First week of school was full of surprises!

Well, we made it alive past the first week of school. I’d have to say it’s been pretty nice to be back on this school schedule because my days normally go by a lot smoother when I have a schedule to follow. Kalilah loves her class and always has great stories to tell me when she comes home from school.  Making breakfasts ahead of time & freezing them has helped mornings become easier. I simply just made extra pancakes & waffles while I was making Sunday breakfast, let them cool, then put them in a zip lock bag and froze them. In the mornings I just toss them in the toaster and make eggs/bacon/sausage to pair with it. Thank you Pintrest!

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 Not only has the mornings been a breeze but so has the rest of the days. I don’t know about the other mommies out there, but my girls bickered almost EVERY single day, multiple times a day, and about almost anything you can think of. It could be about what show they are watching, who is playing with what, what they decide to eat for lunch. Literally ANYTHING & I for sure was over it. Well with school back in action, I swear to you, I feel like I have 2 different daughters. The moment we wake up my youngest Jelly always asked Lila if she’s headed to school and of course every morning it’s the same answer of “yes.” Jelly then says that she’ll miss her and give her sister a huge hug. Not so sure if she’s just playing the role so she can have mommy all by herself or really going to miss her sister. But who knows.. it could be a good mixture of both! When it’s time to pick her up at the bus stop, Jelly runs so fast to her sister yelling “Lila!” and gives her another big hug. When we’re all up stairs they play/watch/eat nicely! I guess like my previous post says “sometimes we all need a little space!” I think that’s what it was titled. LOL

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You see Jelly’s poor face down there!? She got bit by a mosquito twice.. once right about her eyebrow and one to the side of her eye. Thing is, she isn’t even the only child in our apartment complex that got bitten and had their eye swollen too! Something about korean mosquitoes! Well, even with her eyelid swollen & completely shut, my poor baby is still such a silly girl. Benedryl seemed to help alot with the swelling though 🙂 Hopefully it’ll go away soon.

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Last night(Thursday), my husband came home out of no where. He wasn’t supposed to be until tonight. I was surprised but also super happy. I was just complaining that I wanted him home already. The thing is, you would think that I should know by now that my husband would pull some shit like this after 8 years of being together because he ALWAYS does. He’ll come home from AIT for a weekend, training, or R&R without telling me. He always lies about when he comes home, but I guess that’s never a bad thing. I love surprises.

Speaking of surprises, my husband pulled yet ANOTHER quick one on me. He comes home telling me to check my email. Naturally, I check it & find an email from Carnival Cruise Lines regarding our itinerary for our 4 day cruise to Ensenada, Mexico! I bout shit my pants! Haha just playing. But I’m sure you can picture my reaction. If you can’t, well let me describe it to you… I was jumping up and down and screaming like a little kid who just found a bag full of candy! Funny thing about this is.. I was literally browsing through cruises the night prior out of boredom. I even pinned some cruise tips on Pintrest & was talking to a friend about how bad I wanted to go again. We had went to a 7 day cruise to Canada in 2009 & loved every single moment of it, except me gaining 10 pounds. But thats not the point. We’re going on a cruise when we get back to San Diego! WOOHOO!

Family in Korea!

It’s always nice to have family around. Especially here in Korea! My cousin Denisa is an English teacher in Guri & she has been here for about a year now. Well anyways, she decided to come visit today! Feels great having family here & knowing that she is only an hour train ride away so we’ll defiantly be able to meet up at least every couple weeks.  She was able to meet my youngest daughter & husband for the first time. Last time I seen her was about 1 1/2 years ago when I drove up to Detroit from Kentucky.

I was able to bring her on Camp Casey and had her shop in the commissary since she really doesn’t have access to “american” food. Well I guess she does, but it’s just so pricey out here in Korea. I cooked her an All American Dinner which contained collard greens, mac-n-cheese & some pork chops.It sure does feel nice to have family around though. We just sat at the table mostly, drank some wine & caught up. I can get used to doing this at least once a month.

