Monday, September 23, 2013

Toddler Boy Brights for Fall

Toddler Boy Brights for Fall

I am just learning to use Polyvore, and here's a look that I would love to dress my son in. Bright, happy pieces to transition from summer to fall! With San Antonio still in the hight 80's and 90's, these outfits work perfectly!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Letters to Eidan: Month 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21...

Look Ma, I'm planking (hehe)
Yes... Mommy has been slacking on the letter writing, I'm so sorry, my love.

My Dearest Eidan,

It's almost the end of Summer, and you are almost 2 years old... Your dad and I have been talking about your 2nd birthday party for a while now. I think we've decided to have it at the park, where we can hang out at the covered pavilion and run around the playground next to it. Like last year, we do not plan to do anything fancy (I am saving all the big birthday brouhaha for when you are old enough to ask for what you want). But unlike last year (where we kept it small and at home), I plan to invite your daycare family, as well as more of mommy and daddy's friends. I am quite excited for November. In the meantime, I am enjoying watching you grow up more and more each day.

Let's see... the past few months have been a big discovery for you. More and more teeth have come in, you started toddler soccer classes, your vocabulary has grown exponentially, and so has your sense of humour! You've grown more definite in what you want, like and don't like. And you have no problems expressing your dissatisfaction with anything! I feel so happy when your teachers tell me that you are growing up to be a very loving and affectionate little boy. That you are the one that comforts your little friends when they cry or fall down and get hurt. At the same time, the incident reports have become more frequent as they narrate to me how you spill water on the floor and run and slide through it (at the same time "inspiring" your friends to do so as well).
Feeding time is still a bit of a challenge- you are a VERY picky eater. It seems no matter what food I try to get you to taste, we end up with good old Mac and Cheese, Spaghetti, Chicken tenders and bread. You love your carbs. But i've started juicing fruits and veggies for you, and give you that at least once a day, so I hope it somehow makes up for the fact that you refuse to eat "real" fruits and veggies.
Everyday, you continue to amaze me, and your dad pokes fun of me when I get misty eyed whenever you do or say something. Like the other day, when you said "Daddy, sit down. Eat, please". I feel so proud and at the same time, so sad! I'm sure that does not make much sense to you. Perhaps when you are all grown up and a parent yourself, you will get it. In the meantime, here's a few snapshots of the past few months!
Always and Forever,
Vroom, vroom

At soccer class

Look at that grin!

You've grown up so much!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

We Love the Beach

My in-laws make a trip to the beach every year, and for the past 2 years, Eidan and I have tagged along. The hubby is usually busy working so he doesn't get to go. For this year, 4th of July holiday, was spent in Padre Island beach. It's been so hot here in Texas, it was definitely a welcome relief to get in the ocean and cool off.

He had a blast chasing all the birds
And then, one weekend, my husband said he had to go to Corpus Christi for work, so Eidan and I decided to tag along with him. We finally got to go to the beach as a family. We drove from Corpus Christi to Port Aransas, got on a 2 minute ferry ride, then headed to Mustang Island beach.
Peaceful Mustang Island beach when we went
I've been living here for almost 10 years now, and while there are so many wonderful beaches here in Texas, my heart still belongs to the lovely beaches of the Philippines!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Summer is here!

It's been a month and a day since I last posted. Travelling work is taking its toll on my extra curricular activities, not to mention all the house work I need to catch up on!
One thing I've made sure of though, is that my husband and I Skype whenever I am away. This way, I see my little man and he can be reassured Mommy is still within reach and will be home soon. Although I think Dad and son have a blast when I'm gone!
The past month has seen San Antonio slowly creeping up the heat scale. Because of this, playing out in the sun and water have been our thing to do the past few weekends. My husband, telling me he was going through a midlife crisis, bought an old pre-loved boat. He's been talking about this for a while and finally convinced me to go for it.

Here's a few snapshots of the summer so far. Hope everyone is enjoying Summer 2013!
He chose his own life vest!
Our make-shift backyard "water park"
Crib to Toddler bed
Hi there!
P.S. this is also the month (at 19months) that Eidan decided to say bye bye to his crib AND he's started telling me he is "poo poo mama". Next thing on the mommy adventure list--- potty training!

Monday, May 27, 2013


Work has really kept me busy the past few weeks and I'm travelling more again this year. I really don't want to miss little moments even when I don't have the time to update he blog, so here's a few snapshots of what's been going on with the little guy!
Playing in grandma's backyard
My little grocery store buddy
It was more fun to color his arms and legs!
Mother's Day BBQ at my sis-in-law's house
Saying "Bye" to Shadow.A good friend adopted her. We've had her since 2006
but I just could not give the time to exercise and care for her :(
My gentle Giant.
Meeting Peter, our Rottweiler Lab mix that we adopted back in 2005. My sis-in-law took him in back in 2010
when the hubs and I sold our house.

Monday, April 29, 2013

A little bit of this, a little bit of that

I had a day off from work this past week, and it finally gave me time to do a few house projects I've been meaning to get to. Of course, this all happened after doing several loads of laundry, preparing and freezing our week's worth of slow cooker meals (I've just started doing this, we'll see how it goes!), and cleaning the house.

I love browsing Pinterest and a lot of the ideas I find there are really so cute! I got some Ikea Ribba picture ledges and placed it behind the door for a little reading nook. Still have 2 shelves to put up, but Eidan is already going crazy about his new "library"!

