Friday, December 31, 2010

Year 2010 has gone by so fast. Lots of wonderful things have happen. Our family has been growing stronger. Despite the economic hardship that most of us faced, I am still blessed that I have a job and I earned a little bit from blogging.

I am grateful for all the blessings we received, for the family that we have and for the friends that we meet along the way.

We have family plans for 2011 and hopefully it will be realized.

Here, I am signing off for this year. I hope to see you again next year. Have a Joyous New Year everyone!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

We went to eat at China Buffet in Irondale, Alabama last night. We had not eaten there in a long time that's why I ask Lulu if she wants to go there. Chine Buffer offers a lot of food choices including their desserts. Lulu always look forward to their crab legs.

She had plentiful last night because there were no "greedy" diners there. She absolutely had a blast. I also had plenty to eat and so does Andrea. Andrea chose to eat green ice cream and some fruits after she finished eating her rice and soup.

We had fun playing with the fish inside the restaurant. We played for a bit while we were waiting for Lulu to finish the crabs. (lol)
Guest post written by Marianne McKinley

Most of the time when it snows, I'm always excited about it at the very beginning, but then after I take the kids to play out in it, I wish that it would all just melt instead of the roads being so bad.

But another thing that I also really loved about snow days was that we got to make some snow cream. I always thought that it was so neat that you could make ice cream out of snow when I was little and hadn't made it in years. Well, the last time that it snowed, I told my kids about that, so of course I had to look up directions on how to make it online and do it for them. While I was online looking for the perfect recipe, I came across the website and after I read through it a little bit I decided to change over our home internet service ot hte provider. I had been meaning to shop around anyway.

My kids thought that the snow cream I made was the coolest thing in the world and I'm sure it's going to be a snow day staple from now on.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Being exposed to asbestos is really not safe and more likely, you will develop mesothelioma cancer. Most mesothelioma patients were occupationally exposed to asbestos. There is a small number or percentage of patients that received secondary exposure. They were exposed because a family member who worked with asbestos had brought the fibers home through his clothing, skin and hair. There are also other patients who were environmentally exposed to natural asbestos deposits or resided near an asbestos mine or processing facility. Currently there is no cure for mesothelioma. Life expectancy of today's mesothelioma patients have begun to lengthen through early detection tests and new medications and therapies. Nonetheless, the disease remains a very aggressive form of cancer and survival rates depend on age, overall health of the patient, and the type of mesothelioma the patient is battling.

Exposure to asbestos is really hazardous thus it is important to avoid being exposes to the substance. To ensure this, an asbestos survey is necessary. An asbestos survey is a comprehensive examination of a structure conducted to determine whether or not asbestos is present. It is designed to identify asbestos-containing materials so that they can be handled with special care during renovations and demolitions. Asbestos survey is conducted by a certified inspector.

In some places, asbestos surveys are required whenever people want to make major changes to a structure built in an era when asbestos was still in use, or remodeled during a period when people might have used asbestos. If you need to identify asbestos in your home or workplace you can get an asbestos survey quote using quick and easy form which can be found at This website has plenty of information and advice about asbestos including the laws governing asbestos and the illnesses such as pleural mesothelioma and lung cancer that can be caused by asbestos exposure.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

We had a wonderful Christmas Celebration. We started it by attending the midnight mass. After we attended the mass, we went to have early breakfast at Waffle House.

We spent a white Christmas at my Mom's and open presents there. My mom was very nice to serve us dinner with a really good food.

We had roast beef, roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, stir fried green beans and garlic bread. We also had pecan pie for dessert.

It was a great day with great food and a lot of fun.
We planned to have a 3 day vacation next week. We are all excited about it. We plan to stay at one of the cabins in Joe Wheeler State Park. We have seen the cabins online and we are just so impressed with the whole place including its rustic furniture. The price of the cabins are very affordable and with all the amenities it offer, I am sure we will have a great time. If the weather will cooperate, we plan to go fishing. There are lots of brim there and I am sure we will be able to catch a lot. My wife will be happy if we can catch a lot as she likes fried brim. I think it is one of her favorites even.

Can't wait for our family vacation. We will be seeing my dad during this vacation too.
My wife is a shoe lover. She has shoes in different styles and color. Since it is winter time, she is wearing mostly her boots which comes in different styles and height as well. She sometimes wear her tennis shoes.

