Thursday, June 10, 2021

48th Birthday at Panhandle Trail

For my 48th birthday, we went to Panhandle Trail and walked three miles.  It was long time ago when we last walked  there, eleven years ago I think.  My children were just 5 and 3 years old when we went there with Jen's family.
Now, 15 and 13, it's been a long time, really so I am so glad that we went.  It was a special birthday treat.  
My husband took a day off which was a real nice gift.  A time spent with your love one is better than any expensive gifts you can ever received.  I love this because we seldom get to go for a long walk as he is always working and the kids are busy with school stuff as well.
The modern Panhandle Trail spans 29 miles from Walkers Mill in Collier Township, traversing through the Northern sector of Washington County, to Colliers, West Virginia. 
This Panhandle Trail is now part of The Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition, as well as the Great American Rail-Trail that spans from Washington State to Washington, DC.
There were few joggers and walkers there.  It's an overall relaxing place to unwind and enjoy the nature while burning some calories.
I would love  it if we went earlier but the kids overslept so the sun was out already when we went.  It was still relaxing because the trail is surrounded by trees and bushes.
We stopped at the stream and listen to the  sound of the water while catching our breaths.
In two years time, I will be in golden age, yay.  If it weren't for my knee injury, I would still be running.  I love to walk but sometimes I love running as well.  
My little guy is always ready to explore.  He went down and check the water.  I was a bit scared that he would fall and end up wet but thank goodness, he did not.
He saw the tree swqing and wants to try it as well.
I thought he would be able to swing but the rope is too far we couldn't reach it even  using a wooden stick.
It would have been nice if he was able to do it.
I am guessing that this part of the trail is a party place for some.  The smell of urine was very strong and there were camp fire traces in there.
We only walked up to 1.5 and we came back as the sun was already up and it was hot.
That's how I spent my birthday, out in the nature with my loves.  
To my children, I am grateful for the time you took to spend time with your mama.
To my husband, thank you very much for taking a day off.  I know that you are very busy with work but I really do appreciate that you spend a day with us.
I definitely want to go back there again.  I hope we can all go again as a family.  A walk with my husband would be great as well.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Our Christmas Celebration 2020

 I wish I would have been active in posting our family events as it happens but when your PC crashes, your motivation crashes as well.  I have been trying to post things  now that I have a laptop  but still can't post everything.  I just don't have the fire or drive anymore like I used to which is very sad because I like reading the old posts and it makes me smile.  When my PC crashed, a lot of my pictures were in that PC so I lost all of it.  The only ones I have is the ones I took with my camera.  I also saved some to my phone but now that my phone is full, I can't  download it on here either, ugh.

Anyway, our Christmas was just the same as last years.  We just went to church and with the pandemic going on, we really didn't do anything.  Even gift shopping was done online.
However, no matter the situation is, I love to decorate during Christmas.  It's the only occasion where I decorate.
When it comes to Christmas decoration, I think I am a hoarder lol.
The photo below was taken after we attended mass.

Who would have thought that this was the last Christmas we will be able to celebrate with our dog Bolt.
My husband will be missing him comes Christmas again, Bolt was his buddy.  I am missing him in the morning, he used to greet me beside my bed  when I wake up.  We used to  go on a long walk, he was my walking buddy, my protector. He definitely loved his walk.  I am tearing up just writing this.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Mother's Day 2020

 Motherhood is one of the best things that ever happened to me.  Growing up with 8 siblings in poverty was tough so I told myself that I don’t think I will become a mom seeing how hard my mother worked to raise us.  I thought my Mom was out of her mind for popping out so may kids but now I understand how she chose to not give up on us even if it meant for her to carry all the weight on her shoulder.  I respect and love my mom for that.
I only have two and sometimes still tough but I’m glad I chose to personally raise and take care of them.  I think it makes a big difference on their development emotionally.  I had to give up my career the moment I learned that I was pregnant with my first born due to complications but I have no regrets, I love them dearly.
I was their first teacher.  I thought them at home during their ore-school years so by the time they were ready to go to kindergarten, they can read and do numbers already.  To me, it was a great reward of motherhood, to be able to teach my kids the basics stuff that they need for school.
Now both of them are straight A students and we’re very proud of both of them.
I have my husband to thank for supporting me to be a stay-at-home-mom.  It’s not easy financially especially that we send th both to a private catholic school but we are managing.   


Saturday, October 31, 2020

Mid Section Fat

These photos were taken last year.  At the  beginning of the year, I made  a vow to really stay on my fitness  to shape up.  I wanted to see if I could lose these bulges around my  waist and  lower belly.
I have been trying top get rid of this lower belly fat but I don't see any improvement.  I sometimes neglect to follow through with my goals and  goes back to my old shape.
I envy those women who can lose the pregnancy belly fat few months after they gave birth.  It's not easy for me.  Just to  maintain my weight, I do have to watch my diet and exercise here and there.  The belly fat however, never goes away, it lingers.

Ugh, just looking at this side pic makes me want to go down the gym and work out lol.  Unfortunately, my knees has been bothering me so I haven't been working out religiously.
The good thing about having the gym  at your home though is that, you can workout anytime.  The downside is that, if you lack motivation, the gym just collects dust ha ha.
Anyway, I just want to post these photos to remind me that I need to workout and keep at it.  
Being in the late 40s though, it's getting harder and harder to do things that I normally could do without  problem but now, it is difficult.  At least my weight is  still 100 pounds.  The heaviest I am allowing myself is 105, after that, trimming the  weight I gained is my priority.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

I'm Grateful for 47 Years of Good Life

I’m not sure how much time I have time left in this Earth but I’m grateful for every single day that I wake up and breathing.    I have to admit though that  the age is catching up to me physically.  There are things that I find it difficult  to do especially certain exercises. I no longer have the flexibility that I had in my 20s but I like testing myself anyways so I practice yoga every chance I get.  
I can't believe that in three years, I will be in the golden years weeee, here I come!  My husband asked me if I wanted to go somewhere on my birthday but I told him I just want to stay home and if he really wants to take me somewhere, I'd love to go to Lowe's lol.  He took me there and I found some plants, yay!  He also got me a chocolate vine, so hopefully I can let it grow so when it blooms it will remind me of my birthday (just in case I became forgetful in the future).
My son took these pics as a little token for my birthday, thanks my Love!
It rained the night before my birthday with a strong gust of wind so all the peonies were down the next morning. I cut them all and made a bouquet and displayed it in our living room.  Peonies doesn't have a great scent but they are beautiful.  
My son was very proud that he shopped for a birthday present by himself  and he spent his own money.  He said it made him so happy that he could do that now where in the previous years, he would just make some things to give me.  I told him that homemade gifts are the best anyway but I do appreciate his thoughtfulness.  I'm also grateful for a friend who never forget my birthday, thanks sis Dhemz.  As always, my daughter makes the  best homemade cards.

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