6 Signs that Your Cat is About to Give Birth

This is one of our cats, her name is Pink (female). The other cat that we have is Blue (male). In this picture, I was suspecting that Pink is already pregnant… well the father is Blue. They are both Persian cats.

We were so excited when we learnt that Pink is pregnant. I did not bring her to the veterinarian, but I was certain that she already had the kittens in her tummy. I saw the change in her attitude.

Blue and Pink had their mating period on the 1st week of January 2022. I checked in the internet and saw that cats carry the kittens in their tummies for more or less 60 days. I calculated it and expected the date of birth of her kittens would be 2nd week of March. Pink’s kitties were born last March 8, 2022. I swear I was really not ready to see a newborn kittens. I was already anticipating, checking the signs that she will give birth. I checked in the internet and also compared what Pink was actually doing.

Let me share to you the 6 signs that I noticed when Pink was about to give birth.

  1. Urinating/Going to her litter box often. Pink unlike Blue always goes to the litter box to pee. During the time when she was about to give birth, her going to the litter box became so often. She also wanted her litter box to always be cleaned.
  2. Eating and Drinking a lot. Her appetite really increased as the kittens in her tummy are also growing. Oftentimes, Pink will still long for food even after she ate.
  3. Becoming more affectionate. Pink is really affectionate. However, she became extra affectionate when she was about to give birth. I totally understand this because I cannot imagine how hard it was for her to carry a lot of kittens. She often goes to us every time she will see us, sitting or lying down.

4. Cleaning her private parts often. I believe she was having some discharges during those times.

5. Checking for a place to give birth. Days before giving birth, Pink often goes to our room and hides to a corner or a place where she cannot be seen. Since we have a powder room, I prepared the floor for her, put a large empty box and placed it on a rag.

6. Shouting so loud. Hour/Minutes before she gave birth, Pink’s voice became so modulated. She screamed loudly. I am not sure why she was doing that, probably because of the pain she was having.

THE TIME SHE GAVE BIRTH

First of all, I am not used to see blood or big wounds. For some reasons, I cannot hold my breathe and I vomit (sorry if you are eating or not comfortable reading).

I knew that Pink was about to give birth that day (March 8). She was so uneasy, going back and forth, looking for a place to give birth. I already told her that she will give birth to the powder room. There are lots of times that I thought it was the time the kitties will come out and so I hurriedly brought her to the powder room.

That day, I already told my mom that Pink is about to give birth. My eldest daughter and I were in my room as my daughter was preparing for her exam that time. When she was about to go out of the room, she saw a little creature on the floor, with little blood. She got scared and came back to the room. She described what she saw which made me scared too.. I believe that was a kitten. I sent a message to my mom and told her that Pink just gave birth.

Surprisingly, it was also the first time that my mom saw a newborn kitten. It was like a mouse..

Pink was so smart to hurriedly go to the powder room. She gave birth there. I conquered my fear already and monitored Pink’s giving birth. I was updating my husband every 5 minutes or so.. I will tell him, it is already 3, then 5, then 7.

Pink had 7 kittens. However, after two days, the 2 other kittens did not make it. Pink’s milk is not sufficient. We needed to buy a feeding bottle and milk for kittens to help Pink.

After 9 days, her kittens are doing well. Pink is a great mom cat. She is less affectionate nowadays, so concentrated on her lovely kittens.

By the way, she moved her kittens on the back of the couch. I think she doesn’t want people to disturb her as my children kept on checking on the kitties every now and then.

My Eldest Daughter’s Birthday

My husband and I always celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. Even in our own little ways, we felt the need to celebrate those because it is a blessing to reach such milestone in our lives. A year full of blessings and love from God is something that need to be celebrated.

Last Friday, we celebrated my eldest daughter’s birthday. She is now 12 years old.. we are now of the same height (5 feet) and I think eventually after a few months she will be way taller than me.

Lau is one of the ultimate prayers to God. She was given when my husband and I were ready. We had a whirlwind love story however Lau was part of our plan as a couple. We never expected that we will be gifted a loving and sweet child. She made us so matured and responsible. I myself changed a lot because of my daughter.

