Mommy's Bright Bundles http://www.brightbundles.com Parenting, kids, and family fun. Sat, 19 Aug 2017 02:44:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Summer Vacation Corpus Christi Texas http://www.brightbundles.com/2017/08/06/summer-vacation-corpus-christi-texas/ http://www.brightbundles.com/2017/08/06/summer-vacation-corpus-christi-texas/#respond Mon, 07 Aug 2017 01:27:25 +0000 http://www.brightbundles.com/?p=4305 It was a very pleasant day driving today.  We are here on Padre Island in Corpus Christi, TX.  It is our small family’s summer vacation this year.  Darling daughter is very happy because she’s been wanting to go to Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts. So we had to try going to the one here in Corpus Christi.  If I was not mistaken, were were in two Schlitterbahn Waterparks four years ago.  We went to one in Galveston Island and the other one in New Braunfels.  We all liked the two locations.  Schlitterbhan in Galveston Island was  indoors. Though the Schlitterbahn New Braunfels wasn’t, there were lots of shady areas because of big trees within the resort.  We’ll see if this one in Corpus Christi is nice.

The targeted time to leave the house didn’t go through.  We were supposed to be on the road at 9:00 A.M. today, but we had to leave around 11:00 A.M. instead.  It was an 8-hour drive overall from Lavon (TX).  We arrived at our destination around 7:00 P.M. and headed towards the front desk to check in and everything. After that, we drove to the beach and relaxed a bit.  Then we ate dinner at La Palma Mexican Restaurant off S. Padre Island Drive and Whitecap Boulevard.

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Great Deal On Rash Guard Swimwear and Summer Dresses http://www.brightbundles.com/2017/08/01/great-deal-on-rash-guard-swimwear-and-summer-dresses/ http://www.brightbundles.com/2017/08/01/great-deal-on-rash-guard-swimwear-and-summer-dresses/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 02:16:39 +0000 http://www.brightbundles.com/?p=4308 Hello!  It’s August.  I bet most of you have been to your summer getaway already.  It is always enjoyable to be vacationing with the family especially when the school is out. I can’t wait for our family’s summer vacation to Corpus Christi this year.  It is going to be a wonderful one for sure.

It is summer season so it is super hot and humid.  We are definitely going to the beach and Schlitterbahn Riverpark in Corpus Christi-North Padre Island.  So we are going swimming! I have been shopping for girls’ swimwear at every online stores and nearby stores.  I was looking for a cheap swimwear but not compromising the quality of the material.  Of course I wanted something that has a good SPF on it.  I also looked for designs and styles that are neat.  My darling daughter wears a life preserver or life vest every time we go swimming.  Sometimes she gets rashes from the life vest.  So I preferred buying a rash guard swimwear set and I found them at Gymboree.com.  They had the set on discounted sale with free shipping.  Plus, an extra 20% coupon was sent to me since I am a Gymboree Rewards member.  So I purchased the set for $8.00 including taxes with free shipping.  Good deal huh?

I always find great deals and high quality kids clothing at Gymboree.  These summer dresses were $3.50 each at the store. I bought two for K, and she said she likes them.

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Swimming Lessons Level 2: Water Movement http://www.brightbundles.com/2017/07/20/swimming-lessons-level-2-water-movement/ Fri, 21 Jul 2017 01:06:31 +0000 http://www.brightbundles.com/?p=4299

Swimming lessons at YMCA.

This week is my darling daughter’s second level of swimming lessons.  The class is introduced to water movements.  The first level swimming class was about water acclimation where the students were taught to feel confident in the water so they won’t be scared whatsoever. Level 2 is about water movement.  Students are taught about recommended and proper water movement in swimming. Also, breathing techniques are introduced as well as proper floating and to get off the water by themselves.

K was joined with my friend’s daughter Ari because my cousins’ are on vacation.  The instructor teaches the students in the 5-feet deep water then takes them to the 8-feet deep water for the jumps.

