Friday, October 28, 2011

Malling

I had the chance to go to the mall with my kids and some friends. It was raining but we had a great time. My friend's parents just came here in the US and it was their first time to see the mall that we went to. It was a Saturday so you can expect lots of shoppers and kids. We had lunch at the foodcourt and then went to see some shops. I bought a good deal of jacket at JCPenney and also clothes for my 2 girls. Before we head home we let the kids play at the play area and as usual we had a hard time going out of there coz the kids love to just play and play. It was a great day and happy that kids love their bonding with friends.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Winning

Winning is the best thing to happen to any person. This can boost confidence and in a way attain fame as well. But as a simple individual with simple needs in life, like a mother, a simple hug and kiss from your little ones is like winning a great price. I often told my husband that every time our little girls tells me they love me is like receiving a trophy. If that is the case, then I will have lots of trophies in the house already.

Yeah, I am that sentimental and I really value my kids feelings all the time. They are the sweetest creatures on earth. I already win a million dollar having them in our lives. This is the reason why me and my husband are trying our very best to give them the best life possible. We are molding them to become good citizens and know the value of living life to the fullest in simple ways. We don't have lavish lifestyle because we are ordinary and simple people. As long as we are following God's way of living and showing it to our kids and they are following our examples, then we already feel that we are winning.

Family and Friends

I value very much my Friends and Family. They are the source of my strength and inspirations. If not for them I will not strive to be better and become a good person. Of course I also do everything for myself but with them in my life makes me more focused and do the best I can. I can't imagine not having my family and friends.

I heard some people saying they don't need their family nor their friends to success. I know that our success and failure lies in our own hands and how we handle our life. But we also need our friends and families support, especially the moral one. We have different views about this and I respect each ones opinion. It is just me that I love the idea of having my family and friends around me that constantly encourages me and push me to do better for myself. This is why I treasure them very much and I will do my best to make them proud.

More Houses in Our Community

When we move here in July there are still areas or streets that don't have houses yet. In about 3 months time most of those lots have houses constructed already. I can't believe how fast this builder is constructing the houses. They have lots of workers so I think that is why they are fast. My friend whose house was the only one standing on this street was also amazed how the construction was being fast tracked. It is not just steel building but big house at that with different construction media.

I attended the first HOA meeting last month. There were some issues being brought up by different homeowners, which I think are valid. One was saying their house now have issues of bubbles on their walls and paint coming off. Another one was saying that their house was constructed during a rainy season that it was soaked wet and maybe causing some bubbles on the walls. In any case, the builder has still the responsibility of our property for the whole year since we moved in. We did have minor issues since we moved but so far the builders are attentive to what we complained to them.

I know as the time goes we will face different issues with the property and as a homeowner it is a big responsibility. That is why having a house is a great investment. Not only your responsibility to pay the mortgage but also the underlying expenses that goes along with it. This is also why one should be ready enough to embark on this big step in order not to get burned when finances are getting shaky. It is in the hands of the homeowners how to be responsible so as not to fall bad on mortgage and experience the housing problem nowadays.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Videoke Princesses



It is very common that when Filipinos get together expect that there will be singing, videoke, going on. It is one of the means to enjoy the company of friends aside from of course the different pinoy dishes for everyone to partake.

Last Sunday after church me and the kids went to our friend's house. We had a get together along with some friends. We have all Filipino dishes and it felt like home. My friend's Mom cooked all the foods. We had pancit bihon, chicken adobo, lumpia, mongo soup with dried fish, shrimp, sisig and ginataan. It was a feast.

Of course, in between eating we were also singing. My two little darlings were also excited and wanted to hold the mic even though can't read the lyrics on the monitor. So we let the kids sing and chose kiddie songs for them.

The pictures above are my two girls while in their turn to sing. I call them my videoke princesses :-)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

It's Fall and Flu Season

Don't get me wrong, I love fall season because I like it when the leaves change its colors and the breeze is cooler. The only thing I dreaded for this season is when it is getting colder and raining all the time, the kids will start to catch colds and cough. Last week both of my girls started to have colds and developed to have elevated temperatures, and now the cough is very stubborn to go away. I don't like it when they feel this way. It makes me worried and I will have sleepless nights. I can't sleep when they are not feeling well.

The older sister is brave enough though. When she feels that she is sick, she will let me know, and she is very compliant if I tell her to take her meds or go take some rest. The little one is a different story, since she is the baby she whines and I have to carry her all the time. So having sick babies and husband is away for a month for training is not fun at all for this mommy. Anyways, I am now glad that they started to gain back some appetite and the colds is fading. The cough, I believe will stay for this week and I am hoping they will be better this coming week.

Despite what they are feeling right now, I am glad they are still active and playing. This coming weekend, hopefully, they will enjoy seeing friends. We're invited for lunch in a friend's house and we are also going to make first birthday invitations for their little one. It will be fun for the kids to play and for the moms to bond and chit-chat too. I still can't forget preparing our DD2's 1st birthday celebration back in April. It was very exciting and fun.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Three Months as Homeowners

It has been 3 months since we moved and I should say we are doing great and kind of adjusted to our new place. Although we are still trying to get everything organized and decorated. As far as decorating, we are doing it one step at a time. I don't want to buy and get all the stuff that we need coz I don't want to be over our budget. I don't want to just spend and spend and not save. Having your own house can sometimes make you forget that you have to slow down in shopping. I know there are still lots of opportunities for me to make improvements and I am not in a hurry.

As I have said, I am doing one room at a time. The formal living area and formal dining is close to coming altogether. I just need a rug and maybe a china cabinet or curio then it will tied the place together. Right now it looks good, but I need a little more touch ups. I found a nice rug in one of the decor store here. I think it will go nicely with our sofa and loveseat in the formal living room. I am still saving for it and hopefully I can get it before December.

For this fall season, I am planning of decorating a little of the fall stuff in the house. The window treatment that I have right now is earth color, in the shade of brown. I will need some orange ornaments to go for the fall decor though. Hubby gave my old decor to goodwill already, so this means I have to buy another.

I think having your own place can really give you all way access to anything that you like for your place. I like the idea that I have the free reign on what I want to do to the walls, windows and ceilings. My husband said, as long as I wont' make to much holes on the walls, then he is there support me.
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