Saturday, April 30, 2011

Counting Easter Eggs

Here's the kiddo counting the Easter eggs she got from egg hunting last Easter weekend :)

My Awesome Easter Weekend

I had the perfect Easter weekend -- lazy day with me, hubby, the kiddo, the 4-legged kiddos and the 75F weather. Awesome!!!

After church, we didn't go anywhere and just stayed at home. Since the weather was just beautiful, we spent the rest of the morning in the backyard - the tot playing with her water tub, hubby grilling some Filipino BBQ, the dogs just having fun in the sun :) Most of our neighbors are enjoying the weather as well. Two of our neighbors rang our bell since they dropped some ball over our backyard :)

Anyways, here's a video of what felt like one of my best weekends ever :)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

My 2 yr old is "reading"?????

Around Christmas 2010, the kiddo learned the sounds of each letter of the alphabet so by the time she turned 2 (Feb this year), she has mastered it by heart. She could even give you example of things that start with certain letter (i.e. P, P, P-- Pizza!, you can tell she loves food!).

We encouraged her to say out loud the sound of each letter whenever we come across simple words wherever we go. We read the words so she would understand that there's more to letters than just having sounds... they form words that she can read :) I think this practice helped a lot on top of us reading books to her every single day.

One time we went to Trader Joe's and there was a big signage that says "EGGS on sale". When she saw it, she shouted "EGGS!!! EGGS!!!". My husband and I looked at each other and we were trying to figure out how did she know that those read "EGGS" when there was no single picture of an egg in there. Hmmm.

It was an "A-ha!" moment for us -- maybe, just maybe, she's able to grasp the basics of "reading". How else would she know that the word on the signage read "EGGS"???

We were stoked.

Anyways, here's her first video trying to "read". This was taken this morning. I will try to take some more tonight and post more videos of her as she gets better at it :)

She knew simple words and mostly those that she's already familiar with since she can associate the word with the actual object. She can easily get 2 to 6 letter words correctly.

Regardless, we are just happy about her progress. Please take note that we don't sit down for hours and hours to teach her all these (we don't have time for that as both me and hubby are working full time, plus I don't have the patience!). She just picks it up really quick as most kids her age do.

And no, we didn't use the "Your Baby Can Read" program. We used old school method of reading to her every night so the love for books and reading came naturally for her.

From the get-go we were never believers of "YBCR" program. I thought in the beginning it was pretty cool seeing those little kids "read". However, when I saw how it's being done (putting your kid in front of the TV every single day and having them go through flash cards after flash cards after flash cards and a mountain of other media of God-knows-what!), we knew that it's not for us. We don't have the time (and patience!) required for this program. Not to mention it's really expensive. I'm so glad we didn't fall into this trap. Sorry, I'm sure this worked to a lot of parents. I didn't want to criticize it at all, I just personally think that learning phonics is one of the best way to teach kids to read and YBCR is more like "memorization" (to me at least, just my opinion).

Anyways, super long post for today. Sorry, I'm being a stage mommy. Just really super proud of my baby. All these things she do are just bonuses to us. Her personality and character and being just who she is is what makes us super crazy about her.

To our Mikka, we love you, sweetheart!!!! We are sooo proud of you!!!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Somebody's watching me!!!

Oh my goodness! I got the fright of my guts! The kiddo is napping longer than her usual 2hr nap so I found some time to look into some homework we got in preparation for our meeting with our CFP.

I was sooo focused into the paperworks when I looked up I saw Leonardo the Terrible Monster sitting on the kiddo's chair, right in front of me! (I know, he's not the cutest looking monster but my daughter adores him!) She must have put him there earlier when she was playing with her "pretend" friends.

Maaan, I almost jumped off my chair! Then of course I laughed at myself. One of the many joys of parenthood ;)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Love the hat!!!

There's no denying the kiddo is a Target baby ;) Checkout the cute hat! We didn't get it since I know as soon as we get home she didn't want anything to do with it. So, this snap would do ;)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Crispy okoy & adobong string beans

This is sooooo good! A good example why abstaining from eating meat during Lent doesn't feel too much of a "sacrifice" to me at all. I should have given up coffee and/or chocolates instead (oh maaan, now to me that's definitely a sacrifice!)

I cooked adobong sitaw (string beans) with squid balls (weird huh?) last for dinner last night. Hubby came home with a plate of okoy (tiny shrimps crisps), from a friend of ours who brought us pasalubong from L.A (thanks Arnold and Kim!)

Surprisingly, the string beans and okoy went good together so I had a busog kiddo and hubby last night ;)

Now what to cook for tonight?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Just like college

Gotta love this book - geekiness and all!

Saturday, April 16, 2011


I thought she's such a cutie ;)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Experimental Pasta

It's Sunday and the kiddo's napping so I took some time to whip off this pasta I just put together really quick. I have some pasta sauce in the pantry, some leftover rotiserrie chicken, frozen veggies, shredded cheese, cooked pasta and baked it for 30mins... no idea how it's going to taste like but I'd let the hubby and the kiddo be the judge.

No I'm not a good cook, so I don't have high hopes at all on this one. I just didn't want to eat out this time.

Hey, at leat least I tried "cooking" ;)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Mikka enjoying the splash pad

We attended a birthday party last week at Desert Breeze Park. It was pretty warm that day so the kids had a blast at the splash pad. It was Mikka's first time to play on a splash pad and she was pretty thrilled with it :)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Mikka and the Bluebonnets

We went to Austin, TX last weekend to visit my sister and my brother-in-law. It was a great trip! Made me realize how it makes a whole lot of difference when family's close by. We really really love it being there and I'm sure we're going back soon.

It's spring time and Bluebonnets (state flower of TX) are in bloom. They can only be found in TX and we're lucky my brother-in-law knew a "secret" place where these pretty flowers are blooming a plenty!

My brother-in-law (he's the best!), put together this awesome video of Mikka with some of the highlights we had while we were in Austin :) Can't wait to go back there!!!

Bluebonnet Hunting with Meeks from AM3 Photography on Vimeo.


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