Monday, April 18, 2011

Berkeley Residences Blessings

Berkeley Residences is finally gonna be ready on May this year. We've been waiting for almost 2 and half years and soon we will be having it already! Last week they conducted the Condo Blessing, my inlaws were there since my mom-in-law is our SPA (special power of attorney) representative while were not in there to do some document signings etc. This coming May, our unit will soon be turn over to us and then that will be the start of another expenses. First is the monthly association dues, we will be shouldering that if we accept the unit already, another thing s the electricity that has a minimum payment even if you don't use it yet as long as you accepted the unit already. Another form of expenses that will be soon coming is the beautification of the unit before we lease it. We will start with the air condition installation
Tile floor installation

Monday, April 11, 2011

Family Time #4 Slaughter Pen Hollow

It’s Family Time once again!

I hope everybody had a great weekend! As for me, I am always looking forward for weekends, why not? It’s the only time we could spent time together with our daddy. Daddy is at work everyday and we understand that he need to have his rest but instead of resting, he’s spending some time to my kids by watching their favorite AVATAR series in Netflix, so sweet of him! But weekend is still different, it’s a whole day fun for all of us right? Like yesterday, we had a blast again for we experienced another adventure. We went hiking at Slaughter Pen Hollow in Bentonville!!!

This was another awesome experience for us, I am dreaming of this when were still in the Philippines. When husband and I first experienced mountain climbing, I thought of bringing my kids with us for the next time we have a climb but for several reasons, we didn’t climb again. I am very happy that we finally did it now (though it’s not a climb) and I am looking for more adventure with my family!

Here’s our pics taken while hiking…

PhotobucketSlaughter Pen Hallow Map – were tracking the pink line

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Start walking …

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like mommy like daughter :D

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PhotobucketSky viewing ….

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the water was so cold and relaxing…

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time to add more calories after burning some

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All of us enjoyed this adventure, we wish to do it even at least once a week. A better form of exercise, a thrifty and fun leisure and adventure!

Share your family time with us here!


Friday, April 8, 2011

Kids New Beyblade Set

Before we got here, I brought so many toys with us because Daddy said that he will not buy toys for our kids for the meantime because we need to save for more than important things. I will never forget that I carried 3 luggage and 2 kids with me because of that toys and look at Daddy buying new toys for them! Oh well, I should say daddy is still a daddy. Who doesn't want to give his kids happiness?

My kids love to have this beyblade thing since they saw it from the 'kuyas' their new friends here in AR. It's been three weeks and atlast, they have their own beyblade! I wish they would take care of it and play with it properly. Look at the three of them having fun playing with their new toys while me having fun playing with my SLR :)

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The three of Them enjoying the New Beyblade!

Now I know why Daddy bought these toys....

Thursday, April 7, 2011

FTF #3 Starbucks Coffee @ Home


Happy Food Trip Friday everyone!

Most Filipinos I know were very fond of ordering in Starbucks, even a very simple employees working in Makati were spending money for this coffee without even noticing that most of their salary went to starbucks income already. I can't blame them, I myself love starbucks, the difference is that, I don't have a work so I don't have an income to spend in starbucks, LOL.

Good thing there's a Starbucks products available in stores, weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! (thanks to my lovidoobs for buying this) now I can have my starbucks coffee anytime I want!

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Starbucks Frappucino- Mocha Flavor

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with cream whip on top (cream whip is not a starbuscks product but it's available in groceries)

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yummy whip!

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Let's have some coffee while bloghopping :)

Happy 2nd Anniversary FOOD TRIP FRIDAY!

My Daily Routine

From now on I will become a fully hands on Mom and Wife to my kids and my husband. No nanny nor helper, just Me, alone. Hiring a helper is a big no-no here, helper or nannies are damn expensive unless I am a high paid employee, why not? But sad to say I am jobless. No work yet. See the word 'yet' there, that means I am soon to be looking for a job or anything I could add up to my activities like learning massage therapy program online. I can surely use this in the future.

For now, let me share to you my daily routine as a full time WIFE and MOM.

