After so many years of being a call center agent and after so many years of missing Christmas after Christmas, I finally got to spend Christmas eve with my family. This is the perfect Christmas for me. As I said of my FB status, benefit of being a SAHM - happiness!
We didn't cook much this year, only for the kids, because Christmas day will be spent with the in-laws. My father and mother brought from the province native chicken, which we made into tinola, and fried some for the kids.We also had spaghetti and lots and lots of buko salad. And our Christmas feast is complete.
Highlights of the night: Sam slept on us on Christmas eve but wouldn't let go of his gift even in his sleep. Simon was excited trying on his new blinking shoes and the smile on Basti's face was priceless when he saw that he got a K-Zone December issue from one of his ninangs.
Christmas day, we went to Las Pinas Bamboo Organ Church to say our prayers and then spent the day with their uncles and aunts at SM and at their Grandma's house. I have yet to upload photos of moments captured there.
It was the simplest, most stress-free Christmas that I had and yet it was the best. And that's because for the simple reason that I was there, happy celebrating it with my kids and love ones.
A special greeting from my boys, courtesy of Basti through Paint:
I purposely disconnected the internet connection so they couldn't play online games, but they refused to stay away from the computer. I found the three of them, heads close together, making what seem like a Christmas wishlist through Paint. Basti, the eldest, is the captain of the ship while the two youngest nods their heads in approval.
Basti says he wants a PSP and a hundred pesos.
Sam wants a new Tom and Jerry DVD.
And Simon, well, Basti assumes this is what he wants. A Sponge Bob DVD.
The Las Pinas Bamboo Organ Church in the parish of St Joseph, famous for its nineteenth-century church organ made almost entirely from bamboo, is all dressed up for Christmas!
The Church and its vicinity is one our favorite spots in Metro Manila. The whole environment has a small town atmosphere and is relatively peaceful and clean. We just live nearby so I should know. The police station, fire station, barangay hall, the church, a small wet market, a couple of ATM, and private and public schools are just steps away from each other. No malls yet, I hope they won't put one up here (and it's nearly impossible to since it's a residential community) or else it will lose its authentic small town charm.
Every year the streets are adorned with Christmas lanterns like this:
Stars glitter on the roof of the church museum:
And the hundred year old trees are adorned with countless bright stars:
And this year, they put up a tiange (flea market) at the top of the Bulwagang Ezequiel Moreno and set up this special Christmas tree:
The church is a sight to behold. Sorry if the pics are not of the highest quality but the church really is amazingly beautiful at night, so much that you won't ever forget it's Christmas!
I had been sickly lately. And I hate myself for being that. I missed two very important occasions because I was sick. First, Basti's First Communion (yeah, move on, I know) and yesterday, Sam's very first Christmas party. I don't know what happened but just as we were about to head out the door to go to the party's venue, nausea so extreme hit me and then I found myself throwing up uncontrollably. Nah, I'm not pregnant. Must be something I ate. Good thing, sister dear was around to take Sam to the Christmas party or else I wouldn’t have forgiven myself for being the cause of my son's missing his very first Christmas party.
I'm lucky I was not taken to the hospital, but I was tempted to ask to be taken. For some reason, unlike other people, I don’t mind hospitals. It's the expense and the inconvenience of being taken to the hospital that bothers me. I know hospitals are there to make sick people well, and they are not offensive to me. I have been hospitalized three times in my life due to illness when I was younger. Those were the times when nurses still wear immaculate white uniforms and have caps on their heads to boot, and trendy fashionable medical scrubs are unheard of.
The most recent experience that I have of hospitals was just a few months back. My friend Gracie underwent a gallbladder operation. After what seems to be hours of waiting, doctor finally came out of the OR, fresh from taking off his surgical scrubholding a small metal container. No one prepared me for what I saw. There on that container was Gracie's gallbladder and the doctor was showing it to us, to me! I have never seen any organ fresh out of a human body before! I almost fainted but I held on to my seat as the doctor showed her mom where the tiny little stones blocking her gallbladder were. And that means opening up the gallbladder right before my eyes. As much as I love Gracie, I can’t say I love that part of her right then and there, LOL. And the stones were so small, how could it have caused so much pain, and cost her so much! Well, we all know the answer to that, forgive me for asking.
The only sad experience I had with hospitals so far is when my friend Tina was hospitalized. Whenever I'm sick and away from my boys, I think of my close friend Tina. She's a super mom. She finished her MassComm degree while being a hands-on mom to a seven year old and taking care of her household all by herself, no help, and still had the time to visit me at home. Amazing woman. Just a few days after graduation, she got sick, got admitted to the hospital, went into a comma, was revived, went into a comma again. Now she lay in a vegetative state. It was like a roller coaster of emotions for us who witnessed her go through all of these. Now she had been brought home and is being taken cared of in a makeshift hospital room in their home. It has been five years. I miss her so. Her body is there but her mind was not. And every time I'm sick, I think of her and will myself to be well. I wish she can will herself too. I terribly terribly miss her. She was enjoining me to set up a preschool. Yes, it's a sad story. Even now, it makes me sad.
Aside from that, I am glad I have a positive feel for hospital and I hope it stays that way. I pray that it stays that way. Hospitals now are different. Some are like hotels already, especially the more expensive ones. Nurses look good in their nursing uniform scrubsand doctors are more approachable, especially the young ones. And of course, with technological breakthroughs everything is done with more precision, faster, and more comfortably than before. Well, even with all that, I wish I won't have to be sick again. Gotta take care of myself better. Hmmm, let me make that my new New Year 's Resolution. Being a mom, even our bodies are not ours alone. We gotta stay healthy not only for ourselves but also for those teeny weeny tots that depend on us. Right, moms?
So, Basti had his First Holy Communion yesterday. Sad to say, I was a no show on my son's important event. I had a severe stomach problem that prevented me from going to church. What horrible timing. So it was just his Papa and him. I still can't get over the fact that I wasn't there for him but then he's a great kid, he understood that I was sick. He looked so handsome in his white polo and slacks and he kinda looked different when he came home. I'll be posting pictures of this important event in the next few days. Taking of pictures was not allowed so we have to wait for the official photographer to deliver the pics.
Meanwhile, let me share with you another one of Simon's favorite videos on YouTube, Lollipop
All of a sudden, I'm having an anxiety attack. I don't where this feeling came from, what's the root of this anxiety. Possibly because I'm anxious (nay, overexcited?) for tomorrow.
Basti will have his First Communion tomorrow. Another big step for my 9-year old. He had his First Confession last Thursday, and I got teary-eyed as I saw my child sitting in front of the priest reading out and confessing his sins.
I can't imagine myself tomorrow. I hope I don't shed a bucket of tears or else Basti will be embarrassed. He's been acting out his "big-boy-not-a-mama's-boy" stuff lately.
Yep, tomorrow's gonna be a big day. Have a good weekend everyone! I'm off to Baclaran to find good stuff at the most affordable price.
Hello again, mommies! Christmas, oh, Christmas is near! The year just passed by like a blur, don't you think? Last year, I was not able to spend Christmas with the kids. This year, I'll be with them to celebrate this entire season of joy. I hope I'll be able to attend Simbang Gabi each and every morning. That would be such an accomplishment for me, haha.
I have only a few photos of the Christmas season last year. Our digicam malfunctioned and we had to rely on my husband's cellphone for pictures. So what I have for now are the photos of my kids last December. I don't if I had posted this already here, I can't remember. But then, the joy of my kids in these photos sums up the joy that we had last Christmas and the joy that the season brings to everyone. Merry Christmas everyone!