We have some similarities like being boyish sometimes, careless, art enthusiasts, music minded, etc.. She has also her father’s characteristics like being serious sometimes, eating fast, not liking parties and being homebodies.

I am knowing my daughter more now that I am staying at home with her. I can monitor what she is doing, what are her likes and interests. We always wanted her to choose of things that will matter to her. We are just here to guide her. I think my being with her is really helpful especially at this age which I think is critical. They needed to have somebody to guide her.

Since my daughter is really not interested to parties, I thought of us going to a resort instead and spend the night there. My husband is not here with us and so I invited my siblings and my parents. Lau was not interested at first but I made sure that she will enjoy. I prepared some meat and seafoods to grill. We had boodle fight and she enjoyed eating so much.

There were few guests in the resort and so from 3 in the afternoon until 7 in the evening the pool was all ours. My children were so happy to swim. I can see my two daughters had a good time.

It’s an ultimate blessing to be a parent and for God to give me this responsibility of taking good care of two lovely girls. I will forever be grateful for this gift.

Stay at Home Mom Duties After Covid

Hi there! Woooaaahh! It’s been a while since I last posted here in my blog. Time flew so fast. I always wanted to update you guys of what I am doing lately but in a blink of an eye, my children need to sleep and I too need to rest.

If you are new in my blog, I would like to welcome you and I hope you too are having a good time because Covid cases ease. Restrictions lessen and somehow we are free to move. I am a stay-at-home mom from the Philippines.. However, my husband is working abroad and goes home from time to time. Pandemic hit us so hard that my husband was not able to come home for almost two years. It was really hard on my part.

Since I am relatively alone here in the Philippines, managing our house and taking care of our children, the amount of work and things to be done are enormous. The day to day activity is never ending. However, as the time goes by, I learned how to manage my time and pursue on some of my passions.

For those who have been reading my blog since day 1, I would like to apologize for not updating you of what was going on lately. Since the cases here in the Philippines dropped done, the restrictions lessen, I did a lot of errands outside the house.

School for my Children

My eldest is in homeschooling. I am the one who teaches her for two years now (since the pandemic started). She will be graduating elementary this August. My husband and I decided to submit application for junior high school in my alma mater. I submitted documents that they needed and prepared her for an interview. It’s good that she was accepted.

My youngest who is 5 years old needs to be enrolled in school also. I have been looking for a good school nearby but I am not sure of the quality of education that the schools nearby bring. And so, I also applied to the sister school of my alma mater. My youngest daughter needed to be interviewed also. She needed to take an exam. It’s good that she was able to answer well in the interview and in the exam. She is also accepted in school.

My children haven’t seen the schools in person. I am planning to visit the schools with my daughters maybe next week or when my husband will be here in the Philippines.

Children’s Day Out

A lot of children nowadays are going to the mall. When we were in Singapore, our house was very near the mall and so we were always there strolling and having some time together. Since my children had their first dose of anti-Covid vaccine and the number of cases dropped, I asked my husband if we could go out and spend some time in the mall.

When I told my children that we were going to the mall the next day, they were very excited and could barely sleep the night before.

My husband told me to buy them shoes. We bought some clothes also for them. They were so excited to roam around the mall and to choose the shoes they wanted.

We ate in a Japanese restaurant and my children were so happy to finally taste a different cuisine other than Filipino food. They found the ramen very tasty and the meat delicious.

My youngest remembered the time when she was going to a play house (am I correct?). We looked for it inside the mall and luckily there is an enormous one there. I thought my eldest would not be interested to go inside but she also missed the times when she was playing.

The playhouse is so huge.. There’s a lot to do there. There are slides, pool of balloons, a place to run, to bike, to play pretend, to play blocks and a lot more.

My youngest can’t get enough of the time she was there in the playhouse. She wanted to come back when we arrived home.

Sewing Hobby

My husband bought me a sewing machine because I was very interested in sewing. I haven’t sewed in my life. I was so scared to use a heavy duty sewing machine, but now I am use to it. I always want to sew and do a lot of projects here at home. I am doing this on weekends though because I need to assist my eldest in school. My youngest daughter is also so demanding on attention and so I really cannot concentrate.

