A letter for Miguel...

Dear Miguel, 

I think I have mentioned before that I blog so that you, my children, and your children's children are able to have a glimpse of our life. One of those moments I want to preserve is your birthday :)

You turned 3 last April 17 and what a day it was! 

You woke up to a simple but certainly special breakfast! I made your favorite chocolate cake, Daddy prepared balloons, and Tita Mae cooked some of your favorite breakfast. Ate JJ was there too! 

 still a bit sleepy

 the cake

 pajama party? :)

reading the card from Tita Min

You were so thrilled, so happy that you couldn't stop talking about everything you saw :) That could have been enough for the day but there was more.... 

We went to Singapore Zoo. The most beautiful zoo in the world! And going there, though unplanned, we took a not-so-ordinary vehicle... a Benz limo :) what a special ride! And "specialness" of the day kept unfolding because once inside the car, you kept on talking and talking to uncle driver until he found out it was  your birthday... so...

He asked us if he could stop at a convenience store to buy you some treat! How sweet was that? I was so happy for you because it is not every day you meet a person like him. Who wouldn't mind about his precious time. Who was glad to "stop and smell the flowers". Who would go an extra mile to make your day a little bit more special in his own way. Another surprise not just for you but for me and Daddy. I thank God for that sweet moment! :)

 ...thank you Uncle! He spent even more than we paid him for the ride :)
but his being with you for a moment is beyond money :) it's priceless!

 Kuya was very happy too!

We were all so excited in the zoo! We've been there as a family a number of times but this time is different not just because it was your birthday but because it was first time for you to go there sans the pram and you are big enough to really appreciate everything including being in charge of the map! 

 daw korek 

Here comes another reason for us to say, God loves you so much He makes everything special for you, and that He approves the idea of not having a big party for your birthday... 

You and Daddy queued for the tickets, when another Pinay who got a privilege card or something approached me if we wanted 50% from our  (adult) tickets! What do you think I answered her? haha! But that's not all! When it was your turn at the counter, the staff found out again it was your birthday and asked us if we could show some ID to prove your birthdate. There was none so I suggested that they ask you, because kids won't lie :) and you said: "April 17!" That got you a free ticket, a free ice-cream from Ben & Jerry's, and a birthday badge! Some staff saw you wearing it and greeted you a happy bday and you answered back: "Thank you! No problem!" hahahahaha! 

Then, your bandmates (I'll upload your vidoe performing as a band soon) Tim and Paul dropped by to give you their present! We all sang a happy birthday song for you to your delight! And that capped your 3rd birthday. Yes, in pajamas! :) 

I hope when you see this post and these photos someday, you will feel and believe how much you are loved by us your family, and by everybody not just because you are really so lovable (see for yourself in my previous post, but because you are you. Thank God for giving us a son as adorable as you. You are an angel in every way. Thank God too that He made that day so meaningful and so special. A kind of birthday you so deserved! I love you very much 'nak. 


P.S. Let's see what Daddy has to say on the comment section of this blog :D

{Click here for more photos: breakfast surprise, zoo part1, zoo part2, bandmates surprise}

coaster mini album

Using Maya Road and some papers from Crate Paper Toy Box collection, I made this coaster album for MWL's store display featuring my 3 year old Miguel...

At 3, he is able to do a lot of things!

  • reads a book from cover to cover, including those from Dr. Seuss.
  • reads random sentences being shown to him.
  • counts from 1-100
  • counts from 1-100 by 10's
  • can do some simple addition!
  • is able to recognize/read bills and coins! and knows the concept of buying what he wants!
  • prays "Angel of God" and some spontaneous prayer before sleep. It amazes me how he is able to recall the happenings of the day.... and the people involved... 
  • reads time! but would need a little help at times :)
  • sings songs with perfect tune. and he would set up his "sound system" using his toy guitar, microphone, and some accompanying music using some of his musical toys... 
  • asks WHY questions and answers them too.
  • can stay in a back-to-back conversation for a long time, making a lot of adults want to have a chit chat with him :) 
  • rides a trike
  • rides a scooter
  • is crazy over all sorts of vehicles! Cars, trains, fire engines... etc.
  • reads TV show titles. including those from TFC (The Filipino Channel) such us "Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin" hahaha!
  • has an excellent memory, can oftentimes memorize addresses, plate numbers, etc! 
  • very sociable. loves to be with people. 
  • loves "cooking" and often says he is "Junior Master Chef - Australia" lol
  • is 100% potty trained!
  • so loving, sweet, caring, funny, energetic... and so much more.