Denisa ended up spending the night last night, well more like I made her. She wasn’t prepared for that so we had to make a quick trip to the store downstairs and grab a toothbrush for her. This morning I made a big breakfast for us. Pancakes with peanut butter chips, sausage and cheesy eggs. It was yummy! After breakfast, we just hung around the house listening to my husbands mid-day radio show, watched some TV & even got to Skype with my dad (her uncle) for couple hours. Nothing special, just some quality family time. We grabbed some dinner before we dropped her off. Actually, we ate at two different place. We’re fat and love food way too much.

Now that we dropped her off, my little Phamily and I are just hanging out in the living room. We’ve been camping out in the living room for about a week now. Got the beds out on the floor and everything. We don’t really have our furniture yet. We’re borrowing the cheap furniture that the Army is providing us for the time being. Well..right now the girls are attacking daddy & it looks like I need to save him… so I’ll get at you guys sometime next week. I PROMISE I’ll update more!

 

Goodbye San Diego, Hello Korea

As you guys know by now, I’ve been so busy with our move to Korea. Well, I finally made it here.. well 3 days ago. I was home for 2 weeks before the move.. and yes I know i haven’t blogged really while I home. I was too busy visiting friends & family and enjoying the beach before I can’t see them for 2 years.. Can you really blame me? lol

The flight to Korea was 12 hours long. Crazy right!? Just imagine being in my shoes, I had my 9 month old & 5 year old. No really though, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Jelly didn’t cry at all & Kalilah was a big help with her little sister.. when she wasn’t busy playing Street Fighter or Pacman. Yes, I said Street Fighter.. lol.

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We flew with Asiana airlines. Let me tell you, they sure do know how to treat you right on them airplanes. One, they give you sandals for a more comfy flight.Image

Two, they had tv’s at EVERY seat. Had games, movies and music! I swear, most high tech plane I’ve ever been on. And I’ve flown over 20 times around the world. I watched 4 movies on the flight. I was thinking of renting some on my nook too! Thankfully I didn’t & saved my self some money. Not only did they have plenty of movies on there, but they had my favorite game of all time TETRIS.

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Third, they fed us every 4 hours! Not going to lie, food was pretty good. I packed a ton of food too & didn’t even once touch the food I brought. And when I say a ton, I mean fruit cups, oranges, apples, chips, granola bars, cookies, capri suns & pb&j sandwhiches. Then again, I’ve always been that person with food on them all the time. 

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We hardly got some sleep on the airplane but luckily it helped us adjust to Korean time faster. We actually landed an hour and a half early which sounds great right? Wrong! Camp Casey is about 1 1/2 – 2 hours away from the airport and when I called my husband he haven’t even left yet. So pretty much I was hanging out at the airport until my husband showed up.

But once daddy showed up, it was worth the 12 hour flight & 2 hours wait at the airport. My family was finally complete again! You can see the joy in our daughter’s faces when daddy met up with us. Nothing feels better then seeing my girls happy.

The next three years is going to be great ❤

 

 

 

It’s been 5 years already?

5 years ago, I gave birth the my first born Kalilah Maria. I will never forget how much pain and stress I was going through being in labor with here for 30 hours! Not only was I scared of my future but so was my husband (boyfriend at the time.) I’m not going to lie, I was scared shit less. I had just turned 20 & my boyfriend was 18…rape I know ;p. “Will he stick around? Will we be happy? What’s our future from here? How am I going to provide for her? Will i be a great mom?” Those were the thoughts that were going through my mind..

Once I laid my eyes  on her, i knew what I had to do as a mother. All i wanted and still want to do for her is just to give her a better life than what I grew up with. And so far, I’d say we’re doing a pretty damn good job at it. Who ever knew that getting pregnant was actually a good thing? Kalilah was our strength.. we grew up fast. It was hard.. but it’s definitely worth it. She’s inspired me to do better with my life..& I’m so grateful for that.

