Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Father's Day 2018

Glad everybody was feeling great on Father's  Day unlike Mother's Day where my daughter was sick.  We all got to go to church and the kids served at the mass.   I was able to give him   his gift  in advance and I preparing  him home cooked meals was all I did on that day.
 If you remember last year, I made a  goal of  taking one family photo each month and we got to accomplish that, this year, we changed it up a little bit.  We take pictures on special occasion such as Father's Day and the like.  Even the fur babies were up to it this time.  
I am grateful that our children has a great Dad and I am so lucky to have him as a husband, we are so blessed.  I love the quote "Anyone can be a father but it takes someone special  to be a Dad",  that's exactly how my husband is.  I hope that when our children have their own family, they can look back and say "We are blessed with a great Dad".
The kids made their card  for him.
As part of the Father's Day weekend celebration, we  visited my  brother-in-law whom we haven't seen since my  father-in-law's funeral, it's been over a year.  He live a little ways but it was nice to visit him and his wife and catch up.

We also visited my in-laws' graves, his Dad, Mom, and 2 brothers.
I will leave you with this  quote by Ezra Taft Benson
"Fatherhood is not a matter of station or wealth. It is a matter of desire, diligence and determination to see one's family exalted in the celestial kingdom. If that prize is lost, nothing else really matters. "

Mother's Day 2018

"As it stands, motherhood is a sort of wilderness through which each woman hacks her way, part martyr, part pioneer; a turn of events from which some women derive feelings of heroism, while others experience a sense of exile from the world they knew." - Rachel Cusk

My daughter was sick on Mother's Day and I felt so bad.  Both of my kids were supposed to  serve at the mass  on that day but since big sister  was sick, our son  had to do it alone and  we were very proud of him for stepping up.  He was nervous but he did it anyway and he realized that he doesn't have to depend much on her sister.  It gave him  the confidence he needed to believe in what he can do on his own.
They got me some  athleisure outfits and a pair of Jordan Air running shoes for me.  I didn't really want anything but they got it anyway.
Motherhood is the best thing that ever happened to me. When I was still single, I used to think that finishing my education on my own and having a job in school that I like was pretty awesome but when I became a Mom, none of it really comes close to feeling accomplished knowing that I have two wonderful children.  I  have given  up my career for them and  that's okay, they are my priority and they are everything to me and my husband.
I grew up with 8 siblings and it was never easy but my parents made it work. We did not have fancy toys or store-bought stuff but we had great childhood memories because my parents were always present, they made themselves available for every moment and that's what I would like for our children. We might not have the most expensive stuff or fancy things that their friends have but they will always have us. That's why it was easy for me to give up my career and focus on them, it's challenging but very rewarding at the same time.  Motherhood is really a great blessing.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Weekend with Friends

Our parish had a seminarian visitor for two weeks and he wanted to meet some families with children to share some  fun experience that he learned through his vocation.  Our friends invited us over to  share the same experience with them since our children our close with each other.  We also got to bond with our parish priest so it was a great time  for us all.  
Get together means  catching up and lots of food to eat.  I am very grateful that our friends invited us over.  I am not a very good host so I don't really invite people to my home, I think that is something I need to work on.  Hosting a party is just something I am not  comfortable of doing.  I guess, I am always worried about what people will say about my home, the food, and all that stuff, that's why I shy away from opening our home to people.  
 I used to host a party when my kids were little for their birthdays but ever since they started going to school, we stopped doing it.  Anyway, here are some of the foods that the host have during the get together.  
Their dog is such a ball of energy, he is a sweetheart and very playful.
Aside from seeing our friends, the part that I love about the whole thing is the  sharing exercise we did.  The last time I have experienced doing it was when I was still working at a catholic school.  We used to have an annual retreat and I kind of miss doing that so I am grateful for the opportunity  offered to us.
The kids had fun playing and  swimming at their pool.  It was chilly but  they didn't mind.
It's always great to visit  our friend's home but  at the end of the day, it is hard  because the kids don't want to leave.  I feel bad that we always overstayed lol.  We all had a great time though and I really do appreciate  them welcoming us to their home all the time.  It means a lot because we don't have many friends and it's nice to have few but very close friends.  

