Last weekend we had so much fun! We went for a short getaway and was really looking forward to fishing. We were not disappointed because all three of us caught some fish. It was my 5-yr old girl who caught fish first, she had a blue gill fish and later on, I caught a big-mouthed bass about 2.5 pounds!
Then my 8-year old followed, she caught 3 small size catfish after spending quite some time in the pond fishing by herself.
I was so tempted to cook it and put in the grill but Mike did not allow me to cook the fish because he wanted to wait until next year when the fish will double its size. But after that fish took the bait, it got loose with the hook still attached to its mouth which will likely cause him for his death.
OH well, nothing I could do but feeling satisfied for the first time I caught a really big fish. I was so happy and my kids were encouraged to continue fishing.
If you want complete peace of mind, absolute quiet and away from trouble, the country is a place to be. Here are some views I took when we visited Avery, Texas last weekend. We stayed for 2 nights at a friend’s house and enjoyed the surroundings and all.
In his front yard, are tall trees. His backyard is a wide and open field where the two small and medium-sized ponds are located. The road to get to the main highway is not paved or if it is, it is too thin that you can barely tell there’s a pavement there. I find it cool driving on a dirt road, something to admire the beauty of nature.
When it’s sun rise and sunset, you can clearly see the sun rays kissing your skin and oh just beautiful out there.
First photo below was taken at 6 in the afternoon. Background are trees awaiting Spring. Second photo is of the dirt road we took from his house to the main road. You can see the trees along the road how beautifully they are lined up that makes the travel so gorgeous.
Thirdly, is his front porch view.
Imagine living in the city where there are a million people in it and moving to a country like Avery and the population is only 482!
August 27, 2016 was a fun day for me and my friends. One of the Filipinas I hang out with in our area invited me and other ladies to have a road trip to Houston for a treat. Fiilipinos love Jollibee and the only Jollibee we have in Texas is in Houston.
We have made four stops while in Houston. The first stop was in Houston National Forest, there we found tall Pine trees and purple berries that I have never seen in Texas before. Second stop was Jollibee/Red Ribbon/Manila Mini Mart/Pugon de Manila. The highlight of the trip is to dine in at Jollibee, added bonus are the three other stores that are located in the same premises as Jollibee, so convenient for us.
The third stop was at Kemah Boardwalk. It is at least an hour away from Jolllibee but we had a driver whose feet can’t stay in one place. And advantage for all of us, not only we had a free ride/driver, we also got to feel the ocean breeze while at Kemah and exercised as well. It was one hot humid day but we didn’t mind it at all, we had too much fun to complain.
On our way back to Fort Worth, we stopped by Sam Houston visiting center where we saw and taken pictures of Sam Houston’s gigantic statue. “Sam Houston was an American politician and soldier, best known for his role in bringing Texas into the United States as a constituent state. His victory at the Battle of San Jacinto secured the independence of Texas from Mexico in one of the shortest decisive battles in modern history.”
It was exactly what I needed, to have fun, breathe some fresh air, hangout with people who laugh a lot, talk endlessly in our native language. If you have too much staycation in the house, all you could wish for is to get out for a day or two and that what happened last Saturday. I loved our trip and couldn’t ask for a better company these ladies in photos below.
Behind us is the main reason why we did not mind driving for 4 hours, because it is a treat!
The group of Filipinas in South side of Fort Worth including myself had our 2nd annual Spring Picnic in French Lake Drive in March 26, 2016. The weather that days was 77 degrees so perfect for our picnic. We had plenty of food for each of us had to bring 2-3 different type of meals, combined altogether equals a sumptuous lunch plus take home dishes!
I love this group of Filipinas because they are people I can hangout to laugh with, talk with, eat with and most of all be silly with. I am thankful I found them, two of whom are my neighbors because being with them somehow eases my homesickness.
I need that sense of being home by hanging out with these ladies not just for me but for our kids to play and have fun together once in a while. We all need that quick escape from house chores and work and chill a bit once in a while, you know?
As usual, I had a blast spending at least 6 hours of so much fun in the sun while also watching our kids play in the playground, run around, burning their energy and socializing with other friends’ kids. The group plan to continue this annual picnic in the next coming years as well as organize other outdoor activities pretty soon like camping out and or summer road trip down to Waco.
We shall see if these will push through…
…. a full table of food brought by the ladies and more desserts on the other table… people who passed by our table would look and amazed how much food we had….
One of my favorite things to do while being on Mike’s ranch last Spring break was the early morning dirt road hike/walk. Mike would walk his dog for two miles and I realized that I should join too which I did, actually my kids went with us too!
After having warm beverage, we head out to the small road for as long as we could walk. We walked 2 miles each morning and it seemed like I did not even do any walking for it was effortlessly enjoyable. I did not mind the chilly wind kissing our skin because there was plenty of beautiful things to see around like on the other side of the road are herds of cattle, twitting birds, vultures in the blue sky, rabbits crossing the road ahead of us, looking at deer tracks, waving at neighbors who passed by us, talking anything with Mike, watching sissy the dog hunting and running here and there… just things you wouldn’t normally enjoy in the city.
I am more convinced now that living in the country is much nicer than in the city. You got all kinds of activities you can’t do in the city and all the birds, wild animals and the vast land you can own for you to enjoy your quiet mornings to sit on the porch!
