ENROLLMENT TIME. WHEW!

I enrolled Nathan today for his 2nd year in Ateneo High School. It’s astounding how tuition fees have skyrocketed over the years. When I was in highschool, a few thousand pesos was enough for the first quarter. But now, that only covers school supplies. I really thank God for Paolo who budgets our money so well, that come enrollment time, we have enough to fund our checks.

Call me shallow but I am so happy I saved P2,000 by borrowing Nathan’s books from one of our friends. You moms can relate with me on this. Don’t we try to find ways to save every peso? I got Nathan oversized uniforms last year so that he can still use them this year, even after a growth spurt. Hehe. I am also holding off on buying his school supplies and will use the ones left from last year first.

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Right now we have 3 kids enrolled but in a few years, our Joaquin will be in school too. I know I have God’s assurance that He will supply all our needs according to His glorious riches. (Philippians 4:19)

Laughters is a good midesen

This night is getting a bit too stressful. Nathan just had surgery to remove 2 of his 4 impacted molars and is in need of a lot of tender loving care. Janina has guests over from school. Joaquin is constantly demanding for my attention. (Ryan, thankfully, fell asleep early.) And I need to prepare for my talk tomorrow at Mommy Academy. While I was looking for funny illustrations for my topic, I came across this article that really, really made me LAUGH OUT LOUD!

PINOY SIGNS:

Posted outside a house in Jaro, Iloilo :
HOURSE FOR RENT, FULLY FURNACED
(Boy, it must really be hot in there.)

On a glass window of a photography shop in Cabanatuan :
WE SHOOT YOU WHILE YOU WAIT

Posted at a construction site in Mandaluyong:
BAWAL OMEHI DITO, ANG MAHULI, BOG-BOG!

On the fence of a makeshift parking lot in Pasay :
PARKING PEE: P10

Printed on a streamer in front of a gym in Lucena City :
We Almost Have Complete Set of Gym Equipments
(Now, how’s that for truth in advertising? )

In a supermarket in Baguio :
FRESH FROZEN CHICKEN SOLD HERE

Outside a flower shop along Avenida Rizal:
WE SELL ARTIFICIAL FRESH FLOWERS

In a restaurant in Cebu :
WE HAB SOP-DRINK IN CAN AN IN BATOL

On the glass wall of an eatery in Panay Avenue near National Bookstore (but
this was a long time ago):
WANTED: WAITER, CASHIER, WASHIER

In San Andres, Manila :
NO URINATION ON THE OVER WALLS

In a classified ads section:
WANTED SALESLADY, 20-25 YEARS OLD, PROBABLY SINGLE

Outside a sari-sari store in front of Green Valley in Baguio :
NO CRIDET

In a building in Cubao:
NONE ID, NOTHING ENTRY

Outside a videoke bar in Pampanga:
WE MAKE MODERN ANTIQUE FURNITURE

The name of a laundry shop in Bo. Kapitolyo in Pasig :
CINNAVON

On the gate of a house in Tarlac:
COLD ICED BUKO 4 SALE

Posted outside a beauty shop in Laguna:
WE ALSO DO FULL BODY MESSAGE

In Tiaong, Quezon:
ROAN’S CONTRACTION SUPPLIES

Outside a shoe store in Pangasinan:
WE SELL IMPORTED ROBBER SHOES

In a restaurant in Baguio :
WANTED: BOY WAITRESS

“I didn’t get to say goodbye to Dad.”

This was Ryan’s first statement to me yesterday as I woke up. Paolo and Nathan left for Boracay very early so goodbyes to the other kids were said the night before. Unfortunately, Ryan was so tired he crashed in bed a little too early and missed it. So when he came to my bedroom the next morning, that’s the first thing he told me, in between tears “I didn’t get to say goodbye to Dad.” I became teary as well because I felt his sadness.

Saying goodbye is an important ritual in our family, much like saying goodnight every night before bedtime. I treasure the times whenever Paolo and I go out on a date, and our kids would run to the garage barefooted in their pajamas, and would give us a hug through the car window, shower us with kisses, and follow the car out the garage until our tail light disappears from their view. Saying goodbye I think gives our children a sense of control over the day’s events. It gives them the security that nothing unexpected is going to happen. It gives them the confidence that dad and mom didn’t abandon them and they are returning home for sure. Of course, we’ve never heard our kids articulate these things. But they have the need to be assured that at the end of the day, dad and mom are always coming back home.

Paolo called from Boracay and talked to Ryan. Every unsaid fear of Ryan was eased.

A Mother’s Day Request

I was thankful for the gifts and cards I got from my husband and kids for Mother’s Day but I just had to make one simple request… a decent studio family portrait. We haven’t had one since Janina was a baby. After some hesitation from the kids, they don’t really like photo shoots, they all agreed to make me happy and give in.