Goodbye 2010

{ Nutcracker my sister brought back from her winter trip to Germany }

We had some good times. 2010 wasn’t a perfect year (since there probably isn’t such a thing), but it was a wonderful year. We were happy, healthy, and together as a family. We couldn’t ask for anything more. Looking back, I can’t believe how much Cadence has changed and grown up.

I can’t forget to mention that my favorite show to talk about ever, LOST, also ended in 2010. I can’t believe that either. I sometimes get a little sad when I remember it’s over, but we also got Filipino channels in 2010 that have brought me lots of new dramas to get sucked into.

Here are just some of the things we did last year…

And much, much more!

“…Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure a year in the life? How about love?” – Rent

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Why I love Filipino Parties

 

Rockin the cupcake shirt. My favorite.

Saturday we dropped off Cady at her grandparents’ house I believe sometime around 2 to hang out. Then Tim and I went to the town square to drop off jars of baby food for the food drive and walk around to scout possible portrait locations. We got home at 4 and had an hour to rest before going to a 7 year old’s birthday party at a Filipino family’s house where we consider ourselves practically related.

Actually, the earlier part of the party was the birthday party, and the later part of the party, which went on late into the night, was a boxing match watch party for the Pacquiao-Margarito fight. Some kids left. More adults came. Kids played upstairs. Grown ups downstairs. I talked with some women who knew who my cousin Jessy was and said some very nice things about her. She’s an actress in the Philippines, and I thought it was cool that they knew about her. Before the fight started we were able to watch the Baylor-A&M game, which we (sadly) watched Baylor lose when we got home.

On the bright side, we were with nice people and had lots of great Filipino food. Buko pandan, pancit, lumpia, and Filipino style (sweet) spaghetti (with hot dogs) were my favorites. What’s even better is that when you leave a Filipino party, the hosts always ask you to take home some food since they always prepare way too much even if each of the many guests were to stuff himself excessively. Despite having eaten all the things previously mentioned plus flan, macaroni salad, chicken, dinuguan, rice, caldereta, and pho, I was happy to make a to go plate.

My Tita said, “take whatever you want.”
“Take whatever I want?”
“Yes.”
Fantastic.

Plate 1 of 3 (not counting the one I took home or the soup).
Pho. Not Filipino, but we like it, too.
Buko pandan.
The birthday cake. I love it! This is from HEB.
They make delicious, beautiful, inexpensive cakes.
My to go plate I snacked on when we got home.
Cady enjoying her new favorite, lumpia, while we finished the football game at home.

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Featured on Swanky Chic Fete!

I have a blog buddy I’ve “known” for a couple of months with a fabulous blog named, Swanky Chic Fete. She just featured Cady’s first birthday party on her blog, so check it out!

When she asked if she could feature Cady’s first birthday party, I was honored! I feel pretty special since this is the first time I’ve ever really been featured on another blog, especially since she is really the hostess with the mostest (check out all the neat details and hard work she puts into gatherings with her friends– they are a lucky bunch)! She also features lots of great shops and design ideas.

P.S. In other cool facts, SCF and I happen to live in the same city, visit some of the same businesses, and are both Filipino. One of these days, we’re bound to run into each other!

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Happy 235th Birthday United States Marine Corps!

I love my Marine.

He’s a generous husband and a dedicated dad. He always puts his family first and knows how to keep his priorities in order. He is gentle, soft-spoken, and selfless.

He’s also quite the looker, especially after a fresh haircut and a shave.

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Cady’s First Birthday Party

Here it is finally. The long overdue post of Cady’s much anticipated first birthday. There were too many beautiful photos to post them all, but here are some of the details of the party itself.

I had started thinking about Cady’s August birthday party in January when she was about 5 months old. The birthday cake, smash cake, decorations, gift bags, and party favor bows were all handmade at home with love by Mommy with the help of other family members who were key to making sure everything went smoothly for the big day. Family from West Virginia and California even few in for a few days to celebrate the momentous occasion. There were three different outfits (luckily we were prepared for the messes that would inevitably occur), lots of trips to Michael’s Arts and Crafts, and many party blogs browsed for pink first birthday party ideas.

INVITATIONS
Shutterfly

PHOTOGRAPHY
Sarah Giles, Butterfly Chaser Photography

WHERE TO SHOP
The Chinese lanterns were purchased from Luna Bazaar
Hobby Lobby: candy jars, Wilton cupcake tower
Ebay: alligator hair clips for DIY hair clips
Dessert stands from Origin Crafts
Tiny pink chairs from Big Lots
Tiny white tables from Ikea

HELPFUL TUTORIALS:
Custom bottled water from Glorious Treats
Party hats from How Does She
Tissue paper poms from Sew Sweet Stitches
Photo garland from Samster Mommy
Fan fold flowers from Pigtails Paper Trails
Bows (party favors) from Mrs. Sassy Crafter

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Party Preview

It might be a few weeks until we get the edited party pictures back from the photographer because she’s so talented and so great with kids that she’s very high in demand and booked for shoots for months ahead now. She always takes amazing pictures, and I’m very excited to see them. Until then, I’m collecting all the photos and video that friends and family took. I know that these are things we’ll always cherish because even now after two decades, we still enjoy watching my little sister’s first birthday party on VHS.

This photo was taken my my mother:

[ Cady enjoying her personal smash cake ]

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Thankful for my husband

It’s my husband’s birthday, but all the excitement has been focused on Cady (as usual) and her birthday or party this week. In fact, her party falls on his birthday, and almost all the attention was stolen by her, which he doesn’t mind.

Today was the day Tim was born, and even though I try to express how much I appreciate him everyday, today is a day when he deserves some extra recognition for being such am amazing husband and wonderful father who goes above and beyond what is expected of any normal person.

He is selfless, giving, kind, patient, understanding, loving, affectionate, and hard-working. He makes me laugh. He gets me. He sees the positive.

He does anything in his power to make sure Cady and I are happy.

He is better than anyone could ever fully comprehend and more than I could have imagined.

We are very blessed.

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First Birthday Fun: Free Ice Cream

I love free birthday stuff because freebies are great, and even though they don’t know you, the companies with the birthday freebies are celebrating your birthday, too, by giving you something for your special day.

Cady is definitely very special. She also loves ice cream. Therefore, we took her to get her celebratory free birthday ice cream cones the day before her actual birthday AND the day of her birthday. We could’ve gone again to another place yesterday, but Tim and I decided we have all had enough (plus it’s been really, really too hot out).

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First Birthday Fun: Build-A-Bear

I wasn’t sure if Cadence was old enough to enjoy the building part of the Build-A-Bear experience, but I’m glad I was wrong because she had a fantastic time! It was my first time to build a bear as well, and I enjoyed it, too. Tim and I recorded a personal message that the bear plays whenever you press his left hand. We said, “Happy birthday Cady! We love you!”

[ Picking an animal ]
[ The stuffing machine was her favorite ]
[ Loving on her now stuffed bunny ]
[ Picking out clothes and shoes ]
[ Car ride home ]
[ Playing with Mommy’s sunglasses in matching outfits ]

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Cadence is a year old!

I can’t believe how quickly time flies. I know people say it all the time, but it really does go by so fast. It’s happy and sad at the same time. I’ll miss the times we had that passed so quickly, but I’m also really excited to see her grow and change. This all sounds incredibly cheesy, but it’s true. Even though I know our lives will continue to change, I feel like we already have everything we really need. With Cadence, life is complete.

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