Summer and Changes


Can you feel the summer heat? Thank goodness the minis’ grandma bought a new kiddie pool for them! The minis can’t get enough of the water ever since Arjay blew up the pool (with his own breath, FYI, because the minis couldn’t wait for the pump – haha!). I totally understand because it has been super hot lately. If I have a choice, I’d turn on the airconditioner and stay inside the house the whole day. BUT, I have two minis asking to play outside so I have no choice but to endure the heat. I guess they really missed summer after the very cold months that just passed.


Before letting anyone dive into the pool, though, Arjay made sure that everyone knows the pool area rules. So he took out the Safety Reminders sheet he made and printed last summer and displayed it at the entrance of the gazebo. 😀

I know there are no sharks or jelly fish or even crocodiles (not sure where that came from) in a kiddie pool, but having a sheet like this around is great in teaching kids safety, courtesy and etiquette when swimming in a pool. We made sure all of the drawings in the sheet were discussed before I let the minis take a dip.


After an hour of swimming, the minis willingly went out of the kiddie pool when I asked them to. I’ve noticed that these two babies of mine have been throwing less and less tantrums lately. I guess teaching them to communicate with us properly really helped ease the tantrum-throwing. 🙂


Oh! I have news! We took The Princess to Assumption Antipolo today for her interview and assessment. Days before the scheduled interview, I kept telling Arjay that I’m scared that our little girl might not be ready for it. Sure, she knows a lot already and answers us when we ask her questions – but when other people talk to her, she tends to shy away.

Surprisingly, when the teacher asked The Princess to come with her without us, she just waved goodbye and went with the teacher. We knew then that we have a big girl already! After about half an hour, the teacher asked us to join The Princess for a family interview and to discuss her assessment.

She said that our little girl is very smart and quite independent for her age. The teacher was actually amazed at how good The Princess identifies colors, letters and numbers even when she jumbled them. What she needs to improve on, however, is her social skills – which we’ve noticed way before the interview. She tends to assume the “leader role” instead of playing with other children. Leadership is good, but she needs to learn to become a team player as well. The teacher also noticed that it’s so hard for her to stay put (I’m not surprised because her dad is the same way, haha!). Her advise is to create a routine for the minis so they’d learn to be more focused. Other than that, we were told to continue what we’ve been doing – reading books before bedtime, learning through play, etc.

Did she get in? She did! We are so ecstatic! We will receive the formal letter of acceptance next week and after that, we’ll start preparing our girl for school.

Kimberley Reyes

Kimberley Reyes is an Online Business Manager for entrepreneurs who are ready to get off the hamster wheel and step into their CEO shoes. On top of helping her clients get organized and scale their businesses, she is also happily busy raising her five kids with her firefighter husband.

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Rae

    I don’t get the interview process a little bit. Parang I feel bad for rejected kids kasi the point of a school is to help the a kid develop. Or is it just a test of readiness? I don’t know.

    I think there’s nothing wrong with The Princess being who she is. I think it’s ok that she doesn’t stay put or that she takes the lead. People are different. I believe that the reason why Kelly is smart is because she doesn’t stay put. She’s curious and observant. 🙂

    1. Kim Reyes

      I don’t think they reject any of the kids (unless all slots are full). The interview is more of a getting-to-know the family type. The teacher basically asked about how we are as a family, how we handle the kids, etc. The teacher also had a one-on-one with Kelly, which is meant to assess her readiness, her strengths, and what she needs to improve on.

      You’re right, she is smart because she is curious and observant. You saw how she was when we were exercising diba? Ang liit pa pero iniikot na yung park. Haha! 😀 I admitted during the interview that we raised The Princess to be an explorer because we believe that children learn best by exploring. But I totally understand where the teacher is coming from when she said The Princess needs to learn to stay put as well. For instance, when it’s lunch time, she shouldn’t be in and out of the dining area to juggle meal time and play time. We have yet to teach her that there is a proper time for everything; hopefully going to school will help us improve on that aspect.

  2. Marie

    Congratulations to your bright Princess!! She was successful because both you and the hubby are raising them perfectly! ❤️

  3. Congrats, Kelly and mommy! 🙂 Pareho sila ni Pia, may “leadership” skills. Hehe. Mga 2-3 months after she first went to school, medyo natuto ng maging team player. Ang cute niya for sure sa uniform. <3

    1. Kim Reyes

      Get mo yung leader attitude diba? Haha! The teacher is not worried about it, though. Sabi nga niya she’ll learn to become a team player once she gets to spend more time with other kids. Right now kasi, si Caleb lang kalaro niya and with him, she really has to assume the leader role.

  4. Yay! Way to go! I remember when my son first started pre-school, I was more nervous than him! LOL I kept asking if he was okay, if he needs water or food. Tsk.

    1. Kim Reyes

      We were the same way when the teacher asked our daughter to come with her. We kept saying, “It’s okay, baby. You can go with her.” But we were holding on to her hands tightly. Hahaha!

  5. Kyong

    Congratulations to your princess! School is fun talaga especially for first timers. My son started school last year and it was really exciting to see him go to school, parang ako pa ang mas excited 😉 As for summer time, we just got our own inflatable pool and the kiddos are super excited to use it. I don’t want to try blowing it up with my breath though..baka mamutla din ako 😉

  6. Serene Shikukeza

    Congratulations Kelly! I knew you will nail it baby girl. 🙂 I’m so happy for you!

    It’s so hot na nga. I want also to stay all day inside out room but I can’t. Kids would rather stay in the living room.

    Hindi naman naubusan hangin si Daddy A? Hahaha.

    1. Kim Reyes

      I was really 50/50 about her readiness before the interview kasi nga masungit/mahiyain siya around other people. But we’re glad to know that she stepped up during her assessment.

      As for Arjay, ayun namutla after. Hahaha! Four layers kaya hinipan niya. :))

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