Our New Yearâ€™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.Â 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 canâ€™t ask for more, itâ€™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.Â
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 â€œHappy New Year!â€ I told Andrea to jump to make her taller, I know thereâ€™s no truth to that but sometimes itâ€™s hard to outgrow the usual norms youâ€™ve grown with even you know that thereâ€™s no truth in it.Â
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 canâ€™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. Â
Andrea received the other toys which did not arrive on Christmas. Sheâ€™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. â€œAll mine!â€ thatâ€™s Seanâ€™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 itâ€™s his.
Â 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 itâ€™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.Â
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. Itâ€™s just a simple question of how are we doing. What we need to do and how we would do it. KNowing whatâ€™s in each otherâ€™s mind is a big help. I wonâ€™t be surprising him with some aftermath of a suppressed ill feeling thatâ€™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!
Last night while I was busy preparing our dinner my two kids were also busy playing near our dining table. As I can’t see them, my daughter asked me if they can play pretend and quickly I retorted back at her, “of course you can!” And Andrea said to her brother, “Okay let’s pretend that we are playing with a lot of snow.”
Sean celebrated his 2nd birthday party lastÂ Sunday in Burger King. The party went well but the celebrant dozed off before the party started. We arrived 3o minutes before the party time and they played with new friends,Â Matt and Thea while waiting for our friends to come. The celebrant got tired from running and playing with the balloons and I guess the cold syrup made him doze off too.
We were trying to wake him up but he slept like there was no party going on. He would have loved to play the games but everytime I would whisper on his ear to wake him up he just slept peacefully. Just a few minutes away from blowing his birthday cake I let him stand while in my arms on the table and his eyes opened I guess he was a bit surprised to see more visitors and more kids in the party room so there he made it before the party ended.
Ate Andrea and the kids enjoyed playing some games and as well as the parents. The dads played the paper dance and we had a blast seeing each pair of dads doin’ some strategy on how to fit the two of them each time the newspaper is being folded into smaller sizes.
Moms got also the chance to play, the musical chair game, to top it all not only the kids had their blast but as well as the parents. Only that Burger King did not give prizes to those who won in the adult games unlike McDonald’s and the staffs are not so prepared. They just distributed the party hats to the kids on the middle of the games not on the start of the party.
To those our friends who came and especially to those who live away from Doha who have had to endure a very long drive just toÂ celebrate with us, thank, thank you very much. And thanks also to Sean’s Ninongs and Ninay’s who remembered him on his birthday even they are so far they sent us e-mails and messages. Thanks for the thoughtfulness, for the love, for the prayers and for always remembering.
Thanks for the gifts, mind you, my boy was so happyÂ theÂ night we reached home after the party. Opening his gifts with the help of Ate Andrea was so exciting that the two of them can’t keep themselves from gasping everytime they would open a toy. They kept on smiling and my li’l boy was so fidgety with so much excitement. They have lots of toys but with the sight of wrapped gifts and the tearing of gift wrap and the unfolding of new toys which are mainly for boys made Sean more happy.
He also received lots of shirts, pantsÂ and pajamas that he could use during winter time and a 3-piece suit too!:)
And Thank you Daddy God for another wonderful year and the years to come for our son…
My wish is just simple…great health and happiness. No mom in this world would be more happy with a healthy and a happy child.Â Mommy, daddy and ate Andrea love you very much!
It maybe not so vivid in his mind how we celebrated his birthday party, with his age of two what may only register there are the cake, gifts, friends but for sure the feelings, emotions of being loved will be carved in his heart forever.
Even his great pals were not there to celebrate with him (hehehe of course his friends like Barney, BJ, Baby Bop, Tasha, Tyrone, Uniqua, Austin, Pablo & Orry) he always mentions that they were there with him.
Thanks to Tito X-tian for all the help. And to all our friends, thanks…
And more pictures will be uploaded to my gallery…