Tuesday, March 28, 2017

School Update

School dress up days are the best!  This time it was book character day.  Scarlett chose to be Fancy Nancy and Penelope wanted Cinderella.  I think Scarlett wanted Fancy Nancy because she remember Penelope doing the same thing last year, and Penelope really just wanted to wear this pink dress to school.
Penelope and Scarlett both seem to be doing pretty well in school.  It was a rough start, but they are both doing better now.  It has been a while since Penelope has gotten overly upset about something or other she was supposed to turn in but wasn't finished with or can't find. Scarlett still has a lot to work on but she is now making progress in reading!  It seemed like for the longest time she just wasn't ready to learn the letters or sounds but over the past couple months she has been doing much better.

Both of them say they don't want to go to school, but I think they like it when they are there.

Tucker and Leon both wanted to be Jedi's from one of the many star wars books they have read.
For homeschool we try to go on as many field trips as we can.  When I saw the local theater was playing "The Pirates of Penzance" I went ahead and got tickets.  Online people said that kids liked the play so I went with it even though I didn't know anything about the story.  After all said and done it was ok.  Definitly not what we were expecting.  The play was more about the pirates getting married than anything else.  We were hoping for searching for buried treasure and fighting.  It was still fun to go do something with just Tucker.
The next picture is of the boys growing sugar crystals.  We've been learning a lot about rocks and minerals this month.
The boys went on a rock hunt around the yard and then learned about the rocks they found.  I love tit when they can do something that gets them up and moving.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Watch What I'm Wearing

I love this maternity shirt!  And I promise my hair wasn't that crazy, the sun sure does make it look that way in this picture though.  I'm about 35 weeks pregnant here.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Last Philippines Post

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Strawberry Fields

More pictures from our road trip in the Philippines.
The view was so great!  If you look close you can see more rice terraces.
These orange oreos were not bad.  I think we should have them in the US.
We went to famous strawberry fields and the market with them.
I saw these genuine frog leather coin purses.
The town was actually so crowded our hotel was overbooked and we ended up getting sent to stay in this persons mansion.  It was a little weird because it wasn't a hotel. It did seem very nice, although the AC and the warm water still didn't work.  I was actually feeling pretty sick this day so it wasn't my favorite.
I can't remember what they called this hunk of meat thing, but it seemed pretty gross to me.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Sagada had a lot of interesting things to see.  We went into a weaving factory where we saw them make blankets.  It was interesting to see them working the big looms.  They had signs up everywhere not to take pictures or disturb the employees.
The main thing we saw in that town were the hanging coffins.
Now they burry most of their dead like we do in America, but they used to hang them.  You can see some of the coffins are shorter and that is because instead of laying flat the people were more in a crouched position inside the coffins.  After time the coffins would fall off the wall and that was fine with them.  They just let the remains decompose back into the earth.  We even saw real bones from fallen coffins.
The dirt in the area is really great for pottery.  We toured a place where they make it.

For dinner we came across this little restaurant selling lemon meringue pies.  I love lemons so we got one to try.  It wasn't as good as what I'm used to, we didn't even finish it.  They did have these tiny tables and chairs though.  When we were sitting taking a picture some of the other guests in the restaurant decided to take a picture of us too.  I felt like a giant.
I took a picture of our dinner that night.  I ordered orange chicken so I just kind of expected it to be cut up pieces of meat.  This was one of the better meals I had.
Our hotel that night reminded me of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, except we only had 4 beds lined up.
This was our bathroom.  Not really nice for a hotel but definitely nicer than the public toilets we came upon.  Notice the garbage?  Often their toilets can't even flush down toilet paper, so I'm pretty sure that is supposed to be thrown in the garbage every time.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Watch What I'm Wearing

I borrowed this maternity dress and I am so grateful!  It is nice to wear something that actually fits!  I'm about 34 weeks pregnant in this picture.

Friday, March 17, 2017


It was a long 8 hour van drive to the town Banaue.  I was still bun burned and tired from the island and this is when my feet really started to swell and I started getting sick.  We made it though with no issues.
Banaue was up very high and was pretty different than the other parts of the Philippines I'd seen so far.  Almost everywhere we looked was a great view and they even had pine trees.

The main reason we came up here was to see the famous rice terraces.  They are 2,000 year old rice fields cut into the mountains.  For more info here is the wiki link.  We hiked down for a closer look.
The hike wasn't bad, but I did have to go to the bathroom.  At the bottom they had a bathroom I could pay to use but it was one of the worse ones I'd seen and my real concern was that it only had a curtain and there were lots of people outside it.
One interesting thing about it was that all these people had to make this 1ish mile hike to and from their houses every time they wanted to leave the small village.  Cars couldn't drive down.  We saw people carrying eggs and food down to their houses a couple of times.  They had an elementary school at the bottom but that was it.  Older kids had to walk up and they pay for a ride to school.  Because of the cost they stayed somewhere near the school during the week before coming home on weekends.

This next picture is of a different rice field and village.
Here we are walking up.
This next picture is one I took from the car.  You can see the rice a little better here.  Notice how the road goes all the way to the very edge?  It was super curvy and pretty scary.  There were parts where the road eroded away, other parts we could see the ground underneath the road had eroded away making it even more scary.  Sometimes it was best not to look.
The hotel we stayed at that night had a mini model of an old home.
This next picture was the view from our room.
One nice thing about this town is that it was quit a bit cooler.  I wasn't checking all the time but I'd guess it was in the lower 70s with some overcast and even slight sprinkling.