Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
It would be also cool to get a digital frame and have all the kids' photos stored in there. I went to a site and tried out downloading my photo. In the video, it showed how the photo looked like inside the CEIVA Digital Frame. It looked so cool! It would be nice to have one. Imagine, all your photos will be stored and kept nicely in a digital frame. Then, I don't have to worry about missing sd cards, thumbrives and cd since all will be safe inside the frame.
Anyways, there's a contest that's open to all US residents where you can get a chance to win 500$ daily. If you got a wish this Christmas, then better check out this site and join the fun!
Finally, my Hubby and I were able to go out on a date last week. We went to Bigby's Cafe in Lim Ket Kai and this is what we had. Yum!
I had this, it's called something like Bruscetti de Rosa ( not sure of the name )
while my Hubby had beef. Oh, I'm so bad with remembering the names of the dishes , so please forgive me..heheh!
Anyways, the food in Bigby's Cafe is nice. They have other dishes that I want to try out too. Maybe, on our next date with HUbby. But, I have to find someone to take care of our kids first. Any volunteers??? hehehe!
Monday, December 22, 2008
It's really great to see the kids' happy faces bringing their dream toys. It's really like they had their wishes granted. What about you? got a wish for this season?
We have been praying and wishing for a laptop this month. Unfortunately, we don't have a laptop anymore since we have to leave it in Thailand. So, that's in my wish list or rather prayer list for this month.
Anyways, there's a site that's hosting a contest. If you win, then your wish might come true. Too bad, I'm not a US resident so I"m not qualified. But anyways, I tried their site for fun. I just uploaded my photo and I was surprise to see my photo framed inside the CEIVA Digital Photo Frame. They've got cool frames!
Granny has been saving all her coins in the piggy banks for a few years now. Inside her room are 4 piggy banks. One piggy bank to be shared for each family. The piggy bank savings are to be used by the kids to buy for their dream toys.
So a few nights ago, the grandchildren gathered together to break all the piggy banks! They were so excited gathering all the 1, 5 and 10 peso coins together. And finally, there was a total of 5,300 Pesos worth of coins gathered. Wow! That means Granny saved up all that! The kids thanked Granny for a very sweet gesture of saving up her coins for the grandchildren. Thank you Granny!(Actually, there's still 1 piggy bank left unopened because my brother's family is still in Vietnam. )
Yummy Brownie Recipe
3/4 cups unsweetened chocolate powder
1 cup shortening (butter or oil)
2 cups sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
4 pcs of eggs
Cream butter and add sugar gradually. Then add the eggs one at a time. On a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together ( flour, chocolate powder, salt and baking powder). Then mix all these gradually to the egg and sugar mixture.
Bake for about 30 minutes on medium heat.
There you have a simple, yummy brownie recipe. It's really sweet to give some goodies and chocolate for Christmas. You might want to check out Gertrude Hawk chocolate to give out to your loved ones too.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Almost everyday our Li'l girl will tell my Hubby , " I'm so glad you're here with us, Appa" or " Don't leave me, Appa". Yes, that's a bit heartbreaking for me to hear. I mean, our kids must have missed their Appa so much for them to react like this. That's why I'm just so glad that finally the waiting is all over and we are all enjoying our time together. Thank you Lord!
Anyways, right after we fetch Hubby from the airport. We 'kidnapped' him and brought him to a hotel in the city. We thought that our family needed the time together before settling down in the house. I also felt that Hubby needs some time to rest first after traveling from Thailand to Malaysia and then Philippines. We truly had a nice 3 days together at Country Village Hotel. The kids enjoyed the swimming pool and the playground.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
One afternoon, my Mom and I were just in the room and talking. Tricia was outside 'playing' so we didn't really mind her. Then, suddenly she came inside the room with an armful of clothes! We asked, "What's that?". She proudly told us that she took all our dry clothes from the clothesline. I couldn't believe that she did that by herself because our clothesline is too high for her to reach. Then, she said, " Wait, there are still more clothes there!" and ran back outside. Then, my mom and I looked out from the window to see how she took out the clothes. There she was! She would jump to get the clothes and when it's too high for her already, then she'd climb up from the side. We were just watching her until she successfully finished taking all of our clothes out! Hahaha! Great job Girl! I guess I have a little helper in the making. :)
Speaking of Social Security System, do you know that in the US they have this Social Security Headquarters? With this site, it is easy for you to check on the legitimacy of any social security number. As with me, I don't even memorize my Social Security number. I guess it's not as important here in the Philippines as it is in US.
I thank God for the next year that is before us. Though we're not yet so certain of our activities for the following year, but it is our prayer that wherever we are, wherever we go, God will continue to bless us and use us as a blessing for others.
Happy Sabbatical Leave for us! heheheh!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Anyways, I've resolved once again to be mindful of what I put in my mouth and not to simply gobble all the sweets and fatty food available inside the fridge. Aside from that, I'm taking some dietary supplements which are said to help lower down cholesterol like the Psyllium seeds and doing a bit of exercise too. I've also read that Green Tea is also a good antioxidant and is helpful to lower cholesterol. The latest one that I've heard is Acai Berry. I don't know if that's readily available anywhere but even this diet called Acai berry diet. But anyways, my research continues on how to lower down my cholesterol level. It's my aim now to really take care of my health- the life that God has given me. Thank God for good health and I must continue to strive to be healthier so that my life will continue to be more useful for HIs glory! :)
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Oh, the joy and blessing that children give can neither be measure by gold nor silver! Thank you Lord for adding sweetness in our lives by giving us these precious gifts - our children.
It's just amazing how kids bring joy to a mother's heart that even a simple hair cut can be a cause of celebration. Yes, Lyle had his first hair cut in the barber shop last week. I was already prepared for whatever his reaction may be : cranky or active. But he surprised me indeed as he sat still in the barber's chair, giggled when he felt the shaver on his head and stared at his reflection in the mirror. Please forgive me but as a stage mom I can't help but say, "He looked so cutee!" Hehehe!
His haircut just went like a breeze. I even didn't realize that it was already done. Thanks to the barber who I think is an expert in handling kids. He also did his part to distract Lyle from chewing on the clip from 'robe' and entertained him when he was becoming uneasy. Thanks Salon de France at Limket Kai Mall.. :)
I do hope we can get very cheap tiles so we can have a floor that will be easy to clean and maintain. With just a sweep of the broom and a mop, then we'll have a clean floor! :) Speaking of floors and cleaning, I've heard that EZ Vacuum is offering 10% Off Coupon EZVAC10 on vacuum cleaners bags belts filters brushrolls machines Coupon code is EZVAC10 and is applicable on all orders over $20. I've heard they very low shipping charges compared to other merchants and have deep discounts on vacuum cleaner and vacuum cleaning supplies. Too bad, we can't use vacuum cleaners since we don't have carpets in our home. :)
Now, we can rest, take a break and enjoy God's provision, protection, refreshing and rest for the whole year!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Look at their smiles , they look so happy and it seems like their posing with the real Disney Princesses. I wonder how the kids will react when they see Mickey Mouse and the Disney Princesses for real!
* Image taken from google