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NO X PLEASE

Have you tried greeting everybody with an "x" on Christmas?
My friend told me that whenever we greet merry christmas never put x on it,
because it seems you are deleting CHRIST on his special day!

I was able to think about it and i said to myself,
Oh my God! kakahiya.....that is HIS special day
and yet i replaced a letter "x" on his name!

So, next time you greet everybody
write

Merry CHRISTmas!

it will never do harm on you!

have a merry and blessed CHRISTmas everyone!

RoTa ViRuS

Ate tala was diagnosed with ROTA VIRUS. With our busy sked, we attend christmas parties almost everyday....i just thought that ate tala's stomach aches were caused by the food she eats. But i was alarmed when she started to vomit twice last night and told us that she can't handle the pain anymore. Hubby immediately called our pedia and set a schedule for the little girl's check up. I was not able to join them coz hubby asked me to finish all the tasks he asked me to do. So i just called them from time to time to check on the little girl. It took them almost 3 hours to finish all the lab tests.

This is the first time i heard about rota virus, so i immediately browsed thru the net and heres what i found.
Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhea among infants and children throughout the world.Most children become infected with rotavirus by age 3.There are different strains of rotavirus, and multiple infections by different strains may occur.Rotavirus causes fever, …

Meet My Crush.....

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me and atty adel tamano


Yes!.....i was able to meet my "kwash".......and i need to post this ahead of my pending tasks....hahahahaha!

Atty. Adel is the spokesperson of the opposition and presently the president of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. I adore him for his a good speaker, a very bright young man. He is very well versed to almost anything. I was so very glad to see him in the closing program of the SSEAYAP and i made kulit to hubby that he should find ways that i can go near to my "kwash"....hahahaha! good thing people around Atty. Adel are hubby's friends.

We had a little chit chat. He is very accomodating and one thing more....he has a very good complexion....it is very obvious in the pic! napaka flawless! kakainggit..hahahaha! and of course! he smells good! yummy! hahahaha....ok enough.....!hahahaha....actually, hubby keep on teasing me that i looked like a 16 year old who have seen her crush " na hindi mapakali"......hehehe!

Sometimes its go…

more pics to come

Now, i am working to upload more pics from:

tala and mayumi's bday party at shakeystala's bday in schoolmayumi's bday in schoolsseayap activitiesand the very long overdue pics from preschool week...
Hopefully, if my time permits me i will be able to share it to you before the week ends.

TLFH PRESCHOOL SPORTSFEST

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Finally, i was able to upload our pics during my kids' sportsfest. You can view it here.

It was a rainy week so my kids were kinda sad thinking that their sportsfest will be postponed. Thank you kay HARING ARAW coz he somehow showed a little of him during the day, hehehehe. There were drizzles but we never felt it.....kids were asked to bring raincoats....rain or shine.....kids will surely play and will have some fun.......and we really had fun!

Finally!....

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....our panasonic viera was already mounted on the wall....hayyyy....after a long long pakiusap from hubby, he finally vowed to my request.....salamat naman...hahahaha!

Now, i am thinking of what to put in the tv stand to make an accent......or hubby wants to put a shelf above.......

old pics from SSEAYP

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These were the pics taken during the 2005 SSEAYP program.......




with bam aquinothe ship our foster daughters



Looking forward to having another worthwhile experience.....though we came from different countries the bottom line is.....we are all ASIAN! MABUHAY!

foster daughters

For the 2nd time, we will be joining again the SSEAYP ( SHIP FOR SOUTHEAST ASIAN YOUTH PROGRAM). This is a a cultural exchange program among the youth in the ASEAN member countries and Japan that seeks to promote goodwill and understanding. This is an opportunity for the PY (Participating Youth) to gain first hand experience on how it is to live in a typical ASEAN COUNTRY, in our case, FILIPINO home. The National Youth Commission is responsible in scouting prospective host families here in our country. Each family hosts 2 PY'S of the same gender.

