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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Remembering Our Veterans

This post has been  sitting in my draft folder  since August but I did not have the courage to post  it but since  Veteran's day is coming up, I am now publishing it.  After  my father-in-law died  in March,  we lost another  beloved veteran in our family. 

We might not  be related by blood but he certainly was a huge part of my little family.  Don and his wife Ruth were there  for us especially my kids  ever since we bought our first home in Park Avenue.  Don died  of  brain cancer.  He was diagnosed earlier this year and passed away in August.  He was a great man, he was like a true  grandpa to my kids and a father to me.  We loved him dearly.  He was a Vietnam veteran
The Fancher's have always been there  celebrating especial events and milestones of our kids.  Halloween, Christmas, Birthdays, and  even on ordinary days, they were always around.  He was our  constant companion in our regular walks during the summer.  It was a  huge shocked to us because he  was the most active guy we knew around the neighborhood.  A very social man who was a friend to everybody. 
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We had so many great memories with him and his wife.  There are two families that we are so close with when we still live in Park Avenue, we were always  together every time, my kids have events or special occasion.  He taught my kids so many things like  doing handstand, climbing up on their  shed roof, eating edible  grass, biking, and  so on and so forth.  I can  write a book if I list everything but yes, he will be surely missed. 
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This was the last time we all got together. These were taken in January of this year. We hosted a little birthday celebration for our son at our new home.

 The song below  is dedicated to all the men and women in uniform who are currently serving and for all of those who sacrificed a lot to serve our country. 

This post is  dedicated to all  the veterans, my husband included, his late  Dad and Uncle (WW2 veterans), our late neighbor Don,  and to all who served.  Thank you for your services and your sacrifices. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

The InStep Safari Swivel Wheel Double Jogging Stroller

The InStep Safari Swivel Wheel Double Jogging Stroller is the go-to stroller for the growing family. With weight and height limits designed to accommodate a newborn up to a 40," 50-pound child, you can't go wrong. Multi-directional maneuverability and the ability to lock the front wheel for smoother more controlled movement on uneven, rough surfaces makes this stroller a sturdy and reliable choice, not to mention its other features.

A stroller is a necessity for families with small children. Getting around becomes much easier with the addition of a good stroller. The question often becomes, "Which stroller is right for me and my children?" There are a myriad of different strollers to choose from these days, making finding the right stroller much more difficult. Often the only way to narrow your choices is to decide what features and benefits are most important to you during your decision-making process.

Large strong wheels that roll any direction and the ability to lock the front wheel make this stroller a choice pick. It's roomy storage compartments and ample space for drinks and snacks make it convenient. The fact that you can put little 6-month-old Christopher in the stroller beside your 3-year-old, make this stroller quite functional. Need to run to the grocery store for a few things? No problem, put your bags in the storage baskets beneath the seats. Just grabbed a couple of cold drinks and the paper? Store your drink in the handy cup holder and your paper in the parent organizer. Bumpy sidewalk ahead? Not a problem, just lock the front wheel and keep moving. This stroller is loaded with benefits that help the parent with small children and babies get around.

Key Features

*Tray with 2 cup holders
*Floating canopies (individual)
*Child tray (2 cup holders)
*12" front tire (molded rims/pneumatic)
*16" back tire (molded rims/pneumatic)
*steel frame
*locking front wheel
*Weight: 37 pounds
*Stroller dimensions: 49.0 x 32.25 x 40.0
*Child Height: up to 40"
*Child Weight: up to 50 pounds per seat
*Safety Harness (5-point)
*Storage basket (under seat)
*Car Seat compatibility (major brands)


Convenience, performance, and reliability are the benefits to be reaped by this very capable dual jogging stroller. Cup holders for both children and the adult make getting around with this stroller more functional. The children don't have to worry about holding cups in their laps and neither does mom. Both child and mom alike can enjoy a nice drink while strolling about. Back tires that move in any and every direction you can think of make pushing the stroller a wiz. A locking front wheel helps keep the stroller from veering off course when rolling over less even and smooth surfaces. Plus, the 5-point harness system will hold your little one's firmly in place during those bumpy rides. The steel frame serves as a strong structure for carrying both children and other items in the storage basket below the seats. The storage beneath the seats is another nifty perk, of course. This is truly a stroller that will grow with your little ones due to its ability to accommodate infants and small children up to 40" tall. This stroller will even accommodate those cornhole lights you've been eyeing.

About InStep

InStep has been around for 26 years and is a fitness stroller and bike trailer company. InStep has been a subdivision of Dorel Juvenile group since 2004 and is well known in the world of jogging/all terrain strollers. Safari is the most popular all-terrain stroller of the brand. Safari is noted for being an excellent jogging stroller as well as a good performer on a variety of different terrains. Most InStep strollers have a high 4 or 5-star rating. The Safari receives a 4 point star rating according to many web retailers when it comes to strength and economics. In addition, each model has the option of either a single or double stroller. Interestingly enough, Schwinn the bicycle company also carries strollers made by InStep. Both companies express dedication to producing a product that marries value to quality for active families.


