What a week. Since I started going back to work, as a substitute teacher at my daughter’s school, my house has become unorganized. I had two pending Balikbayan boxes which I just shipped out this Saturday. Then I have more stuff left for another box to be shipped out to my family in the Philippines before my nieces and nephews go back to school in June. School is out end of this month so they will be in summer vacation starting April 1st.
I started as a substitute teacher at K’s school February this year. I subbed in a few classes in Kindergarten, in First Grade, and in Fourth Grade. The recent sub position I took was for the Librarian Aide. So I worked at the library for three days. It was fun and a little busy because it was testing week at the school. The testing was conducted in the computer laboratory so the computer classes were joined other classes at library times.
Next week is Spring Break and I can’t wait for our trip to Beaver’s Bend State Park in Oklahoma. My darling daughter is excited as well. We’re going to explore the park again. Right now, I am finishing a few house chores and will go to the playground later.
Ming Ming. My parents’ cat.
This is Ming Ming. He is my parents’ pet cat. During our two-month long vacation in the Philippines, my darling daughter grew strong fondness with the cat. She loves him very much. Because cats have a different personality from dogs, my dear husband and I had to explain why K should not put her face way to close in front of a cat’s. Because of their strong defensive instincts, cats will slap with their sharp claws. This almost happened to K if she hasn’t moved back very quickly. Cats can be hasty, you know. Even so, we are very fond of Ming Ming. He is a very spoiled kitty. He’s like a person. He sleeps on my dad’s arm at bedtime.
Most domestic pets in the Philippines are not taken to animal doctors for regular check ups, grooming, and pet care. That is why they are prone to sickness and parasites. Ticks, fleas, bacteria, and digestive parasites are commonly acquired by these pets. That is why you have to always exercise caution not to get bitten or scratched. My parents also have dogs. They take their dogs to the vet to get their regular shots. And they are on a leash when they take them for a walk around the neighborhood. My parents, especially my dad, love their pets very much. K was so happy to know that grandpa and lola (Tagalog word for grandma) have dogs and a cat.
My darling daughter is growing fast that I am almost not aware that she will be in Kindergarten this year. Oh how I adore her being so sweet and smart. Sometimes, but not very often, she is testing the length of my patience. Like what happened during our vacation in the Philippines two months ago.
My niece and nephew enjoying a night’s swim.
It was a very fine evening at the Sabin Resort Hotel. My siblings and their kids were with us spending the weekend to swim and have fun since it’s summer vacation and the school is out. My niece and nephews were swimming that night. K saw them in the pool and she asked me that she wanted to join them. I said no. Because as you know, she already get in the pool around 4:00 P.M. and I told her that if she go swim, she’s not gonna go night swimming with her cousins after dinner. I asked her twice if she really want to go ahead and swim without her cousins. She said yes. Okay. So I let her because she insisted, and she agreed she won’t get in the pool again after dinner.
When she’s done swimming, we had dinner with the family at the resort’s restaurant. After about an hour, my niece and nephews went ahead and swim in the pool. K saw them having lots of fun – splashing and chasing each other. But kids are kids, you know. K was jealous. She came to me and asked if she can go in the swimming pool and join her cousins. “See. They’re having lots of fun,” she said. I reminded her about our agreement. I told her that we talked about that earlier. Calmly, I recalled everything to her. But of course, K gave me that sweet-begging-kind of look on her face. It was precious but I have to be firm.
She really wanted to go in the pool.
She said, “I will just sit down on the edge of the pool and feel the water on my feet.”
I said, “Not even that one.”
See our kids sometimes play tricks on us. If we give in, we lose. They will think that we don’t have one word. We have to be firm on what we agreed on. It is part of good discipline.
I am glad that my daughter didn’t fuss on that. She knew her boundaries there. To take her attention away from the swimming cousins, I suggested we leave the pool and take a walk towards the seawall. And guess what, we found a treasure. A hair tie. 🙂
Blue hair tie. Finders keepers. 🙂
Arrived at Seattle Airport Seattle, Washington.
Seattle Airport waiting for the train to transfer us to our gate.
Inside the train transferring us to our international flight gate.
First it was two years. Then it’s two months. Now it’s two days. Wow! It’s almost time for our vacation.
It takes about two years for us to plan and save for a long family vacation. Yes it does because in this life, you never know what will come up and what priorities will be. Sometimes you have to set aside the travel plans because there is much more important thing to deal with in terms of expenses. And so there will be a great timing to save money for travels again. Once you have decided and agreed about where to go and what to do, better stick to it so your plans won’t get ruined.
So the vacation plans were finalized. My daughter and I are going on a vacation to the Philippines. In this occasion, we’ll be traveling with a dear friend. Two months go before our flight and I’m like “oh it’s getting closer”. I’m getting excited for our trip.
Oh dear, two more days and we’re on vacation. Wow! How time flies so fast. It’s getting near. My family back home are very excited. My parents and siblings will meet us at the domestic airport in Leyte next week. Happy times!!!