Saturday, September 28, 2013

Work vs. Play

      After my failed attempt the other day at trying to put the girls to sleep so I can squeeze in a nap for myself, I finally gave up.
     I laid down on our rubber puzzle mats and told Audrey, "I'm so sleepy. Do you know what Mama does at night when Audrey and Natalie are sleeping? I work. I do that so during the day I can spend my time playing with you and Natalie. But I am so tired now. I need to rest. Can you come here and sit near me so I can lie down on you and rest my head?"
     She willingly obliged and sat down right beside me. And as I put my head on her legs, she said, "I love you mom. Why don't I get you a soft pillow and bring it here so that you can lie down on it and rest better?" :)
      Smiley, smiley, smiley. Hearts, hearts, hearts. A loving warmth flows through me.

     Now you know why I lack sleep. I would rather spend my daytime hours playing with my girls than working. (I'm a full time mom who works from home as an architect, doing my work mostly late at night and at dawn.)
     Yes, work is important. Yes, I have deadlines. Yes, I actually like working, designing, creating, planning. But this is more important to me. I'll remember these moments more than those days when I finished a work deadline ahead of time.
     I'll have lasting memories of fun times even on regular days spent at home. I'll remember Audrey's sweet replies, my girls' hugs and kisses, laughs and smiles, and Natalie's surprise antics. I'll witness their milestones, be the first to hear their new words and tell Dad firsthand about what's new when he gets home.
     And what about work? Yes, I'll still fulfill all of my responsibilities and obligations. But this is a trade I'm willing to make. I am just praying that I somehow manage to get more sleep! :)

Friday, September 27, 2013

My Dear Natalie

To my dear little one,

     It's been a year since we first met. Wow-- has it? Time surely flies.
     I want you to know that you are special to me.
    You have made me achieve what some thought was an impossible feat. You made me believe I was strong. You made my faith grow bigger. When you came, God's grace upon me was multiplied. (You know He always provides).
     You make me smile. You fill me with joy. There is laughter in my heart because of your presence.
     You are a gift. A pleasant surprise.
     You have made my life more colorful. My days busier. Our family happier.
     Your smile warms my heart.
    Truly God knows best. He gave you to me at the perfect time. Now I cannot imagine how life would have been without you for the past year, and the years to come.
     I always look forward to hearing you laugh. To see you tilt your head to play peek-a-boo! To hear you call me Mama when you're hungry. 
     And I am always amused to see you bravely ignore all that stands in your way when you want to walk and play.
    I will always enjoy seeing you flutter your eyelids when we say 'blink' or 'beautiful eyes'. And I will always cherish experiencing the sweetness of your kisses and hugs, which you are so generous in giving.
     I'm so excited to get to know you more and watch you grow. I just wish time won't go by so fast.
     Most of all, I want you to know that I am very grateful for you. You are a beautiful blessing from the Lord.
     Happy Birthday my sweets.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My First Journal

     Toddlers love to doodle. Just give them a pen, marker or crayon and a blank piece of paper and they will scribble away! Audrey loves doodling with different colored markers. It's a good thing that she received this blank notebook journal from my sis in law, Mic as a gift (so I was spared from getting bond papers from my work stash! hehe). What's good about this too is that we can keep track of what Audrey's been drawing or writing. Mic is a preschool teacher so she told me to encourage Audrey to write in this journal with a subject matter in mind. I can just let Audrey write or draw her interpretation of an object, an event or any subject at all. We can then talk about it and I can encourage Audrey to interpret or explain what she wrote :) 

I let Audrey write or draw on her table so she knows that this
is the place for writing and not on the bed or the wall! haha.

Also show your toddler the proper way of holding a pen so
she can get used to it and prepare her for writing.
I always write the subject or topic and date on the page
of the sketch.

We used washable markers and stamps on this page. 

Audrey loves sketching, doodling, writing!

