2014-2015 School Year Begins

August 6th, 2014 No comments

The kids woke up at 6am and got ready for their first day of school!  They were both very excited to see friends at school and anxious to see what this school year brings.

First day of Middle School in 5th grade

First day of Middle School in 5th grade

Ready for Kindergarten

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Twin nieces are born

August 1st, 2014 No comments

In December my sister informed me that she was expecting a baby at the beginning of August.  Then a week later she found out that she was carrying TWINS!

On July 16 my sister gave birth to two healthy little girls

On July 16 my sister gave birth to two healthy little girls 

Ruby Nilalei (first born) weighed in at 5 pounds and 6 ounces and 18 inches

Ruby Nilalei (baby #1) weighed in at 5 pounds 6 ounces and 18 inches

Goldyn Makana (baby #2) weighed in at 6 pounds 8 ounces and 19.5 inches

Goldyn Makana (baby #2) weighed in at 6 pounds 8 ounces and 19.5 inches

Ruby & Goldyn at 2 weeks old.  Now my parents have 12 grandchildren with 6 girls and 6 boys..with 4 of them being twins

Ruby & Goldyn at 2 weeks old. Now my parents have 12 grandchildren with 6 girls and 6 boys…4 of them being twins

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Blake has arrived

July 26th, 2014 2 comments

After years of not being able to get pregnant we decided to do “In Vitro Fertilization” . It wasn’t something I thought we would do in the Philippines, until we found Kato Repro Biotech Center. Kato was very professional and high-tech — overall we were very impressed. Our first appointment with them was in August and the last appointment was in December. Everything was really easy for us without any complications and we were successful on the first attempt (the doctor had quoted a 33% chance of success in our case). It was a great experience and the final result was our baby boy Blake!

Blake arrived at 4:10am on June 26 and weighed in at 7 pounds 13 ounces and 20 3/4 inches long

Blake arrived at 4:10am on June 26 and weighed in at 7 pounds 13 ounces and 20 3/4 inches long

My sister was at the hospital with us until 4am when she then had to leave to catch her flight back to USA...she missed meeting her new nephew by 10 minutes!

My sister was at the hospital with us until 4am when she then had to leave to catch her flight back to USA…she missed meeting her new nephew by 10 minutes!

Although we had been up for nearly 24 hours, we were so happy to meet our new son

Although we had been up for nearly 24 hours, we were so happy to meet our new son

Just over 36 hours old and we are ready to go home

Just over 36 hours old and we are ready to go home

Kalani and Mason couldn't wait to go to the hospital to meet Blake and hold him

Kalani and Mason couldn’t wait to go to the hospital to meet Blake and hold him

Now we have the 3 Amigos!

Now we have the 3 Amigos!

They may not grow up to look alike, but they start off as newborns looking like siblings

They may not grow up to look alike, but they start off as newborns looking like siblings (From left to right: Kalani, Mason, Blake)

Blake is now 1month old

Blake is now 1month old weighing in at 10 pounds 3.5 ounces and 22 inches

More photos of Blake here.


4th grade done…now on to middle school

June 6th, 2014 No comments

Kalani is now into middle school!  She had a wonderful time at the elementary school at International School Manila.  She was able to participate in music, art, PE, computers, etc. during the school day.  She also had after school activities throughout the year of circus skills, painting & drawing, Minecraft, gymnastics and “Children’s Music Theater.”  Elementary school also has “Sports Day” and also “International Day” for all of the kids to participate in.  She has made wonderful friends through school and is looking forward to advancing to middle school.

Crazy Hair Day

Crazy Hair Day

Gymnastics unit performance for PE

Gymnastics unit performance for PE

Learning about fractions

Learning about fractions

Children's Musical Theater is only for 4th graders.  Kalani got to be one of the narrators for the play "Ibong Adarna"

Children’s Musical Theater is only for 4th graders. Kalani got to be one of the narrators for the play “Ibong Adarna”

Sports Day for pre-school to 4th grade

Sports Day for pre-school to 4th grade…everyone wearing a custom made class T-shirt

The field is all set-up for the kids to run around, play as a team and have fun

The field is all set-up for the kids to run around, play as a team and have fun

Working together to get out of the human knot

Working together to get out of the human knot

She is pretty good at stilts

She is pretty good at stilts

Having fun cooling off with her classmates

Having fun cooling off with her classmates

Ready for swimming relays

Ready for swimming relays

Kalani with some of her classmates

Kalani with some of her classmates

Over 80 countries were represented in the elementary school this school year

Over 80 countries were represented in the elementary school this school year

Kalani had a fabulous teacher from Ireland for 4th grade and had wonderful classmates...here on International Day.

