October brings in a feel of exciting chaos to me (what the?!).. Well, the control freak in me I guess. Why? Well, if companies have planning sessions too, our family has one too. uhhmm… more of me planning then getting approval from Daddy S. We are basically gearing up for the Christmas season and the upcoming year.
October is when we finalize our budget for the holidays. It is also when we finalize the gift list since November is when we start shopping. Shopping in November for Christmas gifts may seem to early for some but since Daddy S gives bulk gifts at work, prepping all of them takes soooooooooooooo much time.
October is also the time to finalize our travel plans for the upcoming year. Daddy S, being the “boss” 🙂 I usually suggest places/countries and he gives a yes/no answer after estimating costs. Then I take serious and detailed planning from there, such as the dates, travel itineraries and all..
Finally October is when we set targets for the coming year, sort of short term and long term planning, both for expenses and costs. Having a long term vision sets our short them plans. We want to give our kids a secure future without sacrificing the chance to enjoy being with them while they are young. Goal setting is the key!
Now that I read all these October to do’s, I am actually wondering why all of these must be done in one month. But not complaining though. I am happy getting things planned ahead! So cheers to October!
I am happy that nowadays there are more advocates of breastfeeding. Thus, moms and even dads are given the right information and education about the necessity of breastfeeding our babies.
A lot of comments in my blog are usually about breastfeeding. And more so those seeking advice on breastpumps. My advice then and now is still the same, direct latching is still the best way to feed your baby. Exclusive breastfeeding on demand is still the best and mixed feeding is highly discouraged.
For breastfeeding moms who will return back to work after their maternity leave, I admire your dedication for wanting to continue your breastfeeding journey! Of course, having been very satisfied with Medela, I still recommend it for working moms. It’s a good thing that one of the exclusive distributors Medela in the Philippines, Parenting Emporium (formerly Medela House) was gracious enough to give me their price list for 2016.
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This summer, we did away from the usual sports activities, and instead opted for a more academic experience, so we enrolled EA in the Kumon Math program.
What is Kumon, you may ask? And how does it work? I took an excerpt from their website just to give you a glimpse of how Kumon works:
The following four strengths enable Kumon to achieve its learning objectives:
1. Individualized Instruction
Kumon is an individualized learning method that allows each student to study at a comfortable level, regardless of age or school grade, and advance beyond his or her current school grade level. At Kumon, students become enthusiastic for learning and experience a sense of accomplishment as they increase their academic ability and develop their potential to the maximum.
We had been receiving a lot of inquiries about Japan and travelling in general. Today I will answer the frequently asked questions (FAQs) by you guys! But please note that all my answers are just base on my personal experience. I do not claim to be an expert traveller nor claims to know Japan really well.
After 4 days in Tokyo, we continued our Japan adventure in Osaka!
From Tokyo, we took a two-hour bullet train ride to Osaka. I have always been curious with how fast these popular trains of Japan are. Boy, it was really fast! Like we are zooming past everything!
Bullet train was a comfortable ride, even for the kids. The seat spaces are big, as well as the leg room. There are lavatories on both ends of the train. Most of the passenger have packed lunch and sandwiches that they ate on the train. But in case you do not have food with you, there are trolleys going around where you can buy snacks like sandwiches, chips, drinks and even ice cream!
TIP: In bullet trains, passengers are allowed to bring in only one cabin size luggage due to the limited space available. Thus, it is best to have your big luggage shipped from your location, for us, Tokyo to Osaka. Inquire to your hotel for these luggage transfers at a fee. It usually takes 24 hours for the luggage to arrive so make sure to pack in your bullet train luggage, your essentials and valuables as well as clothing for at least 48 hours.
In Tokyo, Daddy S and I were thinking of how we can include Mt. Fuji in our busy itinerary. But since it will not be anywhere near our planned places to visit, we decided to let go of the plan. But lucky for us, during the train ride, we passed by Mt Fuji! It was such a treat!
This year, we take on a new travel adventure as a family in one of my dream destinations, Japan! As there are a lot that I want to share with all of you about our trip, I will be posting a three-part blog series.
We had been planning our Japan trip since August last year. It is a product of months of research and Google-ing to come up with our itinerary. Just like in our previous travels, we did not opt for a tour package to give us flexibility in terms of time and pacing, as we have kids in tow. Plus add the fact that it is the first time that we will be travelling as a family to a country that neither Daddy S and I had been to before. We wanted to make our trip as smooth as possible to give our kids the best Japan experience.
We begin our 8-day adventure with the most popular city in Japan, Tokyo!
I used to wake up on my birthday with so much excitement, always in anticipation of what this day will bring. But this morning, as I open my eyes to meet April 11, I felt a great sense of serenity and calmness. I looked at my left and smiled seeing my husband and two sons sound asleep. I took a deep breath and held my heart. Yes this is how it feels whenever they say everyday is like my birthday. I closed my eyes and prayed. I got up, took a shower and got myself ready for church. For as long as I can remember, my birthday will never be complete without hearing mass and receiving the communion.
For almost a year, Little H’s nanny has been very dependable. I was amazed by her patience and concern for my son. She was very much involved in taking care of Little H and has been taught so well by his therapist. In short, she knew so well how to take care of our Little Boy. So it came such a big surprise to me when one day she decided not to come back after taking her usual scheduled day off. No hint or whatsoever. She said her reasons (via text , no less!) but I find it shallow. But nevertheless, we have no option but to take it as it is.
To say that it was tough losing her was an understatement. It was a challenge. We immediately started looking for her replacement since we definitely need a helping hand in taking care of Little H. As days passed that we did not have a nanny, I came to realize a lot of things. And these realizations made my understand why “losing that dependable nanny” event has to happen.