A clever way to make the most out of a cabinet's blind corner 😉
Looks like someone is enjoying the view from our living room's window! #JoaquinGabrielRV - - Before moving to the Land Down Under, I thought that living in a house with a lawn is cute but now that we're here, this yard is just making me all praning that there might be some snake/s lurking around the corner. - People (and even news) say that summer is considered a snake season because of the increased snake sightings all over Oz (Dec to Feb are the summer months on this side of the world). When I learned about this, I was freaking out, I wanted to go back to Abu Dhabi already! Even my eldest son, Rafa, doesn't want to stay here anymore and said, Mommy, we didn't know that Australia is a scary place! Nakakaloka! 😭😭😭 - Because of this, I now prefer to live in a condo or town house that's far from a reserve or creek. The problem is, the husband wants a house with a lawn.. so paano???
This post was supposed to be captioned with What's in your pantry? but I guess How much do I love Milo? is far more appropriate. When #miloislife! 🤣🤣🤣 - Dry food containers from @ikea_australia
Yesterday, the kids had their immunization catch up. Rafa got two (DTPa - IPV & Meningococcal ACYW) while Joaquin got four (MMR, Pnuemococcal, Meningococcal ACWY & Meningococcal B). After which, the nurse explained to me the common reactions associated with the vaccines and handed me these leaflets for further reading. - Don't you just love how they practice health teachings on this side of the world? I do! How I wish we also do this in the Philippines because, truly, knowledge is power!
A few days back, my eldest asked me out of the blue if I was a real nurse. Yes, I replied, and showed him photos of me in a nurse's uniform as proof. Wow! He exclaimed in disbelief. - I thought I have already convinced him at that point but after a few minutes, he went to me again and said, Mommy, I think you're not a real nurse. Maybe, you just borrowed the uniform, took a photo, then returned it to the owner. 🤣🤣🤣 - I died laughing at his remark. Lol! - After a good laugh, I explained: Nak, before there was you and Joaquin, mommy used to work. But when you came, I dropped everything so I can take care of you. - Then I realized, the past 6 years of my life have basically revolved around them and our family. They're my life now. - Some people find it sayang especially when they learn that I did well in uni. To be honest, sometimes, I wish I have a career, too -- especially during those times when I'm having a hard time managing these kids and there are a mountain of chores that need to be done at home, or whenever I feel exhausted and just wanted to have a break (you know me time? Wala kasi ako nun!). Sometimes, when I'm having a bad day, the devil whispers to my ear: Bakit ka ba nagpapakahirap mag-alaga ng bata e pwede naman 'yan iwan sa child care? Then you'll have more time for youself and the career you've always wish you had. - I cannot recall anymore the number of times I cried to my husband saying I already wanted to give up being a full time mom. Kumbaga sa trabaho, gusto ko na magresign! But after much thought (and a lot of prayer), I realized that my sons need me more than I need a career. - So here I am, still staying at home and making the most out of the short childhood years my boys have. This decision, I know, I will never regret today, tomorrow, and in the years ahead! - - - #RafaelLuisRV #JoaquinGabrielRV
I've always wanted an all white dining set. Most people would say it's high maintenance and they would probably think I'm crazy for choosing such color. I dunno. I think it's pretty! It looks clean, bright/airy, and it makes our small home feel less crowded. - So how do you maintain a white furniture (especially if you have kids at home)? - Answer: furniture covers! Just toss them in the washer in case they get dirty and viola! You've got a brand new looking furniture! Easy peasy! - - - Verona dining set from @fantasticfurniture | Dining chair covers from smartmilitary5 on eBay
When you've got a lot of stuff but not enough space, you do file folding! - #neatfreak #homeorganizing
Grateful to the husband who gave me the freedom to choose our home decors and furnitures (including this all white dining set from @fantasticfurniture). - I'm celebrating because Ronnie, being the ultimate kuripot consumer that he is, allowed me to buy whatever I want to furnish our home. If he did all the shopping, maybe our house would not look as cohesive as it is now -- because you know, he'll just pick whatever is cheaper/inexpensive (carebears na lang sya sa style). Just check my previous post if you need proof! 🤣🤣🤣 - Also thankful that he's been very supportive of my kaartehan in terms of the non-essential purchases I made -- just like this marble serving tray from @kmartaus and the faux tulips, vase & scented candle from @ikea_australia. (Still hunting for the perfect salt and pepper shaker and tealight holder that would complete my table centerpiece.. for now, pitcher of water na lang muna. Lol!) - Of course, I was curious why he became the super galanteng mister all of a sudden, so I had to ask. He answered, I'm tired and I don't want to argue. So just go ahead and buy whatever you want. Wow! Iba pala epekto kapag napapagod ang mister sa trabaho -- nagiging galante! Pabor na pabor sa misis! 🤣🤣🤣
Guess which kitchen utensil my husband bought? - The correct answer is: T H E P E E L E R ! (Which, obviously, isn't color coordinated with the rest of the utensils) 🤣🤣🤣 - Sa totoo lang, di ko alam kung matatawa ako o matutuwa ako sa ka-thoughtful-an ng mister ko. But one thing is certain though, he was able to make me smile (effortlessly) when I opened this drawer today. Hay, love! You really make me happy! - Drawer organizer from @homecenter.uae | utensils from @ikea_australia
▪T R A N S I T I O N V I S I T▪ Today is the third and last day of Rafa's transition visit to Felixstow Community School. The weather is good so I allowed him to ride his bike going to school, which is about 1.8km from our house. It's a bit far and he got eventually tired -- uttered a few complaints here and there but still continued on with the journey until we reached our destination. Good job for not giving up, kuya! - On our way home, I asked him if he made friends in school. He answered, yes! So I followed up and asked the name of his new found friend. He said, Olivah. You mean, Oliver I replied. No, mommy! It's Olivah.. there's no Oliver in our class! (But the kid's name is really Oliver as written on his name plate.) Ok then. Olivah it is! Then I just had a really good laugh! - My #Australianaccent101 lesson with professor #RafaelLuisRV 🤣🤣🤣