If you saw on my last blog, I started to do the cover of our sofa. I found it very hard especially because of the fabric that I bought. It was quite heavy and bulky.

In this project, I decided to make a cover of our dining chairs. I bought a different type of fabric which is called cretona. I made pattern for the four chairs so that it would be easier for me to cut the fabric.

I learned a lot sewing in this project. How to sew properly by using the sewing machine well. I chose a yellow fabric because the curtains in our house are somehow color yellow.

The next weekend, I started my next project which is more complicated than the first two. This is really the main reason why I wanted to sew.. to make a cover on our bigger sofa. Reason behind this is because our cats loved to scratch on that sofa. Since, I thought I already know how to use the sewing machine properly, I decided to start making the cover of our big sofa.

My time for sewing is only at 3 in the afternoon as I need to attend to my children’s needs like cooking, bathing my 5 year old. Also to do the house chores like cleaning the house and washing clothes. If I have all the time to do this project, I could finish this easily… Ooooppss, I am not complaining, I am happy that instead of using my phone, I am achieving something during my spare time at home.

This is the finished product. I am so happy and contented at my work. I am quite perfectionist in terms of how it will fit on the sofa. I finally was able to finish it with satisfaction.

So these are the things that I did lately. I felt happy to be achieving a lot of things here at home. I still want to do some things especially in our garden but I am still hooked with the sewing. I have plans on how I will pursue my sewing hobby. I will share that to you also.

How about you? What are the things that you are doing lately since the pandemic eases already?

Children’s Vaccination in the Philippines

Sometime last week, I checked my facebook for any updates about the vaccination of children from 5 to 11 years old. Some of the towns here are already starting the program. I saw that here in our town, our government is asking us (parents) to register our children online for vaccination. I immediately signed in my children as I am a firm believer that this is the only solution to fight Covid.

Yesterday afternoon, I got a text confirmation from our government that my children are scheduled to have vaccine today at 9 in the morning at a designated vaccination site. The text message was pretty precise as they itemized there the needed supporting documents. I prepared the documents last night and asked my children to sleep early.

My children usually wake up at 8 in the morning. Since, I allotted at least an hour for the travel time to the vaccination site, I woke them at 7 in the morning. I marinated the pork for grilling (stove) last night and had it grilled this morning. My children had a heavy breakfast because I planned them to take paracetamol after the jab.

Submission of documents started at exactly 9 in the morning. We arrived early at the site and so my children were so excited to finally be in the mall (the vaccination site is in the mall). My youngest was already planning of what to do after her vaccination. I reiterate to her that we need to go home immediately after they are vaccinated.

The process was smooth though there are lots of children on queue also. We thought we were the earliest but some parents maybe were there before 8:30 in the morning.

My children were so behave and cooperative during the process. I applaud their bravery when they were about to be vaccinated.

My youngest who has some trauma on vaccination as she was once vaccinated for anti-rabies, fought her scaredness.

After the vaccination, it was as if nothing happened. I was observing them both but they still want to roam around. I bought my medicines for hypertension, then asked them if they want to eat an early lunch. They were so happy to be staying more time there. We ate their favorite Chinese wanton noodles. They also ate chicken and rice.

While we were walking towards our car, my eldest saw a Starbucks Cafe and asked if she could have a Frappuccino. I know, it has been ages since she had frappe. We then, spent the next 40 minutes in Starbucks. Bought a “coffee free” frappe for my two daughters and a cheesecake. I was so glad to see them enjoying their time out.

I am still observing them now. My eldest daughter slept this afternoon.. My youngest thought she could go anywhere now because she is vaccinated. Her father convinced her that she needs to still rest for the next couple of days before she could go out.

Making Our Own Sofa Cover

I am really into Arts and Crafts.. This is something that I wanted to indulge but I didn’t have any chance before because I was working. Since I have a little bit of chance now to be exploring on my interests, I grabbed the opportunity.

