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Monday, December 29, 2008

20th HS Reunion (pictures)

Here a few pictures of what went on in our reunion on December 27. At first I could not hear them, I ask to be put on a conference and it works, I can hear everyone.

The man is our batch president and the lady is one of my classmates in culinary class. The pictures are from the web cam. They had it on with our request (people who couldn't make it there). There are about 10 of us watching from the web cam. DH is actually jealous because on his reunion they didn't offer a live telecast and we live in the US, this kind of technology is nothing compare back in the Philippines. The web cam got cut off a few times but our technical person was always there to fix it. The people in the picture are the few who said hi to me while I'm chatting. Actually there are 4 people chatting to me from the reunion the whole time and 4 people chatting from the other countries as well. (Those who could not make it there just like myself).

Every time they say hi to me they always asked if they can see me, however I don't have a web cam. But when I spoke everyone said hi back. They asked me some questions but I can't hear them very well. So mostly I said hi, told them where I am and about my family. There are so much laughing and I wish I could have gone. But it's possible because I wanted my whole family to come. We can't afford the plane tickets for 7 people. I could have went by myself but that is not fair to DH. So, I decided to stay home instead. Plus I know that my family will enjoy going also, maybe next time if there is a next time.

This is the place we rented from our old Alma Mater. You can't really see the whole place but this is better than nothing.


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Friday, December 26, 2008

20th HS Reunion

Today is my 20th high school reunion. I think it's about 9am (Saturday Dec 27) there right now, I can see a few people walking around. I can't hear anything however seeing my high school classmates faces is good enough. They are supposed to start the program around 9:30am.

And yes I am watching the whole thing from a web cam.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

To everyone!!! Spend your day with your family. It only comes once a year, enjoy it while you can.


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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Introducing "Molly" (the cat)

Isn't she too cute, she is helping me dropping EC here. She follows my mouse pointer around, a little hard to drop because I'm scare she will scratch my lcd monitor. I had to hide the pointer from her. She is also one of my stress reliever these days. The first night she came home she slept in my bed. Just listening to her purr calming me drastically. DH telling the kids that she and I are best of friend. Like I said in my post here, I like the kitty but I can't take anymore responsibility. However DH is pretty good in taking care of her litter box and cleaning up her mess. Now I have a best friend and I don't even have to take care of her...lol.


Here she is tired of chasing mouse pointer. Sleeping between my keyboard & monitor and purring the whole time. I like it too when I wake up in the morning and she chase my feet. She is not declaw but she is really gentle and she also loves to hang on my pant legs. She nibbles my socks too when she catches my foot.

When DH first brought her home I got sick, and DH mention that I may be allergic. Good thing I wasn't because our kids fell in love with her already and bringing her back where she came from will make them sad. I'm all better now and thank goodness I'm not allergic to felines.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Noblesse Oblige Awards

I should add another tab just for awards received from my blogger friends and co-bloggers...thank you so much everyone for including my blog for this kind of awards.

Furthermore I would like to thank Mr. WindMill for the non-stop visit and reading my crappy writing...ha ha ha. I feel like I know him in real life. If I ever get the chance to travel around the world I will sure visit his family amongst other. He always know the right words to say in any occasions. (That is a good thing :)).



This Award is presented to bloggers who display consistency in any one or a combination of these conditions:

1. The Blogger manifests exemplary attitude, respecting the nuances that pervades amongst different cultures and beliefs.
2. The Blog contents inspire; strives to encourage and offers solutions.
3. There is a clear purpose at the Blog; one that fosters a better understanding on Social, Political, Economic, the Arts, Culture and Sciences and Beliefs.
4. The Blog is refreshing and creative.
5. The Blogger promotes friendship and positive thinking..

The Blogger who receives this award will need to perform the following steps:

1. Create a Post with a mention and link to the person who presented the Noblesse Oblige Award.
2. The Award Conditions must be displayed at the Post.
3. Write a short article about what the Blog has thus far achieved – preferably citing one or more older Post to support.
4. The Blogger must present the Noblesse Oblige Award in concurrence with the Award conditions.
5. The Blogger must display the Award at any location at the Blog

  1. Shawie of BlogNow101
  2. Weng of Wifey Journey
  3. Vheil of Designs By Vheil
  4. Rosemarie of Celebrate Life
  5. PJ of PinayJade
  6. Ria of It's my Party
  7. Pinay Mommy of Life and Scraps
  8. Gretchen of Real Haven
  9. Carlota of Dashing Smiles

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Friday, December 19, 2008

DC Done with Lessons & We Are Off Until January

Yay, can you see me doing the happy dance here...lol. Ahhh, two weeks that I don't have to teach. I can also drop ec non-stop for two weeks. Oh how I missed my me time.:)

We finished their class at noon today. We ODS has no school of we are supposed to have 6 inches and more of snow. The snow started around 10am and still going on, and right now it's 1:30pm.


I fed the kids and send them outside. Right now I'm watching from the window. My YDS is sick so I have to stay inside with him. DH is busy fixing his attachment plow for his law mower to plow our driveway. ODS is shoveling the walk path and the end of the driveway. Taking the pile of snow that the plow truck pushed out when they plowed our road.


