Back to Life, Back to Reality


So we’re back from an almost a month’s vacation in sunshine state Florida. It was fun-filled and the kids had  a blast, they didn’t want to leave. But some good things must come to an end and so here we are – back home in Virginia. School starts in a week and the kids aren’t happy about that. Especially my 6th grader who already has homework. Can you believe it? While I am all for getting a jumpstart on the schoolyear, it would have been nicer if schoolwork started on the first week of school and not while you are relishing the last few days of summer vacation. But oh well, maybe it’s just me.

We went to almost all the bodies of water in FL – ocean, river, lake, estuary, pool – you name it! We are so dark and I am loving it! For a change we don’t look like anemic humans! I am basking in the glory of having a tan for even though I am Asian I am a little on the fair side. And living in Virginia doesn’t help either. The cold winters and staying indoors doesn’t appeal to me at this point. Being bundled up while it’s freezing outside and suffering all the cold and harsh weather gives my skin a beating. What am I talking about? It’s still summer, or what’s left of it, I should enjoy it!

Anyways, while we were in FL and DH was left in VA, he constantly called me especially when bills came in and when it’s time to eat. “What do I eat? Pls give me an idea.” I fought the urge to laugh maniacally and tried on my best supportive wife voice which could have earned me a Grammy. “What do you have in the fridge?” I hear the fridge door open and an audible sigh “leftovers” he said. “Well if you’re so tired of it, why don’t you just eat out or something? It would make more sense to eat out instead of do all the work for one person”. “You’re right. I guess I’ll just go to KFC”. So it went, KFC one day, Pho the next day, chinese buffet the other, and so on and so forth. Until the day he discovered TV dinners. He called me one day so excited about the newest Stouffers Chicken meal. “It’s really good! We should try this sometime!”. I swear, my husband is so spoiled with home cooked meals that the fact of not cooking it himself and just opening the box and nuking it makes it taste good. In fairness though, those TV dinners ARE good.

I knew that the boys were missing their Dad so much when my 11 yr old said: “I miss Dad so much, I even miss his annoying country music he plays on the radio”. To which my 9 yr old exclaimed : “yeah”. Guess absence does makes the heart grow fonder.

When our FL vacation was coming to an end I couldn’t wait to finally sleep in my own bed, cook in my own kitchen, walk in my own floors, do the laundry in my own washer and water my ever thirsty plants. Opening the door to my own house after a 3 week absence, the familiar scent of my own house was what I was hoping for. But when I opened and inhaled I smelled – polyurethane? I forgot that DH waxed and finished the hardwood floors, a task we’ve been putting off. The floors looked gorgeous which made up for my disappointment of not being able to “smell” home. The house looked nice and neat and I am just so glad to be home.

special thanks to  for the image.

Published in: on August 30, 2007 at 10:48 am  Comments (10)  

Scenes from a Florida Vacation

St. Augustine, FL – the oldest city in the US
A tree we saw by the road. Love the spanish moss!
Boats at St. Augustine
At the lake
A fishing scene
A circle of slippers at the beach
Jacksonville beach
At the beach

Published in: on August 29, 2007 at 12:12 pm  Comments (10)  

Still Away

Our vacation is coming to a close. Will write more as soon as I get home. Suffice it to say that we are having a blast and I thank all the people who left comments and visited my site.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Published in: on August 24, 2007 at 9:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Comforts of Home, or the lack thereof

What is it about our own home that makes us sleep better, feel more secure and safe? Is it the familiarity? The knowledge that this is the place where we’ll stay for most, if not, the rest of our lives? Or is it because we made it our own – with our own personal style, depending on our own comfort?

Whatever the reason, it is a pretty daunting task when you’re away from home and trying and make it work at whatever place you’re in. Be it a hotel or a different home. Being with relatives and close friends doesn’t matter either. The days are filled with activities and laughter but at the end of the day – the sleeping part, it is where the familiar surroundings are missing. And for some of us, me included, being in unfamiliar territory is a challenge. I like being in familiar surroundings where I know every nook and cranny, every creaking door, which jar contains what, and what part of the house gets the most sun. Simple things, I know but it matters to me. Even my own bed linens, pillows and my own bed makes a difference. Short of bringing my own sheets I try and make the best of it – to the point of sacrificing my snooze time.

And so here I am, a week into my vacation and I have yet to be able to sleep a full 8 hours. I am able to have some shut-eye at around 3 am, only to be awakened by a mopful of hair that somehow speaks with a meek “ta-ta”. That’s my 2 year old niece who, for some reason invented a new word – “ta-ta” pronounced like Winnie the Pooh’s friend. The correct term would have been “tita” or aunt but “ta-ta” stuck and I like it better too.

For now I get by with loads of caffeine in my system just to be able to function normally and go through the motions of everyday living. I miss home. Or maybe my husband.Or maybe both.   

Published in: on August 10, 2007 at 1:45 am  Comments (9)  

Travel Article

Here is my latest article  on the PMN ezine. For some reason,  I can’t access the comment section of my article so I hope y’all won’t mind if I posted my replies here until I figure it out.  Just don’t want y’all to think I’m ignoring your comments.

