Stage Mother

Stage Mother MomentsLast Sunday was my son N’s first time to join a church presentation. So giddy and excited because it used to be me and his daddy up there as part of Sunday School before. This was one of those moments that I’ve long been waiting to happen.

He was a bit shy, not moving much but at least he didn’t have any tantrums. (Anak, bigger movements next time. Haha!) I woke up early for this. We were at ICS by 7:30AM. That’s a feat considering we’re always late for the 10 am service (Sorry, Lord). That morning I realized that this is what parents are supposed to do: support their children in their activities, be present in the lives, and start them young in glorifying God—even if it means waking up early! Honestly, it was difficult for me to get up but I just had to. I’m his mother. Accompanying him in all three services even when I had to go home after the 10AM presentation because I needed to sleep (I only had 2 hrs, btw) was something I willingly did because he is my child and I want him to learn how his mommy and daddy met the Lord in church and what serving God means.

I was in the background this time and not up there on stage. It’s my child’s time now. I’m not sure if he would like to perform someday but I know I’d see him on stage someday, somewhere doing something.

We have yet to discover but my husband and I are determined to help nurture his talents. We know that he’ll be into music just like his mom and dad. How come? He couldn’t study without music playing in the background. He already has preference in music requesting for music with “boys only” singing, classical music to put him to sleep, and songs with lots of drums and guitar playing (Snarky Puppy, yeah!). Sometimes, he would request songs “for God and Jesus”. I think he already knows that music can evoke so many feelings.

If N wants to play the guitar, he can have all his daddy’s “toys” and more. That’s why I don’t mind if his dad “invests” in stuff because our son would be able to enjoy them someday. For Christmas, we gave him an electronic drums set–an Alesis DM Lite Kit. Too much a gift for a 5-year old? Well, much of the deciding factor was that it’s also his daddy’s reward to himself. Hihi.

Alesis DM Lite Kit

Sometimes, I think N has this recorder in his brain. He could easily remember songs. I know music but his daddy who’s got a sensitive ear for it and who is very musically inclined says the kiddo can sing out the melody perfectly. He’s not a prodigy but I know he’s gonna be good in music. Needless to say, he’s got a big potential to be like his daddy.

Is it too early to say I’m such a stage mother? Maybe. I just know I will always be there to support him. I think I’m gonna be a soccer mom. Hehe. His dad and I will be there for him–always.

We’ll be there in the backstage or on the front rows, on the bleachers, on the sidewalk, with him on stage, or wherever. We’ll be there for our child. All by God’s grace.

Being a parent is already a ministry. I believe that any Christian parent must first minister to his or her child before going out of great lengths to minister to other people. Right now, this is my place–to minister to this child, teach him the ways of the Lord, discipline him with love and grace, take care of his needs, and simply just be with him.

I also know that this is a privilege–to be able to take care of my husband and son. I see this as a gift–His GRACE in this season of my life.

“Point your kids in the right direction—
when they’re old they won’t be lost.”
Proverbs 22:6 (The Message)

Jollibee Kids Club Talent Camp 2014

jollibee talent camp kids workshop summer 2014

 

Yes! I finally enrolled Noah at the Jollibee Kids Club Talent Camp 2014.  I went to Jollibee Pioneer Center to see if there was still a slot and good thing they admitted my son even at the last minute. (I swear I love that branch.) The manager kindly accepted our application and Noah will start tomorrow. I can’t wait!

Jollibee Kids Club Talent Camp 2014
www.jollibeekidsclub.com
Registration Fee: P500
Jollibee Kids Club Happyplus Card: P100 (you need to be a member)

Note: Simply go to any Jollibee branch (with parking) to inquire. Not all branches offer the Jollibee summer workshop. I was told that only branches with parking offer such.

Preschool in Mandaluyong

It’s Noah’s Moving Up Day tomorrow. Time flies so fast. I still remember raving about how we finally found that preschool in Mandaluyong. What a blessing!

