One of my wish list for 2013 is to be able to travel with Liam and we did just that this year. We were able to travel a few times 2nd half of this year 2013 (yan nagagawa ng delayed post). First was the trip to Moal Boal with Ninong Ken and Ninang Bonch. ( you may see my post about it here, here and here).
After that, we were able to have 3 more weekemd escapades. One was our trip to Toledo on Liam’s 3rd birthday (see post here) . But before that we flew to Boracay last August (separate post for this) and as a pre-bora trip we checked in Shangri-La Mactan without Ate Donna. Yes just us 3. We left Donna at home to help Ate Lilia clean the house. I was able to convince Dino to buy vouchers when Shang had their Paradise Sale earlier this year.
This was the first time we had an overnight stay somewhere without Donna. Actually, I know naman na we can do it. Liam’s big and can understand na pero syempre, mas comfortable and hassle free if we have Donna with us. 🙂
Anyway, we were not able to take much photos then, since kame nga lang and my head ached the first day, so it was just Liam and Dino in the pool.
Bumawi ako the second day. We went swimming after our breakfast and Liam enjoyed the slide so much we went back and forth. Pero napapaso na puwetan ko so I told him to stop na. 🙂 We let him run around by himself the whole stay that he scraped his knees. Both knees, the left knee twice. He did not cry, instead he said “Again!?’ as if he’s asking himself why he fell down again. Silly brave boy.
What I love best about this trip is that it made Dino realize that he wants to this with us more often. Maybe not in Shangri-La again, since it’s really steep since we can’t enjoy all the amenities pa with Liam with us. Pero definitely, this trip set the pace for us. For sure, there will more weekend getaways to come on this site. 😉
It’s been crazy here these past 2 months. We’ve experience calamities left and right. I really didn’t want to write any of it down in the blog, but thought that it’s still part of our (Liam’s specifically) history – that we were able to experience these calamities and we were able to survive it.
Between the earthquake and the typhoon, am more stricken with the earthquake. Since I was here in the office when in struck and the fact that we are still experiencing aftershocks until last week (a strong one at that), this is really nakakatakot. With Typhoon Yolanda naman, all offices were closed that day, so we were able to stay home with Liam. Though it is really depressing since Yolanda was really so powerful that thousands of people are now homeless. We, ourselves were also busy tracking down our staffs in Tacloban. Glad to announce also that we were able to track all 8 of them. We are now working on relocating them. This is a better problem, diba?!
Anyway, back to my topic, as introduced before (see my post here), Liam has 2 dalmatian stuff toys, Aw Aw (ok, I conceive, his original name is doggy, but for some reason, mas kilala sya sa pagiging Aw Aw) and Raf Raf. Among the 2, he always favor Aw Aw. Lately, I thought magka-level na silang 2, since he likes bringing both dogs along and even agreed to bring Raf Raf sa plane instead of Aw Aw who slept in the luggage. Well, mas presentable kasi si Raf Raf (colorwise, hehe).
After that trip, both dogs are suuuper dirty that I already talked to him to let Ate Lilia wash them both. I specifically asked Donna to have Aw Aw washed first, since he is super Putim na. That night, I saw the almost black Aw Aw in our room and I asked Donna what happened.
Donna: Ayaw po ni Liam palabhan e. Si Raf Raf na lang daw.
When I asked Liam how come he don’t want Aw Aw to be washed, he smelled Aw Aw and said “di pa bantot!” hahaha ang kulit lang ng anak ko.
So with the determination to have Aw Aw washed, I asked Liam to give him a bath that weekend which he willingly obliged.
Hitting 2 birds with one stone ika nga! hehe..Have a nice week ahead everyone! 🙂
This is what happens if you leave your kid with his daddy. I left them painting on Liam’s drawing book to take a bath. After my super short shower, yan ang inabutan ko. Liam was so happy naman with it, so sige lang ang nanay… Picture picture nalang.. 🙂
Am here in the office early. Finished checking may Emails and need to focus on finishing our evaluations. I also intended to do a post today about the calamity and all that am feeling and thinking. But, I saw this post from a friend and decided otherwise. I don’t want to be let down of what’s happening. I need positive thoughts!!
