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Monday, May 23, 2016

There is Always Sunshine After the Rain

Hubby and I are working so hard to have  our house  project done but it's been a long process.  Never again we will refinish floors by ourselves lol.  But it is a learning process and I love it that we get to work on projects at our second home.  I think it would be worth all the  body pain and sweat when it's done, we will see.  We still have last process to do and that's the applying the poly on the stained wood and that would be it.  We are behind our schedules of moving but  it's none of our control.  We might move in on the first week of  June, we will see.  
 Having said all those busy  schedules, we haven't had the chance to visit Dad after our last time of visit.  The rain was pouring hard when we last went to Gables Care Center where Dad is staying.  It was scary  because we couldn't see  the road, I even asked my husband to stop on the side of the road because I was  terrified.  We even had hail  that day!  Thanks God we arrived safely and we were greeted by  Dad's smile when we came in.
 They came  equipped this time, they brought some piano books so they could play more songs to the old folks at Gables Care Center.
 It was dinner time when we came and it was nice to see how they all get together and eat at the same time.  Dad said that their food is really good and that he loves eating with his friends.
When they got done eating, they gather around again and  watch the kids play the piano.
 I found out yesterday through my niece's Facebook page that Dad was brought to the hospital.  We were always at the new house working so we missed all   phone calls, if there's no message left for us then we assume it isn't an emergency.  According to  our niece, Dad is suppose to have a cat scan on his brain and  have other tests too.  We are planning to visit him tonight when my husband comes back from work and  see what's going on.
 It was a nice visit  once again and glad that Dad like it there.  I hope that  he can recover  quickly so he doesn't have to sit in the hospital.  With all the crazy schedule that  my husband and I have, we hardly have time to really sit and relax but I  have to remind myself that there is always  sunshine after the rain so  hopefully all our hard work  is worth it.  

Monday, May 2, 2016

5 Hydration Facts To Enhance Your Life

You've heard that hydration is important, but just how important is it to stay hydrated during the day? Those who lead athletic lifestyles are more prone to dehydration, yet it remains an issue among athletes. Here are five compelling hydration facts to help you out.

#1: You can hydrate with more than just water.

Foods are also a good source of hydration. Consider these edible water sources: 
  • Oatmeal: 84% water. 
  • Low-fat milk: 90% water. 
  • Lettuce: 96% percent water. 
  • Tomato: 95% water. 
  • Broccoli: 89% water. 
It's a good idea to vary your liquid intake among different sources. Vling hydration mixers available at are designed to be a good source of hydration at any time of the day.

#2: You need water for proper digestion.

Water is very important for your body to fully digest the food you eat. It's necessary to moisten and break down the food with saliva, further break it down gastrointestinal secretions, and transport nutrients to your entire body via the bloodstream.

#3: Your body can't function without water.

Aside from contributing to digestion problems, a lack of hydration can cause your body to shut down completely. Every process in your body requires water, including waste elimination, muscle growth, and wound healing. In fact, you're made up of at least 75% of it.

#4: Sweating causes you to lose water on the inside and outside of your cells

Did you know that the water on the outside of your cells contains the electrolytes sodium and potassium? electrolytes help your body to retain a healthy amount of water. When you lose them, your body loses its ability to retain water. This is why it's a good idea to drink an electrolyte-rich source of liquid if you live an active lifestyle.

#5: A high amount of certain chemicals in the blood triggers thirst

When exercising, your body loses water in the form of sweat. When it loses enough water, certain chemicals in the blood become concentrated. When the concentration is high enough, your body signals that you need to take in more water.

Staying hydrated is important in more ways than one. Make sure that you get enough water each day to support your active lifestyle.

