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Nov 7, 2007

Glad to be back!

I am at home now, and I am glad I am. I came back with my two good friends, Grace and Nora. Grace has been my friend since day 1 of college and Nora since day 1 of work. Both of them engineers and when I left work, they were transferred to the same place. Grace, from DPWH Regional Office in Cagayan de Oro and Nora, from DPWH Regional Office in Butuan City. They work together now in a district office in Dinagat Island but in different offices. Grace is now the assistant chief of Materials Section and Nora is the chief of Planning and Design Section. That left me wondering, if I didn’t resign from my work 8 years ago, where would I be today? Well, wherever I was, I would still choose to resign and go out of the country to work. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have met my husband.

Anyways… like what I said, it’s nice to be back. Hubby was waiting for us at the airport, wearing his polo barong. That was really cool. We reached Kuala Lumpur at 1:00am… I was touched by my hubby’s effort to organize a welcome party for me. We had western food as he knew I’d be missing this.

The next day, there’s a kiddie party for Schenker’s friend, for her 3rd birthday. Victoria celebrated her birthday at Grand Millenium Hotel. I was so impressed with the party. It was actually not new to me coz when I was in the Philippines, I saw how Dawn Zulueta celebrated her son’s (?) 2nd birthday party. It was exactly the same as how Victoria’s Mom did it. There were few activities you could do. There’s an art activity, fishing, bubble blowing, and the inflated house and slides! These activities were not structured. You can choose which ones you like to do. Samantha enjoyed the inflated house and bubbles. Schenker was sleeping when we reached the place but when he woke up, I took him to the fishing pond. He was sooo excited. He actually caught two little fish. I caught 8! And whatever we caught, we could take them home with us. Schenker was so happy he got some fish to add to his small pond in front of our house. The loot bag has again impressed me. It’s according to teh gender and age. Samantha got a nice rattle (little tikes), an educational book with dvd, and some candies. Schenker got an art (sand-like) activity, a small racing car and some Korean chips (Victoria’s Mom is Korean, her dad is Malaysian Chinese). I should say Victoria’s party was a one grand party. Not that my son’s birthday was not good. I loved the fact that everybody joined the games (including the mommies) for his birthday at McDo.

As I have said, life is back to normal. And the kids are acting like they haven’t left home!
Hubby keeps saying he can’t believe we’re already back. He sooo missed us! We did miss him too. It’s just that we were having so much fun at home we didn’t wanna come back to Malaysia. Hahaha! Kidding, dear. As I have told you, I’m glad to be back, back in your arms, in your love and in our home.

Nov 4, 2007

Schenker is 3!

Schenker has finally reached his 3rd year of life. Hurray!

We celebrated his birthday in the Philippines, together with cousins, uncles, aunties, lolo and lola. Had McDonald’s for the Kiddie Party. We had 2 hours of fun games and snacks. Kid McDo showed up and danced for the Birthday boy.
I was amazed he wasn’t scared of the mascot. He used to be when he was younger. He really enjoyed the party but towards the end, he was already very sleepy… and too grumpy to blow the candles on the cake. So I had to blow the candles for him.
After McDo, we went back to the house and the party continued. Lolo and Tito Joeven did the lechon baboy. It was really really good. I think it was the best lechon I have eaten so far. This time we had uncles and aunties for dinner, minus the drinking session. I was so glad my Dad didn’t even ask for it. So it was pure fun even without the hard drinks. It was their apo’s birthday celebration after all.

I wonder what's ahead of us as our boy is getting older. I just thank God that we had passed the terrible two stage (not with flying colors though). Terrible two stage requires wisdom, patience, understanding and above all, unconditional love. I have reached a stage (his dad too) where I ran out of patience. All I did was to remind myself that he's in this stage and it's not his fault to be like that. My mom told me he'd outgrown it and I all i needed to do was to continue to be consistent in my teaching (and be firm) when he's wrong and appreciate him when he's right.

I really appreciate our going home... I got a bit of wisdom from my parents in raising kids. It's like having it fresh from the pot. You know, the kind of advise where there's no hint of judgement whatsoever. Sometimes, when I hear from other people, I get a bit of hint that it was my fault he's like that... that he screams too much... or he cries too much.. or even I don't feed him the proper way that's why he's so picky and so thin, blah blah.... I am just so glad that my mom told me it's normal and I'm not alone. It was really a great encouragement to be at home.

There's nothing like home, really. And for Schenker boy's 3rd birthday, I have resolved to myself that I'm gonna make my home a real home for him and Samantha... that wherever God would take them, they would still come to me and make our home their "home" too.

To you beloved, my son, my Schenker, I will always be here for you. Happy 3rd birthday... my son! :)