Paper Fortune Tellers

Aki came home from school last year and begged me to make paper fortune tellers. I WAS THRILLED! I learned how to make them when I was 9 years old. Big big thanks to our trusty ChildCraft encyclopedia set.   I remember how proud I was because it was me who introduced my grade school classmates to this super easy and fun paper craft. How can I not be thrilled, twenty years later, when my own kid, born in the digital era, shows interest in the same old school plaything?

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Mother’s Day Makeover Project

Mother’s Day is when I ask my husband to do the things he will not normally do. Let’s see. In the past, we have trooped to Quezon City, go pillow case shopping and roam the make-up section. To continue the tradition, this year, I have asked him to help me in my craft project. One of our neighbors was about to dispose this bench.  It wasn’t pretty but it had potential. No one makes chairs like that anymore. I had a carpenter fix it so it will look like a chair again.  Continue reading

Picasso Playdate Finally!

I can’t draw but I can paint! That is what I proved to myself last month. I have found another creative outlet and it is very forgiving.

Last April 20, Aki’s friends, Buwi and Maia came over for a painting playdate that I have been wanting to organize for ages.

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Stamp Painting

Morning!

How did you celebrate Valentine’s? Our little family stayed at home. I was still in bed when I heard footsteps rushing down the stairs. In a minute, Aki gave me the loveliest bouquet, handpicked from the garden. Later that day, we tried our hands again at stamp painting.

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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

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

Oh Christmas Trees! Oh Christmas Trees!

First of all, I want to greet everyone who will get to read this post a Merry Merry Merry Christmas! I hope you are able to celebrate the season with less stress and more meaning.

 

We kicked off the holiday season on the weekend after my birthday when we put up our trees. Yes, with an S. We bought a tiny tree when we moved in back in 2010. In 2012, we bought a proper tree, a white one. I was in loved with it until in 2013, when we took it out of the box, we discovered an epidemic that has been affecting thousands of fake white trees. Parts of our tree turned yellow  and dirty white. I was so disappointed that I lost the excitement of decorating for the holidays. There were other reasons of course, work for one, but I took the yellow tree as a sign to lie low on my Christmas decors.

This year, I promised myself that it will be different. As early as October, I have been turning down invitations to Christmas parties and get-togethers. We chose which ones  we’d attend. I wanted to make sure that we don’t get caught up with the busy-ness. I want to savor little quiet moments. The feeling that everything is falling into place when I fold corners and sides while gift wrapping… The fuzzy feeling when I drink hot chocolate in our holiday oversized mug… The silliness when Aki closes his eyes and sings Star ng Pasko in his made-up no-sense lyrics…Watching the snowman in our failed DIY snowglobe float…Reading heartwarming notes on gift tags… Swing dancing with Franco in the tune of All I Want for Christmas. I am lucky to be married to a DI  or dance instructor. Seriously, he can dance. He has the grace and timing that both Aki and I do not have. Haha. I’d love to post a password protected video here for posterity’s sake but the MB size is just too much for my free wordpress account.

 

Oh wait, back to our Christmas trees. Even though Christmas songs were playing loudly, the overall feeling on the night that we put up our trees was peace especially when the lights were turned on. Continue reading

Our Advent Calendar Christmas Tree

We are celebrating Christmas differently this year.  Less Santa, more Baby Jesus. Less materialism, more meaning. More sharing. More thanksgiving. More reflection.  Last year, I got so caught up with the busy-ness of the holidays — gift shopping, get togethers left and right, traffic etc.  Sure I won several items in the raffles and we got 3 hamons. But the hustle and bustle left me feeling empty and exhausted. This December, I have turned down several  parties especially those that fall on weekends. I want to spend more time and make beautiful memories with the people who matter most. I also decided to tone down on Santa and make sure that we acknowledge the real reason for the season.

Our peg this Christmas is the little drummer boy. I am sure you know the song but have you ever really listened to the lyrics?

Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

So to honour Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
When we come.

Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give a king, pa rum pum pum
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,
On my drum?

Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.

If Jesus wanted a glamorous birthday, he could have chosen to be born in a hotel, right? He was born in a stable and was happy with the poor boy’s simple performance. That to me speaks a lot about how Jesus wants me to celebrate his birthday.

If you also have a Christmas book collection, I highly recommend the Little Drummer Boy book by Ezra Keats.

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