Baby, Family, Gaming, Technology

Things.

Yep, still awake. And it’s already the start of another day. I discovered/learned some things today, though. Or should I say: Yesterday.

1. TVShack.net – my new favorite resource to find movies and TV shows. You must go! Love.

2. How to hack my PSP. Yes, I know. It’s bad. But it’s good. I’m still waiting on a game to use it with, though, so I can fully downgrade the version I’m using right now. Yes, I know. But eeeeeeee.

3. Mabinogi. New game coming out in Open Beta. Looks promising. Somewhat casual. Must check out.

4. Some good news. Told my immediate family, but I can’t say for sure yet and confirm it. Have to wait till the 20th. You’ll love this one.

5. My daughter hates covers like me. I kick my covers off in the middle of the night. She does the same. Luci needs to stop covering us back up. Hehe. Okay. Time to really get a bit of shut-eye. With my luck, Dani will wake me up at noon. Good thing I’m off today.

Family, In Awe, Trips

Miracles on the Road

Pictures from trip to Carlsbad:

We had a very mysterious thing that happened to us on our way to Carlsbad. One of God’s miracles? However you think of it, it really was unusual and creepy. So we were following our car’s GPS navigation to our destination and we took this little highway north towards the border of New Mexico from Texas, and we were running on a little under a quarter of the gas tank. We figured we’d run into a gas station on the way, but for about 50 miles or so, no gas station or a store in sight. We saw a little town, but we didn’t see anything but little buildings and everything was dark. So we just kept going.

After a while, the GPS told us to turn left, and we did see a sign that said “Gas” this way about 16 miles. By this time, we were already down to no bars on the gas tank light. We were running on faith that it will keep us going till we get to the gas station. Alas, after all the praying and cajoling the car to keep going, we slowed down to a stop. It was already around midnight and there were hardly anything around except a few houses.

So, hubby started preparing to go out and walk back where we came from and hope to find a gas station, when this 18-wheeler truck arrived in front of us. Hubby asked where the nearest gas station was, and the truck driver said there’s a gas station 16 miles to where we were going but the closest one was 6 miles behind us (we could’ve kept on going forward instead of left). So the driver offered to take hubby to the gas station while daughter and I stayed by the car.

What was eerie at this point was that no one else drove by. So was it God-send that this truck driver came at the right time?

Hubby came back with the truck driver and had enough gas to take us back to the gas station 6 miles away. The driver even helped fill up the gas tank with what we had. Hubby told him he didn’t need to drive him back but the driver just shrugged his shoulders. We were so grateful.

And so, our “adventure” came to an end, and we were able to go our way.

Family, Me, Slumming

2008 Realizations

So, since the first of the new year has come and gone, I realized some things:

~ You’ll get sick no matter what. And how. This cold has been creeping up since the 29th of December while I fought it and it won. Retaliation!

~ You’re still the same as you used to be. You’d think some kind of transformation will happen once the clock struck midnight. Wrong! I’m still 4 feet 10 and a half inches tall. Bummer.

~ Family is here to stay. And yay! I really love my family. Spending time with my two aunts, Auntie Vren and Auntie Gigi made me nostalgic. So much so that I went all the way to Bridgeport and with a slight fever just to spend time with them. Dani had a blast as well.

~ God is an awesome God. On the drive home before midnight on New Year’s Eve, I kept praying to God to keep me safe and sound. All the stoplights were green, not many vehicles were around, and no accidents. Even made it home 30 minutes before midnight. Praise God!

I hope for a safe, healthy, blessed, loving new year for everyone. Here’s to you! *toast*

Baby, Family, Me, Slumming, Trips

Christmas and the New Year is Looming

I was glad to hear that someone is covering for me on the 24th so my family and I can spend Christmas with my family. It’s always been the family tradition to celebrate Christmas during the night of the 24th, but this time it’s going to be during brunch. Living in the U.S. isn’t easy when the half of the population is working on a holiday, especially Christmas. I’m one of them. My job may be nice, but we work 24/7, including every holiday known to man.

Not that I complain about working holidays. I like working the days, because there is hardly anyone here. It’s quiet, I could probably take a nap if I wanted to, play online games (shhh), but only if there isn’t anything going on.

I’m very thankful lately that I have a great family. I know we were all scattered here and there back in the day, where you hardly saw anyone, and you hardly did anything. But it’s just now that I feel that though we have been far apart, we have grown closer. I love my siblings more than ever, and I have more camaraderie with them. Also, it’s just lately I have learned more about them than in my younger years when I was self-absorbed and oblivious. It’s very refreshing to know that I have, at least, connected with them even more.

So what has the past year been like?

