Friday, August 29, 2008

Who do I Look Like? Tag

I was tagged by Mich. Thanks for this sis. I really enjoyed doing this tag.

A lot of our friends are saying that Bela really looks like her dad by hubby kept on saying that Bela looks exactly like me when I was her age. So what do you guys think?

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Litzie wants to see the comparison, just for fun.

The Rule:Copy and Paste this part of the tag. Post a photo of you, your husband and your child’s photos in the same ages. Then tag 5 people. Link up the BLOG post you had your entry on.

Train:1. Litzie 2. Jacq 3. Dzoi 4. Aggie 5. Diane 6. Mich 7. Abie

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Now, would you like to join us, Peachy, Ems, Vannie, Jane, Jacqui and Farah?

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I'll Think About it Dad

As I’ve said many times, my Princess Bela really loves animals. I actually don’t know how it started. It just turns out one day that she started collecting toy animals and lined them all in our living room.

Because of this, I’m really still thinking about my hubby’s suggestion of buying her a pet dog or cat for her upcoming birthday. I’m still having my second thoughts because I think Bela is not yet capable of handling the responsibilities of having a pet. But hubby insisted that Bela will surely be happy about it and she will definitely love it.

In fact, hubby’s starting to canvass for a pet dog or cat for Bela because he’s really eager to give her a pet. He even looked for a very nice dog house and litter box and when he showed it to Bela, she got really excited.

But then, the decision is still mine and as I have said, I’m still thinking about it for a hundred times I still want an assurance if Bela can take care of her pet well.

Dealing with Her Problem

Last week, I had a chance to meet my college friends because it’s been a while since we last hang out together. We decided to go to Serendra and eat our dinner there.

After we finished eating our dinner, we stayed at the restaurant for a while to have a little talk. We talked a lot about our own families as well as our current jobs. Meanwhile, one of my friends asked me about her acne problems because she’s starting to get frustrated and irritated about it. She asked me on how to get rid of acne because it becomes a disadvantage to her especially on her work.

I suggested that she must consult a dermatologist to have a proper treatment for her skin problem. She asked me if I do know a very good dermatologist because she really wants to get rid of her acnes as soon as possible. In fact, she’s willing to spend a lot of money just to cure her acnes.

She already started with her treatments and she’s really hoping that everything will turn out absolutely fine.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wordless Wednesday # 6 - Pure Joy

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Behind the Yellow Door

This is the multiply site created by Bela’s teachers at Toddlers Unlimited where they post pictures of the Jumping Joeys class. This is really a good idea as it gives parents the opportunity to peek in behind the Yellow Door so we get to see what our kids are doing during class. This is so beneficial for us since Howell and I don’t get to go to Toddlers Unlimited every time Bela has a class. So I am always excited to open this site every time I receive an email from teacher Lei if they uploaded new pictures.

Here are some of Bela’s pictures that I snagged from the site:

Bela and her Grand Dad

I made a post here before about my problem with Bela when it comes to brushing her teeth. After her first visit to the dentist, she got really traumatized that she doesn’t want us to touch her teeth. So every time we asked her to brush her teeth, we are really having a hard time asking her to do it.

But I am glad she got over her fear of brushing her teeth. Thanks to her Leap Pad book that has a picture of a toothbrush and if she touched the picture, it will make a gargling and a brushing sound. So every time it is teeth brushing time, we just have to show her, her leap pad book and let her touch the toothbrush so it will make a sound and she will brush her teeth afterwards.

She is due for another fluoride application which means we need to visit her dentist again but now I am thinking twice as she might get traumatized again specially now that she just overcome her fear.

Thank goodness at least I have one less think to be worried about as I have some issues with my dad. I am starting to get worried about him since he is cranky and not in the mood most of the time. Since he is used to working, maybe he is just getting bored now that he is retired. My brother and I don’t know hot to cheer him up. We are thinking of giving him wine of the month club membership, or giving him and my mom an out of town vacation. My brother also sent our van for repair and once it is up and running again, maybe my dad can use it to earn a little and to keep him busy.

Oh well, I just hope my dad will feel much better soon.

Do you love me?

