Saturday, June 29, 2013

Marion: Three years and 8 months

June 10, 2013
First Day of the School Year

She's still at Toddlers & Teachers, Inc., but now in the Green Room. She's in the Apple Green class with Teachers Glyka, Nyra and Pammie. I was a bit worried about how she would react about being in a new room, new teachers and a bigger class. However, she jumped right in and barely looked back at me. :-) She did give Teacher Maica (her teacher last year) a big hug. This is the first school year wherein she'll be going to school every day.

We were all about Green on our first day.
Green outfit.
Green korker bows.

The green room.
This is when I picked her up.

Sitting down and listening.

Marco went with me to pick her up.

I bought green (some were apple shaped) cake pops for her class.

Apple green apple shaped cake pops :-)

I always ask her how her morning in school went. As usual, she's just say the usual stuff-- "I played in the play area, I ate my snack..." But I don't let her off the hook. So these are some of her random comments and kwentos from school.

* She had a picnic with a classmate.

* After I asked her if she played with a boy classmate (I named one of the kids I knew- M---), she said "No, because he's always naughty." Even after I told her that he probably isn't naughty and was just being playful, she shook her head and insisted that he was naughty.

* She confessed that she didn't behave and ran around the classroom so Teacher Glyka had to talk to her. Then I pointed out that she was the one being naughty in class that day. She paused and I could see the realization coming to her that she could be the one naughty also.

* She told me that a boy classmate hit her with his hand on his head and Teacher Pammie talked to him. He hit her because he wanted the wand she made.
     ---> I'm not concerned about her getting hit. She really didn't seem to mind. So I just talked to her about sharing and taking turns and playing with other toys while waiting.

* She has also said, "Boys are naughty." When I told her that her dad, Guakong, Marco, etc. were boys also, she rephrased her statement to, "All the boys in my classroom are naughty."
     ---> Where did she learn to generalize like this? Her dad might be happy that she's not interested being around boys... at this point. ;-) But seriously, I'm trying to get her to make friends with everyone including the boys.

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While I was watching the kids play in the room, I caught her singing. She was just making up a song... it was like talking to herself but singing the words. :-) I really don't know if parts of it came from another song like her refrain, "If you need me I'll be right here, If you need me once or twice..."

I also heard her singing Puff the Magic Dragon and she told me she learned it in school so I showed her this video and a copy of the rest of the lyrics. :-)

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She's still very much into My Little Pony (which she watches on Youtube) and superheroes. She has a few Marvel books for kids. She likes to be Storm or Lightning Rarity (Lightning is the name of the horse in my series of stories about "the little girl named Yen" while Rarity is, in her words, the fancy and pretty pony in My Little Pony.)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

From the Kitchen: Polvoron

I remember making polvoron with my mom when I was younger and so wanted to do with with the kids, too.


1 1/4 cups toasted flour
     (use cake flour!)
1/2 cup milk powder
     (we've been used skimmed milk powder but full cream & buttermilk are also okay or a combination of the different kinds of milk)
1/2 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
     (but it's okay also if it's just softened)

additional stuff: matcha powder, crushed cookies, honey-glazed rice crispies

That's not green mold! That's matcha powder.
Smiley face polvorons

1. Toast the cake flour. I place it in the biggest pan I have and "rake" the flour around very much like moving sand around in a miniature zen garden. You cannot rush it. So just relax. :-) Since the kids get impatient, I just toast the cake flour ahead of time.

2. Then mix in the milk powder. (Or the confectioner's sugar. I don't think it really matters.) Then do the zen thing again.

3. The mix in the sugar. Then do the zen thing again.

4. If the butter isn't melted, move the dry ingredients to the side of the pan and melt the butter into the middle. When melted, mix it all together.

