My Mommyology

October 23, 2014
by mymommyology

My Disneyland Workout

As a gift to our family, my parents-in-law gave us Annual Passes to Disneyland (and by default to California Adventure as well).  Who wouldn’t love such a generous gift?  The girls went bonkers at the thought of going to The Happiest Place on Earth “anytime” they wanted.

So that’s been my life for the last 9 weeks.  I have literally been to Disneyland and California Adventure nine (maybe 10) times.  My Instagram and Facebook friends have noticed it too.  They all ask the exact same question:  “Do you go every week?!”  Well, to be fair, it’s not every week.  Sometimes we go twice (yeeesh!).

How can we not get excited about Disneyland?  Who doesn’t grow up on Disney characters?  Sam and Jamie know them all, as I did growing up.  The tried and tested Disney Princesses, and the newer ones like Merida, Elsa and Anna.  Even the Disney Junior Characters like Sofia the First permeate our everyday lives.  The girls’ costumes and birthdays are often Disney-inspired.  And this was further reinforced with the family’s Disney Cruise  earlier this year.  Disney is really fun for people of all ages.

While that may be true, this is too:  It is EXHAUSTING for parents. Exhausting.

Can you see how thrilled I am?

Can you see how thrilled I am?

We live so close to the parks, the girls jump at every opportunity to go.  I figure that while the kids’ school schedule is still manageable, we’d go when possible.  And while sometimes I do get excited and I feel so lucky, I also feel the lasting effects the fatigue brings each and every time.

It’s a production number and a feat.  From the time you get to the parking structure, to the time you’re able to set foot inside the actual park, you’ve already lost 30-45 minutes.  Even the nearest lots require some effort getting children, bags and strollers up and down the escalators and buses.  And Disney is never without people (even their non-peak days, the parks still have a crowd!).

Then there’s the ordeal of getting on sunblock – repeatedly.  It’s that or the burning heat.  I’ve gotten quite the tan standing in line for the girls.  Of course once all is said and done, there’s the ordeal of washing it off hours later when the kids are cranky and tired.

There’s the walking, the carrying, the pushing of the stroller and the lining up everywhere.

Disney's newest product should be a parent's back massage.

Disney’s newest service should be a parents’ back massage.

Let’s not forget the multiple visits to the public bathrooms.  Ay!  I feel like I’ve stuck my hand in every single public toilet bowl there is.  Thank goodness each stall now has potty seat liners and somehow the maintenance of it all has been quite good (so far!).  Watch out though, the automatic flush is pretty strong… and it sprays.  Eww!

At the end of each visit  no matter how long or short, my body is aching in so many different parts.  I don’t want to move the next day.  I seriously hope I’m losing weight from all of these Disney trips.  I don’t think the visits will end anytime soon as the girls haven’t tired of it.  In fact… they may never tire of it.

The nice thing about the annual pass though, is that there’s no rush to see everything all at once.  We get to explore each land in detail, and ride the rides we want to when we want to.  (Quick update:  Now Elsa and Anna’s Frozen Meet and Greet is only a fast-pass.  You need to get to the park early enough to grab a ticket, which will tell you what time to come back.  These tickets?  They usually run out at 10AM every morning and that’s all they have for the ENTIRE day!).  We’ve discovered some nice thing we’d never have gone on if we were pressed for time.

Do you know where this is? ;)

My first time to find lost pirate treasure!  Do you know where this is? ;)

There have been days when we didn’t do any rides at all, and we just trekked to meet one character after another.

Some of the usual, and some of the not-so-usual characters!

Some of the usual, and some of the not-so-usual characters!

There’s always something new to be learned in Disney.  On this last trip, the girls have recently added the Marvel Avengers to their repertoire.

I must admit, he's quite hot for a God of Thunder! ;)

I must admit, he’s quite hot for a God of Thunder! ;)

It’s made Daddy ecstatic.  I can imagine, he’s been playing with dolls all this time, FINALLY he can share his own favorites with his kids! ;)

This Halloween has been quite interesting too with its Villains theme.

Love them.  Love them.

Love them. Love them.

They are AWESOME.  And so in character!  We once witnessed an impromptu “agrument” between the Evil Queen of Snow White and Merida.

There’s a specific area in the Halloween Carnival where you can “conjour a villain”.  It’s cool.  I think we’ve been in line thrice in the last two weeks.  In all of my memory of Disneyland, I’ve never seen a villain walk the streets.  It’s always been the chipper protagonists and perfect princesses so it’s quite refreshing.  I can’t wait to see what they do for Christmas!

