Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Hey Dude

I’m sure he got it from his Dad because I never was that curly.

My son’s hair has been bothering me for some time. It seems like his hair gets to be an inch high after just a week from his visit to the barbershop. I don’t really want to heavily weigh down his hair with gel every time he goes to school but yes, I’ve tried this trick too.

It was a good thing then that while I was flipping through the TV channels one night, and chanced upon some ‘dudes’ as my daughter would call them, wearing what she called beanies, that I had a spark of an idea. What if I let my son wear a bonnet (wasn’t that what we called them before? Okay, Pia says ‘No’.), err, beanie for several minutes to flatten his hair??? Well, there was only one way to find out.

And by golly, it worked!

Nowadays, my son sports a much trimmed-down-looking hairstyle even after almost 3 weeks after his haircut. Naturally, when I visited my favorite hairdresser, I told her about my interesting discovery. She told me then that she made her now 25-year old son wear beanies ever since he was 5 precisely because she had the same dilemma.

My advice to those in need of help for even the seemingly mundane things…go ask a professional…right away.

Of course Gabby is not the only curly one in the house. I have two dudes…1:alpha by Meredith Fenwick; background paper and small “g” tag by Kim Christensen; circle paper, newspaper printed paper, masking tape and arrow by Michelle Underwood; black snap frame, yellow floss thread and date brush by Katie Pertiet

2:file frame by Mary Ann Wise

Monday, April 03, 2006

A serious wish for a happy birthday...

To my dear friend of so many million seconds, or so it seems,
...dear companion in growing-up and soul-searching years,
....dear girlfriend of unquestionable wisdom and counsel,
.....dear partner-in-crime in retail therapy,
......dearest ‘commenter’ of my oftentimes, neglected blog…

Happy, happy birthday!
…And many, many more dancing years to come!

:all papers and elements from various ali folendore kits at scrapbook-bytes.com, except clock hands which I made from clipart.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

What's in a uniform?

The first time, she tried it on, I cried. It wasn’t the best-fitting uniform, but it will be her high-school uniform.

I remembered how it was in movies when a character would get a flashback, bits and pieces of remembered moments culminating in the present. That is what I had. I was suddenly reminded of how she used to like fancy multi-tierred pencil boxes, Bensia multi-colored pencils, sweet-smelling erasers in various shapes and sizes, colorfully-covered locked diaries with heart-shaped keys, Disney princesses’ backpacks, her sweet precious hand-written notes for her Dad and I with artwork that commemorated every special moment in our lives….. My Pia has grown since then.

Last Saturday, March 25, my daughter graduated from grade school. And as an eloquent symbol of the educational leap, she and her batchmates wore their school’s high school uniform.

I don’t think I will ever look at my uniform-clad daughter in quite the same way again. For me, it wasn't just a change in uniform.

:background paper from a crop by iron orchid designs at SBB; additional papers and frame from the Boho funk page pak at cottagearts.net

Monday, February 13, 2006

Rainy Days

It’s been drizzling a lot lately, the days almost always marred by overcast skies. We may not have winter here, but the rainy days, as The Carpenters sang, can get me down.

Since I surmised that the Net must have the answer to rainy-day blues, I searched. Actually, I did think of looking for the answer in ‘The Godfather’. However, I highly doubt if even Tom Hanks’ character in ‘You’ve Got Mail’ will find the answer to what I seek from the Mafia movie.

