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Missing My Family So Much

I have been cranky for days. And I don’t understand why little things upset me so quickly. Every time I found myself being upset over little things, I get more frustrated. I know that’s not me, but I can’t help it, and I don’t understand why I get angry so quickly? Maybe I’m just tired? I don’t know.
Right now, all I know is I miss my family back home so much! It seems like every time I planned to go home, something always happens. I’m pretty sure everyone else that lives away from their family feels the same way. So, if you live close to your family for a few minutes or a few hours’ drive, you are fortunate! Because being on the other side of the globe from your family is never easy. Every time I need my family, they can’t be with me. Although we can talk on the phone and chat on Facebook, that’s not enough.
With all the chaos going on right now and this COVID thing, my heart aches so bad. I want to be with my parents, and I want to take care of them, cook for them, and do something for them. The problem is, it’s not that easy. Also, I don’t know when that is going to happen. If they are only a few hours drive away from me, I won’t hesitate to visit them, that’s for sure.

So be grateful if your family lives close to you. Spend time with them. Have fun with them, and enjoy every moment with them.

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HOW WAS YOUR TUESDAY?

Hi friends, how are you doing and how was your day? I hope you had a great one. My Tuesday was typically tiring. I just finished unpacking all boxes in the living room and kitchen areas. Thank God! The master bedroom is getting straightened a little. Sean and I were able to hang clothes in our closets. I let him do his stuff since I couldn’t reach to hang his clothes in his closet anyway. Shhhhhhhh, it’s too high for my ‘4-11’ height, lol.

I had to take a break at 11:00 and cooked some Menudo. (Menudo, by the way, is a popular Filipino dish. Every Filipino loves Menudo). My boys don’t eat Filipino food so much, so I had to sit and watched them while eating. Well, today was one of those miraculous days for me. My boys ate Rice and Menudo, and they had happy plates after eating. Oh yeah, I’m a happy mom today. I mean, I’m tired, but I’m also pleased and so proud of them.

My boys’ happy plates.

At 2:00 pm, while the boys were napping, I started unpacking a few boxes entirely for my photography studio down in the basement. I can’t wait for this unpacking thing to be over. However, I don’t want to rush everything (unpacking boxes and decorating the house); I would like to take time when it comes to decorating because I want the house decors exactly where I want them to be. So, yeah, that’s about all for today, and of course, cooked dinner, put the boys to sleep at 8:30. Lastly, clean the kitchen.

Watching the sun sets from our upper deck at 7:30 pm

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Taking The Boys To Watch Dolittle (Short Video Clip)

We were glad the boys sat the whole time while watching Dolittle though my eight-year-old was a little wiggly for minutes. But, he finally settles down when he moved to another empty seat. I guess he wants to be on his own, lol, he is a little independent. And about the movie, we all enjoyed it! It’s a perfect family movie, especially for the little ones ♥♥♥.

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Saturday Be Like With Kiddos At Tilt Studio

We were speechifying this morning whether we should go to the Boardwalk in Shreveport, eat at Joe’s Crab Shack, or have lunch and take the boys somewhere closer. Maybe, if the weather were a little warmer, it would have been a big yes going to Shreveport. But with this nasty and windy weather, kids don’t enjoy much (I know them very well, lol ). So, we decided to go to the mall and get some food first before heading to Tilt Studio. Of course, when they heard that we are taking them to Tilt Studio, they couldn’t wait for long, hahaha. We want them to have fun, plus they love this place (Tilt Studio) very much! Seeing them having fun and enjoying every moment of it is everything for us. We had a perfect Saturday!

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Quick Trip To Branson

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! Last week, we were finally able to check the house in Branson, Missouri, that’s on the market. Sean and I had been browsing homes in Branson online, but we always come back to this one house that we checked last week. When we first saw this house posted on the market, we both looked at each other and, at the same time, said, “Oh, this house is beautiful!” We’ve been praying for this house since we saw it on the market, and we are still praying continuously for this specific house.

“When you pray for something, be specific.”

When we were at the house location, we were almost speechless. Built-in 1978, this gorgeous home is ready to move-in. Very well taken care of, and 90-95% completed. Even the basement is fully functional. It has an open space inside with lots and lots of storage cabinets — at least four bathrooms. The master bathroom size shocked us the most – it’s like another master bedroom size, golly! We fell in love with the antique vibe of this house. I think the only words that came out from my mouth the whole time were, “oh, my goodness!”And, so as Sean. Well, see what’s going to happen next. We will continue to pray and let God do the rest.

We eyeballed that house for an hour. After the house viewing, we went to the boardwalk and had fun for a little bit. It was a great day for us!

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7-Hours Road Trip To Springfield, Missouri For Christmas (Vlog)

Seven hours of road trip sounds very tiring, especially when you have kids (two boys and one dog). They were good, and so behaved all the way. Even my 8-year-old didn’t take a nap at all. He was looking with all those road signs, including the distance signs on how many miles more to go to Springfield, Mo. It was a very peaceful trip — no kid’s fight at the back seat; no argument regarding their toys; and most of all, our fur-baby (dog) was such a good rider all the way. That was one good trip. We are so proud of them!♥♥♥

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My Fur-Baby Thinks Of Me As Her Pillow

Before, I used to talk to myself when I’m all alone in the house. Whenever Sean works in the office, and the boys are in school, I’m home all by myself; and I talk to myself most of the time. But since last year, when Sean brought Daisy (our dog) home, everything changed. She is so sweet and such a mommy’s girl. Daisy loves to sleep on my lap whenever she can. She will compete with the boys and always wins ♥♥♥.

