Our New Year!

Our New Year’s Eve started with a mass in Parish Church and good that it was not too cold, the temperature was quite bearable but still we need the warmth of our jackets and sweaters. Sean was in deep slumber and Andrea was too tired standing since the mass was held outside the church and there were lots of people who attended the mass and there were no more chairs (or I guess there were no chairs at all) when we arrived so her daddy and her uncle did the carrying. It was a great feeling to start the year right by going to church and i felt very blessed and I offered a small prayer of thanks to Him for all the blessings that we always receive and for keeping us always safe. I can’t ask for more, it’s been a year of blessedness. A year full of surprises of the turn of events in our lives but it kept us stronger with our unwavering faith, we simply soared higher and even be more forgiving and loving despite all the hurdles that came our way. And all of those difficulties was well traversed because He was and always will be with us. 

On our way home we started the countdown for the new year, we were still in the signal near our house so when the clock in Paj struck 12 we all yelled “Happy New Year!” I told Andrea to jump to make her taller, I know there’s no truth to that but sometimes it’s hard to outgrow the usual norms you’ve grown with even you know that there’s no truth in it. 

When we reached the house we started to have our Media Noche. I prepared only one main dish, kare-kare and some desserts (gelatin with fruits, fruit salad and mango royale). I did the table setting and I was running around the house to make it tidy before going to church and of course I put the different kinds of fruits especially those that are circle in shape in a large bowl. In the afternoon, I asked dad Nath to do the grocery since we can’t go out coz Andrea had a fever in the morning and most of the stuffs needed to be bought were fruits. He arrived a little bit late for he had to go to souq to buy beef and most of the ingredients for the fruit salad. And from 6 p.m. both of us were too busy in the kitchen until 9 p.m. while the kids played a lot with their new toys.  

Andrea received the other toys which did not arrive on Christmas. She’s too happy to be the mommy of baby McKayla while Sean wanted to have his share of mommy hood too. He kept on feeding the baby doll with the milk bottle and even cuddles the doll when it cried. Sean kept on saying that all the toys that arrived were his. “All mine!” that’s Sean’s line. She even asked her sister to open the Rosella the Island Princess Barbie doll. And he opened our gift for his cousin without our knowledge and declared that it’s his.

 My two years old son is very conversant now that he even know how to make us agree on things he like but I explained to him that it’s not really for him. When we had our dinner the siblings kept on having a toast. I guess they love the clicking sound of the white wine glass. Usually for New Year Eve I do some table setting. I even wanted to have fresh flowers but I did not bother to ask Nath to buy fresh flowers I have to cut some expenses and start the year with some frugality to save more. 

Before the December ends me and my sweet hubby would have this self assessments of what things should be rectified, which should be developed or just another goal or plan be it long term or short term. It became our tradition to be open on things which should be discussed and it kept our relationship as husband and wife very strong. It’s just a simple question of how are we doing. What we need to do and how we would do it. KNowing what’s in each other’s mind is a big help. I won’t be surprising him with some aftermath of a suppressed ill feeling that’s being harbored silently in the deep recesses of my mind because I can talk it to him confidently and vice versa.

We always try to balance our roles in every aspect of our life. We want to be the great parents though its a difficult road yet all of us are learning, and by learning we can be great. No matter how hard it is, we can cope. And for this new year, 2008 we wish and hope for more success, love, happiness and great health. And from my family to yours we wish you a happy new year!

Happy Anniversary!

How time flies so quickly, now we are nearing our 5th wedding anniversary. Looking back, 5 years ago we are so young yet matured. We decided to start our family though we don’t know how to cook, we don’t know how to raise kids but we trusted our feelings, our deep love that make us compromise on things.

In retrospect, we had our share of the normal rollercoaster ride of marriage. We had our ups and downs but with our love we surpassed everything. In our five years, it’s full of surprises, adventures, joy, and courage to face every dilemma that comes our way. We complimented each other with our varying views on things. It was sometimes like what you’ve said “the taming of the shrew!” Lalo na pag “meron” I was so unpredictable and moody! But again with our undying love you changed me into a more wonderful person, for that I thank you.

We are not afraid of starting a family; despite all the hurdles we’ve proved them wrong, our detractors. We are so motivated that we coped on how to raise a family. We said to each other that we we’ll learn especially in taking care of our first born baby. As first timers we are sometimes on a trial and error mode. But then again it’s the parent’s intuition that guided us.

At first nobody knows how to cook except put the rice cooker on and then fry everything that comes in handy. That was the funny part almost all of our food were fried as we don’t know how to cook. But hey, how about my cooking after 5 years I guess nobody would disagree with me that somehow I’ve improved and you too! From simple cooking we’ve learned to cook new dishes and at a taste of liken to a pro’s cook menu.

We always enjoy planning ahead our short term and long term goals. And how can I forget the up to wee hour discussion and sharing of stories of our childhood. And we always discuss on how to come up with a more viable approach on saving more. Do you remember on how we saved a lot on our first year of marriage? We were so frugal those times. We always compare prices of everything that we buy and mostly bought stuffs that are basically needed and not out of mere wants. Of how we always love to concoct ways to improve our financial awareness and planned of retiring rich and young. Alas! I’ve blurted out that lines maybe now we could start to materialize it. (Grin!) Though we have lots of properties and other stuffs to brag about. (This line is for you aka Christy Fermin!) But I don’t want to sound too thankful by writing and specifying those stuffs  coz what’s important for me is the abundancy of love that we are blessed of and our kids.

We always discuss things that we are so open with our communication and feelings and we always make it up to each other if someone hurt one’s heart. I’m so thankful for this because lots of marriages fail due to some gap in their communication which hinders their growth as couples. I’m so thankful to be blessed with a loving husband with a golden heart as what I always tell you. And I’m thankful to Mama Sie and Papa San for raising such a wonderful person like you!

You are my best friend (even before pa), and my everything,

My lover and still my boyfriend (sometimes we pretend heheheh),

You are my gentle hubby and you are the best dad!

You are the sweetest gift that God gave me.

Happy Anniversary! I love you!

Say Cheese!

These are the pictures that we took on the first day of Ate Andrea’s school while waiting for the Pinoy driver to come just to keep Sean occupied with something and it worked! 

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Happy Birthday Dad Nath!

Today is my hubby’s big day. He went home early and we had an early dinner in Friday’s, yes, again, we’ve just been there the other day and we went to Virgin Megastore for his birthday present but he decided to wait for another day for there’s no other color for the item that he wants. Li’l Sean was wailing while we were inside the shop because he wants the barney book and we told him that he has lots of barney stuffs already, so there he calmed for awhile but still mad at me for not buying his great pal’s book.

Dad N, we love you very much!