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I was supposed to garden for a while but the sudden drizzle put a stop to it.  Now the sun is up and it’s hot outside.

Starting the month right with a few posts…hehe. Anyway, yesterday Nissa sent me this latest photo of Nate wearing a Katipunan attire.  Maybe they had a program in school commemorating those earlier historical events.

Haven’t seen Nate for more than a month now since he has classes during  Saturdays to make up for those past days when there were no classes because of typhoons. Though we talk over the phone, it is always nice to see them personally. There is nothing like playing together, laughing out loud, sharing a meal and lots of stories.

I miss you baby. Stay well and good.

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We are a big clan.

My  paternal grandfather had fifteen kids in all and dad was second to the oldest  among Tatay’s  kids (we called our  paternal grandfather Tatay and all the rest of his other siblings except my lone aunt who we called Nanang). The first seven were during the first marriage and the second eight kids with Tatay’s second wife. I never knew my paternal grandmother. She died giving birth to their youngest, their seventh child who grew up with speech defect  and cannot speak well.  One of them told me that I look like her, speak like her and even got her mannerism. Maybe that was why I was so closed to them when they were alive. Let’s just say I was one of their favorite nieces.  They are all gone now except the youngest who is now around eighty years old.

When Tatay married again, they had eight kids and the youngest is now as old as I am. I remember Dad telling me that his only sister used to take care of her half-siblings. My two aunts and an uncle live in Spain with their families and the youngest  is married to a Japanese and has lived in Japan for more than three decades now.

I have close to about fifty first cousins  and  so many nephews and nieces with their own families now.  Imagine having so many grandchildren with cousins. I  haven’t met almost half of them except seeing them in pictures. Last February 2011, my aunts and uncles organized a family reunion and it was an amazing attendance with around a hundred family members  including their wives and husbands.  I was not able to attend though because of health problems.

When my aunts  and I meet, we usually talk about our family tree.  We remember those days when Tatay was still alive and my brothers and I would visit them in their home in another barangay in the province.  We remember those days when Tatay was so active in Church. He was a choir member and  a Legion of Mary member too. And I remember those days when we would visit their farm and before we go home, our bags are laden with fresh veggies and some fruits.

Though we are far from each other, we get by through Facebook messenger and occasional texts and calls.  We are connected. We may not often see each  other but the bond is there.

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Again, for the second time this year, I attended the earliest morning mass at 5 am.  I love the quiet around this time, seems like 5 am is still too early for some to wake up. Since Josef and Jovy were not around, I left mom alone at home. I told her to catch another hour of sleep before she watches  the regular 6 am mass on television. When I came home, she has just woken up and the mass was already halfway through.

My sister-in-law texted earlier and said that they are fetching her today. After almost seven months of staying  here, she is just excited to go home. When I told her about it, she said, “very good”. Haha, I just  laughed.  It is not really practical for her to commute so I wait for my two brothers when they have time to accompany her going back to the province or to fetch her from there.

When she is here, she would always say that she’s got nothing to do. I told her to just relax and enjoy. When she’s at home in the province, she is always busy. Every morning, she would sweep the yard of fallen leaves from the fruit trees that we have there. At least she could still enjoy bonding with her two older sisters and cousin, playing cards in the afternoon and going home when it is time to cook for dinner.

She has forgotten even how to open our grill doors. She cannot remember which key is which.  She turned 89 two months ago. Maybe when you reach that age, forgetfulness creeps in but we are so blessed she doesn’t suffer from dementia.  I think it is the “wear and tear” of getting old.  She hasn’t  learned to adjust wearing a hearing aid. She cannot hear with her right ear and sometimes she even complains that her left keeps ringing.

Getting old and growing old. I guess when you reach the age like she did, you’ll just get old. I pray that she’ll always be healthy.

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I smiled when Nissa sent me these two photos of Nate over the weekend. Didn’t I tell you before that he is five going fifty?