Sam has also recently discovered Tim’ Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas.

Jack Skeleton and Sally

Jack Skeleton and Sally

These are things I’d never have thought to introduce to her.

As we go, I learn some new things too.  I’ve found this app called MouseWait, which gives you the wait times in each ride and restaurant.  I also found a Crowd Tracker Site which predicts the crowd levels on that specific date.  I’ve learned how to work through some of the long lines especially when there’s more than one adult present.  And when we ride “favorite rides”, I always try to find something new I never spotted before.

"Small World" has updated to include some favorite characters too.

“Small World” has updated to include some favorite characters too.

I’ve also found some hidden character spots!  Jasmine and Aladdin’s oasis for instance, isn’t even on the map that they give out at the entrance.  It took a little scouting around but eventually we found them.  And Jamie is a happy camper for it.

Jasmine, the Genie and a very happy Jamie.

Jasmine, the Genie and a very happy Jamie.

An Annual Pass for those that live near Disneyland is definitely worth it.  There are discounts too on food and merchandise (and we do save a lot when we flash the annual pass for food!)

It's where Jamie got her favorite bow and arrow.

It’s where Jamie got her favorite bow and arrow.

The more we go, the more I appreciate the brand that is Disney.  It’s amazing how everything just runs almost to perfection.  Every single person you talk to, from the street cleaners to the parking attendants, to the ride attendants, it’s clear everyone knows their role and their place.  And the customer service is excellent.

There’s always a new discovery to be made at Disney.  I’m floored with how they’re able to keep it relevant and fresh each time… I cannot begin to imagine the planning that goes into each part of the park all year round.  And it’s amazing how each experience (no matter how crowded) stays with you for life.

Disneyland really is a magical place.

October 21, 2014
by mymommyology

Adjustment Phase 1A: A School for Sam

It’s the Adjustment Series again. :)  Can ya blame me?  With each move I need to re-wire my brain.  I told my husband I hoped this would be the last though in a LOOONG time, because I think another move will just cause me to short-circuit!

Where do I begin.

While the main reason for relocating to LA was for Jamie’s over-all health (and secondarily for my husband’s career), the biggest concern for me was Sam’s future school.  I’d gotten quite comfortable with the fact that she was adjusting nicely to my alma mater.  She was grade 1, was starting to make those life-long friendships we all know begin in grade school… and she was doing well.  Everyone loved her — teachers, classmates and community helpers alike.  The system was working for us (and you know me with routine and predictability!).

And to think when we moved to Manila, I had stressed over the school choice too!  Now after going through it a second time around outside of my comfort zone, I realize that choosing a school in Manila is (was) a walk in the park.  Who was I kidding?!

We started our school search months before we even confirmed our relocation plans.  While my husband searched the net, I talked to Moms I knew and trusted.  After all, we’re not the first family to do this!

My first instinct was to move Sam to a private school, which so many people said was crazy.  And that was the first mindset shift.  They made me realize that in a developed country like the US, there are good public schools.  Read:  Free tuition.  And websites like Great! Schools had a listing and some ratings and reviews public schools, complete with all the facts.

I have this bookmarked for life.

I have this bookmarked for life.

Then a good friend pointed me towards the API Index.   It’s a statewide measurement of all the public schools in the various cities.  Apparently it is a well-known trusted index.  I was advised to look for schools that ranked 800 and up.

Somewhere along the way, another friend sent me the list of California Distinguished Schools, which honors some of the exemplary public schools in the state.  Of course who parent wouldn’t want to send their child to those schools?

I was taught to look for this symbol when visiting a school.

I was taught to look for this symbol when visiting a school.

Here’s the other thing I had to wrap my head around:  We needed an address that was within the zoned district of the school.  (Say what?!)  Meaning to say we needed a home before we found a school.  But we also needed to pick a school so that we could look for a home.  And while this “law” is common to other states in the US, it wasn’t familiar to me.  In Manila, you could live in the deepest recesses of the province, wake up at 430AM and go to school in the city by 730AM!  But that’s besides the point.

Of course, each school had a maximum capacity too.  So if your chosen school was at full capacity, the school district would assign your child to another school in the district that was possibly of a lower ranking.  By the time we’d confirmed our move though, most of the schools we looked at had closed enrollment.

