Tag Archives: Family

A Birthday Filled With Overflowing Gratitude

I am aware I have been slacking across my blogs. My birthday took place almost four weeks ago and I am only writing about it now. That is indolence at its finest! Hahaha! 😂 I have learned to ditch the excuses. It doesn’t really matter now as I don’t have a crowd nor a readership to please anyway. But in case you’re interested to know, I might just talk more about it in my next post. 😜

My birthday came and went in a flash! I got stuck with 25 as you may very well know it. But who knows? This might be the last year as I get bored and tired of that number too you know.  😂😂😂

Well, it was very hectic. Our original plan was to go for a coastal walk; I had been wanting to do this for the longest time! When my husband asked me what I wanted to do on my birthday, I saw it as an opportunity to get this done. 😂

But he had his own way of surprising me even before then. A bouquet of long-stemmed roses was delivered three days before my big day while I was working from home. I was speechless! And I thought that was about it. I got the surprise of my life when at the stroke of midnight, he asked me to go down to the kitchen saying that he heard some “funny noises” and requested me to check on it. It was quite strange for the man of the house to be asking me that. I felt something was amiss right there and then! When I came down, I felt so touched and teary because he made all the effort of arranging the dining table with my birthday cake and card on it. How lucky can I get? I had never even noticed him doing all of it while I was busy upstairs getting some things done for another event that I was organizing in the Philippines.

Please note that I had all these documented in photo and video forms but I am just too lazy to refine the photographs with their corresponding watermarks.

On my birthday itself, I thought it was going to be foiled by a bad weather as initially forecasted. But it turned out to be a pretty day! We started the day rather late because we were mostly waiting for the rain that never came. Lol! 😂

We braved the hot, humid day. That’s not me. If I was in the Philippines, I’d hail a trike or use an umbrella to avoid the scorching heat of the sun. Ha! Ha! 😂 However, we made sure we were protected by rubbing off some sunscreen all over our exposed skin.

THE COASTAL WALK

We took “the most famous, most walked track in Sydney- no question and for good reasons.” It’s very easy to get to and passes between two of Australia’s best-known beaches, Bondi and Bronte. We made Bronte as our starting point for easy parking access.

 photo IMG_5399.png

 photo IMG_5185.png

It was a 6- kilometer walk, two- way for a minimum duration of 2 hours. It took us longer than that as we had our toddler along with us. My husband had to carry the pram every now and then each time we had to go down or up the steps. It was a tiring day for him!

 photo IMG_5398.png

But it was an entirely leisurely stroll that’s perfect for families. The path is mostly sealed with the exception of some rocky patches, and a steep set of stairs. The highlights of the walk were the coastal cliffs, views of iconic Sydney beaches, historic beach baths, and the Sculptures by the Sea. We were told this is also the best spot that gets visited by celebrities. We were too engrossed with our walk that we never spotted one.

 photo IMG_5401.png

 photo IMG_5186.png

 photo IMG_5400.png

 photo IMG_5188.png

It was a total delight and pleasure to have witnessed the beauty of nature on my birthday itself.

 photo IMG_5187.png

Everytime I celebrate my birthday, it is ruled by my heart- I feel it from the very core of my being- it is a whole year’s worth of overflowing gratitude, faith, hope, optimism, support, love, and friendship.

 photo IMG_5183.png

I thank God for the tiniest bit of blessings that I truly do not deserve but He has graciously bestowed unto me and my entire family.

Indeed, every waking hour is a gift and I am grateful beyond words!

Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.

That’s Our Boy!

We had our son’s 18-month needle yesterday. Each time he is scheduled for this, it is met with a little bit of apprehension. However, if we should take it as a fairly positive sign and warning, he did not cry at all when he got his 12-month needle.

The 18-month vaccination is performed to fight against diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chickenpox) (MMRV).

We let our son get a pretty good nap before we headed off to the Medical Centre. It was not too busy so it was a good timing for us to come at that hour.

 photo IMG_0357.png

One of those quiet and rare moments where he’s sitting like a Boss, hahaha!

Our son was all over the place; he simply can’t sit still!!! He loves walking around, poking his face at other people’s spaces and giving them a big grin or laugh. He’s quite a sociable little fella!

 photo IMG_0352.png

Walking around the Medical Centre

 photo IMG_0351.png

I told yah he can’t sit still!