Our first hosting was 2005 and we weren't able to join the 2006 and 2007 program coz of our busy sked. Our first foster daughters came from indonesia and brunei and we still communicate up to now. Since hubby and I are not that old, we were more of foster sisters than daughters........aneh who came from brunei even took time to visit us last 2006 when she made a coverage here.... and vira from indonesia, was able to meet up hubby whe…

Happy Birthday ading MAYUMI!

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Our second bundle of joy!

MAYUMI YSABELLA L. BARCENA

She now turns 6 fingers old!
A very smart, bright, caring and loving girl!

We love you so very much dear!

Who wants to be the next President.

i woke up so very early at 4:30 this morning and nothing much to do and can't go back to sleep, i opened my laptop and browsed for nothing.......i searched for my hubby's name and look what i've found here.......

Hahaha! i remembered this....it happened in the year 1996....when my hubby and I were still part of the Sangguniang Kabataan Days.

Pending tasks...

i need to work on:

Upload pics from Tala and Mayumi's recent school activitiesOur Tagaytay get awayMy birthday pics and kwentoTala and Mayumi's bday party pics at Shakeys
Haaayyyyyyy! hope i can do these things before December knocks on..........so busy as a bee now!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TALA!

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7 years old


3 years old


at 1 year old


tala at 1 week old

7 years have passed and when we (hubby and i) looked back
we didn't know that we can give a love like this.
Tala came to our lives planned and unplanned.
We were sure that we wanted to have a baby
yet we were unsured if we can raise a family.

When tala came to our lives
all our fears were laid to rest.

HAPPY 7TH BIRTHDAY OUR DEAR ATE TALA!
TATAY, NANAY AND YOUR ADING MAYUMI LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH!



a year older

I am a year older today. I thank GOD for all the blessings HE is giving me. If you'd ask me what's the best gift i received......It is seeing my mom who brought me in this world, still alive and around being a mother not just to me but to my whole family.........

This is our special day mom.....this is the birth of our bonding as mother and daughter and I THANK YOU for the unconditional love you have showered me and i am giving it back to my family.

Thank you also to my hubby, who is very supportive, who opened my mind that loving one another is not enough but rather giving me the feeling of family is the best in raising this family. I love you tay!

To my 2 daughters.....tala and mayumi, I ( WE pala as hubby does not want to me to monopolize it) LOVE YOU!.....you have thought me a lot of things in life......you fill the part that completes me.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!!

Friendship Flower

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Thanks Cee!
This tag is all about “FRIENDSHIP OFFERING” to someone whom you know, to someone whom you already knew or will know in the future, globally.

::: Start copying here:::

Here are the rules for this Tag:

1.) Copy the badge and put it on your Blog.
2.) Link back with whoever passed you this Tag.
3.) Spread this Tag to at least 7 or more Bloggers who you think you are friends with.

”And lovely are the blossoms
That are tended with great care,
By those who work unselfishly
To make the place more fair.

And like the garden blossoms,
Friendship’s flower grows more sweet
When watched and tended carefully
By those we know and meet.
And if the seed of Friendship
Is planted deep and true
And watched with understanding,
Friendship’s flower will bloom for you. “

Passing this on to Lingz, ethel, emotera, jane

Birthday update 2

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Went to Megatrade Hall late this afternoon and found these cute little bears for only 3 for P100!
These bears will be my kids' birthday souvenirs.......very timely that i decided to go there coz i have been thinking if i need to provide souvenirs since Shakey's will be providing lootbags for the kids......good thing also that my hubby is in Tagaytay right now that i am very free to purchase these bears....walang kumontra! hahahahahaha

So, all set now for Tala's 7th bday and Yumi's 6th bday!

Birthday update

this been bothering me for days now and this morning as i was counting days left for my kids birthday, i asked hubby what will be our birthday plan for our 2 angels.......and the answer....

hubby decided to have a birthday party for ate tala since she will be turning 7! (yippppeeeeee!!!!! i am more excited than the bday girl, hahahaha)
they will still be having a small celebration in school ( ate tala on the 24th and mayumi this i have to check to her teacher, either on her day which is on the 26th or 2 days later, 28th)So, when hubby approved the bday party idea for ate tala....i immediately told them that i will be treating them for some pizza at blue wave ( but my real intention was......to go to mcdo and shakeys to inquire....sssshhhhhhhhhhhhh).

