Thursday, May 30, 2013

talent show girl

for this year's talent show, malia decided she would play her ukulele and sing "i'm yours" by jason mraz. she did really well, considering she learned it in a month.

she auditioned last month with the music since she didn't have the song down yet, so the choir teacher in charge of the talent show made her perform with the music. we weren't too happy about it, but what could we do.

she's my brave girl, we are so proud of her many talents.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


here's my Biztown girl. 4th graders go on a field trip to Biztown, a place where they get to have "real jobs" for a day, and pretend to be in the real world. she was so excited, she told everyone she was going, even though they had no clue what she was talking about.

she gave her teacher her top 3 choices, but her teacher handed out the jobs she thought was appropriate for each child. malia was given the job of CEO of Kaiser Permanente. that's a big time job.
here's my little CEO giving a speech in front of everyone.

here she is writing a check at the bank.

her ninong jojeann was able to be a volunteer for this field trip since roel & i couldn't make it. although he couldn't be in her group, he said he would look over in her direction and malia looked as though she were telling people what to do. just as a CEO should i guess. he was able to interact with her when she came to the bank. they had fun, and she was so happy he came.

can't wait to find out what malia will be CEO of when she grows up.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

grandma's coronation

roel's parents belong to a senior organization. it's good for them to be a part of it, especially because they are into ballroom dancing.

they had a spring dance, and roel's mom was chosen to be the spring queen.

it was interesting and cute to see so many old couples dancing. malia danced with grandpa & grandma.

micah wouldn't dance. i had to bribe him to dance with me. and he said he would only dance with me outside, oh my goodness.

did the electric slide and tried to teach lia.

here's grandma with her crown. of course, malia's eyes opened wide when she saw the crown.

two of my favorite people:

and here she is, trying on the crown. she said it was heavy.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

goodbye to our Bonita house

it was time to say goodbye to the bonita house due to foundation problems. my dad had been going back and forth with the idea of selling the house for a while and finally decided on it in january. it went on the market in february and sold in about a month. then we were given 45 days to move out.

roel & i had been talking to the kids about moving since christmas. we wanted to prepare them early so it wouldn't be so hard when the move finally came.

but it didn't dawn on the kids that we were never coming back to the house, not even to visit, until the week before we had to get out.

we are temporarily moving to roel's parent's house while we search for a house to buy.

the actual moving day was today, but i wanted to move the kids out the weekend before so that the transition wouldn't be so hard on them during the school week.

this was our last night in the house. we slept on the floor.

big box storage delivered.

malia in front of her closet doors with the ariel stickers that used to be mine when it was my room growing up.

malia next to my name (and Jos') in the cement in front of the one car garage.

the cousins' last picture in front of the house.

last family photo in front of the house. that was our room right over the garage.

you think it would be me, but it's my emotional malia that misses the bonita house most. she cried herself to sleep the first night we were out.

lots of great memories in the bonita house that we take with us. from my mom to buying the house, having guests from the PI, having family over for parties, singing with my sisters, coming home on the weekends from college,  jos & i getting ready on our wedding days, to me bringing home my babies and them having all of their first moments there. and so many more memories.

but we will make more, wherever we end up. after all, home is where your family is.