Few days ago, she showed me her newest shoe addition. She ordered a pair of Nine West shoes that she can't wear this winter. She told me that she is gonna use it for my niece's spring wedding.

As much as she love shoes, I am sure that if I will buy her a pair of Prada shoes, she will be in heaven. I guess I have to save for that then.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The pregnant days of my wife. This was taken during our company's summer garage sale for the benefit of United Way. This day was a lot of fun, food and camaraderie.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Guest post written by Louise Nichols

I'm starting to regret it, but I invited a bunch of our friends and our kids' friends over to our house this Saturday night for a Christmas party. We've never had one that big before so I'm a little worried. I'm knee deep in party preparations this week and will enjoy the party I'm sure, but I'll be so relieved once it's Sunday morning and the party was a success.

One thing that I still had to figure out though was finding a recipe for DIY potpourri. As I was online looking for some recipe for that, I came across a clear internet online offer and decided to sign up for one of the internet packages after thinking it over a little bit.

I found a recipe for holiday potpourri that I'm sure is going to smell really good. But I want to make sure that I don't use too much it so I won't have overpower all the great food smells. I'm going to have lots of refreshments and I don't want all of them to taste like potpourri.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


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Contribution by Kennith Griffin

If you ask what special my kids look forward to every Christmas, they will look you straight in the eye and tell you that it is The Santa Clause. They love it and their friends love it too. It is slowly becoming a tradition for all of their friends to come over to watch it for the first time of the season!

When all of my kids' friends come over, I let them watch The Santa Clause on HD Programming. I always pop up some popcorn and make some cookies for them. They love it when Scott starts getting fat and growing the beard. I enjoy looking in after them and seeing them all laugh and enjoying the movie and commenting on how they would love to visit the North Pole.

My kids always make sure to store the DVD in a safe place so they can watch it every December even though I tell them that it will be on ABC Family and the Disney Channel throughout December. I guess they don't believe me because they insist on storing the DVD in a safe place! I cherish these moments because I know in a few short years, this tradition will be lame to them. I'm just hoping that they will still love this movie and remember how fun it used to be when they were little.

Monday, December 20, 2010

I got a good news. After working for a couple of years, I am now given 3weeks paid vacation every year. This is really great as I can take off work and enjoy a paid day.

I will be using a couple of days of my vacation early next year. We plan to spend a little vacation at Joe Wheeler State Park. It will be great especially if my older daughter can join us.

Friday, December 17, 2010

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The Sony psp is no doubt one of the most successful portable entertainment consoles ever built. Its powerful engine and amazing features have made it very popular among users. People of all ages both young and old are hooked to this game. I actually believe that psp is one of the most popular gift item this holiday season. It's eye popping graphics, incredible sound and a library of over 500 action packed games are just a few of the reasons why PSP has become very popular.

Give someone a psp this Christmas and I am sure it will make his day. You can even add the latest accessories to it too!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

We planned to have a family short vacation in Florence. We will be staying at Joe Wheeler State Park where we will be staying in a cabin with a log fire. We are obviously looking forward to it.

We also plan to go on fishing. All we just need to do is to renew our fishing license. Can't wait....


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Guest post written by Nikki Flowers

I really should have never started subscribing to VOGUE magazine a few years ago. I think that it's only fed my shopping obsession even more. I'm always seeing all these luxury items in it that are these amazing pieces with outrageous prices that I would never feel right paying. Also, I'm pretty sure my bank account wouldn't support it either.

I like to look up a lot of them online with my ClearWirelessInternet and try to find much cheaper versions of the items. That's actually how I've built a great deal of my Christmas list and by of course letting people know that they're much cheaper than the luxury versions.

One of those items that I kind of want to splurge on is actually the Louis Vuitton ipad case, but I don't think that I would actually let myself spend that much money. I still want some kind of luxury brand ipad case, but maybe I'll go with something a little less expensive like a Marc Jacobs one.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Our weekend was hectic with all the parties. We absolutely had fun. We had a successful birthday party of our little girl. She had a blast during that night. I had a great bonding with her as I brought her home early with me and give Lulu a night out with friends without having to worry about Andrea. We hang out together, do puzzle, watch movies and give her a bubble bath before she finally went to bed.