I love the country, there is no doubt about that. If my husband decides to move in the country someday, I would wholeheartedly come with him with no complain.
Of my over 9 years here in America, it was my first time to have attended a Pajama Party 3 days ago. Most parties I’ve been to were the typical parties wherein people get to dressed up in casual attire and everybody trying to look good.
The Red Pajama Party was held at a Spa retreat on Bryant Irvin road by a Filipina. It was the most interesting party I have ever attended and the best for me! Aside from a lot of foods, they actually have something interesting/educational kids craft and game activities for our little ones.
The highlight of the night was a Santa’s visit who appeared suddenly at the front door that made everybody excited and happy especially the kids. Of course, sitting on Santa’s lap and picture taking were not missed.
I love that there are party invitations closer to our home most of which are Filipino-American gatherings. It somehow eases my homesickness and the yearning to be with my family in the Philippines because these parties are attended by my friends or some people I know.
December and the entire summer are my worst months for homesickness but three upcoming parties to look forward to, that diverted my emotions to at least not feeling homesick! Thanks to those Filipinas for inviting me!
No matter where you live, if you are happy and like it there where you are, you will appreciate every little thing you see around you. And the more appreciative you are, the happier you get.
I grew up in a city island until I reached the age of 21 where going to the beach is not a problem for we are surrounded by beautiful beaches in Lapu-lapu. We can smell that fresh ocean breeze anytime we want.
When I moved here in Texas to be with my husband and build a family, I could no longer smell that ocean breeze for we are 6 hours drive away from the beach. But despite of that, I still feel fortunate. Albeit, we don’t live near the beach yet we have these super gorgeous Texas wildflowers with vibrant colors. These photos were taken in early Spring 2015 in Benbrook.
You tell me just by looking the photos below if you don’t fall in love with them? I don’t know what they are called but the last one in blue is called the bluebonnets which is the Texas national flower. Picking them is illegal so you just gotta enjoy or admire their beauty through your eyes and not with your hands.
Gladly, we can see beautiful wildflowers just a few miles drive from where we live. It is located adjacent to Benbrook lake and has a picnic area where you can enjoy your food, the pleasant temperature and at the same time gazing at the beauty of nature laid before your eyes.
Who would have thought that we can get more snow this late? We had some pretty good snow last week and I thought that was the first and last snow we will have this season, but obviously, I am wrong. White white surroundings greeted us when we woke up this morning which we did not expect at all.
I watched the news at 5 in the afternoon yesterday and only heard a sleet… it just always brings joy to our eyes and heart whenever we get some snow here in North Texas for it doesn’t happen every winter. This time, there is more snow than we had last week, awesome!
Photo below I took earlier with our friend, Olaf. He dropped by to give us some warm hugs hehe. Today has no school, therefore, it’s going to be a fun day for me and my girls. Letting them out to play the snow is like a treat to them. Snow is fun and beautiful if we don’t go driving somewhere!
Our winter is complete this year because we got snow twice and from here, I can say, I am ready to move on to the next season, Spring and see beautiful blooms in my front flower gardens.
I had so much fun hanging out with a new and my old time friends. Two of the girls were Sheryl and Rosalie are my friends more than 7 years here in Fort Worth, there are actually three of us, Annie and family weren’t able to come for she had to work. We used to hangout often back in our early years but then it had changed since Rosalie moved to Utah. We can only hang out when they fly over here. When they do, we make sure we sit down together to have dinner and chit chat just like the old times.
Their visit to Texas was a perfect timing to celebrate my firstborn’s 7th birthday. I invited them over to Chuck E. Cheese’s so the kids can do the rides and games in there. That weekend hangout went perfect as planned except that we didn’t get to dine in at Japanese Hibachi restaurant for they opened a little later than we anticipated.
The weather was gorgeous and the company was nice. All in all, it was just a total blast for all of us especially our children. Here a few snaps of our beautiful and healthy faces, haha! That meet up was what I needed, I so missed real face to face interaction with good friends, friends I am comfortable with and friends that I can be myself around them.
Left to Right: Piping and her two children, Rose and Allison, Myself and my firstborn, Sheryl and my husband and my second born on a beautiful day.
the three beautiful mommies and our FIL-AM beauties
… the originals!
Here’s a photo of me and my first born taken last Saturday at a neighbor’s house during a FIL-AM Christmas Party located just five blocks away from our house. It was a last minute invitation from one of our mutual friends and gladly I was available.
I only brought J with me, little M was too sick to come with us. It was nice to have attended the party, there were plenty of scrumptious food but the attendees were mostly Tagalog since the host of the party are Tagalog. There were just three of us who speak Bisaya. I didn’t talk much around them instead I was the listener most of the time. Most of the visitors I haven’t met before and didn’t want to talk about either so just stayed quiet the entire time, or if I did talk, just a bit.
You know I am in my most comfortable self when I am with people I know/have met before or with fellow Bisaya.
After the feast, we had an exchange gifts. Second photo shown below is what my first born got, a party serving set. I am happy of what she got, this is very useful during a small gathering or any occasion that requires me to display small servings on the table for my family to enjoy.
I didn’t expect that we can bring home this beautiful set for I didn’t put a prettier stuff for our gift. But anyway, what’s inside the box don’t matter much, what counts is we got to join the activity and got to meet new people.