Aki's Letter A 2nd Birthday · Birthdays · Memoirs of a Mummy

{Aki’s Letter A Birthday Party: A is for Attire

My little prince wore the birthday crown that I made

and a light blue shirt that I bullied asked Aki’s Tinang Binky to buy from SM. I asked Binx to get a shirt in size 3T so Aki won’t outgrow the shirt in a few months. When tried on the shirt on my boy, it was just right size. I went to SM Makati to have it exchanged for a bigger size.

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Franco's Japanese Party · Mrs. Monologues

Japanese Party for our Sumo Daddy!

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Last Saturday, we celebrated Franco’s big three-O with family and closest friends. Franco knew all along that we’re gonna have a party in his honor. What he did not know is that I was working on a theme close to his heart, JAPANESE! You see, my husband is a sucker for anything Japanese (except for hentai and anime, hehe).

With just one week to prepare, I searched the net for inspiration. I did not have to look far for decor ideas. We call our guest room, the Japanese room, because that is where Franco’s Japanese collection is displayed. Kimonos, samurai swords, Japanese dolls, painting, mat, books, divider, CHECK!

For appetizers, we served Japanese rice cakes with tuna spread and apple slices. Yum-oh for a last minute recipe that I invented. For the main dishes, we had tonkatsu, sukiyaki (c/o MIL. Thanks Mama!), gyoza, yakiniku (my husband’s favorite!), Sushi/Maki platter, tuna and salmon sashimi. The last three, I ordered from Wasabi, a small stall beside SM Hypermart (where Makro used to be) in South Expressway. The gyoza deserves its own post for the stress it caused all of us. It was our first time to make one. It took me more than an hour to wrap 60 pieces. I cooked the first batch by arranging 10 pieces in a pan with oil and water. You know the gyozas are cooked when the botton is already crispy and the water has evaporated. I only did the first batch.  I decided to enlist the help of MIL’s helper and Franco’s yaya, Ate Patti for the rest. I put the gyozas in a plate and sent them over to MIL’s house. Wrong move. The gyozas sticked to each other. Poor Ate Patti had to redo them all over again. With just a few minutes to go before the party started, we had no choice but to make steamed siomais out of my gyozas. 😦 (BTW, 1 kilo of ground pork makes more than a hundred dumplings) We also made Sputniks, which is my Tito Kiboy’s lazy version of morcon. Not at all Japanese but it was the birthday boy’s special request so I had to give in.

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Holidays · Mrs. Monologues

Our Daddy’s Day

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Last June 20, we had lunch with my in-laws and Franco’s sibs at my husband’s favorite resto. Afterwards, we had dessert at our current favorite stall in SM Bicutan, Scramble! Yum! 

One week after the actual father’s day, we had a smaller celebration at home. The day started with Aki and me getting up from bed as soon as the little man was awake. This made sure that our daddy slept a little longer, giving us more time to prepare for the surprise breakfast. 

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Aki's Froggy Half Birthday · Birthdays · Memoirs of a Mummy

A Froggy Half-y Birthday Party for Aki

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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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Riiiiiibit…… Riiiiiibit……Riiiiiibit….  

 

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.    

 

Aki’s Swamp

April 11, Sunday 3PM    

 

Don’t frog-et to wear brown! 

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