9.07.2014

Family Photoshoot Preview


Something kept me very busy and preoccupied in the past weeks.

I was a madwoman pinning outfit posts (before I was lured by Instagram, my real first love was Pinterest), OOTD and scouring the mall and my favorite bazaars. Not that I am complaining. In my past life, maybe I did this =)

I created mood boards and pulled clothes from our closets left and right.

In my mind, I had the perfect outfits and perfect time when we would change them. I created an efficient system in my head where we don't have to look the same exactly the same in every frame. And I gave myself an advance pat in the back for thinking about every little detail.



But guess what? Plans didn't exactly turn out the way I had them planned. We forgot things, didn't consider the weather much (it was at the peak of the midday sun when we went outdoors), didn't realize how heavy the bags I packed were and we had to haul them practically across the photo shoot grounds. And we are covering a lot of space.

But guess what again. Each picture captured everything I had hoped for: our growing family, the genuine love in our eyes, the fun of being in the spotlight for the day.

We were also grateful to witness so much creativity and passion for work from great artists and the overflowing love from all families present.

I cannot think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Here's how our perfect day went.

By Studio XOXO
 
By Studio XOXO


Ruffa and Mike photography

By CasLow Photography


By Daniel Talavera

Screen cap from the Behind the scenes event video made by ZoomBox Weddings

Expect a deluge of photos in upcoming posts!


8.21.2014

Missing out on Milestones

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Being with my son for the past 5 days (weekend + 3 work days) made me realize how much he has grown and is now his own person. He gets frustrated easily, plays with several toys at the same time (oh, he looks like his dad but is more of me in attitude) and he is an affectionate and articulate little boy. Reviewing his pictures and making a pact to have them all printed soon, I found this from our Baguio trip with him smiling, showing the lower front tooth that fell off the early part of this year. I didn't even get to blog about that important milestone where he felt like a "big boy" now that the baby teeth are being replaced by permanent ones. Fast forward to August, he now has 3 permanent teeth, not one needing tooth extraction. Yey for cost savings and louder yey for another benefit of breastfeeding! I love you my little boy and mom's gonna miss you when I return to work.

8.03.2014

13th!

It all started with a dress. It was a black, flowy dress with cutouts that made me feel beautiful. I had nowhere to go to that would need such an outfit.

Good thing it was July and it was the perfect excuse to celebrate our 13th year of being together. Sometimes, I feel we've been together for so long already, and yet I can still remember the day I said (or maybe texted) my sweetest yes.


The husband made the reservations, and all I had to do was show up and wear my dress.

Documenting the night failed as I forgot to bring the digicam and thus, these are phone cams that didn't really capture how nice it was at the Skydeck of Bayleaf Hotel.


from where we were seated


Nice view, serene evening. Made me forgot for a while we are at the heart of

1st try at a couple pic


2nd try. No, we didn't even attempt a 3rd

See you again, soon Bayleaf! Nice for a romantic dinner, or after office drinks. So near our offices, too.

7.27.2014

Learning the Art of Bento Making


ENRICH is my word of the year. I am taking small steps to make sure I fulfill this goal/vision I set for myself for 2014. So, when I heard that the Bento Mommas are going down South, I immediately signed up for a crafty afternoon adventure.

I'm a work-in-progress mom (aren't we all?) and lately, I've been getting more creative in putting together my son's baon. A picky eater, he is not. It's just so terribly fulfilling and fun for me when my son says I make the coolest baon.

For a minimal workshop fee, we get to use and bring home the most essential bento stuff. Glad Kitchen provided another bagful of freebies for all the participants to take home.




I love freebies! We took home products from Glad Kitchen. Very useful stuff, indeed.

It's a very small class, and I thank our host MommanManila, for welcoming me and my son in their lovely home. You see, I didn't know anyone there, I just signed up and showed up in my desire to learn.


The Bento Mommas prepping for the afternoon

Bento Momma Kaye in action


With the Glad products, and the nifty tools in our starter kit, we were taught how to shape the rice. This is probably the only time when playing with your food isn't just allowed, it's actually encouraged.


My creation looked so promising =)

My son took a break from all the running and playing with the other kids to check up on his mom.