5. Transfer to a bowl.

6. Toss in whatever you want to toss in. We use matcha powder, crushed cookies, rice crispies.

7. Mold.

8. Put in freezer.

9. Wrap.

10. Eat.

We've tried dipping it also in chocolate but I don't have the proper technique to do it so it's always not very pretty and too messy. For that, just melt some chocolate, adjust consistency by putting in some CBS (cocoa butter substitute) and dip the polvoron after taking them out of the freezer.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

From the Craft Room: Korker bows

I've had all the supplies to do this for a months now but I just got around to finally doing this now.

a) 1/4" wooden dowels (which I bought online from Casey's Wood Products)
    * These were 3 feet long so I had to get them sawed into 3 pieces to fit into my oven.
b) Wooden clothespin
     * I got a pack for Php25. 
c) Alligator clips
     * I ordered single prong clips from Amazon. They sent me double prong clips by mistake. When I pointed this out to them, they sent me a box of single prong clips and told me I could keep the double prong clips. So that's how I ended up with a whole bunch of clips. ;p
d) Grosgrain ribbons
     * I got some 1/4" and 3/8" ribbons and I couldn't really tell the difference. The plain ones were Php3 or Php4 per yard. The printed ones were Php15- Php18 per yard. I more or less used 1 yard per 12" long dowel.

1. Twist the ribbons around the dowel. Secure it with the clothespin.

2. Bake in the low setting of the oven for 25- 30 minutes.

3. Let cool. And carefully take the ribbons out of the dowel.

4. Cut it into desired length. I cut it into 4 inches.

5. Put the ribbons together. I used 10-12 pieces for each. Tie!

6. Hot glue ribbon around the alligator clip and then the korker. :-)

After these came out of the oven, it took me just a little over an hour to make 12 hair clips. They aren't perfect and I didn't do anything to seal the tips of the ribbons so they might fray a bit. But it will do. :-)

Monday, June 10, 2013

From the Kitchen: Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

I used the recipe for Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies by Aileen Anastacio. It came out in the January- February 2013 issue of Yummy Magazine.

1 cup butter, cubed
1 1/3 cups dark brown sugar
1/2 cup muscovado sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups whole wheat flour
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
16 ounces dark chocolate chopped in chunks

This is what I did (pretty much following the recipe).
1. Beat the butter and sugars.
2. Add eggs one at a time.
3. Add the vanilla.
4. In a separate bowl, combine the fours, baking soda & salt.
5. Gradually poured in the flour mixture to the bater.
6. Throw in as much chocolate chips as we liked.
8. Place the dough in an airtight container in the fridge for at least 1 hr (or overnight).
9. Scoop into mounds and bake at 375F for 9- 12 mins (until the edges are slightly golden and centers still slightly soft.

Yummy and moist!

I used rock salt and I could bite into the salt. I think maybe we didn't mix it too well either. But the next time we'll do this maybe I will intentionally sprinkle in some of the pink salt my sister, May, sent us. :-)

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Marco: One year and 3 months

Appointment with Dr. Pia last May 17, 2013
14- 15 months old. He wasn't due for a check up but I wanted to bring him in anyway. :-)

First time not to be on the baby weighing scale.

Weight: 9.5 kg
Height: 30 1/2 in
Head circumference: 46 1/2 cm
Immunization: MMR #1

I was so relieved to see that his weight gain is very good. :-)

Continue heraclene 1mg cap per day and for vitamins.
Check that vitamins has vitamin D (400iu/day).

Whole milk/full cream milk 24- 30 oz/day (or toddler formula but it is sweeter).
è I’ll try giving him whole/fresh milk half the time.
Give milk by cup/straw. Discourage bottle in bed. Off bottles before age 2. No sippy cups with juice.
è Uh oh. This will take some work.
Encourage self-feeding and meals with family.
Off bottle before age 2.
Brush teeth 3x/day.

