My Future Engineers

Here’s a photo of my 2 kids playing around each morning. Lily (the one wearing white shirt) started to put her toys on her head. Instead of putting the shapes on it, she’d rather use it as an instant helmet. So voila! There you go, my instant Engineers.

 

I’m glad that they are getting along very well. I hope and pray that they’ll grow closer as they grow up. I want them both to share secrets with each other – just what best friends does. Above all, I just want them to be happy.

Our Snow White

I posted this photo of Julia last month and it hits more than 60 likes and a lot lovely comments that made me so proud to be her mother.

She’s growing up so fast that it seems like yesterday when I just saw her crying quietly out of my womb. She’s our princess. Masha’Allah! May God always protect you our dearest.

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She’s turning 4 next month. I will have a pre-schooler by next year. Oh my gosh! Now, can you tell me how lucky I am to have this pretty face? Pwera usog po.

1st Dental Check-Up

So proud of big sister Julia. We took her to the health center last week and hooray for a successful visit to the dentist. I noticed that 2 of her molars are building up cavities. We have to come back after 4 days for her 2nd check-up. She cried buckets during the procedure, but I’m sure that she’ll be tough the 2nd time around.

Good job ate Julia! We’re so proud of you.

How To Use The–Ing Word?

Right now I’m home schooling my 3.10mos old daughter. Last week I asked her to tell me something about a photo in order for her to practice and enhance her skills with regards to creating a story out of a picture.

And below is an InstaScrap that I made via my favorite photo editing apps on my iphone together with our short conversation.

Children have such awesome imagination.

Hello From Dainty Ashley

A dear friend of ours started a new bow-tique for handmade hair tinkers and bows for your children. And I’m so honored that 2 of her designs where named after Julie & Julia.

Julia is a sister collection of the Lily Headbands. Both have beautiful silk Ranunculus (also known as Ruffled Rannie) flowers only the Julia Headbands are more ruffled and the petals are a bit thicker (but still weighs very light). It comes in 3 gorgeous colors of Green, Brown with a hint of black and Ivory White embellished with different elegant rhinestones and unique soft elastic band colors.

Our Lily collection comes in two sizes:Queen Lily comes with a pink and yellow ranunculus flower measuring 3 1/2 inches wide. It is attached to a custom-sized lemon green soft and stretchable elastic. Princess Lily, on the other hand, comes in a smaller diameter of 3 inches and is attached to a custom-sized dark olive soft and stretchable elastic. Both are accentuated with a 15mm clear rhinestone button completing its radiant and elegant look. The Lily Headband goes along well with your little girl’s dresses, formal and casuals alike.

There’s a lot of more designs to choose from. Please visit her website at www.daintyashley.com for more cute hair dress for your little ones. Her designs are from newborns up to feeling pretty newly-born grown ups like me, hahaha! Kidding aside, like her FB page here too please. Thank you.

Random Updates for Julia

Alhamdulillah she’s growing up just fine. But still in the age of being a copy cat. She is a fast learner so I have my eyes on her as much as I can. And here are some of the things that she can do at 3yrs and 8mos:

  • Good bye diaper at night. No more bed wetting too, hooray! There was only 3 accidents for that. 1 was when I forgot to wake her up at sunrise to pee, 2 was when her Papa allowed her to eat watermelon at night (which of course I refused to, and you know what happen next — LQ), and 3 was when she was sick with cold and flu. She had a deep sleep and was under medication, so I think she wasn’t able to wake up by herself.
  • She knows how to spell and write her name. WTG!
  • Her English is doing well. But I hope that she’ll have her own accent sooner or later.
  • She still loves watching Disney Princesses and always pretend that she’s Tinker Bell.
  • Her favorite color is green. No, it’s pink. Uhm, I think it’s blue. No sometimes it’s red. Oh shucks! I guess she hasn’t decided yet on that LOL!
  • She’s not happy playing with her sister. Yup! You read it just fine. I guess because she’s in the playful stage where in she finds Lily dull on that area. What do you expect from a 1year and 2mos old? Except walking, grabbing things, eating non-sense things, laughing along with them. I always tell her that her sister can’t understand her yet since Lily can’t talk much. I hope they’ll get along fine as time passes by.
  • She’s a picky eater. Ugh!
  • Lastly, she’s still a daddy’s girl.