Saturday, we had to attend our Christmas party. It was a fun night. Andrea was able to play with some other kids her age. We enjoyed the food and the fun games. I participated on some and I had a blast.

Sunday, we had to do some errands while Andrea was left at her Nana's for her weekend with them. She always have a great time spending play dates with her Nana and Papa and as much as possible we want her to spend time with them every week.

The weekend was tiring but it was so much fun!
Guest post written by Walter Eddies

I started out playing video games when I was a kid and have been a pretty loyal gamer ever since then. A lot of my friends play video games too and I love to get on XBOX live and play with them. I even still play games with some of my friends from college that live across the country as a way to keep in touch.

One night when I was reading one of my favorite gaming blogs, I came across this website and read through it some. After that, I decided to sign up for the internet service at home. My internet service had been lacking for a while anyway.

On the same video game blog, I came across some video game ornaments for Christmas trees that I thought were pretty cool, so I ordered a few of them for my tree in my apartment. My tree is actually one that my mom gave me, along with some generic ornaments. So it'll be nice to have some ornaments that I actually like.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

How was your Black Friday shopping? We didn't go out that day to go to the mall but since most stores extended their sale events, we were actually able to find good stuff.

We were able to buy a breakfast nook for a very low price. We were so excited to have it as our dining set. Our kitchen looks so much better with it and all our friends think we did a great job in buying it.

I am so proud of myself for putting the pieces together and not get frustrated with it. It took me couple of hours to finish putting it up together but it so worth it. This is how our new dining set looks like....

Friday, December 10, 2010

She is "the girl!", the apple of our eyes and we love her very much.

Happy birthday to my daughter Andrea. With lots of love.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tomorrow, my little girl will be 3. Time flew by so fast, my little girl will no longer be too little. She is now a "big girl".

We will be having a party for her tomorrow. You are all invited (winks)!


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

During the last Black Friday Sales, many stores were selling their Nintendo Wii for a very cheap price. Although there were limited number of items that are available, many shoppers waited and fell in line just to have the chance to purchase this item. Indeed, this item is very popular and will make a very perfect Christmas gift. I know quite a number of people who wishes to own a Nintendo Wii this Christmas. As for myself, I will just settle for my Nintendo DS because I prefer this one. I already got my Christmas gift, thanks to my ever dearest wife! I hope you will all get what you want this Christmas.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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Monday, December 6, 2010

We went out to dine yesterday and decided to eat at a steakhouse. The place was kinda crowded as it was Sunday and dinner time.

We had quite a long wait. Having a toddler, waiting is not the best thing. So, while waiting for our orders we entertained ourselves ....

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Guest post written by Rodney Miller

My in laws have always had some amazing Christmas lights on their house and in their yard. But when their health started looking like it wouldn't allow them to keep putting them up, I started doing it for them. I knew all the enjoyment that they got out of the lights and didn't want them to not have that for the holidays.

Now, doing that though takes a little more planning because they live a few hours away from us. A few weeks ago I was emailing my mother in law about our travelling to spend Thanksgiving with them, which was also when I put up their lights for them. After I emailed her, I found the site and decided to change over our internet service to it. I thought that my in laws might be interested in it too, so I sent them the link also.

It was a little tougher putting their Christmas lights up for them this year because I've gotten one year older and I had to replace a few of their lights for them that were burnt out. But I know that they appreciated it as much as always.

We spent our Saturday afternoon Christmas shopping. We shopped for our Christmas gifts for our daughter. Can you believe I survived going to 4 different stores? Stores were busier as I have observed. There were plenty of toys in the front area of the store. I guess that's the best place to display them as parents are shopping for their kids gift. There were also games and dvds that are stored in special point of purchase displays. They were all displayed for easy access to shoppers. It is amazing that year after year, there are always new toys that comes out.

Wife and I agreed we don't need something special for ourselves, instead we decided to buy a new breakfast nook. It looks great and we couldn't wait to assemble it and put in our kitchen. Shopping for Christmas gifts are done. Now they are all ready to be wrapped.
I watched the SEC Championship yesterday. Cam Newton was awesome. He was responsible for 6 touchdowns. How can you ever stop Newton when he is both good as running and passing quarterback? If you defend his passing ability, he will just run it and if you defend him from running he will pass the ball. He is really good.

