Friday, October 30, 2009

Malling with Friends

When hubby was deployed for the second time in 2008 I never went to the mall. He was away for six months and for that duration of time my route was only home, grocery store, hospital for our daughter's appointment and also doing errands on post and off post. I haven't been to the mall and I only eat out at the Filipino restaurant down the road. I didn't even went to fast food restaurant to get anything even through its drive thru. Hubby was encouraging me to go out so I will not be bored at home but I just couldn't.

Yesterday me and my friends here talked about going to the mall. Their kids don't have classes since Wednesday so we set our mall-ing earlier today. It was raining and nippy. We had lunch at the mall and then did window shopping. We let the kids play at the play area. I was able to buy a gift for the birthday boy on Sunday and a bedroom sleeper for our DD. It is hard to shop around with a toddler in tow and so after few stores we decided to go home. Me and our DD passed by Target store and bought some stuff then we headed home. It was a long day but it's nice to see the mall again after almost two months :-)


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Jobs in IT

My husband will retire from the service in a few years. For his retirement, he is preparing himself for a civilian job. Jobs in IT is his target since he is more fascinated with information technology, computer and stuff. As his preparation, he is now pursuing a bachelor's degree in the field of computer science. I am totally supportive of his endeavor and I know he is also supportive with mine. We are both hoping that by the time of his retirement we will both have the career that we are both aiming to have. I am positive that with God's grace along with our perseverance, we will fulfill our goals and dreams. Dreams that is not only for us but for the future of our kids and our family.

Different Insurances

Coming here in the US opened my eyes to avail insurances that serves as security in our life. In the Philippines I do have life insurance from my job as well as health insurance but I wasn't really putting much importance on it. When I got married, my husband talked to me about the different benefits he gets from the Army and we are very lucky that we are also covered hundred percent. I started working in 2005 and when I was qualified to get a life insurance I applied for one in addition to my life insurance from my husband's work. As I applied, the provider talked to us about the different types of life insurance. I must say I was informed by that time. I know now that I should not take for granted the security of my family. The same thing with my husband; he told me that our family's security is his main priority. He wanted to give us the good and secure life especially for the future.

Birthday Party at Charlie's Safari

Before hubby left we were invited to attend the birthday party of our friend's daughter. Hubby and our DD had a great time bonding together. He let her played with the different token games and also the gymboree inside the indoor play area.

This coming Sunday, another friend invited us for his son's birthday party. It will be held in Charlie's Safari again. Since hubby is not here this time I will be the one to run around following our darling daughter. I have to reserve a lot of energy for that day since I very well know she will try all the play areas and games. I told hubby when I talked to her earlier that I will be exhausted after the party coz I know DD will be all over the place. Hopefully though she will be calmer so I will not be stressed out. But hey as long as she will enjoy and have fun then I'm all for it :-)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cold Days are Here

It's really getting cold in here now. I know in other states they already experience the first snowfall of the season but I am hoping we will not get too much snow like last year's winter. Last night and early this morning I turned on the heater. Usually we will turn it on around late November or in December but it's still October and have to turn it on more often. It is just very cold. After I cook our lunch earlier me and our DD went to take a shower and as soon as I turn on the shower faucets the water that came out is really freezing cold. Our daughter even jumped out when she touched the water. Early this month I started getting our daughter her winter stuff as well as mine. Her last year's winter stuff are already small. I still have to do this progressively since it is expensive to buy stuff especially during the season. At the end of the season I need to stock up more for next year's fall and winter. Oh well, it's hard to go out when it's cold. I dislike putting on layers but what can I do, it's a must or else you'll freeze out.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Colon Cleanser

Way back when hubby was still here we were discussing about having our colon cleansed. He was intrigued because one of his friends had it. I told him that I have read a lot of colon cleanser reviews and many testifies that it is helpful to our health. I heard from the news months ago about questions if this is really effective in detoxification and cleansing the digestive system. I do believe though that having a well functioning digestive system helps in the absorption of nutrients to our body. Maybe when hubby gets back from his deployment I can let him ask his provider about it and he can have his colon cleansed as well.

A Friend's Birthday Party

Sunday was very cold, wet and soggy but it did not refrain us from going. The picture on the side was taken earlier of the party. The other ladies did not arrive yet. It was a nice get together. I was able to meet new friends and seen old faces as well. The kids were having fun as well. It's a shame I wasn't able to take picture of the food on the table :-)

We didn't stay long. At 7pm we went home coz the kids have school the next day. I could have stayed longer but I decided to go home instead since DD did not take a nap.