Last May, Dani celebrated her first birthday. It wasn’t much, just us 3 but still it has been fun just being together. It made me cringe tho that she used her hands to eat and messed up her birthday suit. Ah, well, all in the occasion, huh? :)

Dani also had her first haircut this year. Her bangs were just getting into her eyes, and we thought it was time. We took her to the hairdresser and it was hard for her to keep still. I had to have her sit on my lap and hold her head while the hairdresser cut the bangs. Dani was kind of scared, but was more scared of the stranger cutting her hair than the actual cutting.

Had another family reunion in July and it was fun. We also had the chance to see my stepmother, Auntie Gigi perform on stage during the reunion. Luci, Dani and I drove all the way to Chicago and had a blast doing it. Also the most memorable of all, having my family sing together in my aunt’s church. Just being together like that gave me goose bumps.

My first trip to Singapore happened in November. I was also able to get my eldest sister to join us during our trip there. It was fun seeing her again and having to spend time with. She and her hubby were also able to see Dani for the first time. Dani seemed to know they were family since she took to them right away. I was going to arrange to go back to the Philippines for a couple of days as well, but that plan didn’t work so well. Maybe one of these years, Luci, Dani and I will plan to go home again for Christmas and New Year.

So, yeah, I’ve been pretty thankful this past year. Where in that certain day of time we look back and think of the bad things, all I can think of right now are the good things. God has blessed us and I am happy.

So what’s in store for the next year? Right now, I’m praying for another child. Why not join me? :)

Baby, Family, Me

Cruising Along


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Originally uploaded by ChunTaiLi.

I know I haven’t been updating my blog lately. I just don’t have the energy to do it. Everything’s pretty much the same anyway. Last time Luci and I were both off, though, we went to the mall. And looky what we found. Dani has her own ride. Doesn’t she look cute?

Anyway, just wanted to let y’all know I’m around, alive and kicking. :)

Baby, Family, Me, Technology

Insomniac

Wednesday was my Sleep Day, which means that I mostly caught up on sleep that I was deprived of for the past 4 days. Dani, bless her heart, joined me in sleeping the day away. I think it’s a mother-daughter instinct thing. Or maybe she was as tired as I was. There’s no telling. But after a day of mostly sleeping, here I am again, wide awake.

So, what I’m doing now is reorganizing Dani’s photo album and videos. We took so many of Dani’s pictures, I’m sure when she grows older, she’ll moan and groan and think how weird her parents are and how embarrassing that her baby photos are being shared to the whole world. *smiles* It’s an ongoing parent-child cycle, my love. You’re going to have to get used to it, Dani. (Who knows, when you’re old enough to have a child of your own, you’ll be doing the same thing as we are.)

Anyways, I’ve ordered a new computer. It’s still being put together, and hopefully by the start of next week, I’ll have a faster, more reliable one than my 5-year old laptop. Mind you, this laptop was very helpful for me, but it’s time for an upgrade. Don’t worry, this little engine that could will still be used for student needs when my nieces get here.

Speaking about my nieces, if you were wondering: yes, Luci and I are still adopting them. In fact, my brother (who’s helping us in PI) said that things are looking so good, that they might come here by December. I’m so excited yet a little scared. I mean, I hope we can be good “parents” to them and raise them in His name. I also hope they won’t get into culture shock or whatever, but I’m hoping they will look at this as an adventure. I know I would.

Nothing much else going on. My mind is a blank now, so I think I’ll just end now and keep on uploading Dani’s photos. Later gater.

Baby, Family, Laughter, Sites, Work Drama

It’s Gonna Take Some Time, This Time

I think it’s about time for a journal entry, donchatink? Thought I’d start with a nice title to this entry, from a song by The Carpenters (love Karen!).

Well, it has been a busy 2 weeks for me. After an exhausting drive from Texas to Indiana (Luci drove most of the way, of course), we finally met our destination. Dani wasn’t really that bad of a traveler. She slept most of the way, and believe me she had better sleeping ‘quarters’ than we had, and only woke up for feeding and changing. She wasn’t really that fussy either. Tips for new parents: driving is the best way to get the baby to sleep! :D

Luci and I got there Saturday morning from driving all night Friday. We were so excited that we weren’t even tired after the long drive because we wanted to catch up with everyone. It was really nice to finally meet some of my paternal grandmother’s side of the family. There was an uncle and an aunt that I only knew from old pictures (and they only knew me when I was a baby like Dani). There were some cousins that I haven’t seen in years, and cousins that I met for the first time. I must say, it’s so heartwarming to just be in the midst of family that you haven’t seen in a long time. It’s like going back to the Philippines and seeing my siblings again. Ang sarap talaga (it really feels good).