She’s not even asleep yet. However, she’s very good at pretending. LOL!
She is such a sweet fur-baby and very protective of us.

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My Eldest Son’s 11th Birthday Celebration

Wow! Where has the time gone? It seemed like it was only yesterday that I had an emergency C-Section when I was 25-1/2 weeks pregnant with my eldest son, who then weighed only 1lb-7oz, and stayed 4 -1/2 months at the hospital. And now, he is 11-years-old? No wonder why my knees are hurting, and my bones are cracking. Oh my, I’m old! Tsk..tsk..tsk. Although I’m feeling old, however, I’m so blessed to have two angels in my life!
His birthday was yesterday, but we celebrated it on Sunday so everybody ( friends ) can come and celebrate with us after church service. My son was so happy! He was smiling from ear to ear the whole time. He even said, “Mommy, I’m so happy today!” That was just a touching moment for me. He used to be quiet and doesn’t give his birthday a big deal. On that day, he was so expressive of his emotion. He had a blast!
Thanks to everybody who joined us celebrating my son’s birthday. You made him very happy too! Thankful to some of my friends who brought dishes and dessert. Also, to those who cooked and even washed dishes and clean the kitchen. You guys rocked! Glad to see everybody had fun, as well. God bless you all!

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Excuse my baked cake. My first time decorating a cake and I screwed up.
I heated up the icing and pour it on top of the layered cake while the cake was hot.
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Little brother giving his big brother a hug.
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He loves to observe the weather outside. So this weather vane made him very happy!♥♥♥

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Little brother got something too. He loves to collect clocks. Don’t ask me how many clocks he has now.

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Childhood Story: My Unforgettable, Funniest Moment Growing Up

While having a cup of coffee this morning and staring at the dishes piling on the sink, a flashed back of my childhood memory came back. It is one of those annoying childhood experienced at that time; however, right now, looking back at it, I would say, “that was hilarious.”
When I was about seven or eight-years-old, my father implemented this rule. It was all about dishes problem

First Attempt: That my older siblings and I had to take turns in washing the dishes after mealtime. At first, it was okay! But you know, kids don’t stick to the rules mos lt of the time. My siblings and I were one of those kids. Later on, nobody wants to wash the dishes anymore. My siblings and I were pointing fingers to who’s supposed to be washing dishes after mealtime. We ended up arguing, lots of crying and throwing a tantrum. My dad would give us three warnings, and if we don’t listen, we better expect my dad with a whooping stick coming our way like a tornado. My mom is quite and always able to keep herself calm. She was so patient with us growing up and doesn’t believe in whooping. I wish to have that kind of patient like my mom has. Well, that first rule didn’t work out!

Second Attempt: The very last one to finish the meal will wash the dishes and clean the table. Now, this was ridiculous (but makes me laugh right now). I remember, whenever my mom announces that the meal is ready, my siblings and I had to rush to the kitchen, wash our hands, sit on the chairs, pray for the food, and eat as fast as we could. (My sister, by the way, likes to kick my legs under the table to distract my concentration, hahaha. I remember, one time, she was kicking our father’s legs instead of mine, hahaha). Back to that rule, yes, we had to eat fast, take our plates, and put them on the sink as quickly as we could. The last one to do that will wash the dishes. Did it work? Nope, it was chaos! Even my mom and dad had to eat fast, trying to beat us, lol! So, my father had to think about a new and final rule. A rule that everybody would agree to do so. No arguing. No fighting. No throwing tantrum.

Third & Final Attempt: How about “Wash your own dishes” rule? Oh, yeah, this rule worked! After mealtime or snack time, we automatically wash our dishes — no more pointing fingers, no rushing to finish our meals, and, most of all, no more arguing.

Since then, my family applied that rule to doing our laundry and not depend on our mom to do the laundry all by herself. So each of us, including my father, had to do our own laundry.

How about you? What was the most annoying house rule you had experienced growing up that is, in fact, hilarious?

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Fall Season: Outdoor Family Pictures

Hello everyone! How’s your weekend? For the past few days, we had lots of rain. So far, today we had light rain showers all day long, thank God! It’s just too nasty outside to do any outdoor activities. Also, I decided to stay home today instead of going to work. I am a little under the weather since I woke up this morning. You know, when you feel achy, you really don’t wanna do anything except stay on bed or on your couch all day with a cup of hot tea or hot chocolate. My whole day was definitely like that today. I hope these achy muscles will be better tomorrow.

Anyway, what is your favorite season of the year? Mine is the Fall season. I love the Fall colors around, and also the colder weather. Plus, when the sun is out, it’s not too hot. For me, it’s perfect! Last two weeks ago, we had our Fall season family pictures. I worked on those pictures last night. When you have little boys that won’t stay still for a photo and a dog that wants all the attention for herself, I think our family picture came out really good.

Playing with the leaves.
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