Lovin’ Life

Just lovin’ my life with Jesse

Day After Thanksgiving November 29, 2008

Filed under: holiday,life in general,reflection — Lois Sparks @ 1:42 am
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It’s the day after Thanksgiving today and it’s oh so good! Jesse doesn’t have work & class and I can be with him the whole day!

Jesse told me that most people in the U.S. usually wait ’til after the Thanksgiving holiday (which we don’t have back home) before they’ll play Christmas songs and/or decorate their home with Christmas decorations. Back home, my dad always played Christmas songs starting mid-September. If we’re not too lazy, we’ll even decorate our home for Christmas before November.

Well, I waited ’til the day after Thanksgiving before I played Christmas songs in our apartment. The first ones that came into mind was the sisters that my dad always played when we were young. Their names were Carnie and Wendy Wilson. I loved their “Hey Santa” album and I never got tired of listening to them every year in our casette player when I was young (of course, there were no cd or dvd players back then… hehe!)

Listening to them now, again, brings such sweet memories to me. The small apartment we had in Marikina with our improvised Christmas tree (Christmas broom!) and the christmas lights hanging around the house and some decorations, of course. I liked our christmas lights because it came with this thing – it’s like a music box – that if you play the recorded songs there, the lights will blink synchronized to the music from the music box. Every December 24th, we always hung our school socks by the window for Santa Claus. We wrote him letters, too, as asked by our parents so that Santa knew what we want. Then the young ones (those under 12 y.o.) has to go to sleep until midnight, Christmas eve. We were always welcomed with Santa’s gifts and the simple Christmas eve dinner at the kitchen. We always either opened our gifts first, and then eat together or vice-versa. But the night always ended with how my siblings and I tried to stay up later than our parents just for fun. But then we’ll end up falling asleep again. 😛 I knew who Santa was when I was 9 y.o. Our neighbor told my younger sister and I about it, and we eventually realized it was true. My younger sister and I still tried to keep it to ourselves, though, and we still had our Santa Claus even though we knew who they were – and they didn’t know we knew.

(Mom, my sister, and myself) That's the window where we used to hang our socks

Mom, my sister, and myself

My sister and I waiting for the feast with our family

My sister and I waiting for the feast with our family


Tagged November 19, 2008

Filed under: random — Lois Sparks @ 12:08 am

8 Things About Me
8 favorite TV shows
We don’t have TV & I haven’t really spent a long time watching TV since 2004.. hehehe…

8 Things I did yesterday:
1. ate and ate and ate
2. took a nap
3. watched National Geographic videos
4. folded our clothes
5. went to our friend’s birthday celebration
6. played with Niobe
7. waited for Jesse to finish playing NBA Live
8. wrestled a little with Jesse before going to bed

8 Things to Look Forward To:
1. December!
2. baby
3. immigration stuff getting done…
4. bigger clothes
5. date nights (hopefully)
6. first trimester of my pregnancy is almost done!
7. big tummy & Daddy Jesse
8. seeing my parents again next year (hopefully)

8 Favorite Resturants
1. Jollibee
2. Subway
3. Cheesecake Factory
4. Golden Coin
5. Maxx’s
6. Panda Express
7. ChowKing
8. Luring’s

8 Things on my Wish List:
1. healthy baby
2. be nearer to Filipino grocery stores or restaurants (for my cravings.. haha)
3. Cricut
4. Canon’s Rebel XSi (or similar kind of camera)
5. no more rainy days before we leave Hawaii next month (i want to go to the beach!)
6. stamps & inks (for scrapbooking)
7. weekend dates?!? 😛
8. see my mom & dad next year…

8 people I tag: Sam, Jesse, ate Shey, Lei, Mariana, Ashley, Asenath, & Sta. Claus 😛


Unchained Melody November 12, 2008

Filed under: life in general,reflection,videos — Lois Sparks @ 12:37 am
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Oh, my love, my darling,
I’ve hungered for your touch a long, lonely time,
Time goes by so slowly and time can do so much.
Are you still mine?
I need your love, I need your love, God speed your love to me.

Lonely rivers flow to the sea, to the sea
To the open arms of the sea
Lonely rivers sigh, ‘Wait for me, wait for me’
‘I’ll be coming home, wait for me!’

Are you still mine?
I need your love, I need your love, God speed your love to me

This was sung by the Righteous Brothers. I think I was 5 or 6 years old when I told my parents this is my favorite song. I could understand a little English then and all I remember was that the singer was missing his loved one.

I just finished cleaning the last parts of our apartment (bathroom, fridge, oven, stove, floor, carpet, kitchen sink) half an hour ago (1:30pm) for our “white glove” today. I have been cleaning our apartment little by little since last Saturday (except Sunday). I am sooo tired, so I just continued listening to my “wedding” playlist on my imeem account (which I have been playing since I started cleaning our apartment at 10am today). This playlist includes all the songs I chose for our wedding reception, even though our dj didn’t play all of them. 

My last Sunday.. 2 days before leaving Philippines

My last Sunday.. 2 days before leaving Philippines

I was reading my mom’s email to me about how to clean a tilapia (good thing I did it right) while our songs were playing.  While reading her email, this song played & it just felt like it’s digging my heart for what I really feel once in a while whenever I remember I haven’t been home for a long time now.


I really really really do miss home so much. Having been away for over 4 years now, I think I’ve been a pro in dealing with feeling homesick. But who knows how long I can be good at it. Maybe someday I’ll just break down and cry like a baby… but for now, I’ll do my best to be strong while waiting for that day that I can be with my parents and siblings again.


Crazy Singing Bird November 11, 2008

I was just surfing youtube for animated videos and I came across these. I thought they were kinda funny:


Gingerbread Haka November 9, 2008

Filed under: random — Lois Sparks @ 4:50 am
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I was watching this video the other day with my friends, and I thought it was cute. If you are really familiar with the Haka war dance of the New Zealand/Maori people, this video will make you smile.

this is a haka dance:


7 weeks, 6 days November 5, 2008

Filed under: life in general,pregnancy — Lois Sparks @ 7:40 pm
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Yesterday was our 2nd appointment with my doctor (April Vargus). I was 7 weeks, 6 days pregnant yesterday, weighing 109 lbs. Today I’m 8 weeks! Jesse was able to see the tinnie tiny little baby for the first time yesterday. We saw the heartbeat too. It was beating sooo fast. So small! 1.6 cm! I’m still due June 17th.

Anyway, here’s our first ultrasound copy. April didn’t give me a copy on the first ultrasound because it was too small to see. This one’s still sooo small, though. Our next appointment is next month, Dec. 2 (me dad’s burfday!)

1.6 cm, 7 weeks & 6 days
1.6 cm, 7 weeks & 6 days

I don’t know why it says 8 weeks and 6 days on the picture, though.