My Kids Are Growing Up Swiftly

My kiddos recently completed their music training as part of  extra-curricular school activities. Thea enlisted in Voice Lessons while Yohan availed of Flute training. They had their Recital last month in one of the malls in our city.  
When I posted some photos on my social media pages, many were a bit shocked that the two have grown bigger and taller. They are both chubby now. I am even teasing the first-born to start cutting on some carbs, para sexy hahaha. 
She really loves to sing, and if you would allow me to brag (a bit) she sings quite well. 
This is Yohan in the Primary Learners’ Flute Ensemble 

such a chubby chubby handsome boy! 
Thea will study Guitar next school year while Yohan will learn how to play the Lyre. By the way, the Instrumental Music Program is being offered for Free Maranatha Christian Academy-Mandaluyong. 

GSP-Mandaluyong Council Star Badge Fair 2014

Girl Scouts of the Philippines-Mandaluyong Council Star and Junior Badge Fair was originally scheduled last September 20, 2014 but postponed due to inclement weather. It was conducted yesterday at the Mandaluyong Elementary School Gymnasium. 
Thea participated in the said event. I took a half day off from work and accompanied her. Even though she already experienced this last year , she was very excited for another round of challenges and additional badges. She already have four badges for completing last year’s challenges. 

After the preliminary activities like invocation, Star Scouts Promise, and Troop Yell, each troop/school consist of more or less 20 Girl Scouts visited the stations one by one. There were seven stations representing the seven themed challenges which include Spirituality and Well-Being, Preparedness, Heritage and Citizenship, Family Life, Arts, Environment, and World Community. Each participant will receive badges corresponding the completed challenges. To know more about these challenges, read the Eight-Point Challenge at the official website of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines .  
Here are the snapshots of the event. 
presenting their troop yell
the girls listening attentively during the knot tying session

 they went outside to look for plants and animals that start for letters A-Z

Thea’s artwork: an owl made up of brown paper bag and color paper cut-outs.  She made a smaller version of this at home last night and gave it to Yohan. 
It is really important to involve our children in activities like this. Aside from additional experiences, the badge fair as a whole, will help the children to be well-rounded and responsible citizens.
Congratulations to Thea for another job well done! Kudos, also to the other participants and organizers of the event.