slowly sneak into the room, take a peek at her and go back out to announce that "Natalie is ok" J She also gives Natalie her toys whenever she starts fussing because of boredom. And her favorite is playing peek-a-boo with Natalie and making her laugh! This is precious! I love watching them play with each other especially since Natalie laughs so much now – it’s so infectious! We just have to remind Audrey to be extra gentle with the baby though. Sometimes she can get too excited and forget that Natalie is smaller and a bit more fragile. She likes to smother her with kisses and touch her face. But overall, I am just so delighted by the way they both interact with each other.
        A toddler can just take you by surprise with how grown up she can suddenly be when a baby is around. And Natalie? I get surprised too by how much she enjoys playing with her big sis. She just gets so entertained that it’s so amusing to watch J
        There is just no measure of how fulfilling it is to be the mom of these two girls. So I make the most out of every moment with them. And even if it seems as though I’m missing out on everything else, I’m really not. Because I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing and I am where I’m supposed to be. I obviously love and enjoy being their mom! J


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

My Mini Architect

      Say hello to our newest favorite educational toy! We totally love these soft wood blocks! They not just promote creativity and good balancing skills, but they are also safe for kids. 
     When I first saw them at the Taste Central website, I said to myself that I have to have them! Audrey just loves stacking blocks and things! We noticed that she was blessed with balancing skills even before she turned two, and so these toys would continue to encourage her to practice. 

The little girl in the Weplay packaging reminds us of Audrey! 
Ahh this was meant to be haha!


Look who's excited to play! (both girls! :D)


The mini architect is busy at work with this tall and interesting structure!
No help from mom here - I promise!

Audrey's been making her own towers since she was a year and a half, and she
still does it till now. Just put anything in front of her that she can stack up! 

       I just love that these blocks are really safe for my girls! They're odorless, non-toxic and oh so soft! They look so much like wood that they can fool you into thinking that the corners are sharp - but they are not at all! So I'm not worried even if Audrey plays with them near or with Natalie. 




    And I think Natalie likes them too! :)


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Space Saving Modern Furniture

        
     A friend of ours recently shared this video of Italian-designed space saving furniture and it is truly awesome. As an architect and designer myself, design solutions like these are a dream come true. It's what clients who don't have enough space or want to save space really need. You will see that the modern furnishings featured in this video are not just beautiful but designed intelligently as well. How I wish I could have these pieces in my own home!


www.resourcefurniture.com


        Did you like it? Genius right? :)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Making Healthy Choices


       Health is Wealth. And this isn't an understatement. I have just come to realize that I need to start having a more consistently healthy lifestyle. If you ask me the reason why, it's really simple. I want to live long enough to be there for my kids, all the way through until they start having their own children. Don't you think it would be great to get to know your grandkids and actually be able to play with them? :) And since I have girls, I want to be there when they get married (and we all get to gush about how beautiful their wedding gowns are), when they get pregnant and when they finally have their own babies. Such exciting times! 

       The Bible says,

                             “Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged”                       
                                                                                                                    - Proverbs 17:6 NLT

       And I definitely want to be walking this earth when the time comes for me to be called grandma J That would be roughly about 25-30 years from now, hopefully. So that means my husband and I have a long way to go. And it would be wise for us to take care of ourselves in as much as it is within our control. A healthy body is not something you get overnight – it’s a result of making healthy choices every single day. So it is my hope that you would also be encouraged to take healthy steps in your day to day life so you can be there for your family longer. And this is true not just for parents, but for everyone.
     Among the first few steps that I’ve decided to take in becoming a healthier individual is improving my diet. Although I would eat healthy foods every now and then, it just hasn’t been a consistent habit of mine. This time though, I want to be able to make it part of my regular routine, and especially my family's.
       I’ve actually already started by taking fruit and veggie smoothies. Our diets usually lack the necessary vitamins and minerals, especially when we get too busy or are constantly on the go. Sometimes we may not be able to prepare vegetable dishes to go with our meals so drinking them raw as a smoothie is a good idea. Just combine a number of fruits and vegetables in one drink – all you need is a blender or a juicer. If you have a high powered blender, you can blend fresh fruits and add ice for a nice cold smoothie - but if not, you can just freeze fruits such as bananas, mangoes, melons, guyabano, pineapples and make your own cool fruity combinations. You can even add vegetables to this concoction like romaine lettuce, celery, cucumber or carrots (apple carrot juice is the best!), or even add malunggay too (good for breastfeeding moms like me!). If the fruits you end up getting aren’t exactly as sweet as you want them to be, you can just add some organic honey to your drink.