This is sooo TRUE!! I’m sure many mommies would agree with this quote. Ever since I got pregnant with Liam, it’s always about him and our little family.
I read Ms. Toni Tiu’s (blogger behind Wifely Steps) “Ordinary Moments Make Life Most Special” post last week and I couldn’t agree with her more. For us, it’s the same. As I posted before, we are having the no gadget rule at night so we can focus and give more attention to Liam (and to lessen his tablet usage, hehe), since this is the only time we are together talaga. It’s also every time we come home and Liam will come running to us with a wide excited smile in his face. Everyday, he’s excited like that and it never fails to brighten our day.
Oh, here’s me and Liam last night outside our gate, another of our “ordinary times” together…
Nautakan ako ng anak ko kagabi. We are weaning him na from poh poh (carrying) na. We want him to start walking on his own na. He does naman pero soooobrang tamad! hehe… Last night, while playing in his room, he heard fireworks (super hina per narinig nya) so we ran outside (kahit alam ko di namen makikita yun), I carried him so it will be faster for us to go outside. After realizing that we can’t see it, I told him we’ll go inside na. Anong sabi nya?
Liam: No, let’s walk around …
Very seldom does he want to walk around the village (near zero possibility). Dino always tries to invite him for a walk at night after dinner, never nag yes ang bagets. Last night, dahil karga ko siya.. Siya pa mismo nag-yaya. Since weather was nice last night, I gave in and walked with him around the village. We talked about everything we can think of, the leaves, the trees, the ladies we saw at the neighbor’s lawn and stopped to greet everyone we see. hehehe
After 1 round, he wants to go around again.. But I know I might make it back since he is not the light na no.. So we decided to call his dad instead and took a photo of us last night before we went back in and prepare for bed time. 🙂 Okay, I changed my mind, this is not so ordinary at all but it’s a special moment I want to keep. 🙂
Hmmm.. I can feel the positive vibes na. Thinking and writing about Liam makes my day and it takes all the blues away..
Have a blessed Wednesday. Need to get back to work. Will be blogging more soon.. 🙂
“I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Goodbye.”
— Bob Perks
To our ever cute and sweet darling baby boy,
First of all, I want to greet you a belated happy birthday. As fast as the year have passed, you’ve also grown up so fast. You’re taller, smarter, funnier, kulit-er (if there’s such a word) and more talkative than ever.
You are more confident and independent now, not shy approaching others and talking to them. Dancing in front of a crowd or at the stage. You know our routine na every morning when we have to go to office, never have to cry and ran after us. You are also becoming more curious by the day, that you always ask us what happened or how something happened, what a word mean and tries to use it on your own in every possible way.
I know I say you are talkative but that’s not a bad thing at all. You always know how to express yourself. You also have a way with your words that you can have whatever you want. I remember your summer teacher telling me that you can be a lawyer. You are witty and never runs out of reasons. You are so fast that we can’t fool you around. You always notice it when we misused a word or said something wrong, never afraid to correct us and laugh with us and I love that about you, anak.
As I told you last year, we are going to have a lot of fighting days. Am sure that it will be more this year. Then again, please keep in mind that whatever fights we may have that you will never be loved less. That if we do it, it means we love you enough to correct you. We just have to do what must be done to discipline you and prepare you to be the man that you will proud of.
Liam, please never stop being the funny smart little charmer that you are. Your smile and sweet hugs never fail to brighten up even the most gloomy room. Always remember that mommy and daddy will always have your back and that whatever we do we are always thinking of you.
Happy Birthday little boy. I wish you enough… We love you. 🙂
PS, we did not have that much fight naman this year. very petty and you learn fast that’s why we don’t need to fight again and again. Thank you for that anak.
Who needs television when you have Dino and Liam to keep you entertained? Here are some compilations of their daily conversations.
Welcome Home Daddy One morning after Dino’s manila trip, Liam woke up and saw his dad…
Liam: Daddy is here na!! (with a wide smile)
Mommy: Yes, daddy came home last night
Liam: Daddy, you rode taxi?
Liam: You done na ride airplane in the sky?
He then rolled to his daddy’s side and have him a hug and a sweet smile.
Kakataba ng puso..