At bluewave, i asked hubby that we headed to shakey's to have some pizza. While we were there, i told himin a pacute way...."tay, inquire na kaya ako for the birthday party".....WOW! i think my hubby was in a good mood...no obje…

All Saints Day

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Christ Glorified in the Court of Heaven
Fra Angelico - 1428-30, Tempera on wood - National Gallery, London "The glorious company of the apostles praise Thee.
The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise Thee.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise Thee.
All Thy saints and elect with one voice do acknowledge Thee,
O Blessed Trinity, one God!"
-- Feast of All Saints (November 1), Antiphon at Lauds. from the Te DeumWe celebrate All Saints Day in memory of all the Martyrs who stood by Jesus, never gave up their christian faith even it means saving their lives.This day, let us pray for all"who have died and gone before us into the presence of the Lord".

friendship candle

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FRIENDSHIP CANDLE


From Cee with a message that says:

Don't let the Candle of Love, Hope and Friendship die. May God richly bless you as you keep this candle burning. Pass it on to all your Friends and to everyone you love.

I am passing this on to everyone...
Please feel free to snag this:)

trick or treat

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Our Homeowners Association organized a trick or treat or a Halloween Party for kids. I wasn't able to buy kids costumes for this event because i was hesitant buying princess's costumes, baka kasi they get bigger agad in a few days, sayang naman. So instead, i checked their cabinets and look what i've got for them....





ate tala wore this costume in her mary poppins play in school
and mayumi is wearing a black ballet dress and a skirt given by her mama jo.
You see, kids can enjoy halloweens even without those expensive costumes.
Just check their wardrobes and be innovative and creative.
By the way, I used KLUTZ face paints for ate tala. It was a pasalubong from Manang Dadet
when she arrived from Canada last July.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!

Manaoag

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falling in line to drop the thank you letters that the kids wrote

mayumi writing her thank you letter

way up to the back of Our Lady

lighted some candles for our family and friends
kids saying their prayers before Our Lady of Manaoag

Here are some of the pics i've took during our manaoag trip yesterday. You cannot find me in the pics because i feel awkward as i undergone some warts removal last tuesday and i still have this "polka dots on my face and neck"

Sembreak activities

Sembreak is just a day to go so i am busy with the kids' sembreak activities. Look at the following:


Oct. 24 - attend cousin's bday
Oct. 25 - will go to the 7th Kiddie Karnival Fair and Halloween Party at Edsa Shang
Oct. 26 - kids will set up the Christmas Tree and other decorations
Oct. 27 - kids will clean their dresser so we can share the clothes they no longer wear to others
Oct. 28 - go to Manaoag Church with family friends ( this i have to confirm)
Oct. 29- rest day as they will be tired for the long trip to Manaoag
Oct. 30- attend kids halloween party, sponsored by our homeowners association
Oct. 31- Nov. 1- family get away to tagaytay
Nov. 2 - visit my dad at Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina

November 3 is back to school day. I just hope with these activities my kids maintained the same enthusiasm to go back to BAHAY KWITIB!

Entrepreneurs' day

As part of the Preschool week at LITTLE FARM HOUSE, BAHAY KWITIB, preschoolers had this "Entrepreneurs' Day". My 2 kids enjoyed this activity, first they have to deposit and withdraw to KWITIB BANK then they are free to choose how they are going to spend their money.....classrooms were transformed to KWITIB MART (groceries), KWITIB MOVIE HOUSE, KWITIB PET SHOPS, FOOD SHOP, BOOK STORE and they also have a BK COMMUNITY RADIO.

MY kids really had a blast! They loved the KWITIB MART, they were able to buy their own goodies, tala bought yakult, hunts pork and beans and jelly ace lychees. Mayumi bought her own yakult, oreo and jelly ace lychees too. They loved roaming around the mart with the little push cart....falling in line to pay, and using their recycable market bags. Then they went to the food shop, ordered halo-halo and pizza.....ate with their friends and they proceed to the movie house.....they again fall in line to get their movie ticket, bought popcorns.....after the…

no rice policy

I am happy to say that i managed not to eat rice for 1 week. I started this endeavor (hahahaha!) last October 13.......i silently and voluntarily promised myself to lose weight. YES! i am doing this not for anybody but for MY OWN GOOD!

