"Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love." ~Mildred B. Vermont~

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pink Friday: Pink Flowers Around Me!

Another snapshot of me during our trip to the Arboretum last week. It was amazing how much flowers they planted in there. It was like I was is a paradise. There were flowers everywhere! I couldn't get over it that I even asked hubby to take me and Jacob there one of these days!

More tulips....I tell you there were plenty of them of different kinds and colors...and they are amazingly beautiful! Love them!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

CC: We Celebrate US in Small and Simple Ways

Okay, 'how do we celebrate being together?' Matt and I celebrate it during his day off. Since he works night shift, his three days off every week are spent....running errands together, we sometimes eat out if we feel like it or simply cuddle while watching our favorite tv shows or movie in demands. It doesn't have to be fancy or expensive.....just simply being together makes us happy and contented. For instance, today he said he wanted to take me out for lunch at my favorite restaurant (TGI Friday), but I said ''no.'' I just want to stay home and be with him. So we just took a nap! Sometimes, we just go to the temple, watch movie, or have dinner with friends. I just love being with him....sometimes we wished that he doesn't have to go to work so we could be together all the time, lol! But that is not going to happen....he needs to work otherwise we would starve to death....for love isn't enough to survive our life together! Anyway, someday we'd like to go for a cruise to celebrate being together as well as our wedding anniversary. Kailan kaya yun? Hopefully in the near future...maybe next year!

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Rodliz’s Nest

Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring Break 2010

Exactly a year ago, my family and I spent spring break in the state of New Mexico. It was a week of so much fun visiting tourist spots such as the Carlsbad, Cavern, White Sand National Park, and climbing up the Bandelier National Monument. We stayed for a night or two on each of the first two places, and then spent the rest of our trip at my in-laws place in Los Alamos, NM. I couldn't believe still that we have walk the cave for two hours and my son didn't even get tired! I didn't get tired either considering I an anemic. I get so tired pretty quick when I do chores though :-/.

The sand dunes trip was great! We all loved it! We spent an hours or two just playing and chasing each other. I felt like I was in heaven for it was so white and clean in there. We slide and ran around. We had so much fun..once again! We love that place, that is why we bought some postcards and keep them for remembrance. Now that I am writing about our trip last year, I thought of placing them on frames to hang in the living room....just so our friends can see how beautiful those places are and that they need to see them. Talking about postcards, there is a place I have found online that sells postcards, business cards, magnetic cards and more. I plan on buying some for my son's birthday this summer. Instead of sending out birthday cards, why not send postcards, right? Just for a change, that's all!

Pink Friday: Dallas Arboretum Trip

Yesterday my friends (Lyn and Emily) and I had the chance of going to the Dallas Arboretum. We took some pictures while enjoying the beautiful flowers on the first week of springtime. Lots of flowers, people and fresh air....what a wonderful day it was! We had a little picnic, too! Love the foods: pork and chicken adobo, ginisang petchay and steamed white rice...the dessert were cantaloupe and banana, yum! Anyway, here is my share on Pink Friday this week.

Pink Tulips...
Snapdragon Sultan Roses.....

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

CC: Back In Each Other's Arms!

When I was single, I promised myself that I will never get myself involved with a foreigner for the reason that I don't want to get married and then get divorce later on. As we all know, divorce is very common in the U.S. compared to the Philippines or any other countries like those in Asia. But here I am, married to a white/Caucasian guy, lol! I realized now that I was wrong. It doesn't matter who you are married with...you will end up apart or separated, divorced or however you call it if you didn't do your best to work things out...if you or both of you are selfish enough to only think of yourself...forgetting that you have kids who will be badly affected by it.

Anyway, here we see many people get married and after few years...they decided that they don't need each other anymore. What a shame! Hubby and I believe that things can be patched up if both are willing to try to save their marriage. I am glad that I am married to a guy who doesn't believe in divorce, separation etc...

Anyway, don't really have something to share on "being together again."

Rodliz’s Nest

Friday, March 18, 2011

Trendy Scrubs and Lab Coats for Women

I have been in and out of the hospital since I was diagnosed with renal kidney diseases. Even though I am done with dialysis and has new kidneys transplanted in me, I still frequently visit the hospital due to my routine lab work and check ups. Seen a lot of people who work at the hospital...from Filipino nurses to Indian doctors. Each workers wear different uniforms. Some wear trendy scrubs like the scrubs for nursing I saw at the shopping malls and online. Being a frustrated nursing student before, I couldn't help but feel badly for my dream that didn't materialize due to lack of financial assistance. And took a nursing aid instead. I still dream of pursuing my study in the future...hoping it wouldn't be too late yet.