In the morning I am waking up early to cook breakfast and prepare his pack lunch. After leaving of course I have to wash the dishes, I am not into 'dishwasher' so I manually wash it then clean up the kitchen. After all of those stuff and the kids are still sleeping, I am going back to the bedroom, oh nah, I'm not going back to bed alright, I will just get my laptop and start going online, sometimes blogging, facebook'ing or watching online. Whattalife! Then my job starts again when my kiddos are up then that's another set of cooking breakfast or should I say brunch coz they (esp. Ethan) sometimes don't eat what husband and I were eating. After meal they were so hyper and they keep playing but sometimes they just wanted to watch all day. I am forcing them to take a nap (haha) so I could have some peaceful time but they don't do that much often so I usually not having a peaceful afternoon. But when they do that, even for just an hour, I can finish whatever I need to do and sometimes I can able to read more stuff in the internet (as if I love reading but I am trying now). Right now I am concentrating reading about Ishi's school's (in the future) handbook and I am learning so much about American's way. So cool!

Back to reality when they are up and my job starts again by preparing sometimes cooking their snack. Then back to play again or watching or just running round (the worst part) running around and horse playing. My mouth will start saying "ssssssssshhhh...don't make so much noise" I think more than 20 times before I ask them to take their bath for daddy is about to come home in a few hours.

Before Daddy comes home, I am making sure that kids are clean so as their room. Sometimes I am cooking our dinner but sometimes not coz hubby is in-charge sometimes. After our dinner, kids and husband were sometimes watching before sleeping or sometimes we have our own activities, that would be sometimes hubby working or playing, kids are also playing when I am using my laptop for blogging.

Those are my activities. I can't get easily bored by now, everything is still new to me. I am enjoying every single thing I am doing and that's my daily routine.

Can't Take my Eyes Off Them

I was asking my kids to take their nap for a while but they don't want to. I am so sleepy during afternoon coz I am waking up early and I really want to close my eyes for some minute but I can't coz I can't take my eyes off my kiddos. They are so hyper, they just wanna play or watch or do something they want all day. And If you're not looking, they might get bored and do something you will surely not like!

Sometimes when I am busy in the kitchen, I caught my son playing with all the cabinets' knob until they got detached from the cabinets. My daughter is also an explorer, I dunno why they have to look for something else to do than play with their toys? My kids are tinkering when my eyes are off them, now tell me how will I able to take a nap? Did you know that I can't even take a nice shower without peeping them out every other minute? Yeah and my ears are very wide open, listening to what they are doing. So what I am doing when I need to take a shower already, I will give them a good movie (best if it's their favorite) to watch so that their eyes will stick for a while in the computer and prevent them from getting bored for at least until I finished my shower. I can't afford to leave them even a single minute, I am making sure they were not doing things that might get them in trouble or accidents. We don't have a phone yet so I might have problem in calling emergency assistance, so better prevent accidents right? So there, better look after them everywhere they go than taking risks.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

My family has a very busy Saturday last weekend. I mentioned here already that we've been in different places before going to the park but did you know that our day didn't finish there yet? We still attended a dinner party in one of daddy's friend's house near our place.

The party is not a real party actually it's just a get together atleast once a week but I am calling it Party Filipinos (from the show's name 'Party Pilipinas'). What I love about joining this group is that I am learning so much from them especially from the girls. Aside from learning from them, laughing and singing with them is more fun! I also love the new beverage (alcoholic) they made me taste, the so called "Irish Car Bomb", I have no idea why it's called like that but it rocks! I just hate the alcohol in it. I wanna try it again next time but not too much for I hate throwing up!

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reate your own drink :))

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videoke time

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kids' having their own party

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here comes the 'irish car bomb'!

I am looking forward for more Party Filipinos!!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April Link Collection

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MY BRIC-A-BRAC
MY CRAFT AND OTHER INTERESTS
MY CRAFTING DEN
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MY JOURNEY BEING A MOMMY
MY LITTLE LIFE
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MY RENDEZVOUS
MY THOUGHTS IN LETTERS
MY TOTS EXACTLY
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Monday, April 4, 2011

Family Time #3 Lake Bella Vista Visit

Family Time!!!


I am sorry If I am posting late for our Philippine participants for the past 2 weeks. I keep on saying MONDAY but it's actually TUESDAY in there. If you prefer it MONDAY then I'll be doing my post every SUNDAY evening here and MONDAY morning there, That's how much I love you so be it. MONDAY alright! :D

The weather yesterday was very nice to us, I guess He knows it's our only family time so we didn't waste the opportunity. After lunch we went out to look for another park near our place but before that, we went shopping first for kids needed a new rubber shoes. We also gave 'Andy' her needs - a gas and a bath. Hooray to our 'Andy' coz it was her first bath, LOL.

