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August 19th, 2013
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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!

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August 18th, 2013
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State of Transition

We moved out of Alabama a month or so ago, when we got back from our vacation in the Philippines. It was time to move on.

Half a decade spent in Alabama at the military school, we can only be grateful – for the friendships, life experiences and life lessons. Life in the military school is like no other. And the milestones. After all, we had Mark in Alabama!

So we’re here in Florida, in hubby’s hometown. Florida has always been a very welcoming ‘State of Transition’ for us’! We may stay in Florida for good, or maybe not, for the next chapters of our lives. We shall see.

In the meantime, we are enjoying our extended Florida vacation!

Summer in Florida 2013

Daddy with Mark and Matthew, Photo taken on August 17, 2013

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August 13th, 2013
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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.

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April 23rd, 2013
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The boy who wants awesome

First posted in Facebook, April 23, 2013 at 6:36 pm:

I was tutoring Matthew on his reading for his tests. As I listen to him read a series of sentences, on every pause, when he reads it correctly, I tell him “Very good!“. And then he said, “Mommy, next time, say awesome.” I admit I was really in a bit of a fog, that I really didn’t understand what he meant. I was about to ask him what he was talking about, but he continued reading, still correctly, and this time with more enthusiasm. And then he paused, looked at me, smiling, waiting. And then I got it… (duh!) And so I told him, “Awesome!” with more enthusiasm this time. And I can tell, he was pleased, as he was nodding when he continued on. Awesome! It got me off my fog!

#that-moment-when-your-child-is-really-the-one-evaluating-you-instead-of-the-other-way-around #can’t-wait-for-school-to-be-over

 Matthew (6), 1st-Grade School Photo

Matthew (6), 1st-Grade School Photo

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April 22nd, 2013
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Spring 2013

Such a crazy spring weather today! It’s freezing cold when the wind blows. It’s hot when the sun is out. The wind blows on and off. The sun is out and then gone. The weather just can’t make up its mind! And so, when we were out and about, on our flower-viewing today, we were dressed as if it’s Tacky day.

Photos taken on April 22, 2013.


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