Thursday, June 14, 2018

How To Look After Yourself After Giving Birth

Giving birth is the equivalent of running a marathon, so it’s no wonder that a woman is going to be exhausted after going through labor. Whether it was a vaginal birth or a c-section, the body has gone through a lot, and will need to recover. Here are some excellent tips for taking care of yourself after you have given birth.
Plan Ahead
It’s important to plan ahead for after you get home with your new baby before you even go into labor. Food is something that is particularly important, for example. You’re going to need to eat regular meals, particularly if you are breastfeeding, but you may not feel much like cooking for yourself when you’re recovering. Therefore it makes sense to prepare a load of meals in advance and freeze them so that all you have to do is defrost and reheat them after giving birth. You can choose pretty much anything, and you can even freeze mashed potatoes.
Drink Enough
Something that can happen easily after giving birth is dehydration. Everything is so busy and there is such a lot to do that you may well completely forget to drink. However, you really need to ensure you get enough water; being properly hydrated is essential for a good milk supply. Every time you have a chance to sit down, have a drink. Sip water throughout the day. When you are breastfeeding continue to drink to keep your silk supply flowing.
Nothing is going to stop your baby from waking during the night; it’s just how their little body clocks work. So you know you’re going to be tired, and you know you’re not going to get a good night’s sleep for a few months. That means that you should grab a nap when you can. You might think it’s more important to do the housework, for example, than sleep, but you’ll be a much calmer, happier parent if you’re well rested, even if the house is a bit of a mess. A tidy clean house isn’t worth the exhaustion of not getting some sleep when you can.
Don’t Use A Rubber Ring
Your lower regions are going to be super sore after you’ve given birth, and they’ll take a little while to get back to normal – they will though, so don’t worry about that. However, as tempting as a rubber or even foam ring might be when it comes to added comfort, they can actually do more harm than good because they allow your perineum to sag down, pulling on any stitches you might have and delaying healing).

If you’re feeling sore down below then there are special creams and tinctures you can buy that will soothe but not irritate the area, and this can definitely help you.

Go Outside
Don’t just stay in your home with your baby and forget about the outside world. It’s great to go for a walk with your little one and get some freshair – it’s good for both of you. It’s true that when you go out you won’t have your home comforts around you, and your baby may well scream, but so what? Breathe deep, comfort your child, and go home again. You can try again another day.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

List of Healthiest Foods For Your Kids

Yes, it is the biggest worry of every mother, day and night. Children today are very demanding when it comes to eating. They are very choosy about the choice of foods, their taste, texture and the visual appeal of it. Mothers’ (or those who cook) today have the need to cook for the eyes, tongue and the health of the child. Yes, this weird reality is what happens in many homes today. Deciding on the menu that equally gratifies the taste and health needs of children is more like climbing a mountain with high heels! Considering the busy schedules of mothers’, this post gives them a helping hand on some healthyfood choices for kids.
Health vs Taste   
This has always been a tough race to win, but with the modern digital world, people across the globe virtually meet each other to share healthy food menu which can be made in delectable ways. It’s good that there are plenty of online resources such as Finddigitalmagazines.Co.Uk available today that offer digital magazines for your iPad and you can easily have access to healthy food recipes for kids.   
Healthy Food Choices
Choose foods that are fresh and organic for giving a healthy lifestyle to your children. Giving fresh fruits and vegetables to children as an everyday snack will boost the health of the toddlers and growing children. A minimum of two servings of colourful, bright looking fruits and three servings of vegetables has to be a regular routine.
Spinach: Some kids might not be a big fan of spinach and greens, but all kids love cartoons. Showing cartoons like Popeye to make children learn about the health of spinach and other green leaves will kindle their interest.
Homemade Cheese Spinach Puff.  Click the link for recipe.
Peanut Butter: The goodness of peanut can be fully absorbed by the body through this form of peanut butter. Spreading a lavish scoop of it on top of pieces of bread or tortillas or even having a spoonful just like that will help meet the nutritional requirement of the child on the daily basis.

Lentils and Beans: Protein-rich foods are very healthy for growing children. Giving lentils and different varieties of beans as part of a regular diet will improve their overall health and stamina.
Beans that we grew organically.  See my kids harvest it here 
Yogurt or Curd: Be it the sweetened yogurt version or the plain curd version as per your child’s taste, somehow include at least one cup every day for having all the essential pro-biotics.
Eggs: Minimum of two eggs per day, preferably in the mornings, either poached or full boiled as per the taste of the children must be a compulsory of a daily meal.
Eggcellent breakfast for my kids
Nuts and Seeds: Children’s snack time must have a strict healthy choice, such as nuts, seeds and other cereal choices, whatever they make less fuss to eat.

Fruits and Veggies: Fresh fruits and vegetables always have their health goodness, especially when they are organically grown.
Some children might be fussy eaters while some others really love eating. Every child’s eating habit varies. Mothers must bring in a healthy eating practice right from the early age, and healthy foods should be a meal for the family, instead of just forcing them on children.

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