This Tuesday’s Thoughts 13.

OMG. I can’t believe it’s been half a year since my last post here.

Well, 2016 has been a blessed year for me and my family. Earlier in January, we moved here in Sydney from Singapore. After a month, Rod was assigned back to Singapore for a project so we went back there as tourists. While Rod was finishing his project, Marshall and I went back to Philippines for a week. Mid-year, we travelled as tourists in New Zealand and spent time with our good friend Rene. Before the end of last year, we went back home again to Philippines for Kuya Mac and Ate Leah’s wedding. There we managed to squeeze in our time going to quite a number of places, Leyte, Palawan, Baler, and Batangas. Well, it’s definitely more fun in the Phillipines. Hopefully it won’t take me forever to make a post of our adventures. 

Speaking of busy days, I was really occupied last year, though some people think I just stay at home. Yeah right, traditionally speaking, I’m a housewife. Though I prefer to say that I’m a homemaker. Though there’s not much difference if you would describe it but when you say you’re a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom), people tends to define it literally. And I believe that it doesn’t truly justify our work as a wife and mom. 

It’s not true that housewives just stay at home for nothing. As a matter of fact, we have several tasks to do. Primarily is to take care of the family and having a toddler at home makes it more challenging. Really challenging.. However, most of the time, I get to spend by playing, playing, and playing. Though there’s much more than that like bathing him, preparing snacks for him, feeding  him, which takes years, and some story time that doesn’t mean 1-2 books, but a pile of it. 

Aside from playing with my kid, of course I also get to play with my hubby. (hmm?) I mean, play the role as a loving wife. Not to mention doing all the household chores like everyday cooking meals, washing dishes, making sure the house is clean, and toilet of course, and picking up the toys, doing laundry, ironing clothes, picking up the toys (wait, did I mention it already? oh yeah, i do it most of the time). Plus the fact that I am also incharge of menu planning, grocery auditing, budgeting, thinking of activities for Marshall, and the rest. Thankfully, Rod finds a way to assist me at times, aside from the fact that he is quite generous with my allowance. :)

On a good side, I wouldn’t imagine myself any other way. I mean, it’s hard being a stay at home mom but at least I could purposely spend my time with my husband and my son. At the end of the day, family is what truly matters most to me. In a couple of months, I might be back to work since Marshall is already going to school for few days. So I want to treasure the remaining days or months of being a full-time stay at home mom unless I find some work from home opportunities. 

Currently, I’m working on the IELTS which is an additional chore for me. You’d probably ask me, ‘then why the hell you still do blogs if you don’t have enough time’. Firstly, I consider it as my me time. It soothes me when my fingers just run through my laptop and words just come out surprisingly. Another thing, I think it’s also a way for me to practice my writing skills for IELTS. At least I get the habit of stating my opinions as well as forcing myself to enhanced my vocabulary. Though I must start the routine of writing with pen and paper. 

What’s your thoughts about stay at home moms? :)

Anyway, here’s a (very late) recap of our 2016.  Blessed New Year! :)

Categories: TTT


  • Mommy Levy

    You have a busy schedule mommy. I believe that there is no such thing as a stay at home mom kasi everyone is a working mom (literally speaking). You’ve been to New Zealand? Musta don? I heard that it’s a nice country to raise kids.

    • itsallaboutwitwiw

      I couldn’t agree more, every mom is a working mom. New Zealand is a very nice place. Hindi pa ganon kacrowded, to think na mas madami pa ang population ng tupa kesa sa tao. Very calm and relaxing. :)

  • Erica YU-B

    Yes, I feel happy about being a stay-at-home mom. But sometimes, there’s a feeling of regret? emptiness? Sadness? envy?
    I’m not quite sure. When I see other moms who work while taking care of the family, Nakakainggit, actually. I feel so useless at times. Thank God for freelance writing opportunities, right? At least, it will lessen the feeling of “walang kwenta” to super productive human being! Going freelance can not only help the household financially, I can buy the “luho” without the feeling of “nanghihinayang” :) God bless!

