Happy 2nd Year, Mr. Bry126!

Ten. (2+8) Ten. Ten

Ours is a love story that can be at par with the local teleseryes. We were high school acquaintances, then we hung out with the same set of friends on the last year of college. We’d text each other everyday; our personalities and beliefs mesh very well. A bucket of San Mig Light would bring us together weekly. You’d tell me your big plans to be successful and I tell you my simple wants. We instantly became the best of friends. And it didn’t bother us that we were in different relationships. We were simply friends, nothing more.

Then, the accident happened. And we realized that we couldn’t lose each other. 5 years after that fateful night, we’re happily taking care of a growing toddler and celebrating 2 years of being married! I could never be happier!

This teleserye would not be complete without its antagonists. Not everyone approved of our relationship. But we didn’t need anybody’s approval nor understanding. We were outrageously happy and madly in love. No one could ruin us.

But we’re not always lovey-dovey. We’ve had fights, arguments and disagreements, which I think every relationship need to keep it healthy. You don’t always give in to what I want; and I don’t stop without a fight. Do you remember that time we were fighting in the car, then we got tired then just had a bucket of beer, then everything was OK? I like that you want to talk about things, even if it means that we’ll argue. And yeah, sometimes I like fighting because I like the kiss and make out  up part.

I can never thank you enough for loving me unconditionally. You’ve taught me to love and think about myself and that I deserve all the good things happening to me. Thank you for being strong for the both of us when times are rough. I am truly grateful that you make me a better person, wife and mommy. I am discovering new things about myself because you believe in me. Thank you for being a wonderful father to Zoren (and to our future babies!!).

Happy 2nd year anniversary, my dear husband. I love you!

Z’s Orphanage Party

Since Z’s birth date fell on a week day, his party was scheduled on the weekend after it. But as tradition puts it, the first birthday should be celebrated on the day itself. So I thought of having a Gymboree party since we have baby friends here in the condo. Lo and behold, Gymboree in Shangri La Mall was undergoing renovation and wouldn’t be able to accommodate us. Then, we thought of renting out a function room and just have a small party. But, that was the idea of the big party already, so what’s the point, right?

Then, while having dinner, my husband said that it’s best to hold it in an orphanage, where there will be a lot of children Z can play with. It will also be a way of giving back and paying it forward for a blessed year with Z!

Photo op while waiting for the kids.

I asked on Twitter what orphanages are around the area and most answered White Cross Orphanage. So, we chose that. Ma’am Wilma, the person in-charge of Social Services was very easy to coordinate with. Everything was done through the phone and we just visited a week before to do an ocular.

We chose to have a McCelebrations, based on Michelle’s review (and the other fastfood chain “discouraged” us from getting them, because they said that the kids from White Cross are “used” to them already!). The nearest McDonald’s branch to White Cross is the new one in Greenhills Town Center (Granada branch). Planning the party with them was easy-breezy! Since the party was in the afternoon, Ma’am Wilma requested for the food to be the kids’ dinner. We chose McChicken with rice, Burger McDo and a tetra-pack juice. We just bought ice cream before going there as dessert. The birthday cake was a rush order from My Balloon Room. It was just a simple chocolate cake with the yummiest icing, topped with styro shapes and a big number 1! Thank you to Ninang Chum for delivering it!

As with his big party, we opted for a Toy Story theme.

For an additional fee, McDonald’s will take care of the party hats, place mats, balloons, games, prizes, loot bags and a mascot appearance! Just for an added treat, we also prepared loot bags with candies, birthday shades, activity booklets and a finger flashlight. The McDonald’s crew did an awesome job handling the party with all those kids present! Though not everyone was cooperating, which was to be expected in a children’s party, it was still a fun event! I would also like to thank my friends, Leslie and Lulu, for giving the kids slippers. White Cross accepts all kinds of donations; you may visit them at 276 Santolan Road, San Juan City. I’m sure the babies and kids there will appreciate it.

Zoren, being the ham that he is, was playful and sociable with the kids. He was playing with them, running after the girls and was laughing at the boys’ rough-plays. And his smiles during the event affirmed that we made a great decision in celebrating the day of his birth there. We’re planning to do this yearly, to instill social-awareness and selflessness in Z (and our future babies!)

Z joining Pass the Balloon game!

 

Gigil with Grimace!

 

Giving his loot bags.

 

Hanging out with his new friends 🙂

 

You are a blessing to us, Zoren baby. And what better way to celebrate your first year, by being a blessing to others as well! Happy 1st birthday, little love!

 

Hi There! I’m Back!

I owe a lot of stories to all of you! But I won’t get to update you with Z’s 1st birthday festivities because I don’t have pictures yet. Once I get the photos, it’ll be a series of posts on the party.

Life with a toddler is VERY different from the first year of having a baby. I’m exhausted every night and I fall asleep when he does. Hence, I neglect this blog. I’ll try my best to resurrect this blog and find “me-time” as we adjust in this new phase. I’m also thinking of my “brand” and the direction I’m going to.

This is just me thinking out loud before I collapse beside my sleeping baby.