Sunday, September 30, 2012

Julian in Julian

If you've read some of my previous posts, you may have noticed we call our eldest son "Jelo". No, that's not his real name...he real name is Juilan Angelo. So his nickname is the "J' from Julian and the "-elo" from Angelo. I know, its cute!

Jelo had once heard the news weather refer to the city of Julian. He was instantly curious about the city of Julian. We've promised from for a long time we'd take him for a vist, last weekend we finally did!

Auntie Joyce and Uncle Mikey joined us for our trip into the mountains some some apple picking and apple pie! 

We started our visit with some apple picking at Raven Hill Ochard, For $10 you get a bag with you fill with as many apples as you can! There were rows and rows of apple trees that our boys loved to run up and down. They enjoyed finding the "really red" apples and had daddy help pick the best ones that were way high up in the trees. 











At the orchard, there was wine tasting also from Menghini Winery where for $5 you get to sample 5 wines and a keepsake wine glass. 

We had some lunch and explored downtown Julian where Jelo had fun taking pictures in front of a few "Julian" signs. 


We ended our day with some famous Julian Apple Pie. My favorite is the Apple Caramel Crumble, oh so good! We bought some to share with Jelo and DJ's grandparents =)



Another great weekend diversion from the daily routines of the work week! Happy Fall everyone!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mommy Date

Being a mom is my greatest joy in life! Although being a mommy can get hectic and stressful with my two boys under the age of 5, the good times definitely outweigh the bad!


My 2 year old DJ and I have never been to a theme park with just the two of us even though we've had year passes to the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and Disneyland during his lifetime. Our visits to these places usually involve our two boys, my husband, and I with the occasional aunt, uncle, cousin, and/or grandparent accompanying us. As the end of our Sea World annual pass approached, I decided to take DJ to Sea World, just him and I. 
The day at Sea World with DJ allowed me to focus on just him. He had my attention 100% and vice versa. It was nice to spend the day not having to divide myself between my two boys who want me to listen to everything they have to say and to watch everything they do. 

Between my two boys, DJ is more soft-spoken and talks only when he has something to say. His brother Jelo is the opposite. The day at Sea World I noticed DJ was able to identify many of the animals we saw, he was more of an explorer taking initiative to guide me to where he wanted to go and see, and I noticed he was attentive and a great listener when explained some of the things we saw. 

Because it was just him and I, I was able to enjoy Sea World at a more leisurely pace. We took our time and did things that is often hard to do with two little ones. 


On the left is DJ touching a dolphin!

Here is DJ enjoying Sesame Street's Bay of Play. DJ loves water and getting wet!


We spent a lot of time at Shamu's tank watching the killer whales just hang out. DJ loves it when the whales swim by him! We even sat in the splash zone during Shamu's show but we still left dry!

It is not always easy to spend quality time with just one of your children when you have a few, but it is definitely worth it. The one-on-one time had allowed me to learn about some of DJ's personality characteristics that are often overlooked, it gave me a time to listen to him and be "present" without having to divide my attention with anyone else. 

I'd like to think DJ also enjoyed having Mommy all to himself. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Pandas and Oranges - 18th Birthday Party Theme

I love party planning and I love my family! So when I can put the two together, TOTAL HAPPINESS!

This past weekend, I helped decorate for my cousin, Amanda's, 18th birthday party. Typically, Filipino young ladies do not have a "sweet 16" but an 18th birthday "debut". Some families go all out and have a "debutante ball" in honor of their daughter with a banquet hall, sit down dinner, formal attire, and the works. Others, like myself, still had a "debut" but a more intimate party with close friends and family. My cousin Amanda and her parents chose the latter as well.

The party was a backyard pool party with a black, white, and orange theme. Black and white because of Amanda's love of Pandas and the orange because of her favorite color.


I bought black/white and orange hanging lanterns and table lanterns from Wholesale Flowers. I love that place! They have an array of flowers, vases, and other decorative accents to make any party fabulous!





The panda figures and the panda cupcake toppers were found online.

Amanda is one of youngest of my 40+ first-cousins. She grew up spending summers with me from her home in Los Angeles. We've shared endless scoops of ice cream, hours under the sun swimming, miles of walking in shopping malls, and other "big/little sister" kinds of things! Since she has two older brothers, and I, a younger brother, we fulfilled the sister role with each other. I was so happy to help her with her party and am so excited to see what she does with the bright future ahead of her!

Happy Birthday Amanda!







Friday, September 21, 2012

Seizures and Driving

Today was the usual Friday afternoon freeway commute: boys in the backseat, KidsBop on the radio, and ideas bumping around into head of where to have dinner.

