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There's only a few photos of me and Matthew, and this is one of my favorites this year. This photo was taken on our way to Lori's place. I'm holding a few eggs I was going to hide for Matthew to find.
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August 19th, 2013

1st Day of 2nd Grade to a New School

When the news about us moving came to Matthew, we were still in the Philippines. I had been thinking for awhile about how to break the news to him, for I wasn’t so sure about how he was going to take it. But then, one day, he overheard about the move from one my conversations with Hubby over Skype.

I gave him the confirmation that indeed we were going to move to Florida and stay with Grandma and Grandpa for awhile, which also means he’s going to transfer to a new school. Surprisingly, he didn’t mind the move at all. And he was excited to transfer to a new school. He did, however, have a little bit of a concern –

Matthew, to Hubby over Skype: “Daddy, if I transfer to a new school, am I going to be Kindergarten again? Cause I don’t want to!”

Hubby, aka Daddy: “No buddy! You’ll be 2nd grade.”

And he was fine!

(I think, it was a valid concern!)

Matthew, 1st Day of 2nd Grade to a new school

Matthew, 1st Day of 2nd Grade to a new school

He’s already met his new teacher last week. He said he’s nervous, but he’s fine while he anxiously waited for the school bus.

He has grown so much, so fast! 1st Day of school always breaks my heart. Sigh!

August 13th, 2013

Turning 7 Years Old

So, today, the day before Matthew turns 7-years old, there are freshly baked cupcakes in the kitchen, all courtesy of Uncle Tom (Thomas).

Matthew, to me: “Are those cupcakes for my birthday?”
Me: “What birthday?”
Matthew: “It’s my birthday tomorrow!”
Me, continuing with my pretend denial: “Is it really?”

Matthew continues to make plans for his birthday, like decorating the cupcakes with lego toys. Matthew doesn’t know, but these cupcakes will be filled with chocolate pudding, frosted and topped with Oreo cookies, and they will be decorated with colorful candles and more … all for his 7th birthday!

Photo taken Aug. 13, 2013, Matthew, the night before he turned 7-years old.

Photo taken Aug. 13, 2013, Matthew, the night before he turned 7-years old.

April 13th, 2013

Fine Day Biking

Fist published in Facebook on April 13, 2013:

Yesterday was a fine day, sunny with moderate clouds. Mark and I were outside. He pointed up and said to me, “Look! Mom! The clouds look like marshmallows.” I looked up. It was, indeed.


Last night, at bedtime, Matthew was whiny, asked me, “When is my teeth ever gonna fall off? It never falls off.” I just told him – when it’s time.

At 6-years old and almost completing 1st-grade, he has NOT lost a tooth yet, while all his classmates already have. And he’s been really anxious, especially for that visit by the Tooth Fairy!

This morning, after hearing a commotion between Mathew and Mark, Mark came to me crying, “I don’t like big brother. He made me mad.” Me, thinking – Yes Mark, use your words.

Matthew (6) and Mark (3) on a gorgeous Saturday. Taken on 2013 Apr 13

Matthew (6) and Mark (3) on a gorgeous Saturday. Taken on 2013 Apr 13

It did take a lot of ‘aggressive’ encouragement from me to convince Matthew to practice his biking, but he ended up having a good time.

Mark was more willing. He’s the one with the most fun especially after I took out his tricycle. Mark’s legs are still short for his tricycle. He couldn’t pedal effectively yet, so I ended up pulling the tricycle (with Mark on it) with a rope… Me, tired!

April 8th, 2013

Mark, a day before turning-3

This morning, Mark came over to me asking for a cookie. I told him, “No” and that he should eat his breakfast. And then he ran away, almost crying. And then, he stopped, looked back at me with a sour face, and said, “I don’t like you.”

He’s such a character!

This reminded me of the time a month or so back. He was playing with my iPhone. While I was trying to get his attention, I was telling him to do something, like pick-up his toys or something, he said to me, in a serious manner, “Shh! I want quiet.” I was stunned. (That’s exactly what I tell him, when he is being noisy and annoying.)

Weeks ago, on Spring break, we watched a movie, went malling, shopping and just walking and looking around, and just having fun. When everyone else are having fun, there is always Mark NOT having fun! (We would have this conversation almost all the time, while we were out and about.)

Mark, with a look of boredom: “Let’s go home.
Me: “You’re a party pooper.
Mark, smiles at me, like telling me that I’m being silly: “No. I’m Mark.

Mark has been sick with diarrhea, and has been puking since yesterday. This morning, he’s still sick and has a touch of fever, but otherwise he’s active and energetic. He did get his cookie! And he’s turning 3 years old tomorrow.

Mark (a day before turning 3), needs a haircut and loves milk!

Mark (a day before turning 3), needs a haircut and loves milk!

January 29th, 2013

Another Bus Incident

First published in Facebook, January 29, 2013:

Read “When I grow up…

And once more, Matthew had another episode at the school bus.

Yesterday morning, according to the bus driver, Matthew missed his stop at the elementary school. Matthew, since Kindergarten last year, just like the other youngest/smallest bus riders, sits at the front of the bus at the first or second row. So yesterday morning, after the bus completed its route from the elementary school to the middle school, then to the high school, the driver found Matthew at the front seat right behind the driver seat. Matthew was sleeping!

Matthew still made it to the elementary school in time. Thanks to the school bus driver who didn’t have a choice but to make another round back to the elementary school, just for sleepyhead Matthew.

Matthew (6) and silly Mark (turning-3), Taken Jan. 29, 2013.

Matthew (6) and silly Mark (turning-3), Taken Jan. 29, 2013.

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