I have been wanting to make our own sofa cover because of our dear cats who kept on scratching our sofas. My mother kept on reminding me to find somebody to do the sofa cover but at the back of my mind, I really wanted to do it.

I bought a portable sewing machine online.. When it arrived here at home, I immediately buy the fabrics. While waiting for the portable sewing machine, I watched a lot of tutorials on youtube on how to make the sofa cover. Upon watching the tutorials, I was pretty confident that I can do it.

Before I bought the fabrics, I did an initial estimate of how much I will buy. When I received the fabrics, that’s when I started making the patterns of the uneven shape of the sofa.

I was really excited as finally, I will be able to pursue my dream of sewing.. Haha.. I never sewed before. I did sew using hands for some minor repairs, but this big project, using a sewing machine is incredibly new to me.

I used this portable sewing machine that I bought online. I was able to sew a bit, but the thread was often cut. My patience was really not helping as I was also doing some chores at home. I was taking some time from my day to do this passion… Nah!!! I gave up! The sewing was not even and the thread was always cut.. I need to buy a heavy-duty sewing machine.. even a second hand.

And so, I immediately grabbed my phone and search online on where I could buy a “real” sewing machine.. Haha.. I was willing to spend my savings for this as I already bought the fabrics and I have been envisioning doing the project for weeks already.

When I told my husband about it, he was very willing to buy me a new one.. Oh!!! How blessed I am! The new one was quite expensive (for me!) but my husband said, if it is for my passion, he will support me.

Oh my!!!!! The next day, I was so excited! We went to this shop where brand new heavy-duty sewing machines are sold. I searched on what to buy, and one of the most popular is this brand, Juki (Japan-made).

And so the next day, we got the sewing machine, I immediately carry on with my project. Again, I was just grabbing some time within the day to sew. I plead to my children to give me a little time to finish this sofa cover as it is really not that pleasing to the eyes.

I finished the sofa cover after two days. It became easier already as I spent some time using this portable sewing machine. It was a training ground for me.. Haha.. The new sewing machine is “high-speed” and I was quite scared to use it at first.

I am still thinking of decorating it more with pleats. I need to buy additional fabric for that.

We still have one big sofa set on our family area. That would be my next project. Now, I know what to do and how to use the new sewing machine. I also decided to sew on weekends instead as I became so hooked on it, hence setting aside some of the house chores.

I had a lot of projects in my mind already using the new sewing machine. I need more practice so that I could eventually make something that could be a potential business someday.

A Day in a Life of a Stay-at-Home Mom

Today, is the second day after I had booster shot against Covid-19. I am feeling a little odd however as a mom, I still feel the need to do my tasks at home. Let me share with you what I usually do at home.. Actually, it differs from time to time especially when I see some urgent things to do.

8:00 AM – Time I wake up. Yes, we are late risers. My youngest daughter sleeps with me and so I opted to stay a little longer on bed because she easily wakes up whenever I left her. From this, I checked if the cats have foods, usually my mom would feed them. I take out the cats poops too.

8:15 AM – My kids will wake up. I am just preparing cereals for them. We have some time on the table talking about their sleep and if they have have some dreams… what they need to do during the day.

9:00 AM – I bathe my youngest daughter. She is still 5 and I still want to bathe her. This is one of our bonding moments.

She is the one preparing for the things she needed after bathing. She also knew when she needs to bathe.

After bathing, I usually check her ears and nails. Today, I need to cut her nails too.

I am checking on my eldest daughter also as she needs to have lessons at 10 in the morning. I am instructing her of the activities she needs to do for Science. If she has some questions, she will come to me for discussion.

10:30 AM – Time to cook lunch. I prepared the chicken for cordon bleu recipe. Oh, I also went out to buy butter and bread crumbs because I run out of stocks.

I made cheese gravy too for the cordon bleu. I always wanted my children to have delicious meals everyday. I believe, we can also save a lot by cooking our own foods.

I used the air fryer to fry the chicken. I always choose to use air fryer because I believe this is healthier.

While I was doing the cooking, I was also teaching my youngest daughter on how to write number five. She was able to write it nicely.