Until all of a sudden our car was hit from behind: bang, bang, bang! A series of bangs as our car was rammed from behind, then a long push as the car behind us accelerates while pushing our car making it uncontrollable. The car behind finally pulls off to the side, accelerating and ending up in the ice plant off the shoulder a few meters ahead of us as we also pull over.

I was shaking, nervous. I look at my rear view mirror to check on the boys but it was shaken out of place. I turn around and the boys eyes were as big as dinner plates. I ask if they are OK, they both reply "we're ok!" I call 911 and then wait for the police. A tow truck driver pulls over next to us. The tow truck driver comes over to check on us and tell me he saw the whole thing. He went to check on the driver who hit us and came back to say "he's not responding to me but he's conscious".

As we wait for the police to arrive, the car who hit us again tries to accelerate, tires turning, smoking, but the car doesn't move.

When the police arrive, they do a quick check on the boys and I. They then proceed to question the other driver for at least 20 minutes. The police comes back and explains the other driver had an epileptic seizure. He's not arrested, not taken into custody. The driver leaves in the tow truck along with his car.

My husband arrives and follows me as I drive back home.

Yes, my car was driveable. His car was not.

I thank God the boys and I were not hurt during the accident. But, was this accident avoidable? Should people who suffer seizures be allowed to drive?

CNN did a story of a family who died when hit by someone who had a seizure: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1206/14/ng.01.html

Here at the recommendations for driving with epilepsy: http://www.epilepsy.com/EPILEPSY/rights_driving

This accident was one of the scariest experiences in my life, most especially because my boys were with me.

What are your opinions on driving with epilepsy?

Here is a picture of the man who hit us, next to his car, while we wait for the police.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Honey Hubby Birthday

In celebration of my hubby's birthday, I planned a surprise party for him! I sent him off to a two hour Thai massage and when he came home, SURPRISE! Our closest friends and family gathered to wish him happy birthday! He walked in the house kinda slow. If you've ever had a Thai massage, you know of the after-pain :/ He was surprised nonetheless and was happy to see all if the special people in our lives there to celebrate his birthday!

The party theme was honey and Winnie the Pooh. My hubby loves Pooh! Tennessee honey whiskey iced tea, honey Swiss fondue, honey fruit parfaits, red cabbage honey lime slaw, and honey glazed BBQ were all a part of the menu. A few non-honey, but hubby favorites, made the menu too: salted pepper chicken wings and egg foo young from our favorite Chinese restaurant, Golden Chopsticks!

Our good friend and Boozie Cakes partner made some yummy honey whiskey cupcakes! They were extra boozie leaving that stinging feeling in your nose and throat similar to drinking straight whiskey!

I had a Winnie the Pooh cake made from www.justcakeme.com. It was cookies and cream cake with chocolate ganache filling, yum!

Happy birthday to my hubby who I love with all my heart!




Thursday, September 13, 2012

Happiness Hop!


Being new to the BLOG-isphere, I've been visiting many different blog sites and learning BLOG-tiquette as I go along! Today, I'm learning how to Blog-Hop! So here we go!

In the spirit of the Happiness Project of this hop, I'm reminded of what truly makes me happy. The joy of motherhood is on the top of my happiness list. Although my boys can often times drive me up the wall with their wacky ways, the happy times outweigh the crazy times. Their hugs, their "I love yous", and their laughter take all the worries and stresses of the day go away.


Here are a few other bloggers sharing what makes them happy!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Run #9 of 12

I can't believe the year has gone by so fast! I have just completed run #9 of 12 for my resolution for 2012! This month Eleina and I did an evening run with www.torchlight5k.com.



What made this run different from my other runs is that I was pushing both my sons in their jogger stroller! This was a first! My boys were great cheerleaders the entire time encouraging me to keep going, to go faster, and reminding me that the finish was "almost there"! DJ tried to run to the finish line but he tripped and instead cried while I carried him across the finish line!

The run was beautiful with Mission Bay and the sunset all around us! 

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We were all disappointed that there weren't any "torches" along the route as the pictures on the website showed! We had fun nonetheless! Thanks to hubby for taking pictures of us at the finish!





Sharing is Caring!

Earlier this year, a friend of mine invited me to participate in a "get one, give one" craft activity. If you chose to participate, for every crafty gift you received, you'd have to return the favor! For that activity, I made some scarves that had some cute feather accents attached to the ends. I then received some custom drink coasters that had my pictures of my husband, kids, and I on them! Super cute! The others have yet to return the favor! Hey girls! I'm waiting...waiting...waiting! Its ok, patience is a virture!

