Lovin’ Life

Just lovin’ my life with Jesse

Updates…. August 28, 2009

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It’s been a long time since the last time I posted something… well, here are some recent updates this month…

Jesse’s whole family came over here to Hawaii last month (July 27) and stayed here ’til Aug. 4. We had fun having them with us here in Hawaii. It’s really different when you’re with family than when you’re not. I wasn’t able to take any pictures the whole time they stayed here so I don’t have any photo to share. Maybe I’ll steal some of them later… 😛

Then Caleb got blessed on August 2. I’m so glad that Jesse and I were able to share that special moment with my in-laws, and that Caleb’s uncles and grandpa where there to be part of his blessing.

Caleb's outfit

Caleb's outfit

Future missionary

Future missionary

Family picture

Family picture

The whole clan... (3 of the 5 grandkids were not here)

The whole clan... (3 of the 5 grandkids were not here)

We celebrated his blessing the following day (Aug. 3, my birthday) together with my birthday celebration and Brian’s birthday celebration. We had some of our friends come over, too (the Gellor’s, Taylor’s, and Catahan’s). Jemar cooked garlic shrimp and Jesse’s family prepared the rest of the food. They were yummy!

Brian and I blowing our birthday candles...

Brian and I blowing our birthday candles...

Oh! Let me tell you about what happened that morning! So, Jesse was waiting for 12AM to strike to be exactly Aug. 3rd. He said he has something to give as a birthday present… but we had to take care of Caleb before and after then that we eventually forgot about it and went to bed. First thing in the morning, as soon as he woke up, he opened a file on his computer and read to me a poem that he wrote. It was cute and funny! (He still has to print it out, I think) Then at the end, his poem read that he’s gonna give me a Canon Rebel XSi. I have been “wishing” for that camera but never really expected I would have one soon because it’s too expensive. I felt as giddy as a little child getting the best toy ever!

The next day, my in-laws came over to our apartment to spend some time with us before they left Hawaii. It had been fun being with them and we are looking forward to spending another time with them.. whenever and wherever it may be! 🙂

It was also around this month that Caleb started “talking” a lot! We love cooing back to him. He also started talking to his crib mobile (a stationery mobile, that is.. hehe)… and he prefers talking to Tigger than to Pooh. He’s so funny!

Caleb’s having his 2-month visit with his pedia next week Tuesday. He’s also getting his first shots that day… and I’m not looking forward to it… especially to the effects of the shots after (fever, anybody?) Well, that’s it for now. Gotta catch some nap! Hehehe!

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37 weeks May 28, 2009

Yesterday was my 37th week in my pregnancy. I feel like I’m a timed bomb that’s about to go off soon. When? I don’t know! I think Jesse’s very excited for our baby to come soon. He always tells me, “you’re already 37 weeks! Give birth, now!” Hahahaha!!!! He’s a happy daddy! 🙂

Here’s what I’ve been up to since the last time I wrote on my blog: SCRAPBOOKING, watching Jesse watch basketball and baseball games online (or with our friends), trying out different recipes (especially chicken recipes because that’s what we always have in the freezer), playing with our blender and my beloved mixer, etc.

Jesse watching Lakers vs. Nuggets (Game 4)

Jesse watching Lakers vs. Nuggets (Game 4)

(Game 4’s last 30 seconds) This is how Jesse is when Lakers are losing in a game —- BIG TIME! He’s too quiet! Maybe if our friend, Nate, was around, he would’ve been talking a lot? I should’ve taken a video of him yesterday (Lakers vs. Nuggets, Game 5) when the Lakers were winning so you could see the difference.. hahaha!

Towards the end of my 2nd trimester, Jesse and I gathered as much baby stuff (and pospartum stuff) that we THINK we needed. Thanks to those who sent us clothes and other things, we were able to save a lot. I must admit, it was very tempting for me to buy those cute little baby outfits whenever we went out to buy, say, bottles and baby’s health care. I’m just glad I was able to control myself as much as I could. And if I couldn’t, I asked Jesse (of course, I had to ask his permission first) if we could go to ROSS & buy some from there (Ross has almost the same brands in other stores but they sell it a lot cheaper!) One day we went to Sears just to look at the cute baby stuff they had there & I found a 3-pc set of bibs for $9.99 (I think?) from Carter’s. It was so cute, I wanted to buy it. I thought it was cheap enough. I held it for a while in my hands, admiring it, then I put it back. We went to Ross afterwards and I saw the VERY SAME set of bibs for $2.50. I was so happy! Jesse let me buy it! 😛 And now that pretty much everything is here for the baby (& me), I went back to scrapbooking again.

My first set of clear stamps

My first set of clear stamps

Here are my first set of clear stamps. I don’t really know much about stamping and I’m still trying to learn but eversince I read about clear stamps, I got really interested with their ease of use and storage. They’re a little bit more sensitive than rubber stamps, though. These ones were on sale so I grabbed them. It’ll be a long long time before I’ll probably buy myself another set since we need to be frugal.. hehe.

My messy workspace

My messy workspace

Here’s my scrapbooking workspace. It’s been like this since I started on our wedding scrapbook album (January). I could only do 2 or 3 pages (max) each week (or every other week) because I tend to get lazy most of the time (when I still didn’t have a big bump) or just the thought of thinking another layout drives me nuts so I put off making another page for a few more days. Now it takes me a while because my big bump makes it harder to make a single page of scrapbook. Caleb moves around A LOT (non-stop, even) after 30 mins. of starting a page, as though he’s telling me, “you need to lie down, mom, and make some more space for me! It’s really cramped in here!” Well, here’s a peek of a few pages of the album that I’m still working on.

