Long vacations are always a luxury for me. I seldom take long leave from the office unlike Mike. The last one I had was during the Little Jedi’s birthday but that was a busy week-long leave from work. The five-day (well, four for me because I have work the following Monday after Easter) vacation was well spent at my Mama’s house in Cavite.
I like coming home to Cavite. Although I keep on denying that it is a province, (because it’s just in Bacoor–two tumbling’s away from Las Piñas) I have to admit that being away from Manila is really refreshing. It really is a province in many wonderful ways. No, it’s not like Pangasinan (our REAL province where Mama grew up) with a farm and animals and rice fields. But the idea of being away from Manila/work is just splendid!
So what did we do during the Holy Week? Three things: Rest. Pray. Bond.
When I say rest, I mean eat-sleep kind of rest. For Lucas, it was sleep-eat-play-eat-sleep-play-eat-sleep. As for me, well, it was just as indulgent. Heehee. Mama always prepares my favorites whenever we stay there. And since they like taking Lucas off my hands, I was also able to get a long-overdue rest from work. My goal was for Lucas to gain a couple more pounds. He did. Guess who else did? Hehe.
I also got to do my old hobby: bead work. Too bad I only had a couple of nice beads left. I was only able to make one necklace/bracelet. I’m planning to start my hobby again, though. 🙂 Time to visit Quiapo soon!
Pray. Of course during Holy Week, we pray. As for me, my old room is the perfect place to meditate. My quiet time at our home in Parañaque is when everyone is asleep. I get to think things over, do a little meditation, and blog. The downside is I sleep late. During the weekend, I wake up in the morning, I get to do a little introspection and whisper a prayer.
Bond. Boy, did we bond! Lucas bonded with Nuggets. Lucas eats his cereals, Nuggets eats whatever (Lucas) drops. What better way to develop a lasting relationship, right?
Lucas also bonded with Mama and his Ninang. He had morning walks with Mama. Finally! A wide space to walk to with fresh air (fresher than the metro, I guess). Lucas do not get much motivation (and space) to walk when we are in Parañaque, even when he can already walk all by himself. In Cavite, Mama did not let him crawl when he is not in bed. At first, he would grab a hand to guide him (mine, Mama’s or my sister’s). By day two, he was already walking from the living room to the kitchen, to the dining area. He even goes straight to the door. That is his way of telling us that he wants to walk outside. By day three, he’d rather walk than be carried. Woohoo!
Lucas also enjoyed the rocking chair. Sitting/rocking on it has become a part of his routine for three days, I was worried he might look for it when we come home to Parañaque. I hope I can find a small rocking chair for him. Does anyone know where I could buy one?
Lastly, we bonded more. I only brought 2 toys plus two stuffed ones for bedtime. I brought all of his board books, though. And that is how we bonded. I read to him and he would read to me in return. I was able to do the activities that I would only get to do during weekends and when I am home early (play with him in the morning, give him a bath, feed him his snacks, play with him some more, sing together) for four consecutive days. Oh those are precious moments, indeed! The only downside of our vacation is that Mike couldn’t be with us because he had work. Boo! 😦
I am now spiritually rejuvenated and emotionally motivated to spend as much time with the Little Jedi. That means to leave home as late as possible, come home as early as possible, and do more activities on weekends as much as I can!