Lovin’ Life

Just lovin’ my life with Jesse

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

Filed under: holiday,life in general,trips — Lois Sparks @ 10:55 pm
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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

Filed under: life in general,pregnancy — Lois Sparks @ 4:07 pm
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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!




Stand By Me January 21, 2009

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This is a video from Youtube that was forwarded to Jesse’s email, I think. And we really like it so I thought to post it here. There are really people with great talent out there. I especially like Clarence Bekker’s voice.


New Year January 6, 2009

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Jesse and I were able to spend New Year’s eve with our Filipino friends here in Laie. I’m so glad we were able to light up some fireworks after our OWN countdown. Afterwards, we ate our “potluck” food at our friend’s house a little bit after midnight. Back home, we call it “Media Noche.” We always have it in the Philippines (midnight dinner). I was so tired after that, though, so Jesse wasn’t able to play NBA Live with our friend, Nate.

00 midnight

with our friends, waiting for 12:00 midnight

Jesse protecting his preggy wife from the clouds of smoke

Jesse protecting his preggy wife from the clouds of smoke


So happy we had "ginataan," the one Filipino dessert Jesse hates! 🙂

I really miss the way we celebrate New Year in the Philippines, though.


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.