Kalilah is such a smart little girl. She still looks like she’s 3 though lol. nothing grew on her but her hair.. I can still remember when she was crawling around the house all toothless and everything. I really miss when she was a baby.. but I also love this age. She just loves dancing and singing everywhere.

We really didn’t do anything big for her birthday but birthday/go-away lunch with some of our friends here in Kentucky. Tee, my friend, brought a cake for her.. which by the way… was delicious. We hung out with one her best friends her Jaden & Avery and had some left of cake with them. After that, we just went home and chilled out.. I plan on just celebrating her birthday with my family at home.. nothing better than spending important days with family and not blowing money. That’s all that really count.

Happy Birthday My Love. I can’t believe you are 5 already. Mommy, Daddy & sissy love you so much!Image

 

Mother Dear..

Tonight is my mom’s last day visiting us here in Kentucky. Bittersweet feeling. She came to visit for the holiday.. was here for a total of 16 day.

Growing up, my mom and I always bumped heads. I couldn’t stand her at all.. but then again.. who really got along with their parents in high school. But once I moved out the house, got married, and had children I slowly understood why she was so determined for me to do things a certain way and was so strict. I definitely appreciate everything everything she has done for me and taught me all the life lessons that would help me survive the real world.

I’m glad my mom came down to visit the girls. The two weeks of her being here has gotten both the girls really close with her. My mom is determined to make sure that my youngest daughter will know who she before we move to Korea. Which I think she did a great job at getting to know her.

The whole time my mom was here I hardly washed dishes or even cleaned the house. My mom is that typical Asian mom that cleans all day everyday. So I’m sure you can imagine my house was SPOTLESS! THANK GOD! lol Not only that, but mom’s cooking is always the best cooking. That’s one thing I’ll definitely miss when I’m in Korea. Even though she did get on my nerves here and there.. She’ll always be my mommy and I’ll always love her.

My mom leaving means 10 days more til we’re back home in San Diego baby! I’ll be spending another 2 weeks visiting other family and friends because who knows when we’ll be back in the United States. 3 years in Korea is quite a long time.. and with two kids.. pshhh that’ll be expensive as shit.

Time to spend more time with the mom before she leaves! Don’t forget to tell you mom you love and appreciate her!

 

My Phamily is my world

This last week both my girls have been sick. And of course, as a mother it hurts seeing that they are in pain and there is absolutely nothing that you can do but give them hugs and kisses. Since they’ve been sick, I’ve let them both sleep with me in bed. Which by the way has not been comfortable at all. I got the baby kicking my ribs and my older one kicking my back. Other than the sleepless night, I wouldn’t want to spend these night any other way. Waking up to my babies are definitely the best way to wake up. I love seeing Jelly ( the baby) wanting to play with Kalilah the moment she sees her. She tried so hard to wake her up lol. I’m going to enjoy this now cause who knows when them two will start screaming bloody murder and pulling each others’ hair.

Today we got to Skype with daddy. Internet connection usually sucks butthole and we can’t Skype. Connection only last roughly 30 minutes before it went to poop again. Lila and Jelly were so excited to talk/see with their daddy. I hardly even got to say a word with Lila doing most of the talking. Jelly was non stop smiling and kept saying “da da” I can’t wait to have my phamily together again.Couple more weeks ❤

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2012 was great but 2013 will be even better!

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I can’t believe ANOTHER year has flown by. 2012 brought many wonderful memories. We were blesses with our little booger, Jelly, to our family.. Kalilah started pre-k & daddy reenlisted for another 4 years with a job that he actually loves. I ran my first 5k! Goodness.. time sure does fly!

I don’t really have any New Year’s Resolutions this year because I really suck at them. Only real resolution I’d really follow is to just make sure I let my family and friends that I love and care for them. Life is too short & I want them to know that they are my world and I very blessed to have them in my life.. So look around, appreciate and be grateful for what you have and tell your loved ones how you feel.

Happy New Years everyone!