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Wednesday, October 12th 2016

10:40 PM

Gone But Will Never Be Forgotten

       My beloved father in law, Paul Grismer had passed away today, i actually watched his last final breath(while trying to compose myself) before he rested peacefully, which quite an opposite situation with my parents, they both died abruptly, of heart attack, both in 1999, when my mother died in Aug. 1999, i just came from work then, as i was passing a neighbor down the street, he said "Condolence Cleo" , and i was like, condolence what?, and told me,(on our native dialect) oh sorry,you didn't know yet? your mother" , my heart was beating fast..as i rushed quickly to our house and there, i confirmed, My father didn't call me when i was at work so that i go home safely and not disturbed, just like any other ordinary days.  Everyday, i used to commute from home to work , ride bout 3 transportation vehicles, so i kinda understood what my father was thinking when he did not inform me right away. But shortly after 3 mos. (Nov. 1999) there it happened again, this time it was my papa, can you imagine, our hearts were still hurting from the fresh wound and there's the new dagger strike again, that left us shocking to me and my siblings, thinking about it right now is making me recall the pain again, the "why" question is once again resurfaced in my mind but only heaven knows, and when i thought well, i survived, we survived,  became strong after all the pain, trials and struggles,  good things had happened, and that's what i always live on, that in times of troubles, everything is gonna be ok in the end, and if it's not ok, then it's not the end, for i know that God is always with us and will never abandon us. True that you only realize the importance of someone when they are gone,  it's completely different to have no parents anymore,  who is always there to guide and support us.  Cherish your parents while they are still around in this world.  I know, my parents are just up there looking for us, and their memories lives on forever...

      Anyway, today, was thinking that this is it, the final moment with dad and we'll never ever gonna see him again, sitting in the living room, and what i would remember about him, a loving and kind wonderful man,  always being grateful and complementing my food, i know everyone does  😁 but i actually learned the word "sumcious" from him ☺and oh by the way, he complimented about my handwriting too 😊 i must admit it's kinda messed up now,when everything is digital today😁 we were thinking to go camping with mom and dad, didn't happen anymore, i thought we still have plenty of time  😔, but they were able to visit us when we were camping in beautiful but chilly Autumn at Bay City,  most of the Fall campers got their trailers and we were using a tent, i remember dad asked me if i am not cold, if i could only read his mind,i thought he was thinking,"you two are crazy" ☺those little things and more memories that will surely give me a smile in my heart. This moment is truly saddening and heart breaking especially for my husband and family in laws, even we prepared ourselves for this, the only consolation is thinking that he is now resting in peace, feeling pain no more and is now in heaven, that means, more angels up there that are gonna be watching over us...

     Thank you for the 10 years of knowing you, i am so blessed to have you as my dad in law and being part of your wonderful Grismer family..we love you dad, you'll be missed and forever be in our hearts  💙💜💗



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Friday, October 7th 2016

6:20 AM

Happy 10th! {*;*}

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  • Thought for the Day: Love is something eternal...the aspect may change, but not the essence

        Out of the blue, I thought of checking this web journal of mine, yeah it's been quite a while since my last entry here and I almost forgot that I have this beautiful site that my hubz created for me 😚anyway, I'm actually surprise that this is still around, let's face it.. Facebook is taking over the world 😁 The Rock You and Photobucket which I had been using before for posting are already gone, It's been 10 years since I started blogging, well, i was inactive half of the time, i blame facebook! 😁  actually lately or for several months now, i try to be less active already, just testing if i could survive without facebook and i believe i can 😀

       As I was saying it's been 10 yrs since I started here(Oct.2006) and my premiere post was my wedding pics, (just got married a month before posting) so it's my 10th wedding anniversary also with my hubz and my 10th year here in Michigan as well, time flies indeed! I could still remember when hubz(fiance then) and I in LDR, communicating with each other, from two different sides of the earth, bunch of emails, and hours of chatting online in the cyber cafe, and maybe if there's "Selfie" then, I would take and send a lot 😁😉much easier now but we managed those days, 10 or 12 yrs ago, all through the magic of the internet ☺ it's amazing how the internet world and technology has changed remarkably today  ☺

       Hubz and I have not changed much actually, well, except that we both gained weight haha! it's ok, as long as we're both happy and in life we should just all be grateful for all the blessings we have, big things or small ☺😉


         Yesterday, i thought of opening the box with our wedding stuff in it after 10yrs.. should I call it a Time Box instead of Time Capsule ? 😊anyhow. it brings back sweet wedding memories 😘