Thank you Lord for Kites & Strings Learning Center. I pray that more teachers and more students will be part of our family. 🙂

Ground Floor,  ICS Worship Center
Address : Mayflower St., Greenfield District, Brgy. Highway Hills,

EDSA CENTRAL,Mandaluyong City 1554
Contact Nos : 6321093 ~ 6315265

Courses offered:
NURSERY – 3 to 4 years old
KINDER – 4 to 5 years old

VIEW MAP TO ICS HERE.

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School Boy

Our little one is now a pre-schooler. The new school our church has opened up is really a blessing. Waking up is still a struggle while I’m slowly getting used to commuting and walking. After more than five years after hibernation, this mommy is now ready to face the sun. (Obvious na nga may tanlines na ako.LOL!)

I have a tendency to write a “novel” about this new milestone in our life so I’ll just share photos. (Madami pa rin. 😀 )

 

THIS. IS. IT.
We can do more stuff together…

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The Brick Bible: Noah’s Ark Book Review

I purchased The Brick Bible’s Noah’s Ark book early last month from Amazon together with the New Testament and Old Testament of The Brick Bible by Brendan Powell Smith. I was too excited to get a hold of the books but wasn’t able to find time to make a proper review. A number of friends told me to be wary of the books because of the numerous bad reviews specifically on the LEGO Bible: it’s very graphic, violent, and blasphemous. Because of the many mixed reviews, I became more curious since it’s another version of the Bible and upon reading a few pages of the New and Old Testament LEGO books, I discovered that some pictures are really not appropriate for kids. What is appropriate or not may be subjective but as a mother of a 3-year old, there are photos in the book I wouldn’t want him to see just yet.

The Brick Bible is absolutely a new “spin” on the Bible stories written. It’s a graphic illustration of the many Bible stories that we have learned traditionally, with the use of LEGO bricks and mini figures.  I haven’t finished reading the Old and New LEGO books because I gave my copy of The New Testament and the story of Noah’s Ark to my nephew (through his parents). The New Testament is for his parents’ review but the Noah’s Ark, I gave it to him directly as a birthday gift.

I’ll focus on reviewing the Noah’s Ark Lego book first since it’s the only one I’ve finished reading so far.

The Brick Bible: Noah’s Ark

The Noah’s Ark book was Smith’s first published LEGO book.  This one is kid-friendly—it’s a children’s book. I can say that this book is safe for the kids to read simply because it’s the famous story of Noah and the Great Flood. Anyone who grew up playing with LEGO bricks would appreciate Smith’s storytelling with the use of building blocks. What a great way to get the kids to read this Bible story.

Rev. Wanda M. Lundy, Director, Doctor of Ministry Program at New York Theological Seminary wrote the foreword as a letter to the parents. I like the fact that Rev. Lundy explained the realities of life and that how the book could possibly make children ask many Why’s in the story. “Why did God make the people drown?” “Why would God kill people?” etc. If discerning adults could ask the same questions and are having a hard time answering them, surely, the kids will also have a hard time understanding the story. Parents have the tendency to shield their children from pain, hurt, and tragedy but while it is normal and the right thing to do, parents are also called to embrace the realities of life’s many joys and pains and be able to explain them to their kids.

Rev. Lundy suggested many ways on how to read the book with children and use the time to communicate with them. Kids may have questions on the more difficult areas but it’s up to the parents to choose what to focus on. She further recommended that reading the book could be a good time to assure the kids that their parents will be there through bad times.

The Letter to Parents’ page explains why and how The Brick Bible’s Noah’s Ark is appropriate for kids, contrary to some reviews and feedbacks. In my opinion, it’s up to the parents how to guide their children and be prepared to be asked many questions.

I don’t know what else to say about this book but while I was reading, I could not stop saying “cute! cute!” because the illustrations are too cute. I guess it’s the novelty of the famous bricks being used to tell a story. Who doesn’t love LEGOs?