I also finally framed the "1st Year milestones" I made for his birthday last November. I used a frame that I had lying around (also from Ikea). I cannot believe just a few short months ago, my little one had just turned one (read about it here)

 And speaking of growing up, he just keeps climbing on everything!!

And at the park this weekend, he showed me that he is a big boy and he can go down the slide ALL BY HIMSELF (cue sniffling sound from Mom as I realize how independent he really is getting). I managed to get a quick Video because his cousin was able to keep an eye on him.
My little man will be 18 months this May. Time is flying by so fast, sometimes I still can't believe how much things change from day to day. Sometimes I feel so guilty that I miss so many of his moments because I am at work, but I know this is all worth it. He is growing up beautifully, healthy, happy, and very curious about the world around him. And at the end of the day, no matter how tired I am from work, or how cranky I may be from lack of rest and sleep, his smile makes everything better!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Feeding Time

Is everyone else's toddler as picky as mine?
At 17 months, Eidan just started eating "solids" better. He has had 4 teeth since 11 months old and is now just getting more, so maybe it's more comfortable for him to chew on stuff. I'm jumping up and down with happiness but it seems he only likes a few types of food -- and they're all carbs! Mac 'n Cheese, Spaghetti, French Fries, Pizza... these are his staples. Mealtimes are sometimes a struggle because I try to get him to eat other things, such as fruits and veggies, but he just flat out refuses. Right now, I've resorted to fruit and veggie smoothies so he is at least getting some healthy stuff in him, but every time I see a toddler eating their fruits and veggies, it gets me frustrated that mine isn't.
Sigh... but I do count my blessings, so I am happy he seems more comfy with table food now... and quite adept at eating with a fork! Check out his YouTube video.
As a mom, I know good nutrition is important, but this little man puts up quite a battle!

Mmm-mmm, spaghetti!

Finger lickin' good!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Fun in the Sun

It's starting to get warmer in San Antonio and I finally caved in and bought a water play table (Little Tikes Endless Adventures Spiralin' Seas) for Eidan. This kid LOVES the water! Since its not hot enough yet to head to the beach or hit the pool at grandma's , we just set it up in the backyard. He had a blast this past weekend with his cousins and splashing away, getting everyone wet.
I'm excited for this summer. Last year, Eidan was a wee little baby but this time he's old and big enough to stand in the wading pool. And I'll be more comfy taking him with me in the big pool.
"Hurry up putting this together, Dad!"
With cousin, Sami
Cousin Adrianna and friend
He went crazy over this car at Toys 'R Us

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Letters to Eidan: Month 16

My Dearest Eidan,

It's hard to believe that this time last year, you were only 4 months old. Your day consisted of sleeping, eating, pooping, and tummy time as you learned to roll over. Today, you are a rambunctious 16 month old. So very, VERY curious about everything and everyone. You still love music and dance to every upbeat song you hear (YouTube Video of you jamming in the car!) and you enjoy "singing" along with some of your favorite nursery songs.

You continue to amaze us with your antics and sometimes it's truly difficult for your Dad and I to not burst out laughing when you do some of the things you do. Oh, we try so very hard to look and act stern when you throw food and utensils all over the place. We struggle not to laugh when you try to climb up things you are not supposed to be on top of, or open doors you are not supposed to. Even with careful babyproofing of the house, you seem to figure it out quite quickly and efficiently how to un-babyproof!

You see, son, you have a very curious nature, and you find ways to satisfy this. At times, it gets messy as you learn that throwing food up in the air means it will come down again and plop on something... or someone. You've learned that if you run headfirst into a glass door, you cannot go through and you will get hurt. You've learned that your puppies love to play and when you throw the ball, they will chase it and bring it back to you.

Sometimes I look at you and imagine how it would be when you are a bit older and really know and understand what you are doing.

I hope we are building a strong foundation for you to become a kind, warmhearted, happy little kid. We love you, little peanut :)

Always and forever,
No tears as you get another haircut
Check out the mini mohawk!
Watch YouTube Video here

The shirts say it all

Just woke up hair

At the pet store checking out the Guinea pigs
"hmmm, should i ask mom and dad for it?"
Yep, you are definitely my mini-me!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Santa Fe, New Mexico take 2

While my parents were here visiting, the hubby had a client call in New Mexico. We decided to make it an impromptu family mini vacation and invited the in-laws to join us for our 12 hour road trip.
On the way up, we also decided to stop at Roswell, New Mexico and visit the UFO museum and take a driving break.

Someone was knocked out in his car seat
UFO museum with Dad and Lolo

The aliens!

Grandpa George, Lolo Henry, Eidan and Daddy

He was so excited about his little sticker

Santa Fe Plaza with Ola Judy, Lolo Henry, Grandpa Jorge

While in Santa Fe, we had some fun in the snow. 20 miles from our hotel, we drove up the mountains and Eidan got to play in the snow for the very first time. See this video Eidan walking on the snow from our YouTube channel.
It was cold!

"look Ma, no hands!"

(and of course he did not have a jacket on, tsk, tsk)
Walking in a winter wonderland
Getting Ready for a Snowball fight!
Santa Fe, is definitely turning into one of my fave places. I love how warm and friendly the people are, and the food is just delicious! Needless to say, we all enjoyed our quick mini weekend vacation!