Next week there's another birthday celebrations; our friend and her son. Having to see our friends often and hanging out with them is fun and in a way eases the loneliness we feel while our husband's are away. I am looking forward for more bonding time and fun moments with them and for our kids.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Our Daughter's Fears

I really don't know when it started but our daughter get scared when I'm holding a box cutter, knife or even a scissor. She will not cringe though but she will tell me that it can give "ouchi", or according to her, an "ouwie". But in a way I am glad because she will not dare to touch it. She is now playing with our kitchen utensils since she can already open the drawers but her fears to touch knives or other sharp objects give me peace of mind that she will not take those out of the drawers. But I am not leaving her alone when she is in our kitchen. I make it sure that she only get her plastic wares and not those that is not safety for her to play with. When I am done at the kitchen I make sure as well to put the fence so she can't go there by herself.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Children's Day

Two weekends ago me and my friends brought our kids to Huntamer Park for Children's Day celebration. There were rides, fun games, workshops, shows, and other activities that are all free for the kids. One show that the kids loved very much was the show with Ronald MacDonald. Even the adults enjoyed it as well. If it wasn't that cold we would have stayed longer but it was pretty nippy so we decided to go home early. I did not let our DD play with the slides and bouncy since she's still tiny one and I'm afraid she will be rub through by bigger kids. But she enjoyed watching the mascots and holding the free balloons.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Getting Fit and Healthy

After I gave birth with our DD I was thinking of things to do to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I only gained few pounds but with my height it seemed like its over my ideal weight. I breastfed our daughter so my weight easily went down. I told my husband that I don't need diet pills anymore because breastfeeding and taking care of our little one help me out. But despite that, I do believe that I still need to do exercise and eating right because there are times that I feel sluggish. I easily get tired and my energy is depleting fast. My friend told me that when she started exercising she felt the difference in her body. She got the energy boost everyday and she don't get tired easily. So now I am looking at exercise regimen that I can use to make me more energetic especially that cold season is here. It is important that we are healthy and our immune system is strong because this is the time of flu season again. Being sick is a bad thing for every one especially if there's a child in the household. So to all, be prepared, eat right and stay healthy everyday.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Computer-Internet Business

When we were in our hometown last July, my husband was asking me of what business that can possible be put up back home. I thought of computer-internet business. There are computer shops already there but I think it's not enough considering there are lots of customers who wanted to use the internet or computer for research and other things. Hubby is very knowledgeable about computers and he can easily set up networks and even build a computer system as long as he has all the necessary tools and parts to make it. He told me that after he retire from the military he is looking into working in a company that has something to do with computer. He made mention that he wanted to be trained to work in computer technology industry especially in building computers, rackmount systems and other similar industries. As his wife I am always behind him. We are hoping that in the future, if God permits, we can have our own business in my hometown.

What I Miss in Pinas

One of my favorite snack chips back in the Philippines is Mr. Chips. I like its crunchiness and cheesy taste. So when we went there for a short vacation I bought some and our DD like the taste of it too.

Another thing I miss from home is chilling at the outside hammock that my father put up before we arrived there. Below is a picture of our DD with her Lolo (Grandfather). When we were not sure when we can go to the Philippines for vacation, my father asked me all the time when they can see their granddaughter. I knew in my heart that they misses us and I was very glad that after years of not seeing us we're able to reunite in July-August.

I am hoping that next year we can visit them again. The days that we were there during our vacation was only short and hopefully with our next visit, it may be short or long, we will make sure we will enjoy it more.

Security is a Must

Everywhere you go and in whatever you do you always think of your security. When we choose of our place to live, since we move a lot, hubby ensures that we have the security for our peace of mind. Here in the apartment that we are living I am very glad that every corner have a surveillance equipment with video that serves to record activities outside the apartment units. I also asked the management to install child safety locks and extra locks on our doors since our DD starts to open our front door already. With the child locks installed I am not worried anymore to leave our DD in the living room if I am at the kitchen or doing some household chores.

It's in Our Genes

I talked to my mother over the phone last weekend and I asked her how the rest of the family is doing. She gave me some good and not so good news. The not so good news are my sisters health. Our oldest sister just had her comprehensive health check and it was found out that she has diabetes and also heart condition, enlargement of the heart. I remember that my brother has a vein enlarged in his heart before as well. Our youngest sister also went to see an OB-GYN and had an ultrasound because for three months she did not have her monthly menstrual period. She is not pregnant and the ultrasound shows her uterine wall is thick and she need to take medication for it. I told my mother that they should start a healthy living and somehow try to look for the best weight loss supplements so they can curb down their weight. I noticed when I went home in July that both my sisters are kind of overweight. I am hoping that with the change in their diet and proper medication they can surpass what they're going through right now. And since those illnesses are in our genes, I also need to ensure I live a healthy life.

Little Soldier



The pictures above were taken I believe in July. When hubby arrived from work our DD will be following him around. She will ask for his dog tag and we were amazed on this day because she wore her Dad's boots and cap then danced around. Our Daddy then let her wore the top of his ACU and his eye wear. She looks very funny :-) We were all laughing with her.

Organizing...Again

Last month when hubby was preparing his stuff to bring to his deployment I was also doing some organizing with all our paperworks, office supplies in our home work station, and also our closets. It's only a month since I did it and now our work station here needs organizing again. I need to get new shelving units where I can put the printer and fax machine. Right now it's all on top of my working table and I don't have much space to use. I asked hubby to buy me the shelf before he left but because of other things we forgot about it. Now I am left to do it and hopefully I will be able to accomplish this task this month.