Noah's Ark The Brick Bible
Front cover of the Noah’s Ark book in hardbound
Noah's Ark The Brick Bible
Colors are very vivid
Noah's Ark The Brick Bible
You can see that Brendan Powell Smith worked hard on this
Noah's Ark The Brick Bible
An activity page at the back
Noah's Ark The Brick Bible
Back Cover

PRICE: $12.95
SHOP: The Brick Bible Website | Amazon

Available in the Philippines at Hobbes and Landes for P1,200

You can buy directly from Brendan Powell Smith to get a signed copy of the book.

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“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”
Genesis 8:22

Noah’s 3rd Birthday | A LEGO Jollibee Kiddie Party

Special thanks to ClaudRod for making this Noah Lego Logo

We decided earlier that we would be having a small party at home for Noah this year. A small party meant our immediate families, a few relatives, and some friends. But when I finished the guestlist, the number totaled to 70. That’s still a lot for a small party. I planned on inviting them to our house by batch: families for lunch, relatives for merienda, and friends for dinner. That sounded not too practical as I knew I’d end up very tired and would be spending more. Then, I thought of getting a hotel suite and just inviting them over. That didn’t seem convenient to everyone but would be cheaper for us.

And then I remembered how Noah enjoyed the Jollibee mascot at his cousin Jam’s 1st Birthday Party. It was the first time that I really witnessed him have fun at a birthday party. Actually, that weekend he enjoyed three birthday parties that made me decide to finally schedule a kiddie party at Jollibee. So we did.

There were  70 guests and most of them were family, relatives, Joshua’s bandmates, my best friend’s family plus my mom’s friends at church. This was a “small” party so I wasn’t able to invite our churchmates and most of my friends. (Ang dami pa rin! Sorry, guys. Bawi kami sa 7th Birthday party. Planado na. Haha! Joke.) Continue reading Noah’s 3rd Birthday | A LEGO Jollibee Kiddie Party

Fun Ranch Country Fair

Another event for the mommies and daddies…and babies too!

Fun Ranch Country Fair

When: November 30 to December 1, 2012 | 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Center Stage and Great Big Room at the FUN RANCH
Frontera Verde Ortigas Avenue Corner C5, 1604 Pasig

 FUN RANCH COUNTRY FAIR Event Page

I highly recommend going to this Fun Ranch Country Fair with your kids. We’ve been to the Fun Ranch a number of times already and Noah would always enjoy his time here. Just last May, we’ve been to the nearby Ark Avilon Zoo.

Here is the official press release by Fun Ranch:

Country Fair is a one-of-a-kind event that offers various activities you and your kids will surely enjoy. We have a mini-petting zoo by Zoomanity Group, an enthralling animal show for pet lovers and a kiddie fashion show featuring ranch outfits. You can also win prizes in our family eating and animal race contests. Or watch our jugglers and magicians perform live on stage.

Visit our Kidpreneur Area at the Big Red Barn. Watch our kids show their entrepreneurial skills by selling their stuff while you discover great finds this holiday season.The first Fun Ranch Country Fair is from November 30, 2012 to December 1, 2012. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 6:00 p.m. Entrance is free of charge. We are also giving away free loot bags to the first one hundred (100) kids (per day) who will present their Ride All You Can or Playdium Play wristbands at our registration counter.This event is co-presented by Pet Me Home by Zoomanity Group sponsored by Pepsi. For more details, call 706-3029 or 706-3031.

We’re going this Saturday. See yah!

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My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad.
Proverbs 23:15

Kushies Travel Bag

I’ve been meaning to write about our recent travel to Bangkok but I’ve been busy with so many things. I don’t think I’ll slow down anytime soon because Christmas is just around the corner. Anyway, before we left I posted a photo of our stuff I was packing before our trip:

 

Some of my friends asked me about these bags. It’s a travel/baby/diaper bag by Kushies. I bought this set more than two years ago from Shop Familia. What you see above are the different small bags that can be found inside the Kushies bag. Continue reading Kushies Travel Bag