Friday, December 27, 2013

Bigger is better

While we were at my in-laws' admiring their relatively big Christmas tree, Malik said he wanted a big Christmas tree too so he could put more Christmas presents under it. We said we can't get a big Christmas tree because we live in a small house. Malik's solution is to buy a big house. He said, "Mama let's buy a big house, with a big tree, with many many presents!". The tree and the presents are easy to come by. The house will have to wait a while :). Merry Christmas everyone!

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

One day in a year

For one day in a year, I get to take the loves of my life to work. I wrote about Malik's trip to my office last year, here. This year, there's two of them to bring, which means there's twice the fun (and chaos)!

What are you doing Malik? Don't you pull an April Boy on me.

It escaped me that Malik wore this same shirt when he first visited me at the office. My co-worker noticed and I looked it up on the blog to double-check. Whatdya'know, this shirt is patently recycled!

Mommy's going to get you new clothes this week, honey.
Promise. :p

Izik and I just hung around the sidelines, while Malik joined the games.

Malik got grumpy because he got eliminated early in the "the boat is sinking game." So I got all competitive and helped him win the "bring me game". We won this torotot and he was all-smiles after. Silly kid.

Bee-dah. Bee-dah.

Meanwhile, Izik was just happy waving around this balloon on a stick.

Malik can't compete with the other kids when it came to singing Psy songs or whatever it is that's playing on MTV now. But he did sing Hey Jude and some songs from the Frozen soundtrack (more on this later).

What are you doing Malik? Don't you go all ninja on me.

Remember Bea - Malik's girlfriend from three years ago? Bea's a little older than Malik but that's no cause for concern because her parents just welcomed this darling little princess to their family. Hello there, Bella.

She's pre-qualified. Heehee

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Monday, December 23, 2013

ProP 9.2 - Sleeping with my eyes open

Proud Parent Update - Izik can sleep with his eyes partly open.

I swear, he's sleeping here.
This skill will come in handy in the future. We actually know someone who's able to sleep while seated and with her eyes open. She is now a doctor. Hehe

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

One for you, one for me

There is a story behind this toy.

Malik's on Christmas vacation. We've been going on movie dates with him because well, movies are part of his life. After watching Thor, we passed by the toy store to buy him a toy. He picked out a Spiderman arm thing-y. On our way to the counter, he exclaimed (a light-bulb moment, really) "We should buy Izik a toy too!". So we got Buchokoy this -

Your kuya loves you, darling. Don't you forget it.

The Brothers Zamora. 

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Bunny Baker (A Review)

I didn’t want to blog about my experience with the maker of Malik’s Despicable Me cake, because I didn’t think they were worth the energy. But after some thought and consideration, I realized a review would be helpful not only to potential customers but also to the bakers – so they know how to improve service and such. Here goes. This will be lengthy.

Monday, December 16, 2013

ProP 9.1 - Walk, walk, walk

Proud Parent Update - Izik likes to walk. This doesn't mean he knows how to already, but he's practicing.

Look at him so happy!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Test. Mic test 1,2,3.

I've been pestering Pao to go on a vacation. It's been a looong time since I last boarded a plane for a non-work related trip. I've especially been lusting to go to the beach. I know Malik will enjoy the sand and the surf too. But when summer came this year, Izik was still too small to take anywhere. I feared we'll forget his things or to bring enough cloth diapers.

We needed a test run, which we were only able to do one month ago (this post is that delayed) while Pao was on a conference at the Manila Hotel. While Pao worked, the pogiboys and I enjoyed his room for 3 days.

It was of course not as relaxing as an actual vacation. I ran around like a headless chicken the entire time, preparing clothes and toys, and looking for things that Malik has surreptitiously placed under the bed. But at least I now know that sleeping elsewhere is possible, but only if my mom or in-laws are there to help. Otherwise, nevermind. My "vacation" would be all work!

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Friday, December 6, 2013

ProP 9.0 - Mom-ma

Proud Parent Update - May bagong salita na si baby! Izik can say "Mama"! Yey.

We haven't done any decorating for the holidays yet. I'm just too lazy. The good news is that the parol that was installed last year is still outside our window. We make the "effort" of turning it on at night. Izik is amused.

Late last month, we began introducing Izik to the Filipino food staple - rice! He sat on a high chair for the first time at the Manila Hotel (more on this soon) and for the 2nd time in this kapampangan restaurant -

"I'm too sexy for this chair."
On the nursing front, he's only beginning to learn how to hold his own milk bottle at 9 months. I seldom pump milk at work anymore (huhu) although Izik still nurses from me when I get home. He's had to drink formula from a bottle while I'm gone.

Piece o' cake
These are it, more or less. Hello there my buchokoy.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Mommy's little elf

Made this penguin to give to Carina on her birthday. I like that he's pudgy.

This rabbit was a wala-lang gift for Pao. He's more difficult to make because I used thin cotton thread and my smallest Susan Bates hook.

Malik tried to adopt him but Pao won't budge.

I have been making a few owls the last three weeks or so. They're a work in progress. I still have to embroider eyes and beaks and put tufts on their heads.

I hope to take a photo of all of them together when they're done before I send them to their owners.Through all these, I've been getting help from my little elf.

"You mean I get to tear this apart? And you won't get mad? Cool."

He's on fiber fill duty. Do not disturb.

"I got this mom. Hi-ya!"

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Malik's 4th Despicable Me Birthday Party

We had a small celebration in school for Malik's 4th birthday. I've been preparing for Malik's party for about a month. In contrast to actual parties with hundreds of people in attendance, this one's a breeze to plan.

I'm especially proud of the minion food! Or at least the containers where we placed the food. Heehee

The first containers are compostable chicken boxes from our friendly neighborhood supermarket. The printable water bottle labels, invitations and cupcake toppers are free from here (Thank you, from the 3rd world!).

Malik's cake was the highlight of his special day. It is pretty awesome isn't it?

I wish I could tell you where we got the cake, but I wouldn't want to contribute to their business. They're my least favorite part in this year's party planning and are not exactly a pleasure to do business with. :\

Anyway, happy birthday love! You will always be our favorite kuya.

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