for the past few days, the ababa household has been infected by naughty cold germs, well, more like zem and and now perze. so it’s been a bit busy and worrisome. if you have an infant/toddler, you’d know how difficult it is to alleviate the abounding mucus hiding in their body, desperately clinging to escape cold medicines and the nose bulb. the baby hardly sleeps, hardly eats, and is overall, very fussy. and all you can do is stay home, cook, stay clean, and tend to their needs. but since 2 days ago, thank the Lord, zem’s getting better, after countless fevers from the weekend. as a parent, it’s just a natural tendency to worry, esp. if one of their ninong’s come over and tells you a story about a friend’s 2 year old who suffered a siezure after having continual fevers of 103…(thanks ninong t). nonetheless, people were sweet to have come visit us…like her ninong jake, ninang michelle, her lola/lolo, her tito/tita, and ninong tenorio, esp. since some of them were bearing gifts…hahahahaha…her ninong tenorio was sweet enough to drive all the way to our place to give emma her gifts and talk, even though he only had […]
i know i blog way too much, but i hate forgetting great memories…esp. of my family. yesterday, my parents and siblings came over for the new year day and emma was playing w/ our flashlight. it wasn’t working, so she gave it to my kuya, saying "batteries." She knew it wasn’t working because of the lack of batteries. So my brother said he didn’t have any batteries. Emma, being the problem solver and master of association suggested, "Tito, you buy Target." hahahaha it amused us all for quite some time that she knew to recommend buying batteries at TARGET- the superstore, her mama’s favorite and her own! hahahah
a couple nights ago, emma learned her first bible lesson. daniel in the lions’ den so after we learned about it, i asked her a couple of wrap up questions so she’ll be able to remember it. our conversation went like this (don’t you like these dialogue blogs?): me: (pointing to daniel) who’s this? em: daniel! me: what is daniel doing? em: praying! me: who wanted to eat daniel? em: the lion. lion eat his feet. me: so what did God say to the lion? em: EAT! by this time, i felt compelled to laugh, but thought it be wiser to correct her first bible lesson since God didn’t in fact tell the lions to eat daniel. that is, my friends, a big fib, and fibbing is quite naughty. so i continued: me: no, baby, God said, "Lion! DON’T eat daniel." (you have to be very careful to put the emPHAsus on DON’T and not EAT, as may have been the case when i told the story. you have to know that about kids you see.) cont… me: so does emma want to pray like daniel? em: yesh! Read the Bible, Pray Everyday! me: yes!! you’re right! Daniel prayed everyday! […]
After having driven my husband to the station today, I noticed the ducks congregating at a lake, as most winter ducks often do, probably sharing Christmas lists and unnecessary gossip about hats and things. Every season has its unique beauty to it, and winter has its simplicity of black and white, as opposed to the other seasons which are typically known for their multifarious colors, both subtle and vibrant. But winter, just seems so cold, peaceful, and quiet. It reminds me of the movie I recently watched, “the Nativity Story.” I really recommend this movie. Having seen a lot of stories surrounding Jesus’ birth, this one dealt solely on Matt.1-2 and Luke 1-2, with a quietness and simplicity to it. The movie also gave a new perspective of the expectation and faith that befell Mary and Joseph, and how Jesus’ birth, how seemingly quiet and humble, was the greatest promise for all mankind, mathematically written through prophecy, all events culminated by God’s providence. And God sent witnesses from afar and witnesses from the nearby fields. And God sent wise men and unscholared shepherds. And historical kings knew of the prophecy, sent historical creeds and laws to seek after the messiah. […]
so for christmas everyone was home at the fabila’s. the only sadness was being away from perze’s side of the family. but we always make sure to keep in contact with them. tradition goes, we have a HUGE late dinner and open gifts at christmas eve. fortunately, this is an easy task for emma so once hong’s woke up, we all went downstairs, congregated near the tree, put on the christmas music, and distributed the presents. i think every year, the presents get more ostentatious and expensive, which isn’t necessarily a good thing, but the thought and financial sacrifice is always greatly appreciated. it’s very humbling. this year, as will probably be the new routine, the two toddlers got the tower of gifts, the biggest gifts, and the gifts that required most setting up. for some reason, zem LOVES trains and cars this year. so she got a train station set from her tito and tiny racing track cars from her grandparents. to maman’s pleasure, the ng’s gave clothes and tita kris gave practical snow boots- Timbs…hahaha…brown and blue, just like the ones her Tito gave her, mary jane version. perze and i got her tons of animal toys this […]
Its crazy how the years just fly by. Last year was a very good year. We finally got the chance to go home and introduce my family to my family. We were able to move to a better apartment that is much, much closer to work and Pitman. This year, a bunch of resolutions are in order. Family devotions, we kind of started but fizzled out. Spend more time with Emma and Marchesa. Be more financially responsible … huh? what finances? Eat Healthier, Lower my cholesterol. Not getting younger you know, and I still want to see my grand kids. Exercise? ugh this is my classic resolution. Blog more, so many things to write about and I spend at least 10 hours a week on the train. I’ll start with that. Hopefully the same time next year I won’t have to say that my resolutions for next year are "the same as last year". Happy New Year Everyone!