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Birthday Pool Party http://www.brightbundles.com/2017/07/15/birthday-pool-party/ Sun, 16 Jul 2017 03:28:08 +0000 http://www.brightbundles.com/?p=4290

Pool, balloons, party

There are a lot of fun things going on this summer vacation.  Besides swimming classes for darling daughter, birthday parties and special event invitations are keep coming in.

Yesterday, DD got invited to a birthday pool party.  It was not a Luau Party. Just a typical kids pool party.  Darling daughter enjoyed it very much. As you know, she likes swimming.  My dear friends and I watched over the young ones because the pool was quite deep.  That is why wearing a life preserver is very important even in a shallow pool.  Age-appropriate and US Coast Guard approved life jackets should always be handy, and adult supervision is advised on young children.

Friends, happy kids, birthday party

As for the party, my dear friends and I had fun catching up while the kids were swimming in the pool.  This is the very first time K and I went to a pool party.  There were lots of food and we met new friends. It was awesome.

Bella’s birthday cake 🙂

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Earthquake hit my Hometown Kananga Leyte Philippines http://www.brightbundles.com/2017/07/12/earthquake-hit-my-hometown-kananga-leyte-philippines/ Thu, 13 Jul 2017 01:11:51 +0000 http://www.brightbundles.com/?p=4287 I was very shocked to know that a 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit my hometown Kananga (Leyte, Philippines) around 4:00 P.M. July 6th.  It was tremendously horrible because my family haven’t experienced an earthquake with a magnitude that high.  It’s one of the huge natural disasters so far.  In 2013, a Category 5 Super Typhoon hit my province also. If you remember Typhoon Haiyan (known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines), my province was the most affected when it made a landfall in November 2013.  No power for almost four months.  So depressing.  Now…earthquake.

I was very worried about my family’s safety.  I was relieved when my niece sent me a message telling me that everyone is safe.  Thank goodness!  My brother and his family was also safe. I can imagine the scared people screaming all over the place. I will be in panic, as well.

They are still expecting aftershocks every now and then.  That’s also the danger of earthquakes.  Aftershocks follow after the big one.

Hopefully, electricity and water supply will be back to normal.  The sooner the better.

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Summer Fun Activity: Swimming Lessons http://www.brightbundles.com/2017/07/09/summer-fun-activity-swimming-lessons/ Mon, 10 Jul 2017 01:48:17 +0000 http://www.brightbundles.com/?p=4277

Open swim at YMCA

Speaking of swimming, we registered darling daughter in a swimming class at YMCA.  It was a 30-minute swimming lesson for eight days with open swim for parent and student after each lesson.  Because K cannot swim five feet distance in a 5-foot deep water, she is a beginner which makes her join Level 1-Water Acclimation.

My darling K is enjoying her swimming classes so far. Her swimming instructor seemed to be competent.  Swimming instructors at YMCA handles at least two to maximum of four students per class.  K wants to continue and in two weeks, she will be in Level 2-Water Movement.  Hopefully she will become more confident in the water so she will learn a lot in the next level.  I need to buy her swimming cap and goggles next weekend.

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Happy Independence Day, USA! http://www.brightbundles.com/2017/07/05/happy-independence-day-usa/ Thu, 06 Jul 2017 03:35:15 +0000 http://www.brightbundles.com/?p=4282

We always enjoy having company and shooting fireworks on 4th of July Independence Day celebration. We are not great at hosting parties but we make sure we have lots of food to accommodate our guests.

Here is our simple menu:

Beef brisket

Pancit (rice noodles)

Smoked red snapper

Potato salad

Smoked hotdogs for kids

Tomatoes and cucumbers salad

Our friends also brought some delicious food and desserts to share.

Since we do not have a big dining area, we bought a couple of tables and chairs from Walmart. I bought two long blue rectangular table covers to cover the tables.  Adding patriotic banners around each table made it look pretty neat.

Then around 9:00 P.M., we started shooting fireworks until 11:00 P.M.

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