Our family’s love of sports is something that we’re truly proud of. Our children are currently into basketball and ultimate frisbee. Hubby, during his younger years, was part of a badminton team and a dragon boat team. Although we don’t play competitive badminton nowadays, we still include badminton as part of our exercise regimen.
Watching different sporting events is also something that we enjoy as a family. These days, its NBA playoffs in the morning and soccer matches at night. We also watch collegiate basketball and volleyball tournaments and the ongoing World Extreme Sports Tournament. Among the major sporting events that we are looking forward to in the next couple of months are the FIBA Asia Tournament, World Cup and the French Open. I actually watch with them while I do some online tasks like finishing some blog posts or researching something online like the best boat shipping company that my sister-in-law is looking for for her next package.
Anyway, the kids are just making the most out of their summer vacation because once school starts again in a couple of weeks, their TV time will be limited again.
A major bookstore had their warehouse sale two weeks ago and we were able to go there on the last day of the sale. Huge discounts of up to 80% were being given and they were given even for new releases, not just the old books. I have been meaning to buy some reference books for the kids and some self-help and marketing books (which can be very expensive) which is why I made sure that we were able to go to the warehouse sale. Aside from some reference books, the kids are also looking forward to buying some school supplies while the husband wants to buy some art supplies.
Here’s a photo of the books that we bought that day:
There were a lot of people that day since it was a weekend and the last day of sale, but fortunately, the kids were very patient in scouring the whole place for the books and supplies that they want. We paid around 1,200php (that’s about 27USD) for all of them including two gadget binders, two wooden flutes and USB/Memory card reader. The computer books and manga books are for our eldest while our youngest chose a novel, a reference book and the flute. Hubby chose to buy a flute, the gadget binder and some art supplies. Our youngest was particularly excited about the flute because it was indeed a great steal since it was being offered at a 70% discount rate. He said he will be watching some online tutorials so that he will learn the basics of playing the flute. Although he is more keen on buying a new guitar, similar to the lx1e at guitar center he saw online, he is also excited about his new flute because they have been studying about them in school as well. He also plans on watching video tutorials online so that he will learn how to play the flute during his free time (which is more likely after his exams two weeks from now). Anyway, I am very happy with our purchases (even though I wasn’t able to buy the marketing books that I want) because we were able to buy some great reading materials and of course, availed of some huge discount.
For every parent, the health of their family is always a major concern. They make sure that they do everything to keep their family healthy. Sometimes, though, there are instances when we make poor decisions especially when it comes to the food that we serve to our family. Whether we fail to make a menu plan for the week or we don’t have the time to prepare a healthy dish for our family, we would at times, end up serving whatever is readily available or just order from the nearest fast food. When this happens regularly, it can become a serious health problem especially since these types of foods do not provide the nutritional needs of our family.
As a family, we recognize the fact that during the past couple of months, we have made poor choices regarding things that affect our health. This is why we have decided to take action and make the conscious effort to make healthy food choices. I am actually looking online for recipes that have high nutritional value and are affordable as well. My husband also wants to start taking multi-vitamins while the kids want to start taking their vitamin C again. On my part, I have been taking Vitamin D supplements, especially after my surgery three years ago wherein my thyroid was taken out completely. We are just glad that quality healthcare products are still available to budget conscious families like us.
Aside from making healthy food choices and taking our vitamins daily, we also intend to become more active. I have gained a considerable amount of weight since my surgery and it is something that I have been struggling with since then. I have talked to my husband about it and we agree that, since we both enjoy playing badminton, we have to really set aside time to play for at least an hour, three times a week. Since we don’t really need special equipment for that, aside from the racquet and shuttlecock, we can easily play badminton in front of our house or at the nearby clubhouse. We can play early in the morning after the kids have left for school and before having breakfast. I just hope that my husband will continue to encourage me, especially when I get lazy. I really want to get back my ideal weight especially now when I am starting to notice that I get tired easily every time we walk home from church on Sundays. Anyway, I am hoping that we can really achieve our goal of having a healthier lifestyle because we know that we can truly benefit from it. We are aware that it takes a lot of hard work and commitment but we are willing to do our best and support each other. Living a long and healthy life as a family is our long term goal and I must say, it is enough to keep us motivated.