Our subjects range from 'playing soccer in the field', to 'fish underwater' to 'Ninong Pat's and Tita Patty's wedding :) We write and draw about whatever it is Audrey thinks about at that moment :)

You can get any blank sketch pad or notebook to use as your child's writing journal. With a kid's imagination, I am sure they can think of a whole lot of topics to write and draw about :)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Goodnight Baby

Goodnight baby
Give me a kiss
Oh how wonderful
Life with you is

Even when you tire me out
With your love for adventure
These precious moments
I will always treasure

Your smiles and laughs
And little big voice
Your small snug hugs
Your funny noise

Your chubby cheeks 
And soft soft skin
Make me feel warm
All over and within

Oh sweet baby
Don't grow up too fast
I just want to cuddle you
And make these moments last.

Inspired by my dear Natalie who is almost a year old

Monday, September 23, 2013


     If there is one regret that I have about unforgiveness --- it's time lost.
   I wish I forgave more quickly so that I would have had the time to enjoy life more. Rather than holding on to bitterness that ensnares. That pulls us down.
    I wish I forgave more quickly so the Lord could have brought blessings my way sooner. Rather than having the Lord wait for the time when I was finally ready for what He wanted to give me. He always wants our hearts to be ready. If there is unforgiveness, He cannot bless us fully.
     I wish I forgave sooner so that I would have moved forward in life faster rather than getting stuck and bogged down by this heavy weight called --- Hurt. Offense. Pain. Disappointment. Resentment.
    Forgiving is not about forgetting. I think no matter how much we want to forget, it's just not possible. It's really about choosing to move on and bypass whatever hurts or offenses there were so that we can enjoy life and be free.
    So it's time to let go. Forgive. Be selective about what you choose to remember. Be hurt no more. After all, we are only slaves to people who offend us.
    No, it's not easy. But we have a choice. If it was easy we won't need to choose. We'll just go for it.
    Forgiveness is freedom. I want to be free. How about you?

"For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."
                                                                                                           - Matthew 6:14-15 NIV

“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.
                                                                                                           - Matthew 6:14-15 The Message

Audrey is 3 - The pARTy Photodiary

     This post is looong overdue. I remember the day I first posted about Audrey's party - it was a very rainy Monday just like today. 
     I've been so busy during the past few weeks with my family, Natalie's upcoming party, work, more work, a trip taken, and another one that we'll be going on soon. So many things to take care of but so thankful too.
     This entry is full of party photos (like the others but even more so haha!). This time we focus on the activities and the people that made the party extra special, and lots of fun! :)
Audrey is 3!

Our family photos. Hmm, the girls look good in a red beret :)

Audrey designing her 'blank canvas' cake with edible markers

Audrey's Artworks on Exhibit!
These are her best works which were made beginning late last year. We do a lot of arts and crafts at home with different types of media. The labels on the artworks will tell you which works were a collaboration with me and her dad. I even asked her to 'name' her artworks and she's come up with "Spiders and Snow" and "The Galaxy and Circles" :) Most of the time we just let her do everything on her own, especially if it's a painting. Crafts on the other hand require more guidance especially if cutting is involved.

The Art Exhibit :)

Our art materials

More art stuff and painting smocks for the kids

Audrey using markers and poster paint to work on two separate artworks

The other artists :)

The class photo! :)

Artworks by Audrey's friends!
Their subjects were taken from a list of Audrey's favorites :)

Photos with Natalie and my husband's parents :)

Our friends :)

Singing the Happy Birthday song and candle blowing ceremony :)

Audrey gathers balloons to take home in her favorite color - pink!

Thank you to all of our friends and suppliers who made the party fun and who
made the workload lighter for me :) I LOVED this party! :)

Thanks Patty Laurel-Filart for being our host, and for helping us set up and take photos! Your support is very much appreciated!

Thanks Marge and Kaki for setting up and making our Painting and Arts Activity a success! All your efforts and patience paid off :) The kids had sooo much fun!
Events by Marge

Thanks Mommy Bing for all the balloons and decor at the party! It made our venue look so colorful and fun!
Carnival Party Needs and Catering Services
B62 L3 Unit 1 El Grande Ave. BF Homes, Pque
5699083 / 09291438470

Thank you Lemarc Limosnero for taking our photos too :)

And Thank You to all of our family and friends who came to celebrate with us 
even though it was a rainy Saturday! We're grateful for your presence and 
for the presents that you brought along too :)