Thursday, October 30, 2008

Chloe the Artist (Part 2)

As of October 28, 2008

Elephant; Animals @ the Zoo

Wonderpets having a party; T-rex

Chloe the Artist

Chloe was around 3 years old when she got interested in sketching/drawing. At one time, we went to the mall and she saw the MegaSketcher. She called it a Magic Board. As we were about to leave the mall, she was crying because she had wanted to get the drawing board but we refused because we had just bought a new toy for her. To get our attention, she sat on the floor and cried so loud. It was the first time she did that to us. It was so hard to calm her down that we ended up buying the board. But Chloe really did not waste this thing that she wanted the most. Her drawing skills improved and she became so artistic at the age of 4. Now that she’s 5, she can draw more complicated things that amazed us. The magic board really helped her a lot. She's been using it everyday since December of 2006 and up until now.

Mommy Frog & Chloe Frog; Land, Water & Air Transportation

Marty the Zebra of Madagascar

Princess Belle in her ballgown; Armadillo (Ice Age Era)

Chloe's Love Letter to Mommy & Daddy (June 2008)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Halloween Fun Day

Chloe and her schoolmates had their fun day activity at school last Thursday, and the children were asked to dress up in Halloween costumes. She usually loves to wear princess or fairy costumes, but for a change, she dressed up as a Vampire. You can see her pictures below…

At first, Chloe wanted to wear the ghost costume

With Mina, her mentor(in disguise); Queen of Vampires strikes a pose

With the pumpkin girl. Chloe's best friend at school

With the rest of the kids...

With her dance to the tune of 'Dancing Queen'

The kids really had fun. Aside from games and prizes, Pizza Hut also facilitated a pizza–making activity. The kids were the ones to make their own pizza. It was fun watching them as they put in the sauce, cheese and bacon on their pizzas. After baking, the finished product was given for them to eat.

Chloe in action

The finished product. Thanks, Pizza Hut ----- for the burnt pizza!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Rosary Month

October is the month of Holy Rosary for us Catholics. We start praying the rosary on the 1st day of October up until the 31st. My daughter, who is now five years old, usually prays with me at night and I'm very happy that she already knows how to recite The Lord's Prayer, Hail Mary, Glory Be and Oh, My Jesus. Just recently, she already memorized the Creed and the Memorare. And for several nights, she leads the prayer. She even knows how to move the beads of the rosary with her tiny little hands.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Julie the Photographer

One of my wakwak friends & good friend, Julie, came over to my place. Even though she's already a Nurse (like me), Julie ventured into a new hobby - Photography. She brought with her her Canon camera, which I'm not good at describing. All I know is that the Paparazzis are using that kind of camera :). Julie wanted my daughter, Chloe, to 'model' for her. The shots were taken in our home, hoping that next time, we could find a better outdoor venue. She may be a neophyte in Photography right now but I believe she could be successful in her newfound career. Her eagerness, creativity and passion for photography would make her achieve her greatest endeavor in life.
You can view some of her snapshots at Julie's Kalingawan. And should you want her to cover for your pictorials (weddings, baptisms, birthdays and other special events), she would readily render her services, so long as she's available (just make an appointment). I could also contact her for you or you can leave a message at her site.

Anyway, I've here some shots of Chloe taken by Julie - the Photographer.

Chloe's 5th Birthday (My Little Singer 2)

Chloe Alexandra celebrated her 5th Birthday last July 18, 2008 at her school. For the past 5 years, I've always planned ahead on what to do on Chloe's birthday. And everything was personalized. Lootbags, prizes, giveaways, etc, were done by yours truly. And she always had a party held in a hotel. But this year, i let the McDonald's crew do the stuff for me. Since Chloe wanted to be like Princess Belle on her birthday, she had a Disney Princess-themed party with her teachers and classmates, after which we had a small party in the evening held at home with just a few friends and relatives. But what made it special was that she showed her talent at school. Never a shy one, she always volunteer to sing in front of her classmates. I'm hoping to hone her talent more because, well, who knows?...This may end up as her career in the future, hehehe. Anyways, here's another video of Chloe where she sings Reflection ala Cristina Aguilera. You can see the other video in my other blog entry (My Little Singer).

