Happy New Year everyone!!! Finally, finally, finally—another blog entry! To those who kept on bugging me to post a new blog, heto naaaa!!! Salamat sa pag-aabang ninyo. 🙂 I’ve been keeping you abreast naman via my IG stories ‘di ba? Shy talaga ako sa tunay na buhay, but because of the approximately 500 views and regular hearts that you send my IG stories, baka kayanin ko ang level ng vlogging ni Maria Sofia Love (speaking of which, do you know whatever happened to her?!?), hahaha!
I’ve had no time for muni-muni to think about my 2018 goals because the 2017 Holiday season has got to be one of our most hectic in the past years. Super duper hectic to the point that we did away with the New Year’s Eve salubong. Randy and Raviv were borlogs amidst the New Year hullabaloo, while I quietly finished reading a book. #HowExciting
Anyway a few days ago, a Facebook memory appeared on my Timeline: my blog post last year about my New Year goals for 2017. I reread that crazy blog post from last year, and contemplated as to whether I was able to tick off my To-Do list for 2017.
Let’s begin checking, shall we?
Bumalik na sana si Yaya Isay and everything’s perfect!
Check na check na check!!! Yaya Isay is back, and Raviv is over the moon. Although Yaya Isay is no longer his nanny because Raviv is too old to have one, Yaya Isay still treats Raviv like her beloved alaga. She still bathes Raviv occasionally, and makes sure he’s dressed to the nines when I am not at home.
However, it’s still imperfect; kulang nanaman ang dream team because someone left. Hulaan n’yo kung bakit. If you guessed, “Dahil nabuntis?”….may tamaaa kaaaa!!! Hahahaha!
I need to promise myself that I will not succumb to Asian society’s obsession for children to be “advance”. I need to remind myself that although Raviv went to play-based schools, he’s doing extremely well in a traditional school. And since he’s already in a traditional school, I need to actively look for ways for him to play and enjoy his childhood.
In fairness, another big check here! Raviv is now in a homeschool provider where the head teacher is an academically overqualified (graduated summa cum laude from a reputable university in the US with a post-doctorate degree—san ka pa?!?), very passionate fellow mom who shares the same beliefs as I do: that children should move, should resolve their own conflicts, learn to do chores, and must learn because they love learning.
When I fetch Raviv from school, he’s almost always sweaty, dirty…and incredibly happy!
Our co-parents are awesome, too! As far as I know, no one complained when the kids did a canal clean-up (for real, hindi keme-kemeng clean-up lang itey), or when they learned that their kids are asked to wash dishes, water plants, or sweep the floor.
What Randy and I miss though is the pride of being an honor student’s parents. You know, like last year when Randy proudly posted on Facebook that Raviv perfected all of his quarterly exams! Modesty aside, I claim that had Raviv stayed in a traditional school, I’m sure aakyat kaming mag-asawa sa stage because he would have been an honor student.
But Randy and I asked ourselves: Ano bang mas mahalaga, masaya kaming mag-asawa dahil sa performance ng anak namin sa school, o masaya siyang natututo? It was a no-brainer.
Maintain—if not improve further—our house. Since I have awesome household staff and spanking brand new stuff, I have no more excuse to ignore the mess.
Point 5 lang ang score nito, hehe. I haven’t really done anything to make our house even better, but I think we were able to maintain it. When old friends show up, they still say that our humble abode looks nice, etc. Very different from how it used to look like.
Honestly, happy naman na kasi talaga ako with how Randy redesigned our home. As of now, I don’t want to change anything yet.
Exercise to lose at least 5 pounds (let’s not get too ambitious, OK?) That, or get pregnant. Yup, we are ready to have a beautiful, smart baby girl! 😆
If Goal Number is Point 5…pwes, kumapit tayo—5 points for Gryffindor ito!!!
But wait, it’s the former (lose weight) and not the latter (get pregnant), ha.
Anyway, yy gosh my gosh my gosh–I’m so happy because for the first time in my life, I succeeded in dieting!!! In fact, I’ve lost 7-9 pounds in the last quarter of 2017. Humabol talaga!
I still have to lose a lot of weight if I want to be the next Ina Raymundo. My arms are still flabby, I still have bilbil, and my thighs are still jiggly. But I celebrate this victory because it’s my first time to be successful in dieting!!!
As for getting pregnant…proceed to my comment about Goal #5, shall we?
A few days ago I was chatting with a friend on Messenger. She revealed that some time this year, her vajayjay got torn because of too much sex. I told her that because I (finally!!!) realized how extremely important sex is to a married couple, I’ll make it a goal to also “get torn” in 2017. 😀 Then she said I was crazy–it was a serious affliction that restricted her from doing so many activities for months, and she even had to take medication. So binawi ko; akala ko ang effect lang eh hindi ka makakalakad nang maayos for a day or two. 😂 Ang goal ko na lang is for us to fall insanely in love again. Just as we were back in 2002.
Alam kong ito ang inaabangan ng sambayan! 😂 Did I get Natalie Imbruglia-d.
Gets? If not, click the play below:
Gethsemane na? Hahaha!
Well, I didn’t get Natalie Imbruglia-d. But did my “intimate relations” with my husband get better? Tingin ko (but I’m sure he won’t agree!)
Regarding being pregnant, I’ll humbly admit that we tried during the -Ber months, but we’re not that fertile pala! Although there’s a part of me that’s happy because…because…guys, pumayat ako eh! Sayang mga binili kong damit kung mabubuntis na agad ako!!! Ipasuot n’yo muna sa akin lahat, with matching OOTD pichur!
On a more serious note though, what truly improved is our relationship. Definitely. Something happened during the summer that made me realize “friends” come and go especially when shit hits the fan.
I’ve also noticed that there are so many husbands who need a personality makeover, but then their wives just let them be. Kebs na sila about what people say about their husbands—they just focus on staying in love with their men.
Oo nga naman, ‘di ba? You don’t get to be with other people as much as you are with your husband. Though this doesn’t mean that I’ll allow Randy to be a bad person, ha? Ibang usapan na ‘yun ‘pag morals na ang at stake. Although I learned that when a husband sees his wife’s good heart, he’s also inspired to be good. So change must also come from us.
One of the highlights of my 2017 is a better relationship with my husband. I thank God that little by little, my “feminist” & competitive stand against my husband is being replaced with respect & humility towards him. In return, he is showing me more love. Following God’s design for marriage works. And time and again, he has shown me that among the people, he’ll always be my rock. Fair-weather friends/unappreciative people come & go, but he has always been there for better or worse. This 2018, I’ll never prioritize other people on top of him. I also pray that I’ll be a better version of myself. Happy New Year!!! 🎊🎆🎉
2017 has indeed been very challenging. But aside from the fact I got full marks on almost all of the goals I set for myself, I’m grateful for the following:
- I was able to do two things that I’ve been putting off for soooo many years: getting braces and getting my driver’s license (na nakuha ko nang marangal at walang under the table. Forever kong ipagmamalaki ‘yan!)
- We had a successful college entrance review season. After two years of hiatus, we’re back full blast. Feedback is more awesome than ever. Thank you, Lord!
- I was able to watch Raviv’s football games! He has always wanted me to cheer him, and I finally did! In turn, I was able to befriend other football moms.
- Our visas have been renewed, yehey (‘yun lang, Randy said $1=P55. Hayst!)
- We (including my parents and brother and nieces) are alive, healthy and strong. It’s a blessing from God that we should never forget.
Have a blessed 2018, everyone! God loves us!