Isn't she lovely? Isn't she wonderful? Isn't she pretty?

There you go. I will try to write up something for the youngest. But above all these updates is that Julia’s growing up in her own beautiful way. Masha’Allah!

50 Rules for Dads of Daughters

This is  a long post. But it’s worth reading for. Especially that my husband are doing 90% of it already. I’m so glad that he’s doing a good job being a father to my kids already. I love you so much Sweety!

1. Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.


2. Always be there. Quality time doesn’t happen without quantity time. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. Don’t just sit idly by while she add years to her… add life to her years.


3. Save the day. She’ll grow up looking for a hero. It might as well be you. She’ll need you to come through for her over and over again throughout her life. Rise to the occasion. Red cape and blue tights optional.


4. Savor every moment you have together. Today she’s crawling around the house in diapers, tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle. Some day soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bees knees anymore. Life happens pretty fast. You better cherish it while you can.


5. Pray for her. Regularly. Passionately. Continually.


6. Buy her a glove and teach her to throw a baseball. Make her proud to throw like a girl… a girl with a wicked slider.


7. She will fight with her mother. Choose sides wisely.


8. Go ahead. Buy her those pearls.


9. Of course you look silly playing peek-a-boo. You should play anyway.


10. Enjoy the wonder of bath time.


11. There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, “Yes.”


12. It’s never too early to start teaching her about money. She will still probably suck you dry as a teenager… and on her wedding day.


13. Make pancakes in the shape of her age for breakfast on her birthday. In a pinch, donuts with pink sprinkles and a candle will suffice.


14. Buy her a pair of Chucks as soon as she starts walking. She won’t always want to wear matching shoes with her old man.



Photo Credit :: Danielle Rocke Toews

15. Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait ‘til her wedding day.


16. Take her fishing. She will probably squirm more than the worm on your hook. That’s OK.


17. Learn to say no. She may pitch a fit today, but someday you’ll both be glad you stuck to your guns.


18. Tell her she’s beautiful. Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or “beauty” magazine will try to convince her otherwise.


19. Teach her to change a flat. A tire without air need not be a major panic inducing event in her life. She’ll still call you crying the first time it happens.


20. Take her camping. Immerse her in the great outdoors. Watch her eyes fill with wonder the first time she sees the beauty of wide open spaces. Leave the iPod at home.


21. Let her hold the wheel. She will always remember when daddy let her drive.


22. She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that.


23. When she learns to give kisses, she will want to plant them all over your face. Encourage this practice.


24. Knowing how to eat sunflower seeds correctly will not help her get into a good college. Teach her anyway.


25. Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny.


26. It is in her nature to make music. It’s up to you to introduce her to the joy of socks on a wooden floor.


27. If there’s a splash park near your home, take her there often. She will be drawn to the water like a duck to a puddle.


28. She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late.


29. If her mom enrolls her in swim lessons, make sure you get in the pool too. Don’t be intimidated if there are no other dads there. It’s their loss.


30. Never miss her birthday. In ten years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you weren’t there.


31. Teach her to roller skate. Watch her confidence soar.


32. Let her roll around in the grass. It’s good for her soul. It’s not bad for yours either.


33. Take her swimsuit shopping. Don’t be afraid to veto some of her choices, but resist the urge to buy her full-body beach pajamas.


34. Somewhere between the time she turns three and her sixth birthday, the odds are good that she will ask you to marry her. Let her down gently.


35. She’ll probably want to crawl in bed with you after a nightmare. This is a good thing.


36. Few things in life are more comforting to a crying little girl than her father’s hand. Never forget this.


37. Introduce her to the swings at your local park. She’ll squeal for you to push her higher and faster. Her definition of “higher and faster” is probably not the same as yours. Keep that in mind.


38. When she’s a bit older, your definition of higher and faster will be a lot closer to hers. When that day comes, go ahead… give it all you’ve got.


39. Holding her upside down by the legs while she giggles and screams uncontrollably is great for your biceps. WARNING: She has no concept of muscle fatigue.


40. She might ask you to buy her a pony on her birthday. Unless you live on a farm, do not buy her a pony on her birthday. It’s OK to rent one though.


41. Take it easy on the presents for her birthday and Christmas. Instead, give her the gift of experiences you can share together.


