Super Bowl 2019 Vlog

 

Omg!! I haven’t posted in so long. I’m so sorry! I’ve taken a break and very focused on getting into the nursing program here. I will update you with everything very soon!

 

Anyway this post is about our Super Bowl party LA Rams VS New England Patriots. Yes, I know we lost! I was devastated, but I’ve moved on from the defeat of my team. I think Rams getting into Super Bowl is a great achievement over-all. I love supporting my city no matter what.

 

I feel like people in LA still haven’t realized that we have a football team now. Some people here didn’t care much about the game. I guess it will take a while to build the fans base for the Rams.

 

We had a good time watching the game with family and friends. I hope next year LA Rams will win!

 

xoxo, Arianne 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Living in Fear?

 

Today is the perfect day for a birthday party. The weather couldn’t be better here in Elysian Park, Los Angeles. Scarlett’s classmate Yair turned 7 years old today. The cake taste like heaven and the bouncy house is such a big hit. Everyone is so happy.

As I look at my family through my camera lens, I can’t stop but to think of our safety. Mass shootings in this country is so common now a days. It can happen anywhere to anybody. How do you protect your family from all these danger? How did we end up being in this situation, where we live in fear?

 

tell your kids the truth

Growing up in the Philippines made me a strong person. I have seen some horrific things a kid should never have to see. Right around 12 years old through high-school, I had to commute to school. Public transportation in Manila is no joke. It’s very crowded, polluted and yes, it rains a lot there as well. I have a memory of me coming home from school riding a tricycle; It was a sunny day, my ride was moving really slow as it enters our gated community. Then, I saw bunch of people staring at something. My tricycle came closer to the scene and I saw a dead body laying in a puddle of blood. The person was shot by our security guard for stealing. (sorry for the graphic detail)

Anyways, that was just one of the bad things I’ve experienced as a kid. There were other things I’ve seen that made me realized life is no fairy tale. I grew up not being a scared kid, instead I was more aware of my surroundings type of kid.

Here in the USA our kids are more innocent. They go to school and come back home after school. They don’t commute to school or left alone with no adult supervision, which is how we keep them safe. However, our kids live in a bubble, where they don’t get to see what is really happening outside of their world.

Let your kids watch the news with you. Explain to them that all the things they see in the news are really happening. I find it more effective when I compare humans and animals. Here are my exact words to my kids;

“Animals live in the wild and get eaten or killed by bigger animals everyday. They always have to find ways to protect themselves to survive. It is the same thing with human beings. We live in a world, where there are bad and good people everywhere. We have to protect ourselves from bad people by staying away from them.”

 

what to do when an active shooter shows up

Planning is the key. Always be ready. Don’t be a “this will never happen to me” type of person. I tell my kids to find cover, look for the nearest exit away from the shooter and run as fast as possible.

We assess the place, wherever we go. Where is the exit? Where is the best place to be seating, if an active shooter shows up?

 

keep living life

Life is beautiful. The sky is beautiful. Your family is beautiful. I can’t express enough the good things we have in this world. While there are bad elements out there, there are more good in this world than bad.

 

what we can do

Fight for change. We can get back that feeling of safety in our communities by advocating for common-sense gun legislation.  We need to demand policy that will keep everyone’s kids and all of us safe. Join organizations fighting gun violence.

 

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Forces of Nature

       Spring-time in LA is truly amazing. Flowers are blooming, the beaches are so inviting, and spring dresses are everywhere. Paul decided to have an adventure day, and wanted to go to the beautiful Santa Monica beach. Despite the warning by our neighbor Sean, who mentioned that it will be windy and cold at the beach today, we still went for it.

        The door of our car opened and immediately felt the gushing wind from outside. “Wow! Sean is not kidding around, when he meant it’s going to be windy.”

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       Destination Annenberg Beach House is a little gem in Santa Monica, we all love. It’s the perfect place for families to go to because of its amenities. They have a swimming pool, playground, super clean restrooms, tables and chairs, restaurant around etc. Parking can be difficult, so the early the better. Luckily, Paul has the parking karma!