Then there was her age.  Sam is admittedly a year younger than her current batchmates, because she missed our school cut-off by 29 days.  She had a guidance assessment and they saw her fit to go into the level she’s in now.  Here, it’s not the case.  The district will look at your date of birth and last completed level, and all transfer students will start with the students of their age level.  So if it were up to the system, Sam was going back to Kindergarten.  When I spoke to some administrators, they said the Department of Education is strict about the ages because of the bullying, and it would have to be at the discretion of the school’s Principal.  My reply was always – my daughter may get bored in Kinder and then SHE may be the bully!  Plus, the only thing that excites her about moving is because she understands she’s going to continue in Grade 1.

With all these considerations I was about to go nuts.  It was a long process.  I was worried about putting Sam in a lower ranked school and then moving her again a year after.  I felt that was too much of an adjustment, be it private or public.  I seriously considered home school, but that scared ME more.

All of that said and done, my husband and I finally decided on a district with schools that were all ranked in the above-average level.  That way even if we couldn’t get into our California Distinguished school of choice, it would still be a school that was top ranked.  He would have to drive 35 miles to work (which is far by LA standards they say), but we decided it would be better for the kids in all aspects.

My husband left 6 weeks ahead, and he found a school (and an apartment near it) that had a slot for Sam.  It was a year-round school, which was ANOTHER jolt to my system because I didn’t even know I had to consider that!  Apparently there are two “schools of thought” (pun intended) about traditional and year round schools.  There are pros and cons to both systems, but in any case, the only school in this wonderfully ranked district was the one with the year-round calendar.

When we arrived two months ago, school had already been in session.  We had our alma mater’s full support that she could handle the 1st grade, and they backed it up with OLSAT test results as well as assessments and personal recommendation letters from her teachers.  And thankfully, this particular school has taken Sam in at 1st grade.  It was ranked a 10 on Great Schools, and has an API Index of 942.  It was a California Distinguished School in 2010, but aims to get that distinction back soon (which is good enough really)!

She's being led to her new classroom.  I followed holding back tears.

She’s being led to her new classroom. I followed holding back tears.

She started immediately 5 days after we’d arrived.

I snuck this note into her lunchbox.

I snuck this note into her lunchbox.

She’s made some friends and according to her teacher, has no problem adjusting at all.  I went through Sam’s Mindprint results with her, and in the last few weeks the teacher has seen and verified on her own that Sam is quite the exemplary student.  Phew! 

There are days Sam tells me she still eats alone and is shy about joining the other kids.  She misses her old school and her friends back home.

Sam's Manila classmates gave her and another friend a send-off before we left!  So sweet.

Sam’s Manila classmates gave her and another friend a send-off before we left! So sweet.

She doesn’t cry about it though (which makes ME want to cry even more)!  What else can I do except take it in stride and hope that time will help.  Everyone here seems welcoming and very friendly after all.

I may have lost a couple of years of my life going through this transition, but I did learn a lot.  And with Sam doing so well, I’ve recently discovered there’s still MORE to learn about the education system in this country.  That is a happy problem I shall willingly take on. :)

October 19, 2014
by mymommyology

A #BetterMe and A #BetterParent with the Enneagram

Once a week I still aim to share some of the life lessons I’ve learned along the way.  This is a post long overdue too!

I’ve always taken a personal interest in personality tests (yes, even the quizzes in the magazines.  I secretly do the Facebook ones too — heeheehee!).  I used to do it for me.  And then eventually it was used to understand my husband-then-boyfriend, better.  Now I do it because I want to understand my kids, and how I can be a better parent to them.

Of all the “tests” that I’ve had to answer or use — from Myers-Briggs, to StrengthsFinder, and even the Love Language test, I keep coming back to the Enneagram most of all.

Here it is!

Source:  The Enneagram Institute

I first learned about the Enneagram from my spiritual mentor Ester.  She had a whole document, and when I read it I was overwhelmed.  So I attended some seminars on it at Don Bosco many moons ago.  The thing about that is, you’re discovering yourself and others of your type in a room full of strangers.  So while some of it was educational, a lot of it was still intimidating.  And at the end of it all, I still didn’t fully grasp the 9 different personality types.  In fact I re-took the test at different points in my life, and I got even more confused because it would shift between two or three numbers.

Fortunately, I found out that my good friend Jake is an Enneagram guru.  In fact he teaches it in his leadership classes at the Ateneo Graduate School.  Jake, Kris’ other half, is a triathlete and the producer behind shows like Green Living TV and Gameplan (which is now back and getting bigger and better!).

