Y’s 3rd Birthday

For someone *just* turning 3, Y was very focused on how the celebration should be! She had a say on every little detail and considers it to be her “happiest day ever!” and still talks about it until now.

She was very adamant that the party be held in her school so she will be able to celebrate it with her classmates. It was a good idea as they were only 20 kids in the school so allotting budget for snacks and giveaways weren’t that painful to the wallet and it was easy to DIY the invitations.

With her teachers at Discovery Barn Preschool.
For the kids: spaghetti, BBQ and puto from Bacolod Chicken Inasal.
For the adults: Garlic Rice, Chicken and Turon also from Bacolod Chicken Inasal.

So, for our My Little Pony-themed party, Y wanted to have ponies. And ponies she got! We had Make Believe Storytellers act out an interactive story starring Rarity, Rainbow Dash and Spike. Both kids and adults were laughing and moving to the story. It was a hit and my little birthday girl enjoyed every minute of it! I highly recommend their services as they really give what you want and would adjust to your needs.

Of course, a birthday celebration isn’t complete without sweets! For the second consecutive time, Bea of Bellefleur by Beatrix made Y’s colorful birthday cake! I had Y looking at pegs on Pinterest and she chose the design but said to only have one chocolate cake. So, that’s what she got and she was over the moon happy as we had cake-blowing in the school and at home. We also received cute, whimsical cupcakes baked by The Cake Project Manila. It had boiled icing which gave of the nostalgic feeling of a birthday party during the 90’s. Thank you Tita Marla for the cupcakes!

Speaking of sweets, we filled a Rainbow Dash pinata with lots of it! Thanks to Facebook, we discovered Kackie’s Pinata and she accommodated our order even with just a week’s notice.

And what’s a celebration without awesome pictures to remember it by?! Thank you Ripples of Life Photo and Video for indulging our family for a mini-portrait session after the celebration. I absolutely love how they turned out. Can’t wait to have them printed.

To my strong-willed baby girl, you bring a lot of color to our life. We love you soooo much, Y!

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On Your 6th

Six feels like a turning point…

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After observing you in school last week, I can really say that my baby has grown up to be a responsible little man. You’re slowly coming out of your shell and you are now more confident of who you are. I’m really proud that you’re starting to form friendships and enjoy playing with your classmates, even if I’m around.

My wish on your birthday is that you don’t lose the curiosity to learn more and ask questions. It might be a difficult task for me to provide you with the correct answers (Why is there a black hole? Why did your grandpa die? Can I go to the moon?) but seeing how you like trivia and reading books transport me to my own childhood.

I used to wonder how this time will be like. No amount of studying and reading parenting books could’ve prepared me. But, we’ll learn together. As with the past five years, you’ve taught me to believe in my capabilities as a mom. I know you’ll bring in more lessons and challenges but I promise you that I will always try my best to focus on you — to focus on what matters.

To infinity and beyond! 

Happy 6th birthday, Z! We’ll make all your dreams come true.

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For My Mama, on Her Birthday

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When I sent this advice to Mommy Mundo for their planner, a huge part of it was from me truly understanding why my mom was how she was with me when I was growing up. You see, I was the typical rebellious hormone-raged teenager who wanted to be liberated from the rules of my parents. Thinking about it now, I’m really thankful that no matter how many times I bent over my mom’s rules, she didn’t give up on me and pushed me to be a better person (Sorry nalang Ma, you didn’t push hard enough to make me go into medicine!)

I know you think you are not a great mom, but you are! But you’re an even better Wawa! I can only be wish to be as strong as you when the day comes that my kids will be out partying!

Happy 55th birthday Wawa! We love you!
Happy 55th birthday Wawa! We love you!