Friday, June 13, 2014

Rafa anecdotes

I posted this in my facebook the day before June 12 (Independence Day)

Because there's no school tomorrow, I let the kids watch videos in youtube (under my supervision of course). And because Rafa was the one holding the phone, they used the voice search instead of typing keywords.

Rafa: Popstah.
Youtube: No matches found.
Rafa: Argh! (Then clicks "speak again" button) Popstah.
Youtube: No matches found.
Rafa: Ahhhhh!! Popstahhhhhhhhhh!
Youtube: No matches found.
Rafa: Ano ba naman kasi.
Gabbie: Me na, "popstar"

Then youtube listed down all the barbie popstar videos.

Gabbie: See?
Rafa: Arghhhh!

Posting the captured comments of some friends here as well.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Rafa anecdotes

They were playing in their bedroom and I was feeding Mack while lying down on he bed. Then Rafa suddenly came to me saying, "Mommy, English speaking."

I asked her who she was referring to. She said, "Ate. English speaking sya."

"Oh I see. Eh ikaw?", I said.

She answered, "No! I'm not."

Weh? Hehe.

Rafa anecdotes

One evening while watching The Voice Kids:

Gabbie: Pag nag join ako dyan, I'm gonna sing "Snow Glows"
Me: Anong kanta yun, Ate?
Gabbie (singing): "Snow glows white..."
Rafa (from deep silence): Ate!! Let It Go yan!

Then she walks out, went to the kitchen while murmuring "Let It Go yan eh, ende "Snow Glows"

And then she came back and told me, "'Mommy, Ate is joking me!"

Daddy and I couldn't stop laughing. These girls can be the funniest kids sometimes.

1st Complete Family Pic and Monopod

Mack has been with us for more than two months already. But only during his baptism that I realized we haven't had any picture as a complete family yet even we have access to cameras all the time. Sometimes its Gabbie and Rafa and me, sometimes its Mack and Daddy and me and sometimes just the kids. I wonder why. Maybe because taking a selfie using the ipad or cellphone as a family is a bit difficult when there are five members already? 

So here is our first ever complete family picture, taken seven weeks after Mack was born

Take note that those pictures were grabbed pa from friends' fb posts.

And because of that, we got a monopod! Hehe. So it's not just because it's the "in" thing nowadays. 

We have a valid reason to use a selfie stick.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Happy 2nd month Mack!

Despite the hurdles and ordeal our baby boy had gone on his first six weeks of life (whole story on a separate post next time), he seems an active, thriving and a happy baby who is showered by his Ates with so much love and affection that sometimes they forget that he is a real baby, not a toy or a baby alive. Hehe.

 So on your second month, Baby Mack, we wish you'd gain back the lost pounds due to bacterial infection and that you'd be free of any H disease that the doctors are talking about and that you'll continue to dede more from mommy so you will grow healthy and strong so you can play already with Ate Gabbie and Ate Rafa and you can go biking with Daddy.

We love you our bunso Mikael. God knows the joy and happiness you have brought into our lives.

Some Photobooth Shots from Mack's Baptism

Another Ecobaby to Save the Mother Earth

Our Kulasa

And so after taking the qualifying exams in three different all-girl schools, we settled for St. Scholastica's Academy in Marikina.

PAREF was a nice school, in my opinion. But we felt that it wasn't really for us (or for her). First, the tuition fee is a little bit over our budget and it increases significantly every year. They offered us scholarship but we didn't qualify in terms of financial capability. Second, and most important deciding factor for us, is the distance and proximity. Travel time each school day is a total of three hours, at least, plus the waiting time if she would join the carpool (which is also pegged at four thousand pesos a month!). That would mean she'd be waking up three hours before the class starts and would be arriving home at least two hours after dismissal. That's five hours wasted every single day for one whole school year.

So we were left with two choices- Assumption Antipolo and SSAM. It was difficult for us to decide which one to choose. Distance from house to AA is not that much and so is the travel time. Tuition fee, I guess, is manageable. But Gabbie was set on St. Scho. It was like she fell in love with the school the moment she set foot on it months ago when we were still scouting for big schools for her. I never. Thought she would remember. She told me the chapel was awesome. She got excited with the huge playpark and the greens (which were never present in her pre-school). She got excited with the thought of having nuns in the campus. She got excited with the girly girly uniform. She got excited wih the idea of riding a school bus. And she got excited knowing some of her pre-school classmatea are also going to the same school as her.

But during the "deciding time", I would talk to her and lay the comparison between the two schools for her to think over. Both have spacious campus and play area, both are run by nuns, both are all-girls, both are nice schools and both offer school bus services.  But she was set on St. Scho. I even asked her for the last time, before I went to SSAM to pay for the tuition fee, if that was already her final choice. Her answer was a resounding "Yes!"

And so we went to the interview, orientation, uniform measurement and books and school supplies sale. And now, with four days left before the big day comes and four days left of her summer vacation, she told me (and her baby sister) that she is excited to go to St. Scho already.

(The books which I have labeled already)

(Fitting her uniform after it was sent to mananahi for some adjustments)

(Practicing her writing skills everyday for two weeks prior to school opening)

(And the bags that are packed and ready to go)