When 2016 rolled over, the first thing that came to my mind was - this is the year I will be 40. The thought of being four decades 'old' didn't actually bother me. But then the annual birthday blues hit me again. Around this time of the year, I just want to curl up in a … Continue reading 5 Things I’m glad I did before turning 40
December 23 will always be special to me because just before sunrise on that day in 2003, God gave me a wonderful gift - a precious little angel. For the past twelve years, Pristine has made it easy for me to become a mom/parent. There were no phases of terrible two or three's or fours … Continue reading Happy birthday, Pristine
Christmas is right around the corner. Since we don't have Thanksgiving here, we go straight to Christmas. Heck, in the Philippines, the Christmas mood starts when the "ber" months roll in. I know this sounds crazy but it's not unusual to hear Christmas songs playing on the radio as early as September. I was on … Continue reading What do you want from Santa this Christmas?
What are your plans for Benjamin's birthday? my husband asked. Wait, what? It's that time of the year again?! Benjamin, our not so little boy at home, my forever baby will be celebrating his birthday, turning 4 in a couple of weeks! I suddenly remember the time I was in Austria last month. I stayed … Continue reading Benjamin is turning 4!
One rainy day in 1996, my father came home with an unusual glow in his face. He looked like he wanted to tell me something but couldn't. It's the first time he'd acted like that and it felt weird. He is usually pretty chatty about everything and would exaggerate stories with elaborate hand gestures and … Continue reading Thoughts on turning 38
I feel bad every time one of my children's birthday nears. Don't get me wrong, I am very grateful for another year of good health and thankful for each of the 365 days I hold them. But the usual and almost obligatory birthday parties (depending on which culture you came from!) or some sort of … Continue reading Me, the party pooper
Original post below on the morning of my birthday, before I encountered server issues that did not allow me to post at all, and temporarily, wiped off my blog from the internet. My husband got off from work early so we can have dinner out, with the kids (yes, including the baby). I even got … Continue reading It’s my birthday today
One year ago today, I became a mom, again. I always get teary whenever I recall what happened in the emergency room last year. I still cry when I reread what I wrote for Benjamin's birth story. But I promised myself to leave it all behind the doors of 2011. So, I move on. And … Continue reading Benjamin turns one!
Hi, I survived the kid's birtday party. Can I have a shirt for that? There were...(eyes to ceiling and counting with fingers)...9 kids plus about the same number of adults in our house last Thursday night. With the help of my cousin and dear friend Rose (and my boss who approved my half day leave), … Continue reading Pristine’s 7th birthday party went well
It's my daughter, Pristine's seventh birthday today and though I know that I need to relax, breathe and just enjoy the moment, the thought of having 15 kids (including 3 small babies so technically 12 running kids, if they all come) in my house scares the hell out of me. There I said the thing that … Continue reading Happy 7th to Pristine!