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Our Christmas Tree Is Up!

This year I decided to set up our Christmas tree early. Usually, I wait until Thanksgiving is over but I didn't have anything else to do that day that I decided to set it up and so the kids can enjoy it longer! A lot of my friends on FB already had theirs up too so I don't feel too bad about it! LOL!

Anyhow, the Christmas tree that I have been using for the past 2 years is a just 3-4 ft tall. We have a 7ft tree that we bought at Kmart and it's just been sitting in the building unused. I love that Christmas tree but unfortunately we do not have the space for now to set it up! If I can get some of these stuff out of the house maybe next year I will be able to use it again!

Anyway, this is what our little Christmas tree looks like. It is sitting on what used to be my computer desk. I was planning on getting rid off it but I decided not to so I can use it to sit our Christmas tree. I still haven't figured out what I am gonna replace it with, I will figure it out when Christmas is over!
Our little Christmas tree! No presents underneath it yet!

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A New Microwave Finally

The microwave above used to be our old microwave that broke several days ago! We only had this microwave for a couple of years! I am really disappointed that it didn't last long at all. My husband is not surprised at all, he said that Emerson brand is not really that well-built and is cheaply made!

Anyway, we didn't have microwave for about 3 days and it was indeed very inconvenient not having it around. I don't know how people survived without it before. I guess people aren't as lazy compared to the people now! LOL! No offense but myself included in it too! LOL!

Anyhow, I kept bugging my husband to either to look at the old microwave to see what's wrong with it and if he could fix it or just get a new microwave! Well, he did both. He took apart the old microwave and looked at inside to see if it is something that he can fix himself and unfortunately it wasn't! So we didn't have any choice but to go to Lowe's and buy a new one. We were both in an agreement to get a much more expensive one but it is also a well-known brand which is GE and all-over stainless steel too which me and him both love! Our old one was part stainless steel but the majority was plastic, so we are really loving our new microwave!

We took our new one home and hubby got it its place and when he started it the, dang bulb in it blew out! He knows a lot about electronics and he was very sure that the bulb might not have been on tight because it caused our circuit breaker to blew too! He called Lowe's and told him what had happened and they said to bring it back so we can exchange it for a different one! So we did and got exactly the same one, went home and tried and it works perfect!

Below is what our new microwave looks like! It is almost identical to the old one but like I said, the new one is all stainless steel! We love our new microwave! Hopefully this will last longer than the old one!

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A Successful 2nd Birthday Celebration!



My youngest son turned 2 years old 2 days ago and it was a successful birthday celebration! He had a blast on his special day despite of not feeling too well. For some reason, he started getting sick when he woke up that morning. His nose started running the day before and I thought it was just allergy but when it didn't go away the next morning, I knew then he caught the cold again! 

Anyway, we started his birthday by going to church that morning, before the mass was over, he got very ornery. So we had to leave immediately as soon as the mass was over! When we got home, I had to cook the food and all! Good thing that I already had the decorations up the night before and thank goodness my oldest son helped me set it up. He had a Yo Gabba Gabba theme this year which he really loved!

His birthday was just a very simple celebration but yet he enjoyed every seconds of it and I did too and my family! I only invited my friend, her husband and daughter who lives just down the road from us. He loved all the presents that he got. What impressed me was, he was not only interested in opening the presents but he also showed interest on his birthday cards which I haven't seen that much that kids his age do! I mean he doesn't know how to read yet but he acted like he did!

Anyhow, here are more pictures below taken from his birthday! I haven't uploaded much of his birthday pictures on Facebook because of all the commotions going on in the Philippines. The last thing that I want to happen is to offend anybody for I really care what my fellow Filipinos are going through right now. Such hardship a lot of them are facing and I really feel for them! We just don't know when to be thankful for the things that we take for granted everyday!

Trying to read his card..

He loves to watch Barney and he got so excited to see Barney and Friends toys..
Enjoying a piece of cake on one hand and ice cream on the other hand! LOL!

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He's Getting An Award Tomorrow!


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Tomorrow would be another proud moment for me as a mom. My second grader will be receiving a "Star Student" award. I don't know exactly what this particular award for but whatever it is, I am very PROUD of him anyway!! There are 3 different awards that are given in their classroom, Principal's Award, Perfect Attendance and Star Student. There are only four of them who is receiving the Star Student award. I emailed her teacher asking what exactly it is but I have not received any response yet. I can always ask her after the ceremony!

Anyway, the kids that will be receiving a Perfect Attendance award will also go on a field trip to see a movie and my son was really looking forward to that but unfortunately, he missed one day of school. That's when he had a nose bled that morning and we thought that it would be better for him to just stay home than letting him go to school and his nose starts bleeding again and scare everybody. I told him that he there are still 2 semesters left and if he don't miss school in those semesters, he will be able to go on the reward trip, that is if they are going anywhere!

