It’s that time again. I am filling the Balikbayan boxes for my family back home in the Philippines. Hopefully, I will be able to ship them very soon. Say, by mid of November. I so way behind on this. Supposedly I should have shipped these boxes full of Christmas gifts and goodies last month together with my cousin’s. But boy I was so swamped. And some of the items had to be purchased in bulk because I was looking for discounted priced items. *Sigh* Anyway, the things I am lacking now are canned goods and kids’ snacks. Next weekend should be shopping time for me. After Halloween, I will be very busy. As soon as Memorial Day holiday comes, days pass by so fast. And here comes the Holidays.
Besides sending these packages, my mind is also occupied with budgeting. It is because next month, my baby sister is entering the second semester of her senior year in college. That means I have to save some money for the tuition fees and training expenses. She is taking up nursing. So far she is very good in her studies. She can get her cases completed and works on duty in a hospital.
I need a lot of time right now. And, maybe, a little help?
Getting our stuff together for the upcoming family vacation hasn’t started yet. 🙂 Oh don’t look at me like that. I know I have to work on it soon and fast. My husband is pressuring me about sorting all the holiday gifts for my family in Manila. We already have a huge shipping box ready for the stuff.
Most of the homecoming gifts we are bringing are kids clothes. I have many young cousins and clothing was the first thing on my mind. It is easy to shop for kids clothes because I just have to buy one size larger. I also consider the age range. For example, I have a girl cousin who is 12 years old. She has a slim figure so a size XL (14-16) is just right.
My aunt requests for a shoulder bag. Like me, she really likes purses. I am still thinking of something to buy for my uncle. The last time I sent a package for them, I gave him a cologne. Unfortunately, my aunt told me that the cologne spilled in the car. All gone. Maybe I’ll give my uncle men’s cologne again. There are little kids in the family too. A few infant clothes would be fine.
In ten weeks we are flying and my husband hasn’t taped the box yet. I need to push him to do that because Thanksgiving weekend is four weeks away and we’re traveling to see his family. We both hate rushing. So we better start packing soon.
It was really nice to hear my niece and nephews’ voices. I can tell they have grown so much by the tone of their voice. My niece said she was done getting her clearance signed by the school officials and she is ready to be enrolled in the 8th Grade (Second Year high school) this coming school year. Woah! That was fast. I mean, she is a teenager now. I feel so proud seeing her in a high school uniform.
My nephew (niece’s baby brother), finished the Third Grade with the recognition of being the Most Neat and Clean in class. Well, he’s a good-looking little boy. My sister takes care of him and my niece too. The siblings helps my other nephew also. Because he is getting interested in going to school, they teach him ABCs and 123. He is doing good in writing his name as well as reading the alphabet and numbers.
I told the kids that I have shipped the package (Balikbayan Box full of gifts) already. It was delayed for half a year :). What matters most is that I still sent the package and I want them to receive belated Christmas gifts. They are very excited as usual.