Image taken from http://www.sherwoodvalleyjuice.com

      Another healthy step that I’ve decided to take is switching from white to brown. White rice has been processed and milled, and don’t offer the same nutritional benefits and dietary fiber as its brown counterpart. White bread and white flour are the same, as the wheat used to make them have been processed and stripped of most of its nutrients. Choosing to eat whole grains such as brown rice has been linked to a lower risk of diabetes and aids in better digestion. To add variety, we also eat organic pearled barley, quinoa and couscous from time to time. We’ve also switched to whole wheat bread – both loaf and pan de sal. It’s actually quite good! Just remember to check ingredients and make sure flour used was whole wheat flour and not just wheat flour. Another one of our white favorites is now a whole wheat version as well – pasta! So now our every day menu includes these heart-friendly and blood sugar friendly carbohydrates.


       But besides adding or switching to healthier alternatives in our diet, we also need to remember to eliminate those that are not good for our health. Now this is the hard part. Say goodbye to canned goods and fast foods if you want to lower your cholesterol. And if you can't completely do away with sweets (I know I can't!), then at least lower your intake of soda, cakes, pastries and chocolates (sniff!). And always choose natural, organic (if budget permits) and especially preservative free foods as much as possible. 
      And last but not least of the first few steps to a healthier lifestyle for me is exercise. Before I became a mom, I had a regular exercise routine which consisted of going to the gym, and attending Pilates and yoga classes at least 3x a week. I still had the luxury of time then so it was easy. But now that I have 2 kids, I need to be more creative and find alternatives just so I can get back to exercising again. I do get to swim from time to time but since I don’t get to do it regularly, I needed to find other options. I just started to do Pilates here again at home and will be bringing out my Barre 3 dvd for some sessions here as well ;P
      Changing our usual routines or practices may prove to be hard at first, but if we are changing for the better, then it is well worth it. I know I have to make more changes in my diet, but I’m starting out with these ones first. A few steps at a time are better than none at all. And when I think about the long term benefits of making healthy choices which includes more years to spend with my family, then it doesn’t seem so hard at all.


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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Torn Paper Mosaic

      Time for arts and crafts! For this activity, I taught Audrey how to tear paper - a skill that supposedly prepares toddlers for using scissors. We just got different colored bond size construction papers and a big white one to serve as the canvas where we'll be sticking the torn pieces of colored paper on. And of course, we had our paste and glue.
         Since I gave Audrey the go signal to tear away, this left me some time to breastfeed Natalie until we had enough pieces of paper to almost cover our whole canvas (so this is a good activity to do if you can't supervise your toddler the whole time and can only watch from a distance).

Here is Audrey with her torn pieces of paper and her fave Dora glue stick :)



Busy sticking the paper pieces!
Encourage your toddler to stick the papers on by themselves and come up with their own design.


The finished product up close
          

All smiles! :) Audrey's happy with her work!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Waitomo and A Bit of Auckland

        When I think about New Zealand, I picture never ending beautiful scenery. I've always heard about how photogenic this country was and when I set foot in it, I couldn't help but agree. 
      But besides the amazing landscapes, there's more to New Zealand than meets the eye. It's not just a place to relax, retire to and count sheep (or cows for that matter) - it's a place where you can really appreciate nature, breathe the freshest air that exists, and try outdoor sports and activities ranging from the tame to the most daring. 
      I wish I could put all of our New Zealand photos in one post but it would be a bit too many ;) Can't help but take a gazillion photos of this place and all the activities that we did (and for the extreme or semi extreme ones - they are prepared to take your photos for you for a price - but so worth it!).
      Our New Zealand adventure started in Auckland, as our flight landed here. We arrived in the morning and spent the day exploring the city. We happened to pass by the Auckland Art Gallery and decided to get to know the culture and history of the country we were visiting. While walking, we also got to see one of the campuses of the University of Auckland and ended up in Queen Street, which is one of the major thoroughfares with lots of stores and shops. But we were surprised that by 5pm, some of these stores were already about to close. We then ate an early dinner and decided to rest so we can leave for Waitomo early the next morning. 
      