LaidOffMom is hosting a similar craft share she's calling "A lil' bit of L-O-V-E". So, I'll get something crafty from her, if I share something crafty with all of you! So, the first three to post a comment down below will get a two pairs of DIY earrings!

So here are the rules as described by LaidOffMom: 

Within a year (but for me, I’ll send them to you within a month) you’ll have to create a gift and send it to the first 3 wonderful people who comment on this post! To win a handmade gift from me, (as one of the first 3 commenters) you have to pay it forward.  Your mission (if you wish to complete it) is to spread happiness & love on your own blog (whatever your heart desires to create) and offer the same giveaway to your first 3 commenters.

Sound good! Let the comments begin!

Happy Crafting!

You Better WORK!

In the words of fashion diva Ru-Paul "you better work, cover girl, work it girl, give us a twirl, do your thing on the runway..." the models at Fashion Week San Diego's press conference did just that! The preview of the designers pieces were eye catching and got me super excited for what's to come!



I'm most especially excited for plus size designer A'Doreus! Here is a picture I took at the press conference that is highlighted on Fashion Week SD's website:
I can't wait to see what A-Doreus has to showcase and hopefully I'll be able to afford some goodies for myself at the trunk show!

Roppongi was a great host: wine, hors d'oevres, and an awesome firepit to give natural light to the fashions. 

Here you can find the Calendar of Events for Fashion Week San Diego. Use the promo code STYLE for a $10 discount on any of the week's events!

See you at the runway....you better work...work it girl!

Project Runway Fashion Design Projector Kit 
Project Runway Silk Screen Fashion Design Set 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Run #8 of 12 in 2012

For a little history on my 12 runs for 2012 challenge, you can click here and here!

January: Diva Dash 5k
February: Mermaid Run 10k
March:Hot Chocolate 5k
April: Color Run 5k
May: Bay Bridge 5k
June: Rock n' Roll 10k Relay
July: Walking Dead Escape

For the month of August, I decided to start my Cupcake 26.2 Virtual Marathon! Over 40 friends and family (and friends of friends) joined me for the month of August to complete 26.2 miles! It was great to see those who don't run/walk/bike take this opportunity to get moving! It was even more awesome to see my runner friends encourage everyone to get moving! I loved the pictures of cupcakes people posted at the completion of their miles!

It was so successful, I decided to do the create an official Facebook page for the Cupcake 26.2 Virtual Marathon and Twitter @cupcake26_2VM. I hope these social media endeavors continue to encourage anyone and everyone to complete 26.2 miles every month!

We're looking for sponsors so, you you got the hook ups, let me know!

Thanks for reading and please share!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Labor Day Weekend

I love the weekends! Especially long ones! This weekend we decided to surprise the boys in a mini-vacay to Orange County.

We started off at our usual Home Depot kids workshop. The boys made a goal post for paper football. It was quick and easy to make!

We then headed for the freeway.
Jelo kept asking "where are we going" and our answer was always "it's a surprise!!!!" When we got near to our destination, Jelo noticed the "knotts berry farm" sign at the freeway exit and he said, "are we going to knotts?" he figured it out!

We checked into the the knotts berry farm hotel and resort. Our room was in the snoopy wing with custom snoopy decorated rooms. The boys loved it! Jelo even asked "can we just live here mom?", haha!

We then spent the day at knotts soak city. It was a beautiful day and the boys loved every moment! Lazy river, wave pool, kids play area...it was non stop fun! Even daddy had fun at the front of the wave pool crashing into the huge waves!

The next day we had a visit from snoopy as we had our breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Jelo was excited, DJ freaked out! We got a cute family picture nonetheless!

On our way home, we stopped by fashion island in Newport beach for my stop of our mini-vacay: some shopping and macarons!

Once back in SD, daddy wanted to support the 12 hour organ concert at balboa park to benefit Operation Rebound. We enjoyed the sights and sounds for a bit then headed home.

On Monday, we decided to stay out of the sun and enjoy a movie. Daddy watched "Bourne Legacy" while I took the boys with me to watch "The Odd live of Timothy Green". The boys were good for the most part but got antsy for the last 30 mins of the movie. There was popcorn all over the floor of where we sat and there was a lady behind us who seemed to have "shhhh" programmed to her lips everytime my kids made a peep! The movie was cute and magical. It didn't make me cry like I thought it would. My four year old said "I liked that movie mom! That kid was funny!"

It was a great Labor Day Weekend spent with my three favorite guys! I hope everyone had a fun and restful weekend as well! Now, back to the usual "labor" again tomorrow!
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