The Juice Story
One night, we bought Liam his favorite juice from Bubbletea as pasalibong. He was so excited and drink it agad once we gave it to him. Halfway thru his cup, he got busy playing and dancing and forgot about his juice. Dino has a habit of eating Liam’s leftovers (drinking for this matter), and drank the juice as he thought Liam don’t like it anymore. After a few minutes, he saw the glass empty and instantly he knew it was his dad who finished it. He almost cried, but I put water in the glass and he was happy saying ‘Water juice’ and drinking it too. I thought the story ends there. After his night bath…
Liam: Daddy, you ubos my juice.
Daddy: No, it was Donna who finished it
Liam; Ikaw yun!!
My son is so smart his dad can’t fool him..
Bad Words Dino was playing with a crumpled paper and shot it in our trash bin, when he missed…
Dino: No, daddy said, Pamunas
Liam: Pamunas.. (with a sly smile)
Sarap lang batukan ng asawa ko diba?!
As I mention in my previous post, Liam is in a stage now where he says he wants to say bad words. one time..
Liam: Put…. (stopped because I gave him an angry green)
he smiled sweetly at me and said..
Liam: Put a little more..
Now, he usually say this line and I will laugh silently since I know what’s really in his mind. My gulay!!
Daddy the Joker
One night, while preparing for bed time…
Liam: Daddy is angry.. he said “LIAM, don’t do that!” (imitating Dino’s angry voice)
then he smiled…
Liam: Daddy you are joke joke lang?!?!
Sino naman magagalit sa batang ito!!?
What Goes Around Comes Around Part 1 Liam has this habit of closing the room doors when we are inside. Actually, may pag ka OC sya, he wants all doors closed lagi whether we’re inside o not. Dino, on the other hand, is a bit claustrophobic. He wants doors open naman or else he feels suffocated.
While they are playing inside the playroom, Liam stood up to close the door..
Daddy: Liam, don’t close the door
Liam: I want to close it
Daddy: No na bacause it’s hot, so the air can come in
Liam learned to play with the doors opened na with the thought that it’s hot if it’s close… one time, Dino have to use the toilet and Liam goes inside with him.. Naturally, Dino will close the door..
Liam: Open the door
Dino: Don’t open the door Liam
Liam: But it’s hot!
What Goes Around Comes Around Part 2
On our way home, Liam asked if he can drive with daddy. We are already in the village, so Dino agreed and let Liam sat on his lap. Liam honked the horn and it was around 2pm where most of the neighbors (well, we feel) are having their siesta.
Daddy; Liam, don’t use the horn na
Liam; I want to use the horn
Daddy: It’s noisy, everybody will wake up
he obediently followed and stopped honking then. the following week, on our way to SM, Dino used his horn..
Liam: Daddy! Don’t use the horn! Everybody will wake up!!
Am really happy that Liam is growing to be like his dad every single day (pati looks, nawawala na ko, hehe) Well, except for the madaldal part. That’s all me! hehehe.. 😉
This is already a late post. This was supposed to be posted 2 weeks ago. Things got crazy here in the office with so much to finish and whole Cebu got crazier with the earthquake and all the intense aftershocks!!! Oh well, will not dwell on that anymore. Here goes..
Couple of weeks ago, Dino and Liam started the day “detailing” Liam’s rides. Liam showed interest with cleaning, way back after seeing his dad clean Pajeyow. Good that Dino found a way how they can do this together (bonding time na din for the boys).
We’ve been planning to buy service bikes for the office for short trips and finally decided to visit our friend’s shop who sells secondhand folding bikes. We found good items for our office had them reserved and bought Liam a new bike on impulse. We fell in love with the bike and since we’ve been planning to buy him a bigger one, Ka-ching!! 😉
Just want to share, our African Daisies started blooming again. We had this plant during our outreach program last 2011. The school principal gave us a pot and now we have almost 10 pots of these beautiful flowers. I snipped these 2 and placed them at our counter. (mental note: buy a better vase.) Aren’t they wonderful?!!?
