Isabelle’s Minnie-rific 1st Birthday Party

I am so excited to share the details from Isabelle’s 1st birthday party which was a Princess Minnie Mouse theme!   I loved this party so much! It was a TON of work, but really rewarding at the same time. I think I say that about every party I throw! Ha! Anywho, enjoy some of the party deets!

I went with more of pink and white polka dot theme with black and threw a lot Minnie decorations in. You can’t go wrong with polka dots! Ever! 

The party was held in Jollibee Bambang – Abad Santos which is just near our place. Phillip, our host was so bubbly and jolly. Kids and kids at heart really enjoyed the party games.

To complete the party Jollibee and Hetty were part of the celebration they stayed up to last minute but I added 1500 pesos for the extension.

  For the food we for booked 60 adults and 30 kids. I choose the Package A with 1 pc. chickenjoy with rice, jolly spaghetti, regular fries, regular coke and chocolate sundae. 

   
Being a bow lover, the Mickey and Minnie ears were my favorite! I got them from 168 Mall for only 175 pesos/ dozen and I loved them! They are just an amazing addition to our registration table.  Kids and parents can grab as they walked in.    

    
  It was a last minute decision to add a dessert buffet. It’s such a HIT! 

The dessert table was definitely a highlight of the party! Luckily, the team from The Project 8 were very kind and helpful. Ms. Joyce, who is Engineer by profession loved doing candy buffet as her passion. She’s easy to talk to and responds quickly.  For those who have sweet tooth, we have prepared desserts of various types of candies, gummies, nachos, mallows, freshly baked cookies courtesy of my sister Ranibell. I also baked muffins to add on the dessert table.    

 

  

    

  

We have the beautiful cake which will make you fall in love. It seemed that this cake was made with love. It was a gift from my baker friend Yham Morcelos Rubio who specialized in baking cakes and cupcakes.  You’ll see a ruffles design on the cake and that’s very girly!     Also, you cannot say NO on her cupcakes. They are absolutely delicious.  

Party favor table was set up for kids to grab their goodies on the way out of the party.

Guest recieved a munchkin type donut box as party favors. Each box contains bubbles, mini coloring book with stickers and playdough. I also added sweets such as jellies, chocolate candies and chocolate cupcake.

The package I got from The Project 8 includes 30 free candy cups with assorted candies. I also add them to the box for more sugar rush!   Princess Isabelle looks fab on her pink and gold gowns. Thanks to Tita Racel who gifted her with such a lovely birthday dress. Headress was from SM department store for only 149.75 pesos. She really looked like a very beautiful princess.  

The venue were adorned with pink and white ballons and Minnie Mouse mylars. I am happy with Ms. Divine Dano and her team. They were very efficient and when I arrived at the venue she was there already doing her own stuff.

I took the basic package which includes 2 pillars, cake arch, letter name floor balloons and 8pieces centerpiece.

I am very satisfied with their service that even my sister admire the set-up.      The great images were captured by Mhel of Mhel Masa Photography. Dealing with Mhel is easy breezy. She trusted her client so much and did not even bother ask for downpayment. She was there ahead of time and carefully taking photos of the party details. 

I like her style and her professionalism. Mhel is very affordable yet the quality of work is beyond expectations. She’s a gem and she will be our fave photographer so far.   

       The party was a success, im glad it went well and some how I’m Glad we survived it ahahhaha thanks soo much to all my suppliers and people who made this party possible.

We would like to thank all of our guests who took their time to celebrate with us. We truly appreciate that you are part of our little girl milestones.

Thank you to my sisters for the generosity. My children are so blessed with love and kindness.  

   

Letter to Princess Isabelle @ ONE

  
Dear Isabelle,

My sweet loving daughter..

It’s hard to believe a whole year ago I went into labor with you. When I think of that night – when all the medical staff were trying their best to control my blood pressure to lower down and your daddy was beside me holding my hand and praying for our safety. It wasn’t easy delivery a lot of painful contractions, pushing for just a few short minutes… then you, your warm, beautiful little body on my chest. Some of the happiest moments of my life. 

  
Last night, as I rocked you to sleep my mind flooded with memories of the last year. The hundreds of times I have rocked you, sang ‘You are my Sunshine’, slept beside you so I can nurse you all through the night, the hours I spent widely awake with a broken heart listening to you cry because of sickness, the thousands of diaper changes, the snuggles, the kisses… and my most favorite, that smile. Oh, #princess isabelle… your smile. You have the most radiant smile I have ever seen. It’s genuine, and I can’t help but smile, too, when you flash those big eyes. This year has been filled with a profound amount of love because of you. I completely underestimated how overwhelming it would be to love a daughter like I love you. 

