Summer Birthday Celebrant

The hubby and I are summer birthday celebrants and so is Baby Bear. The advantage of having a summer birthday is being able to exchange a party for an awesome trip. Since Baby Bear is still small and has clamored for a school birthday celebration, I decided to check with the school if this was okay. I didn’t feel right about celebrating a summer birthday way, way, way in advance since this might have some “spoiling” implications. Apparently, this was the norm for smaller kids! Teacher advised me to go ahead with the early celebration because as a kid, it really means a lot when their friends celebrate their birthday with them.

future party planner

future party planner

Baby Bear goes to a Montessori school. The rules there are very simple – birthdays aren’t as bonggacious as how other schools do it. No decor, no frills and fuss, just show up for your kids’ birthday celebration, bring HOME MADE food for the class (no commercial food or take-outs allowed), and loot bags are optional.

Baby Bear chose a princess-themed party since she was on a Disney princess craze. We had our favorite baker –  @regaustria make her simple princess cake and cupcakes for the classmates to bring home.

by @regaustria

by @regaustria

by @regaustria

by @regaustria

When we arrived in school, they started the birthday ritual promptly. Going through this beautiful birthday ritual made me understand why my introverted Baby Bear who absolutely hates parties was clamoring for one. The celebration was so heartwarming. It started out with the kids welcoming the parents. The three of us were placed in the hot seat and teacher asked me and the hubby to say something about how Baby Bear was as a baby. I told the class how Baby Bear used to be so quiet and cried a lot as a toddler, but ever since she joined this class, she has become such a happy and NOISY baby. I told the class she was having fun with her friends and can’t wait to go to school everyday just to see all of them.

Then, we moved on to the cake. All the kids had to fall in line first, greet the celebrant personally a Happy Birthday, give their gifts (if they have any), shake the hand of the celebrant and move on to the cake table.

birthday gifts and greetings

birthday gifts and greetings

shake a friend's hand

shake a friends’ hand

a hug from one of her favorite big sister in class

a hug from one of her favorite big sister in class

They all sang happy birthday to Baby Bear… and it was the first time Baby Bear wanted to blow out the candles! She has always shied away from candle-blowing since she gets conscious when all eyes zoom in on her. She really does love her school and is more at home with them, happily blowing out the candle and being such a good hostess. After that, we had a few class pictures and moved on to snack time.

happy birthday to you...

happy birthday to you…

one of the boys

one of the boys

what a sweet big brother

what a sweet big brother

Again, they fell in line, went to the tables and they all closed their eyes and said a prayer before the meal.

falling in line

falling in line

saying grace

saying grace

It was so nice being a part of this simple heartwarming celebration. It brings me back to the memories of childhood where we celebrated our birthdays with much anticipation. Unlike now, wherein we dread the coming of old age every birthday year. It’s also nice to see the values education that the school espouses in action. From greeting the birthday celebrant personally, all the way to saying a prayer before every meal. Mental note: I should do this at home also. I was so humbled by the kindness and grace of the children. So when Baby Bear came home from school with all her gifts from her friends, I made her write a thank you note for all the gifts she received. It was also good practice for her as by the nth card, she was already spelling all the thank you notes by herself without copying from my thank you post-it template for her to follow.

Moments like these makes us wish we were kids again and moments like these makes parenthood so emotionally fulfilling – seeing your kids happy and getting a glimpse of how they will be in the future. To my darling Baby Bear, I’m excited to celebrate your real birthday this summer. Thank you for teaching me to look forward to each birthday year as a celebration of living in-the-moment filled with happiness and a wonderful prospect of how turning a year older should be a joyous anticipation of what life has to bring. From now on, I do look forward to growing older, growing wiser and making more memories with my family. Happy Summer Birthday to all of us! 🙂

our little princess, we love you so much!

our little princess, we love you so much!

Baby Bear 1st Birthday Celebration – Ni Hao Kai Lan

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Barney Show in Manila

I never thought I’d see the day that I would love this purple dinosaur that I used to hate. It’s the all-time favorite of Baby Bear so I’ve changed my mind about how I feel about Barney. 😛 To show how much I love my baby, I even prepared a Barney-Rainbow themed 2nd Birthday. ahh… the things you will do for the ones you love! 🙂

barney invitation

barney invitation

Invite reads: With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you, Barney’s friend __ is turning two!

little touches

little touches – A is for Awesome Mallows; C is for Cookies

what's inside the loot bag

what’s inside the loot bag

barney rainbow cake

barney rainbow cake

sorry for the lopsided picture of the cake. I was trying to cover the name on the cake but this picture doesn’t do justice to the beauty of the cake and more importantly, the deliciousness. Rainbow cakes are usually just nice to look at and it has become quite a fad (thanks to Pinterest), but more often than not, they are not yummy because it’s just all food coloring. This one though, is by far, one of the yummiest rainbow cake that I’ve tried. Thank you ninang for this labor of love and work of art. 🙂

I never thought I’d see the day that I would be so excited to see the Barney Live in Manila billboard posted somewhere near Eastwood. I had to stop and take note of the telephone number so that I could ask about the show.

