Thinking of You

Back in the days, mostly before Jovie was born, I used to talk about poo every so often. I think somebody even said (jokingly) that I probably had one of the most poo blog posts {::SMILES}. So today, just for old time sakes, I want to share this older but still happy news: Jovie is completely potty trained. She did her first toilet poo on July 24th. She cried each time she wanted to go after that, for about a week and a half (or maybe more… it’s been about two weeks now since she’s been ok with the whole toilet experience… *sigh* I should have kept a better poo record, huh?), and a few times I gave in and put a diaper on, but after some creative persuasion, she now ask to poo in the toilet.

J: Mommy, I need to go poo
M: Ok, let’s go to the toilet.
(hops on and put hands on her chin — with her boney elbow on my arm, ouch!)
J: Mommy, look, I am happy (BIG cheesy smile to show that she’s happy) and I am not crying (another BIG cheesy smile).
M: Good job, baby girl! So proud of you. Now let’s focus and concentrate, ok?
J: (Focuses…) Mommy, I am done. Can I watch Peppa Pig now?
M: Yes you can!!
J: YEA!!!

If dad’s home

J: Daddy, daddy, I did it! I poo’d all by myself. I didn’t cry. I was happy, see (BIG cheesy smile again)? Now I can watch Peppa Pig!!
D: Good job, baby, keep it up!

See what happens when you deprive your children from watching TV? {::SMILES}.

So thank you iPad and Peppa Pig for helping my kid poo in the toilet!!

Oh, this post wouldn’t be complete without a photo of the toilet trained kid.


PS: Card created for Waltzing Mouse Sketch challenge using WM’s pretty stamps.



Lookie, lookie, a card!

I’ve been neglecting my craft room. Mostly because I need to do some major purging and I have not been motivated to do it. I should though. It’s feeling a bit crowded and I think it’s about time I part with my 2008 paper.

I’ve been feeling guilty about not scrapbooking as often as I used to. So many Jovie pictures I need to do and of course there’s still always something new with Emma to scrapbook about.

I can’t clean this coming week but after the 5th I should not have any lame excuse.

Card created using Waltzingmouse’s sketch and stamps.

Until next time!

And She Rides


Yesterday Emma figured out how to ride a bicycle.

I think I was about her age when I learned how to ride the bicycle. I learned on my own using a neighbor’s bike, an adult size bicycle, while holding on to that neighbor’s wire fence. I can’t remember how many times I fell, or how I managed, but after a lot of hard work, a few weeks of it I think, I learned how to ride the bike.

I remember the moment still too. I got onto the bicycle while holding on to the fence. Since it’s a wire fence, I was a bit wobbly, but I was ok. After a few adjustments I let go, peddled, and voila, I moved forward. Those first few real peddles were one of the happiest moments in my little life. Not only did I learn how to ride the bicycle, I did it myself.

The happiness didn’t last very long though. The few peddles were just that, few. And since I haven’t figured out how to stop, I jumped to the side of the bike, onto the grass, to stop. I couldn’t use my feet because I felt like I was too high up — remember, I was on an adult bicycle. I did get better, riding that is, but stopping was still the same, I jumped onto the grass and the bike would wobble forward until it crashed.

A friend of mine finally taught me how to stop properly. I was at her house soon after she got a new bicycle and guess who jumped off the bike to stop?


M had her daddy to help her. We didn’t get to teaching her until last year. Before the move we lived on a dirt road and we were both too tired to go back into town just for bike teaching. We did plan on teaching her two years ago but hubby was gone a lot that first year. I couldn’t do it since Jovie was still not walking. I didn’t want to put Jovie in a carrier while helping M. Last year Emma got herself a new bike but I think between the training wheels and that the bike was a tad bit too big for her, M didn’t progress. This year I told hubby that no matter what, M’s going to figure out how to ride the bicycle!

And she did! She’s grown into the bicycle and without the training wheels, Emma peddled on her own on the first go.

So proud of her and we can’t wait to do family bike rides!

Hope you like the card I posted too. I used Waltzingmouse’s sketch for the inspiration. You should play along too!!

The Piano

Good Morning

“Nothing is fun until you’re good at it” — Amy Chua

Every morning Emma would get up a few minutes early and on her own would practice the piano. Sometimes the morning would be fill with pretty tunes while other times it’d be filled with off notes and a frustrated 8-yrs-old. When the later happens I always have to come into the piano room and tell her to eat breakfast first and then revisit the piece again after she calms down. Nine out of ten that usually works and she’d come out of the room with a huge smile and an, “I DID IT!!!”

I love all of Emma’s activities. I love them because M chose them. I especially love piano though since it was one that I wanted to be good at when I was her age. I couldn’t take lessons back then since my parents couldn’t afford it (or the piano). I resorted to asking my aunts to teach me and whenever I could, at my grandpa’s house (a three hours drive), I’d practice. I learned a few songs this way. A few years later I did learn from a very good teacher but we still didn’t have a piano and Fur Elise was the last piece I did.

I still want to be decent at the piano. So now, when Jovie’s not bothering me, I’d practice the songs that M’s learning at her lessons.

Emma is very good with gymnastics. She might really have the natural talent for it but I have a better feeling about her musical talent. She’s been very quick with her reading and fingering, even her teacher is impress and rushing her along (with lots of homework), and I cannot wait to see what the end of the year will be like. She has this goal of playing a few Christmas songs at her school’s church program and I think she’ll do brilliantly!

I made the card above for Emma. I left the card that way on the piano. She was quite pleased this morning when she saw and read the note inside. I used Waltzingmouse’s stamps and sketch for this card. Just simple layers but I think the pattern paper and background stamping is making the card shine.

I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful weekend. It is GORGEOUS here today! The sun is out and if you’ve been in England the last month and a half, you know that this day is special!! Please sun, do stay awhile!!

Photographer’s WORST Annoyance


When something or SOMEBODY walks behind (or in front) of the (adorable) subject we want to photograph. I mean really? Did this person NOT see a lady with her big camera aiming at Jovie?!?!

Despite the disturbing photo above, I did get a few good ones of the girls. I’ll share those later. For now, I want to share this card that I made using Waltzingmouse’s sketch for this week.

Je t'aime

I’ll be back later with some pictures of us here in England. Even though it’s still raining almost everyday, we’ve been going out still and doing as much as we can with our time here.

Take care!