My second and 3rd DS are outside playing on the snow along with their only sister. I think this is our 4th or 5th snow but this time we have more. They can't wait to finish their lessons today to play outside. 3rd DS just lost his snow hat and he got the worst cough with all of them. However he is the toughest of them all.

BTW, like you can see in the picture it's still snowing outside. A little dark because I took this picture from a close window. I am too lazy and too cold to open it up.

We are on winter break!!! I know I could have gone ahead with the lessons but I'll let them decide if they want some lessons or not during our break. But for now let me enjoy my ME time.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Nick Pitera's Shifting Voice

I was watching some videos at YouTube today and came across his videos. At first I thought he is faking it/leap syncing it but I was wrong. Kinda weird but the same time in awe on what he can do with his voice. Below is the sample of what he can do and you can google his name and you will find pages and pages of him.



He even made a short movie about himself. Check it out at nickpitera.blogspot.com and at myspace.com/nickpiteramusic.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Moms Letter to Santa

I got this from the yahoo group that I belong at. I am a member of the group for my DC home school program. I can't really say the name right now because we are having issue with the management. There are more to be added with this letter but you see the point. My favorite part is the "talking doll"...ha ha ha how I wish.

Dear Santa,

I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned and cuddled my children on demand, visited the doctor's office more than my doctor and sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground.

I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son's red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.

Here are my Christmas wishes:

I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache (in any color, except purple, which I already have) and arms that don't hurt or flap in the breeze, but are strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the candy aisle in the grocery store.

I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy.

If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd like fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music, a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals, and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.

On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, 'Yes, Mommy' to boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who don't fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools.

I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting 'Don't eat in the living room' and 'Take your hands off your brother,' because my voice seems to be just out of my children's hearing range and can only be heard by the dog.

If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room
temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container.

If you don't mind, I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely.

It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family.

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is calling and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back.

Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the door and come in and dry off so you don't catch cold.

Help yourself to cookies on the table but don't eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.

Yours Always,
MOM...

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

14 Days of Homeschooling

I may not technically home school but I found this song amusing...And I would like to share to my reading public...lol

"To the tune of "Twelve Days of Christmas."

On the first day of home school my neighbor said to me, "Can you home school legally?"

On the second day of home school my neighbor said to me, "Are they socialized, can you home school legally?"

On the third day of home school my neighbor said to me, "Do you give them tests, are they socialized, can you home school legally?"

On the fourth day of home school my neighbor said to me, "What about P.E., do you give them tests, are they socialized, can you home school legally?"

On the fifth day of home school my neighbor said to me, "YOU ARE SO STRANGE! What about P.E., do you give them tests, are they socialized, can you home school legally?"

On the sixth day of home school my neighbor said to me, "How long will you home school, YOU ARE S0 STRANGE, what about P.E. , do you give them tests, are they socialized, can you home school legally?"

On the seventh day of home school my neighbor said to me, "Look at what they're missing, how long will you home school, YOU ARE SO STRANGE!, what about P.E., do you give them tests, are they socialized, do you home school legally?"

On the eighth day of home school my neighbor said to me, "Why do you do this, look at what they're missing, how long will you home school, YOU ARE SO STRANGE, what about P.E. do you give them tests, are they socialized, do you home school legally?

On the ninth day of home school my neighbor said to me, "They'll miss the prom, why do you do this, look at what they're missing, how long will you home school, YOU ARE SO STRANGE!, what about P.E. do you give them tests, are they socialized, do you home school legally?"

On the tenth day of home school my neighbor said to me, "What about graduation, they'll miss the prom, why do you do this, look at what they're missing, how long will you home school, YOU ARE SO STRANGE!, what about P.E., do you give them tests, are they socialized, can you home school legally?"

On the eleventh day of home school my neighbor said to me, "I could never do that, what about graduation, they'll miss the prom, why do you do this, look at what they're missing, how long will you home school, YOU ARE SO STRANGE, what about P.E., do you give them tests, are they socialized, can you home school legally?"

On the twelfth day of home school my neighbor said to me, "Can they go to college, I could never do that, what about graduation, they'll miss the prom, why do you do this, look at what they're missing, how long will you home school, YOU ARE SO STRANGE, What about P.E., do you give them tests, are they socialized, can you home school legally?"

On the thirteenth day of home school I thoughtfully replied: "They Can go to college, yes you can do this, they can have graduation, we don't like the prom, we do it cuz we like it, they are missing nothing, we'll home school forever, WE ARE NOT STRANGE!, We give them P.E., and we give them tests, they are socialized, AND WE HOME SCHOOL LEGALLY!

On the fourteenth day of home school my neighbor said to me, "How can I get started, why didn't you tell me, where do I buy curriculum, when is the next conference, WILL PEOPLE THINK WE'RE STRANGE? I think we can do this, if you will help us, we'll join a sports team, and we'll home school legally."

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Monday, December 8, 2008

ODS Called Sick

When he left home this morning he told us that he is not feeling well, but he needs to come in because he has lab work to do. I thought he will feel better as the day progresses but he woes out. I got a call from him to pick him out around 12 noon today.

