Saturday, 31 December 2011

Looking Back

Before I start the New Year I would like to look back and celebrate 2011 once more. It's actually easy to do this because I started this year with a blog. I started blogging again without any expectations. I just wanted to have a little bubble where I could write what I want and have our experiences logged somewhere. I never thought that i would learn a lot of new things, travel to beautiful places through other's blogs & more importantly, meet new friends. 
2011 has been a great year. Syempre may mga challenges but it's the happy times that I remember the most:
 I met lovely people through blogging and made friends as well =) 
 I gained a lot more confidence with my baking this year and I'm hoping to try out more recipes next year. 

Our Auntie Ross visited us this year. She only stayed with us for a week, but we enjoyed her company tremendously. 
Pic from my May post, Tuloy ang pasyal ni Auntie

We bought a Merlin Pass this year (at a bargain price!) and had a blast visiting different parks such as the Chessington World of Adventures, Legoland & Alton Towers. We also went on the London Eye & visited the London SeaLife. Mega sulit specially during summer & Poj had a blast as they all offered a lot for toddlers. 
Photo from my October post, The Sea Life London Aquarium 

Poj celebrated his 2nd birthday in May. This is also the year when he got hooked on Thomas and Friends. He moved to his own bed and was potty trained this year. We saw his personality shine even more, got to know him more, his likes & dislikes. His love for music is more obvious, he plays his toy guitar and piano while he sings and dance to songs. And he still loves his books & seems to enjoy it more now that he knows his numbers, alphabet & shapes. And he to exerts his independence a lot more, too!

This is another year when we became closer as a couple. The challenges we encountered this year brought us closer together and having Jace glued us more as a family. We thank God for the gift of family, friends and good health. Goodbye 2011 and here's to a better, brighter and healthier 2012!

W The Old Year has gone.  Let the dead past bury its own dead.   The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time.   All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!  ~Edward Payson Powell

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Christmas Party 2011

We were all friends during our UST hospital days and would go out and celebrate Christmas and exchange gifts. We are fortunate that almost all of us are here in the UK and we are able to carry on with our yearly tradition. We would usually spend the day at someone's house with lots of food, stories and gifts. We had great fun hosting the party last year & looked forward to partying at Che & George's house this year. And sure enough, we all went home with gifts in our hands, smiles on our faces and a full belly!

Here we are getting a number for our yearly secret Santa

Everyone was happy with their little pressies! 
Group pics
food, cakes, gifts, & lots of cuddles =)
We are thankful for all the food and gifts but most of all for the friendship! Merry Christmas to everyone! =)

Monday, 12 December 2011

Our Christmas Tree is Up

It feels that I have been away for ages! I have been busy with Poj, work, Christmas stuff and gadget issues. I'm happy to share that I'm still busy with Poj =) but my work assignment is back in track, Christmas gifts are all wrapped up & are happily sitting under the tree, Christmas party is now finished, my iMac is now fixed and I only have one gadget issue left - one that I'm too tired with that I don't even want to go there!

And now that my computer is back, I can update my blog and catch up on what I've been missing with my blogger friends.

One of the things we've been up to is finding our perfect Christmas tree for this year.

Erick & I have been together for a long time but never bothered putting up a Christmas tree. But we decided to change our ways and get one last year for Poj's 2nd Christmas. We enjoyed decorating it so much plus it made the house a lot more Christmassy.
This year, Poj knows a bit more about Christmas, we've started introducing it to him and I just found out that his nursery is doing the same.
We picked him up one night and he's been saying I want a Christmas tree!

It's handy that there's a small tree farm close to his nursery. We drove there in the morning and Poj helped choose our tree for this year. We opted fot a smaller tree which was not only cheaper but fits our  humble home much better. 

I decided on 'recycling' as the theme for this year. I used some of the lovely cards we received last year plus our some of our old baubles. This theme followed with all the Christmas gifts as well. We didn't buy any wrappers and used leftover from previous Christmasses.

We wish everyone a very merry and meaningful Christmas =)

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