Woody the Explorer

Yui’s cousins gave her a Woody cowboy doll which she just L.O.V.E. It wasn’t really planned but during the past summer, we brought “him” along in all our trips and then sort of had his own photo shoots whenever we go. This long weekend, we’re going back to the Coffee Farmhouse and we’re bringing Woody again. This time, we’re going with the cousins that gave the doll and they’ll see how much that doll brought so much joy to their little cousin Yui 🙂

Woody at The Coffee Farmhouse, April 2011.

Woody at The Coffee Farmhouse Woody at The Coffee Farmhouse

Woody at Tagaytay, May 2011

Woody at Tagaytay

Woody at White Sands Resort Mactan, Cebu, May 2011

Woody at Cebu Woody at Cebu

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Tuna Pizza

We try to give healthy food to Yui and banned junk foods from the house (we allow her a few whenever there are out of town trips though). It’s a good thing that Yui eats vegetables and fruits so food fights are not usual in the household. It can be quite challenging to find healthy snacks though. We normally rely on butter cookies, sky flakes and cereals such as Koko Krunch, Honey Stars and Milo. But would sometimes make snacks ourselves.

This Tuna Pizza is simple enough to make and is also loaded with vitamins and minerals.

Tuna Pizza

Tuna Pizza Recipe

Store-bought Pizza dough

1 can Century Tuna flakes in oil, drained

1 small red bell pepper, julienned

1 small onion, sliced

1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

1 small pouch of Quick-easy sweet pizza sauce

Instructions:

1. Pre-heat oven.

2. Prepare the toppings in the pizza dough, put in pizza sauce, tuna flakes, onions, bell pepper and top with cheese.

3. Bake for about 10 – 15 minutes until crust is crisp.

4. Enjoy!

Yui the Mischievous Tot

Now I can really understand the term “terrible twos”. Everyday is a tiring but fun experience thanks to our very energetic tot. Yui can be funny, naughty,  noisy one moment (she got it from me) and a cranky, impatient, noisy girl the next (she got it from her daddy haha!) Nonetheless, she seems to be always noisy! :p

Despite all the hair-pulling and exasperation, I’m still thankful that we are blessed with a healthy and beautiful child. We always have very funny moments with Yui  even though she drives us nuts sometimes. Here are some of the recent highlights in our household:

  • She can climb up the stairs really fast. You only have a second to react and the next thing you know, she’s already on top of the stairs.
  • Whenever we catch her at the bottom of the stairs though, she would just sit there and say that she’s just resting. Daming palusot!
  • She would eventually sit quietly in a corner and our discussion will go like this:
Yui: Me rest here. I’m tired.
Mommy: Why are you tired? What did you do?
Yui: Watch TV. Play toys. *sighs heavily*
Mommy (in my head): Wow ha, nakakapagod nga yan!
  • She loves to tease us every time.
Scene 1:
Grandma: Yui, please share your cupcake with grandma
Yui: Mommy, want some? (shoving the cupcake to me)
Mommy: share with grandma
Yui: Daddy, you want some?
Yui: Kuya Duke, you want some?
So she shares it with everybody but grandma
Scene 2:
Grandpa: Bye Yui!
Yui: Bye Kuya Duke! Bye grandma!
Says goodbye to everyone but grandpa. LOL! Then she would look sideways to her grandpa with a mischievous smile on her face.
She’s one naughty girl but her mischief only makes the house happier. 🙂

Learning Style

It’s amazing how we can always apply what we learn from work to our family life. Tools that you think are only useful for estimating budget deliverables can actually be used for household budgeting as well. And the people skills that I learn from my trainings can be applied to my family too.

Recently I’ve attended a seminar conducted by NLP practitioners where we were taught how to effectively communicate with our team, taking into consideration the different personalities and styles each member has. I’ve learned that people can be visual, feeler and auditory and that results that we get from them depends on how we use words that are connected with their styles. It was such a useful seminar that trying it with my team was a fun learning activity. We even taught them how to read a certain person’s communication style. It helped develop how we interact and communicate with our team.

Imagine then my amusement when I saw an article about Determining your child’s learning style. The article discusses how children have different styles of learning and processing the information depends on how they best grasp it. When I saw that children can be visual learners, auditory learners and physical learners, I was just amazed at the similarity of our communication style at work. Understanding my child’s learning style can really benefit us in terms of how we teach her.

If you’ll mention an animal to her, Yui would tell you how it sounds instead of how it looks like. Yui can now sing the songs that they usually sing at the playgroup. I just sang “Rain, rain go away” to her last week and she can now sing it until “Little Yui wants to play”. I hum the theme song from a Disney Junior show and she would immediately tell me the lead character in it. Knowing that my child is an auditory learner helps me to teach her better. I know that I can have more impact if I sing to her than show her some pictures. It might change into something else soon but for now, it is a great start. 🙂

Enjoying Eastwood

I’ve never been so in love of my office location until now. Granted the GT Tower was probably the most “sosyal” building and was just a 20-minute walk from Glorietta and that Cybergate 3 was only a few steps from the MRT but Eastwood just feels the most homey and relaxed office I’ve been in. I can do more productive work here and the elevators are not as crappy as CG. It’s also a plus that hubby and I now go to work together and sometimes have dinner dates at the EW mall. But the best thing about the experience is that I can do a 30-45 minute brisk walking during lunch breaks. It feels good to walk about 1km during this short break in the day. I’m really enjoying this new office and hopes to be able to jog around the vicinity soon. 🙂