Before going to bed last night:

Me: “I love you Bela, good night.”
Bela: “You love me?”
Me: “Yes, I love you. Do you love mom?”

And she gave me a nod and a big smile then she closed her eyes and went to sleep and I was one happy mommy.

Monday, August 25, 2008

I love this site

Howell loves to bring imported magazines home. He said that they received a lot of those imported magazines but nobody cares to read it that is why it just ends up in trash. So he just brings it home since it has a lot of colorful pictures that Bela will enjoy.

One of the magazines that he brought home was a catalogue of For mommies who are looking for ideas for the room of their kids, check out their site as they offer great designs and themes for kids’ room. This is what I love for Bela:

Aren’t they so cute? And I love this personalized bags for Bela as well. I have to ask Howell to ask his colleagues again if we can use their address again so I can order these bags online.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Bela and her Leap Pad

I was looking for pictures that I can use for Em’s kids fear factor tag when I chanced upon these pictures of Bela:

She was wearing the big t-shirt that her lola gave to her. It was the uniform of the Day care center here in our barangay and we just find her cute wearing it.

This is one of the activities that we do before bedtime. She will play with her leap Pad and we are really amaze because she can answer the questions quickly even if the questions are intended for kids aged 4-7 years old.

She just loves playing with this toy. It is pretty evident in the pictures.

kids fear / food factor

Don't we just love it that our kids eat more healthy food than junk and sweets? Well, that isn't the case always. While some mothers do not even try harder to feed their kids simply for the reason that their kids are food lovers, others have been very stressed in getting their kids to eat.

But this meme is different. We will name weird and strange food liking of our kids.

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1.) Name something strange that your kids love to eat. Doesn't matter how many.
2.) Post an image of him or her enjoying 'the' strange food liking. If none, just a photo of him having a feast.
3.) Add your kids name in the linky love with the blog where you posted this meme.
4.) Get back to Living the Healthy Life Blog by leaving a comment so your kids' name be added to the master list.
5.) Tag as many of your friends with kids.

Kids who joined the fear food factor: ETHAN / MARTHA / JJ / Ozzy / GABBY and NICCO / ESTONG / Kuya and Kowi/ Big Brother AL-kiddo of Mommy Yen / LIZZIE / HALIGILET / DIMPLE / Ethan - kiddo of Mommy Butchay / EU-LEH "Kulit" - Little One of C.A. "tque" / Margaux and Bianca / Mikee / Munchkin Mommy’s ABBY / Alex / Cheska / Joaquin / Bela / YOUR KID's NAME with your Blog's URL

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Bela is a very picky eater. It is very difficult to feed her as she only eats rice with no viand. Even if I finely chopped the viand, she will spit it out once she has a feel of it in her mouth. But my Bela just loves to eat pancit, pasta and noodles. Even if she is full, if she sees pancit, I won’t even have a hard time in trying to make her eat. She even loves the spicy one like the Penang Char from Banana Leaf and the Charlie Chan Pasta of Yellow Cab and the spicy pasta that we always order at CPK.

What's your kids fear food factor?

Throne of Comfort

The kaleidoscope of my activities when I started with my motherhood status is paramount in ensuring that the safety and health of our kids is well taken cared of from the time they were born up to this date.

My first daughter was not an overly demanding child. In fact she is quite reasonable and very smart, yet she has a penchant for trouble. She is very agile and loves to climbs on chairs and tables in our house which partly thrilled and scared me to death. That was why everytime we ate at our dining table she use to sat on my lap, albeit she could already occupy one of the seats but her agility caused me not to trust her because I’m sure she’ll suffer a fall. But make no joke about it feeding that way was difficult for both of us, and in order to eschew ourselves and lopped off the burden, this zealot idea of buying her a high chair to serve as her throne in the dining room came across my mind.

Looking for the ideal high chair, the Stokke Tripp Trapp was the most erudite solution the market had offered. Its comfortable ergonomic design that can relatively carries and easily supports up to 300 pounds is definitely framed for strength and leaves no doubt it can perfectly provide the brimming protection and safety for my child once she sits on it. It has fingertips adjustment for seat and footrest which provides stability to shift weight and allows my child to develop her good posture. It is built with a sturdy base to prevent skidding and accidental or unnecessary movement that fits exactly to my child’s character. Asides from its comfortability, safety and durability design, it has a unique feature that can raise my child to table height and be able to make everyone laughed at a glanced with her messy eating. Meanwhile, while I was also enjoying my meal and totally delighted with the site of my daughter enjoying her share of the meal while sitting on her throne, I could breathe with so much ease because certainly she got the best protection on her seat.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Snack Time with Bela

I was tagged by Peachy.