My 6 year old probably thinking what creature his mom created

My creation was cute until I started decorating the face.

 
We made a rabbit.  A scary one here, in my attempt to make it errr, cute. But hey, it is something I made and now I know how to shape and mold the rice, the monsters  shapes I can create are endless!


My 2nd bento creation turned out so much better! This is my bear-y nice sandwich!



After the session, we exchanged stories over merienda. Concentrating for more than two hours, even if I was putting grapes, and chicken and kiwi inside my mouth from time to time, will make you hungry. Good thing there's pasta from Mish and chicken from Marky's.The chicken was so crunchy I'm sure this is going to be something I can include in my son's lunchbox that he'll absolutely love.


And we shopped, too! What a complete experience! My son was so happy that the Star Wars set was available there. It's almost always out of stock at their online shop.



Thank you to the #Crafternoon group for  this workshop. Nice meeting you, MommanManila (not in photo) and MrsPCuyugan (right)!



The class picture
 


Photo credit to MommanManila


  









7.22.2014

6th Birthday Celebration: Legoland, Malaysia

It's funny how you often wish for what you don't have now.

Last summer, when it was scorching hot in Malaysia, I wished for cool weather. Now that it's typhoon season in Manila, I am longing for the bright ray of sunshine to cheer up this gloomy day.

Legoland was the most awaited part of the trip by the youngest member of our 4-person tour group. I was itching to scrap this off the itinerary before because I couldn't figure out how we can get to Malaysia in a very convenient way. We still ended up taking the bus, but no regrets, if it was the trip highlight for this boy, then it was mine's, too!


Ready for Legoland!




We went on a Wednesday, no lines on the rides.



If you are celebrating your birthday, go to the Guest Services Offices. The entire staff sang Happy Birthday to the surprised boy and gave him a birthday pin. Thank you for this, Legoland. It was a nice touch.



Our first stop was the Driving School where you can actually drive a Lego car. My son has probably dreamed of this even before he thought it was possible.



Concentrating on driving. We got him a driver's license after this as a souvenir of this trip and to make the experience more authentic.



It was really hot and we took refuge in the airconditioned food courts.



The sights




The shark ate him. =)



Are these regular legos? The structures look amazing.











Tried the rides. Most of them are okay for the faint of heart. I screamed a lot though on the roller coaster ride for kids and won't post my too funny, see my tonsils picture here.



Another ride. Forgot the name, but I welcomed the aircon!



Our view at the top

Pictures of the miniature village where only the dad dared to really stare at (again, too hot)
 

 




Again, it was so hot I happily stayed with him to build legos here.






While we appreciate not having to line up to try the rides, it would have been more exciting and fun if he had playmates in this nice play area.


















And so serious about shopping! I will be too when I'm only allowed to buy 2 items =)




A good background but no thank you, I wasn't ready for the ride. =)



See you again, Legoland! See you again soon, sunshine!

7.15.2014

Finally Learning How to Swim

I am finally writing about this because the rain, from where I am, seems so fierce that I might have to swim going home later =) Signal #1 is up. Typhoon Glenda is in Manila.

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They say the third time is the charm. In our case, it is!

Last summer, our boy learned how to swim.



Our first try




By the 5th lesson, only his chin will be submerged every time the coach says "bubbles".

I got very frustrated. At 6, I felt he should at least make more progress than when we first enrolled him two years ago. Out of frustration one afternoon, I packed our bags, asked the daddy to drive us to a public pool, and threatened him that we will not leave the pool until he learns how to float. Bad mommy. Tsk, tsk.


With a bit more understanding and patience and the guidance of a new coach, he's taken to the water like a fish.


Now, he takes some lessons from a former Olympian!

Each school is different, with their techniques, their approaches to swimming. Each kid is different, too. I'm just so happy we found the perfect fit for him last summer.






My son learned swimming and added a load more confidence in his arsenal but I think I had the bigger take away.

What this mommy has learned in the process:

- Kids learn at different times. Lean to listen to them.
- Be patient. I think I already am where my son is concerned. Extend your patience, double it if needed.
- Don't force your kid. They will do it when they are ready.
- Always be gentle and kind. It's what a child needs.

Keep safe and hope you stay dry! =)
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