Happy New Year! Hee hee. I did a double take when I realized that my last entry was dated 09.20.11. That’s more than half a year ago! *blushes* I did find a draft dated 10.06.11. It was empty. I only got so far as to type the title. Maybe I have a shorter attention span than I care to admit.

For my yet another back from the boondocks entry, a fresh blessing is in order, as in just-yesterday fresh. So you don’t have to worry about me cramming six months worth of gratitude in this one post.

Yesterday, my best (as opposed to better) half ran in the Statesman Capitol 10K. And for the first time ever since hubby and I started running races in 2010, I was able to take photos of him as he was approaching the finish line. For the first time, I was the crazed fan wifey cheering wildly on the sidelines. For the first time, I was able to do for hubby, what he has done for me in the last 6 races we’ve run, and that is to wait in eager anticipation at the finish line. It was a proud wifey moment. Hubby registered a new personal best with an improved time of over five minutes slashed from his old 10K time.

Being the painfully slower runner between the two of us, in all the races we’ve been in together, I cross the finish line when hubby has long cooled off and his heart rate back to normal. That’s just how it is. And I am more than ok with it. *wink*

I just love the electrifying energy that envelopes races. More than cheering for hubby and our friend who also ran the race, yesterday was a day for giving back. In all my past races, I’ve been the recipient of encouraging cheers from people I don’t even know. I myself am aware of how those cheers seem to have a magical effect that they almost carry runners across the finish line. So yesterday, I yelled and cheered like a mad woman. I felt great!

Have a great week ahead, y’all! Go give someone (who needs it) an encouraging word or cheer of support. They’ll love you for it. ;)

Cheers!

I’ve been busy, something I’m truly thankful for. Between my last entry and today, we’ve had a hearty harvest of blessings. I hope to get into a lot of them really really soon – like my daughter’s birthday for instance. It’s funny how every night I make a draft for a blog entry in my head. It’s a shame that they’re all just in there and in my heart. So don’t anybody startle me, lest all the drafts get shuffled!

If there’s one thing that I’m especially thankful for today, it’s that RE (Religious Ed.) went well. For the 4th consecutive year, I volunteered to be a catechist in our parish. But this year is a tad different because after teaching kindergarteners for 3 years, I am now teaching 2nd graders. Yes, I’ve taken on the challenge of helping 7 and 8-year old kids get ready for their First Communion. I admit, I’m quite nervous! But with God’s grace, everything’s going A-ok. Whew!  After class today, I felt really happy – for lack of a more profound and poetic word to describe how I felt. Whatever doubts I had about teaching sacrament preparation classes, they just sort of vanished. I had so much fun I was practically skipping all the way back to the car! *blushes*

Teaching RE is a commitment I made with God for an answered prayer. I also have a 13-year old commitment I made with Him, which I have been unable to fulfill in the manner I used to back home. But this year, I will get back to it with a bang. ;)

Thank you, dear God, for giving me these small windows of opportunity, that allow me to show you in a more special way, just how truly grateful I am for your miracles. Amen.

Being the night owl that I am, I thought updating my thankful journal on a nightly basis would be easy peasy. I’ve obviously thought wrong because it’s been over a week since my last entry. *blush* So from hereon, I’m changing my post titles to an even more generic one – Thankful Log + date+entry number- ala Startrek Captain’s Log. *wink*

These are the events and things that have kept me in a state of gratitude these past couple of days:

(1) Piles of trays, bowls and baking/decorating utensils to wash. Weeheehee.

I baked and decorated 3 birthday cakes and 40 cupcakes between July 23rd and 30th. It’s always an honor to be asked to make a cake for a special occasion. I’m thankful for friends who understand and appreciate the beauty that is custom cakes. :D

(2) At a party we attended on July 30th, at least 4 people whom I have just met went out of their way to tell me, “Ang sarap ng cake mo!” (Your cake is delicious!). Compliments like that make all the hard work that go into each cake well worth it. *happy sigh*

(3) Tylenol Pain Relieving Cream – Let me just say that this is not a paid advertisement. Hee hee. :) 2-tier cake + 40 cupcakes = body ache. I’m glad I discovered a product that helped relieve the aches.

(4) The Smurfs 3D Movie – We watched the movie with friends. While some parts of the movie almost made me doze off, I loved hearing the laughter of the kids inside the theater. Word of caution: You’ll be singing “La la la la la la, sing a happy song” in your head way after the movie credits have rolled.

(5) My Little Munchkin is a Fish. – It’s a long story why my daughter ended up in the Fish class for swim lessons instead of the class/level before it, which is Minnow. After a rough first day, my daughter is having the most fun in swim class. She likes the swim teacher and there are only 4 of them in class. Alleluia!

