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Archive for the month “May, 2016”

Momsie

2 days ago  mum, I and everybody  were struck hard by the news that your granny  (aka momsie) suffered a stroke. It was a major one, and as per the CT Scan it affected a large part of her brain and sadly she wont recover her old self, if she would recover at all.

Last night, after coming back from the hospital I was talking to Kenzo and I told him about the state of her grandmother and he got sad about it.

before going to sleep he said ” I missed momsie, sometimes she played with me.” and he grabbed his pillow and stared blankly at it.

In hundreds of occasions  Momsie  used to take care of  the both of an you and  happily will do so. I am sometimes unsure that bringing both of you to her will be a burden. but she was always happy to see you both. She will try her best to remember funny stuff you guys did and will share it to all us. I must say she is very proud of her little grandsons, tough at times act devilish.

It is true that there is no like mother’s love but granny love is not far behind. At the time you were reading this, you might not remember the games and moments you shared with momsie,  it was not  perfect and all nice but I know both of you had fun staying with her, you both even prefer to stay there than in our house.

One thing I learned about these past 2 days, that life is indeed short. One day you were just playing with your kids, teaching them how to speak, walk, write letters, count… then you will wake up one day that all is about over.

 

 

 

 

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USA / Bay Area trip 2

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Kenzo spent his first Saturday with his mum and they went to Livermore for shopping. Great thing his cousin princess went with them and he has someone to play with while toggling with his  mum. We were not together on that first day, as I stayed in Menlo.  While they were in Livermore I was with my sister family, we ate at this fancy, healthy resto in Palo Alto, we shop at Safeway for Kenzo and borrowed stuff at the library.

The next day we are all to go to Monterey.

We picked them at San Lorenzo in East bay and since Princess slept over with them we decided to bring her too to Monterey. It was a nice cold drizzling day and I was kinda excited to see Kenzo’s reaction to explore the bay area. I am also worried at that time on how he will react considering it is a long drive up north.

When we reached Monterey it was really cold, and wet. Kenzo, since very unaccustomed to cold had complained a lot about the (8-12 degrees) cold. We were in the parking lot’s elevatot with other local tourist when Kenzo keep on shouting his battle with the weather. We panicked a bit and headed straight to a tourist shop to buy a new hoodie to be worn over his existing hoodie.

We went to the Monterey aquarium museum with princess in tow. Sadly he did not enjoyed it that much and was quite bored in it. We were not able to go around the whole area as Kenzo is not too amazed looking at the marine animals. The only thing he enjoyed there was the area where there was a splashing waves which made him go ga-ga. Next stop was Luigi’s Linguine our usual stop at Monterey and dippin dots for some dessert.

The drive home was unevetful except for a few tantrums and complaints from Kenzo as he started to get bored.

This trip made me realized that Kenzo might not be able to handle long drives, that makes our planned trip to LA in questioned now. Monetery is just a mere 2 hour drive and we had encountered hitches and bawling what more if we cruised to LA for 6 hours.

When we reached Menlo he stayed home with me while Princess and Mum went out with Pinky for another round of shopping.

interestingly, when his mum was not around he acted maturely, a nice kid. This is about the start where we realized that he make be acting up when his mum is around.

The next grand trip for Kenzo happened at  Great America in Santa Clara Calif. That was when pure fun happened. He gets to experenced his first carousel ride, his first roller coaster, his first amusement park and he was really giddy and happy with that trip. We can all see how happy he was and how he enjoyed it. The picture above was taken there and he did not get a bored moment while there.

That Great America trip was one for the books and we are truly happy we were there.

Good, clean amusement parks are one you cannot get in PH, we do have a few but nothing like in the states. Add cool weather, clean air and you got a great amusement park experience.

In between trips, I bring Kenzo to the playgrounds. At around the start of this blog I already wished Kenzo to hopefully get to play in these play areas. 4 years when I saw playgrounds in Melbourne and Sydney I wished  Kenzo to be able to play there and now finally in the states I made sure to bring him.

The first Playground we visited was the one in Menlo Park, after our trip to a  Cupertino Mall we stopped by to play, which is walking distance to Susie’s house.

There, as I expected, he enjoyed the long slides, nice swings and playhouses. Unlike his playground in our village where swings are covered with rust, see saw is dangerous and the area itself are littered with trash and sharp rocks.

After a few visit there we transferred to another playground, which is bigger and has more and longer slides. It also has a humongous play field where kids can play baseball, football etc. it is one perfect, heavenly playground.