We had lunch at a park and had some games like Water Balloon Toss and there was a history game about Israel that was very informative. This was also the first time that my dad and everyone got to see my daughter since she was born. We also did a dedication for Dani, sort of a baptism but instead of water, it’s with laying of the hands. It was so touching I couldn’t help but cry, even though I tried to hide it. *sniff* *sniff*

Here’s a nice picture of Dani with a pretty flower growing in my uncle’s backyard:
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My family can really be good:
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And they can be crazy, too:
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On Sunday, we did a family mini-concert in my uncle’s church (he’s the senior pastor there). I have pretty talented relatives, I tell you! Love it. :) They made a video of it in Windows Media format. If you want to see it, I might have to ask permission from the others if it’s okay. After the concert, more catching up with each other, getting to know one another, making lifelong new friends. Good times. :) It’s just too bad we had to leave that evening.

When we drove back, Luci drove for a while but got tired. I think our tiredness finally caught up to us, because when I took over, I was only able to drive 60 miles and I had to pull over to take a nap along with Luci. And what a nap it was: 2 hours! We finally woke back up and Luci drove the rest of the way, while I sat in the back taking care of Dani. When we got home, we definitely crashed, but it was all worth it. The reunion was definitely not to be missed! I can’t wait for the next one. :)

I’m also back at work. Nothing has really changed while I was gone, if there was some changes done, they didn’t affect what I was currently doing, which was cool. Everyone was glad that I was back. Of course, I had to show off some baby pictures. :) I also had my annual employee evaluation done and yay, I get a promotion! Thank God for blessings. :) Anyway, because of work, I have to drop off Dani at my mom’s office to have someone look after her for a few hours and then Luci can pick her up after he gets off work since he works 9 to 5 now. It’s a really good set-up because I only get to have someone look after Dani only on Mondays and Tuesdays and I get to watch her on Wednesday to Friday, then Luci watches her from Saturday to Sunday when I’m at work. Everything works out fine. I just have to keep up with it with my insomnia and all kicking in again.

I was a little bit worried about my hair falling out lately, sometimes in clumps. After searching through the web, I realized that it’s normal for hair loss 3 months after delivery, which is about where I am, and affects about 50% of women and is due to the hormonal changes that my body is going through. Whew! I thought I was going to go bald soon! As this article says, “remember this is a temporary situation and the good news is that as each hair falls out, a new one begins to grow. “ Yay!

My website is down again after another hacker infiltrated it. My fellow moderators and I have decided to take it down for a bit. I have also talked to my web host to totally clean out the files I had in there and recreate the account for me so we could start over. (And yes, backups were done before the clean up.) Hopefully, the site will be back up again in a few days’ time. I’m waiting on confirmation from my fellow colleagues on further steps we’re deciding on. The Geek Staff, you know who you are (check your email, please, and respond as needed), hehe.

Prayers are needed again as we are still in a bit of a financial slump. Being off work for a long time hasn’t helped that much either, even though I was still paid with some of my vacation pay. Just hoping there will be at least a big break where we can catch up to some of our bills. Ah, such is life!

That’s it for now. Good day to y’all.

Baby, Family, Me

Once In A While

I used to write a lot on this journal. I used to do it everyday, sometimes twice in a day or more. Now, with this seemingly busy life, I can only do so once in a while.

It’s not that I’m really busy. I have hours and hours of doing nothing at all. However, most of my time is consumed with taking care of the baby, or getting to know her more, with her smiles, tears, and wonderment. And soon, going back to work (though I must say I can blog better when I’m at work).

It’s like the routine now as far as the computer is concerned is to just check email and pay bills online.

I think I’m just saving blogging now for memorable moments.

Like, did I tell you that I’m going to a family reunion in Indiana? It will be my “last hurrah” before I go back to work. We’ll be driving there, which will take about 13 and a half hours. It will be Dani’s first long ride, and I hope she’ll be okay with it. I think she will, as her parents love long driving.

Anyway, just wanted to let y’all know that I’m alive. I’m around. Just not so much on this one.

Baby, Family, House, Pictures

You Smiled At Me

How can you resist such a wonderful smile?
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So content. :)

Anywho, it’s been a while since I last posted, I know. The latest:

We finally did the closing for our mortgage refinancing yesterday. What a relief! We waited for a couple of months for this to finish. We were told that the old mortgage company was giving the new mortgage company a hard time in “letting us go”, that’s why it took so long. Oh well, good riddance to the old mortgage company. We never liked them and their service. Let’s just hope this new one will give us some breathing space.

Last Sunday, Luci and I reaffirmed our faith and became members to a Presbyterian church in Dallas. The members are really heart-warming and friendly, and I must say that I already felt like part of the church family when we started attending regularly the last few weeks of May. We’ll be having Dani’s baptism there on the 3rd week of July.

My sleeping schedule is still a little out there. I don’t really remember when I feed the baby at night and going back to sleep again. When Dani is 2 months next week, I’ll have to be strict in setting the sleeping hours for both of us. Or else I’ll be groggy all the time when I return to work in August.

Well, that’s it for now. I know it’s short, but that’s all the fun stuff that’s happened lately.