The following day, we let Liam swim after having breakfast and went to JCenter Mall for lunch. We really planned for him to play in one of the playroom in the mall that have a zip line for kids. But our little boy refuses to go in. he cried when I tried going in by myself. Not sure how this started, but he suddenly have phobia going in closed door facilities like Gymboree and the salon. Hmm.. will try the “Wipe Out” trick next time. Hope it’ll work. Anyway, since he doesn’t want to play, we went to the arcade instead and spend time with their machines which is not a lot and a bit boring. 😦
While waiting for our lunch to be served Liam played with the fish bowls containing rolled up Bible passages. After lunch we decided to go home and let Liam rest.
it’s been a while since I really cooked and baked, I made it a point not to sleep-in that afternoon and make my time fruitful while Liam’s napping and Daddy is busy at the garage. I baked Calamansi Cupcakes that afternoon and prepared dinner too. I decided to try Mommy Sha’s Sizzling Tofu. I tweaked it a little since Dino don’t like mayo. Will share my version in a separate post. 🙂 We paired it with Lechon Kawali and a glass of Aloe Vera juice. yum yum.. 🙂
I really don’t know why I called this post / series (not sure if this will be constant thing) when it always contains our weekend (2 days) together. Oh well, it just sounds good, right!??! Anyway, just an update, comes Monday, Dino and I decided to buy the bikes for ourselves na. So, presenting our new rides.. 🙂
Oh yeah, before I forgot, like my previous One Fine Day post, there’s one thing that is not fine that weekend. Liam is acting up again during meal time. Haaay.. This is really making me frustrated. I might dedicate a separate post for this alone.
Anyway, have a lot of pending posts pa, Boracay trip, Shangri-La trip, Liam’s birthday celeb and a lot more. Stay tuned guys. 🙂
It’s been more than 2 weeks now since Liam started using this word and this really is giving me a lot to think about. Before I proceed I just want to be clear that am not trying to be righteous here. I myself use this word especially when am really infuriated. Dino and I grew up in households that uses these words (bad words) freely, use it when we’re angry and irritated (but not at each other or people we love). We also use them jokingly.
Anyway, this all started when Dino got startled and he shouted “Putang..” and stopped in the middle when he realized that it was Liam who was there. Liam quickly got it and said “Putang!”. Shocked, Dino told him not to say it again and that it’s a bad word. Since then, Liam uses tries to use that word when he sees an opportunity.
One night, he was acting up and does not want to follow, he said “Putang!”, so the topic was changed for him not to say it again..
Lolo was playing with him and pinched him softly at the back..
Liam: Putang! Sakit!
Every time we’ll get mad, he will said: “Daddy said, putang!”, even if daddy did not say it..
There were already a lot of instances, and he at least say this once a day and daddy telling him not to say it anymore simply doesn’t work. I think, us telling him not to say it anymore elevates his curiosity about the term. So I tried to brainwash him and change the word..
Liam: Daddy said, Putang!
Mommy: No, daddy said, put a little more
This made him laugh and repeated the phrase, so I thought the deal is done. Oh boy, am I wrong, he still uses it. So one time I threatened him with a spank in the mouth (this really scares him)..
Mommy: Liam, stop saying that word or I will pah pah your mouth na
Liam: Daddy says Putang… (this is his go to phrase every time we tell him not to say it anymore, as if telling us how come daddy can say it?!? tsk! tsk!)
Mommy: I will also pah pah daddy if he says it again, do you understand?
I thought this worked since we did not hear him say it for 2 days. Then one time at the playground, kids are playing with the cement, they will put the cement on a plastic and throw it up in the air, making the cement burst in the air..
Liam: Mommy, what are they doing
Mommy: they are playing with the cement, but don’t do that anak, the cement will get into your eyes and it will be ouch ouch
Liam still watch them intently and suddenly shouted: “PUTANG!”
I almost hit his mouth right there, but I don’t want to do it in public since I don’t want to embarrass him in public. So I just give him a grin and told him that it’s not good to say that word. (Well, wala din naman nakarinig, since other kids are busy playing and the teens are chatting)
Now, he gives interest to all our expressions na like “Grabe!” and “Shocks!”. He will ask us if that’s a bad word or not.,, hayayayayay! me gulay!! Ano ba ito!?!? How do we explain “bad words” to a 3 year old toddler? This also strengthen my resolve to be watchful of what I say (well, I hope this is the same with Dino.. grrr..) Ang bilis na ng pick up nya. Sabi nga ni lola, “Parang recorder yang anak mo e”.
