Let me backtrack. Even when Emma was a baby, I’d sing her a plethora of lullabies. I had the same practice when Zienne was born. “Goodnight Sweetheart” was one of their favorites. I’m not sure why, but they’d request it over and over again. Fast forward many years later and the whole family is in the car driving home. The station is set to public radio that started playing oldies. Then this song came on and I hear a request from the back asking me to turn the radio up. To my surprise, they all thought that I had made up the song, even Perze thought so. Then this morning came. As I was getting Zi ready for school, she started singing the song. She asked me to help her with the lyrics so I picked her up and we danced as I sung the chorus repeatedly. Being four now, she was getting heavy, so I put her on my bed and we youtubed the song to play on replay. So she listened to it- again and again. Goodnight, sweetheart in our very simple good morning.
Emma and Zienne’s first day of school was so successful. No tears. No fuss. No fatigue. This was Zienne’s first day of PreK! She was already excited for it since Emma has been building it up for her, telling her how lucky she was that all they do is play, sans homework! So Zienne was ready to put on her big girl zebra leggings and pop off on PreK, that’s just fancy talk for she was good to go. They both prepared their new owl school bookbags, presents from their Tita Steph, and walked to the bus stop with the whole family. Zienne was so proud when she boarded her bus all by herself. Since the driver was still waiting for one more passenger, he allowed us to take pictures of Zi inside the bus. The night before, the girls were teasing me about crying about Zienne leaving me for school, but that morning, with Perze by my side, I didn’t cry. Maybe it was because I saw how big her smile was, emitting this excitement that surrounded her, conveying to me that she’d be ok and she wouldn’t need me to run to her aid. Perze […]
Zienne, As I was watching TV while taking care of Elle, you indirectly caught my attention by singing and playing the ukelele. I realized you were making up your own song because of the lyrics. “Maybe someday you will believe in God. Someday you’ll see He loves you. Let me tell you the story. They covered Him and put Him on the cross. On Easter. Maybe someday you’ll believe.” You’re only four, yet what God had imparted to you, the good news of salvation, His love, the realization that not everyone accepts His love, and your ability to want to share this truth is truly inspiring. I only pray I can be this bold, Zi. Thank you for reminding me.
Congrats to Mr. And Mrs. Freddie Fabila. They were married on a mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine. This is our first ever time witnessing a wedding on a mountain, and it was one of the most memorable ones I’ve been to, breathtaking views, and intimate, despite it taking place during a windy morning in a public tourist spot. I’m so happy for my brother, and now, my sister in law. They have been waiting for this moment, and now begins a new journey. (Photo Cred. MKristie F. Cornett) Their pictures turned out amazing, even without professional photographers. They looked so happy, with Ate LJ looking so beautiful and my kuya looking especially dapper. The best part, like my little sister getting married in California, transplanting our whole family in Cali for a week, we were all able to rent an entire (haunted) house in Maine, touring every day and enjoying all the lobster benefits. A toast to the newly married couple! God bless you always on your new journey.
For those who came, and those who missed it, here’s the slideshow of the pictures that we took with our camera that day. Thanks to family and friends who took some shots for us all throughout the party to capture the fun moments. When Elle is older, she’ll be able to see the celebration of her first year and I know she’ll appreciate all the work sacrificed just for her. Thanks expressively to my parents who cooked so much food that day. Even though I requested for them to refrain from cooking so much, they always overflow in prodiving food for these parties for our guests. Thank you to my sister Steph who helped me with some decorations and setting up. Thanks to my brother Fred and sis-in-law LJ for coming all the way from Boston to help set up and then clean up afterwards. Thanks to the Cabanbans who provided some food and the tables and chairs. Elle is blessed and we’re sincerely thankful for you. God blessed us with such an incredibly beautiful day to share with our family and friends nearby. We loved seeing everyone enjoy the photobooth and the kids (and even adults) play in the […]
Me: You’re ready for school, Zi.Zi: So, I’m ready for high heels?#seriouslythisgirl
Elle Turns 1 photos> This year we tried something new and tried harnessing the power of social media (twitter and instagram) to broadcast the images of what was going on during the party as the event progressed. I would like to thank those that participated. We were able to achieve this using a service from a startup called sharypic, you can visit them at http://www.sharypic.com/. You can also access the pictures directly from this link: http://www.sharypic.com/elleturns1