I’m Going Home

Just like that.

Two weeks passed and my younger sister, Ann, has to go back to SG.

I wish she’ll move to Australia. I wish she can spend more time with my kids who adore her and are rotten spoiled by their aunt.

 

I wish she’s around to go out and bring Tatay to the mall and the city. My father is a city boy and isn’t impressed by nature as much as I do. I’ve never seen my father that excited about going except when she’s around.

They paint the town red.

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I wish she’ll be around so I can cook her favorite Sinigang and Misua with Bola Bola.

I wish she’ll be around for so many other reasons.

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She’s my only sister.

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Hopefully one day, she’ll stay for good.

The Last Date

So we went for our last date before the Captain goes back to work after his Christmas leave and before my sister goes back to SG.

Just the Captain and I.

Babysitting was capably provided by my father and sister.

From what I gathered at the end of the day, the kids had a movie marathon, spent most of the afternoon playing soaking wet at the inflatable pool and had pizza delivered for lunch.

Sounds like a perfect treat to me especially when the temperature peaked at 37 C!

We also had a great time. Too good.

It shows.

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The Captain and I went for a pilgrimage. Lunch minus kids @ Axil. Visited my in laws. Grocery shopping. Prayed before the Blessed Sacrament.

We ended our day all together. Our last dinner with my sister. I cooked Seafood Paella and served that with fresh tuna sashimi and oyster. We had chocolate cake for dessert.

I wish every Saturday is like this.

 

 

 

Sixty-Seven

I’m getting worse in keeping track of what’s happening at home but I can’t afford this one to fall off the cracks. My father, my secret weapon, just celebrated his 67th at the beginning of the month. We had a week-long celebration which started at KFC and ended at Old Kingdom (Peking Duck Restaurant).

For all the heroic sacrifices my father had to bear, here are some of the fruits:

His ever jolly grandchildren who will pray for him forever…

“Hay naku Rea di pa rin ako nasasanay sa ingay ng bahay na eto even after 4 years!”

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This super cute munchkin…

May bago na syang hahabulin...walang kasing likot si Kiko!

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And his favorite Carrot Cake.

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I think I should bake him another one. He can’t stop raving about it.

We love you Tatay.

 

 

Romancing the Ordinary

I don’t know how I can thank my father enough for everything he’s been doing for us.

Like last Saturday morning. I asked if I can leave 6 kids (all under 8!!!) with him so the Captain and I can go on a date.

He said YES without batting any eye.

So we went. Mass first then brunch @ Little by Little Cafe.

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I don’t know why we have to leave the house because we always end up talking and laughing about the babyccinos anyway.

At least there wasn’t anyone screaming or fighting to get some attention. No mess to bother me too. A break from the usual.

Maybe that’s why we were there. We needed to be just by ourselves so we can appreciate our lives in a more relaxed space. So we can find humor in our everyday chaotic life.

Sometimes, you need to get out of the race to renew the joy in running.

It helped us appreciate each other more. That we are and will always be in all these together. Besides, dating always reminds me of our engagement period, the sweetest time of our lives.

Did I mention the food and coffee were great too?

My Captain was gorgeous, always has been.

Can’t help it.

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Happy Birthday Little Sister

It’s my younger sister’s birthday today.

My manager, financier, reliever, baby sitter, secret weapon.

She calls the kids every weekend just to listen to their stories and loud voices.

They are crazy about her.

One of the happiest times in our house is whenever she’s around.

The Captain and I get a break. Tatay and my babyccinos get heaps of treats and parties.

Music and videos are played all around.

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Happy birthday Ann.

My only wish is that you live closer to us.

We love you.

Pamasko ko ulit ha?

Priceless

Sometimes I wonder how we could have survived here in Melbourne without my secret weapon, Tatay. I don’t even want to think about the time he will leave us.

Here he is in action.

Rocking Kiko to sleep while praying and listening to classical music.

Hirap ng buhay sa Melbourne

Hirap ng buhay sa Melbourne. Upo lang ang pahinga.

Tatay: Rea bat di mo ibahin itong tugtog! Pinapakinig mo ng punebre yung baby.

Panalo talaga.

Mayo a Cinco

It’s my Secret Weapon‘s birthday today.