Hay naku anak, when you grow older, I will not forbid you to use this words… As long as you know what these words mean and you know the effect of using these words to others. You need to know when to use it and to whom should you use it and make sure that if you use it, it’s ok na masabihan ka din nun. Golden rule anak, okey?
Before I end this post, I’ve been asking my colleagues (matatalino kasi talaga sila, hehe) about studies regarding this (doing the forbidden) nature and here’s a good read about Reactance and Paradoxical Inversion (or what we usually call reverse psychology). This young, single office mates of mine are also the ones who pointed out to me just now that maybe am not consistent that’s why reverse psychology don’t work with Liam too. Or as the other one pointed out, sadyang bright ang anak ko!??! I like the latter better. 🙂
Last weekend was a relaxed one. Like our usual weekend, we stayed home last Saturday, a little couple’s time while Liam was taking his nap last Saturday and our usual family day on Sunday.
As I mention on my last post, I deleted the Wipeout Video clips from Liam’s tablet. As expected we had a morning drama fest after he realized that it’s not there anymore…
Liam: Where is the Wipeout?
Mommy: It’s just there (kuno)…
Liam: Wala here. You tanggal it?
Mommy: Baka nabura, we will download it again…
Liam: Waaaaaah.. wala na Wipeout! I want Wipeout! Waaaah.. Waaah… Waaah..
After about 5 minutes, he asked for Yakult and wala na! nakalimutan na si Wipeout. Yesterday, he mentioned it again, but he said it in a “matter of fact” way.. “Wala na tayo Wipeout”. Then proceeded to watch his Pororo Sing Alongs. 🙂
After that, we had breakfast and played around. We let him swim in his inflatable pool and played some more before he take his nap. The real highlight of the day was his forever pending haircut. (remember Leah’s post about Liam’s Stressful Haircut?) He was due for haircut 2 weeks earlier, but schedule with barber does not meet lagi. Dino and I decided to go to Kuya Edward lang of Salon de Rose, since he is fast, tall and he has a way with kids. Anyway, yun nga, after his afternoon nap, we asked Donna to go to the salon and check Kuya E’s sched. Sakto, he don’t have a customer, so off we went to the salon..
This time, it did not take so long, mas mabilis, as Liam did not move, cry nor complain for the first few minutes of his haircut. He started acting out last 2 minutes na ng haircut, I think he can feel the itch na then. He stopped na din once I set him free and removed his shirt. He even gave us a broad smile after Kuya E gave him his prize – Skittles (we brought this of course). I look forward for the day that he will calmly sit on the barber’s chair and have his haircut.
He was his cheerful self na when we get to the car. At home, he took a bath then requested us to open his bag of skittles. here’s our conversation..
Mommy: Liam, can mommy have 1 skittle?
Liam: I will buy for you later. okey? Cut hair ka muna..
TOINKS!! hahahaha. Funny little boy.
Yesterday (Sunday), we had breakfast at McDo where Liam ate pancakes with butter and blueberry syrup and devoured his hashbrown without help and asked for 2nd serving pa. KOW! Anak, kung tinapay lang yan, binigyan na kita walang dalawang isip. hehehe.. Since, it’s not that healthy naman, we did not give in to his request. We took the same route as last time – walk, padyak, jeep and taxi.
We asked Liam to walk and not to be carried anymore which he obliged. I carried him lang when we are crossing the street na..
Mommy: Liam, poh poh (carry) kita, we will cross the street
Liam, kunwari pa di nagets, pero after crossing the street…
Mommy: Anak, go down na, walk ka na ulit
Liam: No, not yet finish cross street!
NAKUPOW!!! hahahahaha.. ang galing dumiskarte! haha
We let him swim again yesterday and prepared to go to SM for lunch and a little errand. We dropped by Book Sale too and bought a few activity books. I really am looking for the Flashkids activity book that Maqui gave Liam. It was effective as Liam is the one who always ask that we do it. Kaya nga malapit na din maubos ung pages hehehe. (will post some photos of it later).
