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Yesterday, we had a little family get together with some of my closest friends that I’ve known since high school.
We’ve been a close knit group of friends since high school and even through the many years after, when most people lose touch with each other, we all kind of made it a point to stick together. For the most part, we were all pretty much a part of each other’s weddings. We celebrated the births of our children. We celebrate birthdays.
It didn’t dawn on me until recently that I have known these ladies for at least 20 years!
One of the ladies, I’ve known since middle school. Another one of the ladies, I’ve known since my dance days.
So that means OVER 20 years!
That’s a long time!
It’s amazing to know that no matter how much life pulls at us in different directions, we can still get together and hang out like nothing has changed.
I’m so glad we get to have these moments. I’m kind of wishing I took some pictures…
When Hubby and I became engaged back in 2010, I swore it was a day that I’ll never forget.
Of course I haven’t forgotten the actual moment. I haven’t forgotten where we were, what he said, how he looked, how I felt.. you know.. all the important details.
I also swore to myself that I’d never forget the day..
But here we are, January 8th and I hadn’t remembered until this past weekend.
Hubby proposed to me on January 2nd, 2010 and it totally slipped my mind this year.
The only reason I remembered was because Hubby was updating his Facebook timeline with some important information and he asked me what year he proposed. He should remember too, right?
I just thought that important dates like that would stick with me forever. The memory of the day hasn’t left my mind, but I figured neither would the date… but it did!
I know life gets hectic and things get overlooked, but I hope to always remember those important moments in my life.
Thank God for reminders!
Ok.. so I know we were still a few days away from the end of 2013.. but with the way my blogging has been this month, I might as well do it now..
I started the year with a rambunctious one year old with an ear infection. She had a rough Christmas, ended up on antibiotics, and rang in the new year wide awake and partying with the rest of us.. she was a bucket full of words and started experimenting with 2-3 word sentences.. she was full of energy.. full of happiness.. full of love..
The year went on…
We enjoyed ourselves tremendously this year..
We took a trip to Hawaii. We spent 6 out of the 10 days playing on beaches.
We went to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving. Both M and I got sick right after, but thankfully, we are both recovered..
We went to the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park.. M LOVED it..
We recently visited the Birch Aquarium and purchased membership passes.. I can’t wait for a whole year of tide pools and aquarium exhibits..
Things weren’t always so pleasant.
This year provided me with the scare of the lifetime. While M was battling roseola, she had a very scary febrile seizure.. since then, I haven’t dealt with her colds and sicknesses the same again.
There weren’t a lot of sniffles this year, until we got to fall and winter. There weren’t a lot of ear infections either. That’s a GREAT thing.
Hubby and I had a great year. We celebrated 5 years of dating and 3 years of marriage. We celebrated small, but with out little family, it was totally worth it.
M’s obsessions started with Masha and The Bear videos on Youtube in Russian. Throughout the year, she’s added surprise egg videos on Youtube and Play Doh product reviews.
Her television obsessions still include Dora the Explorer, but she’s added on almost all other Nick Jr shows. She loves Lalaloopsy, Go, Diego, Go, The Wonderpets, and Paw Patrol. Paw Patrol is her newest favorite show. She can quote all the episodes we watch On Demand, and she knows every single character and will pretend she is every single character. She’s also discovered My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and some Barbie cartoons on Netflix.
We end the year with a very different M than what we started with. I guess it happens.. she’s very communicative now. We can have a conversation. She can talk in sentences. She can follow directions. She’s still very happy and energetic. She is also hilarious and our endless form of entertainment..
The one thing that I love that has grown in her during the year is her affection. She has grown to be very affectionate and loving. I cherish every random hug and kiss I get from her because I know it may end at any moment.
2013 had been nothing but blessings. I’m so very thankful that we had been showered with non-stop blessings this year. Looking back and thinking about 2013 has shown me how much M and our family has grown and matured in just one year.
2013 flew by faster than I could have ever imagined, but allowing myself to look back has shown me that we have accomplished a lot in this blur.
Can’t wait for 2014 and it’s adventures!
I remember growing up and having a really active imagination..
I used to imagine that everything had a little life and mind of its own.
For example, a bag of toys. Almost like the movie, Toy Story, I used to think that these toys had a mind of their own and that they would talk to each other. I’d imagine what they were thinking all stuffed in a bag. I’d come up with these whole conversations in my head..
What brought this up?
