December 2007

Michelle’s 5th Birthday

The Birthday Girl
Pink Girls

Mich was happy with her pink cake
One of the many things to thank God for this month aside from the birthday of Jesus is the birthday of our little girl, Michelle. She is the source of my laughter most of the time for she is fond of cracking jokes. She gets me with her wit especially when we are homescholing.
Michelle and her brother enjoyed a play-all-you can treat at a mall far from our place. She doesn’t mind if she doesn’t have a big party or a lot of gifts, but a whole day of fun and activity just for kids was important to them. She didn’t even taste the food her Dad likes but merely enjoyed waffle and a fruit shake.
Cake was blown 3 days after her birthday. She had her cake blowing at the kids church. Since she likes pink, all of us girls in the family wore pink shirts. It was surprising to see pink and purple cake in a local cake store so we bought one instead of mocha flavor. It made her happy to have a cake that is pink. It was worth buying coz it’s yummy and not too sweet.

 

Christmas 2007

We usually stay home during Christmas eve but this year, we opted celebrating in the province with my husband’s family. We had a simple “noche buena” at my brother-in-laws house in San Pablo City, Laguna. There, my children and their cousins got to spend longer time by playing.


In the morning, we went on strolling around the place to see one of the seven lakes in San Pablo City. It was interesting to see Sampaloc Lake because my son’s past lesson in Filipino tackled a story or a legend about that lake. Though it was just a legend, it gave us something to think about why it was called Sampaloc Lake.
There were bicycles for rent by the lake. We decided to take a tour around the lake for the kids to enjoy the view and to know what’s surrounding it. Though the bikes were old and difficult to use, we were able to circle the lake. Our muscles got to work and how we wished there is a massage session after that exercise.
We rented two sidecars and a solo bike for me. My kids were so amazed to see me riding a solo bike. Along the journey, aside from the lake itself and the fishpens, we saw ducks, monkey and tropical trees that have fruits. It was raining a bit but it didn’t stop us from biking because we were ready with our umbrellas.
In the afternoon, we then went to Majayjay to greet our relatives. It was a long trip going home but paying respect to elders specially in this holiday season is something important for the family than all the wrapped gifts.

Storytelling



She loves every bit of attention from me. She even uses a bell to get my attention especially when I’m giving only half of my “divided attention”. Children are smart. They also know when you are minding of what they do.

This activity of Michelle makes her more creative, increase her vocabulary and master spelling of words. Uses of different characters in the story widens the sphere that influences her. By this kind of play at the same time learning, she becomes more aware about her surroundings.
More than the learning experience, she loves being appreciated. A clap or mere hug makes her smile and contented that what she does makes sense. It also inspires her to stretch her limit.

Homeschool Community Service Christmas Party


Ready to give their gifts to their sponsored kid

Indigent kids of Pasig being reached out by Victory Christian Fellowship Pasig were invited to attend a Christmas party prepared by VCS Homeschool. It was a privilege to share something with them. Our children somehow granted their wish by asking their parents to buy what the children were wishing for. Most of their wishes are toys and clothes. Most of the invited children had a letter given to the ones who gave them a gift.
There were games and food of course. Adrian won the longest Happy Birthday Jesus game as usual. I think he mastered it already. During birthday parties, most of the time he wins this game if not he is the second.
At the end of the party, everybody was satisfied that children were blessed in our own little way. As one of the teachers of these children said, “It’s really something big for them. They were so happy.”

Soccer Christmas Party


VCS Football Club held a mini tournament cum Christmas party last week. Members were divided into 6 groups where they had a knock out to “championship”. Coaches awarded a best player medal for each category.
It was just a simple celebration where families brought in food of like pancit, pasta, barbeque, roast beef, kakanin, salads, juices and many more.
Coaches recieved a special christmas basket from the club. We are thankful for the perseverance and dedication of the coaches to train and mentor our children to be better in sports particularly soccer. We hope that someday, our children would bring glory to our nation through this sports.

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, La Lala La Lala




Our November 30 was designated to be an official day for christmas tree setting and lighting. Since it is also a holiday (Bonifacio Day), I decided not to have academic lessons but purely art activities where we made our ornaments and last minute buying of lacking supplies.
My kids waited patiently for the proper time that the tree will be set up. They underwent the marshmallow test and was successful. It has always been our practice to let their Dad do the setting up then everybody in the family helps in decorating it.
For kids, one of the highlights of christmas decor is the tree and it’s lights and ornaments. How we wish we could have a fresh pine tree as the christmas tree inside our house.
We embellished our tree with our ornaments collected every year. It’s our tradition to buy our special ornament for each one of us. It depicts our character by the choices we make.