Kids were very excited (and me too) to visit another park this time. We saw different kinds of parks while strolling there were parks for pets and a park for those who wanna walk or hike. In the end we still chose a park with a tikes so kids can able to play with the slides and sands (both their favorite) but walking or hiking is fine with them too it's just that we're not ready for that.

As usual I am the photographer so we have no complete family picture that day...here's some of our photos last Saturday.

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my kids and their daddy exploring the park

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kids finally got what they wanted :D

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they can play sand here, love it :D

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me and my kids

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solo shot by daddy :D

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my little angels

What a wonderful Saturday for us, hope we could have a new adventure every weekend!

How bout you? Wanna share your precious family time with us? Please grab the button and submit your entry now.



Saturday, April 2, 2011

I Want a Bathroom Scale

I've been observing myself and my kids, I wonder If there's some changes in our weight. I really need to buy a bathroom scale so I would know if there's a changes. My goal for my kids is to gain some weight while for me is to lose, lol. No kidding, I am expecting my body to lose weight. Why not? My food intake is still the same as before but the difference is that I am doing house chores now. Imagine we only have 3 stools in the house, we are four in the family so expect that I am the one standing while eating, that's fine with me, I actually like that case because It's better for my tummy. After we eat I am cleaning the table, washing dishes and so on and so forth so I am expecting I will lose weight for I feel like I am burning some while doing the households. I don't need to go to the gym anymore. I wanted to try diet pills before but I am a little bit afraid coz I'm not sure what a diet pills like oxyelite pro side effects are but I may be using one if I gain more weight. Oh, no! Don't say that! I don't wanna gain weight anymore! I want to eliminate fats in my tummy! I really need to buy a bathroom scale so soon so I could monitor our weight and go to our goal!

School Hunting

Before we come here, husband was already did some school hunting. He chose ELM TREE Elementary School for Ishi, a non Traditional school known for being high rated school. That's one of the reason husband chose our apartment in Bentonville. Sadly, when we visited the school yesterday, the staff told us that Kindergarten for school year 2011-2012 was already full. Oh that sad. She advised us to enroll first in a traditional school then she will put Ishi in their waiting list. I saw the school and I had a feeling that it is really a nice school unfortunately Ishi can't able to enroll there this coming school year. For now, we have to look for another school for our Ishi while we are still thinking if we are going to enroll Ethan too.

Good luck to us!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Got my SSN!

I wasn't opening our mailbox for almost 4 days now for the weather is not so good to me so I wasn't able to check my mail. Hubby decided to get the key from me since I don't wanna go out with cold weather and he opened it this morning and he got these bunch of mails! On of which is a letter from Social Security Office sending my Social Security Number. I dunno but I am excited to have it! One good thing about it is that, I can work now! But how? LOL. That's the big question coz I have two kids with us and not going to school yet. I have no choice but stay at home for the moment and enjoy every single moment with them. I'm excited with my everyday experiences here in AR with my family. I hope everything goes well in Jesus name.

Have a great weekend!

Visit @ the IRS

Husband worked half day today, he came home early and joined us lunch before we headed to Internal Revenue Service Office. It's time to apply the kids their ITIN!

Dad came home around 12:30, I forgot to ready the kids, LOL. So when he arrived I immediately served our lunch, dressed the kids and grab my jogging pants and jacket. My husband was like, 'Mommy we're not going to the park we're going to the Government Office and you're gonna wear a shirt and jogging pants?". Oh, I never thought of wearing any other clothes than pants and shirt since it's cold and I will surely wear my jacket the whole time. Funny coz I am forgetting to wear proper dresses already. My clothes right now is for tropical country only, I can't go out without bringing a jacket. I guess I really need to go shopping like different special occasion dresses or more spring clothes.

When we arrived at the IRS, we waited for like 15 minutes, kids are observing the surroundings, they wanna run around but we told them they can't do that here then finally the IRS staff called us . She interviewed us first then asked for different forms which husband didn't bring, lol. So instead of going home with nothing, she just interviewed/verified us if our kids were eligible to apply for ITIN. After knowing that our kids were eligible she told us what to do and what to prepare and to make the story shorter, we didn't able to file our application today.