Saturday, April 28, 2012

What's she making face?

What's she making face?

That's Marion's most asked question when we're reading a book. She'll ask it of every character in every page. Sometimes, she'll really try to figure out what their expressions are.

Before she learned to ask that, we would just play around making or drawing different faces:

Then we added more like:

Because she keeps asking me about moods/expressions, I've had to add:
thinking (ok, not really a mood but I'm in no mood to explain, perhaps, pensive)

Or we use the synonyms of expressions she already knows-- joyful, frightened, grumpy, mad, ecstatic...

Sometimes I simply run out of ideas on how to label expressions... or how to contort my face.

I wish I'd bought that poster in National Bookstore when I saw it. I couldn't find it when I went back for it. It was something like this:

Also, we have most of Sandra Boynton's books, but not this one (yet):

This looks like a nice set of flash cards, isn't it? It'll definitely keep Marion preoccupied for a long time.

And I just found out, the ability to read facial expressions is connected to good social skills. (A bit more about that here.)

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My darling daughter is 2.5 years old today!

Monday, April 16, 2012

April 16: Feast of St. Bernadette

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A somewhat irreverent and funny thing.

While my family and I were in Lourdes, we did as everyone did. We washed and drank from the spring. After I'd washed my face, David teased me saying, "Dich, your pimples are gone."

No they weren't.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Marco: 1 month

March 19, 2012 (11 days old)
     Weight: 6 lbs, 9 oz
      Head Circumference: 35 1/2 cm
      Lenght: 20 1/4 in

April 13, 2012 (1 month, 5 days)
      Weight: 9 lbs, 8 oz
      Head Circumferene: 37 1/2 cm
      Length: 22 in

Concerns discussed with Pedia:
1.) Blocked Tear Duct- His right eye was getting wet and sticky and I remember Marion's eye got that way also (but she was already around 2 months old) so I got in touch with Dr. Pia. She recommended Tobrex drops (1 drop every 4 hours) for 3- 5 days. After 5 days his right eye still seemed wetter than the other so we went on up to 7 days. We had Dr./Tita Eunice check it and since there was no infection there was no great concern over it. Eunice asked me, "Have you googled about it already?" I hadn't. So she went on to explain why it happens. Read about blocked tear ducts here.

2) A boil??-- I was shocked to see something that looked like a boil in Marco's butt. Rocky and I sent a photo to the Pedias... who reassured us that it was just his BCG shot. Oh, that's right. Dr. Pia had told me to expect it during our first visit.

Unicorns and Trees

Girls from my generation would know Lisa Frank or at least would recognize her work. The character I remember the most was her unicorn...

Unicorns are magical.

I bought a copy of this book when I saw it at St. Paul's

In his note for the parents, the author wrote, "I decided to resort to "ancient rhyme" in telling this tale to give our kids a glimpse of how stories once were spun, and to show them how the poem once weaved its magic..."

Marion's likes the book very much. It's perfect for my little girl with a great imagination since story is from "Not very long ago, in a land far, far away", of exciting chases with horses, motor bikes, helicopters and a rainbow, of encounters with animals wild and friendly, and creatures real and imaginary. The pictures and colors are vivid and Marion's just flipping and flipping through the book just looking at them and asking questions.

I love the lessons from the book. Two lessons.
The first one,
"Twas a valuable lesson
the young prince learned that day: 
that real men don't always force their will, 
or impose their way;
that true strength lay not in power, 
gold, or weapons terrible,
but in kind words spoken,
and acts caring and charitable."

The second one is about how man is not taking care of the environment. The Owl said, "Man leaves fellow creatures with no place to call home, not to mention polluted forests and lakes, we could never roam. It's wrongly selfish, for don't we all know it to be true, that Man is God's steward on earth and his creature, too?"

One line from the book goes, "The people then slowed down building high rises and malls"


Someone needs to give SM a copy of this book.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Something my brother David came up with during his reflections. (Ateneo Alum Recollection, Day 2)

There are lives I can not live
There are decisions I can not make
There are places I can not be 
There are people I can not be with 
There are responsibilities I must have
There are roles I have to play
There are pains I must endure
There are dreams I must let go of
There are words I can not say
There are things I can not do
The sooner I accept this,
the sooner clarity will come.
Clarity will bring focus
Focus will ease decision
Decision will entail sacrifice
From sacrifice will blossom purpose
From purpose will spring happiness
And happiness will complete love
Guide me oh Lord.
Give me the dignity to face the consequences of my fidelity to your will. Make me your instrument

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Our Easter eggs at home

Balloon, glue, yarn and puzzle erasers
     (Got the idea from Disney Family Fun website.)
     I remember having to make a lampshade? back in high school using the same technique. For that project, we used a beachball and twine.


Jello inside egg

     Got the idea from Martha.

Eggciting surprise

     (From Oh Happy Day's glitter confetti egg.)


     Got the Wilton pan from Gourdo's.

     Marion had a couple of play dates over the Holy Week. Here's Ate Belle decorating a cookie.

Chalk drawings in the garage

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Marion's Easter Egg Hunt at Makati Sports

She won 2 chicks and a bunny. But we're not ready for pets so we returned them.

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And her jackpot basket delivered by Tito Jolly.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Kids Say


After her afternoon nap, I invited Marion to go to the mall with me to get some errands done (print some photos & get her some snacks for school... since she got some of her classmates' drink/snack today. ;p). Instead of getting dressed, she "escaped" from yaya and ran into my room where I was getting dressed myself.

Marion: I'll help you pick out your dress, Moooom!
Me: Hmmm... where did my dress go? (rummaging through my closet)
Marion: It has feet?