GameplanTV, a nominee for best Fitness Blog from the most recent Tatt Awards!

Jake is left most with the rest of the GamePlanTV hosts and co-producer Paolo Abrera.

Jake teaches it because he believes that a person who knows himself better and is more self-aware can be a better leader.  And wouldn’t the world benefit if there were better leaders out there? (Go Jake!)

Photo credit:  Conci (Blairbitchbunny)

Photo credit: Conci of The Blairbitchbunny

Ever since then Jake has been my Enneagram guru and go-to person.  And he was happy to hold an intimate #BetterMe session with the other SoMoms on it.  As pre-work, he had us all take the free online test  to get a baseline of our numbers and personality types.

Photo credit:  Jen of Next9 / Attached at the Hip

Photo credit: Jen of Next9 / Attached at the Hip

As I mentioned before, the Enneagram is a test that “divides” the way we type or classify people into 9 different personality types.  It was started by Don Riso and Russ Hudson who eventually founded the Enneagram Institute.  I don’t know much more apart from the fact that the Enneagram also shows the relationships between the types, and the underlying motivations for specific actions.  Like any other tool, the Enneagram is key to better self-knowledge and self-awareness, and is the most comprehensive that I’ve found so far.  It’s fascinating!  There’s always much to learn.

Source:  Enneagram Institute's FAQs

Source: Enneagram Institute’s FAQs

The trick is not to get overwhelmed by the lines and arrows.  And maybe think of assessing yourself (and your number/s) in 3 buckets.

Find Your Center.  Focus on the highest number first, which will be your “center”, or your default.  The test will help you determine your highest number.  If you hit two or more, read through the descriptions and see which ones resonate most with you, particularly the motivations.  One other way, Jake says is to also check physical manifestations and symptoms.  Normally head people (types 5, 6 and 7) often get migraines or bad headaches.  The ONE types on the other hand look very put together, very prim and proper.

Study the WingsFrom that which is your center, check the two numbers on its right and left.  As a “2” for instance, my wings are 1 and 3.  Meaning, I’d have to consider the good and bad traits of the 1 and the 3 as how they blend in with the personality type of the 2.  With Jake’s help, I understand now that this was where my initial confusion stemmed from.  As a younger form of myself, I related more to the 3, the Achiever.  When I became a parent, my 1 wing stood out more.  But Jake was the first one to point out that my motivation and behavior was that of a 2.  So  it’s possible that life stages and situations will make you exhibit the traits of another type, but in the end you still go back to your center.

Learn the Integration and Disintegration.  And now for the arrows.  If you look at this Enneagram diagram, you’ll see that each number has an arrow which “points” to another number in the circle.

The arrows point to a number is its Disintegration.  The arrow coming from a number is the Integration.  Capisce?!

The arrows point to a number is its Disintegration. The arrow coming from a number is the Integration. Capisce?!

In my case 2 for instance, a Healthy version of myself will integrate with the positive qualities of a 4.  As a Helper, I “automatically” give of myself and have a hard time saying no, sometimes to a fault.  I can learn from the 4 (the Artist), to sometimes put myself first.   The opposite is also true and an unhealthy 2 will disintegrate and exhibit the negative traits of an 8.  I rarely get mad but when I do, I explode — just like an 8 would.

It’s all a lot to take in, but definitely worth the time to understand.  And it’s one of those things you can keep going back to (as self-understanding takes time!).  What’s nice about learning it with an intimate group of friends, is that now you all have the same language.  In fact some of our conversations have statements like, “It’s because she’s a 6,” as the only explanation.  Or, “That is the 1 in you talking.”  It helps keep you self-aware when other people can help you using tools you understand.

Now as for the parenting part of it… the Enneagram Institute says that it’s difficult to use the testing and typing for children under the age of 14.  That’s because they’re not fully aware of who they are yet, or why they do things.  But as a parent, Liz Hill (from the Enneagram Administrative Support) says, ” the most important thing is to begin to understand how you fit with whatever type your child is — that’s where the work is for you!”  They have a whole section on parenting in their website if you’d like to check it out.

There is no perfect number or better number.  You can’t change the number that you are.  To quote the wise professor Jake:  “You learn these things so that you can be the best version of your number as you can be; for yourself and for those around you.”

Thank you “Sir Jake” as always.