     The background song or the video below is the flower montage i made for our wedding anniversary, flowers i have grown in my garden since we moved to our new house 4 yrs ago, here in the beautiful 4-seasons state of MI, (how many can you name?)  bunch more that are not in this video, (under 4 mins. song is not enough time , which i personalized,i know kinda pitchy 😁)  i just love this song~How Did You Know~dedicated to my hubz for our wedding anniversary 👨💍👰 Thank you and Enjoy viewing everyone❌⭕💋



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Sunday, May 9th 2010

12:28 PM

Greetings To All The Moms(",)

makes me miss and remember my dearest mama who has been resting in peace for almost 11 yrs now together with my loving papa, but THANKS and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to my beloved mom in law Joanne Grismer for being such a wonderful mom, to my sisters in law here and in the Phils, to my aunts, cousins and all my relatives, dear friends and acquaintances, and to all the MOTHER, MOMMY, MAMA, NANAY, INAY, MADER in the whole wide world, you rocks!God bless you

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Friday, February 5th 2010

3:48 PM

Winter Escapades:)

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  • Thought for the Day: I Have Found Out That If You Love Life, Life Will Love You Always

        Thank you to those who are always checking me here even you don't get updates for a while now, your visit is greatly appreciated always for sure, i will never abandon this site for this was the labor of love by me and hubby, i mean, my husband made this for me 3 yrs ago when i did not know yet about the layout, links and everything, so i love this and will always be a special website of mine

     Actually i am not that busy here, maybe i can blame Facebook? I admit it's easy to update on FB than making post here, anyway, i am here while in the mood for blogging

         I would like to share about our winter escapade last Jan. 30 at Frankenmuth,MI.  I was wanting to visit Frankenmuth as i heard it's Christmas all year round there and quite curious to check interesting Christmas stuff. My hubby's co worker told him that it's best to go there last weekend because there will be a Snow Fest, so since i like snow, there we go!I was so excited

     Unfortunately we were not able to stroll much at the Bronners Christmas wonderland because it was about to close already but wonderful, with all the decors and lights, feels like Christmas holidays again



      So we proceeded to the Zehnder's Snow Fest, we had a good time viewing at the cool and amazing, larger than life snow sculptures and beautifully detailed ice carvings, was thinking how artistic people are of course it was a freezing night and first time to experience that so low temp., no problem with the body because i was prepared for it but on my face i felt like it's going to get numbbut hot drinks and warm stores and restaurants are allover to warm people up the fireworks completed the festival night, we strolled the River Place and got some souvenirs from a shop and surprisingly the Butterflies mobile that we bought is made in the Phils.,nicewe had dinner first before heading back home at 10pm


you can view more of the Snow Fest pics hereand let's see what's your favorite

       I am looking forward to see the Snow Fest next year for sure they have cool new stuff again yes, i just love snow, winter, cold is ok for me, than hot weather, i remember, in my country Phils.,i passed out or fainted in a crowded hot place  For people out there who don't like snow, just think that many people are longing to see and experience it, (especially in my country) and even winter storm is not as bad than a strong typhoon, flood, fire or earthquake, life is much better if we stop complaining , we just learn to live the moment and be grateful,and realize that we are more fortunate than others


      A weekend before we went to the Snow Fest, we also drove to Saginaw,MI to visit a friend, Fran and to attend her son's birthday party It's also an hr and half drive just like Frankenmuth, well, Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County Anyway, It was summer 2008 when we last seen each other so i was also excited to go, hubby and I slept over there, we had a nice time, we brought my magic sing so singing time until midnight, even Fran's family were singing also, i think after few drinks i also had couple of chocowine, red & white wine plus smirnoff, of course chow time with Fran, she cooked Bicol food too, what a night, drove back home Sunday afternoon after a chow again

at the basement where we slept, pose muna with Elvisand hunter's collections

     It was good to see Fran and her family againand just a nice weekend getaway, different from our ordinary weekends

     Thank you again guys for hopping byI hope that your 2009 was also good and if there were sad and bad times, we just have to look forward always to a brighter tomorrows and better days, Positivity is the key I also learned that the mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience so sometimes we just have to leave bad things in the past and start fresh..In the end family and good friends are all we have Happy Healthy Bountiful New year to all (Chinese new year,feb.14 Happy Valentine too and have a pleasant time always



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Saturday, December 19th 2009

2:17 PM


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  • Music: Bomtarat Tarat!
  • Thought for the Day: It's the most wonderful time of the year


You Might want to check out our Holiday cheer Elfmarphosis

       dancing   ELF VIDEO 1

       singing    ELF VIDEO 2  

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Friday, September 11th 2009

4:02 PM

Niagara Falls Adventure:)