He should have been enjoying a blissful retirement in the Phils. Hopping around the 7,000 islands, eating at Max and Jollibee.

Instead, he chose to go to Australia to help me with the kids.

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24/7 on call.

Isn’t he a saint?

A few lines may have slipped his mouth during utterly stressful times (when the children were all sick or when they were extremely unruly) like:

Hay naku Rea, kahit sinong santo magiging demonyito sa bahay na ito!

Anak ng tokwa tong bata na to!

Kung sa Pinas lang to, nasikaran na ito eh!

But for most times, he is their best friend.

Nowadays you’ll find him hanging out with his favorite, Anton.

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Or with his girls, Sasha and Nina.

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Or window shopping at KMart with the big boys, Pio and Luis.

Many people can’t help but stop and stare at him whenever he walks the 5 kids around the neighborhood.

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He said he wanted pancit canton, fried rice and tempura for his big day.

He’ll have it. We are fully funded by Tita Ann.


Say a prayer or two for my Old Man. He is such a blessing to us.

Another Whooper Baby Boy!

I’ve always told myself I will never deliver a baby bigger than Luis (4 kg).

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Control your diet. Stop eating sweets. Limit baking pastries.

Going close to Pio’s size (4.4 kg) and having another CS was unthinkable.

Never ever.

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Then Kiko came.

A whooping 4.26 kg!!!

Labor was over in less than 3 hours. Super fast.
This was my fourth VBAC, first spontaneous labor. Without anesthesia.

Yes it’s possible.

Was the delivery easy? Of course not.
Was it less painful than the previous 5 births? Not that I know of.

In my kids’ words “Not even funny“.

Was it worth it? Absolutely.

I held Nicolas aka Kiko and I was overwhelmed with joy.

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I am craving for Crispy Pork Knuckle, Sisig and Halo halo right now. I wonder if Turo Turo takes overseas orders.

Here I go again…

Everybody Loves Anton

There is something about Anton which is naturally pleasing. I don’t know if it’s his easy going and relaxed temperament or his ability to make fun of himself or his remarkable communication skills or high tolerance for pain.

Natatawa lang pag nauntog or nadapa.

Of all our boys, he is not as terrible as the others when they were 2. In a scale of 1- 10 (being the highest), he’s about 4, the other two boys were 20!

I’m not even exaggerating. Okay, maybe I am. But I think you got the point right?

He doesn’t demand so much except when his hungry or sleepy, of course. He sleeps when you ask him to sleep.

He eats all sorts of fruits – apple, banana, blueberry, peach, pear, melon, mango, grapes, what have you’s. He prefer fruit for his first meal of the day.

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 He is the favorite toy of his siblings because he lets them do whatever they want to do with him.

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 The Captain talks very fondly of him.

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 I don’t even have to tell you how my father treats this boy. Enough to say that only Anton has exclusive access to his bedroom.

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I bet Anton will have the biggest inheritance of all.

I pray and hope he stays this way.

Cheeky boy.

End of Week Memoir

Big families require hard work. Tons of it.

Not that I think small families are easy peasy. Far from it. I kept on harping that I was more stressed when we had two kids. I still believe in that no matter how much my father reprimands me, during stressful times, for having more than 5.

He loves the kids just the same.

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Tatay with Luis

I love staying at home. I love being with the kids even though at times you want to send them to a month-long camp. Is there any such thing which is affordable? Ha!

I love the rhythm which homeschooling gives us not to mention the flexibility it allows. I’m learning more and more that the curriculum should adjust to our needs and not our needs to adjust to the curriculum. Not easy for a control freak like me.

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Date with Sasha and Luis

Say I’m only a month away from giving birth and I’m feeling the weight of the world right now. I don’t have to restrict myself from keeping to a fixed outline. I will go mad. I have actually gone mad. My angel kept on putting me back together. I learned that now is the time to take it easy and let the children do more reading and writing on their own. I have the rest of the year to pick up.

Isn’t that gorgeous?

Then I look forward to Friday, just like today. When I can already touch the weekend and the Captain will be around.

He spoils me. He lets me do whatever I want to do. He let me take naps while he brings the chickens wherever he can bring them. Last week he brought me to the city just to have a late lunch at Auction Rooms.

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I felt utterly rewarded. I am a queen after all.