12:00 PM – Time to eat lunch. My children loves the cordon bleu with cheese gravy matched with rice. Oh how I love when my children eats well.

1:00 PM – This is the break time for me. Today, I feel tired because of the vaccine effect and so I really slept.

2:00 PM – I instructed my daughter of the activities she will do for her next subject. She had some questions to answer based on the past lesson.

2:30 PM – I started to do some chores at home.

I stitched my youngest daughter’s stuffed toy. She has been complaining about it for the past two days already.

I cleaned the fans too because of the furs of cats. I always see to it that the fans are clean and fur-free.

I was busy last Monday and Tuesday and so I felt that I did not clean the house well reason why I vacuumed thoroughly. I always wanted our house to be clean and cozy.

4:00 PM – It’s time for my daughter’s Math lessons. I need to guide her on Math and so I really need to sit with her for the lessons.

During her activities, I fixed her study table as the shelves were broken already.

5:00 PM – Rest time. I ate the chocolate cake that I bought yesterday. I am a bit tired and sleepy and so I had coffee.

My husband suggested for me to buy foods for dinner. I checked if there are available foods for delivery that my kids would love. When I saw one, I immediately ordered.

I was excited too because I would want to follow my dreams of learning how to sew. I will share to you this journey in one of my blogs. I bought a small portable sewing machine. The fabrics were delivered today. I thought I could start the sewing already but the threads are still not here.

5:45 PM – My brother is here today and he was going for a walk. He asked me if I wanted to join. I joined his walking exercise. We walked for about an hour, 5 kilometers.

6:30 PM – When I arrived from walking my husband told me that exercising is not allowed after the booster shot. He said, I should be mindful of what my body feels.

We ate dinner already.

7:30 PM – I prepared the lessons of my eldest daughter for tomorrow. During this time, I was also playing with my youngest daughter. We kept singing.

9:00 PM – I am now making this blog.

9:30 PM – Time for my daughter to sleep.

10:00 PM – It’s time for me to watch movies or documentaries.

11:30 PM – Time to sleep

How about you? Would you mind sharing your schedule too? Please share in the comment section, I would love to read those.

Exploring Creativity

Hello everyone! How are you all? Life of a stay-at-home-mom is really unpredictable. There are lots of errands here and there and lots of projects coming inside my head. I have been missing reading blogs and updating you guys with what is happening in my life. So, last Saturday was my husband’s birthday and he is not here with us.. I have been keeping my mind busy with the house chores and projects here at home. There are things that I wanted to explore as basically, I am still new in exploring the wonders of being a stay-at-home mom.

I am currently venturing in arts, one of my frustrations because I really wanted to paint. I was really intimidated when it comes to painting because I thought it was really hard. Upon seeing a beautiful painting, I instantly mesmerized and at the same overwhelmed with “maybe” a lot of works of that art.

Though, I was intimidated, I decided to try it. For the longest time, finally I got my paint brush, paints and pads. I bought these last year but I just asked my daughters to use it (except for the paints, I bought them their own).

I really wanted to put some decors at home with our own paintings. Since we already have nice cabinets here in our rooms, I decided to pursue painting.

This is the first painting that I did.. I had painting sessions with my daughters. I know they will also follow whenever I will paint. My eldest daughter taught me on how to do some strokes. Though she is more on coloring, she knew also how to do shadowing and color combinations. When we were in Singapore, she went to an art class.

This is the second painting that I did. My youngest daughter was with me when I was painting this. She was also painting flowers. L is the initial of my eldest child and I wanted to frame this and put in her room. I also did a little make over of her room because I wanted her to feel happy whenever she is in her room.

The third painting that I did was for our room. The theme of our room is blue. I wanted it to be blue because we are all girls in the house except for my husband. And so our room could be a color for him.

This is the picture after I painted it.. Again, I just want to give a disclaimer that I am new to this.. Haha.. I hope I will improve soon.

I framed it also and put it on our cabinet. Curtains, pillows and bedsheet of our room is blue and so the painting really matches everything inside.

I am so thankful that I have the opportunity of exploring into arts. I would not have time to do this if I am still working. I was doing these painting with my daughters. They are always excited when we sit down to paint or do something together.