I want all mommies to share their kid’s favorite snacks.When you are done with the tag link me up here so I can add your blog(s) to the master list.

1. I Am Mommy 2. All About The Memories 3. Enchanted Play 4. Just My Scrap 5. My Happy Place 6. Iam Dzoi 7. 8. Suburban Sass 9. To the Moon and Back 10. Raising Sandy 11. Mommy Talks 12. Aggie Shoots. Aggie Scraps 13. All Kinds of Me Stuff 14. The Salad Caper 15. Winding Creek Circle 16. InkBabyStudios 17 Belly, Baby and Beyond 18. Celebrating LIfe 19. My Life is Peachy 20. and so I am 21. Women Xplore 22. My Planet Purple 23. Our Journey to Life 24. My Sweet Bratinella 25. Your Blog

(Credits: Doodled snacks by Kate Hadfield).

Bela's Favorite Snacks
1. French Fries - I usually buy at SM Supermarket and cook it at home
2. Bear Graham Cookie (I forgot the brand)
3. Marie, Fita, Drewberry or any other brand of cookies
4. Cerealiscious
5. Chuckie, Yakult, Dutch Mill, Healthy Options Juice (Mixed fruit, Orange, Prune Juice, etc)
6. Spaghetti and Pancit

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Tagging Jenny, Eds , Pheng and Yvelle

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Leo & Rocket

Bela has a new toy. Our boxes from Amazon arrived last Thursday and it contains my gift for my hubby and the Little Einsteins toy that hubby bought for Bela.

Bela was so excited upon seeing her new toy. She immediately asked her dad to open the box for her and play her Little Einsteins DVD. She started playing with it as soon as Leo and the rocket are out of the box. This is now one of her favorite toys that she brings it with her everywhere we go.

My husband was all smiles upon seeing how much her daughter loves her new toy. You can view more pictures and some stories here.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Our first PTC @ TU

Yesterday, my husband and I went to Toddlers Unlimited to attend our first Parents-Teachers Conference. We are early for our 3:30 PM appointment but the one scheduled for 3:00 was not able to make it so Teacher Maica and Teacher Lei was able to talk to us right away.

We were asked to go inside the yellow room assigned to the Jumping Joeys class (Bela’s class). These are what Teacher Lei and Teacher Maica told us about Bela:

* Bela adjusted well to the program. Even during the first days of the school year, she did not have a hard time adjusting. There are just times that she has to warm up for a bit because she doesn’t want to let go of her lola. But once her teachers give her something that she really likes, like her animal toys, she will immediately forget about her lola.
* Bela likes to explore all areas of the room but she usually stays in the Blocks area.
* Bela also loves reading books (They mentioned the titles of the books but I forgot to take note of it. All I know is that they are books about animals)
* Bela loves playing with her classmates. She knows how to share her toys also and she knows how to wait for her turn. But there are just times when she is fixed on a particular toy, she will not allow you to touch it. Like when all the animals are facing to the right, you can’t turn one animal to the left because she will ask you to fix it. Or when we try to hide one animal, she will know which animal is missing.

I was also able to ask Bela’s teachers about some concerns that we have. I asked them about Bela’s talking skills. (If you will remember, I made a post here when I got bothered since Bela’s lola’s are suggesting that we should consult a speech pathologist.) She can construct sentences now and she can very well express what she wants, but there are still times when she still babbles and we really can’t understand her especially if she is so excited. But according to her teachers, her vocabulary is wider compared to other kids and she can really very well express what she wants so there is nothing to be bothered about.

I also asked them if it is just normal since Bela is really so active. According to Teacher Maica, Bela is really fast and active but it is really not something that we should be bothered about. She is just a happy and playful kid.