Choosing a dress for Mommy? And look, he is quite serious about it 🙂


Will this do Mommy? Sometimes, you can’t help but be amazed at what kids their age can do.  Gone are those days when kids would hide behind the skirts of their Moms  and when you ask them something they would just look at you with shy smiles.

Kids nowadays are more outspoken. They have technology at their fingertips.  One time we were looking at the pictures on my tab and Nate suddenly moved his hands enlarging the picture. I remember a video sent by Nissa to me several days ago. His lola (grandma on his father’s side) was teaching Nate to wash the dishes and he did. He also replaces drinking water from the gallon  (with spout) to the pitcher.  “Is that your  regular job?”,  I asked and he answered “Sometimes Nonna”.

Kids are really smarter than we think.

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Good morning everyone!

For the past four days, I really didn’t feel like blogging. Still lazy to blog, from time to time though I make comments on my favorite blogs and like my friends’ posts.  I don’t know why really, blogging  has taken a backseat for a while.

Yesterday, the family was complete  with Mom, Nissa’s family, Josef and Jovy. It was a lovely family day for us.  Enjoyed playing with Nate when Nissa and Obet went to our family dentist for a while after lunch. Since he has few toys here at home, we always play  with some blocks and his tiny dinosaurs. He seemed contented though even with those, so few to choose from. They don’t always bring some of his toys when they come to visit us.  Bath time is usually playtime too for both of us. Nissa said  Nate is happy when they are here because he could take a bath at least twice before they go home.   We both picked kalamansi for them to bring home. When he saw my mini-watering can for my hanging plants, he filled it with water and watered my shamrocks and shrimp plants.  He even asked his mom to buy him one too so he could use it at home.

I took some shots while he was busy playing.

The other week,  they went to Baler,  the capital of Aurora province which is located 231 kilometers north-east of Manila.  Nate told me about visiting  waterfalls, swimming, eating and eating. There was a place there where Nissa said is more of a zigzag than the roads going to Baguio City.

Sunrise at Baler

The hotel where they stayed  faces this lovely beach where you could watch the sunrise from your window or go out and submerge you feet in the sand.  She brought me so many “pasalubongs”, gifts from Baler including some key chains  that I collect and refrigerator magnet.  We had a lovely time viewing all the photos they took of the place.

Yesterday, she also brought her Mother’s Day gift for me, a lovely SAKURA Longchamp bag. I  used to collect bags, I don’t always get the chance to use them all but this one I like.  It is for everyday use and so convenient for those items which normally won’t fit a small bag. She knows I always bring an umbrella, my cellphone and tab when I go out.

Today is Holy Trinity Sunday. Attended the early morning mass alone. Mom attends the Sunday TV mass.

Have a nice week ahead.

 

 

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Another family day.

What a lovely Saturday it turned out to be. Nate and I played together. Just  hearing  his unrestrained and loud laughter, seeing the happy smile on his face, listening to  some of his stories about school – priceless moments.

We create  memories.

When he saw the bedroom with new curtains and  freshly changed sheets, he said “Wow“. but that was followed by these words.  “Our bedroom is lovelier”.  Nissa and I just laughed.

While mom, my son-in-law and  Nissa  took an afternoon nap, Nate and I busied ourselves with his  assorted toys.  He brought along his newly bought scooter  and asked me if we could go out.  The sun was hot so we didn’t.

 

There is really no dull moment when I am with Nate.  The day is complete even if we only spent  a few hours playing together.

Nissa brought me several issues of Metro Home magazines which she bought at a book sale two weeks ago.  She bought a pair of each seven editions for both of us. Lovely.

Before they went home, Nate visited the garden.  He loves picking kalamansi,  unfortunately the fruits are still so small.

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I am just happy seeing his face, how happy he is in the picture. The innocence of a child, the spontaneous smile that goes with it.  Precious  moment captured in a photograph.

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