100 Reasons Why I Love my Husband

Today is my husband’s birthday and I would like to honor him by sharing with you the ultimate reasons why I love him.. I cannot count the reasons why but I will just share with you a hundred of them. I am ultimately blessed to have him in my life. He is God’s gift to us.

Here are the top 100 reasons why he is dear to me..

  1. He has fear of the Lord.
  2. He honors his parents.
  3. He loves his sibling.
  4. He is a hands-on father.
  5. He is handsome.
  6. He has a beautiful smile.
  7. He is tall.
  8. He is dark.
  9. He cleans the house.
  10. He washes the clothes.
  11. He folds the clothes.
  12. He arranges things.
  13. He is straightforward.
  14. He talks less.
  15. He is not dramatic.
  16. He has dreams.
  17. He listens.
  18. He reads.
  19. He makes me laugh.
  20. He is computer savvy.
  21. He is faithful.
  22. He loves sports.
  23. He plays with his children.
  24. He adores our children.
  25. He is honest.
  26. He buys what we need, even if we haven’t told him.
  27. He knows how to measure.
  28. He can do plumbing.
  29. He loves Mathematics.
  30. He is diligent.
  31. He laughs at my jokes.
  32. He is used to my weirdness.
  33. He allows me to dance.
  34. He is okay to anything I wear.
  35. He loves everything that I cook.
  36. He farts anywhere in the house.
  37. He makes the bed every morning.
  38. He gives me tea.
  39. He drinks wine with me.
  40. He loves to travel.
  41. He loves beach.
  42. He loves Japanese foods.
  43. He loves vegetables.
  44. He is not choosy with foods.
  45. He seeks my advice.
  46. He says “good morning” to me everyday.
  47. He says “good night” every night. Even if we are together.
  48. He mops the floor.
  49. He waters the plants.
  50. He rans for errands.
  51. He don’t want me to be sad.
  52. He hugs me always.
  53. He often talks to his children.
  54. He hates dust.
  55. He cleans the fridge.
  56. He wants me to buy things for me (even if I really don’t).
  57. We are in sync. I know what he is thinking.
  58. He doesn’t like fake people.
  59. He is true to others.
  60. He fights for us.
  61. He takes care of his health.
  62. He reminds me to take care of my health.
  63. He is hardworking.
  64. He is smart.
  65. He knows how to mingle with others.
  66. He chooses his friends.
  67. He is always on time.
  68. He knows how to manage his time.
  69. He knows how to handle finances.
  70. He trusts me with his finances.
  71. He hates talking about problems and not finding solutions about it.
  72. He loves to count blessings.
  73. He is optimistic.
  74. He calms me when I am angry.
  75. He always give me advice.
  76. He thinks before he speak.
  77. He is an introvert, but loves to travel only with his family.
  78. He doesn’t have any vice.
  79. He baths so quickly.
  80. He is low maintenance.
  81. He is very simple.
  82. He is not boastful.
  83. He is forgiving.
  84. He knows how to give.
  85. He doesn’t use facebook all the time.
  86. He is decisive.
  87. He controls his anger.
  88. He sleeps with his children.
  89. He loves to sing.
  90. He loves to watch movies.
  91. He loves to tease.
  92. He doesn’t use phone that much when we are together.
  93. He packs his own clothes.
  94. He gives me time to rest.
  95. He goes shopping with me.
  96. We buy groceries together.
  97. We like the same kinds of foods.
  98. He don’t like dramatic people.
  99. He doesn’t want me to worry.
  100. He prays a lot.

Oh while I was doing this.. I could even write more.

I am praying that God would give him more years to live. He deserve all the happiness in the world. I hope that I am making him happy. I will always be thankful for his life.

This is the picture of us together last Christmas. Praying that this pandemic will end so that we could spend more time during special occasions.

IKEA Furnitures Arrived

Since we moved here in our new house, we haven’t had good wardrobes and cabinets. My husband and I were contemplating if we are to have built-in cabinets or movable ones. Since IKEA Philippines is already opened, and we knew how durable the furniture there, we then decided not to pursue on the built-in cabinets.

