Written on February 29, 2007
The Bible says, "A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones". This is very much true. I am blessed to have a husband who has a good sense of humor. My kids never fail to make me laugh, too and their laughter is music to my ears.
I’ve written below some excerpts from my journal. I wrote them so that I can recount them to my kids when they are older. I never would want to forget them. They will be kept in my journal and in my heart forever. My babies will not be babies forever. In time, maybe they will prefer the company of their friends more than my company. That is why I preserve as much memory as I can … I try to freeze every moment, every hug, every kiss, every story, every laughter.
RIEL: Mommy, Hopper is bad because he kicked Flik (talking about the characters in ‘A Bug’s Life’
MOMMY: Yes. He is bad. Don’t be like Flik Okay? No Kicking!
RIEL: But mommy, Why is Uncle Johlo Kicking the soccer ball?
During our dentist appointment last May 5, 2007
Dentist: I’m going to put some ‘pasta’ (fillings) on your teeth Riel
Riel: Hmmmm!!!! That’s Yummy!!!!
While watching Elmo in Grouchland:
Riel: Mommy, what’s the name of that girl, the one with the long ‘pansit’ on her head like that (pointing to the girl with curly hair)
During one of our pretend plays:
Riel: Mommy, I’m a Rhino-receros
Mommy: Riel, it’s RHINOCEROS
Mommy: Repeat after me. RHINOCEROS
Riel: Mommy, I’m a donkey!
Aethan: Mommy, I’m a burglar! (my babies love to check the doors if they are locked before they sleep. They check for ‘burglars’ before they sleep when they are in their lola’s house)
Riel: Aethan, all burglars are bad!
Aethan: Daddy, I’m a good burglar!
MOmmy: I have a surprise for you
Aethan: Mommy, what’s the surprise
Mommy: Secret. (gives the surprise)
Aethan: Mommy, Where’s my secret?
Mommy: Aethan, Please kill the ants. There are lots of ants near the door
Aethan: Okay Mommy, Where’s my baseball bat? (Proceeding to kill the ants using the baseball bat)
While in the bathroom: Poo Poo time (after watching a Dinosaur movie)
Aethan: Mommy, my poo-poo is hard!
Mommy: Is it? Is it there now?
Aethan: Yes Mommy, it’s hatching!
My babies love Dinosaurs! T-Rex, Triceratops,Troodon, Brontosaurus or Apatosaurus, Euplocephalus, Spinosaurus, etc, name them, my babies know a lot of them by heart. One afternoon, while Alvin and I were playing Scrabble, Aethan picked up the Thesaurus and asked:
Aethan: "Mommy, What is this?"
Mommy: "That’s a Thesaurus, baby."
Riel, who was playing in a corner of the living room overheard what I said and asked: "Mommy, Is that a Dinosaur, too?"