Fun Find: Wee Can Too All Natural Non-Toxic Art Supplies

I am always on the look out for fun things for the kids, for David he’s so into Geronimo Stilton now and because I grew up enjoying reading so much I am thrilled that kuya has found his own series to bury his nose in. We buy a book each week when we can and David picks out the titles.

Noah is very much into scribbling these days. His OT now includes tracing and we support it at home by tacking on big pieces of Manila paper everywhere to encourage Noah to scribble and color.  I have not tried painting yet because I have yet to find paints that are safe and non-toxic. That is of course when I went to ExpoMom 2015 in Glorietta and discovered Wee Can Too. The one word that drew me to this tube of paint was “veggie”. I looked closer and found out that Wee Can Too’s products are all made using fruit and vegetable powders and other plant-based ingredients. They also do not use chemicals and preservatives. I figured that since the ingredients are all natural there is no risk of poisoning when our malikot kids accidentally ingest the paint.

 

wecantoo finger paint

And because of that guarantee, I bought one bottle to try with Noah.

I asked Ate Ann to paint with Noah while I was at the office. I bought a huge piece of Manila paper and a couple of brushes so Noah can also practice his grasp and pen holding. I asked Ann to take pics and it was clear that our little dude had a blast! When I got home, Ate Ann told me that Noah loved the painting activity but they left the bottle of paint outside in the heat. This unfortunately made the paint expand, overflow and spill over!  They threw away the left over paint because they figured they couldn’t use it (I have a feeling na pwede pa talaga pero yaya was just making sure).

 

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Philippine Holidays and Long Weekends: July – December 2015

If you haven’t heard yet, we got new holidays to look forward to for August and November! I already posted an updated schedule of Philippine Holidays here for 2015 and below is a list from FB that adds the new holidays for Ninoy Aquino Day and APEC Leaders Meeting. Hooray for long weekends!!

To Dream Big

Last Saturday, I was with our batchmates from DSAPI for our regular get togethers. We try to meet at least once every few months just to catch up and have our kids play together. I remember one of the first few times that we met outside of DSAPI, our kids were all just laying down and our talk revolved around medical tests, maintenance meds, if the holes in our kids hearts have closed, what thyroid medications our kids are taking. We were all still a bit overwhelmed then but we found ourselves laughing and crying together. There is a sense of comfort in seeing our kids all growing up together. Our first few meet-ups had our babies all lying down on mats because they were all just learning how to crawl then.  Last Saturday, the kids were all moving about, throwing away toys and tantrums. We all looked at our kids and realized how far they’ve come and how far we have grown too.

nov 11 batch with jaycee

Our talks of course would always touch on our kids’ future. We all agree that the Philippines does not yet have the systems and infrastructures in place that would support individuals with learning disabilities.   Take schools for example. For David, it was easy to decide where to send him. For Noah, my goal is to find a playschool that know how to best motivate and work with his skills.  Right now, he is largely non-verbal and he is still learning how to self-feed. The choices are between SPED vs a regular playschool.  The values I am looking for are inclusion, empathy and understanding by his future teachers and classmates. Trying to picture a possible future for your child with special needs involves so much more consideration and criteria. I try to live one day at a time but there are just some times when I can’t help myself and the worry just washes over me.

It was what Dan said that really made the most sense of Noah’s future.

“He will be what he will be”

These words grounded me in reality. Noah (and David) will be whoever they will be. We can provide them with the foundation and the right support now but their future is entirely theirs for the taking. I have always qualified what Dan always says  and I always tell him that my dream for the boys is that they will go through life being genuinely and deeply happy.   And happiness according to Eleanor Roosevelt, “is not a goal, it is a by-product.”

Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. Paradoxically, the one sure way not to be happy is deliberately to map out a way of life in which one would please oneself completely and exclusively. After a short time, a very short time, there would be little that one really enjoyed. For what keeps our interest in life and makes us look forward to tomorrow is giving pleasure to other people.

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Someone once asked me what I regarded as the three most important requirements for happiness. My answer was: ‘A feeling that you have been honest with yourself and those around you; a feeling that you have done the best you could both in your personal life and in your work; and the ability to love others.’

But there is another basic requirement, and I can’t understand now how I forgot it at the time: that is the feeling that you are, in some way, useful. Usefulness, whatever form it may take, is the price we should pay for the air we breathe and the food we eat and the privilege of being alive. And it is its own reward, as well, for it is the beginning of happiness, just as self-pity and withdrawal from the battle are the beginning of misery.

My dream for Noah, Joey, Jiada, Tomas, Lee, and Coco’s is that they live a life that they are happy with and proud of and that because of them, others become happy too. It’s a big dream, a big wish, a big ask. But for Noah and his friends I can only dare to dream big.

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The gang: Coco is hugging Joey. Lee is all smiles and Noah is up to something again heehee.

Ang Bituing Kulang sa Ninging

bituing walang ningning poster

Last weekend, I watched Bituing Walang Ningning the Musical with some of my good friends. I was excited to watch the musical because I am a big fan of Bituing Walang Ningning. If I were to make a top 10 list of my all time favorite movies, kasama sya dun. Baka nasa Top 5 sya...ok fine baka Top 3 haha :D I was pretty sure the musical will be just as fun and just as campy as the movie but no, it wasn't. As clear as the intention of the movie was -- it was a classic good vs evil story with … [Continue reading]

Dioramas Alive!! Augmented Reality at the Ayala Museum

Ayala Museum for Kids 1

I pass by the Ayala Museum at least 3x a week. I work and do my errands in Glorietta, Greenbelt and Landmark and the walkways pass by this beautiful structure. I always peek into the windows to see what new exhibit is up but I've always wondered about the dioramas.   I only had a chance to visit it once on a grade school field trip in it's old location but I remember being fascinated by them. So when we had a weekend staycation at New World, I grabbed the chance to take the kids to the … [Continue reading]