Shortly after the kids started school, another ex-pat wife told me that even though you think you'll have so much free time on your hands, you will quickly find other things to do to fill up that time. And, I have!
We have also finally hired a helper for our family. Her name is Febe & she is wonderful! She cooks, she cleans, she babysits, she shops for groceries and she takes great care of all of us. You'd think since I don't have to do these chores anymore, I'd have free time to spare. But, once again, I have found other things to fill the void.
I go to the gym every day now. I have a personal trainer who has created a custom tailored program to fit my needs/wants. It takes me 1 1/2 to 2 hours every day to go through my routine. It's insanely long. And, I'm insanely sore. I also take tennis lessons twice a week. It's fun, but it's hard! About 45 minutes into each lesson, I start going downhill. That's about all the tennis I can take for a day. Luckily, our lesson is just an hour long, so I don't slack off for too much of it.
In between those activities, I have spent a lot of time in my kids' classrooms. Nick's school REALLY, REALLY likes parent volunteers & encourages us to be there whenever we can. And, I eat it up! It's great to be there with him, get to know his school friends & work alongside his teacher a bit. I have also been in Sydney's class quite a bit lately. Her class is taking swimming lessons during their PE time this month, so they have asked for parent volunteers to come help the children change into their swimsuits & back into their uniforms once PE is over. I have been a few times & I love it! Since the end of PE is close to the end of the school day, her teacher has invited me to just stay in the classroom with the children. I get to help them paint, make kites, read books & build block towers. I really enjoy the volunteering aspect... all the fun & none of the responsibility!!
This weekend, we are heading to the beach!! I have a friend who is a member of a resort in Batangas. She has reserved some rooms for us as her guests, so we can utilize her member rate. (I LOVE saving money!) I cannot wait!! I hope the weather is beautiful & I hope the beach is, as well.
Here are some random pictures from the past few weeks...
A beautiful Manila sunset view from our condo window