  
#princessisabelle I am so unbelievably proud to be your mom. I’m proud of you, proud of your smile, your sweet soul, and your sense of humor. You truly bring so much joy to my life and to our family.

I love you so much!

Love,

Mommy R

Goal for 2016 – Listen with Understanding… 

First of all, I’d like to wish all my readers a wonderful New Year!   While some are making their new year resolution, this year I have no resolutions.  

Why?

 Maybe it is because my goal for this year is to Listen With Understanding..  

  
   

 

   
enjoy each day, each moment  
     

one day at a time, one moment at a time.

You should be quick to listen, but slow to speak and even slower to become angry (James 1:19), for anger does not bring about the Christian example that God desires.

Christmas 2015

While this season bind us with joy and love Christmas season is also thanking God for giving us greatest gift by sending his only begotten son to save us from our sins. And that is enough reason to rejoice and be merry! Though it’s our first time to celebrate Christmas without daddy A and it was too heartbreaking. Christmas Eve together – the Reyes fambam – with many of our seasonal favorites are also worthy reasons to smile!

Though I missed cooking in our kitchen I will never trade off all the delightful dishes my mom cooked for us.

Here’s a holiday round-up of how we spend Christmas in the Philippines. 

 
 
   
  
  
   

  

  

  
  
  
  
   
 
  
   
   
   
    
 
   
 
   

     

We wish you all a very happy holiday season! May your hearts be full and your smiles bright.

St. Mary’s Academy @ 70 – A Milestones To Remember

It’s Sapphire Jubilee Year of our Alma Mater. And to celebrate the momentous event in the life of our school all the alumni are invited to come to the Grand Alumni Homecoming which held in our school ground.

It’s been 21 years since the last time I saw our batchmates, classmates, teachers and our school St. Mary’s so attending the reunion will definitely be a night to remember.

Tickets are prized php 500 which includes dinner buffet and souvenir. 

The program starts at 3pm but we were kinda late because of “sunduan”. I missed these bunch so much! Kulitan, tawanan and tsismisan are just so normal that night.

We were able to see our classrom and started to reminisce old days.

 

   

      

     Whether it’s nostalgia or the evaluation of where we are right now. I think a lot about how blessed we are. I feel a strong sense of home, of belonging to this family and being loved.   

  

Educational Fieldtrip at Art in Island 3D Museum in Cubao 

It was Kuya Angelo’s fieldtrip yesterday and his day was full of fun filled activities. One thing that I learned here in the Philippines is that school are requiring kids to bring companion with them. 

Luckily last minute Tita Racel decided to bring her girls and her yaya so Angelo can still come since I can’t be with him. 

Their first stop is at La Mesa Ecopark where he experienced Bunjee Jumping.

   
    
    
 After lunch they head over to Art Island. It is located in Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City near Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Ali Mall, Cubao Expo, etc.

If you are looking for a new fun thing to do in Manila. Or if you are in the middle of organizing a field trip, excursion, team activity you may want to consider this fun interactive museum in Cubao, a new attraction in the Metro.

  
ART IN ISLAND is the biggest 3D Museum in Asia as far as number of 3D paintings is concerned.The biggest in terms of area is the 3D Museum in Jeju Island in Korea at 4,100 sqm, versus the 3,800 sqm of Art in Island.   

 It’s a museum with visually stunning 3D artworks that you can touch, interact with, and be part of. It was founded by Yun Jae Kyoung and his Korean partners, with 14 3D artists from Korea working on all the paintings.  

Operation Hours and Admission Fee

Art in Island Entrance Fee is FREE for children 3 feet and below while the regular admission fee for Adults is Php500.  

Students, Senior Citizens, PWDs get a discount of Php 100 so they will only pay P400 admission fee, if you belong to this category you must bring a valid ID to avail of the discount. Accepted IDs are school ID for the students, Senior Citizen ID for the Senior Citizens, and PWD ID for the PWDs.  

This 3D Art Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM. That’s 12 hours of fun exploration if you feel like being there on opening and closing bell.