There is also a day where Eric, Susie, Ginger and Sam came  to play with us. We played football and volleyball on the open field. That was the day when we left mum to shop more and around 6pm we picked her then end the day by eating at WingStop.

The day followed that was the best, we went playground hopping. We started at Menlo, moved to the uber rich are of Atherton and back to school playground in Menlo. In between that was a meal at In and Out. This is the best play Kenzo got with us, he truly enjoyed that one mainly because Sam played with him and he got to experienced variety of play obstacles. The next day we did the same playground hopping but this time with mum and before that they also went to buy meal at Menlo Park’s food trucks. We brought the meal at Atherton and had a picnic there.

to be continued…

 

 

 

 

 

The clingy one

Liam is the clingy one while his brother tends to be more independent but at the same time  want to get all the attention. .Liam want those warm physical contacts, mostly when sleeping or taking a nap which is not the case for Kenzo.

In a way, it is such a sweet thing but the problem arises during the middle of the night when I am about enjoying my sleep,   and when he will tuck himself to me thus waking me up.

By default since I am a light sleeper, mum gets to sleep with Liam on most nights because she can always go back to sleep immediately. But during those days where mum is very tired and wanted uninterrupted sleep she will ask me to switch and I will be the one to shoulder Liam’s “sweetness”.

Indeed, Liam has this sweet, friendly personality. It is all sunshine with him. Unlike Kenzo, when Liam wakes up he is already smiling and in a minute he will say “HI”. He can surely lighten up your morning seeing him like that.

 

 

It is 4 years now.

Yesterday, 10th of May was the 4th year since I started to blog about Kenzo. He was about 1 year and 7 months old which is about the age of Liam now. I can now compare my experiences with Kenzo then to how is Liam  now.  And if my expectations are correct then it would be interesting to relive and enjoy parenting a toddler before and how it is now with Liam. 20160508_074017

With a few more

I am quite relived that Liam is gettting a few more words, in fact after arriving from the USA he surprised us with a few new words.

Currently he can make small requests when he wants to use the potty/toilet, when he wants to go down the bed, or simple request like asking for Netflix to be turned on. He can now verbalize a few instructions and I am quite happy but I honestly wanting for more. Overall, I am still happy that he is progressing.

The one thing I want Liam to now learn is how to understand that he is being reprimanded for a wrong he is about to do or currently doing. We were still failing to teach him lessons about bad things. He seems ignoring us when we scolded him for his wrongs.

Just like his words, I am positive that one day he will get there..maybe slowly but hopefully sooner.

The US/ Bay Area trip 1

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Of the trips I made and whether alone or with mum this one gotta be the most exciting because it is the first time Kenzo will be coming, it is his first plane ride and his first outside the country.

Prior to the trip I am quite worried on how Kenzo will react to the long plane ride, how will he interact with others, basically I am worried on how Kenzo will be. I cannot be positive about the trip and I really though he might be a handful but also I really wanted him to go with us.

When we got the airport all were normal, no shouting, no dramas, no tantrums etc.. Kenzo reacted like any normal obedient kid (*whew.).

Just like any traveler he was carrying his most important things: a bag full of toys, an Ipad and his “Munchy” (will be subject to a seperate post in a few days). We queued to have our bags checked-in, walked to immigration officers (though this was the time he got a bit scared on why the officer waned  to look at him). Now the next challenge was how entertain him while waiting for the boarding gate to open, good thing we saw a small playground at NAIA T2 where he spent his time wallowing around, in fact he reluctantly left the area and we almost need to force him to stop playing.

At around 11 pm since we have a kid in tow we got the to the plane first before all the others. Once we passby the business class section, Kenzo immediately saw an empty seat that looks really comfy and he said to his mum, “let us seat there.” that was a bit funny but at the same time sad because we are in the section of the ordinary people, the economy section where we cramped ourselves in little seats that hardly recline, the section for low paying fliers.

After getting our seats he got very sleepy and just fell asleep most of the way.

After about 11 hours in the sky we started to descend to SFO too bad it was rainy that night and he was not able to see SFO while our plane is on descent, we just saw we are very close to the airport and a few more seconds we safely landed.

In about an hour we passed imiigration and waited for Rhea and Rhissa to pick us up. This time kenzo was quiet and seems observing his new surrounding and still very much excited.

On our way to Rhea’s where Kenzo and his mum will stay, while I stay with Susie in Menlo Park, we stopped by Wing Stop for our dinner and while waiting I toggle Kenzo to TARGET for some snacks he can munch. It was a rainy night, our hoodies on and we walked to buy special Oreos, Ritz and orange soda. We walked out and he was happy about this wonderful place.

To be Continued….

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