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Semestral Break

First term officially ended for our eldest last Monday (which is also the last day of the finals). Tuesday is the start of their sem break; which will last for over two weeks. They only have to return to school next week (just for a day though) to get their grades and then enroll for the second term. Our youngest will have their sem break starting next week. They still have their examinations today up until Wednesday.



They are actually very excited about their school break and they have been talking about what they plan to do. Mostly though, what I’ve been hearing is how they plan to wake up late, watch TV and play video games. My eldest actually said that sem break is when doing fun stuff all day is a must and taking a bath is optional (oh, I hope he’s just kidding!). I just hope I can also get them to clean their room (yes, a mother can still dream, right? …lol). They do have to help with the chores here at home or else they don’t get to watch TV or play with their Xbox.

Seriously though, I’m glad they have their school break because they really deserve it; they have been studying hard and are continually doing well in school. They have also been hinting about searching online for what they wan to receive for Christmas. Our youngest has been very interested in creating videos and editing them ( he has a Youtube channel where he uploads all his videos) so maybe he’ll ask for something that he can use for that. Our eldest is into music, aside from his interest in various sports, so maybe he’ll go for a new guitar or maybe a new basketball jersey. I just hope it would be as expensive as the ones that I’ve been seeing online that are used to produce and create music. Anyway, I’m sure that we’ll find a more affordable option whatever it is that they may decide on.


*Photo source: Stuart Miles of

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Why This New School Year Is Special For Us


A new school year officially started for my kids a little over two weeks ago. Although it was quite hard to adjust to a new schedule (especially about the part of having to wake up before 5a.m), but I think we’re doing ok. This school year is different and special for the kids because my eldest is a senior now and my youngest is now in junior high. That means we’re going to have a college student next school year ! I can’t believe how fast time flies. I guess when we hear other’s say that ‘children grow up too fast’, they are stating a fact. I  can still remember when our youngest graduated from pre-school !

Here’s a photo of our youngest when he graduated form pre-school and another photo taken on his first day at junior high: (I don’t have a current photo of my eldest because he is at this stage when he doesn’t want to have his photo taken. Go figure)



March 2006


June 2012

Have a blessed week ahead everyone !

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Packing For A Sleepover


Children love sleepovers. Whether it’s a night or two and grandma’s or it’s an overnight with a friend for fun or for a birthday, it’s their earliest adventures.

When preparing for a sleepover there are some important things to remember: begin by creating a packing list beforehand. This makes it much easier to know what you need, and what you’ve packed.


· Clothes.

o Packing for a sleepover in girls backpacks makes it more fun and also more convenient for mom and dad. A backpack is a great way to tote everything back and forth, and gives your child somewhere to keep track of all of her belongings.

o Be sure to pack comfortable pajamas, an extra pair of socks, as well as an outfit for the next day.

o If they are planning on any special activities such as going to a swimming pool; be sure to pack any items such as a swimsuit for the activity as well.

· Bring a comfortable sleeping bag and pillow.

o Though most places your child goes to sleepover will have all the necessities, it’s nice for your child to have their own things. A personal sleeping bag and their own pillow allow them to bring along a little bit of comfort from home.

o Your child may also have a special blanket they want to take. Consider this as well when packing.


· Hygiene items.

o You’ll for sure want to pack a toothbrush and toothpaste.

o Don’t forget the hairbrush and any accessories they’ll need as well.

o Remember the deodorant! There’s nothing like being away from home and realizing this important item has been forgotten.


· Consider a snack.

o While at most sleepovers the friend’s family will provide the food and snacks, it’s always nice to pack a quick snack or two in your child’s backpack. Something they can share with their friend or at least have easy access to if they didn’t eat as much as normal.


· Other personal items.

o Your child may want to bring with them a comfort item from home to sleepover too. Young children especially find it easier to spend the night away from home when they have a cuddly bear or favorite baby doll spending the night with them.

o Items to share. Does your child have a favorite movie they want to take and watch with their friend or at grandma’s house? What about a favorite music CD? These are other items you might want to help them pack to help them enjoy their stay.


Once your child is packed and ready for a night or two away from home, help them to have the best adventure possible by preparing them ahead of time for an easier transition. Talk to them in advance about what to expect. Let them know that it’s ok to call home if they get nervous or scared. Just let them know that this sleepover can be a lot of fun, and then tell them to go and enjoy it.

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