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October 16, 2014
by mymommyology

Status Update: Two Months and Counting

Over the last 60+ days, I’ve repeatedly gotten this question: So how are you adjusting to life back in the US?

I will say, it's important to get quality movers.  Absolutely important.

I will say, it’s important to get quality movers. Absolutely important.

Let me tell you what our last 8 weeks have been like:  we’ve somehow put the apartment together, gotten the kids to school and to each of their extra curricular activities.  We’ve been to Disneyland about 8 or 9 times (I think this deserves a post all on its own).  We’ve also been busy making new friends and re-connecting with some old ones (If I’ve not been able to call yet, I’m so sorry!).

The girls making friends over rainbow looms.

The girls making friends over rainbow looms.

We’ve been to play dates, hosted a few, and have just randomly stumbled on others.  We’ve had our first set of visitors and gotten through a 3-week school break for Sam (which actually meant I had ZERO downtime, as peacocks never really want downtime!).  Somewhere in there I’ve managed to finish up some projects for work back home am currently helping push the Two Tots Christmas Catalogue and holiday orders

Now here comes the shameless plug:  if you haven’t ordered yet, please go ahead and do so!  We’ll get it to you, no matter where you are in the world! ;)

Go to Facebook: Two Tots Home Accessories Inc today! :)

Go to Facebook: Two Tots Home Accessories Inc — and view the album today! :)

But back to our regular programming.  Like any big move, it is a roller coaster ride all on its own.  The little things of getting the affairs in order and unpacking… it takes time, especially with kids.  But I will say that moving back here from Manila (versus moving from Chapel Hill to Manila), I felt (feel) was easier… and for several reasons:

I begun my parenting journey here.  The practices, the way of life of a parent with young kids here — I learned it all in NC once upon a time.  It’s just the way I knew how to parent.  I comfortable coming back to it.  The place was different, the state was different, and there are other nuances too but essentially it’s of the same philosophy.  Also, there are no yaya-woes which as I’ve experienced, is quite a big deal in Manila.   Don’t ask me about babysitters yet!  I haven’t gotten that far. ;)

There’s no traffic.  Well, there is.  But somehow again, travel time has become predictable.  And everything that we need or that we do can be found within a 5-7 mile radius, which is approximately a 10-minute drive.  I know exactly which parts and which times of the day where more cars are on the road and I can create a routine around it.  My MindPrint confirms that I thrive on predictability and structure and routine.  It’s no wonder the Manila traffic drove me crazy!

The weather is more predictable.  This has been very helpful, particularly for Jamie’s eczema.  As I mentioned in a previous post, it’s practically gone.   That’s been the biggest plus of all, since Jamie can go for hours on end without medication and just enjoy the day.  We know way ahead when the weather shifts and we can be more preventive about her condition than reactive.   With the wonderful LA weather, the kids get to enjoy one playground or another every single day.

On our way to a playground.

We’ve become very outdoors-y lately.

We have the DV-R… and Netflix!  These were some of the things I missed when we moved back to Manila.  I’ve so many shows to catch up on I get all excited about them.  My husband laughs when I animatedly talk about what I want to watch when the kids go to bed.  It’s also our version of date night, or my version of “me time” (on the occasions he needs to work late).

The efficiency and the autonomy work in my (our) favor.  Many have said this — but in Manila for things to run smoothly, there is an intrinsic need to be dependent on others and to relinquish a little (or a lot) of control over your parenting.  It is an ecosystem of co-dependency, and there is totally nothing wrong with that. I realized that it was taking me longer to accept it because it’s just not how I’m built, and not how I’m used to doing things.  In fact, I was still adjusting to it when we moved back here.    But coming back here where everything is on you (including the making of your furniture!), and there is an efficiency to the system (even in the medical profession!)… it just fit!

Even Princesses are put to work too. ;)

Even Princesses are put to work too. ;)

And the girls are so much more independent now because of it.  The nature of how things are forces them to do certain things on their own that they would never really do in Manila because of all extra helping hands around.  Jamie for instance, dresses herself.  All her clothes are within her reach, so she can go into her room, pick out what she wants to wear and come back to me fully dressed.  Whether it matches or not is a different story.  That’s not bad for a three-year old, no?  Sam can prepare her own snack and pour her own drink.  She also puts her plate in the sink when she’s done.  The girls are forced to pack away on their own and help each other with certain things when I’m busy doing something else.

Ate taking over the job of helping Jamie with "homework".

Ate taking over the job of helping Jamie with “homework”.