Some developmental questions for 15 months:
* Can he walk backward? 
     No. But he can stop and somewhat change directions.
* Scribbling? 
     Yikes, I haven’t tried.
* Can he stack 2 cubes? 
     Yikes, we haven’t checked. But he can stack rings.
* Words? 
     He knows enough words… usually uses sounds to refer to things by sound like Moo for cow, Vroom for motorcycle, Ssss for snake. Ca= car, Deeh= there, Aah= up, Boh= ball. He also has specific words (sounds) for mom, dad, achi, ate, milk, water, food (namnam), car, motorcycle, puppy, cat, bird, cow, ball, there, light...
* Body parts? 
     He knows head, shoulders, toes, eyes, ears, nose, belly button, tongue, fingers, teeth, hair, chin.
* Follows instructions? 
     Yes, like arms up, wave, flying kiss, close eyes, open door, put it in the box, wipe your mouth, switch on the light.

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The most "significant" development I noticed this month is Marco beginning to really assert himself. He likes playing outside the house, more specifically, riding his sister's tricycle. He would bang on the door (or roll around by the main door) pointing to the trike. Also, once he's all dressed for "pasyal" he gets very impatient to ride the car. Same goes for food or drinks. We were at a restaurant and he wanted a straw to drink from also.

Oh boy. :-)

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First time down a slide

First Scribbles (more like taps on paper)

Walking backward
He can walk backwards now even without the cart.

Last video-- Marco and the harmonica

Friday, June 07, 2013

Feast of the Sacred Heart

I went to a school called Sacred Heart for 11 years and yet the devotion to it isn't all clear to me. I also just remember that sometime early in the school year, around June, there'd always be a procession to celebrate the feast. I had to look it up and just now also realized the devotion to the Sacred Heart is also the reason why my entire school had first Friday mass each month.


So, about the Sacred Heart.

On the Devotion to the Sacred Heart--
The heart has always been seen as the "center" or essence a person ("the heart of the matter," "you are my heart," "take it to heart," etc.) and the wellspring of our emotional lives and love ("you break my heart," "my heart sings," etc.) Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is devotion to Jesus Christ Himself, but in the particular ways of meditating on his interior life and on His threefold love -- His divine love, His burning love that fed His human will, and His sensible love that affects His interior life.
The history of the devotion to the Sacred Heart--
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus first developed in the late Middle Ages. This was a time when Christ was most often depicted as the Divine Judge, ready to pour out wrath and retribution on the unrepentant sinner. It was the great women mystics, like St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. Gertrude the Great, who were among the first to imagine a new way of understanding who and what Christ is and could be for us. (Source)

The Church has a long tradition of loving Jesus and his Sacred Heart but it was not a very common thing among the people. In 1673, he appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and showed her His Sacred Heart and the great love He has for all of us. The following year He asked her that she make it known that He would like us to honour Him as the Sacred Heart. She said He appeared "radiant with love". (Source.)

The Promises found in the writings of St. Margaret Mary--
  1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
  2. I will give peace in their families.
  3. I will console them in all their troubles.
  4. I will be their refuge in life and especially in death.
  5. I will abundantly bless all their undertakings.
  6. Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
  7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
  8. Fervent souls shall rise speedily to great perfection.
  9. I will bless those places wherein the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and venerated.
  10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.
  11. Persons who propagate this devotion shall have their names eternally written in my Heart.
  12. In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.

The Devotions attached to the Promises--
  • Receiving Communion frequently
  • First Fridays: going to Confession and receiving the Eucharist on the first Friday of each month for nine consecutive months. Many parishes will offer public First Friday devotions; if they do, you must perform First Fridays publicly. If it isn't so offered in your parish, you can do this privately, going to Confession, receiving the Eucharist, and offering your prayers for the intention of the Holy Father.
  • Holy Hour: Eucharistic Adoration for one hour on Thursdays ("Could you not watch one hour with me?"). Holy Hour can be made alone or as part of a group with formal prayers.
  • Celebrating of the Feast of the Sacred Heart

For the kids-- this one (here) has nice printables-- tracking chart and a completion certificate- to inspire devotion to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts.

This is what we did yesterday to prepare for the feast of the Sacred Heart--

We did some heart-shaped tie dyed shirts.

I prepared the Sacred Heart outline with black glue and she painted it in.

Marco wanted to join us so he scribbled also. :-)