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Celebrating Me as Mommy

I’m thanking you all those who greeted me ‘Happy Mother’s Day’… all blogging friends, friend who emailed, my sister who called, my in-laws and my mother, … and those who wished me well that day and kept me in their prayers but didn’t have the chance to talk!

And of course, I’m thanking my baby MAtthew whose smiles and laughter make my day, and my dear hubby who never fails me. They let me sleep in late that day. And dear hubby grilled for dinner and we just hang-out at the couch watching movies. It was a wonderful day!

I wish I have taken some pictures but I was too lazy to do anything, but I was entitled to be lazy. It was afterall a celebration of me as Mommy.


Picture with Santa Claus

 Happy St. Nicholas Day!
December 6 is the feast day of St. Nicholas a.k.a. Santa Claus,
the Patron Saint of Children, Sailors, etc.

2007 Matthew And Santa Claus2006 Matthew And Santa Claus

Left: Photo Taken December 5, 2007
Right: Photo Taken December 2006

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If there is one word to describe Matthew’s picture taking with Santa this year, that would be ‘challenging’. Poor Santa has to endure Matthew’s wiggling about.

At the start of the Kid’s Christmas Party, Matthew has been really good, smiling at everyone and even waving at them. However, the long line to Santa must have been really tiresome and boring for him, that a change in behavior occurred. Daddy had to carry him and walk around to calm him down, while I waited in line.

When it was our turn, poor Santa didn’t know how to keep Matthew in his lap. Mr. Photographer was waiting for Matthew to settle down but he isn’t about to settle down. I had to argue to just take the picture no matter how the baby looked like. Well, he looked like a really grumpy baby. At least he’s wearing a really nice Christmas outfit.

Last year was a breeze. If only he behaved just like last year …


Photo Hunt – Red

This Week’s Theme: RED


What can I say?! We love wearing RED every Christmas!


Deck My Blog, It’s Officially Christmas

We’re done decorating for Christmas! Christmas has officially started in our home and in my blog!

Every year, my darling hubby takes care of assembling Christmas Tree. I could do it myself except that it’s too heavy and too tall for me to assemble especially the top part. He does a better job with putting it up anyway and it’s tradition! I take care of decorating the tree! With regards to overall decorations, he does the manly stuffs like stapling the garland to the walls and putting up the lights in the ceiling, while I take care of placing the little pieces to a pleasant arrangement.

We’ve had our Christmas tree since 2003. We weren’t married yet when we bought it. It’s the very first Christmas Decor we’ve ever bought together for our very first Christmas together. Every year, we buy one special Christmas ornament and we garnish it with a picture that was taken that Christmas. So we have a collection of personalized ornament since 2003.

What you see in my header is a portion of our Christmas tree, with the picture Christmas ornament that I made for 2006. The little ‘stocking’ is one of the gifts Matthew received last year, his first Christmas. I think it makes a perfect header to shed some Christmas spirit!

In my recent blog-hopping, I bumped into Deck The Blog Anti-Contest. Check it out before closing on Dec 10, 2007!

Deck your blog with lots of Christmases! You could be qualified to win some really nice prizes, or simply participate to join in the fun in shedding some Christmas spirit in the … blogosphere!


Our Thanksgiving Feast

Our Thanksgiving feast is composed of deep fried turkey, stuffing, sourthern greens and pumpkin pie. Yummy! Happy Thanksgiving! 

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Turkey and Thanksgiving

I only knew about Thanksgiving when I got married. It’s a US Holiday that starts on the 4th Thursday of November until the weekend. Family gathers to have a meal together. There’s a whole history behind this, which I have learned from the history channel.

My husband has always taken the lead in the thanksgiving meal preparation. He cooks the turkey, prepares the potatoes and whatever we have planned for. Last year, he deep fried the whole turkey. We enjoyed the deep fried turkey better than the baked one. So he is doing it again! Also, we will be having pumpkin pie for the first time. I’ve never eaten a pumpkin pie before so this should be interesting.

We usually have the thanksgiving meal at about pass lunch time. After that, there’ll be so much turkey leftover,, that we will be eating everyday for the rest of weeks that follow. I always tell my husband to get a small turkey since it’s just primarily me and him consuming it. But he always comes home with the biggest turkey he can find. In time, I have managed to be creative in the preparation of turkey leftovers. I have tried adding it to spaghetti, to making adobo out of it, and there’s always turkey-sandwich option.

What’s another exciting thing about Thanksgiving, other than the usual 4-day holiday, is that during the Thanksgiving Weekend, we start decorating for Christmas. We start putting up the Christmas tree and all the trimmings. In the Philippines, our family starts decorating for Christmas in September. In the past year of our marriage, I have been very insistent to follow that tradition but my husband wouldn’t let me. He wouldn’t let me decorate for Christmas in September when Halloween and Thanksgiving is still coming. It does make sense though! What would the Halloween-costumed Trick-r-Treaters think when they come to our house that’s already in Christmas mood?! They’ll think we’re strange Christmas freaks!