I had to constantly run after him and his Dad had to keep him entertained.

 photo IMG_0384.png

Mummy chasing after this little fella!

 photo IMG_0354.png

Dad was keeping him entertained

 photo IMG_0355.png

Pre-vaccination

When our son’s name was called, they had to weigh him in and had to also take his height measurements.

 photo IMG_0356.png

He lost some weight when he got sick for two weeks but he is still on the normal range

 photo IMG_0349.png

Some cms taller :-)

My husband was expecting him to have a crying fit when the vaccination was performed because he thought that our little boy would now be more aware of his surroundings at 18 months, hence the pain would have made him scream and cry. But on the contrary, we were the proudest parents as he pulled up such a strong demeanour after two pokes were performed on both arms- no complaints, no tears, no nothing.

 photo IMG_0348.png

Such a tough little boy!

He’s such a tough boy! We were very impressed with him! After the procedure, as if nothing had happened. My husband can’t help but quip:

“I had never seen a child so happy after being poked”!

That’s our boy!

Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.

How Motherhood Has Changed Me

Motherhood has primarily changed everything in my life and largely, in ways I did not expect. It altered my perspectives and thought processes. I used to be driven and motivated by my own needs and wants; but now I must admit that they mostly revolve around my child’s needs.

 photo image_9.png

With my son after the Sunday worship service

God knows how I have worked harder to be more patient, thoughtful, kind, caring, and gentle. I did not realise how selfish I was until motherhood showed me how selfless I can be.

I am not always successful at living by those virtues but I’d like to believe that I am better than I used to be. Make no mistake about it; I am far from perfect but I certainly am a work in progress everyday.

Motherhood has also helped me to relate better to anything about children. My instincts have sharpened and my spirit has strengthened. Similarly, being a mother has helped me to better understand and emphatize with my very own mother. However, I regret that I haven’t been a perfect daughter.😩 But that would be another story.

Truly, I cannot imagine what my life would be like had I not had a child. I have always wished and prayed to become a mother and God has been so good to grant one of my heart’s desires. It’s indeed one of the most beautiful blessings that God has graciously bestowed on me.

The intensity of the love that I feel for my child is simply indescribable. I could not fathom its depth and I could not find the perfect adjectives to describe how he has actually made me feel. I feel blessed and challenged as a mother!

Motherhood is the most rewarding, awful, beautiful, heartbreaking, awesome, horrible, joyous thing imaginable that has ever happened to me and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in this world!

Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.

Weekend Special #11: Jamie is Love

I haven’t had the chance to publish as much update as I want to but as I previously mentioned, I will do my best to update at least once a week across my blogs- it could be a Wednesday or over the weekend; depending on my availability.

This weekend is rather special; it is Jamie’s second Anniversary Thanksgiving in the Church. I spent my time last week shopping for a nice and presentable outfit for him for this ocassion. After so much fuss and dramas (I will write a separate post on this), my husband and I were quite happy with our choice.

As uploading photos will take too much of my time and will also take up too much space on my webhost, I opted to compile some photos from today in one short trailer video.

Have fun watching! 😘

Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.

Mission Accomplished!

As mentioned in my previous post HERE, it was a futile effort yesterday when I tried to shop for something formal for Jamie. I struggled looking for the size that would perfectly fit him. If I opt for a suit set, I’d be forced to choose one size smaller as most suits are tailored “big.” He’d be able to wear it only once and that’s just about it. I didn’t know shopping could be such a dilemma this time. 😁 In other times, it’s been bliss! ☺️

I have to emphasize that I am a practical Mum and if I buy something for my son, I’d want him to be able to put it into good use. Usability and practicability go hand in hand, if I may say so. I am not perfect though. I could be an impulsive buyer in some ocassions especially for Jamie’s essentials.

Despite yesterday’s unproductivity, we managed to get him something today. Because I already know more or less what to get him, it did not take us long to decide.

I informed my husband that I went to various children’s shops the previous day and felt the need to mention my choices.

 photo image_17.jpeg

I love Gap for Jamie but there was nothing formal that I liked for him

 photo image_14.jpeg

Nothing at Pumpkin Patch either

 photo image_16.jpeg

Our end choice was our best choice!

Apparently, we both had the same choices and we ended up settling for Bardot Junior.

 photo image_18.jpeg

My happy camper

 photo image_19.jpeg

Now he won’t let go of it!

 photo image_20.jpeg

Shopping with Dad just done!

We were happy it’s now all over and done with. My son is now all set for our Mid-Year Thanksgiving at Church next week. ☺️

Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.