Yahooo! I didn’t check the school calendar and silly me for not remembering Andrea’s spring holiday and this thursday (mar 20) is the last day of school and it will resume on April 6 and it only mean one thing —-WE can go to DUBAI! weeee…. Hope Daddy Nath’s training there would push through or else we’ll just enjoy the school break here:)
Thanks Miss Sylvia for reminding me!
Starting tomorrow til the 18h of February Andrea has no school and it’s time for us to rest, unwind, visit places, go to parks, visit the zoo, visit friends, a lot of playtime with Sean and friends and dine again at Romano’s macaroni and Grill and buy yummy doughnuts at Krispy and Kreme.:)
Our New Yearâ€™s Eve started with a mass in Parish Church and good that it was not too cold, the temperature was quite bearable but still we need the warmth of our jackets and sweaters. Sean was in deep slumber and Andrea was too tired standing since the mass was held outside the church and there were lots of people who attended the mass and there were no more chairs (or I guess there were no chairs at all) when we arrived so her daddy and her uncle did the carrying.Â It was a great feeling to start the year right by going to church and i felt very blessed and I offered a small prayer of thanks to Him for all the blessings that we always receive and for keeping us always safe. I canâ€™t ask for more, itâ€™s been a year of blessedness. A year full of surprises of the turn of events in our lives but it kept us stronger with our unwavering faith, we simply soared higher and even be more forgiving and loving despite all the hurdles that came our way. And all of those difficulties was well traversed because He was and always will be with us.Â
On our way home we started the countdown for the new year, we were still in the signal near our house so when the clock in Paj struck 12 we all yelled â€œHappy New Year!â€ I told Andrea to jump to make her taller, I know thereâ€™s no truth to that but sometimes itâ€™s hard to outgrow the usual norms youâ€™ve grown with even you know that thereâ€™s no truth in it.Â
When we reached the house we started to have our Media Noche. I prepared only one main dish, kare-kare and some desserts (gelatin with fruits, fruit salad and mango royale). I did the table setting and I was running around the house to make it tidy before going to church and of course I put the different kinds of fruits especially those that are circle in shape in a large bowl. In the afternoon, I asked dad Nath to do the grocery since we canâ€™t go out coz Andrea had a fever in the morning and most of the stuffs needed to be bought were fruits. He arrived a little bit late for he had to go to souq to buy beef and most of the ingredients for the fruit salad. And from 6 p.m. both of us were too busy in the kitchen until 9 p.m. while the kids played a lot with their new toys. Â
Andrea received the other toys which did not arrive on Christmas. Sheâ€™s too happy to be the mommy of baby McKayla while Sean wanted to have his share of mommy hood too. He kept on feeding the baby doll with the milk bottle and even cuddles the doll when it cried. Sean kept on saying that all the toys that arrived were his. â€œAll mine!â€ thatâ€™s Seanâ€™s line. She even asked her sister to open the Rosella the Island Princess Barbie doll. And he opened our gift for his cousin without our knowledge and declared that itâ€™s his.
Â My two years old son is very conversant now that he even know how to make us agree on things he like but I explained to him that itâ€™s not really for him. When we had our dinner the siblings kept on having a toast. I guess they love the clicking sound of the white wine glass. Usually for New Year Eve I do some table setting. I even wanted to have fresh flowers but I did not bother to ask Nath to buy fresh flowers I have to cut some expenses and start the year with some frugality to save more.Â
Before the December ends me and my sweet hubby would have this self assessments of what things should be rectified, which should be developed or just another goal or plan be it long term or short term. It became our tradition to be open on things which should be discussed and it kept our relationship as husband and wife very strong. Itâ€™s just a simple question of how are we doing. What we need to do and how we would do it. KNowing whatâ€™s in each otherâ€™s mind is a big help. I wonâ€™t be surprising him with some aftermath of a suppressed ill feeling thatâ€™s being harbored silently in the deep recesses of my mind because I can talk it to him confidently and vice versa.
We always try to balance our roles in every aspect of our life. We want to be the great parents though its a difficult road yet all of us are learning, and by learning we can be great. No matter how hard it is, we can cope. And for this new year, 2008 we wish and hope for more success, love, happiness and great health. And from my family to yours we wish you a happy new year!
Yesterday was our first experience of Parents Evening in our daughterâ€™s school. This is the time that the parents will meet with the teacher and have the one-on-one talk about the overall assessment of our childâ€™s performance and progress in class. Our schedule was 4:45 and thereâ€™s only 15 minutes allotted for each parents. At first I thought that I would be the only one whoâ€™ll go there for my hubby has been sick for quite a few days now. But good that heâ€™s better and together with my family we went to the school.
When we entered the gate Andrea was so excited that she was running to her classroom but I told her to stop and wait for our turn since itâ€™s just 4:20 pm. And one man, heâ€™s also a father of I guess one of AndrÃ©aâ€™s classmate made his way to approach us. He told us that he is the father of Hamza and his son is always talking about Princess. And eventually we introduced ourselves and itâ€™s good to know that my kid is friendly.
Teacher N saw us and told us to get inside the classroom since nobody is there so we started to get to know how our daughter is doing in the school. The teacher showed to us all of Andreaâ€™s work from the start of the school to the latest activity work and we are overjoyed with all the reports of her teacher. Sheâ€™s doing great in the school. But we are more elated when the teacher told us about her great behavior in the class. We told the teacher that above all we are more concerned about her attitude than the academics because if the child has a rotten behavior then still her being an intellectual is nothing.
And our supposedly 15 minutes meeting ended up to 45 minutes. Teacher N told us that sheâ€™s so thankful to us for raising our daughter the right way and itÂ help them a lot especially in their class they are having different kids from different countries thus they have to deal with different cultures. She thanked us that her task of teaching my daughter became easier. And we are more proud of her for that.
In our way out of the classroom another parent greeted us and introduced as Jadâ€™s dad and mom. And they told us that Princess is also one of Jadâ€™s great friends. Itâ€™s really heart warming to know that your child is learning especially on human relationships which is for us very important. Again congratulations to our daughter you made us more proud of you. We love you very much
Last night while I was busy preparing our dinner my two kids were also busy playing near our dining table. As I can’t see them, my daughter asked me if they can play pretend and quickly I retorted back at her, “of course you can!” And Andrea said to her brother, “Okay let’s pretend that we are playing with a lot of snow.”