Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Hi-ho hi-ho its off to parent-teacher conferences we go

I just took the kids to their parent-teacher conferences last night. Kaye is doing very well. I'm so proud of her. Now if I could just find a way to find the cat that has her tongue, that would probably help quite a bit. Her teacher mentioned that she is so quiet when answering questions. She also needs a bit of help with writing summaries. She recently got a diary for her birthday which gave me an idea that might help her.

Carlo has a hard time getting his assignments when going back to class after a session with his ESL instructor. His teacher and the ESL guide have a way to take care of that though. They'll write all assignments in his assignment notebook so that we can check things out when he comes home from school.

Sam made Honor Roll. I'm really proud of her. Marlene will be going to her next level of ESL at college. She's really eager to move on to studying nursing, but I think she needs to work on her communications skills in English first.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

One step closer...

I just took Rizza and the kids to the USCIS Application Support Center in Norridge today. It was an early morning start. We got up at 4am so that the baby could be dropped off with our good friends, Mike and Lowra DeLoyola beforhand. We got to Norridge just before the 8am appointment and everybody got their forms filled out and fingerprints taken. The next step should be an interview for everybody sometime in the next few months.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Born in the U.S.A.

Our newborn baby girl, Emanuelle Sotto Rice finally arrived in this world on July 31st. Mama was a real trooper and survived the whole ordeal. Emanuelle weighed in at 6 lbs. 14 oz. at a towering 19 in. we think that she'll be the female kick-boxing equivalent of Pacquio in that she kicked about as hard and as well as Pacquio hits. Pictures of mama, baby, Marlene and myself are below in the blogspot post or directly in the Baby Pictures album as well.

Anxious baby

It looks like it was a good idea to get married when we did. Rizza started having contractions rather quickly on May 27th at 30 weeks. She was admitted into Lutheran General Hospital late that Sunday evening. The folks on the medical staff were able to slow the contractions down and she ended up being able to be released around 3am the next day.

Happily Married

Rizza and I tied the knot earlier this year. May 24th to be exact. I realize that it was kinda rushed. I wanted to get that out of the way sooner rather than later since mama was pregnant and it was coming close to time for her monthly exam. Pictures of the happy occasion are below in the blogspot post or directly in the Wedding Pictures album as well.

Touching down on U.S. soil

Rizza and the kids finally arrived in the U.S. on May 10th. This was after being poked and proded a bunch of times for their medical exams and going through an interview process at the U.S. Embassy in Manila (which was probably less painful than the shots at St. Luke's Medical Center). Everybody arrived safely in one piece eager to go home and get some rest after a long plane ride.