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Pre-Christmas

Christmas celebration in the Philippines starts really early… some says in September and it is true, you can find Christmas decorations in the mall by then. Our started with school Christmas parties

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first was at ISM, Sofia’s class hosted a Christmas breakfast

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look all those children with random mix of nationalities… how funny that Sofia has Argentinian and American flag mixed with Asian face. Hilarious!

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then it was Christmas party at Lizzy’s school. She was all dressed for the event

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first it was all school performance, when Lizzy just wandered around, totally distrated

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she looked even a bit bored and tired and decided to sit

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but in reality she had fun

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Tony was asked to be the Santa Claus for the day and handled gifts to kids. The funniest part was lizzy refused to take picture with Tony, clearly she didn’t recognized her daddy

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then it was Christmas party at our condo. It required cocktail attire. I had a late meeting so Tony dressed up the girls and went to the party

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I came back just on time, so we changed quickly

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ready for the party

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it was a great party. Had magic show and Zumba dance, and tons of food

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we had fun 🙂

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it was our first year spending Christmas in our new home, our little family made the best of it. 🙂

 

 

 

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First visitors in the Philippines

Last week we hosted our first visitors since we arrival in the Philippines, and they were my favorite people of all time. My uncles!!! They’re like my second parents. I spent so much of my childhood and teenager years in their homes. They treated me like their own and taught me so much about family values. It has been over 15 years since we were so close living under the same roof.

Lizzy and my uncle bounded immediately

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Sofia already knows grand uncle very well… he accompanied her to school bus many times

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Sofia loved their grand uncles and enjoyed having them around

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we explored the neighborhood after dinner

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we visited malls together

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these two girls melt their heart

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they enjoyed our condo and the pool

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every evening my uncle would take Sofia for a pool time

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laughs filled the house during these 5 days

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Tony took them to see the city a bit

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On last day Lizzy had high fever

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but 10 min after taking tylenol, she was alive again 🙂

We also celebrated Tony’s birthday before they left

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Untie made crab noodles that was soooo good. They loved the crab, they even took some cooked ones to the plane

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what a lovely celebration, with good food, fantastic companies, and very sweet and yummy chocolate mocha cake

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they left Friday evening… very sad 😦 I wished they stayed longer because it felt we were a big family, loving each other so much, and having so much fun together.

Lizzy woke up happy on Sunday, I stayed in her crib for a while to chat with her

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then we practiced piano with Sofia who started piano lessons with a great teacher

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on Tony’s birthday we started with his birthday gift this year, golf lessons and golf set. I think he liked it a lot 🙂

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specially when his girls accompanied him

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we finished our leisure Sunday with a Christmas party at one of my colleagues.

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As I get older, I appreciate more family time. There’s nothing that brings me more peaceful happiness than being with my folks. It’s hard to describe, but it gives me so much sense of union, belonging, blood tie, specially after I had my own children. Seeing them bounding with my mom and my uncles brings me so much joy. I hope they all live long and healthy so my girls can grow up with them, and also finds joy being with their family.

 

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We finally got our things!

Two days after we came back from Shanghai. our shipment finally arrived. That day was crazy at home… so many boxes and unwrapping

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2 days later…. everything was settled and I got to do some reading on the couch while Sofia had a playdate

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these two girls spent the whole afternoon together playing, and Lizzy tagged along happily

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it was funny to see her following her sister and friend, trying to participate with the language and signal skills she poses, as if she’s part of the play date… she’s definitely not shy

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Sofia loves her new friend Karis, who happened to be her school bus seat mate

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we finally got the piano… surprisingly Sofia remembers more songs than I expected

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Lizzy is enjoying more and her her school… her favorite person is Teddy, the first classmate she had when she started… a very cute boy

 

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Sofia continuous to love her class, I love this picture of her playing guitar at school… so relaxed and so enjoying herself

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then we got our painting framed finally… love these that we bought in Bali

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we finally feel settled and at home again. 🙂

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