I think grounding him got him sick...lol. He couldn't do anything and got sick...lol. Ok I better stop however I can't stop. Hanging out with the rest of the family got him sick. Everyone else got sick already except for him. I'm not totally better yet either. I got sick Friday but not severe. I can still cook and do other things but my whole body is aching so much.

I made my rice soup, took a lot of vitamin C and airborne. I did not lay down to let it pass, now I feel ok but my throat is burning and I'm losing my voice. I can't yell at anyone anymore...bummer...lol. I always loss my voice every winter at least ones, so this thing is not new to me. I hate it because every time I go outside I need to cover my nose, cold air makes it hurt more. Argggg... Hoping to get better soon and I will air out the house for at least 15 minutes in this cold weather. Get all the germs and bacteria freeze, hoping it works...lol.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Spoof Card

Why does teenagers never answer their phones? And I bet you when their friends call, even while eating dinner they will answer it. My son is allowed to carry cell phone in school. However he always turn the ringer off (school rule) and never ever put it on vibrate. He is grounded this week, because his grades for the first grading period lower than his normal lowest of B minus and highest are A plus. He got grades that are lower than B minus and every close to failing.

He is grounded with everything. He is not allowed to use his computer, unless for homework. He also not allowed to play chess at the YMCA with his friends and not allowed to bring friends over. We also told him that if, he does not answer his phone when he is out of class that would be another another day added to his grounding.


We thought about getting Spoof Card from www.spoofcard.com. From what I read they offers the ability to change what someone sees on their caller ID display when they received a phone call. I bet he will answer his phone right away because he will be so curious who is calling him. I also like the ability to change my voice from female to male. This is a nice feature for those unwanted calls we get. And the recording feature enables many businesses to have a record of a verbal order or transaction that can be referred back later. With that said, this is great for personal and business use. Please check the site to learn more.

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I Sponsor A Contest

Blog Anniversary & Christmas Thanksgiving Contest

Mommy Ruby's blog just turned one year old last November 28, 2008 and since Christmas is also near, she opted to make it into a single celebration! To thank God for the blessings He has given to her and to her family. Aside from that she is thanking Him for the good and generous people who sponsored her contest.

This is also another way of thanking her friends online and regular visitors. Thank you for being with her throughout the year! God bless you all.

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Ends: December 31, 2008
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Announcement: January 7, 2009

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To join the celebration and to see the prizes, please visit her site HERE. Just follow what she is asking to qualify and you are good to go. Everyone is invited even myself, but since I'm one of the sponsors I rather opt not to enter. I want to give other people a chance to the prizes. It would be weird if I won my own prize.

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His And Hers

My husband and I decided to get ready for "rainy days" and part of it is buying things that we can use to protect ourselves. We have little children and we need to protect them from what is coming in these "rainy days". We had been stocking on food also, did you know that certain religion needs to stock up on food enough for a year for every member of the family? We are not there yet however; we have enough food for one grown up member to last for a year. Furthermore, one item we bought for protection is a Benchmade Knives. This is great for camping and an item to add to your survival lists must have when “rainy days” happens.

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Friday, December 5, 2008

November Top Ten EC Dropper

Thank you so much ladies and gentlemen for keep dropping by. And also for the ones that did not make the list, including those who don't have Entrecard. Maraming salamat sa inyo.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Preschooler Refuses To Go Back To School

I am having a hard time getting him to school these days. It started when his big brother stayed home from school. I think he is getting jealous that they can stay home but he can't. He doesn't realize that they went and done what he is doing right now.

I guess I can teach him with my DD in Kindergarten. Not all of it but some part, like the phonics, writing, art and reading. DH and I talk about this before and he thinks he might get board next year in Kindergarten. I told him that it's ok, we can do all the assessment and not to worry about explaining everything to him. Our day will be much shorter and spend more time doing other things.

He can also choose to participate or not with his sister class. I will not force him to do much, it would be just like a pre-K for him. I can always tell him that he is going back to B&M school if he don't listen to me and do what I ask him to do. Yup, I can be mean when I want to.

Hope it works. Ok, I'm off to teach my DD, DS is still weak. He needs to get his strength back before doing some classes again.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

One of My Oldest Son Favorite


I have mention before that my oldest son loves to read bleach manga, well not actually bleach but in the same line. He even bought story books about this and they are not cheap either. I always find him reading this stuff on his computer and even subscribes to a few websites that he likes. Furthermore, I'm sure that he already knows about this site already and I can say that he is addicted to these comics' stories. I used to read this stuff when I was a kid living back home. And most of our neighbors would buy at least one and it gets around in the whole development as an entertainment. We don't have TV's, because we live in the boonies. I can't believe that they are just getting popular here in the US. I guess a lot of people are going back to basic these days. Watching TV is not very good in my opinion, they only teach kids stupid things and controlled news.

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Monday, December 1, 2008

DC Still Sick

Yes you heard it right so I'm off today, and see where I spend my day off. I don't have a life...lol.

Anyway, my SIL sent me this video this morning and I love it. You will hear this from every mom all over the world.

I hope you like it the way I do. Enjoy.

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