Kalani had a fabulous teacher from Ireland for 4th grade and had wonderful classmates. Here they are on International Day.

The "Pink Panthers" have now moved on from 4th grade to Middle School!

The “Pink Panthers” have now moved on from 4th grade to Middle School!


Vacation – Brunei

May 29th, 2014 No comments

The last country we visited during spring break was Brunei. We were excited to visit this country since the only cousins from the Philippines that we had not met yet live in Brunei and we were anxious to meet them. Matt booked us a wonderful tour guide through ViatorEsjay was a great fit for our family and easy to work with, and without her I don’t know how we would have gotten around since there are NO taxis in Brunei. We only had 2.5 days in Brunei and at first the kids were done traveling, but they had a wonderful time meeting our cousins and seeing the sites of Brunei.

Day 1

Our flight arrived in Brunei around midnight from Manila

Our flight arrived in Brunei around midnight from Manila

We spent our first afternoon swimming with our cousins at the Radisson Hotel pool

We spent our first afternoon swimming with our cousins at the Radisson Hotel pool

Royal Regalia Museum you can see things that the Sultan has used like this chariot that is about 50 years old

Royal Regalia Museum, where you can see things that the Sultan has used; like this chariot that is about 50 years old

Brunei has proboscis monkeys in the wild; along with other animals that we were fortunate enough to see

Brunei has proboscis monkeys in the wild; along with other animals that we were fortunate enough to see

We visited a water village that we had to take a "water taxi" to reach. There was a home that was open to tourist and it was interesting to see how people live at this water village

We visited a water village that we had to take a “water taxi” to reach. There was a home that was open to tourists and it was interesting to see how people live at this water village

From the water village we took a boat to try to find some wild animals. Our bout driver spotted this crocodile

From the water village we took a boat to try to find some wild animals. Our boat driver spotted this crocodile.

We also found these monkeys near the water edge. We also found proboscis monkeys and a lizard, but they were too far for a clear photo

We also found these monkeys near the water edge. We also found proboscis monkeys and a lizard, but they were too far for a clear photo.

Esjay, our tour guide, was well prepared and brought along binoculars that Mason loved using

Esjay, our tour guide, was well prepared and brought along binoculars that Mason loved using

 Day 2

We also got to tour around the Mosque that the current Sultan had built. It caught me a bit off guard when the men wouldn't even acknowledge me or the kids while there

We also got to tour around a Mosque that the current Sultan had built. It caught me a bit off guard when the men wouldn’t even acknowledge me or the kids while there.

In order to tour the mosque we had to dress appropriately and remove our shoes

In order to tour the mosque we had to dress appropriately and remove our shoes

Our tour guide drove us around Brunei and told us how the country/government functions. This is a government built home.

Our tour guide drove us around Brunei and told us how the country/government functions. This is a subsidized government home.

At the Marco Polo Club there is an elephant kept there. We were told that the elephant belongs to the Sultan's sister.

At the Polo Club there is an elephant kept there. We were told that the elephant belongs to the Sultan’s sister.

Our last night we stayed at the Empire Resort and it was spectacular. The kids didn't want to leave.

Our last night we stayed at the Empire Resort and it was spectacular. The kids didn’t want to leave.

Matt took Kalani kayaking for the first time in one of the pools of the Empire while Mason and I hung out at the kids pool/playground.

Matt took Kalani kayaking for the first time in one of the pools of the Empire while Mason and I hung out at the kids pool/playground.

Our family in Brunei stayed with us at the airport while we waited to board our plane. We LOVED being with them and getting to know them better...Family is what it is all about

Our family in Brunei stayed with us at the airport while we waited to board our plane. We LOVED being with them and getting to know them better…Family is what it’s all about!

More photos of Brunei here.