I used to weigh, 110lbs when i got pregnant to our 1st baby (2001), i weighed 138lbs, when i gave birth i stayed at 140lbs....after a few months of giving birth, i got pregnant again (oh yes!)..november 26, 2002 i gave birth for the 2nd time.......and i weighed 168lbs...imagine how big i am....i was so tired of loosing weight...my usual reason was...."I JUST GAVE BIRTH"...until i realised that it was almost 6 years......i hope it is not too late.

To date, i am convinced that i need to lose weight not to slim down,not to be beautiful BUT more than that....i need to lose weight to be healthy and fit......not for anybody but for myself.

One thing i've learned.....If you want it, you can do it!

seat sale no more!

My good friend and kumare, jen, called me last night asking if i wanted to go to singapore because there's a seat sale at tiger airways.....since i promised myself that i will be back in that city.....i immediately asked permission from hubby....good thing, he allowed me.

When we are making our bookings this morning, we were surprised.....as i hit "continue" there was a change in the fare! huh! from 97.18 usd to 136.58 usd.....huh! i thought there was a hidden charges....So i refreshed the page and book again and to my surprise.....NO MORE SEAT SALE

I just need a few more seconds to confirm my bookings and then....hayyyy life talaga!

So we decided to wait for another seat sale....i have to check cebu pacific's promo instead.

Preschool Week

Yesterday was the start of my kids school activities. It is their PreSchool Week. Ate tala was needed in school at 7:15am! whoa! imagine that, i need to wake her up at 6:15......Anyway, she woke up at 6:30, ate breakfast in an instant, took a bath and we headed to school at around 7...yes...we were on the dot!

I was thinking why they need to be in school at 7:15 while the official time for the activities will start at 8:30am....so my query was answered and feel so proud not just for my daughter tala but for the whole preschoolers......they performed for the assembly time of the grade school and highschool department....preschoolers led the morning prayers......the National Anthem...the panunumpa sa Watawat ng Pilipinas.....and some preschoolers were asked what they want to be when they grow up.....i laughed to one scenario wherein a kid said that she wants to be a doctor and the following kid said....."when i grow up, i want to be a....hmmm FAMOUS DOCTOR!".....everybody reall…

"Wifi Ready"

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Our home is now wifi ready.....now i can browse the net, blog anytime
and anywhere.....within our home.....hahahahaha!

Missing you

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I am missing my hubby now....he attended a 4 day seminar in Palawan and when he comes back on Friday, he will be leaving again and will be gone for 3 days. He was invited as a resource speaker of PATS.

Anyway, he made the dates, October 20, 23 and 24 free for tala and yumi's school activities.

And we are both looking forward for our "hubby and wife" getaway....... very very soon!







PreSchool Week

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Next week will be a busy week for my kids and us too . Several activities are lined up for them...

Monday, October 24 - WANNA BE FASHION DAY

Each preschool child will come in his/her special costume, that shows what he/she wants to be in the future.....and take note of this, costumes should be handmade and comes from a recycled and environment friendly materials......hohummmm.....a time to show our resourcefulness and creativeness and all the nesssessss....hahahaha!

Tala will be wearing a zoo keeper outfit, oh yes! she wants to be a zoo keeper when she grows up. Mayumi on the other hand wants to be a doctor!...so, i am now busy thinking of possible materials that we can use......any idea anyone? please feel free to leave a message and i will gladly accept your ideas....thanks in advance.

Aside from their wanna be fashion show, there will also be a storytelling ( oh, i would love to join this!) and puppet show.

Tuesday and Wednesday are regular school days for them.