Monday, April 18, 2016

What Matters Most

We didn't do anything this  Easter.  We decided to to spend our Easter Sunday doing what matters the most.  We went to church and we  went  at the nursing home to visit my FIL.  We did not attend the  usual family Easter event because we figured, Dad will be  alone   at Woodland Hills and we anted to be there for him.
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After we visited my father-in-law, we brought the kids to the park and  let them play there until they were tired.
These kiddos are very inspired of the American Ninja Warrior that they want to do stuff that would make them stronger.
I underestimated  what my  daughter is capable of and she impressed me that she can  do the monkey bars  now.  She   normally does not have the strength to do it but  I think she is getting stronger now that she is playing volleyball.
I always wish that I have the upper body strength so I cam do stuff like this but my hands always gives up before I could cross  the monkey bar lol.
EJ gets so frustrated when he can't   successfully do  stuff like this but we keep encouraging him to continue practicing.
My kids are definitely growing up.  Hubby and I can still remember when we have to lift them up to do these things.  Now they can reach it and can do it by themselves.
This only mean one thing,  they are growing so fast and we are getting older lol.
Anyway, back to my FIL, we  tried to visit him yesterday but he is no longer at Woodland Hills Manor.  We just learned it yesterday.  We knew that he was brought to the hospital to try to  give him some meds for his  Alzheimer's but after that, we were not updated no more.  The last time I talked to my SIL, she told him that  Dad is coming back to  Woodland Hills that's why we   tried to visit there.  
 We didn't know that  those last two visits will be our last time to see him there.  I talked to my SIL today and she tild me that Dad is now residing at Gables Care Center in Hopedale, Ohio.
 I really feel sad for my FIL.  I wish I could take care of him at my home.  My SIL said that Woodland Hills  complained that Dad  is doing stuff that is making the staff uncomfortable.  My opinion is that, I don't think Dad realizes that he is offending them by   accidentally touching them.  Dad can't see very   anymore so when he talks to someone, he likes to  hold your face or your hand.  I guess, the staff there took it the wrong way.  I mean, come on, he is 93 years old and he is the nicest guy I know.  I am glad he found a new home.  We will try to visit him  this weekend at his new home.
The last three photos were taken when we visited him with my husband's  childhood friend/brother.  

Monday, April 11, 2016

Jolly Roger Experience #SiblingsDay

Today is national siblings day.  I wish I could visit all my sibling and give them hugs but I am thousands of miles away from them.  Since I can't do that, I will just write about our   experience  in Jolly Roger in Ocean City, Maryland two years ago.  
 Having  children is a wonderful gift.  Both of our kids   brings us joy in almost everything that they do.  Becoming a parent to these two wonderful kids  is a  great blessing from God, they are our treasure.  Having a boy and a girl is like  dealing with night and day situation.  They are so different in so many ways 2which is challenging sometimes but one thing that they have in common is their love for traveling.  Both of these are like hubby and I  who enjoys traveling.  
 In 2014, we decided to go on a road trip and went to Ocean City Maryland to celebrate our daughter's 8th birthday.  Our son always say that  his sister is very lucky because she was born in the summer and now that they both go to school, Rylie's birthday is always on school break.  
 As much as we would like to go somewhere during  EJ's birthday, the option  is very limited because it is on winter time.  So what we do is  have a good getaway on  our daughter's birthday so we could all enjoy it.  
 Going to Ocean City was a great decision as we had a total  blast out there.  Not only that we enjoy the ocean but we also enjoy  the recreation  in Ocean City such as the Jolly Roger Park.
 It was too hot out there that walking in your bathing suit  is very normal.
 I hope that we could go back there again someday.  I wouldn't want to stay  very long  though, it gets tiring  after a couple of days.  I think two to three days is enough to enjoy the place.
This year, we won't be able to go  on a far destination as traveling isn't in our budget this year but hopefully we could do something fun together.  To my siblings, I miss you guys so much.  I pray that we could all get together soon.

Monday, March 14, 2016

New Home for Dad

My sister in-law visited us last Wednesday informing us that she  is going to put  Dad in a home as  it is getting  harder  for her to take care of him.  I applaud her for doing it for several  months but I know that eventually her body will give up as  she is not getting any younger and Dad is getting weaker so moving him around is hard.  John suggested to put Dad in a home  earlier but  they thought that putting Dad in a home  is like abandoning him. 
This is where Dad lives now, it is called Woodland  Hills Manor.  He was moved there last Friday.
The place was nice.  The employees seems friendly although we didn't talk to anyone.  Dad was sitting in the lounge area when we arrived.  He didn't  know who we were but he was sure happy to  have visitors.  
It was my first time visiting a  nursing home and I feel overwhelmed with sadness.  However, I would consider working in a nursing home if given a chance.  I think working with old folks is rewarding.
We will see you again this weekend Dad.  

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