Our Princess Is Eight!

We celebrated our only daughter's birthday two days ago. We woke up early and heard mass. After mass, we rushed home so Bea can finish her breakfast and go to school on time. We didn't have any party planned this year, but we wanted her to feel special on her day so I let her wear her crown to church and school. Actually, she wore it the whole day! So that she'd feel princess-like the whole day!

We fetched her from school and bought some food for our simple lunch. We bought a small chocolate cake from Red Ribbon. Then we bought some DIY decorating flowers and sprinkles from Goldilocks. When we got home, Bea had a grand time decorating her own cake!

We also got some left over Cinderella cupcake toppers and put them on the cake too. The finished product was beautiful! 

Happy happy birthday Princess Bea!!!

It's Only Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs for Bea

Bea "cooking" the hotdogs

Earlier before this evening, Bea told me she wanted hotdogs for dinner. Good thing her Lolo bought some for her a few days ago. As always, she was so eager to help me cook the hotdogs.

First, she got them from the fridge herself. She took two pieces, peeled off the clear plastic covering of each hotdog and then waited for further instructions. I got a small non-stick pan and heated over a low flame. I told Bea to put some warm water in the pan. This is how I cook my hotdogs, just like I cook tocino. I cook them in water instead of in oil. This way it's healthier and the finished product looks better, smoother and not at all wrinkly. =)

I put the hotdogs in the water and stirred them constantly as Bea looked on. I rolled them from one side to the other as the water evaporated. This should continue for about a minute, don't stop, because the hotdogs will burn since the pan has no oil. I then transfered the cooked Tender Juicy hotdogs on a clean plate as Bea excitedly took it to the table to start her dinner.  I knew the hotdogs tuned out quite good, the big smile on her face told me so! =)

Shoe Shopping with Bea at Payless Shoe Source

Bea's cutey black shoes 

Just before the year 2013 ended,  I had a big revelation.  As a mother this is pretty big news.  My sweet 7 year old daughter now has her own opinion when it comes to buying her stuff.  

The other day,  I took her shoe shopping since her pink sandals' straps broke.  We went to SM Masinag.  We were supposed to go straight to the department store but when we passed by the Payless Shoe Store Bea just wanted to go in.  I've never bought shoes there myself.  I did buy earrings from them since they have stylish and affordable fashion accessories like earrings,  bracelets and even wallets and sunnies.  
Once inside,  Bea immediately touched shoes that were either for babies (Dora the Explorer and other characters) or too mature for her (as in stilettos and platform wedges).  I tried to sway her to look at safer pumps but she would just look at them,  shake her head then go to find another high-heeled pair.  Argh! I realized that days of imposing what I wanted her to wear is now coming to an end.  Kids nowadays really do mature faster!  I remember my mom fixing what I will wear until I was in gradeschool...  Or maybe that's just me.  Hehe. 

Anyway,  we finally compromised on getting safe black flat shoes,  with glitzy,  glittery ribbon across it.  Plus it was on sale!  We got it for only P500++. Win-win! 

My little girl is really growing up fast! 

Shopping after Christmas

On Christmas morning,  Bea eagerly checked the stocking that she placed on the Christmas tree the night before.  She was soo happy to find P50. Then her grandfather's friend dropped by and gave a little red envelope.  When I asked her how much was inside,  she nonchalantly said P50 only,  but when I checked,  it contained P500! When I explained to her that this is actually more valuable than she initially thought,  she got really excited!  I guess she's only beginning to grasp the value of money. 

A few days after Christmas,  we all went to the mall to attend to some errands.  Bea came along because according to her,  she wanted to do some Christmas shopping too.  ;)  Us girls both went straight for the bookstore while her dad looked for some place to sit.  He knew we were going to be in there for some time.  It has finally happened!  She is now as excited as I am to go to the bookstore!

I told her to go and get what she wanted to buy,  but she should choose wisely since we will be spending her P550 that she got for Christmas.  She happily went off,  picking stuff then putting them back down, as if assessing if they would fit her shopping spree budget.  Hahaha!  My little smart shopaholic in the making. 
After what seemed like an hour,  she finally approached me and said she was ready to pay for her loot.  We went to the counter and guess what?  She was just P47 short!  Amazing!

Her daddy couldn't resist laughing out loud when he saw his two girls approach him from where he was sitting.  We both had a big paper bag from National Bookstore each! Like mother like daughter I guess!

