April 11 will go down on the Endaya history book as the day we first hosted a celebration at home. There were a lot of things to be thankful for. First, we have finally moved in to our own house. Mega thanks to the OC-ier and more praning version of me, my mom, for helping out. Even if the turn over of the house was delayed for almost six months, and imperfections are all over the place, the house is not so bad after all. The sun rays pass thru our windows in the morning, allowing us to sunbathe Aki in vitamin E. We get to spend lazy Sundays at homebecause it is malilim and mahangin in the afternoon. Second, there is a new addition to Familia Kiki. Jane, our very first helper and yaya is really masipag and learns fast. Aki did not even experience any stranger anxiety when she arrived. Third, although bad men broke into our house 6 days after we moved in, no one got hurt, and nothing really valuable was stolen.
But main reasons why we had a mini celebration were
– Aki is six months old!! And
– We got the go signal from our pedia to start feeding Aki with solid foods! Yipeeeey!
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The frog prince will be having a Half Birthday Party and his first taste of (fly) solids!
“Hop” you can join us in this toad-ally fun celebration.
April 11, Sunday 3PM
Don’t frog-et to wear brown!
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I started planning the party two months before the actual date. The froggy theme was inspired by Aki’s froggy potty and froggy bibs. The party hats and the loot bag contents were bought from stores in Ayala MRT. I only made two loot bags since we were just expecting two kids, Ate Jyl and Kuya Rocky. Both loved the food erasers that I got for them. They even made the adult guests participate in their make believe food court game. The other toad-y guests, were supposed to take home fly gummy candies but the froggy daddy forgot to pick up the giveways from my supplier. Haruumph! And just like in Aki’s baptism, lay out of the invite, guest sheet sign, and thank you tags were done by my scrap-blogging sister. Photos were taken by my ever reliable FIL.
Our menu consisted of family favorites like Los Banos fried tilapia, palabok from Little Quiapo, puto and dinuguan from Benjies and my mom’s chicken cordon bleu. My contributions were sliced pears and apple appetizers and Japanese salad. Recipes to follow.
To start the celebration, we put on the party hats and sang a half-y birthday to you to the frog prince. The Mernel’s Cake, the bestest chocolate cake ever, was a gift from my sister. After I blew the candle, everyone gathered around the high chair to watch Aki have his first taste of solid foods. Since we ate pears for our appetizer, I had the little birthday boy eat some pureed pears from Earth’s Best. Based on my research, most babies refuse or spit out their first spoonful of solids. That was not the case for Aki who just munched away as if he had been eating since he was born.
After eating, Ate Jyl announced “Pls leave a kiss and scribble a message for the frog prince”. With the help of Tita Mae, my neighbor and BIL’s wife, Jyl handed out lipsticks and green kissing cards. It was fun to watch, especially the tito’s as they put on lipstick and put kissmarks on the cards. All the messages were special but most touching for me was from Tita Ninang Ate Yaya Ilyana who wrote “No kisses from the other princesses yet. Only from tita…”
Our families were treated with a live father and baby drum solo performance. Too bad, our neighbors wifi is too slow ( they generously but unknowingly share their wifi to us) so I am unable the upload the video. Aki also showed off his newly discovered crawling prowess.
All the gifts were very useful. The Endaya family gave the Mimiflo baby food set which we so so so love. My mom gave sandos since it’s awefully hot these days. Ate Jyl donated one of her cute little cold compresses. My sister sponsored the cake.
Half-y birthday, Akingking! Because of you, we have a reason to celebrate everyday.