Anyhow, after the ceremony I am planning on getting him a gift and giving it to him when he comes home from school. It will be our way of congratulating him and our little way of letting him know how very proud we are of him!!

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Thankful That My Family Is Safe But...

..there are over 10,000 casualties left by super typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda as what it's called locally in the Philippines. It is so hard to be fully glad and thankful that you're own family is safe when you are very aware that there are thousands of my fellow Filipinos are dead!! Not to mention the aftermath that left thousands of families homeless, no food to eat, no water to drink, no medicines for those who are injured! I feel really bad and can only wish that there is more I can do!!!

I donated a little bit of money and it is the best that I can do for now, I wish I could have donated more though but even if it was just a little, it is already a big help and a big difference to help those people in desperate needs!! The other thing that I can do is to plead for help on behalf of my fellow citizens who are suffering right now crying for desperate help! 

I can understand those who feel uncomfortable donating money and not sure that they would really reach to the people in need but I know somebody who is taking donations to send to her hometown where it was one of most devastated places by the typhoon and still not gotten any help from the government! So PLEASE, PLEASE, find it in your heart to help these people by donating even just a dollar! That will at least buy 2 bottles of water! You can comment on this post or contact me @ forsythea@yahoo.com and I will be glad to connect you to the person who is taking the donation. She is accepting the donation through PayPal!!

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Putting My Desktop Computer Into My Kid's Bedroom

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I planned on putting my desktop computer into my kid's bedroom as soon as this new computer desk comes in the mail. It will probably be here next week! I just ordered it yesterday and guess where??? YUP! On Amazon! I bought so much stuff there these past few weeks that I don't have any idea what will be coming in the mail!

Anyhow, putting a computer in a kid's bedroom might not be a such a good idea but I think that depends as well how much time restrictions you are allowed your kids to be on it! I already told my oldest son that just  because we are putting the computer in his bedroom, it doesn't mean he'll be able to get on it whenever he wishes to use it. That won't be the case! We will make sure that it will be password protected, so if he tries to sneak, he won't be able to use it! We will only give him about one hour computer time and may be he'll get an extra time when he does good in school and at home!

Anyway, this computer desk didn't have the best ratings but I decided to buy it because its style plus the price was reasonable compared to the others with same ratings. It would be the perfect computer desk to put in their bedroom since there's not much room in there and there is no way to put my old computer desk in there for it is really big! It will be hauled off to the dump as soon as I get the computer and other stuff off it!

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Shoes And Backpack Bought On Amazon!

Amazon is one of my favorite places to shop online. Not only you can find affordable items but as well as wide selection from different sellers. First thing that I always look at are the reviews and then the prices. I just love how you can read all the reviews before purchasing an item. I have been buying from them these past few weeks and everything that came in the mail so far are in good quality, definitely worth the money that I paid for.


Anyway, two of those items that I bought are these backpack and FILA shoes for my oldest son. Walmart backpack and shoes just don't last long at all. His new backpack and shoes that I bought at Walmart just before school started this year were all falling apart, so I had to buy him new ones!
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This backpack comes in so many different colors and had the best reviews of all the ones that I checked out at under $20 price tag. I let my son decide of which color he'd like and he picked the camouflage one! This already came in the mail a week ago and by just looking at it, I can tell that this will last a while! My son really loved his new backpack!

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Now these shoes hasn't come yet. It is a FILA brand so I know it is well-built and would last longer than the ones at Walmart! I actually got a good deal on these shoes. It was on sale on Amazon for $13 with free shipping if you order $35 or more. So I bought it with a laptop battery because my laptop needed a new battery and I got a free shipping for both items. I was so glad that I bought it then because the next day, the price had gone up to $34+! Good thing I went with my guts and didn't wait! I love getting a good deal! Don't you??

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Trick Or Treat At The Mall Was A Blast!

I took my boys to the mall to Trick or Treat last night! I decided to take them there although it almost an hour drive because there was no Trick or Treating going on our neighborhood nor anywhere nearby! It was all our first time to do it at the mall and it was youngest son's first time to ever Trick or Treat! 

I can say that although there was a lot of walking involved, my boys had a blast collecting treats! It was definitely fun for them! I for one, was enjoying it just watching all the different costumes that little kids and even adults were wearing! Next year, if time will allow, I would love to go back there again to Trick or Treat and I will make sure that I will wear a costume too!

Anyhow, above are some of the pictures that I took. I took so many that it was so difficult to choose, so I made a collage out of it! I know it's kind of hard to see the individual picture which is one of my reasons why I did it that way! ;)
 

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