She bought some puzzle books, coloring books, a clay modeling book,  24pc Crayola Twistable crayons,  a memory game and a tub of cotton candy we saw outside the bookstore. See how happy she is with her goodies!

She has since then declared that National Bookstore is the happiest place in the world!  I'm so proud of her!

Reading The Little Mermaid Book

I just want to share that after trying for so many years to get Bea to like books and reading, it has finally happened! She now loves, loves, LOVES to read! She reads just about anything! 

Some time ago, she'd often roll her eyes at me whenever I ask (demand) that we go in every bookstore we pass. She'd glare at me whenever I'd purchase another book. She'd hate it even more when I ask for a short break which I call "Mommy Time" and lock myself in our room for some peace and quiet with a book (and some munchies). 

Now she loves books too! I guess the change happened when we got her new glasses. Because of the dog bite, which turned out to be a sort of blessing in disguise, we found out that Bea had terrible eyesight, and badly needed glasses. I guess that's when she started reading properly and started appreciating the words she read. Now she reads a lot! she'd rummage through her old books and read those. When she's done, she'd find more books and read some more! Ahhh! My little mini-me!

Last month, I bought her a set of Disney Princesses Read Along Books. It was actually a set of 5 but I just took out one and hid the rest. This way, she'd appreciate the books more. I let her read Tangled. She just adored the movie and as expected, she loved the book too!

This Christmas, I took out Little Mermaid and wrapped it. I told her it was her Daddy's gift for her. She almost jumped with joy! Although, she is now so good at reading, she finished the book in just one sitting! I remember months before when we'd finish a book in three nights. Now she's just getting better and better at it!

Mommy Lesson Learned: my daughter has her own timeline of learning. I can't impose on her what I expect her to be able to do at a specific time. When she's ready, she'll know and she'd just do it. Patience is a virtue. Thanks baby for reminding me. 

Attending A Minions Party

Last Sunday was a hectic one for our family.  We attended a kiddie party organized by one of the best party and events organizers Apple of Yanple's.  This party was extra special because this was for her youngest son and my inaanak...  Aethan!

This year,  Aethan turned 3. The party theme featured his current favorite: Minions!  It was held in Shakey's Marcos Highway. 

Before going to the party,  we made sure we heard mass first.  We won't have time after the party anymore since proceeded to our barkada Christmas party afterwards.  Told you guys it was a hectic Sunday!

Just before 11am, we arrived at Shaker's and we knew we were just in time.  The party was just about to start.  All our friends plus their respective families were there.  I just love it when we get together with them.  Bea loves playing with the children of my barkada.  They're almost family :)  One time,  she asked me if they were her cousins.  :)

As expected,  there were a lot of games!  Bea got a lot of prizes,  and all of them were minion-themed.  Even adults had a great time.  We also joined in the games.  I joined the balloon relay where we had to pass along a balloon then spell Aethan's name with our butts.  That's me wearing a dark blue shirt,  busy spelling Aethan's name.  The girls' group was so competitive,  we won!  As a consequence,  The boys had to line up and spell Aethan's name with their bottoms facing the audience!  Har har har.  Too bad Berto didn't join the game. 

When the minion mascot came out,  the kids were so happy!  They rushed towards him for a photo op. Here's Bea with her friends.  Of course even adults refused to pass up the opportunity.  My friends and I also had our picture taken with the one-eyed Minion. 

Thanks to Apple and her family for inviting us to Aethan's Minions party.  Bea and our whole family definitely had a grand time!

Happy Birthday to Me! (2013)

Last month I celebrated my birthday by having a simple staycation in a hotel where our not-so-little Bea splashed around in the bath tub till her fingers turned pruny and blue. She didn't mind at all that unlike last year, we didn't get to go to Laguna to dip in the hot springs there. For dinner, we just popped a dvd of a cartoon movie and had Jollibee meals delivered to our room. 

It was as simple as that, but we were all very happy =)

The next day,  on the way home, we dropped by the stores along White Plains and bought Maning's Lechon Pugon, Jacinta's Kutchinta and Pancit Malabon.

Another year has passed, I am very grateful for all my blessings, including the learning experiences that I also encountered along the way. I am so grateful for my family, grateful for the past year, hopeful for the new year ahead of me!

For a more detailed post about my birthday celebration, click the link here!