Category: Family Stories

doing Mom’s work

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  Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

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1st year in oz

One of the days that most of us look forward to is New Year. There is something in this holiday season that people see with anticipation. It may be the food feast, or the amazing fireworks, or the repetitive promises, or probably just a simple new beginning for some.

I remember 2014 New Year was the most heartbreaking New Year for me and dada. Marshall was just almost 2 months at that time, but we had to leave back to Singapore on a New Year’s day.

Why did we choose New Year’s day? First, it’s because that was the cheapest flight. Secondly, we don’t have enough (annual) leave anymore. Imagine me literally crying in the car, airport, and plane, on a New Year’s day! And that was one of the reasons why we really planned to transfer in Australia. But at least we learned a lot from that long distance relationship and we value this family more than anything else.

Time really flies and we didn’t even notice that we were already staying here in Sydney for a year. And last year’s New Year was one of the blessed New Year we had. Almost a week after the new year’s day, we moved here in Sydney. And today is our 1st year anniversary! Weeh! :))

We definitely miss our family back home in the Phillippines and our dear friends in Singapore. Nevertheless, we are truly favored to have this opportunity to live here.

For nothing will be impossible with God. ~ Luke 1:37

Here’s our 2016 recap. Cheers to more fruitful 2017 🙂 #letsclaimthis

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Vday

Dear Marshall,
Today is the 14th of February. It’s Valentine’s Day!
 It is 1034 in the evening and I am having a discussion with Dada regarding the celebration of this day.
Oo nga naman, san ba nagsimula ang valentines day? What is the history of St. Valentine? And are we supposed to celebrate it? Wellactually hindi talaga namin alam anak! ahaha!
 We were just used to celebrating this event.
 But after this conversation with Dada, we might have to read and research.
So when the time comes na you will ask us, “Mom, Dada, why are we celebrating Valentine’s Day?”, you won’t see us looking at each other with a big question mark on our faces.
Better be prepared for the “why stage”..!
 Anyway, here is our Valentine’s day date!
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good morning hug!

 We had lunch out and after eating, I gave you both these diy valentine cards.
I’m so killing seeing your happy faces.
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 We went to an open play area and we just watched you playing for  few minutes.
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 After which we went to your Ninang Chiqui and had some snacks on another play ground.
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There you are having fun under the sun!
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 We love you anak!
Love,
Mom
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first goodbye

 January 01, 2014

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It was the eve of New Year’s Day. We had a simple gathering. It was tough for your dad and me to leave you in the Philippines. We had to go back to Singapore for work reasons. On the way to airport, I already started crying.  It wasn’t easy for me to let go as I was used to taking care of you, waking up in the middle of the night to breastfed, checking your diapers, or just simply stare at your angelic face. But we need to be strong enough baby. We are working now to settle for a good future. And we know that you will be in the hands of very loving people. Nanay, Tatay, Mama, Papa, Tita Belbel, Tita Tetet, Tito Itoy, will always be there to look after you. We always love you anak.

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photo shoot

We were already 7 months when we did our pregnancy photo shoot. My friend Bihlay and her husband Pangpang were the ones who invited us to do the shoot. I and ama, suggested that we should just do it at home, since we want it to be private and because Bihlay was also pregnant at that time, we do not want her to be tired as well. And of course, because we were frugal, we do not want to pay extra for renting out place and for buying unnecessary stuff. 

Can you believe it that it turned out very well without even spending?
Here are our pregnancy photo shoot baby 😉
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Luckily, the bed sheet and the pillows had a very good color scheme.
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By the way, the bed sheet was our wedding gift from your Ninong Arnel. 🙂
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My stuff toys also did a great color enhancement on the photo. “Peachy”, the big peach bear was ama’s valentine gift for me.
The green frog bear beside Peachy was a Christmas gift from Tita Tetet.
That cute little penguin is a freebie from a food store.
And have you noticed the photo on the wall? It was ama’s drawing for me during the time we were on LDR. *kilig*
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Oh! those were just props!
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Ei.. look at our handsome boy! 🙂
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And those balloons were actually from your Ninang Sue. She bought it all the way from the Philippines you know.. 🙂
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It was indeed a fun and memorable experience working with Bihlay and Pangpang. We were very at ease and comfortable with them and their photos are truly amazing! Plus the fact that it was cost-free. Well, in gratitude, i cooked something for them. weeh!
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