Friday, June 22, 2018

Easter 2018

"Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of a just cause, the triumph of truth." -  Menachem Begin
 This is long overdue.  These photos were taken almost three months ago.  My slowpoke pace of  posting about  stuff is terrible.  The flow of ideas doesn't really come easy sometimes, no matter how I try.  I end up staring at the computer screen and then leave because  this  tiny nugget of a brain of mine  does not work!  However, when I get lucky, I can post  like 5 articles in a day but that is very seldom.  I can remember when I was just starting to blog, I am always excited  to write   different things everyday to the point that I  would ran out of things to write.  These days however, I have so many pending stuff to write but my  brain does not cooperate.  
 Anyway, our Easter celebration was awesome.  We just went to church and attended  a mass then came home and eat.   Ever since my FIL went to a home and then passed away, our  holidays are spent  just the four of  us at home.  I miss the family gathering  when my FIL was still alive and we  are all on the same page and got along so well.  We still get invited to  family gatherings, it's just that it feels so different without my husband's Dad so most of the times we chose not to go. I wish that my side of the  family is near, I'd probably have my Mom over everyday or I'll visit her often.  It sucks to be so far away.
For Father's day's celebration, we visited my brother-in-law whom we haven't seen since my FIL's funeral.  It was  so nice catching up with him and his wife.  They live quite far from us but it was worth the drive.
"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored." - Earl Nightingale

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Every BIrthday is a Gift: My 45th Birthday

Aretha Franklin once said "Every birthday is a gift and every day is also gift",   and I completely agree.  I think that we should be grateful for each  day, as we woke up  in the morning and  as we go to bed.  We should consider ourselves wealthy when we  have a  a roof over our head, food in the table  and a family that we can turn to no matter what situation there maybe.  
As Voltaire have said "God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well."   A lot of people  says to live in the moment but there are  times in our lives that we are  consumed with worries and other petty things.  If we learn how to live simply and appreciate all the little things, we  will be happy.
 I turned 45 this month and I couldn't ask for more  of what God has given me.  Two lovely kids and a great husband.  What else  could I possibly ask?  Unless of course if God would give me the chance to travel the world, that would be great ha ha.  But in all honesty and seriousness, I am happy and content.
 I can't help but think of my father during my teenage years.  He was very strict and I thought that it was   so selfish of him to always laid out rules of what not to do and all that stuff.  But looking back at it now, I am very fortunate to have a very loving Dad who just wanted the best for me.  I am glad I listened, I just wish he would still be around so I can tell him a lot of things that I never got to do when he was still alive.
Anyway, when it comes to celebrating birthdays, we   always get a cake  that the celebrant love.  I got this  carrot cake from the Amish store that we went to at Walnut Creek Ohio, as part of my birthday celebration.  
 The cake was delicious!   I want to go back there again and get more of these lol.
 If you happen to notice, my long hair is gone.  Summer weather is creeping in so I asked my husband to cut it, he couldn't say no because it's my birthday ha!  He  love  my hair long  so when I told him to cut it shoulder length, he  kind of  resist a little bit.

My partner in crime, my sweet tooth son, patiently waiting for the  piece of cake.  I thought he wouldn't like it but he said it was very good.  Amish people  can make really good cake.
 He couldn't do  a crossed eyes like I did so this is the face he made ha ha.  My silly little boy, who doesn't want to be called a boy anymore.
My daughter painted this  for me.  It's a very thoughtful gift and I love it!
Thanks to my husband and kids for  pampering me  on my birthday. My daughter painted my nails and my husband cut my hair and  cooked breakfast. We ate at a restaurant for lunch since they didn't want me cooking, how sweet!  They might be tired of my cooking though ha ha.
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So yeah, in five years time, I will be a golden girl.  Bring it on!
I love this quote by Booth Tarkington.

"Cherish all your happy moments; 
they make a fine cushion for old age."