Do I (we) miss Manila?  Yes of course — there are aspects to it that I miss.  The people mostly.  My chiropractor!  Oh man, what I’d give to have him here for a week!  The #BetterMe sessions.  The food.  The girls say school –  they do miss everything about their old schools.  Other cultural nuances.

I’ve come to realize though, as you move from one place to the next, wherever in the world it may be… you never really leave fully.  I’ve always said, Chapel Hill will always be home.  Manila for all that it is —  has been and forever will be that too.  And now we have a third place to call home.

So the adjustment?  It’s been good.  Tiring but fun.  It’s also still ongoing.  I suppose you can say our LA adventures are really just beginning.

September 11, 2014
by mymommyology

My Mommyology Discovers: Kracie Popin

There’s still so much to be done before I can officially say we’re completely “settled in”.  And I think the kids have noticed that I’ve been extra busy during their time at home, they keep asking us to do stuff together.  We’ve done the board games, the Rainbow Loom, and played outside.  They’ve even “helped” with some chores like unpacking the picture frames.  They’re always looking for something new to do.
As I was unpacking I noticed several boxes of “toy-looking” things that we put in last-minute.  My husband’s cousin Pebbles had sent us a going away present on the day that we left and in my mad rush I put them in without really thinking.  It’s a good thing too because as it so happened, Jamie discovered it in the closet during one of our low-key days and got all excited about it.
6 of the 8 boxes Pebbles sent.

6 of the 8 boxes Pebbles sent.

I’d never heard of Kracie Popin before Pebbles’ gift.  She told me it was a do-it-yourself fun activity for kids that parents could get into as well, perfect for parent-child bonding moments.  I’m no DIY expert, but I’m happy to try — especially since it fit our latest criteria:  Doing something new together.
So Jamie picked a pack she wanted to do and we opened it up.  The packaging is entirely Japanese (which is great because anything from Japan is great, but quite hard to understand since I don’t speak Japanese!).  Pebbles sent me instructions in English before but as you know, my computer crashed so it was lost.  Thankfully Kracie Popin is an easy Google search.  You can download the instructions in English, or watch and follow a tutorial on You Tube as well.
Jamie all excited for our DIY project.

Jamie all excited for our DIY project.

Okay call me dense, but I thought it was a just a toy.  Like Play-Doh?  You put water and mix it with the powder into some food shapes and then learn to form it.  At that point I was already quite amused because I thought it was a good way to introduce different foods to kids, and show them how it was all prepared (more or less). 
And then halfway through, I realized they’re actually real candy kids can make and THEN enjoy!  Oh wow!  We’ve never “made” candy before!  Sam was the one who pointed out that it smelled like really good, like candy in fact — and after I re-read all of the instructions I realized she was right!  No wonder it starts with “make sure you wash your hands first!”  And make sure you do it on a clean surface too.
The girls had a lot of fun — for their age they needed a lot of help since the drops of water were very precise and the containers were small.  Plus, I didn’t want them getting any powder on my computer when they looked through the instructions!  Like any jello kind of candy, if you put too much water it won’t form properly.  This was the case with our first sushi pack.  We put too little of the mix for the “rice” and so everything on top kept sliding off.  But in the end it did look like sushi!
Left:  Making the fish roe.  That was pretty cool.  Right:  finished product.  It was our first try!  Don't judge. ;)

Left: Making the fish roe. That was pretty cool. Right: finished product. It was our first try! Don’t judge. ;)

Sam didn’t get in on the sushi pack action until late, and so she asked that we do a second one.  Pebbles gave us so many it was hard to choose!
Finally she decided on the Doughnuts.  She and Jamie helped each other and it worked out nicely too — one wanted the vanilla, and the other the chocolate.
Doughnut making in progress

Doughnut making in progress

After rolling the dough and shaping it up, they each got to make some of the “icing”, and they each designed their own donuts, with sprinkles and all.  It was quite fun.  It’s like learning to bake or cook in bite-sized quantities without really having to get into the kitchen to do it.  And it’s a great activity to do with the kids.  We were quite preoccupied for a good hour, maybe more.
Tah-dah!  Our handiwork for the afternoon (early evening).

Tah-dah! Our handiwork for the afternoon (early evening).  They couldn’t be more proud.

Thank you again Tita Pebbles for our DIY fun!   The girls can’t wait to make the other packs again, I just need to find the time! ;)
Learn more about Kracie Popin by following them on Instagram: @diyfun_ph.
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