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Back on the Beach Cafe is a cute restaurant right next to Annenberg Beach House. Their fries and chicken tenders are good, but nothing special. The kids like them. Their food is a little bit on the pricey side for hotdogs and fries, but it’s because of its location. For the price of this cafe’s food, bringing your own food would be a smarter choice.

image 1     As we approached water, Clodagh kept pulling her pants down wanting to potty every 2 seconds. The stage of tantrums is still going for my 3-year-old daughter. Sometimes it makes me wonder, does she really needs to go potty or it’s her way to get attention from mommy and daddy?

image4.jpgimage3      While Clodagh is not having an enjoyable time, Jax ‘the baby’ is loving it. He feels finally out of his cage. For the very first time, Jax gets to experience being at the beach – sand, water, warm sunlight on his face and kids everywhere to play with.  The same thing for Scarlett – the big beach girl!

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   When you stare at the ocean, do you ever get sunk in its beauty and power? Knowing underneath the dream is a deep risky water-world , and its capability of washing away a whole city. How can something so beautiful so dangerous?

    The ultimate goal is to make our kids happy, even though we have to endure the exhausting tantrums and constant demands. My husband and I, have accomplished our duty today of seeing smiles, and tiring them out. In the end of the day, everybody will have a sense of contentment before they go to sleep, while mommy and daddy enjoy each other’s company — drinking wine and watching much needed television.

Should I have kids or not?

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Questions About Being a New Mother

    Is my life over? Will I be a good mother? Will my body go back to the way it was before pregnancy? How do I know that I’m ready to be a mother? These are some questions women are concerned about when they get pregnant. However, It was mostly excitement for me.

What’s it like to be pregnant and to give birth to your first baby?

      When I met my husband, I knew he was the one. He was and still is funny, crazy, talented and such an easy-going person. Our relationship moved quickly. Before you know it, I got pregnant – our very first baby together. Waiting for my baby to be born was torture. I kept counting days and felt extremely impatient to meet my very first child. Then the day has arrived when I got to hold my newborn child. Tears-of-joy poured out from my eyes. I have never felt so happy in my entire existence! I felt in-love; the kind of love I’ve never felt before. It was surreal, as if I was like dreaming. The smell of a newborn baby is amazingly sweet. I remember thinking of her like a puppy – a new pet, my new buddy and my one true precious, who I will always have in my life.

 

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Arianne and Scarlett – 10 months old

Reasons Why Couples Wait to Have Children

      The society we live in right now is leading us into having kids later in life. A lot of couples wait the utmost last-minute before having children. Why have children now, if we can spend our lives partying for another decade? Why settle and have a family, if I can barely take care of myself? Los Angeles is an expensive city to reside in, and so, being responsible for another human being’s life will be without a doubt, costly. Although, waiting to be financially established was the suitable thing to do at the time, my mindset was not in the same boat as other couples.

I watched my parents started from scratch into bringing us into private schools, to purchasing a home, and being able to afford college tuition. This made me learn that no one will ever be ready financially to have children. Most people are not financially stable in their 20’s or even 30’s. It takes time to build a career or a business. I told my husband Paul, “let’s grow together with our kids.” Children are wonderful addition to your family not a burden in your life.

It’s Better to Start Early Than Later

       Another reason it’s better to have kids earlier than later is because it’s quicker to lose the baby weight in your twenties rather than 30’s or 40’s. As you get older, your Metabolism moves slower. Metabolism is what converts the fuel in the food we eat into the energy needed to power everything we do, from moving to thinking to growing. Moreover, when you get older your muscle mass decreases, which slows down the rate at which you burn calories. For instance, my first baby was born when I was 26 years old. There was not a problem into getting back to pre-pregnancy weight. In a matter of 3 months, I was back to size zero. I did not go to the gym or changed my diet. However, giving birth to my third baby in my early 30’s gave me an extremely hard time to lose the excess weight. My body never went back to the way it was. Although, I can’t wear my skinny-jeans anymore, I learned how to embrace my new body. Preferred looking more “womanly” rather than “model-skinny.”

       Your decision to have children, will change your life forever. There will be good and worst times. You will discover some physical, emotional and changes in your mentality. It will be a roller coaster ride starting from the day you bring your baby at home all the way through the day your child goes off to college. Lastly, being a new parent is about learning how to handle each challenge that comes your way with utmost poise and patience. And to enjoy every second of your life with your fast growing family.

References:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/expert-answers/slow-metabolism/faq-20058480