    • itsallaboutwitwiw

      Actually I’m still learning the process of earning by doing freelance. So far, I only do blogs as a hobby. Care to give tips on how to earn? :)

  • Mommy Anna

    You had a busy 2016, I really wanted to be a full time homemaker but due to financial matters I can’t. And I don’t know if I can afford to be a work at home. But even I am a working mom I make it sure that I have time for my son and my husband

    • itsallaboutwitwiw

      I can imagine how busy you are considering you are a working mom. Cheers to financial freedom! Let’s claim this! :)

  • mhaan a

    I’m a SAHM too with blogging and makeup artistry on the side. We are very lucky to have a trustful yaya who do the laundry, cook for us and looking after my son while I need to go out. Being a mom is the most difficult job in the world, what more if SAHM where you are solely responsible for everything diba? Kaya kudos to all mommies / sahm!

  • May Palacpac

    Oh I’m a stay-at-home mom and I have embraced it in every way. I’ve learned to work around its limits and maximize my role. :) I even work-from-home while I homeschool my three kids. Iba na ngayon. :)

    • itsallaboutwitwiw

      I’ve always wanted to homeschool my son as well pero iba ang culture kasi dito sa Sydney, more on socialization. Though I still try to teach him basic learnings. And I’m also still in the process of looking for some work opportunities at home. 😉

  • Eve of Qarah Moments

    It was really a busy year for you and your family. Well, at least you have more time with them which is the most important ~ creating memories as a family. I’m a stay-at home Mom and I love it. I gave up my job and position because we want to be intentional with our kids. I’m also working from home to helo hubby with the finances. But we still praying na sana stop na me from work. We want to invest in our kids’ life and it is only possible if we are avaialble for them.

  • Berlin

    I see stay at home moms as selfless. They could give up their career to look after the family. Often unglamorous because of the many chores to be done, still they remain committed to their family and see to it to prepare a warm meal, tidy house, and a homey ambiance for her loved ones.

  • Maan

    Oh no, housewives are probably some of the most busiest people in the planet! Glad you’re embracing the lifestyle though. I’m interested in taking the IELTS too!

  • Alaine

    So much love and respect for stay-at-home moms. I am not even sure if I can do that once I already have a kid of my own. I recently resigned from my corporate job. I have been married for four years with no kids yet and I want to train myself to become a WAHM if not a stay at home mom so I can focus on our future kid/s.

  • jem alvarado

    I agree that taking care of the family and having a toddler at home makes motherhood more challenging. I’ve been a work-at-home mom since I gave birth with my first born. I usually feel like a super hero being a WAHM :) that I diverted into my esupermommy.com blog. Cheers to us moms!

  • Liz A

    Being a single, working mom, I only get to see a glimpse of the life a stay at home mom live when my son’s nanny is on vacation. There was a time when it was just my son and I for a week and a half and boy, not even 2 days have past and I was really to scream uncle. It is hard and going through that was a very refreshing experience for me because it made me realize how hard my mom’s job was when she gave up work and stayed at home for the 4 of us.

  • Lhourdes Mercadero

    A stay at home mom is the one who was always busy. Doing everything to make sure Na nasa ayos lahat. I’m a proud stay at home mom , I have the best salary! Love,hugs and kisses!

  • Maria Teresa Figuerres

    Stay-at-home moms are superwomen! We do everything by ourselves without pay, without vacation and sometimes even without a bit of appreciation. Husbands should love their stay-at-home wife more and kids should do the same for their stay-at-home mom.

  • TweenselMom

    Stay at home moms who aren’t busy are those who can afford to be so or just plainly settling for who they are. Staying at home is the perfect opportunity to grow and be somebody, and that require a lot of work.

    • itsallaboutwitwiw

      Yes, I believe that we all have to experience this kind of hardship so that we can truly appreciate the future ahead of us. Cheers to all the supermoms! 😉

  • Gilian

    Omg. If I copy paste this on my blog, this would exactly resonate evey bit of what I was planning to say or post about being a housewife…even what you said about blogging. That’s exactly how I would say it. Haha
    I say I don’t hve time for other things, but I tell them I blog to relax or as a stress buster. :)

  • Michelle

    I find it a bit offending when people define SAHMs/WAHMs as “nasa bahay lang”. Ang hirap kaya! Especially if you don’t have a yaya/house helper and you do everything by yourself, diba? Anyway, 2016 was a year of travel for you and your family I guess and it is a blessed year indeed! Hoping to read more of your adventures here in your blog soon! :)

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