Captured Moments

By: Linnor Marie

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Monday, 7-Mar-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

The boys are now getting ready for the final exams on the 11th, 14th and 15th. The timing couldn't have been more untimely, really! The exams will start on the day that we will be celebrating Jake's birthday. *Sigh*. Since loved ones are arriving for Jake's birthday and are spending that same weekend with us here in Cebu, there's no other time for the boys to prepare but last Saturday up to this coming Thursday.

The whole days of Saturday and Sunday were spent mostly at home to review the kids. Jerry did a wonderful job of juggling the tutoring between Matt & Kyle as I took charge of caring for Jake. But as they say, all work and no play makes one a dull person. So last Saturday, on the invitation of my sis-in-law, Erlinda, we went to Ayala for the Meet & Greet the Justice League Superheroes.

It was a welcome 1 hour break for the studious boys. Even if the show was not too awesome, we had fun nonetheless.

Below are pics of Matt, Kyle and cousin Michael with the Justice Leage Superheroes â?? Hawk Girl, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter and the Flash. Superman and Batman were a no show. Hehe.

Saturday, 5-Mar-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

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After searching the web for invitation designs, I found one that didn't come with text. It's a picture that looked hand-painted in muted colors of baby animals dressed for a special occasion. The design was cute for Jake's party even if I didn't actually have a popular theme.

Then I found a rhyme that worked as a text for a 1st birthday party where I only had to change the name and add pertinent details. I put the card design and the birthday text together using powerpoint and made 4 cards per board sheet. Jerry helped in cutting each card with a cutter. I would have used a pair of scissors but that would have given each card a rough edge.

I glued each card on ¼ of a colored corrugated board to give it some kind of matting. And voila! Our very own hand-made (or printed) invitation cards are now ready.

Invitations â?? CHECK!

Thursday, 3-Mar-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

I could not believe it's only a week from now before Jake's 1st birthday celebration. The days literally breezed by as we prepared quite frantically for Jake's big day.

We have just confirmed with City Sports Club and booked part of the Sinulog main ballroom for the very special occasion. Our guest list, composed of close relatives from both sides and godparents, totaled 50 adults and 33 kids. Intimate isn't it? I think the number is just right.

That day being a meatless Friday, we made sure to include seafood on the buffet menu. We opted for creamy smoked salmon for appetizer, a traditional Caesar salad, cheese and clam chowder, chuletas de puerco adobadas (for those who will prefer not to abstain from meat, and correct me if I'm wrong, but I guess it only means pork adobo), Sicilian fish in tomato sauce, marinated fried chicken (for the kids), spaghetti Bolognese (for the kids again), pandan rice, strawberry cheesecake and fresh fruits in season.

So there, the food is not too fancy nor too expensive, but enough for loved ones and friends to partake of. I hope everything turns out perfect.

Venue and food: CHECK!

Tuesday, 1-Mar-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

Last Sunday, we were at the park to watch the boys play basketball with their elder cousins. It was not a competitive game but more of a one-on-one shooting match. As I watched and took pictures, I was particularly drawn to the pictures I took of Kyle sizing up the tall basketball ring and then taking off to shoot the ball. He made a couple of hits and misses, but it was a picture of sheer determination nonetheless.

One thing I love about our sons, they are not afraid to take on new challenges. They have lofty dreams ranging from getting as much medals in academics and sports to flying an airplane, taking us to see the world, or playing in the NBA.

In our own little way, we try to fuel these dreams with encouragement, love and support. And they seem to thrive very well. Though we keep them firmly grounded, we let them soar as high as they could possibly be.

"Like an eagle fly
High up to the sky
And we spread our wings today
As we go our way.
Like an eagle soar
Higher than before
And weâ??ll go places far and wide
With God on our side"

By: Mr. Manny Lapingcao

Saturday, 26-Feb-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

Being a holiday, the kids were home yesterday. It was one of those free days they get to park their butts in front of the telly, the playstation or the computer without anyone of us censuring them. Jerry and I just let them be.

However, this was also the same day that Kyle would be attending his DEP-ED's Math Challenge. Learning that he was already drilled by his Math teacher and that he had won 1st place in all of the Grade 2 classes of SHS-Jesuit during the Math Quiz Bowl a few days back, I didnâ??t pressure him anymore.

By 230pm, the appointed time, we were at the venue. He was first to arrive among the 3 representatives from their school. Shortly, his other teammates were there, but no teacher. There was a slight commotion and I felt something was amiss. We heard that only 2 representatives will have to compete, not 3.

Iâ??ll spare you the details. The short of it is that Kyle ranked 3rd so he was an alternate. He gets to compete only if the 1st or 2nd withdraws or doesn't show up. It was the same sticky situation for all the year levels from SHS-Jesuit. Apparently, it was a major blunder by the Math Coordinator of SHS-Jesuit when she sent all 3 representatives the letter telling them to attend.

It was heartbreaking for the alternates to be told only on the day of the competition that they didn't have to compete. The aggravating thing is that the other schools knew ahead and sent only 2 representatives.

Jerry gave a bit of a tongue-lashing to the Math teacher (who incidentally arrived later than her Grade 2 team) who was clearly at fault for not knowing and informing the alternates in advance. It didn't actually matter that Kyle was only an alternate as long as it was clearly communicated earlier on. I know it doesn't make Kyle or the other alternates any less good, but to dash a child's enthusiasm to compete was really harsh.

This is calling on Father Javier to look into the matter please so that it doesn't happen again in the future.

(Kyle knew and permitted me to post this, so no privacy has been violated. He went on to tell me that he's okay. Well, contest or no contest, we're very proud of you kiddo! You're still the best in Math and you have the SHS-Jesuit Math Quiz Bowl award to prove it! Mwah! *hugs*)

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