I was really anticipating the day when the furniture arrives. Firstly, because I am excited, especially that I already visualized what arrangement I would do for our room and my daughter’s room. Secondly, is because my brother is here at home and I could ask him to assist me in assembling the furniture.

When there was no IKEA Philippines yet, my husband sent some tables from IKEA Singapore. It was very hard for me to assemble. The assembly instructions are really not complicated, but the heaviness of the wood made it extremely hard for me.

This time, we bought two wardrobes and two cabinets. I know it will be hard for me to assemble reason why I asked my brother to come over to help me. I told my husband before that if we are to buy furniture from IKEA, he should be here in the Philippines, else, I really could not assemble it.

In the afternoon of January 22 when we received the furniture, my brother immediately started the assembly. He managed to do it quite fast. The instructions of IKEA’s furniture assembly is really easy to follow. They have booklets to follow the procedure.

While my brother was assembling the furniture, I was already preparing the clothes and the room where we would place those.

This is the room while I was still arranging. I changed a bit of the arrangement. I wanted to have more room for my crafts and activities for my daughter’s homeschooling.

The next day, my brother started the furniture for my daughter’s room. Here, I am quite excited because I really wanted my daughter to feel comfy in her room. We bought her a full size mirror. There’s a lot of shopping needed for my daughter as her old clothes don’t fit her anymore.

My daughter’s room

We always teach our daughters about cleanliness and orderliness. I know through our example, our children will also value these traits.

I am still thinking of some decors to put in my daughter’s room. We would want our daughters to, as much as possible, feel very comfortable in their room.

How to Start the New Year Right

It’s practically the 4th week after New Year and I could say that for the longest time, I started the New Year on the way I planned it to be.. Sometimes, New Year’s are predictable, especially when I was still working in Singapore. It would be the same face, same situations, same scenarios.. However, due to this pandemic and the realities that I have to face staying at home, this new year is somehow different.

How was I able to say that I started my new year right? Let me share to you what I have done so far..

PLANNING

I used to write a “To Do List”, my husband always reminds me of this, though this has been my practice since I was studying in the university.

Since I have a lot of tasks here at home, some errands that I need to do within the year/month are needed to be listed.

COMMUNICATING WITH HUSBAND

Most of the plans that I listed are basically what my husband and I agreed upon. There are some that need to be postponed due to some reasons (i.e. budget constraint or time). It is very important for couples to have the same goals, to have their minds in sync for the future. Should there will be conflicts between them, the goals that they planned should be their motivations to move forward.

EXECUTION

What is the use of proper planning if there will be no execution? Execution must also be planned, how we could achieve such goals.

Let me share with you one of my goals this year.. When my husband went back to Singapore for work, I was a little frustrated because I gained a lot of weight and for the first time in my life, my weight became 70 kilos. This is way too high for me. I was very alarmed.

Since then, I ate less carbohydrates and had a very strict diet. To date, for almost 2 weeks, I already lost 3 kilos. My exercise is more of cleaning of the entire house. Sometimes, I walk in our village. I do stretching every morning too.

Execution should not be all at the same time.. Since I already have the list of the things that I need to do. I prioritize those. What needs to be done first.

ORGANIZING

Part of the execution is for all things in the house to be organized. I am so blessed that my husband was here with me during the start of the year. We bought racks and boxes so that things here at home will be organized. It’s better to move and execute plans when everything is in order.

I organized all the documents too. Be it my daughter’s school activities or our medical records.

END RESULT

It’s good when planned goals are materialized. I remembered before when the brother of my grandmother approached me. Things were going smooth with me that time, and he told me.. “you seemed so lucky in everything you do”. I just answered him saying, “Tatay (grandfather), a person is lucky when she knows how to plan”.

There a saying that, “The mercy is from God, but the hard work are from men” (Nasa Diyos ang awa, nasa tao ang gawa). If we just keep on praying but is not doing anything about what we are praying for, chances are it would not be granted.

God bless on your 2022! We are just starting.. Let’s thank God for this brand new beginning!