Well, I was at work the other day. I was bringing back a bag of samples to the packaging area. It was in a clear bag, so I could see all the vials in there. One vial was in it’s own bag because it was pulled aside for a retention sample. For some odd reason, I reverted back to my childhood and totally imagined what that other vial was thinking being separated from the group..
Don’t ask me why.. maybe having a child has re-activated my imagination.. or I’m just succumbing to the stresses of the daily workday.. who knows.. let’s just assume the first reason.. it’s more pleasant.
My imagination was so active that it would scare me in middle of the night..
One very well-known story in my family is that of the scary luggage..
My childhood bedroom has some storage space way above my closet.. it was there that my parents had put some old luggage. This was OLD luggage.. it was leather with buckles..
I used to have a nightlight in my bedroom when I was a child. The light from the nightlight hit that luggage in a certain way that make my imagination go wild! It looked like a monster.. the buckles and zippers and stuff looked like an evil face!
It gave me anxiety every night before bed, but I never said anything to my parents…
But once I let my anxieties be known (it took a drawing for my mom to find out..), all my parents had to do was to flip the luggage around.. and the monster was gone!
I wonder where M’s imagination will take her…
January 1st, 2009 was the very first entry on this blog..
That means I’ve completed 4 years of blogging, and I am entering into my 5th year..
In 2009, I wasn’t married. Hubby and I had been dating for about 8 months and he was away on an Asian vacation.
I was still living at my parents house and working in the bacteriology lab in San Bernardino.
I was about halfway through my MBA program at the University of Phoenix online…
The blog was about my life but it had no real direction. I didn’t know what exactly I wanted out of the blog, but I knew it was going to be more well-thought out than previous blogs I had in the past. I wanted this blog to mean something, what that was, I had no idea at that point.
Who would have known that this blog would become a wedding blog, a married life blog, and eventually a “mommy blog?!”
Beginning this 5th year of blogging, I’m curious to see where it all goes. This year is the year I plan to blog every day…
We’ll see what this year has planned for me and this blog..
How long have you been blogging?!
I’m first-generation Filipino-American.
I grew up pretty Filipino.. I still eat the food.. I cherish the culture.. and all it’s traditions.. I didn’t really know any other way to live.. considering my parents were native-Filipino.. we were exposed to many things Filipino.. I like it that way.
Anyway.. here’s a fun story..
Growing up.. we’d have the American flavors of ice cream.. and occasionally we’d have the Filipino flavors of ice cream..
I totally thought it was normal to have mais con queso ice cream.. translation.. corn with cheese.. specifically.. cheese ice cream with corn kernels..
I never saw anything wierd about that.. it was an ice cream flavor I was very familiar with.. and still love today.. but I never saw it as wierd.. or out of the ordinary.. or gross.. by no means is it gross..
Flash forward to last year.. I was watching Bizarre Eats with that Andrew Zimmer-something guy.. he was touring the Philippines and was talking about the ice cream he’d find from the street vendors..
He acted as if cheese ice cream was a wierd thing.. he was astounded by the fact that he was having cheese ice cream.. haha..
Flash forward again to last month.. I was talking to coworkers about ice cream.. and I had mentioned mais con queso flavor.. and said it was cheese and corn..
Oooh.. the look they gave me.. they thought it was the wierdest thing..
It just makes me laugh..
I mean.. I thought it was normal..
What sort of things did you grow up with that you thought were completely normal.. and were amused by the fact that most people thought it a bit strange?
Leave your story in the comments..
It’s amazing what your mind remembers when you just let it go and allow it to do it’s thing..
I went to one of my bestie’s house’s today.. it’s in a city that’s pretty close to the college we all attended..
I left her house during a high rush-hour traffic time and so I wanted to avoid a big chunk of the freeway junctions that I know cause a lot of traffic. There are very many ways to get around through the city my college is in to get to various freeways in the area..
I knew the area well when I was in college. I knew my way around that city like I actually lived there.
I graduated in 2004. It’s been 5 years since I’ve driven around that area, but I really wanted to avoid various parts of the freeways that are known for major traffic jams.
So I drove around and just did what I knew. I kept my eyes and my mind open, letting my long-term memory and instinct just take control..
I was amazingly able to get to where I needed to be..
It’s amazing what the mind can do when you are not thinking too hard and just letting your mind take your where you are supposed to go..
If only it were that easy with everything in life..