Author: Jenelyn Ubongen
It was unfortunate that we miss the Annual Open day of Fire and Rescueat our local fire station last May 20 this year. To be frank, I forgot to keep track of it. Silly mommy… hehe..
But anyway, we had the chance to participate in last year’s open day. The event started with giving away souvenirs such as the fire patrol hat and red balloons indicating the Emergency Number which is 000.There was also a talk and demonstration from the firemen about fire safety at home.
April 13, 2017
He was proudly wearing our DIY Angy Bird Easter Hat.
He’s sitting with his playmates waiting to be called for their easter performance.
Marshall all smiles seeing the easter bunny 😉
Check out their Easter dance 😉
April 15, 2017
The sun was up at the Sydney Royale Easter Show 2017. We bought our tickets online at an earlier date and got it for $37 each instead of $41. Marshall got a free entry because children 3 years and under are free. Hurray!
There were a lot of food stalls but very few seats available so we just bought take away food, looked for a sheltered corner, and help ourselves on the floor. We also brought with us some canned drinks but maybe next time we will just bring packed lunch as well. hehe.
After few minutes, we roam around the arts and crafts area. Thankfully, it was indoor.
Marshall can’t resist the giant slide eventhough it was terribly hot. I’m so proud of him for giving it a try! 😉
They all tried the slide while I took a video of them. (Takot din kasi ako.. hehe)
It was our first time to experience this event and we did not know that it was that enormous and amazing. Looking forward to next year’s Sydney Royale Easter Show. 🙂
Meanwhile, check out our short Easter Show video. 🙂
Weeh! We are already on our O week of our A-Z activities. And for this week, it’s O for ocean creatures! ;))
Last Christmas, Marshall received a Christmas package from his Ninong Jay-r. I’m not sure how he arranged for the delivery, but the thought that he made an effort considering he’s in the Philippines and we’re here in Sydney, it’s just so sweet of him! 😉
Tadaa! It’s a big tub of ocean creatures from Animal Planet! It includes 50 pieces of various sea creatures including sharks, whales, dolphins, starfish, coral reefs, and a lot more that will surely bring out a child’s imagination to explore the depth of the ocean.
It contains 28 ocean animals, 12 small rocks, 6 seaweeds, 2 corals, and 2 large rocks.
Thinking about the mess it would make? No worries! It comes in a clear tub with a lid and a handle so he can easily pack away the figures after he’s done playing.
This coming Thursday, April 13, Marshall will have his first Easter hat parade at school. Parents are encouraged to work with the kids to create their own easter bonnet or hat. Hurray to DIY! …and to our old surprise eggs! Since we also have Angry Birds eggs, we decided that we should go for an Angry Birds Theme.
These are the materials:
*old surprise eggs
*glue gun (with glue stick, of course)– parental guidance is a must 😉
*felt cloth (black, white, green — to go with our theme)
*pair of scissors — again, parental guidance is a must 😉
In total, we only spent $2 for the felt hat since we already have our supplies from our not-so-quiet books. And we made this easter hat in just 15 minutes. It’s that simple! 😉
I bet you can also do your own easter hat using old stuff!
Here’s a short video of our DIY Angry Birds Easter Hat. Happy Easter everyone! :))
November 07, 2015 was Marshall’s 2nd birthday. And yes, again this was a super late entry considering that was a year and a half ago. Anyway, he’s birthday at that time fell on a weekend, and thankfully, he was with us in Singapore! Hurray! Nevertheless, I still did an open letter for him 😉
Considering it’s a foreign country, we knew that it would cost a leg and an arm to throw a kiddie birthday party unless we would be frugal enough to just celebrate it at home. On the other hand, we will be leaving Singapore at that time, for good, so might as well consider it as a despedida too.
We surveyed and researched various venues to held the event and then we figured out that there’s no better place to paint the town red other than he’s favorite playhouse which is Happy Willow.
Upon checking their packages, we opted for the standard pixie and fun party. It wasn’t that costly so we called to book right away and we were lucky enough to get the exact day we wanted which is his actual birthday. We were also blessed that we met one of the staff there, Majoy, who is also a Filipino. She was very accommodating and tried to grant all our requests for the party. The package includes 2 hours use of the party room, party balloons for all children, free flow of Ice Water for kids, customized email invites and cards for guests. But she actually handed over hard copies of the invites. yey!
and what’s super cool is the Unlimited Playtime Fun in the play garden. It was also nice to know that her sister, Hazel, has a catering business, Kitchen Therapy, so we also got the contact from her to order our food and our cake. Right there and then we already hit two stones at a time.
We wanted a zoo themed party but not to the extent of spending too much. Hence, we decided to do some DIY decorations, props, and souvenirs.
We printed some images and letterings for the decors.
Dada and I were both hands on with the preparation.
Even Marshall was also lending a hand. Good job! 😉Remember these souvenirs from Marshall’s christening? There were few more left, so we decided to just change the photo and give it as a souvenir. 😉
We also provided socks for the guests, and of course, it was animal printed. Remember these photo accessories? These were the same accessories we used on Marshall’s 1st birthday!
