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Do-It-Yourself Pizza Night @ Aki Pizzeria

For Aki’s 5th birthday, all he wanted to eat was pizza pizza pizza. One of these days, he’s going to grow a hard shell and turn into a ninja turtle. A couple of weeks ago, he said he wanted to make the ultimate  all-cheese pizza. Instead of using dough,  he will look for  a big chunk of cheese, cut it into a big circle and make it his crust. I can’t think of a pizza that’s cheesier than that!

Anyhoot, back to our celebration at home. While Aki was napping, I prepared the details for our little party.  Continue reading

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Last Day High

Faded Patch. Bitin Pants. Same Excited Smile. Last day of school!

Dearest Aki, on your first year in Dadoy’s old school, you learned how to read in both English and Filipino. You learned how to multiply and divide.Oh and fractions too. You memorized all the mysteries of the rosary and prayed the Angelus us daily. You also had your first bestfriend, Zac. What makes us truly proud are your enthusiasm for learning and your faith in the power of praying.

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Making Wishes Come True through the Make-A-Wish Philippines Foundation

Now, I know how it feels like to be a genie. Granting wishes is both humbling and exhilarating. I feel extremely blessed to be given an opportunity to be a blessing to others. Through the Make-A-Wish Philippines, together with my friends, we granted the simple wish of 2 kids to have a remote controlled car. When I received the wishlist, I could not help but get emotional. The kids on the list are fighting life-threatening medical conditions and yet their one true wishes were so simple. To go to SM. To own a Ben-ten watch. To have a tribal shirt. The little things that we ignore are the same things that these kids have been dreaming of. Continue reading

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Akisms

Do your kids love posing for the camera? Don’t you just love how they never run out of genuine smiles? Lucky you! I love my son to bits but I can’t help but wish that he is more photogenic. His candid smile makes my heart leap but his 1-2-3 smiiiiiile makes it clear that modelling is not for him. Haha. And don’t even dare ask him for retakes. Am not surprised. Franco is just like that, maybe even worse. During our last photoshoot, my 33-year old first born almost had a tantrum! Continue reading

Update: Top 100 Children’s Books of All Time Collection

Whaaaat?!!! I only added 3 books to my top 100 children’s books of all time collection (top 110 actually since the list has 10 runner-up books) in the last 6 months?!! In my defence, I really should not be buying anymore books for now. Aki is now reading on his own and loves reading books that are familiar. And when he likes a book, he reads it over and over and over and over.  Plus, I am now collecting New York Bestsellers and Caldecott Award winning books.

For my easy reference, these are the 24 books that I still need to hunt for.

 

ABC3D: 89
Blueberries for Sal: Robert McCloskey 27
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!: Mo Willems 18
Fancy Nancy: Jane O’Connor 26
Flotsam: T David Wiesner 28
Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book: Rufus Butler Seder 65
Go, Dog, Go!: P.D. Eastman 22
Harold and the Purple Crayon: Crockett Johnson 15
Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids: 94
Hop on Pop: Dr. Seuss 75
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat: 93
Library Lion 105
Not a Box: Laura Vaccaro Seeger 35
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: Dr. Seuss 32
Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow: Christopher Santoro 70
Pat the Bunny: Dorothy Kunhardt 9
Peek-A Who?: Nina Laden 12
Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day: Richard Scarry 44
Russell the Sheep 98
Sector 7: David Wiesner 107
The Dot: 83
The Rainbow Goblins 103
Tuesday: David Wiesner 50
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears 99

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DIY 2014 Christmas Ornaments

Finally, a artsy-fartsy crafty post! Miss DD, this is for you.

I made a Christmas bucket list. I am proud to say that we were able to do everything on that list except one. The kids in our village don’t go carolling. I tried forming a carolling group but none of Aki’s friends was interested in joining. Double hmmmp! I already had a plan. I will talk to the parents’ of the kids to ask their permission. Franco and I will serve as chaperones and musical coaches. Hay hay. Maybe this year.

 

Here’s my list

Make a snow globe
Wear polkadot shorts for New Years Eve
Have an advent calendar
Wrap gifts creatively
Christmas movie marathon
Write birthday greeting for Baby Jesus
Send Christmas cards via snail mail
Watch Santa’s video message
Listen to Christmas songs
Drink hot choco in our Christmas mugs
visit an orphanage
Carolling around the village
Make holiday ornaments 

The last item on my list was also the last that I was able to cross out. Every year, we have new ornaments. For 2014, I wanted to DIY not one, not 2 but 4!  Continue reading

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Protect Your Family Said the Pope

Hello hello hello!

Is it just me or  is every 1 out 5 people that I know getting sick nowadays? That includes me. I have not been able to report to work for 2 days. The very moment that I sneezed, I knew immediately that I caught my officemate’s virus. As soon as I got home, I drank ginger tea and gargled warm water with salt. On the next day, I was semi okay. Wednesday was a different story. Today, Thursday, I decided to rest (yesterday I worked from home).  Thank you God for the gift of healing.

Moving on to another topic, what did you do during the long Papal weekend? Although we live close to Villamor, we chose to stay home. The pope said, “Protect your family.” If  protecting means praying, preparing for the future, nurturing, prioritizing health, and spending quality time with your family, we did just what the pope said.

First thing we did on the first day of the long weekend, was meet our financial advisor, Efren Cruz. Click here to read our past posts about insights that we gained from him. Financially, so many things have happened since we first met Efren in 2012. We paid off our Pag-ibig loan. I got promoted. Franco moved to an insurance company with great benefits. We just want to check if our finances are in order. Continue reading

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Favorite Gifts We Gave and Received Last Christmas

Yellow!

We did not get to see the Pope but by reading and listening about his visit, I already feel extremely blessed.  I am thankful that God sent a charismatic messenger to us to show how much we are loved.

Still on the topic of Christmas, we were blessed  to be surrounded by generous and thoughtful friends and family. All gifts were very much appreciated. And don’t you just love heartfelt notes?  Continue reading