I was kinda pulling for South Carolina because I like the team but then again, I wanted Auburn to win too. It was like whoever wins is fine with me.

Well, I am looking forward to the BCS Championship. I am sure it will be a high scoring game. Will the Oregon team be able to stop Newton? Or is it time for Auburn to win the Crystal ball? Obviously, I will be pulling for Auburn because it is a SEC Team.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

I am not into politics although I used to be very active when it comes to political matters. I just go with the flow now. I do read news and updates about politics all over the world. That being said, I read some news about European Politics. Are you interested to read more about European politics from the thoughts of abdul rahman el assir? His blog is about European politics.
It is Christmas time. I know that most of us have done our shopping, or maybe not! As for our family, I just leave it all to my wife to do the shopping. She is the expert on this category. I do need to shop around for a good price of a seiko dive watch because I want to give it to my brother-in-law. My wife has two older brothers and the eldest was more of a dad to her because she grew up with him. My wife told me how her elder brother took good care of her while she was in night school and to show my appreciation for all the hard work that he did to my wife, I want to give him something special, something that he can always remember us of how thankful we are.

I know that the Christmas season is a season of giving. Some people may not be able to afford an expensive gift, but there are always gifts that despite its monetary value will be very much appreciated. For those who wants to give something timeless this holiday season, you might want to check the Men's Watches and Ladies' Watches at You can ave BIG when you buy from this website. They have wonderful items at various prices so I am sure you can always find something for someone special.
Every night before my girl goes to bed, I always make sure that I spend some time with her even if it means just playing around. She is such a sweet girl. When she is ready to bed, she will say, "give daddy a kiss". She would then kiss me and hug and she will say "good night daddy time to sleep."

Friday, December 3, 2010

Guest post written by Sandra Allan

One of my favorite things to do is invite all of my friends over for a dinner party and cook for them. I do it quite often and my friends all tell me that I'm a great cook so it's not like i have to twist their arms to get them to come over and eat my food. Plus, none of them cook, or all that well, so that's another great benefit for them.

But my big dinner party of the year is the week before Christmas. That's when I really pull out all of the stop. While I was online trying to put together my menu for the party, I came across some Clearwire wireless internet deals that I just couldn't pass up. So I ordered one of them for my home internet service.

Instead of finding ideas for the menu though, I came across these instructions for a DIY centerpiece that I thought just looked great. I'm going to try and whip it up for the party to give some visual appeal to the table, besides my delicious dishes of course!
Flying is costly now but what choice do we have? Going back home to Philippines can only be possible through flying. When we will have our Philippine vacation middle of next year, we will definitely need quite a lot of money for the fare alone as there will be three of us who needs to pay full price ticket. I am hoping that we can find affordable flight deals like the last time we went home few years ago. If we can find a good deal for our flights, it will mean that we will have more money to spend to have fun with our family there. We are all excited about the vacation. Hopefully, there will be no major problems especially financially so that we can all go home for a vacation.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

This is the first ever toy that I bought for Andrea. I bought this when we first visited her "Auntie Menmen and Uncle Roger" in Glendora, New Jersey. She was 5months old then. Would you believe that until now, she still plays with it? She doesn't think of it as rattle now, she thinks this is her maracas!


Contributed by Vickie Tyson

Jerry Seinfeld is my all-time favorite actor. Of course everyone knows his show, Seinfeld. It was one of the most popular comedy series on television, and I am very thankful that I am able to catch reruns of the show on my Direct TV deals.

He is the funniest man ever, and not bad looking, if you ask me. Each one of his shows offers something new and down right hilarious. It is a riot of laughs to see him, Elaine, and the gang and what troubles they have themselves in this episode. At the end of the show I also really enjoy seeing Jerry perform a minute or so of his stand-up comedy routine.

I hope that one day Jerry will decide to come back to television with a new show or even better, more episodes of Seinfeld. It is the greatest show ever to air. Jerry doing a stand-up comedy show would also be a special treat. As long as Jerry Seinfeld is in the cast, I know I am going to love watching the show, and am going to get as many laughs as allowed by law!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I just can't imagine my life IF I had never met you, fallen in love, and been smart enough to know you were the one...

I love you babe with all my heart... Happy 4th Wedding Anniversary!