Here are the details of the show:

Barney Live at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls

Barney Live at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls

This is her reaction to whenever she sees Barney in the toy store:

So much joy! Imagine if she saw her purple friend up close and personal… this would probably be her equivalent of our chocolate heaven. 😛 Excited for the weekend. I hope we will all have a Super ‘D’ Duper Time!!! 🙂

– For Inquiries and Ticket Reservations, call 709-0888. 

– For VIP Seats and exclusive Meet and Greet pass, you just need to buy P1,500 worth of Barney products at the Magnavision kiosk from July 11-21. One pass admits four but is valid only at place of purchase.

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Gone But Not Forgotten

I apologize in advance for the sad post 😦 I was cleaning out my personal multiply account and preparing to delete it since I received an email memo from multiply that personal accounts will be deleted by the end of the month, I think. Was going through old pictures, blog posts, videos… made me so sentimental. Too bad my photo journal has to be closed down already, was looking forward to sharing that with my kids someday. I guess we still really have to rely on good old fashioned photo albums to keep and share our memories.

I wanted to share this blog post I wrote 4 years ago about a very dear friend of mine who passed away. I remember her every so often. She would’ve been godmother to my Baby Bear and she would’ve been a good godmother at that. I miss you, dear friend. I know you are happy where you are now and I am just thankful that we had a chance to be friends!

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN – April 8, 2008

I recently celebrated my birthday… as all celebrations are, I celebrated it with a bang! Since my fiancée and I have the same birthday, it’s actually a week-long celebration for us. Good times… filled with all the love and happiness as we celebrate it with our love ones.

Not to be too morbid, but the celebration always end with a sudden sadness… because 3 years ago, a good friend of mine passed away the day after my birthday. It’s been 3 years since my good friends‘ death, yet the grief is still truly being felt. Realizing that we can’t change what happened, our evolutionary process demands that we begin to perceive ourselves, life and death in ways more aligned with the truth of our immortal nature. I respect the depth and strength which floods our being… but as all theories about life and death go, the only way to live life and conquer death is to make memories that we can leave behind. This blog post is a tribute to my very good friend… in memory of the love and happiness that you have shared with us that will always be cherished and remembered.

How I knew her… we were never classmates in our alma mater and we went to different colleges. We had a lot of common friends but we never saw each other during gimmicks. I remember the first time we became friends. It was our discovery that we were “neighbors”. I say “neighbors”, not because we lived in the same street, neither did we live in the same village, but she was just over there at banawe, which was sooo near my place. We shared the love of good food. We were always pigging out at Yellow Cab and Ice Monster. We shared the love of good movies and tv series’. Sleepovers at her place were quite common especially during the Gilmore Girls hype. One of my most poignant memory of her was during our first sleepover. I was surprised to see all my favorite snacks on a tray during our sleepover. Apparently, she had called my then boyfriend, who told her that I didn’t have one favorite snack because it was dependent on my mood. She was so sweet to have gotten me all my snacks just in case I would be in whatever mood that time. It was literally 20 snacks in a tray with 6 packs of regular coca-cola (not light). That was how sweet she was… and how much of a junkie I am 🙂

She had lived an amazing life even though it was rather short. She was a great daughter and a sister – she would always try to fetch her shobe from school and help her with her homework. She would organize family dinners and help her dad with the running of their business. She was the quintessential definition of a good daughter and achie.

She was a great friend – the kind that stands by you when you need somebody to be there. She’s the ultimate “surprise-birthday-party-mooncake-dice-game-organizer”. She had a great sense of humor. She was the kind of person who would make everyone laugh so hard that they’d end up crying. This is her trademark. She always wanted to make everyone happy. Good times! 🙂

With her, what you see, is what you get. She lived life without pretense and gave of her pure heart completely. She had more “best friends” than I can count, because she made each one of us feel like her best friend. Although what we’ve lost is tremendous, what she gave us was immeasurable. To those who knew her, no explanation is necessary… to those who didn’t, no explanation is possible.

Gone but not forgotten: In loving memory.

A loved one can die, but live on in the hearts and minds of family and friends who had the privilege of knowing them during their lifetime. To feel life is to remember good friends, long gone to another realm. Knowing when our time comes, we will all meet again. For now, you are all in our hearts, always missed and so much loved. — Anonymous

Birthday Sentiments

It is the day after my birthday. I’m about to approach the __th marker. I don’t feel old but at the same time I do. There are a lot of things that I want to do with my life and I am rarin’ to get a go at it… but this lifetimes seems too short to finish and do everything that I want to.