Unfortunately, those are not available in BS SM. Will try again in Parkmall. Sana makita ko na sila. Bought some activity sticker book instead and saw the “When You Give a Mouse a Cookie” book making us have 14 out of 100 na from the list, hehehe. Oh by the way, when we got to BS, he kept on saying, kwakwoach book, kwakwoach book.. wah, di pa din nya nakalimutan si cockroach book! (note to self, go to parkmall and pray that it’s still there. hehe)
While looking for a bug book:
Me: Donna, may nakita kayo bug book?
Donna: Wala ate e..
Liam: Here! Bug book!!
Tama nga! he was holding this spine-tingling bug book. He liked it so we bought it, kahit nakakadiri. We read it while in the car going home, before he took his nap and when he woke up. Diba obvious gusto talaga nya?!?! (mental note: make a special post on the book)
Lately, we always eat out for Lunch (and dinner) on Sundays, it’s very hard to cook when you have a toddler. As in, nakakataranta, kasi he will call you and look for you. Ok lang naman if he wants to help out, kaso ayaw nya kasi hot daw.. hahaha.. So instead of cooking and maharass, we dine out nalang. sakto din, after our trip to the mall, it’s time for Liam nap time na din.
Last night, I decided to cook dinner instead of eating out. I sometimes ask ate to cook our meal day before, para iinitin nalang, pero since the recipe is new and it calls for frying, so di pwedeng init init lang. we had fish and chips for dinner (recipe from allrecipe.com). Outcome was good though it lacks crispiness and I forgot to buy/prepare Tar sauce. Yan lang kulang as per bobe. The recipe don’t go too well with catsup. Sabi nga ni Liam – “don’t sawsaw this (pertaining to his fish) sa catsup ” hehe.. marunong talaga anak ko..
I also prepared Leche flan pala for dessert. For the egg whites, nakupow! Tried doing the meringue kisses again, but failed on both batches. Wonder where I went wrong.. haist, sayang..
And last, we played hide and see and shooting the marble before we cap the day!
I’ve posted about Liam’s costumes last year and as you can see am a bit pasaway. Anyway, this year, I will try my best not to be pasaway. But comfort will still be top of my priority.
Here’s what he wore last Linggo ng Wika celebration…
One thing I like about Liam’s school is that they send out memos weeks before actual event. This gives parents more time to prepare and plan their trips to the mall. So walang cramming.
3 weeks before their program, their required costumes was announced – Camisa Chino, Khaki tokong pants, scarf, buri hat and any thong slippers. Easy lang yan!! hehe
Buri hat was needed the following day so we bought that one first. Good thing we found one in the nearest mall at only 25. I just asked Donna to sew a lining inside para di makati for Liam or else he might not wear it.
Scarf was also easy as we decided to let him use his “unused” scarf last year. He did not wear it last year as he don’t want anything on his neck. This year, ayaw pa din nya, but I did not give in to his pleas and cries. (read: “Tanggal this, please”) Snob ang beauty ko. He obediently wore those din whole time. Yun lng pala ang technique! 🙂
Khaki tokong pants was a bit hard. Initially, I plan to buy a soft khaki fabric and have 1 sewn for him. Unfortunately, did not find anything I like, so I decided to look for a ready made one. While painstakingly looking, I remember Liam having a Beige Columbia (mosquito repellent) pants. So I just asked Donna to fold and saw. Voila!! Tokong na sya!! ok naman diba?!?!
Last was the camisa, this was the easiest but dito ako muntik sumablay (hehehe). Another good thing about Liam’s school, days before the program, they require all kids to bring their costumes for checking. So we chose Liam cleanest white shirt (this is what he wore every night to sleep) When we got home that night…
Donna: Ate, mali ang damit ni Liam
Me: Anong mali?! e Camisa Chino lang naman ang need
Donna: Kailangan po pala may kulay.. Bright color po sabi ni T’May…
Me: Di naman nakasulat sa memo un ahh..
Donna: Nakasulat po ate.
Me (checking the memo again): ok, will buy colorful camisa chino..
TOINKS!!! di nagbabasa ng mabuti ang nanay!! It was clearly written – Bright colored camisa chino! hehehehe
Thanks to our ever reliable Gaisano Countrymall (2mins walk away from office or from home), we were able to buy Liam a blue one. 🙂