Favorite Holiday Moments 2012 {Part I}

I know. I know. Christmas posts are so 2 months ago. I was really busy during the holidays and was even busier when I returned to work.

Here is the Part I of my favorite moments last December.

1. Making ornaments for our white Christmas tree. Blogged about it here.

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2. N@W Christmas party. It is always fun personally meeting online friends. Plus, Aki got a ninja shirt from the exchange gift. For a time, he wanted to wear the shirt all day everyday. Thank you so much Cheng. Recently, I learned that Laya loved the elephant watering can that we gave her. Yey!

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3. In Franco’s family, it has been a tradition to go to Malvar, Batangas to visit Lola Maring, Franco’s paternal grandmother every December 24th.

Here, Franco and Lolo Tay,are in a middle of an exciting chess game. I grabbed the camera and took a couple of shots because watching them made me realize how fortunate I am to be part of closely knit family that really enjoys each others company.

My wish is for Aki to grow up having the same close relationship with his dad.

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Oh, it has also been a tradition to have a family picture taken by the entrance door. The family has been doing this tradition even before Franco was born.

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4. Before Aki went to bed on the eve of Christmas, we left milk and oreos for Santa. Hopefully next year we will have time to make cookies from scratch.

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5. Speaking of Noche Buena, for Christmas last year, I honored Mama Ogie, my maternal grandmother, by trying to replicate her famous spaghetti. Her recipe was adapted from the spaghetti from South supermarket. I haven’t tasted the original South supermarket spaghetti but I remember how everyone loved Mama’s spaghetti. Franco’s family who also loves the South spag, noticed the resemblance and gave my spaghetti two thumps up. I actually think that my version is close to Mama’s but there is something missing. My mom agrees. We just don’t know what is that missing ingredient or step.

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6. The day before New Year’s Day, we went to BF to have a family lunch with Tita Sor. My mom, my sister, Jana and Jyl were also there. It is always a riot when these kids get together.

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7. There were so many things that I wanted to do during the long break. Of course, I only accomplished half of them. One reason is I spent two days reading and crying over Marley and Me.

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8. Our neighbors’ fireworks during Media Noche! Thank you, neighbors!

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9. Special thanks to my own mummy for spending the holidays with us. Thank you for letting Aki teach you how to play with his Beyblades.

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