The InStep is a stroller that will meet the needs of active, growing families for years, thus making it a good investment. It is an economical choice based upon the many features and benefits it delivers for parents, children, and infants collectively. Maneuverability, functionality, and convenience make this a solid choice if you are looking for a stroller to suit the needs of children of different ages and the parent as well. The only drawback mentioned in reviews was that the plastic molding on the tires was not that strong. All in all the cons were minimal compared to the many benefits of the InStep Safari Swivel Wheel Double Jogging Stroller.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Memorial Celebration Visit to my FIL

My FIL was laid to rest  at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery last March 18th.  This was the first Memorial day celebration that he wasn't around anymore so we  took the kids to visit him and other loved ones.  
We  put a small flag  for him but forgot to bring the flowers  to replace  the old one.  We will bring it to him  this Father's Day.  Losing  my FIL was abig loss for the family because he was a big part of us especially for my kids.  He was the only grandparent  by blood that they know here so it was a blessing that he was  involved  with them growing up.  They have great memories with their Pap.
Our son  even   did his  dance move so his Pap can see it.  I bet my FIL was smiling.  My FIL  used to always  laugh when watcvhing EJ, he thought that EJ is definitely a wild character lol.
I am glad that my kids  have gotten to t know their grandpa before he died.  He was a big part of their lives since they were born.  My Mom is on the other part of the world so  the only time they would see or hear her is when I talk to her or  video chat with her which is very seldom as the place where she lives have a very weak cellphone reception.  Even when I talk to my Mom, they can't talk to her because she doesn't speak English.  Sometimes they would tell her things and I would  interpret it to my Mom in our language..
We still talk about Dad  a lot.  My husband was with me when I was picking a Father's  Day card for him and he  told me that he saw a perfect one to give to his Dad but then realized that he is no longer around.  Slowly, we are trying to deal with the pain of losing him through remembering  the great memories he left upon us.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A Glimpse of my Family Back Home

I am happy that my youngest sister went to Bicol and got to see my Mom. She took a lot of pictures and I was able to see my Mom even just in photos. I was also able to talk to them for over an hour on the phone. I would have loved to video chat with them but the cellphone signal in the hotel where my sister was staying was very poor. They even have to go out the hotel for me to be able to connect with them.  

I am glad that my Mom is getting used to wearing her eyeglasses.  She used to suffer with massive headaches and  she couldn't figure out  what's causing it and finally we told her to go to the eye doctor and it  fixed the issue.  I feel so bad that we didn't   do that early on.  That's what  frustrate me for being so far away, I can't do things to help my  Mom that I would normally do  right away if I am there.  Living here on the other side of the world is tough especially when it comes to my Mom because I know  that she is in her age now where she  needs us.   My youngest sister   works in Manila now so  it's  also  difficult for her to see my Mom often  because of her work. My Mom told me some stuff about my brother that made me  upset.  The way they treat  my Mom is  unacceptable.  She is no slave to anybody so she doesn't have to do anything for them.  If raising them was not enough then what is.   I know that my Mom is a very loving and understanding person but  some of my siblings just  abuse that kindness  and it makes me mad.  She is now 64 years old and should be  enjoying her  age without  having to think of raising another kid but one of my sisters just don't have the capacity to be a responsible parent.   Sometimes, I  questioned her decision to  continuously help my siblings but I guess that is how a mother should be.  She would help her kids no matter the circumstance is.   Anyway, all I can do is to support her, after all she  raised me to be a responsible individual.  I miss and love her very ,much.  I wish she would agree for me to bring her here.
I found this video that made me miss   the place   where I grew up  in the Philippines.  It makes me happy but   feeling homesick.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Visiting Loved Ones at the Cemetery During #MothersDay

After attending mass at the church, we ate    dinner at Theo Yianni's, and then  we  proceeded to  the Chapel Hill Cemetery to visit   loved ones ( my husband's parents and two brothers.)  We usually visit my FIL  on special occasions when he was still around and this was the first time that we celebrated without him so we went to the cemetery to visit them.  
 I had to take my shoes off because it was   slushy and muddy due to the rain from previous days.
 I wish that I could have met my MIL but I wasn't able to come  before she passed.  I did talk to her on the phone when I was still in my country and she seemed really nice.
 It's sad to think that  my FIL won't be around anymore for my children's graduations and other occasion but  I hope that he would be looking down still.
I am thankful for the gift of  life, for my children, for my husband and for the good life we live here on earth.  I pray that I would still be around to witness  my  children's  different   stages in life and hope to see grandchildren in the future.  My prayer for Mother's Day is that, may the good Lord   blessed my children good health and may they  grow up to be good people and be successful in life.