(6) Office Max – For $0.24  - yes, 24 cents! – I was able to buy (2) 10-packs of Dixon #2 pencils, (2) 12″ rulers and (2) 24-crayons. No coupons needed! I will have to go back for more as the deal is only good until today, Saturday. :D

(7) Tubing on the Comal River – For the first time ever, we were able to go tubing on the Comal River in New Braunfels, TX. It was so much fun! The water was nice and cool and since we went on a Friday, there weren’t too many people. We will definitely do this again. I’m already looking for good deals on tubes. ;)

I have a busy week ahead of me. And I am just about ready to burst in excitement! Weee!

Cheers, y’all!  Mabuhay!

Another 2-in-1 post. That’s a heck of a whole lot better than 3-in-1. ;)

*Monday*

Monday was marvelous because…

- I got to just chill for most of the day. Since we had guests last Sunday, the house has been tidied up. I also didn’t have to cook because we have left overs! Yeah!

- I made my usual rounds of my favorite stores and got everything I set out to buy except for 2 things.

- I liked Pier 1 on Facebook and got a $10 coupon. Guess where I was in the early evening of Monday. ;)

- my Munchkin Girl asked the darnedest thing while having dessert…

Munchkin Girl: Does Mimi (her maternal grandmother) have a sweet tooth?

Munchkin Mommy: Yes!

Munchkin Girl: Which one?

*Tuesday*

Tuesday was terrific because…

- I still didn’t have to cook! (Read: Leftovers and 2-piece $0.99 chicken at Church’s)

- of the melt in your mouth goodness that was the pastillas de leche we received in the mail a few days ago.

- my Munchkin Girl again said the darnedest thing while pleading her case for a new doll. I told her, “Maybe.” (That’s maybe to a Target doll, mind you!) And in the funniest sing-song manner, she said, “Maybe ka johhhhhn (diyan).”

- I discovered voice recordings of my daughter on hubby’s IPhone, which had me laughing uncontrollably.

I’ve got some pretty busy days ahead. This might not be the last of my 2-in-1 posts. :D

Cheers, y’all! Mabuhay!

I haven’t been able to update the last couple of days. It’s been a busy Friday, Saturday and Sunday for me and my family, hence this 2-in-1 post. *wink*

Fantastic Friday #2

1. Free Morning – Much as I love being able to relax by the pool during my daughter’s swim class, I’m glad we have 3 pool-free days a week. It’s a win-win situation: happy for pool time and happy still for pool-free time.

2. Hobby Lobby Coupons - Thanks to the craft store’s 40% off coupon, I was able to buy an urgent must buy item last week at a very reasonable price. I never buy anything from a craft store without at least a 40% off coupon! Ha!

3. Bake Night – I baked the night away last Friday. I baked a chocolate cake and some pound cake. They were both a success. Whew!

Wickedly Awesome Weekend  #2

*Saturday*

1) Piggy Piggy Oink – I spent most of Saturday decorating a friend’s birthday cake – a pig-themed birthday cake.

My friend collects stuffed pigs and the cake is the edible version of one of the stuffed pigs (with suckling pigs!) in her collection. I was surprisingly very calm and relaxed while I was decorating this cake. Even hubby noticed my (unusual?) calmness. I’m thankful that my friend trusted me with her birthday cake. It’s safe to say that the cake was “well-liked” at the party…and on Facebook – 39 thumbs went up for this photo! I love my FB friends! Hee hee.

2) Pig-Out Night – Oh.My.Gosh. There was so much food at the party we attended. One can’t expect anything less at a Filipino party. That’s just how we do it. ;) My first plate would have had my mom shaking her head at me: grilled pork, pork binagoongan, dinuguan and some out-of-place lumpiang shanghai. Hahaha! After I recovered from the shock of my first plate, I didn’t eat much else…except dessert and pancit.

3) Happy HourS – I had a blast hanging out with friends old  and new. Hubby’s crimson cheeks were an indication that he too had a blast at the party. :P

*Sunday*

1) Play Date – My daughter had a play date. It brings me so much joy to see her having fun with her gal pals.

2) Mallorca – Friends brought a big round tray of Mallorca from Costco. It tasted so much like the Filipino ensaymada, only a lot denser. Yum!

3) Home Cooked Meal – I cooked dinner for Abby’s friends and their parents. In two hours (maybe less!), I was able to cook 3 dishes plus homemade vanilla ice cream for dessert. ;)

4) Marie Callender’s Custard Pie –  We had this for dessert. We had it with the homemade vanilla ice cream. Perfect combination! *burp*

Cheers to friends, birthdays, good food and good company! God is good!