I was one happy and proud mom. I’m really glad that my daughter is really having a lot of fun at school and I can see that she really loves her teachers and her classmates.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Gift of Love

When the smell of my husband’s birthday was thick in the air, I was a bit worried because I could not cerebrate and figured well what present I would give him. San of any idea I made my traditional trip to the mall with a big thought that somewhere in there I could find a perfect gift for my beloved behalf.

And yes indeed my instinct didn’t failed me at all. As I sauntered and treaded my steps along the path ways I was strongly gravitated by the sights in one of the mall shops which were selling different types of watches wherein pocket watch as I went inside was among the item collections ostentatiously displayed which had truly rapt my eyes for its fine filigree designs. That was stylish enough to prance around town for the individual sense of flair and style where both form and functions come hand in hand well which are pretty cool and totally classic. The esthetic quality of the product was manifested and boasted by its time precision accuracy that was intelligently and brilliantly engineered to meet the satisfaction of every customer. As I couldn’t have agreed more and there was no doubt it was the best choice and to slide from being grand and being somewhat grandiose, I bought the 14 carat gold plated one to add a little frill on it.

When I handed my gift on the day of my husband’s birthday, when he opened the box, there was a complete relish on his face and he rewarded me with warm hugs and kisses and felicitous remark, I love you.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Anecdotal Report, Art Work and new Toy

Anecdotal Report

Child’s Name: Bela
Teacher/s: Maica and lei
Date: Aug 8, 2008
Class: Jumping Joeys

We thought you might like to know:

Bela looked like she had lots of fun during Max’s birthday party. She didn’t hesitate to help Max blow her candles on her cake, and she asked for cake and spaghetti. It’s nice to see her enjoying the company of her classmates.

And since it is Friday today, I was at Toddlers Unlimited again this afternoon after work. I was able to take a picture of Bela’s art work again posted at the TU wall.


And I was really happy because Bela just so loves her new toy. We just gave it to her today since our boxes for the cartridges just arrived today. She got all excited after we told her that she has a new toy and she kept on saying “Yes, yes, yes” after she saw it.

She loves the Dora and the Backyardigans game. She hasn’t tried Finding Nemo and Ratatouille yet. We might be going to the hospital tomorrow for hubby and my grandmother’s eye check up so at least now she has something to keep her busy.

Pretty Face

Looking back at some old photo albums which have a lot of nicely riveting pictures to go with it, I couldn’t help but laughed on myself while leafing on my pictures taken on my debut party. Almost every picture evidently showed that I tried very hard to fudge my poses and viscerally escaped the eyes of the camera to catch the burgeoned acne that had smudged my pretty face. It really had made me very disappointed, which grew even more when my mom failed to hide it with some make-ups that every click of the camera sent a restive feeling on my senses. This little filth that had marked my face had really given me such a big problem. So in order to avoid a repetition of such I focus on taking good care of my delicate skin and keep it healthy, clear and fresh looking always and more importantly with my face, free from any grime and filth.

Body beautiful

To gain entry into the promising androgyny world of dieting is simply not as easy as others may foresee. That was exactly the experience I captured when I first acknowledge the need of diet supplement that will help restore balance and ditch off the accumulating fats in my body. As I gird myself with the know how to adopt the change I was itching for, I started to surf the internet webs to seek some insightful tips but I was completely amazed to discover that the webs were replete and crowded with numerous gamut of diet products all claiming capable of giving a guaranteed 100% unparalleled satisfaction result to all consumers as per each brand verbatim pronouncement of its efficiency, and choosing which product would perfectly mesh, blend and may best compliment a perfect match to my body need, left me a hard decision to make. So I jotted down some of the diet pills names supplied by the internet, apt to solicit viable information I started calling friend and colleagues whom I knew for years and are all equally like me to be a mother for two or more kids but their body figures doesn’t show it because they are constantly in use of the best diet supplement the market has offered. It turned out that majority of them were using almost the same diet brand and they served as the living testament that the pill they are using is exactly the real thing and ultimately became mine too that heretofore has strives and prove its mettle as my stalwart partner in maintaining and providing my inherently sexy look which surely gladdens my heart endlessly.

2/5 Boxes: Here

They’re here. I just got a call from my husband and our second box just arrived. It contains the cartridge for Bela’s Leapster so finally we can give it to her.