Thursday, October 23 wil…

"KaMaYaN"

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Sunday/October 10, 2008: We woke up late so we decided to have lunch at home and go to church in the afternoon. Hubby said that I could stay in our room and take some more rest and he will take care of our lunch. At around 12:30 I heard them shout, "Nanay, kakain na!" I went down and hubby told me we will eat outside, we are going to teach them how to eat by hands....They keep on asking where are the plates, spoons and fork, why should we eat this way.......etc...etc...ate tala even asked, are we poor nanay, can you still buy as toys?....hahahaha! So hearing those words hubby and I made some KAMAYAN SESSION with them...Look at our pics! eyes were puzzled BUT yes! they enjoyed it and had some fun too!






solar system, skeletal and reproductive system

...these are some of the topics in today's culminating activity of my kids (by the way, their school is Little Farm House, preschool dept of HEDCEN)...Hubby and I take turns in watching them, we shift from 1 classroom to another as we dont want to miss them perform. It is so amazing to see kids talk about our human body...i salute to the teachers who keep on stimulating children's mind!....very creative, very informative!

Mayumi is in level ll and they showed how great they are as they talk about the beautiful family of the Solar System! Every child was given a chance to represent a member of the solar system, Mayumi was assigned as Venus, the hottest planet! My husband asked me to go to mayumi's room...he literally pushed me....and when i enter the room, there will be a question and answer pala, a tandem of 1 parent and his/her kid! kaya pala! grabe talaga pinasubo ako!.....so thankful that mayumi was able to answer the question ng walang kahirap-hirap....hahaha!..

teacher:…

Lasap Pinoie...

For those of you who lives in ANTIPOLO...please try to visit our Eatery....LASAP PINOIE....try our sizzling sizzlers and our zesty tapsis for a very affordable price.....other products are short orders and bilao of pancit of any kind!....must try is our BULALO! so yummy!...

Lasap Pinoie is located along Martinez St. cor Masangkay, Brgy. San Roque near the fx terminal and Dimasalang Park....

WE also deliver....just dial 381-88-87!

birthdays...

Ate tala and mayumi's birthday are coming up.....I am hoping that i get rid of my feeling to celebrate ate tala's 7th birthday with a party since she asked us that a simple celebration in her school is enough for her....But i am really thinking otherwise since it is a tradition in our family that when a child turns 7 it should be a big party.....hayyyyyyy!

Hubby and I agreed that we follow what our kids want...so, i should settle for ate tala's decision. Anyway, last night i went to Cakes by Rea, it is a local bakeshop here in Antipolo and I already inquired...I will be taking tala and mayumi there probably on Sunday so they can choose their own cake....I just hope they will choose the one I eyed! (oh! i am really a mother now...acting like mother knows best! hahahahaha).

On Saturday, my kids and I will be working their party invites.....using different cut out shapes surely they will enjoy!......

Next on my list is to decide what will be their give-aways....no more candies p…

header

hmmmm.....i want to change my header......from compiled to MY WIDENING WORLD!....after a long talk with hubby with regards to his recent development and very complicated (should i say promotion?).....i feel that my world grows wider.......

Should i change my header or not?....or should i make another site?...hmmmmm....one thing is for sure......I WANT A WIDE WORLD!

I am

waiting for my kids to arrive from school then we will be heading to loyola...i ordered pancit bihon and pancit canton, lumpiang shanghai for our baon.......we will just drop by at pan de americana to buy pan de sal....yummy! ....these are my dad's fave foods!

it's good that the weather is cooperating....wow! biglang the sun is shining oh so brightly! hahahaha!.....

remembering daddy

Today is my dad's birthday!

Later this afternoon, we will be visiting daddy....he's laid to rest at loyola marikina.
We've been longing for him physically for 22 years already...but we have lived as if he was always at our side...daddy's presence is always felt.....be it during our low times or happy times......no! we dont smell flowers or candles........but there is always a big butterfly roaming around us and that's how we feel him.....i remember daddy's words to mom....."mommy, pag nawala na ako at may nakita kayong mariposa (big butterfly), ako yun ha, wag nyo tatabuyin, pangako ko babantayan ko kayo"......and during my dad's burial a mariposa was found inside mom's room....

And true to his promise, when my sister and her family left for australia and mommy was so sad, a mariposa was found again inside her room.......

Daddy, happy birthday! you know how much we missed you......we love you so much!