42. Let her know she can always come home. No matter what.


43. Remember, just like a butterfly, she too will spread her wings and fly some day. Enjoy her caterpillar years.


44. Write her a handwritten letter every year on her birthday. Give them to her when she goes off to college, becomes a mother herself, or when you think she needs them most.


45. Learn to trust her. Gradually give her more freedom as she gets older. She will rise to the expectations you set for her.


46. When in doubt, trust your heart. She already does.


47. When your teenage daughter is upset, learning when to engage and when to back off will add years to YOUR life. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.


48. Ice cream covers over a multitude of sins. Know her favorite flavor.


49. This day is coming soon. There’s nothing you can do to be ready for it. The sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be.


50. Today she’s walking down the driveway to get on the school bus. Tomorrow she’s going off to college. Don’t blink.

Source: Life To Her Years

Their Safe House

I don’t know if you guys have seen the movie “Safe House” featuring my forever crush Ryan Reynolds and the ever good actor Denzel Washington. Well, seeing that movie reminds me of what my kids are imagining every time they play under the table in SIL family room.

Huli kayo! Under the table. "Mami, look for us..." -Julie & Julia Julie & Julia: Operation Under The Table.

I don’t really know why they simply love to hide there. I guess that’s the beauty of having a sister after all. It’s always a girl thing ;)

Julie @ 1 Year Old

Questions that needs attention:

Sleep: How much is your child sleeping at night and during naps?

  • I tuck her in bed around 8:30-9:00 PM. She’ll fell asleep maximum 9:30 PM. I only give her an hour nap time or 30 minutes.

Eating: What kinds of solid food is your child eating? How’s his appetite? Does he enjoy feeding himself finger foods?

  • Masha’Allah Julie’s eating all such of foods. She’s fond of crunching cucumbers, snacking on tomatoes and lettuce too.

Teeth: How many teeth has your child cut?

  • 1 tooth up, and 2 down.

Developmental skills: Is your child crawling well? Pulling up? Cruising or walking? Pointing? Making eye contact and responding to his name?

  • Alhamdulillah, she can do all of the above skills perfectly.

Vision: Have you noticed frequent squinting or eye rubbing, or a tendency to hold toys and books close to his face? (Read about other signs of a vision problem.)

  • So far, I find everything perfectly with her.

Hearing: Does your child turn toward sounds? (Learn other signs of a hearing problem.)

  • With Julia, she was scared with the sound of the hover. With Lily Masha’Allah she even go near the hover it self and explore from where the sound is coming from.

Speech: Does your child imitate sounds, babble, or say any words?

  • She can say “Choo-choo” but it comes out from her throat only, hehehe! :)

Fashion Eyewear

My kids have been trying on my Aldo shades, and here’s what they look like. Aren’t they adorable or what?

You can see Lily’s 2 cute baby teeth in front. There’s one up and we’re hoping that another one will show up soon. Imagine her with only 1 front teeth, hahaha!

Ate Julia on the other hand is growing up too fast. Her face has changed so much. Her hair is much longer now and she loves wearing dresses too. Pretending to be Tinker Bell most of the times. She makes up stories such as flying, walking, riding the horses and all the unbelievable things a toddler can make up. Which is really fine with us. Her imagination is getting there. That’s all for an update for my kiddos.

Lesson 101

Aside from looking for good Joe Rocket Sonic R Boots for my uncle who prefers motor biking instead of driving his own car, I’m in the process of teaching my kid for her reading and writing skills one more time.

Practice makes perfect. I’m hoping to give her a good start once she’s ready to go to school. She’s now 3.6years old and these are her achivement:

  • She knows her ABC by heart (capital and small letter)
  • She knows her numbers from 1-10 and is trying hard to count up to 20.
  • She knows her Alphabet’s phonics. But we’re still practicing so that she won’t forget.
  • She’s trying her hard to read a 3 letter word. So right now, we’re focusing on words like: ant, kit, got, gum, hot, hug, jab etc – and I’m proud that she’s doing very very very well.
  • She can write her full name without tracing it (WTG!!!)

So that’s it for now. I pray that her patience with studying will linger and she’ll learn to embrace the benefits of education. I can’t wait for her to see a school room in real life. I want her to experience the ambiance in the school. Hopefully we can have her sit one day before the school year end.