Talking about my frequent visits to the hospital that happens every other week, part of those visits are mostly blood works and shots. The lady who draw blood from me works at the laboratory and of course wears lab coat. She looks like a doctor. Her lab coat looks very trendy and comfortable. At first I thought she was one of the doctor at the transplant center, but I was wrong, lol. One time, I asked where she buys her uniform and she said that at the medical stores where they sell lab coat for women. She told me how much she likes that one store near where she lives...and that she gets discounts there every once in awhile for she became their valued customer.

PF: My Pink Shirts

This is my share for this week PF; my pink shirt! I love these for they are so light and comfy :-)! By the way, these are the presents I received from my Aunt who is addicted to signature stuffs! Thanks Tita Isa!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

In Need of Walking Canes

Last year, we spent our Christmas at my in-laws place. Though I didn't feel like driving for 12 hours due to the fact that I just came out on a six days stay at the hospital. I had kidney rejection and the doctor told me to take it easy, but I have no choice but to go with the flow and plan...and drive for long hours. When we got there, all I want to do was to rest and do nothing. But once again, I don't want to be the spoiler, so I do whatever they want me to do. You would think they know that I can only do so much. I was still tired and weak, but they have forgotten all about it. I tried to be nice to them because I don't want to offend them.

As I said: I want to stay home and rest, but there were days that they wanted to go for a long walk....and so we did! I had trouble walking fast to catch up with them due to a leg cramps. When I told my mother in-law about it, she mentioned that she has Walking canes at home and that she uses it when she wants to walk faster. Anyway, I didn't get the chance of using it when we went for another long walk again two days later....I didn't know that it was going to be a long walk again....I didn't bother to use my MIL's walking canes. However, hubby tried the walking canes and he liked it. And so when we got home from our trip, he started looking for Walking canes for men . He found one online, but they were expensive. Then we decided to look for one at Walgreens and even Walmart...and tada...got a pair of men's walking cane for an affordable price! Now, I can use his walking canes anytime I want to go for a walk!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

CC: I Cried a River

Being an emotional and sensitive person, I cry when hubby and I have misunderstandings. I cry when I feel like I am failing as a mother to my son. I cry when I miss my parents and siblings. I cried an ocean when we lost our first child to stillborn and still cry every time I think of her, and every time I see an eight year old girl playing with her young brother.

Anyway, since this topic is for couple only. I'll say that I cried a river during the first few weeks of our marriage. We were still in the period of adjustment then. You can imagine how hard it was for us...for we didn't spend a lot of times getting to know each other in person. Online courting is a lot different than in person. We met through internet...and it was really different when we finally live together under one roof. Things like differences in opinions, the way we were raised, and etc...needs a lot of understanding, patience and compromising, and most of all love. But those days are all over now (thanks goodness!)....and all part of the history. This is my share on....

Rodliz’s Nest

Monday, March 14, 2011

On Being Prepared

I know that we (collectively) have been stunned by the news of the earthquake and resulting tsunami that took place a couple of days ago in Japan. And it is still of course affecting the coastlines of countries all up and down the Pacific Ocean. What has really struck me is the isolation that many throughout the country of Japan have experienced as a result of roads breaking up and power, phone, and water lines being broken or at the bare minimum, disrupted.

Why do I bring this up? I bring it up because it further reinforces what our church leaders have been telling us for years and years--we need to be prepared with emergency water, food, first aid supplies, cleaning/sanitation supplies and if possible, a bit of fuel. Even if you only use the water when a water main is broken or your water gets turned off so that something related to your plumbing can be fixed, it will give you peace of mind (and a way to have something to drink or flush the toilet with). Same with your other supplies.

To paraphrase something that our prophet Joseph Smith shared with us...
"if ye are prepared ye shall not fear."

Friday, March 11, 2011

Pink Friday: My iPhone

My entry for this week is the OtterBox Black/Pink Commuter Case 3 layers protection for my iphone. The OtterBox Commuter case is a semi-rugged, fully interactive case with 3 layers of protection. It's protection without the bulk. The exposed silicone corners dissipate impact away from the device and the smooth outer layer allows the case to easily slide into your pocket or purse. All buttons are fully functional through the case and the audio jack and charge port are accessible through silicone plugs.

