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WITHOUT prompting, ask your child these questions and write EXACTLY what they say about you:

What is something mommy says a lot?
Nate: I love you, Nate

•What makes mommy happy?
Nate: me

•What makes mommy sad?
Nate: When I’m makulit

•What’s mommy’s favorite thing to do?
Nate: Spend time with me

•What is mommy’s favourite food?
Nate: Veggies

•What is mommy’s favorite drink?
Nate: Beer

•If mommy could go anywhere, where would she go?
Nate: to the mall to go shopping

•How does mommy annoy you?
Nate: When you’re mad at me

•What is mommy’s favorite tv show?
Nate: Goblin

•What is mommy’s job?
Nate:banking

•What is mommy’s favorite color?
Nate: Purple!

•How much do you love mommy?
Nate: So much!

Nissa doesn’t know where he got the beer because she doesn’t drink beer, or maybe he sees her occasionally with one.

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Last Tuesday, my son-in-law Obet brought Nate to the hospital after his class. Nissa was napping when they came and when he saw his mom, he asked his dad if he could kiss her. He said he’ll be careful not to touch her bandaged throat.

As soon as Nissa woke up, Nate gave her a folded note which he placed inside the plastic box of Nissa’s rosary. How sweet of him, this was what he wrote.

He was so attentive of Nissa, giving her water to drink and he even talked to the nurses and doctors when they did their rounds. One of the nurses asked him if he wants to be a doctor too and he answered “yes”. We just smiled  and when Nissa’s doctor asked where he was studying, he readily answered, “ICAM”. The doctor smiled and said that it is probably one of those international schools and Nate said, “it’s Immaculate Conception Academy”. The former even commented that he is quite tall for his age at six.

When they left later, Nissa showed me some of his earlier notes which he rolled in a small empty canister of M & M. So sweet of Nate writing these notes at his age.

When they left, he told the nurse that he’ll be back. Of course that was the only time Obet brought him to the hospital. As Nissa is still on sick leave for another week, they have a lot of time to bond.

I remember Nissa and Josef when they were at similar age. Everytime we went home, there would always be love letters written in sometimes torn page of a notebook  pasted at the door. What mattered was the love freely given and the thoughtful gestures behind it.

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Yes, feeling a bit nostalgic this gloomy Monday morning. I was looking at the photos in my library then I again saw these photos of Nate and Obet which Nissa calls in a series, Grow Tall Little Man. I’ve blogged about them before.

He is definitely growing and getting tall for his age. I was even surprised with some of his photos with those subdued smiles. He is missing two front teeth. Another milestone 🙂  Time flies really!

 

And in between those days and years, we are learning a lot too. Valuing time, spending those moments together, making memories. And he reads real books now – amazing! If I remember my grade school years, I was just learning to read and write my ABCs when I was more than six, like Nate’s age now.

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So it was another road trip for the family and Nate enjoyed the water.  Enjoying the rest of the summer at Adventure Beach Waterpark in Subic, Zambales. Nate prefers the latter compared to Ocean Adventure.

Our little boy who is not so little anymore is quite adventurous. He is not afraid to try new things.

Paddling on a banana boat

Enjoying the water.

 

He found a friend.

 

Father and son

…and we make memories.

 

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Can’t help but share this (Nissa and Nate talking about death). Sweet, sweet Nate 🙂

Nate and I got to talking about death last night…

Me: Would you be sad if I died?
Nate: Yes..and if you die I want to go with you and stay in Heaven with you.
Me: No..I want you to live your life and be happy even if I’m gone.
Nate: Mama said when we’re in heaven we’re all brothers and sisters. If I died, would you remember that I’m your son?

Then he started bawling and I couldn’t help but cry too…
💔💔💔

And as sad as he was, he still thought to wipe away my tears and ask me to stop crying because He will ask God to give me a long life and because He will protect and take care of me forever.

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Can’t wait to share this. Josef, members  of Obet’s immediate family and I attended Nate’s graduation blow-out after a two-hour ceremony where he garnered  almost all the awards given this school year for Kindergarten 2.  Nonna is so proud of this little guy. He led the prayers of the graduates earlier.  Nissa took lots of pictures and videos but I just love these two. Will post some of the pictures later on my blog about Nate. Next school year, he’ll be in Grade one.

  • Top 1
  • With High Honors
  • Best English Speaker
  • Star Reader
  • Best in Writing
  • Best in Arts
  • Batang Maasahan
  • Busy Bee
  • Joyful Thanskgiver
  • Perfect Attendance

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I love this. It’s my first letter from Nate. It’ll be his graduation from Kindergarten school come March 23.  I am sure it would be another memorable and happy occasion.

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Nate brought along his loot bag of the candies and chocolates he collected during their Halloween  Party at Nissa’s office.  We had fun sorting them out.

Halloween 2018

He came  dressed as a jet fighter pilot.

 

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Nissa took these shots during my birthday. They are the only photos we had of it. A joyful occasion  with Nate doing the entertaining.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I saw some of the workbooks of Nate while Nissa was patiently making a reviewer for his exams next week. All exercises so far were graded “very good” and perfect.  Gosh, what they are learning now are equivalent to lower grade levels back in our time. I started schooling at Grade I and it was that time I just learned writing my ABC and numbers. To think he is just in kindergarten.

Kids nowadays are luckier than we were decades ago. They have all the advantages of learning materials, crafts and things. They have the advantages of using Google and Wikipedia. Before, you were blessed when you have a set of encyclopedia at home, those volumes written in so small letters, you could hardly read them.  We owned a set of Funk and Wagnall’s when the kids were in their later years in high school but we were not able to make use of them until typhoon Ondoy destroyed the whole box  that I readied to donate in one of the barangay grade schools in our place in the province.

I gave Nate a big bag of Jelly Ace and he used them to count and separate the  colors. He could not still count by two’s since I tried saying “1, 2….4 when he added two more to the two jellies inside the bag. He told me, “that’s wrong Nonna,  you skipped number 3”. The wisdom of a child 🙂

He opened the shower full blast when he took an afternoon bath a few hours ago.  He said he likes taking showers here and sometimes doesn’t like to be supervised in the comfort room.  “I am a big boy now”.  What will you say to that? I agree he has grown taller and gained a few pounds on the two months that we haven’t seen each other.

Did I say that he loves staying in the garden?  And I love learning from him too.

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