There were many sites which gave varied opinions on how to beat the blues, and it was quite entertaining to read them. One site which I felt offered sound advice (only because I already do this when I get the dreaded blues), stated among other things, that I should “Sit by the window look out and gaze”. And I did. It was quite soothing, especially when Gabby joined me and asked questions like, why the sky was orange, and how the rain can come out of the clouds, and other stuff that I’m sure I knew at one time in my life, but have unfortunately forgotten now…

Well, the article also said that I should “connect with sunny people” and “look at the cheery color orange”. So I guess being with Gabby, on a rainy afternoon, looking at the orange sky, should cheer me up. And it did. It still does.
:paper by Jen Wilson of scrapbook-bytes.com; stitched x by Kristie of shabbyprincess.com; Photoshop brushes, mine

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Simple Joys

As I was gathering the pictures to create a photo montage of the Holidays just passed, I recalled the laughter brought about by the simple joys that we had this past year, and which we, more often that not, take for granted. I read this Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson which to my mind, sums up what we hope and should always be thankful for.

“Lord, behold our family here assembled. We thank Thee for this place in which we dwell; for the love that unites us; for the peace accorded us this day; for the hope with which we expect the morrow; for the health, the work, the food, and the bright skies that make our lives delightful; for our friends in all parts of the earth, and our friendly helpers ... Give us courage, gaiety, and the quiet mind. Spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies. Bless us, if it may be, in all our innocent endeavors. If it may not be, give us the strength to encounter that which is to come, that we be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath, and in all changes of fortune and down to the gates of death, loyal and loving to one another.”

Here is my layout for the Holidays 2005.
:paper from the Downtime paper pack by Trish Jones at scrapbook-bytes.com; "Joy" overlay from "A Child is Born" kit by Denise Docherty at scrapbook-elements.com; family Christmas stamp from the Eclectic Christmas kit by Ronnie McCray of scrapbook-elements.com; date stamp and wavy lines by Katie Pertiet of designerdigitals.com; LO inspired by an ad challenge at designerdigitals.com

Monday, December 19, 2005

Is it Christmas yet?

Is it Christmas day, Mom? Gabby has been asking me this question first thing in the morning when he wakes up. And when I answer, "not yet", he pouts.

The concept of gift-receiving caught on early with Gabby this year—ever since we started watching Christmas-themed movies and he rediscovered the rewards that a nice, good boy can get come Christmas eve. “Naughty’ has become a bad word in the house and cannot be said in polite company as he immediately perceives it as referring to him and bawls. At 4, he can still be such a baby sometimes…

Now that gifts are starting to pile up under the Christmas tree, he’s been eyeing the ones with his name on it. It’s amazing how he suddenly (and timely!) sharpened his reading skills just so he’d know to whom the gifts are meant for.

In just a few more days, he’d get an affirmative answer from us. So for this entry, I’ve made a layout of my son’s pouting face, with the hope that the red-capped jolly one does not always put all those who pout in the “naughty” list.

:paper and border frame by Anna Aspnes from the Visual Emotion cd at scrapbook-bytes.com; wordart and date stamp mine; holly is colored clipart

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

A Friend's Visit

My best friend of 35 years took a 2½-week-vacation with her family here in the Philippines. Although I just saw her 3 girls about 2 years ago, I was taken aback by how her girls have grown and how they have come to look so much like their Mom so many moons ago when we were still in grade school.

As in most vacations, their schedule was hectic, their breathing spells brought only by much-needed sleep. It is no wonder then that my friend and I rarely had to time to talk when she or I visit, since our every day is tasked with things to do precisely to make most of the “vacation”. The electronic age has brought her much closer to home, and it is ironic that we get to chat more often when she’s far rather than near.

Our eldest daughters born just a year apart, have inherited our youthful quest for thrill and water rides, such that they seek each other out when we vacation together in Orlando. They are our bravehearts, taking on any roller coaster speed and height with relish.

It naturally follows then that Cheska, who is also my goddaughter, requested that she spend her 12th birthday with Pia at Enchanted Kingdom when they visited. For this entry, I’ve included some pictures we’ve taken of the precious and few moments we spent with Teng and her family.
:papers by Jen Wilson of scrapbook-bytes; flower elements and brads by Ali Folendore of scrapbook-bytes
:papers by Dawn Stocstill of scrapbook-bytes; scraplifted from an L/O by Kellie Mize of designer digitals