Friday, May 1, 2015

a short trip up the east coast

Back in January, we went to Virginia Beach for a short vacation. We did not get to go anywhere on Christmas so we decided to go somewhere the first chance we get after the holidays. It was still cold but we were lucky that it was sunny all the time we were there. The good thing about going off season is that the motel rates are cheaper and there rarely are tourist which makes for a good time to enjoy the area. Virginia Beach and the cold weather is not our normal destination for vacations but we went there anyway because I have been wanting to go to Jollibee, a fast-food which started in the Philippines. They serve the same food, cooked the same way, in their branches here. The husband has promised to bring me to one years ago and early this year he made good on that promise. It was an enjoyable vacation. The little man who was hesitant about the trip said that Virginia Beach is now his favorite vacation destination. He loves it there. He was even sad that we had to go home on the third day. We told him we will go back. What we did not tell him is that we do not know when. I do hope it will be soon.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

sprucing up the yard

We went to visit the husband's oldest daughter today. She bought a house close to us and we occasionally drop by to visit her and let the kids play with her kids. They are almost of the same age that they can get along for long periods of time without aggravating each other, lol. She was working on the yard, saying she wanted one side of the backyard paved with white rocks while the other side will be done with patio stones. We then discussed the merit of grass over paved yard where we both agreed that paved yard is better because it is less messy and should cost less on maintenance as well. I suggested she buy a patio set when she is finished with her project because she has plenty of room for it. She can actually have two of those patio sets in her backyard and still have plenty of room to spare. That is how big her backyard is! She said she will definitely buy a set but will think about buying another set because she might just buy something else entirely to put in her yard. Did I mention she has a pool? That was where most of the kids were on today's visit which limits the babysitting to just one area of the house. It was nice. It made me almost wish for a bigger yard but then I know that it will not be paved like hers because the husband and I would probably till the whole area for a garden. Different priorities, I know. Anyway, what are your plans to spruce up your yard this season? Do you need to redecorate your patio? Here's some popular teak at Home and Patio D├ęcor Center! This might help you with ideas on what to do with your own yard. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

spring break

The husband wanted for us to spend spring break away from home this year but it seems like it is not happening. It is ironic, really. We have the money to go somewhere but we can't because of other reasons. Whenever we planned on going somewhere, money was always the reason why we could not go. Now that we have saved up enough to go on vacation, we can't because the car we always use on trips is not conditioned enough that the mechanic in him is afraid to drive it away from home for days. So, we might just stay home and perhaps work on the back yard. Am I disappointed? No. In fact, I am relieved. Although you might have to keep that secret for me because he is disappointed. Fortunately, he could not blame me for this so I am off the hook. Lol!
In as much as I love to travel and I enjoy every trip we make as family, I did not see any reason to go somewhere else this spring break. What for? We live on the beach, more or less two miles away from it that when the wind is blowing on the right direction we can smell salt air while sitting in the backyard. It had been a mild winter so even if there were cold days, it was offset by milder days where we get to actually enjoy being out of the house in the middle of winter. No cabin fever here which was a nice change from a couple of years ago. It is really nice, to be living in the coast. He does agree to it. As for wanting a getaway, I told him if he really wants to go on a trip, we can always go to D.C. so I can process mine and the kids dual citizenship at the embassy. Now, that will be a trip worth planning for!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

missing pictures

I don't know what happened but some of the photos on my posts are not showing up. It is only the recent uploads that are not showing either. I have not been on my blogs for a while because my hands are kept full by my kids and school. I went ahead and just deleted the photos that are showing blank so nobody will have to stare and wonder what is up (or down). I hope to be able to figure out what is going on when I get the chance to tinker with my blogs one of these days.

Friday, September 19, 2014

never too late

When I graduated from college twelve years ago, I did not buy a college class ring. It was mostly because of financial reason and I have regretted not doing it. I could have saved enough from my allowance to make sure I purchase one because it would have been a remembrance of my finishing a degree. I have often wondered if I could buy one right now and how much it would cost. I have looked at class rings online a few times but I cannot decide what to do. I will give it a little more time to figure out what to do. If I can find a ring that I like within my budget I will probably get one in the future.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

beautiful day

This is what we see normally when we go to the beach to do our very early morning walks. I am not a morning person but I will get up and get ready if it means going to the beach to see this beauty. The little girl loves it too and we spend time walking, playing, running, and just enjoying the day. It is not too hot if we go very early that is why I like it and there rarely are any people walking. The beach is mostly deserted and it is so peaceful. I will miss this when it gets cold because we might not go daily when it happens so I am trying to enjoy this now while we can. This is one of the reason why we move to the beach, so we can gaze at this wonder daily, if we want to.

Friday, August 1, 2014

a pleasant surprise

The family ate out today. We went to a Mexican restaurant where the little man surprised us by eating tortilla chips dipped in salsa. Nobody urged him to eat, he did it on his own. He kept on saying that it was good and by the amount he consumed I would say he was not just saying it to make anybody happy. The experience was probably as surprising as receiving a brand new godin a5 from a perfect stranger. Totally unexpected! Normally, when we tell him we are going out to eat he always whine about McDonald's but not this time. The husband told his son he was very proud of him although he was miffed that the younger man hogged the dip, lol. I am hoping that this is the beginning of him trying new food and that he will enjoy the experience all the time. As for the little girl, she had ice cream after making it known to everybody she was not interested on anything else. We are optimistic that she will change her preferences as she gets older. After all, the little man used to be picky too but look at him now. There is hope! Lol.

Sunday, July 27, 2014


I tried my hand at baking Monay. This is the kind of bread I grew up eating. This kind is readily available at bakeshops (bakery) in the Philippines. It is sweet and dense and is a good partner for coffee for breakfast. This was my first attempt which fortunately resulted in an edible batch, lol. The little man and I devoured whatever little amount I made. We will try this again in the future because in as much as I love this bread I do not think it is good eaten everyday especially if eaten in more than one serving. Even the husband was amazed at the flavor and with the fact that I actually baked something edible. He said I should make more. I know I will, it is just a matter of when.