Mural Paintings: Lion King

This year’s At The Movies theme by Rock Church San Marcos is Lion King. After painting for 10 straight days, here’s what we were able to accomplish. Steady hands and excellent color mixing, Michelle did a great job! I never imagined we would be painting this big. Thank you Mich for your selfless dedication and your patience even at the most tiring moment when we did the “Pride Rock”. :) More next year? 🦁

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This game was designed by husband and executed by Adrian on the engineering side. Kids love them! Actually, even adults. Below, Pride Rock enhancement.

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And some Lion themed throwback! From Legoland, Carlsbad and bouncy playground in Laguna, Philippines.lion2

Side Note: The most exciting part was during the service (the first week of At The Movies), 2 young kids about the same age as Ad & Mich in this photo, accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We witnessed that!

 

 

 

 

 

Tuzigoot Pueblo Ruins

Tuzigoot is an Anglicized Apache word for “crooked water”. Tuzigoot is an ancient village or pueblo built by a culture known as the Sinagua. The pueblo consisted of 110 rooms including second and third story structures. The first buildings were built around A.D. 1000. (NPS). The pueblo is situated on the hilltop 120 feet above the Verde River Valley.  It is located in Clarkdale, Arizona. We were able to spend a little of our time in this ancient ruin. It’s interesting to imagine how people then lived here, like living in a modern condo with a magnificent view. The highest point here was occupied by the most important people in the village. Talking about VIPs, :) here are my VIPS standing on the hilltop pueblo.

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Aikido

What made me enroll my kids to Aikido was the fact that they would learn self defense and discipline but the philosophy behind is, avoiding harming others whenever possible. With bullies all around, it’s best to at least defend yourself if needed be.

Sadly it only took us 2 seasons, then we have to leave Utah for good. Kids only moved to yellow belt. I wished I had them continue lessons when we moved to San Diego.

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Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen!

Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen (Neil Sedaka)
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Happy birthday, sweet sixteen
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Happy birthday, sweet sixteen
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Tonight’s the night I’ve waited for
Because you’re not a baby anymore
You’ve turned into the prettiest girl I’ve ever seen
Happy birthday, sweet sixteen
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What happened to that funny face
My little tomboy now wears satin and lace
I can’t believe my eyes you’re just a teenage dream
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When you were only six, I was your big brother
Then when you were ten, we didn’t like each other
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Welcome Autumn!

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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

Favorite season is back! Who doesn’t want autumn??? Pumpkin spice. Pumpkins! Cool weather. And Adrian’s birthday! Throwback photo was taken at Layton Park on our first autumn experience. 2008.

Dora Days

Dora Crazy. Yes. There was a point in our family life when Dora was a necessity. Dora was part of the day. Dora here, Dora there, Dora everywhere. Here’s the proof! More photos to come!dora1

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Sharing is Caring

“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.” Prov. 3:27

This card was sent to a patient during one of those kids camp at The Rock church where each kid prepared a box with goodies for young cancer patients. More than the material things and simple letters that patients received, everyone at the camp prayed for them too. We can never go wrong when we share no matter how big or small. Reading this always makes my heart melt like a caramel.♡♡♡ I noticed, all that she gave were things that she likes most.

Another throwback, when Adrian was just a little boy, around 7 years old, he had a piggy bank where he keeps all his money. You know how Aunts and Uncles give money randomly and elder’s cash gifts for kids during Christmas? He puts them in that piggy bank. For his age, it was quite an amount that he knows he can use to buy toys or anything that he likes. Then one day, Ad told me that there’s a baby who needs financial help for her heart surgery. I asked him if he is okay with giving all his money away. Without any hesitation, he agreed. I was so proud of him because I was just testing him that moment. He donated the money. The baby had her successful surgery and living a healthy, normal life now.

I’m writing this not to brag or be glorified as people who help but may this serve as a reminder to my kids that they had been a blessing to others in need and may they continue to be a blessing to people around them now or in the future. cardtoasickperson

Cars The Movie

I didn’t expect that Mich would take on the challenge of painting a big wall. Our family went to At The Movies Build event at our local church two weeks ago. She was given two wood panels to draw and paint Lightning McQueen and Natalie Certain of Cars 3. Good job Mich on your first mural painting! Though I helped you in some ways, you were so determined to finish it til the end. Working from 1:30-9:30 PM with just few minutes break for dinner and snacks was something that I commend you for! I am blessed to see you use your talent and gifts for God’s glory even when you’re tired. Next year, let’s paint a bigger one. :) But let’s devote more time, okay? Say 5 hours each day for 1 week.

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Here’s the beginning stage of how it’s done. We put painter’s tape to areas we want to protect. But later on, we managed to do even without the tape.

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We’re like playing actually. There’s a lot of people (thank you!!) who wants to help, but we don’t know what we’re doing at times. :) The most difficult was doing the top details coz it’s high and strains the neck and arms. 
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You did really well Mich! 👏🏼👏🏼 And because of that, you deserve a little throwback photos below. 👇

Photos were taken when Mich was 3 1/2 years old. We picked up Ad from his school at The Fort and spent time playing at Market Market playground and inside the mall. This was Cars (1st) The Movie shown in Manila in 2006.

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Soccer

⚽2018 World Cup⚽ is so much unpredictable and full of surprises. It’s more exciting than the last ones I’ve watched but sadly my favorite player from Uruguay, Diego Forlán is not playing anymore 😞. But I got to see him as one of the panels commenting in one of the earlier games 😊. It’s a sad day for me today as my team, Brazil, was defeated by Belgium. See you in 4 years Neymar! Anyway, before Forlán & Neymar, here is my all-time favorite soccer player in the world wearing #7, not Ronaldo but Champorado!

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My soccer fanaticism started when Adrian joined a soccer team thru homeschool program way back in the Philippines. Since it’s World Cup season, I’d like to reminisce Ad’s soccer days. My goal then was for Ad to develop physical strength and stamina as he was easy to catch a cold or get sick. True enough when he got exposed outdoor and gained strength by being active in harsh weather condition, he got better physically. Sadly, after one year of playing, we had to move to the US.

At first I let him try soccer to know if he will like it. He joined a group of homeschool kids and Philippine Army kids. He didn’t even have proper soccer player attire that time. He had fun though as you can see from his face.

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Before he had a team and uniform, they were exposed to an actual competition. Funny how they played without knowing the proper ball inbound😊. After that they had proper training and better game results. Ad became a goalie 🥅 maybe because he is tall for his age and had big hands. But the thing is, whenever the ball is not on his side, he gets bored and pulls the grass. 🤣soccer5_edited-1

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Here is his consistent supporter, cheerer, and eater of snacks, Michelle. She keeps calling Adrian, our Champ, Champorado, thus earning his nickname. soccer8

This was the last photo he had before flying to the US. I felt a little emo because soccer had just started to open its doors to the young kids in the Philippines. Some of Ad’s batchmates there played for the national teams in different categories. I wish that someday, Philippines could be in the World Cup too like South Korea and Japan.

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