Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Marco: One year, 11 months

January 9- February 8, 2014

* January 9, 2014
     - I took him to Dr. Cricket for a cough that started on January 5. We started giving him Cinnabar and Eupatorium.

* January 21, 2014
     - I took him to Dr. Pia for vaccination (MMR + Varicella) booster. And we were reminded about his Calcium and Vitamin D requirements.

* February 6, 2014
     - Took him back to Dr. Cricket for a slight fever. His medicines are now the Pneumodoron 1 and Pneumodoron 2.

He's been taking (and loving) his star vitamins:

He also takes Biobita and cod liver oil (Child Life).


He loves doing finger painting and we have to hide the paints from him so we would stop. (When he starts making a huge, huge mess already). I think I'll start introducing him to watercolors and paintbrush since he can really use up the finger paints really fast!

These are some of his scribbles/drawings:

As with Marion when she was younger, the "this little piggy" on his toes really calms him down. When it's bedtime and he still crawls, climbs, jumps around the bed, I offer to do "this little piggy" and it gets him to lie still. He would request for another round of "this little piggy" on his other foot, then another round on the other and so on. I change the words, like-- "this little piggy rode a train, this little piggy rode a horse" or "this little piggy drank juice, this little piggy drank milk", etc.

We've also been toilet training him. For some reason I think we're not having as many wet accidents on the floor during the day as we did with Marion. Maybe we (the adults) are just better at bringing to the potty before it happens. But, when the lights are already out at night, he'll say "poo poo, poo poo, poo poo". So I'd take him to the potty. Sometimes he really needs to poo. And he makes me sit right in front of him and insists I make the "poo poo" sounds. If I start making the "wee wee" sounds, he'll correct me and make the do the "poo poo" sounds. However, there are many nights that he just needs to pee so I try to convince him to just pee in his diaper but he'll fuss and cry until I have to get out of the bed and bring him to the potty.

He has these Disney Characters toys:

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Valentine's Day 2014

Rocky and I were supposed to go to the Travel Fair together but I had a meeting at the office. He scored us some tickets for HK. :-)

Then we got to watch game 1 (of 3) of the baseball finals Admu vs Dlsu. Admu won! :-)

Took a pic of Leandro Banzon from my office window.

Then we went to the stadium.
The kids and I prepared this for Rocky:

And this for Marion's class:

We decorated the garage with these:

I worked on this.

The kids worked on this.

Rocky got me this (Yey!)

Marco asked me to get him some balloons (he asks every time we're in National)

We were planning to just stay in to avoid pay day and Vday traffic but we snuck out to have dinner nearby:

Mitsuyado Sei men
We ended the day at home with some-- 

Chinese New Year 2014

As usual, we went to the mall for the dragon dance. Marco was nervous at first and hesitated to go near the dragon and lions. But when he saw his sister rushing towards it, he became more curious and wanted to go nearer as well. Marion immediately noticed that the dragon was not following a ball...

Rocky's cousin, Ronnie was in town with his wife Jade and children. There was a children's party.

We brought soft shelled crab noodle salad.

I should make this more often.

My mom gave us tikoy--

We got this from DEC and missed Ama who always gave us one.

And I finally got our own dragon mask-- Jaja got it for us from White Gold, Php1k

***** ***** *****
Fried Soft Shell Crab with Sesame Seeds

Soft shell crab- 8 pcs
Egg whites- 2 pieces
Cornstarch- 2 cups
Garlic- chopped
Adobo Spice- 1 Tbsp
Chicken Powder- 2 Tbsp
Chili powder- 1/2 tsp
Salt- 1 tsp
Ground black pepper- 1 tsp
Black sesame seeds- 1/2 cup
Cooking oil

     - I don't put in all the spices/powders. I just use whatever we have in the kitchen, but make sure to have the black sesame seeds.

Noodle salad:
Egg noodles (boiled)- 250gms
Pea sproud (sauted in garlic)
Salad Tomatoes (sliced)- 2pieces
Yellow onions (sliced)
Yellow capsicum (strips)

     - I also just use what's available. I've omitted the pea sprouts and yellow onion.

Salad dressing:
Parsley (chopped)- 30 gms
Cilantro (chopped)- 30 gms
Red wine vinegar- 1/2 cup
Kikkoman soy sauce- 1 Tbsp
Honey- 3/4 cup
Soya oil- 1 1/2 cup
Sesame oil- 1 Tbsp

     - I've tried using much more parsley and cilantro than that. Also, I've tried using less cilantro since I don't really like cilantro. However, the times when I used cilantro I was surprised that it actually made the dressing taste better.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Introduction to Star Wars

First introduction were the books I gave Rocky for Father's Day 2013. Jeffrey Brown's books--

Well, we did get some of these books before that but it didn't interest her.

Then Rocky showed her ALL movies in this order around Christmas/New Year.

Then while we were in Baguio, we borrowed these books from the Leung kids--

And played with light sabers--

Then we got these from a children's party:

(I've never had to assemble toys like this before and it seems like recently I've been putting together so many.)

Now she likes talking about Star Wars...

She was in the middle of enumerating all her favorite characters when I started taking a video. I asked her to start over and so I distracted her and broke her train of though. Also, to her Darth Vader is not a villian since her first introduction to him was through Jeffrey Brown's books.

She talks a lot about C3PO and R2D2 in this video.

Monday, February 10, 2014

On trips without kids and separation anxiety

Mizpah: The LORD watch between you and me, when we are out of one another’s sight

My two week trip to Spain last October was the longest I've been away from my kids. If I counted the nights I spent away from them, I doubt it would be more than my fingers. And so, I was a bit worried.

I might have overdid it but..

Locket with my picture in it--

Daily letters and activities I prepared (mostly for Marion)--

Maps to help her know where I was--

World map

Map of Spain

Reminders for Rocky
Reminders for Rocky

Skype sessions--

We survived. But I don't know if I could ever be away that long again soon (or when they are still young.)

Oh, scrap that-- I have a trip on February with Rocky sans kids. Gulp. Good luck to us!