Thursday, September 30, 2010
I'm really embracing the utilitarian style. It's the look best suited for active, hands-on moms like me. I know these booties will go well with the pieces in my closet; cargos, boyfriend pants and skinny jeans.
What do you think?
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
fried food paradise
Have a great week everyone!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
One of my very best friends just updated me that she might be joining the workforce again after 3 years of being a stay at home mom. It got me thinking whether or not I would like to go back to work when the opportunity comes. It has been 4 years since I left the corporate world in exchange for a life of domesticated bliss, motherhood and travel.
When I was still single and working I thought that work was my life. I didn’t have any real hobbies other than shopping and eating out. I let my work define who I was. Until the time came when I had to make a decision to leave my job and travel with P to where his work took him. It was quite an adjustment at first. It took me a while to realize that life would be as plain or extraordinary as I make it to be.
My mom would always worry about me being in a foreign country with no family (except for P), no job, and no friends. She also worries that I might become a dull person because I was just a housewife. On the contrary, becoming a housewife opened my eyes to endless possibilities and helped me discover my different passions.
I shed my insecurities and go out of my way to make friends with women of different race and age. I dabble in arts and crafts. I devour books one after another. I attempt to create gastronomic delights in the kitchen. I have been keeping an active lifestyle. At one point, I tried my hand at teaching and writing as a part-time job. I immerse myself in the local culture of every city we live in.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I don’t need to have a full-time corporate job to feel good about myself and have a sense of accomplishment. I already have a great sense of self worth just from making the most of the situation I am in. Maybe when the right opportunity comes then I will consider but for now I am just grateful for my charmed life.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The week after we got back from Dallas, we packed our bags again for a road trip to Chicago to visit my MIL who just flew in from Manila to stay with my SIL. Thankfully the 14-hour roundtrip drive was as comfortable and relaxed as it could possibly be! I would even go as far as saying that I would choose a long drive over a plane ride any day (except of course if we were going home to Manila). Our strategy, time the first leg of the drive with the little boy’s nap so we could cover a long distance without having to worry about entertaining him.
We spent a couple of days with my SIL to catch up and let the kids do some quality bonding. It was my first time in Chicago and so we spent a whole afternoon to see and experience the city on foot. By the end of the day we were all convinced that we walked the distance of a half marathon only to find out that we just covered 8kms! So much for justifying buying a Chicago Dog at every stand we passed by.
The Cloud Gate better known as "the bean"
Bud was in awe with everything his big cousin was doing
It would have been great if we could have stayed in Chicago longer but we had to head home in time for P's flight back to Dallas. Bud and I stayed behind in Minnesota so Bud could catch up on his play classes and weekly home visits from his teachers.
I was a single parent for 4 whole days. It was not as tough as I thought it would be. My days were spent creating stimulating activities for the little boy, making arrangements for our upcoming Las Vegas vacation (to celebrate my upcoming birthday and our 4th wedding anniversary), preparing documents for our visa extension, and trying to accomplish a whole long list of to-dos. The week went by so fast, before I knew it P was back home and I was packing again for our trip back to Dallas. Here I am now, typing away from our hotel room.
Mommy's little helper off to the mailbox to collect our mail
Little helper got tired and rode in the cart on the way back
That about sums up what I’ve been up to the last couple of weeks that I’ve been out of touch.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
I know it's a bit outdated but, hey, it made me wanna dance, dance, dance, dance!
Hope everyone is having a dynamite day!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
to organize toys, books and gadgets in our living room
to hang on our bare white wall
to add some character to our couch
for our entryway
Sunday, September 5, 2010
everything in moderation.
P and his team won best overall and brought home the gold medals by the way.
Long weekend is over.... back to regular programming tomorrow. Hope everyone is having a great start of the week!
So, I'm back to doing chores and running errands. Not that I'm complaining, it's the opposite actually. I very much enjoy cleaning and doing the laundry. Cooking, though, is another question. It's not really my strong suit so P does most of the cooking around here. The few successful dishes I whipped up are well documented in this blog, haha!
My family and friends back home are asking how I'm able to manage doing everything without a nanny or cleaning lady. I know the idea of running a household and taking care of a kid without help is overwhelming (for us Pinoys, at least) but with practice it gets easy. My strategy is to create a routine and stick to the schedule. Establishing regular nap times and sleep time for the little one are especially important. We plan everything around Bud's sleep schedules. Remember, a well-rested toddler is a happy toddler; no whining, no worries.
The thing with planning around Bud's sleep schedule though is that I miss out on a lot of get-togethers and other night-time social activities. Just like tonight, while P and our other friends are dining and drinking at a wedding reception, I'm here at home blogging. Since Bud is still recovering from his ear infection, we didn't want to disrupt his sleep schedule by bringing him to the party.
Despite the sacrifices, I am grateful that I can afford to be a SAHM. I love that I get to witness all of Bud's "firsts". I'm savoring every minute of being his best gal in his (small) world.