At the Auckland Art Gallery

          When we were planning our trip to New Zealand, a good friend of mine suggested that we go to Waitomo to see the glowworm caves. This intrigued me so I researched on it online and was happy to include it in our trip itinerary. 
          It would be the first stop in our driving tour of the North Island. From Auckland, we decided to rent a car and drive ourselves to our destination. I was the navigator and my husband was the driver. The roads were well planned and the maps were easy enough to read even for a first time visitor, but we were driving on the wrong side of the road haha! It took some time to get used to right hand driving. My husband kept opening the wiper instead of the signal - and I would make fun of him almost every time - until I did it myself when I finally drove the car :P 
          

At Waitomo

       We stayed at a cozy bed and breakfast called Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge which was run by such gracious hosts. Colin and Janet were very helpful and gave us a lot of good tips on which tours to book and where to go. The room in the lodge was clean and comfortable, with an electric blanket to keep us warm at night! Breakfast was included and it was light but good. 


At Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge
      
        That afternoon we wasted no time and booked the tour to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves that Colin suggested. We were so glad we listened to him because the other tour had a bus load of tourists waiting to go to the caves. When it was time to go, we met our tour guide, Savitri, and we had a whole coaster to ourselves plus four Irish tourists who were traveling the South and North Islands with a camper van. I thought that was a great way to travel through New Zealand so I told my husband we should try that next time J


Beautiful backdrops
       
       As expected, our tour was quite relaxed and stress free. We even had time for a snack and tea after a short trek before heading to the caves. 


Snacks with the Irish!
       
     We walked towards the glowworm caves and officially went spelunking (cave exploring). The walk to our destination was fun though a bit quiet. But it allowed us to appreciate our surroundings more. Best of all, there were no long lines or waiting - we were able to go and explore on our own pace.

Walking to the caves and wearing helmets with flashlights to guide us in the dark

         We went to the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves first and admired the scene in the dark while riding a boat - it was like being under a starry night sky. It was pretty spectacular. The glowworms would lay eggs on the ceiling and walls, and these would emit light. The insect responsible for these glowing lights also build lines that hang from the ceiling that attract other insects which they eat for food.


The top 2 photos are of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves (wish my camera then was able to capture the glowing lights better) and at another cave nearby that we checked out.

        That night we had pizza in a place in the area called Morepork Pizzeria and Cafe (the name doesn't sound so healthy huh? hehe! but the pizza was good!). Then we headed back to our room to prepare for our nighttime  bushwalk at the Ruakuri Bushwalk a couple of minutes away from our lodge. Colin told us that it was nice to see the glowworms by the river banks and not to worry since there are no predators in NZ (now that was a relief to know). He even gave us torches (flashlights!) to bring along. However, when we got to the bushwalk parking and turned off our car headlights, it was pitch black! There were no lights at all and no people around. It was just us and the dark night left us a bit uncertain of our plans... we went down from the car and walked a few meters, and then walked back to the car again... then I said to my husband that I wasn't sure if this was such a good idea and it didn't take long for him to agree hahahahaha! so yeah, we thought we had enough glowworms for one day! :D


Waitomo at night

        We went back to the Ruakuri Bushwalk the next day even if we won't be seeing anymore glowworms. This bushwalk and scenic reserve is supposedly one of the best in the whole of New Zealand (and it's for free). It was just beautiful and the air here was the cleanest and freshest I have ever breathed (up until this day!). It was a very pleasant and scenic walk, and if you ever find yourself in Waitomo, this should not be missed - and try it at night too! I will if I get to go back someday J


The Ruakuri Bushwalk

Check out www.waitomo.com if you are planning to visit the North Island of New Zealand  anytime soon. This website was not available when we visited and it just makes planning your trip and itinerary so much easier :)
   

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Natalie's Newborn Shoot

     
     This is Natalie. 


She's my baby sister and I am so glad that she is part of our family.


When Natalie was just a month old, we had a photo shoot with Tita Sheila and Tito Jorem Catilo
And it was so fun to watch Natalie pose for the pictures :)


Here is Natalie trying to hold her head up while the photos were being taken and she did a good job! :)


After that we said she could rest... but she was still camera ready!


She's looking quite comfy here :)


 I would often hear Mama say that it just seemed like yesterday when I was this small.


Here is a photo of Mama, Dada and Natalie. 
Don't worry, I have a lot of photos with them too!


Natalie taking a peek at Dad!


Here's a kiss from me little baby...

I remember my Ninang Tintin would say, 
"One of the best gifts you can give to your child is a sibling" 
and I agree!
So happy I have baby sister Natalie :)



Oh! Baby Natalie got tired from our photo shoot. Let's let her sleep... Sssshhhhhh....