Marshmallows that we also decorated by putting a toothpick with a giraffe image. 😉
This is actually a yema cake from Kitchen Therapy. Lovely! 😉
I guess everyone we’re tickled pink! Thank God for this blessing! 🙂
This was Marshall’s 1st birthday celebration last November 08, 2014. He’s actually 3 years and 5 months now. Haha! I know, I know! This is a very long overdue post and finally, I was able to squeeze in some time to check our almost full hard drive and upload these photos here. As a matter of fact, I still have a bunch of photos that are still waiting to be synced, so please bear with the busy mom.
It was more than 2 years ago, hence, it seems as though it was just a couple of weeks back. Oh.. time really flies… I can still remember the open letter I wrote to him.
Back in 2014, Dada and I were both working in Singapore while Marshall was in the Philippines. These were those moments which we were still separated by distance and it was truly heartbreaking. His first birthday, unfortunately, fell on a weekday (Friday) and sadly I wasn’t granted a leave so we were left with no other choice but to celebrate it on a Saturday instead. Dada and I went back to Philippines and stayed there for 36 hours then flew back to Singapore thereafter. Imagine that!
Because of this time constraint, we planned for a hassle free celebration and glad that we found a great deal from Max’s. We’ve been eyeing their package initially when Marshall had his Baptismal but we changed our plans that time. So for his 1st year, we decided to go ahead with their package.
Max’s have various theme package but of course, we chose the racer package and requested for black, red, and white balloons. We opted for Kids B for 20 kids.
They already provided the birthday tarpaulin.
But still, we also brought ours. The Staff helped us placed it in a corner so we can use it as a photo booth area.
I guess they enjoyed the game more than the kids! hehe!
Honestly, I wasn’t able to eat well cause I was busy with Marshall and was tied up with chikahan. But the guests seemed to be pleased with the meal, so thumbs up!
After the meal, Chickie boy came!
I guess Marshall was surprised with the mascot!
After some time, we then sang a happy birthday song for marshall while blowing his cake.
We let him smash the cake just a bit kasi sayang! Actually, he only took the car toy! hehe! And we brought home the cake.
Anyway, we brought our own cupcakes for everyone to eat. We ordered from one of our friend who had some baking business. Mas mura compared to other cupcakes store and yet it’s tasteful. The Staff allowed us to set up a mini candy bar. We were lucky that they didn’t ask for additional payment. Sweets were brought by my other sister in law, Ate Leah. We placed car accessories labels.
Overall, we had fun during that big day! Big thanks to Max’s staff and crew for all the help during the event. And of course, this wouldn’t be possible without our families and friends who celebrated with us.
Play this page like abacus, counting the beads one by one.
Apple picking. Pick apple/apples depending on the number indicated on each basket.
Last year, Marshall and I mostly spent our days at home learning (and playing), (lots of playing!). As a stay at home mom, I do all the household chores. Dada helps me at times when he’s not that tired from work, but usually, I do everything. And then I realize, should I involve Marshall as early at his age? Anyway, we’re buddies at home so why not let him help me with all my house works? hehe! Just kidding!
But seriously, I want him to have the responsibility and lend me a hand, at the earliest possible time. It was around May last year, which I guess was a perfect time since Marshall was not yet attending his pre-school, (he was still 2 1/2 years old at that time). I started teaching him some of my basic household routine one of which is, washing the dishes.
But turns out.. uhm, just watch the video hehe 😉
If you think kids can help with the dishes, well.. think again. #butatleastwesharedagoodlaugh
Posted by Jenelyn Palogod-Uboñgen on Tuesday, May 17, 2016
I thought to myself, is it still too early to give him a simple task to do since he thinks everything is just a play? But then again, when you watched the video, he still tried his best to help me in his own funny way. And I figure out, it would be better for him to learn when he is having fun. At the same time, I also need to emphasize what he is expected to do. Aside from picking up and fixing his toys after use, slowly, he was able to catch up with our routine. Here’s a video of him doing our household chores. 😉
When he turned 3 last November, Dada and I both agreed for him to go to preschool. He’s at school every Mondays and Tuesdays for the whole day. After school, he will rest for about half an hour and we will water the plants. I asked him to do the watering daily and he’s good at reminding me cause I tend to forget about it. Every Wednesday, we both attend a half day playgroup session and then he will have the whole afternoon to rest, and play of course. Thursdays would be our weekly fun activities which coincide with some of my household chores like laundry and dishwashing or at times cooking as well, and he would help out. He would also do the dishes with me during Friday after breakfast and lunch. He’s free thereafter until Sunday. Of course, we tell Marshall how happy we are and how we appreciate it when he’s contributing to the tasks. During weekends, we would allow him to use Ipad, as a reward, only if he remembers it. If not, then better. Mind you, he’s already reminding us on Friday mornings, haha!
Most kids nowadays are very much pampered. In a way, I guess some parents tend to give everything or almost everything, and children basically do nothing at all. I’m not the perfect parent and I also have a lot of flaws when it comes to parenting, but personally, I think that involving our kids to chores is very vital to a family life. It gives them a sense of competence and responsibility, plus the fact that it lessens my stress as well. 😉
*Proverbs 10:4-5 4 Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. 5 He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.