My Little Singer

I love to talk about my little kid. Everyday, she amazes me. When she was less than a year old, I could tell she loves to sing. When I hummed a song for her, she would hum, too. She loves to listen to music, especially classical & religious music. She would fall asleep by listening Psalty’s Kid’s Praise & Worship songs; Don Moen’s songs were her favorite during naptime. Less than 2 years old, she could sing a few lyrics, although some words were not clear to hear, but you could tell she was singing to that song. She could easily follow a melody; she’s not deaf-toned. At 3 years old, she knew how to sing already but she could not finish the whole lyrics. She was already musically-inclined. When she almost turned 4 years old, she knew how to sing the Tagalog song titled “Torete”. She even sang that song during her 4th party birthday where she entertained her guests, also Britney Spears’ “Lucky”. At 4 1/2, she mastered plenty of songs. I’m proud to say that a ‘Star is Born’ in our family :). She learned and memorized Cristina Aguilera’s Reflection, Jessica Simpson’s version of Part of That World, Alladin’s A Whole New World and the song from Beauty and the Beast. She learned these songs barely a month of practicing and her voice quality is improving a lot. Her memory is sharp. I love to sing but I could not easily recall the lyrics like Chloe. I love to sing but my voice range is limited. I could say that I’m a desperate singer but I guess it’s my little Chloe who will continue to shine in this aspect and I’m very glad and proud to pass it on to her. May she continue to develop this talent of hers, and who knows?… At school, her teacher always asked her to sing on the stage or sing front of her classmates or sing during school programs. I was glad to know that she did not inherit my being 'mahiyain'. She just turned 5 last July 18, 2008 and she had a party at school where she sang her favorite Disney songs. You can view her video right here…
I couldn't be more proud of my little Chloe!
* I'll write more about Chloe's birthday on my next blog. I'm kind of busy these days. I will post more entries next time :)

Picture Perfect

These pictures I posted were taken last year, March 23, 2007, to be exact. It was the wedding of my older brother and my sister in law.

I SO LOVE this picture not only because my little Chloe was on it but of how it was taken. I commend the photographer for coming up with a pose so unique. If anyone had no inkling about it, people would think that these pair were mother and daughter looking lovingly to each other. But my little Chloe loved every minute of their photo op especially with her Tita Bogie.

I like the silhouette effect that served as their background. It created a dramatic effect and a sense of tranquility and the result was amazing. I was even hoping to have these pictures published to any wedding magazine but I don't know where and how. So meantime, I will just use my blog to post their picture perfect pose.

Children Learn What They Live

Preschoolers at Lifetime Study Center SY 2007-2008
(Free ad: you can see this tarpaulin at the gate of Lifetime;
Chloe, raising both her arms)

Children Learn What They Live

If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.

If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.

If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.

If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.

If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.

If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence.

If a child lives praise, he learns to appreciate.

If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.

If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.

If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.

If a child lives acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world.

Where lessons learned last a Lifetime…
(Extreme right: Chloe raising her left arm)

I love this poem so much. I was in my 4th grade when I read and learned about this poem. Although I have forgotten some of the lines when I grew up, I am so thankful to have found this poem at the back of Chloe’s baby book. I hope that we, parents, should try to apply this to our children to make them confident, competent and mold them into a better person as well.

Chloe Alexandra

I married at exactly 27 years old & gave birth at 28…For me, it was just the right time. And my bundle of joy came just at the right moment! Some of you moms would agree with me that pregnancy is not that easy, but at the same time, it’s a wonderful experience. The craving & the morning sickness (though I’m very lucky not to have experienced those!), the back aches, the changes in your tummy, the Braxton hicks..oh! I love those kicks my little one gave me when she was inside my tummy.

But the most beautiful of all was when I finally got to see her! Although my labor pain was really terrible…and in the end, I delivered her via caesarian. But it didn't matter, 'coz what’s more important was that I got to meet her.. and I could really say that my labor was way more painful than with the surgical procedure I went thru, or maybe I was just too excited to see her.

My baby girl was born at last! She’s the most beautiful creature I’ve ever seen. After being given a dose of anesthesia for me not to feel pain & for me to sleep, my doctor was surprised to see me still awake. She let me see my kiddo, even as I was still lying in the operating table…She was such a beautiful sight to see. She was already asleep & was kept warm, I took note of her pinkish cheeks and counted her little fingers & toes. Thank God they were complete, hehe. She’s truly God’s greatest gift to me! I couldn’t hide my tears, I just couldn't believe I was finally seeing her. She was really a sight to behold!

Chloe Alexandra…my daughter, my life and my love. I’ll always be here for you.