We did not show it to her last week when it arrived as she will definitely wants to play with it and we might be force to buy a cartridge here which is really expensive.

I’m excited. Howell will bring it home later. I think it also contains Howell’s DVDs that he ordered from Amazon also.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Anecdotal Report & Bela's Teachers

Anecdotal Report

Child’s Name: Bela
Teacher/s: Maica and lei
Date: Aug 4, 2008
Class: Jumping Joeys

We thought you might like to know:

Bela loves to play in the Romp with her teachers and friends. She would run excitedly and climb the slide so fast. Sometimes she would climb on to her teachers and pretend to be a monkey. Cute! 

I salute Bela’s teachers for doing a great job with my daughter. There are times that Bela doesn’t want to let go of her lola every time her lola takes her inside her room but teacher Maica would always know how to encourage Bela to let go of her lola and play. She would offer Bela her favorite animals toys and she knows my daughter so well that she would even tease her and ask her if she wants to play with the monkey too as bela doesn’t want to play with the monkey.

Teacher Maica: “Come here Bela, let’s play with your animals. And do you like me to put the monkey together with your other animals? No, no. Bela doesn’t like the monkey. I will hide the monkey.”

And Bela would excitedly approach Teacher Maica to play with her animals and wouldn’t even notice that her lola left her already.

Teacher Lei is also very sweet and Bela loves to be carried by her. Even after their class is already finish, she would still play with Bela and asked Bela if she wants to be carried by Teacher Lei.

Bela’s teachers are really good with what they do and they are really dedicated and they must love their job so much. My hats off to them.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Conversations with Bela

We were on our way home from Macapagal last Sunday. We are approaching a bridge and my 8 year old cousin tried to play with Bela:

Aliah: Bela, look a slide, a slide (referring to the bridge). Raise your hands…Weeehhh

Bela: It’s not a slide. It’s called a bridge.

We were calling her because she needs to have her sponge bath and change her nappy.

Mom: Bela, you need to wash.
Bela: No mom. It’s ok.


She was playing with her animal toys inside the car and she dropped one.

Bela: Where’s the other one Wowa?

On our way home from her school, her lolo was listening to the AM station

Bela: Wowo, music please. Move it, move it (Referring to the music from Madagascar’s OST “I like to move tit, move it”)

Bela noticed that her school ID is missing

Bela: Wowa, wowa my ID is missing.

If you asked her where your mom and dad is, she would answer:

Bela: In the office.

Sometimes we don’t know where she learned all this. I guess letting her watch educational shows and DVDs helped also and since I am one talkative person, I always try to make a conversation with her like a grown up so maybe she must have picked up some of our lines and use it herself. That is why we are so careful when taking in front of her because she easily picks up whatever she hears from us.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Her Art Work

I saw this in one of the walls in Toddler’s Unlimited:

This is posted in the wall for the Art Work of the Jumping Joeys class. This was their artwork last week. Today they made a crown where they pasted happy faces. I was not able to take a picture of Bela with it but she was wearing her crown when she went out of her classroom this afternoon. I greeted her by saying “Hello Princess Bela” and she answered “Just like Daisy Duck” (She saw Daisy Duck wearing a crown in the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse storybook special DVD).

Svelte look

I have two sisters in the family who were both married and practically enjoying the joys of motherhood and they are both my idols for their erstwhile bastions on preventing their body figures went grotesque despite their daunting giving birth task in the past several years. And in one of our family reunions they were both happy narrating to everyone their surreptitious partner that help them project a svelte look is no other than the number one rated Apidexin review diet pill supplements. It contains a scientifically and clinically proven safety revolutionary breakthrough ingredients that keeps the metabolism work in the regular manner and at the same time burned excess and unwanted fats in the body that prevent ferociously anyone form going chunky for the best fervent feeling to enjoy. The pills have gone a long way and prove their worth and claim through the test of time and even surpassed the gold standard for its sterling quality of excellent efficiency.

The occasion was simply great and made it far even greater with my latest discovery of the diet pill my sisters have talked about. It is absolutely a treasure for me to keep and for a gleeful hope that I have a dependable partner to look on to address my needs when it comes.