To those of you who didn’t know, Sandy was asked to say a short poem in Tagalog in school for their Linggo ng Wika program. I thought she would have a hard time memorizing it but she was able to recite it with no help overnight. We had to correct the way she pronounces the words though and had to explain what they mean in English.
Ang paru-parong maganda
Lagi itong masigla
Araw at gabi’y nagsasaya
Kulay nito’y kaaya-aya
I did wonder why she was the only one asked to say a poem. To practice her Filipino maybe? All I can say is it’s really funny hearing her talk in Tagalog – “Ang paro-paruw, mageynda” “Lageh etoh maseygla”.
She was looking forward to saying her poem for days but when the exact moment arrived, she got tongue tied. Later on I found out it’s because my little Maria Clara saw someone’s Daddy and she didn’t like the way he looked. (She’s afraid of most men especially if they have long hair and goatee). Still, she recited her poem except her arms were crossed over her chest and her eyebrows very much resembled her father’s. The photos were blurred because I was trying to convince her to continue while trying to take her picture.
Aside from Sandy’s poem, the kids sang and danced to the tune of Bahay Kubo. Sandy again refused to join because “she didn’t like the Daddy”. I did manage to snap a few shots before she decided to leave her spot.
Here she is starting to get upset. She left her partner alone to dance by himself, poor boy! I was about to tell her to join her classmates but saw that the teachers already did their best to convince her. I don’t want to be like those parents who force their child when they are not comfortable doing something. But to be honest, I was really close.
Happy that the performances are over.
She got a Best in Art award by the way. Her artwork is below.
We tried yesterday the newly opened Active Fun at SM North Edsa with some of the mommy bloggers (Toni, Jody, Mai and Thei) and our chikitings. I admit I’ve never been to any branch so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I also had a feeling that Sandy wouldn’t enjoy herself and would rather draw while the kids are playing. To my surprise, she was the one who told me that she wanted to play immediately. For that alone, I’d give the place a high score.
(Click the photos see the bigger version)
Since every mom I know are always looking for new places to celebrate their kids’ birthdays, I’ve decided to take photos of Active Fun’s party area. You could see more photos of the place at Thea’s blog.
(Click to enlarge the rates below, snagged from Thea)
Photos of the kids having the time of their lives.
Sandy was so happy and so am I. I’ve never seen her enjoy herself so much during any of our mini-EBs.
I saw an episode of Desperate Housewives last week and one of the scenes caught my interest. Lynette, one of the housewives, has cancer and just finished having chemoteraphy. To reduce her pain and nausea, her mom baked some brownies and sneaked in some marijuana in it. The result? She became alert and felt so good that she managed to join her friend’s party. Now I wondered if that’s really the case so I went to ever trusted Google and stumbled upon a listing for Medical Marijuana Colorado.
According to the site, medical marijuana has been legal in Colorado since 2000 when Amendment 20 was passed which authorizes the use of marijuana strictly for the following:
- Alleviate medical conditions like HIV/AIDS positive, cachexia
- Reduce severe pain, nausea, seizues
- Reduce muscle spasms including those of multiple sclerosis.
The Amendment 20 lets a patient or caregiver who were given a Medical Marijuana Registry identification card to possess no more than two ounces of marijuana and not more than 6 marijuana plants.
Another interesting tidbit that I came across while researching online was that even if there are established medical value of marijuana use, doctors are permitted to prescribe cocaine and morphine, but not marijuana.
Oh, how she loves reading. She can’t wait for her Papa to come home so he can teach her new words.
She’s barely four years old and already reading phrases. She got so excited when she first read “Anna is a member of ABBA”
Just a quick round up:
- Worked non-stop from Friday to Saturday afternoon. I couldn’t believe I managed to finish three projects in two days. I was giving myself a mental pat when The Husband said that’s to be expected when someone works 14 hours a day.
- Watched Time Traveler’s Wife at Greenbelt 3. I saw an online friend (Mich) and old co-worker (Benjie) with his family. I cried buckets inside but you wouldn’t notice it except for the occasional dabs here and there on my eyes.
- After movie, we had dinner with our friends Cliff and Lorna at CYMA. Food was great as expected but the conversation was what made it a perfect night. Well, that and the alcohol.
– Sandy slept early with her Ate Arlene. It made me so thankful that we can now go out without needing to hurry back because she couldn’t sleep without us.
- Grocery shopping at Rustan’s yesterday. Bought a Filipiniana costume for Sandy as well.
- Twister fries are back.
- At 5PM, I took a much-needed nap. Did I mention I’ve been working like a horse for the past few days? The nap was amazing but at 6PM, I felt guilty so I tried rouse myself so I can spend some time with Sandy.
- After dinner and her homework, she slept without problems. I watched I Love You Man on my iPod while The Husband watched the race in the other room. Because of the movie (which was also good), I didn’t get to sleep until 2AM. This was the only downside because now I’m so sleepy the codes are starting to swim away and getting all blurry.
We attended a birthday party for Lucas last Saturday. He was our dear friends’ (Lorna and Cliff) son, the one they have waited for so long. They also used to be our co-workers so I was happy to see some of our friends even if it’s not yet time for our Christmas Party. The party was held at One San Miguel in Ortigas. I didn’t know they even hold parties there so make sure you add them to your list for your next birthday celebration or event. They have an internal caterer and if you book through them, the venue is free. Good deal huh? I hope they’re still affordable three years from now when it’s time to celebrate Sandy’s 7th birthday I loved the photo booth (always my favorite whenever I attend parties) but what’s great about theirs is that they have plenty of wigs and accessories that you can use. See some of them here and below.
Official pictures from the birthday party. Thanks Z for these.
Family pictures yey!
After the party, we decided to try Charlie’s in Kapitolyo which I will blog about soon. We went home very tired but Sandy was in heaven because although she didn’t join the games, she took home a pair of twirly balloons that she now uses as her wings.
Attend a birthday party in Ortigas. I’m excited to see some friends and old co-workers again.
Check out some POS supplies like barcode scanner and printers on sale for a friend.
Finalize estimate for a big project that I’m bidding on. If I bag this, it should keep me busy for the next three months.
Menu planning for one week then grocery shopping afterwards. Our grocery bill is getting higher each week no matter how much I try to follow our list.
Help Sandy with her school project. We need to cut several pictures of plants from magazines. The problem is I doubt our magazines contain photos of plants.
Relax for a couple of hours.
Here’s another round of Sandy talks. Most of the time I feel like I have a teenager or talking to a friend whenever Sandy chats with me.
After seeing her mother go crazy about Boys Over Flowers and knowing my addiction to Coffee Prince, she asked:
Sandy: Hey mommy? Who do you like best? F4 or Coffee Prince?
Sandy: Mommy, why do the girls always shout when they see F4? (continued in a softer voice) Maybe it’s because they like boys who are handsome (insert her giggling here)
While I was out with The Husband, I decided to give her a call.
Sandy: Hello who’s this? Oh mommy. So? How was the meeting?
Last but not the least.
Sandy: Hurry mommy hurry mommy I need to “loo water”
Me: Loo water? What’s that?
Sandy: It’s a spanish for making wi-wi.
Me: What? says who?
Sandy: I don’t know. It’s a mystery.
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