**This establishment is close on Mondays, but open on Holidays. Ticket selling is only up to 8PM.
   

What to bring when you come visit?

  • Bring socks or bedroom slippers. All guests are required to take off the shoes before you can enter the museum. No socks, tour the museum on barefoot. Or you can also buy slipper socks from the museum for Php150. They have a shoe counter where you can deposit your shoes.
  • Cameras!!!!
  • For those who easily gets cold, bring a jacket for Art in Island is fully air-conditioned.

Prohibited Items – you can’t bring these inside the 3D Art museum: food and drinks, tripod, pets.
  
  

 
 

They also have Year-round Promos which you can avail of this 2015 to 2016 and beyond:

*Birthday Promo – Your admission is Free is you visit Art in Island on the day of your birthday, a day before, or a day after. You must bring your birth certificate or any valid ID that indicates your birth date like SSS UMID, passport, PRC ID etc.

*Loyalty Promo – If you’ve been to the museum, don’t throw away your used ticket! Because on your next visit you can avail of a 50% OFF discount by presenting your old ticket and showing the attendant at the ticket booth a picture of you inside the museum.

*Group Promo – This is best for school field trips, excursions, and group tours. If your group has at least 20 persons (regardless of age), your group will get 20% off the ticket price of P500.00.  

To monitor promo, freebie, contest and discount announcements of Art in Island, follow their official Facebook page for the latest updates.

 For reservations and queries call Art in Island Contact Number: (02) 421 1356. Their email is artinisland@gmail.com.

  

Wow that’s unexpected! Good Job Kuya Angelo…

When we moved back I really don’t have plans of enrolling you to a regular school because we want you to rest first. You just finished your grade 1 and we thought that you deserve a long break.

But at the back of my mind I want you to fully understand the culture of being filipino and socializing with new environment would be helpful.

First few months were really struggle because we never used to have every day assignments and quiz. But in the long run we managed to adapt the new school. You love your teachers and classmates but hated waking up in the morning. 

Today we got your report card and I was surprised to found out that you are part of the honor roll. I wasn’t expecting a lot considering we had a hard time learning the Filipino and Sibika subjects. But you made it! You are one of the Bronze awardee for the whole Primary Department. 
 Im in awe seeing your grades with high mark. We are so proud of you! Continue to soar high my son! We love you!

  

Happy 2nd Birthday #chinitoinigo

  

 Two years! I watch you sleeping and I can’t believe you’re already two! I remember how tiny you were when you were born. You came out a bit too early and we got worried if you will be okay. Well, nothing to worry about because slowly, the little baby grew into a precious little boy!  

   

Two years. I cherish every moment. I learned how big my heart is because I met you.I learned that I could give until there was almost nothing to give. I learned how far I could go without getting regrets of becoming a mother of three. I learned that a life of chaos with you and your siblings could be so fun! I haven’t learned everything yet, so if I fail you sometimes, please be patient with mommy. I will try again.

   You have the sweetest little voice and my goodness, you are talking so well. Communicating with you has gotten more and more fun because you can tell us what you need and want and you are speaking in full sentences. You even starting using your manners “excuse me please, thank you & you’re welcome bulol nga lang

  
You are smart, #chinitoinigo. It’s amazing what you understand and can communicate to us. You have such a loving heart. Sometimes you will grab my hand and say “UP UP” so we can play hide and seek. It is so much fun to see you interact with Nanay Celda and Lolo Bossing.You call Lolo Bossing”Boboss” and light up when you see him. And you and Boboss have a very special relationship. You love eating beside him and mimick him especially when he’s teaching you kalokohan.He loves you and plays with you and you two have a wonderful bond that I have loved getting to see grow! 

One of my favorite relationships that I have loved watching blossom is with our princess. From day one, you have been smitten to her- but in the last few months as you’ve gotten old enough to really play and love on her, you two have become the best of friends. You loves chasing her around, messing her around, singing with her, playing with her, and snuggling with her. Your love for each other radiates from both of you when you’re around each other. It is one of the most precious things I have ever witnessed… and I know it will only grow stronger. Princess Isabelle must be very lucky girl to have you!

Your dad and I talk about you all the time… we feel so lucky that you are our baby boy. You are building such a strong relationship with both of us and I know you will always be one of my best friends. I have so many special memories from the last 2 years. I feel beyond blessed – you are so unbelievably loved. What a privilege and thrill to get to watch you continue on this adventure through your life. You are such a gift