Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Top 5 Reasons Why I want to be a Stay-At-Home-Mom

Since last year, my husband and I have been doing some thought of me going to be a stay at home mom (SAHM). Actually, it was my idea and I discussed it with him so we can carefully study the pros and cons of my being a SAHM.

Here are the top 5 reasons I presented to my husband why I wanted to become a stay at home mom:

1.   I want to personally attend to all our family needs.

- I want to plan and prepare healthy food for my family, assist my children on their lessons and assignments, bring and fetch them to school, make our house clean, organized and suitable for our family’s activities, take care of our personal belongings and most of all, just be there for them whenever they need me.

2.  I want to have control of my time.

- I want to have full control of my time ... not to be restricted by an 8 to 5 job. I want to be flexible with my time with no one telling me when to work or when to rest.

3.   I want to have a time for myself to do daily exercise routine for me to be healthy and fit.

- This year I turned 40 years old. Thanks God. Reaching this age is a blessing but it is also pay back time to all the abuse I did to my body when I was younger ... eating unhealthy foods, physical inactivity ... the result? ... obesity, high blood pressure and so on ... I need to do something now and that can only be realized if I'm not always in a hurry to go to work which also means less stress.

4.   I want to pursue my interests which I love and enjoy doing.

- I am a homebody type of person. I can stay at home for days and do things I love and enjoy ... needle works, gardening, housekeeping, on-line stock trading and the latest ... blogging.

5.  I'm so tired of travelling to and from work.

- Our office is in Alabang and I'm residing in Taguig.  I'm taking the public transportation and there's no direct route from our home going to the office so I have to take three (3) jeepney rides and one (1) tricycle ride ... it takes me one and a half to two hours (one way) travel to reach our office on time.   Taking the public transportation here in Metro Manila is really horrible that I'm more stressed commuting than doing my job for 8 hours.

Right now, I'm just finishing one project I am assigned to and next year, hopefully I can start being a stay at home mom. I'm excited and at the same time a little anxious because financially, we will be living in a single income but I believe that with proper budgeting, living a simple life and God's guidance, I can make it ... we can make it.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

My Son's Creative Imagination

CJ my four year old son loves making something out of anything he sees interesting.  He plays with clothes hangers and makes butterfly figures, he ties handkerchiefs or plastic bags and he forms a fish figure.

This morning, he saw a plastic bag of ice drop sticks.  Those were extra ice drop  sticks my daughter used for her math subject last year.  He asked me if he could play with the sticks and I let him so he'll be busy and stop meddling with what I'm doing.

At first he was quite then after a while he called me to see what he have done.  Using the ice drop sticks, he formed a figure of a girl with long hair.  He told me it's his Ate (older sister) Christine.  I gave him a bond paper and asked him to transfer what he have done on the bond paper so we can see the figure clearly and we can take pictures of what he did.

CJ's masterpiece

CJ did a little mess because he broke some of the ice drop sticks but it's okay, he only showed his creativity and he had fun doing it.

Eggplant and Camote Tops with Panbroiled fish

Yesterday I was so engrossed with cleaning our bedroom cabinet that it was already lunch time and there's only steamed rice prepared for lunch.

I checked the freezer and there's only two slices of tanigi (Spanish Mackerel) left and a few slices of pork.  I decided to cook the fish because it is easier and faster to prepare.

Without any seasoning, I pan broiled the fish for just a few minutes.  In a separate pan, I boiled a small amount of water then I added tomatoes, onion, eggplant and the pan broiled fish.  I seasoned it with salt and a little fish sauce before covering the pan.  After a few minutes, the eggplant was done so I added the camote tops after removing the pan from heat.  This way, the camote tops won't be overcooked.

The pan broiled fish

Eggplant and Camote Tops with pan broiled fish

This dish was usually cooked by my mother when I was young except that she don't broil the fish.  Other vegetables can be used such as ampalaya (bitter gourd), malunggay, pechay or other green and leafy vegetables.

In less than 15 minutes I have prepared a simple yet nutritious dish.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

A night without my husband and daughter

My mother-in-law wanted to take a vacation here in Manila so this morning my husband together with my daughter went to the province to fetch her.  It's only a 4 hour drive from here to their province but I don't want them to travel at night so it is better for them to stay there for a night and travel again tomorrow.

As far as I can remember, this is the first time that my children were away from each other for the night.  They are used to seeing, playing and fighting each other before going to sleep so tonight is a different night for them and also for me.  It's a quite shouting, laughing or crying.  I don't have to play referee either.  But I admit it, I miss the noise and it is much better that way.

Before my son went to sleep he asked me if he can play first with his new found toy... the ice drop sticks.  I just let him play so he would stop asking when his father and sister will arrive.  He said he miss them already.

CJ with his new found drop sticks.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Teacher's Link Exchange Project

I was blog hopping when I stumbled upon Ms. Vernz "Petty Things in Life" Blog.  What caught my attention is her "A Teacher's Link Exchange Project".  In her project she will collect all blogs who wanted to exchange links and at the end of the project she will collate all the links and send it to all who participated in the project.  This way we can make a number of link exchange in one sitting.

This project is beneficial for a new blog like mine so I didn't have any second thoughts in joining this project.

If you are interested, you can visit her blog and follow the instructions on how to join.  By the way, the project is until August 25, 2010 only so visit her blog now.