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January 18th, 2013

When I grow up…

Matthew and Mommy

Matthew and Mommy

First published in Facebook, January 18, 2013

While waiting for the school bus…

Matthew (6-yrs old, in 1st-grade): “When I grow up, I’m gonna marry you.
Me, mortified: “No. Find a nice girl to marry.
Matthew: “How about my grandma in the Philippines? She’s nice and I love her.
Me: “No. Find a girl, who loves you, and you love her, and you are good for each other.”
Matthew: “How about Beth? She’s my best friend. Can I marry her?
Me: “We’ll see.

The bus arrived and I was left wondering – where this all came from; and if, when the time comes, when he truly understands what ‘marrying someone’ is, will he seek for my approval, will he even bother to tell me … I guess, we’ll see.

FYI, Beth is a 5th/6th-grader, who rides the same bus with Matthew everyday.

Added on January 22:

It seems like Beth is more to Matthew than I have previously thought. Matthew came home today from school, came down from the school bus – CRYING, because the bus driver didn’t let him sit by Beth … “I only want to sit by Beth …“, he said to me crying. I am heartbroken myself over this, and that he kept crying no matter how I tried to cheer him up. Until he found a letter addressed for him with stickers inside it. The stickers cheered him up!

January 10th, 2013

Macaroni Salad


2 cups macaroni, cooked and drained, cooled off
2 bulbs celery, chopped
1 medium sized onion, chopped
1 pack radish, chopped
12 oz green olives, chopped
1 quart mayonnaise
8 oz cheese, cubed
Salt and pepper to taste


October 15th, 2012

Is it Fall yet?

Originally posted in Facebook on October 15, 2012:

Matthew and Mark

Matthew and Mark, Photo taken on Oct. 14, 2012

While we were outside yesterday to catch some fresh air…

Matthew (6): “Do you smell that?
Me: “What?
Matthew: “I smell something stinky.

Then he came over to me and started sniffing – me.

Matthew: “No. It’s just a stinky smell in my imagination.

This morning, when Mark (2) woke up, he climbed to our bed, woke me up! So he and I had a few Mommy-and-Mark time in bed.

Me, pointing to his eyes: “What is this?
Mark: “Eyes.
Me, gently pinching his nose: “What is this?
Mark: “Nose and boogers.

I just love my boys.

Originally posted in Facebook on October 14, 2012:

Matthew and Mark, Photo taken on Oct. 3, 2012

Matthew and Mark, Photo taken on Oct. 3, 2012

October 8th, 2012

Life With a Toddler, Mark

Originally posted in Facebook on October 8, 2012:It’s Matthew’s Fall Break, more than 1-week of no school. So he and Mark have been really cozy at home, mostly playing the Wii. Sure, they fight, don’t get along or together, they get in trouble. For causing trouble or for not listening to mommy, when I get fed up, I make the culprit(s) stand in the corner (for time-out) to think about what he/they did.This morning (right before this photo was taken), while Matthew and Mark were playing the Wii and not getting along (because Mark is pressing wrong buttons), Mark told his big brother Matthew to … stand in the corner! (Apparently, Mark is putting his big brother on a time-out!)

Mark is growing up to be such a character, and to think, he’s supposed to be sick. (For days, he has been coughing and have on-and-off fever.)

Mark (2) and Matthew (6), Fall Break

Mark (2) and Matthew (6), Fall Break

Originally posted in Facebook on October 8, 2012:As I was looking for my pen, I found new writings on the wall. I wonder who did it.It was Mark, as usual. And he wrote on himself too.

Mark (2)

Mark (2), Taken October 8, 2012.

Originally posted in Facebook on October 4, 2012:Mark (2) just sprinkled (cosmetic) body powder on my coffee. He must have thought it’s sugar. Sigh!The other day, he twisted open one of my perfume bottles, spilling its contents. So, through out the day, both Mark and I (and the whole first floor actually) smelled sweet and nice, more than usual, (sort-of) by accident!

Mark (2)

Mark (2)

Originally posted in Facebook on September 26, 2012I would REALLY like to tackle the playroom today. I don’t know where to start. Maybe I’ll start with Mark, by getting him out of there. But then, if he leaves the playroom, he usually takes the mess with him to other parts of the house. And then, if he stays in the playroom, it’s never going to get tackled. (Big sigh to this never-ending debate in my head.)

Mark (2)

Mark (2)

Originally posted in Facebook on September 7, 2012So Mark, 2 years old, was playing with my iPhone last night. He was seriously tapping on the phone, and then his demeanor changed. He made a face, and said, “Oh crap!” (It was so clear!)Me, in shock, “Oh crap! ” … Oopps!

Later on, I TRIED to blame this on hubby (about Mark learning bad expressions!). But he defended himself, saying that he doesn’t use that expression, and that he uses “Oh shit!” instead!

Way to go, Mommy and Daddy!

Mark (2)

Mark, Taken on Sept 6, 2012

Originally posted in Facebook on August 9, 2012:So I was on my laptop, then Mark (2) sat on my lap…Mark: “X it Mom.

Me: “What?

Mark took the mouse, navigated the pointer to the right-top of the screen, and clicked ‘X’ to close the browser. (He X-ed the browser, like he said!)

Me, dumbfounded!

Mark (2), Photo taken Aug 6, 2012

Mark (2), Photo taken Aug 6, 2012

Angry Birds, Matthew (6) and Mark (2)

Angry Birds, Matthew (6) and Mark (2), Photo taken Sep 1, 2012

September 15th, 2012

Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day 2012

Matthew (6) and Mark (2) with Grandma and Grandpa on Grandparents Day, Taken on Sept 14, 2012

Grandparents Day

Photo: Grandpa and Grandma visiting Matthew in school (with Mark) for lunch on Grandparents Day! (Photo taken Sept. 14, 2012)

Originally posted in Facebook on September 14, 2012:

As the weekend is winding down, and Grandma and Grandpa are on their way back to Florida, I thank them for coming over (to Alabama, and for their willingness to take that drive back-and-forth) for Matthew’s Grandparents Day in school! They are wonderful grandparents!

With my own family so far away (in the Philippines), I feel a deep sense of relief, gratitude and appreciation that my in-laws are so supportive, kind and wonderful people. I couldn’t ask for more.

Originally posted in Facebook on July 14:

Books from Grandma

Books from Grandma

“Best books reflect universal truths with clarity and artistry. Such books reveal that man is essentially good and that life is infinitely worth living.” ~ Margaret e. Martignoni, Editor, Collier’s Junior Classics Series, Copyright 1962

I am so ecstatic that my mother-in-law has let me have her collection of old books of classic children’s stories! I am not-exactly a book enthusiast, but I understand the value of these books and their contents. They are treasures! Nothing beats classic stories being told in detail with words more than pictures. I am excited to read them, and to read them to my boys!

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