For working parents like me and my husband, we always look forward to weekends because it is the time that we get to spend exclusively with our kids. Each week we look forward to Saturdays and Sundays. So it is a double treat when long weekends happen!
Meal time for the Family!
Time check: 1:20am
Yup, it is indeed the wee hours of the morning. I am preparing some home drills for EA to prepare him for his upcoming quizzes and improve his cursive writing as well.
It is July so it means our EA has already been in his new BIG school for almost a month now. He is slowly adjusting and as each day progresses, I am convinced that after all our considerations, we enrolled him in the right school (read about our decision process here). Just like his former school, his big school has a small classroom setup with just 24 students (boys and girls) and 1 teacher. This made the adjustment easier for him. During those times when I fetched him, I saw that he is already talking and sharing some good laughs with his classmates and he mentions some of their names to me when I ask who plays with him often.
In my previous post, I wrote about how the decision to change my lifestyle spelled the difference in my commitment to stay healthy. Now, I would like to share with you what my daily “decisions” are. I want to be healthy, and therefore I must choose to be healthy. It takes practice and extreme amount of restraint and patience and just like any other major transformation, it was hard at first and when craving strikes, it feels like the easiest way is to give up. But nothing is impossible if you set your heart and mind on it.
I know you are curious to know so here are my daily health choices:
Weight management has always been the focus of my diet programs for the past several years. When I was much younger, it is so easy to achieve my weight loss goals, simply because my metabolism is much faster. But when I reached my late 20s, I noticed that it is not like that anymore. I get so frustrated because either I do not lose much or regain the lost weight back after I eased down on my diet.
In my previous blog, I enumerated our considerations in choosing a big school for EA. With all those in mind, here are the schools that made it to our final list:
- Ateneo de Manila University
- OB Montessori (Fairview)
- The Seed Montessori
- The Raya School
- The Learning Tree
- Paref Northfield
A few years ago, I blogged about our son Heinel, getting ready for preschool and what factors we considered in choosing the school for him. And now, 3 years later, Heinel is finally done in pre-school and is about to be in the 1st grade in big school.
Heinel has an introverted personality, and his preschool, Creative Explorers for children, did a great job in building his self-confidence. It was actually sad that just when he got really comfortable in his school, he has to say goodbye and transfer to a big school.
For H’s second birthday, we opted for a low key and intimate gathering with just our immediate family and H’s friends. Yup, my H has a group of friends already. These are families of Hendrix’s fellow babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) during his 3.5 months stay there. Up until now we still have playdates for the kids. It is great seeing our kids grow together.
Going back to the party, despite being a small one, I was very picky when it comes to the venue. I have several considerations and everything must be met. I wanted it to be exclusive but has a homey feel. Since most of the guest kids are below 2 years old, I want the venue to have a play area. Of course, food must be good. H has a guest list of 25 and I wanted all of us to have a chance to interact to each other while playing with the kids.