The whole thing with the holster. Anyway, pardon me for I didnn't clean it yet, that is why it looks a little bit messy, lol! Join us by clicking the badge below!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Fashionable Accessories

Lately, I have been finding myself liking the accessories such as set of earring and necklace. I used to hate it, but for some reason, I started liking it when a friend of mine gave me a necklace she made. She actually sell these stuffs online, but she gave me one, free! And since beads are not that expensive at all; I heard. I consider making my own accessories myself, that way I'll be able to save and at the same time make them the way I want and they will coordinate with the clothes I'll be wearing. Now, I need to look online where they sell beading supplies for a cheaper price. I have plenty of time to make some earring and necklace for my nieces back home. I am pretty sure they will love it! Anyway, I have few collections of earring and necklaces given by friends and some of them I bought at a gift shop in the hospital. I love wearing them!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

CC: Is It Over?

Aside from monthly period, the medications I am taking everyday makes me act different. What I meant is that I am not myself (as hubby tells me every time). I get annoyed and irritated so easily. Small things can turn into a big problem. As one of my nurse said "hubby calls me a bitch." When I have that moment... I can be a bitch at times, too, lol! When I became bad....I am really, really bad! With a hubby like I have who is very patient, understanding and forgiving...you can imagine how bad can I be that he almost gave up on me one time; he even told me that "he can't take it anymore! He didn't think it will happen to us.....but it seems like it was happening. Oh no!...it can't be happening! I thought it was over. I was so scared! I didn't say I thing for a moment...but later on apologized. I was crying...he was crying, too when we were talking. That was the longest serious talked we have even had. Since then, I try very hard to control my temper...it is hard but I have to for the sake of our marriage....and our son!

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Pink Friday: Note Pad and Bath Petals

I am very lucky to have a mother in-law that is very sweet and thoughtful. She gives me little things that makes me feel special and happy. I am really flattered that she know how to please me and vice versa. Last year, she gave me this cute note pad with pink pen; then on Christmas day, handed me this beautiful bath petals. Anyway, here they are...

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Need More Improvement

I know I am not good when it comes to writing and speaking English that is why I wasn't surprised when Blog Distributor declined my six blogs when I applied them an hour ago :-(. But why do I feel bad? Maybe it is because I am in denial, lol. Anyway, I am a little bit worried because I plan on going back to college next year; and I don't want to take ESL class thinking that I may fail it. Hubby keeps on reassuring me that I speak English better than other people who were actually borne and raised in America. Oh well, I better prepare myself before that day. And I can do that by reading and writing more to improve my speaking and writing abilities and the use of correct grammar as well.

CC: Petty Quarrels

I don't remember a time that Matt and I quarrel a lot! All I can remember is that we have few misunderstandings when we were still newly wed due to our differences in culture, values and opinions. Those times, we made sure that we talked things over; and tried not to sleep on it! Sleeping without solving the problems will only make it worst; and that is what happened when we did. We both didn't feel good. So the next day, we both apologized and gave each other hugs.

Matt is a very understanding and patient person. When I am upset, he would just shut his mouth till he feels like I am ready to talk and is already calm. He always know the right words to say to make me feel better. We learned then that good communication is the key. Both of us has a say in the problems...and are both amicable in the solution to the problems. We do compromise and communicate a lot, thus making our marriage stronger.

The last time we had misunderstanding was a couple of months ago when he compared how I treat his parents to mine. I got so upset that I even burst into tears! Because we both know how much I love his parents; and that I treat them like my own. I didn't want to say anything that would hurt his feeling, and so I left the room. I went to the bathroom and he followed me there....still mad. To make the story short....because I wasn't saying anything, he stopped talking and left. Then later on, he realized he was wrong and apologized. I told him that I hate it when he compared his parents to mine. He then promised me he'd never do it again ever!

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Flowers for Her

The other day while checking my emails, I happened to get an email from Pro Flowers that talks about ordering fresh flowers by using ProFlowers.com radio codes online. This thing is kind of new to me, so I read over it and found out that it will actually save me some bucks when I order flowers from them. Since my sister in-law's birthday is fast approaching, a bouquet of fresh Tulips would be a nice present for her. The only problem is, does she like receiving flowers or not? I better ask her partner just to be sure, lol otherwise the flowers will end up in a trash can.

Well Taken Care Off

Having some serious medical issues make me worry a lot. I worry about my son and his future, my husband and his job, and our financial obligations and etc... In one way or another and whether we like it or not everyone of us will going to die. And I am pretty sure that we all want to make sure that everything is well taken care of when we leave this mortal life. I, for one would like to ensure that our mortgage is paid off so our son will not be burdened with tons of bills to be taken care off. That is why hubby and I need to talk about buying mortgage life insurance. Planning and organizing our finances wisely will surely benefit us in the long run. Our son would be at peace and the grieving process will be easier for him.