Still on vacation but can’t resist checking on PMN 😉

Thanks to Melissa, the Travel section editor, for having me as a guest in the Travel section of the ezine.

Published in: on August 9, 2007 at 3:34 pm  Comments (8)  

Away and Out of Love

It’s been less than a week but already, DH and I logged on more clock hours than a regular workweek. Talking on the phone, that is. Thank God for free mobile-to-mobile minutes, we can talk on the phone anytime we want.

The kids are missing him terribly. And so am I. This is the first time ever that we’ve been apart this long and it’s been lonely. Sure the babies are keeping us occupied and we love spending quality time with my sister and her family but we miss DH a lot! It just isn’t the same without him.

My oldest son, who’s the more sensitive one told me while we were waiting at the airport: “I miss Dad already”. To which I said: “but it hasn’t been 10 minutes since he dropped us off”. He just gave me a sad face. I turned away because I was getting choked up. No use trying to be emotional in front of the kids or it’ll be a crying fest right there and then.
And then today, my youngest son was eating Hershey’s kisses and one of the paper things had an “I miss you” written on it to which he exclaimed: “we should send this to Daddy”. My older son then gave his to his brother. It read: “cheer up”.

Published in: on August 8, 2007 at 1:47 am  Comments (4)  

Going Away for a Va-cay!

I will be away on a va-cay! The boys and I will be visiting my sister and my nieces in Florida. Yup,  sunshine state here we come! And while we’re excited to be swimming every day and playing with the babies, we are saddened by the fact that DH will be left behind. Only for 2 weeks though. And then he’ll follow us there where he’ll stay for one week with the rest of the family. This is the first time that we’ll be apart for this long. The longest time we’ve been apart has been 3 days. boohoohoo

It’s bittersweet really, this vacation. We’re so excited to see the babies but at the same time we feel sad that Daddy will come home to an empty house. But it is only for 2 weeks. So wish us luck!

Published in: on August 3, 2007 at 4:46 pm  Comments (8)  

The Face Behind the Name

I have been tagged by Cookie of Scroochchronicles and Hailey for this.

Thanks Cookie and Hailey for tagging me. Glad to know a little bit more about both of you. 😉

3034939073908l.jpgMary aka GreyMom


My Boys aka Ang Tatlong Lalake sa Buhay Ko (The Three Men in My Life)

My name is Mary. I am the eldest daughter, grandchild and niece on both sides of the family. When I was little I had really chubby cheeks that everyone, even strangers pinched.
My handle GreyMom came from my addiction to the TV show “Grey’s Anatomy”. I have the license plate holder and the McDreamy t-shirt to prove it. LOL
I am a very loyal friend and some say a great confidante. Relatives and friends describes me as nice and sweet. A former boss said I’m whip smart. 😉 I’m not perfect nor do I strive to be.
I have been married to my husband for about 12 years now and have 2 sons but I’ve always wanted a baby girl.
I never dreamed of being a SAHM. I’ve always wanted to be a career woman until I had a difficult pregnancy and had to stay home. I did work part time after having my kids but it was way more practical for us that I to stay home with the kids. At the moment. Soon I will get back into the workforce. College beckons – for my kids, that is. 
I am very protective of my kids as they are my life. My husband is a very good provider, husband and father. It also helps that he’s handsome. What can I say? He’s my McDreamy.
The Grey’s Anatomy characters have some things in common with me : Like Meredith, I am incredibly flawed. Like Izzie, I bake when I need time to think and sometimes my emotions get the better of me. Like Addison, I can be bitchy at times. Like Cristina, I can detach myself from emotions if need be. And like Callie, when I am in love nothing can stand in the way. I am these and a lot of things. But like McDreamy said: “to know me is to love me”.

The person who tagged me is Cookie (pictured above with her family) whose real name is Pauline -named after a revered person in Philippine history and a revered car in automobile history.She’s married to a wonderful man, her bestfriend and soulmate. They were together for 7 years before getting hitched. Together, they have 2 adorable little angels who we fondly call our Hezbollahs or sometimes The Kutos (sarap tirisin). Her husband and her angels are what makes her world turn. She’s the cookie that won’t crumble.

Hailey also tagged me for this. She has 3 wonderful daughters ages: 9, 8 and 5. She is a very reflective person – “i will think long and hard before opening my mouth.”Sometimes others find her too blunt when she talks but  was brought up to the adage: honesty is the best policy. period. She works full-time as an (alternative) educator but has no helper/yaya at home for a year now. She is married for TEN years………bliss and blisters! and her husband is her best friend…
pictured above are the products of their genetic union.

And here are the instructions for this meme:
1st step – Post a short blog article that includes a photograph (or a series of photos) showing the face behind your blog. If you already showed a photo somewhere on your site (such as in your about page), then make your post more interesting and choose a photo that’s not currently online.

2nd step – Include links to other people that have displayed a photo, or include their photos in your post, adding a reference.

3rd step – Tag as many others as you like in your post to spread the meme.

4th step – If you link back to me and send an email ; I’ll be sure to include links back to you. Each person tagged should create their own post and repeat the process.

I am tagging momoftwo, Mec, Julie, Ms. Annamanila

Published in: on August 3, 2007 at 12:57 pm  Comments (13)