Three weekends ago, Kayo, the girls and I went with my in-laws to visit Kayo’s grandmother, Mommy Cory, who currently lives in Laguna. We weren’t originally part of the trip but Kayo’s Mom thought that, if we had no plans and are up to it, it would be a nice surprise for Mommy Cory to see the kids. So we agreed to tag along and it did turn out to be a very pleasant visit.
Kayo’s grandmother lives in his aunt’s house in Victoria, Laguna. It’s a very beautiful old Filipino style home. I always enjoy going there because it’s such peaceful and inspiring place to be. I love how Kayo’s aunt fixed the place and decorated it. Everything about it was carefully thought through and each detail tastefully done. I particularly like the big open windows that continuously let in fresh air and ample light into the house. I also like that everywhere you look, there’s greenery and walls are filled with beautiful art. Summer and Emma love it there too because they more than enough floor space to run and crawl on!
Thankfully, it was a bright and sunny day, so we took the kids to the little farm at the back of the house. Summer was thrilled to see so many butterflies fluttering about and was in a state of awe when she saw the gigantic chickens in the pen.
In the afternoon, while Emma napped and Summer played with her great grandmother, I got to take some time to just enjoy the fresh air, relax and draw. I brought a small Moleskine notebook with me and decided to start a doodle diary.
Mommy Cory was quite pleased to see the girls and I’m glad they made her happy. That was the point of going there after all. And even if it was just for a few hours, I was really glad to be out there. It was refreshing to slow down a little, take some time away from the city and be surrounded by nature and the people I love.
Rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness. -Leo Tolstoy