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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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Yesterday was another  lovely family day. Played with Nate, gave him a bath and picked calamansi for them to bring home.

When  he got bored with his meager toys here, he suggested that we open the PC so he could play. He knows how to play Bejeweled and when he hits the target and see the word  Excellent, he claps his hands and points to the  scoreboard.  He asked me to open Warcraft and StarCraft but I told him those were not for little boys like him. It is only his Ninong Josef who play the games.  I showed many photos that I took previously and those which Nissa forwarded through messenger. He was happy.

He tinkered with my tab, finally finding the camera and took shots of Nissa sleeping on the bed. I erased most of them because they were not in focus and so blurry. Before they left, I took a few shots not being aware that  he set it to video. So we had so many one minute and fifty seconds video shots while he was making faces in front of the camera. Naughty, naughty Nate.  He ended saying “Do you like it Nonna”?

I asked him about school and his classmates. He said that he brings lunch to school because his class ends at 11:20 am.  When his classmates noticed it, they also brought their  own.  “Girls are not allowed“, he told me, meaning it is an all-boys class.

I promised to buy  him some marbles to play with next time he visits and toy soldiers too, he added. He brought with him a big transformer car but could not  make it  go because the batteries were not charged properly.  So we just converted it to a big robot.

The happiness of a child sometimes lie in simple things.  They don’t need really complicated toys to make them happy. It was another wonderful day, another day to cherish.

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It’s Josef”s 34th birthday today. He didn’t file a leave of absence  so probably we will just celebrate when he comes home this afternoon.

I recycled one his photos   from two years ago. Taken on the same day when he took a vacation leave so we could go out and celebrate.

Today is another blessing, another year of celebration of life. I remember when he was born. Compared to Nissa, it was a very easy birth. We arrived at the hospital at about 10 pm then at 11:15 pm, we touched faced.  He was a healthy 7.3 lbs. baby, low forceps.  We checked out the following day. He was named Alvin Josef. We call him Sef at home but his friends and office mates call him Alvin.

So really blessed and lucky to have a very responsible, loving and lovable kid. Way to go Josef. HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🙂

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When he turned two, he cuddled a Mickey Mouse stuffed toy bigger than he was.  By the time he was three, he was so amazed with Spiderman.

Now that he is five, he loves everything about Spiderman.   It is the first day of school today. He is now in Kindergarten.  All of his stuff from his bag to lunch box to  his jacket are all Spidey.

Way to go Nate. Make it good okay?  I know you are more inspired to go to school.

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My mom had that big smile when she saw my brother at the gate.

He was with their driver, my sis-in law and my niece. We just had lunch then they left again to travel back to our place in the province, a five-hour trip going back.  The car was full. They brought with them two bags of green Indian mangoes, fresh corn, pineapple fruits, santol  and fresh bamboo shoots for my older brother and me.

I sliced  the bamboo shoots into thin strips and put it in the freezer. It will last for more than a month without changing its taste. I am planning to cook the santol fruits into a yummy dish. Thinking of ginataang santol at the moment. Several years ago, I tried it for the first time and posted the recipe here.  Some of  my friends who came and visited me liked it.

Two days ago, we harvested one of our ripe jackfruit. The remaining ones are still so small to make into a dish. Josef liked it, he almost ate all in one sitting.

I boiled the seeds and they tasted like chestnuts. Mom just loved it. We call jackfruit langka in Tagalog.  Next year, I need to save some seeds so I could grow them again. The two fruit trees we have now  are getting old after several years of giving us something for the table as veggies and ripe jackfruit for dessert. You can eat the latter fresh or mixed it with our local turon or ginataan.

Blessings come aplenty.

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Tired


Dead to the world!

I can’t help but react when I’ve seen this photo of Nate at the church during the 50th wedding anniversary of his paternal grandparents a month ago.  The sleep of a tired five-year old kid 🙂 I like it though.

 

They even went swimming the day before the event. He was probably tired practicing his role as ring bearer.

Compare the first photo  to the  last two, the playful side of Nate showing through.

 

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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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