We are all so blessed to have you in our life Anak. I love you sooooooo much.... Daddy loves you so much. Kuya is in love with you he can give you a million kisses in a day! And thanks to Tita Mae for loving you and for helping me take care of you too :) 

Thank you for looking!
And Thank you Aida for giving me the supplies for this project :)

what can you do with 10 eggs?

10 egg shells
paper shredder
brown cardstock
white pen
egg tray
jelly beans

10 egg whites
3 cups white sugar
cream of tar tar

10 egg yolks
condensed milk

all of the above
Daddy's cam
Mommy's annoyingness (lol)
Tita Mae's help
Kuya and Miguel's cuteness
Easter Party! :)

Happy Easter!!! 
Let us shout with joy today because our Saviour is risen!!! 
{P.S.  Easter Vigil  and the whole Easter experience was awesome as usual. Will blog about it soon. We need to go to now for a swimming fun at Paul and Tim's place!}

while waiting for EASTER...

I offer my days of silence, prayer, fasting, reflection, and thanksgiving for God's mercy and love...

*Photos were taken by hubby.

find you. be you.

I'm in the middle of so many things one of which is being overly joyous for my son's simple but best-ever birthday yesterday, but I just have to share this layout for Made With Love using Sizzix and AC Peachy Keen. I scraplifted the title from my all-time no. 1 favorite scrapper, Lizzy Kartchner.

... round-a-bout alphas. Don't you just love it!!!

... handmade flower (and the pink felt border too) using CHA realeased die, Aplique.

... love using my own hand writing in every thing I make :) 

... and here are the dies I used: 

Thank you for looking! Got to prepare now for my FLORILICIOUS class. xo! 

because i think i can

I just want to celebrate my "7 kilograms" success on trying to lose weight! Daily exercise, less rice, lots of fruits and water. I still eat my favorite chips, pastry and pork but not as much as before.  And I think the flu helped me too haha! I managed to monitor my progress to inspire and motivate me. It's at the right --->

I hope to lose 5 more kilograms before my sister-in-law's wedding! I can do it! I believe I can! =)

another ordinary post

One ordinary day.

Showing ordinary card.

And an ordinary tag. 

Made in an ordinary room.


Everything I post is SPECIAL. 
All my handicrafts are special because they are made with LOVE.
And this place, where I am now is BEYOND special because this is my HAPPIEST place of all. 
I hope I made you smile :) 
Have an EXTRA-ordinary weekend!!! 

Lots of good news to share!

First, I am well now! Yipee! Bye cough! Thanks for not coming back again...

Second, I receive the goodies I won from Iris! So happy to get not just the mini album which my idol made herself but also a card with a thoughtful thought! Who wouldn't grin from ear to ear? =) =) =)

Thank you so much Iris, you are so kind and thoughtful, not to mention genuinely talented! You inspire me all the time. May God bless you more and more! :)

Okay, my third good news...

Went to an awesome baking shop at Marsiling with Joyce ... and look what I got!!!...and look what we baked!!!

... super moist choco cupcakes and... 

... my very first FONDANT icing!!! yehey!!! So happy to finally do it =)

... aside from these blessings, I am so happy to be able to keep in touch with my brother's family in Cavite through my sister Dit2, and an occasional skype chats with my sister Anne2. Nothing compares to the joy we feel when we are in communion with our family. 

What a beautiful life. Thank You God!


... goes to my coin bank because I did this myself for 2 good hours!


It happened sooooo fast I didn't get the chance to adjust the camera's setting. At all. But I love this photo series so much! Blur and all :)

what's up

Lovin' my days lately :)

I prayed for this. And God heard me. I have learned to focus more on the things that really matter. I'm not the usual scatter-brain anymore (so far!). It's funny how God works though. At times, He allows heartbreaks to lead us to something good. Now if only I remember this at all times. So that the next time trouble comes, I'd welcome it with open arms trusting that He is up to something so much better than what I have in mind.

So here's what I have been up to ...

... some hand made stuff to fill my online store soon :)

... a peek at my kitchen!

... and i just wanna document in this blog the invite with a poem I made for my little fellow for his supposed to be picnic party. For some unavoidable reasons, the picnic won't push through ... up to now, we are still not sure how we would celebrate his 3rd birthday.  Whatever we come up with, I just want to make sure he will be happy :) 

i love you

Thank you mga Anak for giving me one of the best weekends of my life. Nothing fancy. Just you both and Daddy... and me...at home.

Let's do this more often :)