Front cover

Front cover

random pages

random pages

random page (bride and groom)

random page (bride and groom)

random page (LA Temple)

random page (LA Temple)

random page (garter toss)

random page (garter toss)

I didn’t do our album the way most scrapbookers do (with all those layers of papers, die cuts, eyelets, etc., in one page) because it would take me a century to finish if I do it that way (plus, I still don’t have that kind of creativity). I still have about 7 pages to do and the clock is ticking fast. I really want to finish this album before I give birth. Hopefully, I can.

Pregnancy is wonderful and amazing! I had an easy pregnancy during my first 2 trimesters. But even though I’m having a hard time now (I can’t move an inch without pain somewhere, especially getting out of bed), I will not trade this experience for anything else — not even the fun of creating a handmade card or a scrapbook page. Maybe I’m only saying this because I’ve had an easy pregnancy and never threw up and all (except for being nauseous all the time, & for those killer headaches I had during my first trimester). But still, it’s a wonderful experience knowing something — no, SOMEONE, is living inside you… already manipulating you! hahaha! Just kidding! The first little flutter of movements are such a joy! I will never forget my husband’s face when he felt our baby’s movement for the first time. I will miss his kicks inside me (they seldom hurt me) whenever I’m hungry, or have been sitting for a long time, or fast asleep (he loves waking me up in the middle of the night). We’re still looking forward to hold our precious one sometime soon– how soon, we don’t know. I’m bracing myself! Haha!

 

Winter Ball 2009 March 31, 2009

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Last week, Friday (March 27), we went to the winter ball in PCC. We didn’t stay long, though, because we got tired even before midnight stroke. Good thing home was really near and we were able to spend a quick trip on our way home so we could go to bed.

We helped out selling/checking tickets and putting wristbands on students (while the first movie, “Fireproof,” was playing at the IMax Theater) before we started enjoying the night. Right after our shift, we went to Hale Aloha to have dinner. The food was great! Jesse tried to finish 2 plates but he was unsuccessful.. hehehe! Afterwards, we went to see the movie, “Bedtime Stories,” at the  IMax Theater. It was funny! We only spent a few minutes after the movie to check out the dance at the Hale Aloha before we decided to go home.

Anyway.. here’s some of our very few pictures taken that night. Thanks, Summer, for the dress! 🙂

dinner time at Hale Aloha

dinner time at Hale Aloha

Before going home

Before going home

Before going home

Us with my 28 weeks and 4 days pregnant belly

 

Late Feb. 13 and early Feb. 14 February 18, 2009

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Jesse and I celebrated Valentine’s day a few hours early. It was fast, quick, and simple… 😛

I made a card (as always) for Jesse on Monday prior to Valentine’s day. And then throughout the week, I was thinking of things I could surprise him with … something that I didn’t have to spend money with. But I never got any idea (because I was also focused on our trip to Hawaii/Big Island & at the same time thinking about our immigration interview this coming Friday).

While I was packing up our stuff on Friday night, Jesse told me he has to leave again (because he just came home from our neighbor’s house playing NBA Live) to go to the store to buy something. I totally forgot that he might be planning to buy me something. I thought it was just one of those random errands/things he always had to go to, so I let him go. I think it was 9 pm.

When he came home, he surprised me with a red rose and a box of chocolates! My first box of chocolates, ever! Of course, he didn’t forget the Valentine’s card. And so, I gave my card for him, too. We both read to each other our card, and that’s about it for our simple, sweet, pre-Valentine’s day.

box of chocolates ... :)

box of chocolates ... 🙂

cute red rose

cute red rose

trying out a close-up shot

trying out a close-up shot

After we celebrated, I packed up a little bit more stuff, then we went back to the Gellor’s house (where Jesse plays NBA Live all the time). It was around 10:30 pm. Jesse was thinking not to go to bed anymore before we leave Laie (we were supposed to leave at 3 am). The Gellor Family, Taylor Family, and us stayed up pretty late together. I went home before Jesse did so I could finish packing up. We went to bed at 1:15 am, then I woke up at 2:00 am to take a shower before leaving. I was sooo sleepless! So was Jesse.

We dropped by at the Gellor’s house because we were gonna carpool with them (using their car). By 3:30 am, we were good to go, so did our friends (Taylor at Catahan couples). Off to Big Island!!!

 

It’s a Boy! January 22, 2009

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We went to Kahuku today for our appointment with Dr. Lyons. Jesse and I already thought of taking a video of our ultrasound beforehand. But, I THINK, due to our excitement, we forgot to bring our camera! Oh well.. maybe next time…

The last time we saw our baby, it was still very small. I was only 7 weeks then (click here). So we were very excited today to see our baby!

The first thing Dr. Lyons said was we’re not having twins. Sorry, babe! I found that funny because Jesse had been joking we’re having twins and the other one’s only been hiding all these time.

Our baby was moving a lot, too! I was just having fun looking at the ultrasound video. I didn’t want it to end. Then all of a sudden, Dr. Lyons said, “he’s moving a lot!” and pointed his mouse pointer to the right place. Jesse had the biggest smile in the world! We’re having a baby boy!!!

We got to see his heartbeat, too. Dr. Lyons also got an angle where our baby seemed to be lying down horizontally, facing us. We saw him move his mouth and touch his head… it was the cutest thing! It was as if he was saying, “Hi Dad! Hi Mom! I’m your baby boy!”

Anyway.. that’s about it. We’re so happy! 🙂 Enjoy the pics! 🙂

bird's-eye view

bird's-eye view

Hi Mom and Dad!

Hi Mom and Dad!

Hello!

Hello!

 

Day After Thanksgiving November 29, 2008

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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

 

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.