Too Many Invitations

Our days without our Daddy are lonesome but because friends are inviting us all the time to hang out with them, we kind of turned some of our days into a fun filled one. Every weekend we are barely at home. During Saturdays after our kid's dance class we go to our friends place and have lunch there. On Sundays, we rotate from one friend's place to another for lunch after church. We also do karaoke singing and sometimes play bingo and other board games. The kids also play to their heart's content. With these many invitations in a week and we eat different Filipino dishes, it's not shocking that I am gaining more weight right now. Even my friends are saying they are too. I jokingly told them that they should start to look for the best diet pills in town to help in shedding off the added pounds. I will worry about my weight later since I am enjoying the food that we all partake every weekend :-)

Dry Hands

I was trimming my fingernails this morning and noticed my hands are very rough. It's dry and the wrinkles are very visible. As a Mom I washed my hands all the time and use hand sanitizer. I know this can really dry our hands. Now I am looking for effective hand moisturizer as well as wrinkle cream to heal my dry hands. The cold season also added to my problem. When it is cold my dry skin is exacerbated. Not only it will become more dry but itchy as well. My friend recommended the lotion that she is using right now but I will see first if it will work for me.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New Friends

Living a military life has its ups and downs. Two of the downs I see are of course the family separation during the time of deployment and also when you leave your friends behind during PCS time. But there are lots of good things as well. One of which is meeting new friends. I only have few friends that I can say very close in my almost five years stay here in the US. Last year when hubby was deployed for six months me and our DD only went out when we do errands and fulfill some appointments. Never did I went to a friend's place to hang out or have friends come over to our apartment. It was kind of boring but we got through it. Now that I met new friends and knew I have Filipino neighbors dealing with this deployment is easy. Although the difficulty of the separation is still there but knowing I have friends I can count on to is a blessing. And my circle of friends is now extended. I am glad to have found them my days are not that boring anymore coz I have friends to talk to now.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

RV-ing

When we were driving to California last year me and hubby were talking about owning an RV one day. We both love to travel and it would be an experience to just hop on an RV and do long drives then park in a camp site to rest. His friend told him about checking out rv financing if he is interested. We are interested but we have to wait when we already achieved our other goals as a family. Who knows one of these days we can afford it already even if it's used as long as it does work great and in good condition. One time we checked out local RV dealers here in our area, just looking around and I said if only we have the money it would be great to leave the dealership with one :-)

Our Sunday

Our Sunday was spent with friends after we attended a 12 noon mass. Me and two of my friends made an arrangement to spend weekends at our friend's F place. Yesterday we were at her place after our kids' dance class and then this afternoon we were there again for lunch after church. We were just chitchatting and the kids were playing. We did not realize the time and it was about 5pm already. So our host told us to have dinner first before going home. We had ginataang mongo and pork adobo for lunch and at dinner we had the left over and broiled salmon.

Yesterday hubby wasn't able to call and did not go online. Good thing he was able to contact me after church. I had my cellphone off. When I opened it I got a voicemail and his email and was able to reply back. Thought he's going to call tomorrow but so glad he called after receiving my email. We miss our daddy very much. I am blessed for my friends' presence my day will pass by without too much wallowing in loneliness. Got to keep myself busy also so that our days will go by quick.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Best Acne Treatment

My sister told me before that it's hard to face the problem when your problem is your face. Yeah, literally. She was suffering of acute breakouts before because she has an immune system disorder and also hormonal imbalance. She was asking before about best acne treatment but we did not found anything that can help her. I just found out about different acne treatment products when I came here in the US. There are so many products to choose from that haven't know before. So what we did for her back then was brought her to a Dermatologist and have a special medication that will treat her condition. It only worked for few months but then the breakouts came back. When she was taking medication for her hormone imbalance the acne subsided. Gladly, after months of treatment her zits fade away and now she's only dealing on the scars but at least she's acne free already.

Busy Mommy

Being alone and taking care of the household and our toddler is really eating most of my time right now. I have to make sure that everything is in order here so our lives will run smooth. I got so many things to think about but I am taking it one day at a time. For the past three weeks I am always out and about. Doing errands, hanging out with friends, bring our DD to her dance class and other stuffs that needed to be done. Although I still slack in some areas but I am trying to fit everything in our schedule. I am also trying to let our DD meet her friends so she can interact with other kids. One time I accompanied my friends to their kids' church choir and catechism classes and I wish that our DD can also attend those classes but she is not old enough yet. I inquired for their pre-school classes and thankfully they have classes for 3 year old and 4 year old toddler so next year I am planning of enrolling our DD to the Catholic School. I already told hubby about it and he is also considering it himself.

Another thing that I am focusing also now is to start potty training our DD. She is already 2 years and 4 months old and showing interest to do her business in her potty. I have to change the potty that I have right now though since the seat is kinda hard for her. Along with potty training also is to make sure that she learn good values. Her daddy is not here to help in disciplining her so the task is all mine. I have to make sure that she will grow as a good person and not a menace to society :-). For a two year old she's tamer than what I usually heard about terrible twos. She have her moments but she is manageable and still listens when bribed to :-) Hopefully she stay as sweet and as manageable as she is right now since there's just me and her.
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