Homeschooling, My Kids, Parenting, THE BRAINY BUNCH

Perks of Homeschooling — Opportunities

Sparks Homeschoolers have had a tradition of putting up a bazaar during the Christmas season for the last 3 or 4 years. This year, they had the opportunity to do it in a commercial place called Soderno, a big tent open only on weekends for food and bazaars in Molito Lifestyle Center.

King and I also decided to take the opportunity to join so that Danae would learn a thing or two. It was my very first time to experience the whole thing as a seller, and I enjoyed it! It wasn’t a really busy place like other bazaars, so it wasn’t so stressful for me. Danae actually enjoyed playing with her friends and sister, while I manned our booth haha. I was able to teach her some about money, math and work. I learned a lot myself, and it was sort of a dream come true as I have always wanted to own a “sari-sari” (convenience) store. King always tells me it would never work because my kids and I will be the top customers haha.

I was so impressed by the older kids who manned their own booths! Watching and listening to them made it more fun for me. I loved talking to the other moms there as well. I loved that some of our homeschoolers showcased their talents by jamming with the acoustic act in the food area, and then they had their own jamming session in our area.

If not for homeschooling and for Sparks, this wouldn’t have been possible for us. We are grateful for the opportunity to teach, to learn, not to mention earn. We will definitely be joining again next year. Maybe then I would be ready with some of my own creations. 🙂

Danae in front of our booth. One of the very few times that she was haha. :)
Danae in front of our booth. One of the very few times that she was haha. 🙂
Danae and Noelle's booth! We sold all kinds of things -- toys, stickers, pouches, awesome notebook and notepad covers, hand sanitizers, colognes, hand washes, and bags. :)
Danae and Noelle’s booth! We sold all kinds of things — toys, stickers, pouches, awesome notebook and notepad covers, hand sanitizers, colognes, hand washes, and bags. 🙂
Our beautiful notebook covers, created by my friend Donna Gaddi. :)
Our beautiful notebook covers, created by my friend Donna Gaddi. 🙂
Sam Battung's booth! She sold their own creations, from little trays and accessories to arts & crafts kits and little knick knacks. :)
Sam’s booth! She sold their (they are a family of very creative individuals) own creations, from little trays and accessories to arts & crafts kits and little knick knacks. 🙂
Andee and Julia's booth! Julia sold ballet-themed items, consistent with her being a ballerina. Andee sold other cute bags and wallets. :)
Andee and Julia’s booth! Julia sold ballet-themed items, consistent with her being a ballerina. Andee sold other cute bags and wallets, her mom’s creations. 🙂
Elise's booth! She and her mom sold Christmas bowls and plates, among other things. I actually bought some from them haha. :)
Elise’s booth! She and her mom sold Christmas bowls and plates, among other things. I actually bought some from them haha. 🙂
Matthew's booth, with sister Micah modelling! His mom sold shirts and accessories. :)
Matthew’s booth, with sister Micah modelling! His mom sold shirts and accessories. 🙂
Spring's booth! She and her mom sold framed art works. :)
Spring’s booth! She and her mom sold framed art works. 🙂
Spring and Sam's Grandma's booth! She sold quilts that she herself made. Told you they're a family of creative individuals! :)
Spring and Sam’s Grandma’s booth! She sold quilts that she herself made. Told you they’re a family of creative individuals! 🙂
Chuck's booth! He sold his mom's creations called Scentiments -- body oils and room sprays. :)
Chuck’s booth! He sold his mom’s creations called Scentiment — body oils and room sprays. Really great fragrances. 🙂
Yela's booth! She, her sister and mom sold shirts, colognes, credit card holders. :)
Yela’s booth! She, her sister and mom sold shirts, colognes, credit card holders. King bought little hand sanitizers from them. 🙂
Amber's booth! She sold stickers and notepads. her tattoos were my kids' favorite. Danae still has one on her clavicle, which she put over 2 weeks ago. :)
Amber’s booth! She sold stickers and notepads. Her tattoos were my kids’ favorite. Danae still has one on her clavicle, which she put over 2 weeks ago. 🙂
Trey's booth! He and his partner Joaquin, sold his awesome HASHTAG shirts. :)
Trey’s booth! He and his partner Joaquin, sold his awesome HASHTAG shirts. 🙂
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Witnessing Kids Grow Up

It’s such a joy to witness how children grow up. Kids I’ve known since they were little, like 2 years old or so, are now teenagers! One such kid is Trey Remulla.

photo credit: michelle remulla

I met Trey when I became friends with his mom, Michelle, in 2001. He was 2 years old (met him before he turned 3). Michelle, whom I’ve mentioned a few times in my previous posts, and I became really close friends because it was she who ministered to me and taught me about Jesus. I grew up in a protestant home, but I did not have a personal relationship with Jesus until I got discipled. I was single then, and because of the friendship that was formed between us, I just kept tagging along to whatever she invited me to — from grocery shopping and hanging out in her house to prayer meetings and such.

I’ve always loved kids, and so naturally I loved playing with Trey, Michelle’s only son then. He has always been a good little boy. I remember we were at a photo store, and he wanted something that his mom did not allow him to have or do. He cried, but obeyed anyway. He was so cute when he cried because he was never loud. I never really saw him throw a fit.

He had the cutest lisp, and my favorite phrase that he would say was “I DONK YIKE.” I still say that sometimes haha. When he was hospitalized for a tummy thing, I visited and played with him and his dinosaurs. The poor thing had his IV on his little foot, but he was still a happy camper. I know he’ll hate what I’m about to say, but I even gave him a bath in their home haha. I really enjoyed being tita Phoebe.

Trey will also always be part of my love story because he was one of the kids who gave me a rose when King proposed marriage to me. He was 5 years old then. There were 12 kids who gave me each a rose and the last little girl, Elise (Trey’s cousin, by the way), handed me my engagement ring. That was the best marriage proposal ever!

photo credit: trey remulla
photo credit: trey remulla

Now I’m married with two daughters, Michelle has 2 more sons, and Trey just turned 14. He is a 2nd year high school homeschool student (homeschooled all the way — props to him and his parents!). He is one of our youth leaders in church, and taking after his father, Productive Pinoy author and businessman Yeng Remulla, he has recently launched his shirt company called #HASHTAG. He has a couple of awesome statement shirts that he himself conceptualized. (Click here to check them out.) And I hear there’s more to come in the near future.

I’m so proud of this fine, young man! He’s only 14 but already accomplishing great things. Can’t wait for his destiny to unfold and how God is going to be glorified through his life. 🙂