First Solo!


Jaelan loves to sing. She sings all day, everyday. Music is a very accurate way to describe her. She has been in a school choir ever since she became old enough to join. When she found out we had to move to Kansas, the only thing she was worried about was if the school had a music program. I have no idea where she gets her musical acumen from, probably Xavier, but she is pretty good. I love that she loves music and I love that schools around here are continuing to nurture and prioritize music and fine arts in their curriculum. I hope she continues to love music and uses it for good in her life. And so that being said, last night, at Open House at her school, Jaelan had her first solo part.

About 2 weeks ago, Jaelan tried out for the small solo part in the choir concert and she got it, YAY! She had a great week last week, she had a birthday and she got the solo part that she had been obsessing about. It is also the first solo part that she has ever done, meaning she has never sang by herself in front of people. She was very nervous, but excited at the same time.


Anyway, below is a video of the intro portion of her solo and another, longer video of the rest of the song. I thought she did great, she stood up front like a British Royal guard, I mean she didn’t move a hair. Aspen even cheered her on and called her name out, but Jaelan did not flinch. She said that she was concentrating on her dad’s and our faces in the crowd. After the show, she had several people compliment her on her performance and that gave her such a huge relief. We were proud parents and sisters tagging along. Anyways, hope you enjoy the videos! 🙂 GREAT JOB JAELAN!! YOU ROCK!!


Week 14: Finally, Friday!!


I know, it’s Saturday, again. It was a very tiring and trying week. There were three concerts this week, twice in one night, a delirious, sick, demanding toddler for three days, busy work week, and no posts at all during the week, so bad blogger! But, and this is a big but, we are two weeks away from Christmas 🙂 JOY.

Week 14 Highlights:

Jaelan and Xavi had a lot of activities this week. Well, mostly Jaelan. On Tuesday, Xavi had her recorder concert. YES. You remember those recorders that they used to give you in elementary school? Well, here, they have concerts for them. And it was different. After the kids performed, which was pretty good might I add. The kids passed out (clean)recorders to the audience(Eww.) and taught us a few cords, ending with the audience playing the first 3 songs that the kids played. The audience did well. I thought it was gross, so I didn’t participate. Are you kidding me? Jaelan had math competitions on Wednesday and school choir concert and honor choir concert on the same day on Thursday. The honor choir was with one of the local high school’s annual Winter Concerts, so it was a large audience performance. They take their fine arts seriously around here. Jaelan was so happy and the kids did well, they fit right in with the high school performers. I was all music out by the end of it all.

Conversation with Jaelan:

Me: Zay, have you heard the new R. Kelly album?

Jaelan: R. Kelly is famous because he is a pimp.

Me: What? How do you know he is a pimp?

Jaelan: He is a pimp because he wears a furry coat, a pimp hat, alligator shoes, and he has lots of money.

I like her definition of a pimp. Innocence, I hope she keeps it a while. Plus, it was funny.


I don’t have 2 words for how terrible this kid is when she is pretty sick. Ok, maybe: demanding and outrageous. She was sick from Wednesday to still pending. But, and this is a big but, she is officially potty trained.

Aspen: Janis Mama, I need to potty.

Me: Ok, let’s go. Do you need to pee-pee or poop?

Aspen: I gotta take a shit.


Week 14 Gallery:

The Evolution of, “When I grow up”

Today, I was talking to a friend, who always seem to manage to help me develop a post out of our conversations. We were talking about career paths and what not, and how we ended up working where we are now.

For some strange reason, I delved into the different careers/jobs that I wanted to occupy as a kid, kind of like a, “When I grow up, I want to be a…” timeline, including justifications for why I abandoned or changed my mind as I grew into different stages of life. Here is how it went:

1. Circa 5-6 years old, pre-grade school: I told my mom(or my grandma) while wasting a whole, long bar of laundry soap,”When I grow up, I want to be a labandera (nanny, clothes washer, housekeeper)”. This was frowned upon, so I moved on to bigger dreams, not to mention, I had just destroyed a whole long bar of soap.(if you are an old school Filipino, you know what I am talking about, if not I apologize).

2. Circa grade school years: While setting up and playing with an office desk with a name bar, running some random business, “When I grow up, I want to be an office boss”. Not quite sure why I deterred from this goal, but it might have had something to do with my attention span not holding up while sitting behind a desk. On to more ambitious goals.

3. Circa middle school years: After winning a couple of science fairs and becoming obsessed with Star trek ,”When I grow up, I want to be an Astronaut”. Then, I found out what astronauts had to go through to be able to get to space. So, I scaled down a bit.

4. Circa high school years: I became fascinated with the law (via episodes of Matlock), government, and injustice, and going through normal teenage pangs, “When I grow up, I want to become a lawyer”. Then, I saw Devil’s Advocate and I didn’t want to sell my soul to the Devil to be a successful lawyer. Kidding! My parents decided law school would take a gazillion years, so they told me to be a nurse instead. I said, no, and I ended up going to nursing school, anyway, albeit, the shortest program that I could find, HA! HA!

Today, I am working in the pharmaceutical research industry, and I love it, go figure, but, “When I grow up, I want to be a Political Science professor”. So I can influence future law makers, I’m kidding.

Anyways, a gazillion years and 2 degrees later, I’m still growing up, but I think I’m in a good spot and that much closer to attaining my life long dreams, that was recently set, like 7 years ago 🙂

“Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”–Confucius.

Here I am before all of the above for Throwback Thursday:


Do you play!?

When my family and I hit the playground at whatever park we frequent, we do so as a family. Let me explain.


Aspen playing with her dad at the playground. Her face is awesome!

We were at the playground one day last week and as soon as we get there the kids attack, and shortly thereafter, so does my husband and I. I’m not as runny aroundy as he is, but you know, I play. I mean he plays and runs around so much to the point that other kids starts running, chasing, and playing with him as well(not too sure how the kids feel about that).

So, I was of course people watching while I was “playing”, and, of course, I notice that we were the only adults hopping around and sliding and jumping on the round thingy that swings you around. Well, I wonder if this was a nuisance to the other parents(I mean I don’t care, but I just wonder). I mean we have discretion as to whether the playground is grown up friendly, meaning if my ass can’t fit down a miniature slide we don’t try to fit. But, we usually frequent huge, grown up friendly playgrounds, so we think it’s ok to play. But then, why don’t more grown ups play if this is the case? I’m not that old yet or anything, but as long as my ass can fit down a grown up friendly playground, then I plan on playing as long as I can. What about you?