My Week in Photos #13

Checking out the new coffee shop, Craft, down the street from my parents house

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Digging the reclaimed wood furniture

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Split pea soup for dinner (recipe from David Lebovitz) – my first time to make it!

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Yogurt, granola and strawberries makes a healthy-ish breakfast

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Waiting for my turn at the cashier

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Christmas display at Shangri-la Plaza mall. I wish I had brought Bea along to see it!

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Drove to Anilao for the weekend. Two lolos (grandfathers) vying for the little one’s attention

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Sorting the shells and corals

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Look at that face!

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Wrinkled fingers from soaking in the water too long, trying to get Bea accustomed to swimming

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Siesta time!

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Blessed to be able to wake up in a place with this gorgeous view

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Life in the middle of stones and dead corals

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Missing the husband, who stayed home

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More photos soon!

Sig

My Week in Photos #12

A sunny break in between the downpour that started the week.

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Someone finally slept the whole night in her bed! Unfortunately, she was back to climbing over me and into our bed the next night.

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Waiting for my turn at the endocrinologist’s clinic. The doctor said I have to have a lifestyle change because of my borderline diabetes. In other words, time to move my butt and exercise!

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Breakfast at Pi to celebrate my father-in-law’s 76th birthday. Anyone notice how often we’re at that restaurant?

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I had Eggs Sammy, or eggs benedict with smoked salmon instead of ham. As usual, I preferred what Julio ordered – caramelized spam with kimchi rice.

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Just a few more weeks, and it’s Christmas already! I decided to put up our holiday decorations so that the 2 months or so that they’re on display will make it worth the trouble of putting them up.

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Dusk at the Veloso household, with all the Christmas lights on

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More next week!

Sig

My Week in Photos #10

Given that I always post this series a week later than I’m supposed to, I thought it better to change the name of this series to My Week in Photos.

My week started with a trip to a car shop. On our way back to Manila from Baguio, we were rear-ended by another vehicle. I had to wait until the next Monday to have the damage (which was minimal) assessed and estimated by a mechanic.

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This little girl is getting so big so fast!

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Fried chicken and biscuits for dinner – I can’t remember where I got the recipe from!

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I wonder what these two are up to…

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Chicken and waffle breakfast at Pi

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I wish Bea had been with me to see this train going around the third floor of Eastwood Mall

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First night in her toddler bed – but right beside ours. I wish I could say she slept there the whole night. That’s still a work in progress.

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Apple scones for Sunday breakfast

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All dolled up for a busy Sunday!

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My Life This Week #6

Last week started out so slowly, then Wednesday onwards became a blur. Nothing really happened during the week, as I had to make up for work I missed out on when we were away. But by the time the weekend rolled around, I was able to take some snapshots of what I was up to.

Stuck indoors because of a rainy morning

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Checked out the new mall that opened up in our area – U.P. Town Center

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Tried out the new neighborhood cupcake place.

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The interiors were too cute!

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I do like the way they decorated the place. Very shabby chic.

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Lunch with relatives to welcome home my uncle, who moved back to Manila after about 40 years in Switzerland.

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Bea trying to figure out how to get in on the cousin fun

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Walking in her Papa’s slippers

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More adventures next week!

Sig

My Life This Week #3

More like, My Life Last Week!

One of my sister’s many bridal showers – a cookbook shower! Awesome idea.

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Bubble fun!

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Attended the last of several real estate seminars I signed up for.

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Went grocery shopping with the little one, who didn’t take her afternoon nap.

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Rainy Saturday dinner with my in-laws (and my nephew’s Thomas the Train collection).

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French toast with a strawberry-mascarpone topping for a lazy Sunday breakfast.

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Visited one of my  friends and her newborn daughter. So precious!

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An afternoon blogpost writing (and gossip) date with my two best friends. Coffee and cake. What can beat that?

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My parents hosted a despedida de soltera for my sister – a farewell-to-singlehood party traditionally thrown by the bride-to-be’s family. That’s my husband, Julio, grinning at the camera.

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Stay tuned for the next installment in this series!

Sig

Mommy Confession

Motherhood has been pretty gratifying for me. I guess it helped that Bea was such an easy baby – hardly ever fussy and we could bring her everywhere. If there were any sleepless nights during her infancy, there weren’t enough for me to remember. When she was younger, she was not at all a picky eater. Julio and I took her with us on our Southeast Asia tour and I was quite surprised at how easy it was to travel with her. She ate whatever we ate, slept wherever we slept and hardly complained. My daughter will be two years old next Saturday, and I often find myself wondering where the time has gone. Bea is, of course, still my baby but in some ways she isn’t anymore. She’s starting to test her independence and sometimes it makes me a little sad when she won’t let me brush her teeth because she wants to do it on her own, or wants to use her utensils by herself. I’m still who she looks for when she wakes up in the morning, and she’s very attached to me. I suppose it’s because she and I are almost always together.

I work full-time for my dad and our office is in his house, so I bring Bea with me to work every day. Now that she’s older, she’s more mobile and more vocal.  Many times she comes to me while I’m working, saying “Play, Mama!” or “Mama, carry!” Sometimes I’ll stop what I’m doing and play with her for a few minutes, but there are times I’m working on something that can’t wait. I tell her Mama is working and, more often than not, she’ll throw a fit.

Who else whips out their iPad or throws in the TV card when this happens? Anybody? Is it just me?

That’s where the guilty feelings come to play. I tell her that Manang Angie (our helper) will play with her, or tell her to go watch Baby TV, or give her the iPad. And I know I shouldn’t, that I should be taking the time out to play with her. I tell myself I’ll play with her when we get home. But when we get home, I have to prepare dinner and she hangs out at my in-laws’ house until it’s time for bed. There are also times I’m not doing anything important, just surfing the net or checking Twitter (fine, and Facebook) and Bea will come to me, asking me to carry her or play. Most of the time I’ll do it but there are days when I just don’t want to be bothered, and I’ll turn on the TV and plop her down in front of it or hand her the iPad.

At the rate she’s growing, the day is going to come when Bea won’t want to play with me anymore and I’ll end up being the one imploring her to spend more time with me. So I guess work can wait even 10 minutes while I go cuddle and play with my little girl when she asks me to.

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