September 18th, 2014Let’s play the guitar

For my birthday this year, I wanted to get myself a guitar. I thought it would be cool to jam along with the kids. All of my siblings know how to play this instrument and they used to teach me how to use it but my tiny fingers weren’t any good in doing the job! One of my fondest memories was hanging out in our balcony at night with the gang, while one of them would play the guitar and the rest would sing songs.

I was in a hurry to buy the guitar and I didn’t even ask any of my sisters or brothers for advice on how to choose. I just browsed online, chose the simplest one and presto! The order was done! I even bought online! Haha I should probably have browsed more or looked at but I reasoned out to myself that I don’t need anything fancy, just a simple guitar that can play would do! It turned out a bought a classical guitar. :D One advantage was, it was slim and small which was just appropriate for me.

The challenge is now on me. I am learning by watching You Tube videos, and hopefully in a decade I’ll master at least one song. haha

Being parents, we usually forget to give time out to ourselves which is much needed to nurture a healthy marriage. M and I always plan activities for our kids, and where to take them for fun, (we’re good at that!) without thinking about ourselves. When M’s parents suggested to us that they can watch the kids for the weekend, we thought, okay now is our chance for an “US” time! The last time M and I had our couple getaway was when we were in the Philippines two years ago. Such a long time already!

I asked my friends who are travel buffs for ideas where to go in Czech Republic. I can’t rely on M with this one. I asked him where we’ll go and he just replied “anywhere with you”. That’s sweet but not helpful at all! I wanted to be close to nature coz I wanted a quiet and relaxed weekend. My friends’ suggestions made me realize there are still many places in CZ that I have to see! In the end we picked Cesky Raj. I have long wanted to see it but it slipped my mind. Good thing it was mentioned in one forum during my search.

We went through narrow passage between rocks, hopped from a rock to another rock, and climbed some steep trails, at times catching our breath. But the rest of the paths were easy. Even little kids can managed it. But I’m glad OUR kids were not there!

On our way back to our hotel, we were rewarded with wild blackberries, free to pick! We spent the rest of the day relaxing, and enjoyed a quiet dinner later. But still, we couldn’t take our minds off the kids, and we were planning another treat for them in between bites. :P

March 23rd, 2014The weekend

The first weekend of spring was a mix of sun and rain. Saturday was such a fine day. We spent the morning admiring the flowers, sitting under the warmth of the sun and biking (yeah, me too!). After lunch the kids wanted to go out again. This time C was on her roller skates and little A rode his scooter. M went with them, while I stayed and tidied up the house. They later came back and wanted to ride their bikes again. (:

I started my day with this breakfast.  I’m happy with the new silicone waffle mould I bought!

C was pretending it was her house. Flower house!

Hello daisies!

Our early dinner at 5 in the afternoon!

Sunday was rainy, after the Mass we decided to stay home the whole day. I made the kids a cozy corner where they can snuggle with their fave stuffed toys and read their books. What is C reading?  She’s got the book  Bernard & Bianca (of the movie The Rescuers) in Czech which she borrowed from the library. Little A has Roary, the racing car.

I think the kids were also tired after yesterday’s activities and welcomed the relaxing break. I on the other hand, did some crafty work.

How about you? How was your weekend? I hope you had a nice one!

March 21st, 2014Spring has sprung!

Today has been a lovely warm day. Little A and I decided to go on a treasure hunt. He put on his eye patch and off we went. I told him we’d look for pine cones, sticks & whatnots.

A pirate with a basket? haha

He couldn’t help but touch the flowers! So we went home with a bunch of fresh flowers and the rest of our treasures. (:

I’m glad there are still trees nearby where the kids can climb or in A’s case, to sit on.

March 12th, 2014Then and now

Strange. This happened last weekend when I checked on Caity if she was ready to go. While I was waiting for her to get done, the sight of her putting on her shoes while sitting on that pink step-up stool looked totally familiar. Then I had a flashback of the little determined girl trying to master the skill of wearing her shoes on her own. How can I forget? I even have it documented in photos and videos! I have to admit I was a bit emotional when I watched her videos and how thrilled I was when she successfully put on her shoes.

I guess I’d really flip if few years from now, I’d see her sitting in that same old stool trying on her first stilettos. Sniff. sniff. Time does fly and kids do grow. One day they’d be looking  for miami condos for sale or flats here in Prague to move in. We’d be fortunate if they chose the latter. I’d want to live close by them.

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