     We were planning to spend our 3rd wedding anniversary in Virginia but since we had an early trip there last July, the excitement of going back this time was not as intense anymore, besides, Ontario Canada is a way nearer than Virginia but we are definitely going back there maybe next summer to taste the beautiful Atlantic ocean at the waterfront of Virginia Beach and to eat yummy fatty crabs again and so we planned a Niagara Falls trip last Labor day weekend and I got so excited about it that i forgot several things that i needed to bring, like the sweeper for cleaning the tent, our vitamins, my extra comfy shoes, and some others. Anyway, our trip turned out great, as we expected It took about about 4 and half hrs drive going to our prospected campsite at Rock Point of Ontario Parks but it was already fully booked, and we proceeded to Long Beach Conservation Area and thank God, there were lots of vacant campgrounds and we were able to set up the tent before sunset

    Niagara Falls was 40 mins drive from our campsite and we started the adventure at the Victoria Park, where we could view the beauty and wonders of the Niagara FallsIt was truly magnificent and amazingly beautifulwith the rainbow flashing, what a wonderful scenery! and we made sure not to miss the beauty of Niagara at night or the illumination that shows ever changing colors of the fallsof course, with the magic of the spotlights We saw flashing of cameras from people taking pics at the other side of the falls which is in Buffalo, New YorkWe also had some spray of water during the day while viewing the falls and lot more water spray at night like we were walking in the rain. We did not see that coming!It was already midnight when we just walked all the way from Clifton Hill to Table Rock because we parked our car there and as we were passing by the falls, surprisingly, there were nobody else walking that time and there came the big shower from the fallsi told hubby that, that was a lot of blessings from above what a one unforgettable experience

We went inside the Table Rock to explore the Welcome Center there and got some souvenir stuff. I thought hubby would just get a ticket for the Maid of the Mist boat ride but he bought the 4 top Adventures package such as, the Maid of The Mist, Journey Behind The Falls, Whitewater Walk and Niagara's Fury


First Stop is the Niagara's Fury. It was cool to travel back in time 10,000 yrs to experience the Creation of the falls, and witness the power and beauty of nature. We were inside the dark room with big screens of the water allover, as if we were riding a boat and sometimes we experienced total darkness, thunders and rains. There were moments that i felt that i was actually therethat was really cooland some some kids were screaming and cryingby the way, we were not allowed to use cameras inside, so these were just the few we taken outside the dark room


Second Stop is the Journey Behind The Falls we took the journey below and behind the heart of Niagara and stood right in the mist and spray, the sound was like thunder, i thought it would be chilly since it started to get dark, but not at all, although we were soaking wet up close and personal with the falls was an awe-inspiring sight!


Maid Of The Mist here we come! The boat took us to just a few feet away from the bottom of the falls. Water rushes all around as we "soak" in the excitement of this thrill of a life-time! what would you expect when water and wind combines, it was like going out of the house in the middle of the Typhoon signal no. 3 in the Phils.I noticed, we were the only one using the camera when the "hurricane" blowed ushaving a waterproof case for a camera is really a cool idea

Unfortunately we were not able to make it to the Whitewater Walk We headed right after we were done with the Maid Of The Mist and we were just surprised when we found out that it was closed and it was only 5:30pm anyway, we had enough and we surely had the thrill of a lifetime, an ultimate and authentic falls experience with those 3 Falls adventure, we could not ask anything more

More pics to share taken from our campsitewe thought of swimming at the lake before heading again to Niagara

and strolled at the busy downtown of Clifton Hill, with Wax Museums, Theaters, Fun House, Sky Wheel and a lot more attractions. We just dined out for a couple of nights and Niagara is definitely not a cheap place

   Niagara Falls is indeed the world's famous falls because there were lots of people and tourists from all walks of life, of different races and nationalities. Who says that we have global economic crisis?In fact i also saw several Filipino families and friends strolling around. I did not get to meet them but i just heard them speaking Tagalog 

  We also hopped in at the Aerocar station while waiting for the People Mover bus (2 day free ride included when you get the 4 top adventure pass). Niagara Parks has a lot more to offer and explore, such as the Marineland, Butterfly conservatory, Floral Clock and many more tourists attractions but we just did not have enough time

   We headed back home Monday and i noticed we spent more hrs. coming back even though we also stopped to have dinner but i think it's because we waited almost an hour from the Blue Water Bridge to the Canada-Michigan,US Border, with long lines of cars and trucks, but by the time it was our turn, it was just so quick, the Custom officer just had a quick check on our passports and my green card, and asked what we did in Canada

   Well, hubby and I surely had a great wedding anniversary treat that we will never forget

   Below are the videos to share

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls at Night

Journey Behind The Falls

Maid Of The Mist

  and you may want to check a lot more pics here on our Shutterfly Album 

  By the way, we got fancy photos right after we were done with Journey Behind The Falls; it was just one pose but 2 photos for 20 bucks the other background is the Illumination or Niagara at Night


Yes! i took pictures of the pictures

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