Party prep

blog hopping is what i do for the past weeks......i am not in my usual mood to blog the happenings in my everyday life...until i read the post of tet ( permission to mention your name sis! hehehehe) about her party planning for her son....then i realised that only a month away is left for our BDAY MONTH.....me and my 2 kids are all november girl! i was born on the 21st, tala ( my eldest) on the 24th and mayumi ( my bunso) on the 26th......

Tala will be turning 7....we were thinking to give her a big party but she told her tatay last night that she just want to have a small party in her school.....wow bait ni ate tala ko!.....but she requested us that she wants a beautiful, big cake.......so, i just need to set an appointment with her teacher to discuss tala's bday celebration in school....

with regards to mayumi, this little girl wants a party.....huhummmmm...so let us see.....mcdo or burger king are my choices.....but my hubby was thinking otherwise....he wants to spend the party …

Why do we Need Friends....

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Why do we need Friends?

Thanks Cee! I got this tag very timely.....my sister and her family left for Australia for good and i was kinda sad thinking that i am going to miss not just a sister but a friend too!.......Salamat talaga Cee.....




We need Friends for many reasons,
all throughout the season.
We need Friends to comfort us when we are sad,
and to have fun with us when we are glad.
We need Friends to give us good advice,
We need someone we can count on,
and treat us nice.
We need Friends to remember us
one we have passed sharing memories
that will always last.

Spread the Poem of Friendship. 1. Everyday Life 2. Words of Love 3. Sheng's Simple Thoughts . . . 4. good thoughts, good trades 5. Ours and Our Kids 6. Jengspeaks 7. Jacque 8. Snippets of My Mind 9.Melisse's Domain 10.Seize The Day 11. Living A' La Mode 12. compiled13. YOU Please feel free to grab this.........

so sad

My sister and her family left for Australia a few hours ago (sept 5, 1030pm). I cannot explain the sadness i am feeling but i feel more sadder seeing my mom in her not so usual attitude.....my mom is very very talkative but right now, she is always in deep thought......silence is what she wants........ohhhhh.....i hope i can manage to lift my mom's spirit...

til my next post guys!

Linggo ng Wika

i woke up early today though i dont have a toddler class, i am excited because today is the Pistahan sa Preschool culmitinating activity of my 2 girls in celebration of the Linggo ng Wika. My kids wont tell me what they will do because it will be a surprise, but i heard them last night as they were making kwentos of their presentation. Ate tala is practicing a line so i think their presentation will be a short play while ading mayumi is busy with some turns....she is going to dance!

Oh! can'twait to see them perform in their filipiniana costume.

Will post pics tonight. In the meantime, we gotta get going as their assembly time will be at 9am!

Have a great Friday everyone!

My Hands

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I saw this cute poem inside mayumi's classroom and i want to share this to every mom out there.........:)

Sometimes you get discouraged
because I am so small and always leave my fingerprints On furniture and walls.

But everyday I'm growing... I will be grown up someday, And all those tiny handprints will surely fade away.

So here's a final handprint Just so you can recall Exactly how my fingers looked when i was very small.






mayumi's work

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look at my ading mayumi's work mayumi as a lap baby, toddler and as a pre schooler

our family :)

Now, let's talk about...

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our digestive system....here it goes... The teeth in my mouth bite and chew, bite and chew bite and chew all day long

The food goes into my mouth down the esophagus turn in my stomach slide down the intestine out as urine and feces






Simple and wonderful isn't it?

Reproductive System

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I was once a tiny cell, coming from my mommy You call this a pretty egg waiting for the sperm hahaha, hohoho mommy dear i love you so hahaha, hohoho daddy dear i love you so I was once a tiny cell coming from my daddy You call this a handsome sperm wriggling all the time hahaha, hohoho daddy dear i love you so hahaha, hohoho mommy dear i love you so I was once a tiny cell coming from my parents You call this a zygote in my mommy's uterus hahaha, hohoho mommy dear i love you so hahaha, hohoho daddy dear i love you so


my zygote now sings......hehehehe

see, they know how a sperm wriggles
mommy , daddy dear i love you so