Looking back, I don’t know if I’ve achieved a lot already during the first quarter of my life. I sometimes feel as if I’m too lazy to shorten my list of things to do. Some say, I have way too many things that I want to do in my life that’s not humaly possible… but if I don’t do it this lifetime… when do I? We’ll never know if I can do all that I want to… but hey, I have to try right? 🙂

For this year, the following are my birthday vows. I hope to achieve them this year so that I can shorten my life’s to-do list.

HEALTH

1.) Run at least once a week

2.) Take walks after dinner with the hubby everyday

3.) Be in bed before 1AM; wake up by 8AM; wake up by 9AM for weekends

INTELLECT

1.)  Read one magazine per week

2.) Finish a book per month

3.) Learn to read and write Business Mandarin

4.) Learn about SEO for blogging 🙂

MARKETING

1.) Commercial surf every Sunday

2.) Write more often to practice copy writing skills

3.) Read marketing and fiction literary works

PROJECT MOO

1.) Jump start my business agian this year (must get my head out off maternity leave mode)

2.) Look into the following businesses for next year (Project Woodstock, Project Squeaky, Project Twilight, Project Eat)

3.)  Store check at least once a month

4.) Surf about what’s hot around the globe every quarter

EMOTIONAL

1.) Be a good daughter – be more patient and visit mom at least once a month

2.) Be a good wifey – fight less, be more understanding, spice up love live 😉

3.) Be a good mommy – focus on helping Baby Bear with her developmental milestones

4.) Print ’em pictures!

5.) Cook something at least once a month

6.) Take at least one local trip and one trip abroad every year (stop living vicariously through others)

SPIRITUAL

1.) Pray every night before going to bed

2.) Go to mass every Sunday

BEAUTY

1.) Take a more active attitude towards physical look

2.) Brush hair everyday 😛

3.) Throw out clothes that belonged to me when I was still a teenager

4.) Buy at least once clothing article or accessory every month

5.) Start applying lip gloss with color 😛

6.) Apply moisturizer and eye protect every night

If you’ll notice there are a lot of things to do under beauty… this isn’t because I am vain but because this is the area where I don’t pay that much attention to. Maybe next time, I can graduate to wearing light make-up. All part of the grand plan of becoming a zillionnaire with attitude… and beauty to boot! Yebaa! 🙂

Happy Birthday to me!!!

Signing off…

The Birthday Girl 🙂

Counting Candles, Counting Memories

I’ve been busy prepping for Baby Bears’ 1st birthday party. As I’ve mentioned on my previous blog post here, 1st birthday parties in Manila have become so lavish and festive. I don’t know when it started to become like this but I think it’s born from a new breed of parenting. The new generation parents are now more hands-on with regards to their kids and turning 1 for them has become a very much celebrated milestone. Also, I think for our generation, we tend to be more OC about things. Guilty, guilty, guilty! 🙂 I want to share some details about prepping for the party but in a separate blog post maybe. For now, I really AM busy with the party stuff but I just wanted to quickly drop by my blog and share with you the newest toy I got for Baby Bear.

Leap Frog Counting Candles

I bought the Leap Frog Counting Candles upon the recommendation of my mommy friends. They swear that their kids were able to blow out the candle on their 1st birthday party because of this toy. Yeah, I know, I am so OC that I even thought about wanting Baby Bear to blow out the candle on her cake — hey, makes for a good picture y’know! 🙂

Admittedly, I was at first hesitant to buy it but as with all my purchases, I did a lot of research first and was encouraged to find out that the toy had a lot of features that could teach kids a lot of things. Living in a condo with little storage space ensures that all things bought has to have educational value or lots of use! 😉 This toy introduces counting and there are songs to make numbers fun. It also encourages pretend play, teaches the birthday song, and pressing the buttons encourages development of motor skills and other what nots. Teaching them to blow out the candles was just the icing on top of the cake! Pun intended! 🙂

The true test of the value of the toy is always the actual usage. I am happy to report that Baby Bear was happily pressing away at the cake. She kept holding the lights, amazed at the “glow” caused by the flickering movements. It was also funny the way she was imitating our blowing until she finally got the concept. After 30 minutes of blowing, she was finally able to blow one out! Good job baby girl! 🙂 The toy looks durable – let’s hope so!  As a plus, it comes with volume adjustment — another OC habit of mine — my need to be able to control the volume of the toys!  😛

We have but 3 weeks left to practice on the toy… 3 weeks left until the main event… 3 weeks to making sure our party is picture-perfect!

But more importantly, we have 3 weeks left before my baby turns 1… 3 weeks to yet another milestone… yet another celebration… and yet another happy memory among all happy memories! 🙂