Color-coded Family Pics

Dear Elisha and Meimei,

One of the traditions that your papa and I started when we reunited as a family in 2007 was our FAMILY PICTORIAL on special occassions.  By reunited I am referring to living together under the same roof.  As you know, I stayed in Bacolod from March 2005 – May 2007 while your pa worked in China. He went home once in 2005, twice in 2006 and in 2007 June 1, ahia and I moved to China with him.  Since then, we took the time and spent extra for the studio pictorials.  Oh well,  I would always ask for it and your pa would willingly obey. 🙂

Here’s our first studio pictorial taken on EJ’s 2nd birthday.
NOTE: Take a look at Papa 🙂

July 2007

The second was in 2008, still on ahia’s birthday.

NOTE: Still, observe papa 🙂

July 2008

In 2009 we went back to Bacolod for Meimei’s birth and stayed there for over a year.  This picture was taken on EJ’s 4th birthday and Meimei’s dedication.  We didn’t have the time to go to the studio since your papa only stayed for a short time, just to be here for these 2 special events.
NOTE: Check out papa again…

July 2009

In 2010, we all went to China after ahia’s birthday so we had our first studio pictorial (first with Meimei that is) on papa’s birthday.
NOTE: Do you seem to notice what I’m talking about papa? 🙂

Aug 2010

WHY do we do this you may wonder… Although we have lots and lots and I mean really lots of family photos, I make sure we have these studio pictorials simply because I like having photos taken in the studio.  The lightings are fantastic and you get to wear really nice costumes, which are out of the ordinary I must say.  You’re both growing really fast and when you see these pictures that we have, you’ll see happy memories growing up…

Here’s our latest studio pictorial as of this time taken on Meimei’s 2nd birthday, here in China.

April 2011

NOTE: You see, as you grow, papa GROWS too… 🙂 hihihi…

AND if you notice, we wear coordinated colors in all of our photoshoots, haha.  Oh well, as what I always tell our family and friends, that’s one of the things that your papa has to live with… AND that’s what you get from having a “ma-arte” mama 🙂 So you see? Being “ma-arte” has it’s advantages when put into good use 🙂

I love you both!

Mama

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Dress MEi Up!

Dear Meimei,

The title of this post came from Diane’s suggestion.  We haven’t met her in person yet, but she’s one of your FANS, haha 🙂  So when I post your photos when I drew on your face, she suggested this title, which I think perfectly fits this blog as well.

Here’s what I’ve written in my Facebook album description:

All the photos in this album were taken in just 1 day (May 31)… and here’s the story:

Meimei saw me “drawing” on my eyebrows and she also asked for me to draw on her face 😀 my original plan was to make her look FUNNY, like a clown or something… but then due to limited HYPO-ALLERGENIC MAKE-UP COLORS, it didn’t turn out the way I hoped… that’s why her EYEBROWS were “altered”…

after my so-called DRAWING, I asked her if she wanted to put on my clothes and yes, she did! All the clothes she’s wearing are all mine 😀

oh by the way, i did my “drawing” on her face while she was poooing ;-D

Oh dear, we do lots and lots of stuff while you’re pooing, but I’ll write that in another post. For now, here are some of your pics.  I just got one from each of your “costumes”.  We did the make-up and the pictorial for almost 2 hours.  We both enjoyed it when finally you said, “Mama, let’s go outside.” That’s because you knew you were dressed in outside clothes, so you had the idea that we’re supposed to go out.  We did go out, we picked up your ahia from school.

Enjoy my dear…

gorgeous Mei

happy Mei

funny Mei

serious Mei

 
 

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God’s Love

Dear Elisha,

Even before you were born, your papa and I have always prayed for you.  If there’s one thing we desire the most, it’s for you to grow up as a man who honors God above all.  So since birth, I always made sure you grow up knowing God, His word and His love.

A few weeks back as I was tidying up your drawings (checking which ones to throw and which ones to keep), which I usually do on a monthly basis, I saw this drawing that brought tears to my eyes… The moment I saw it I was reassured that giving up everything I gave up was and is all worth it, because you’re growing knowing what God’s Love is… and to your young mind this is what God’s Love means…

God's Love

 After wiping my tears I called you and asked what your drawings mean, starting with this one and your explanation made me teary eyed… “God’s love is our family because you take care of me and Meimei.”  I then asked how about papa and you answered, “Papa takes care of you and me and Meimei too.” Even right now as I’m writing about this drawing I’m crying.  I am overjoyed that as your parents, we were able to make you understand what God’s love is… At the same time humbled that in spite our shortcomings, you still felt God’s love through us.

As you grow up EJ you’ll learn more about God and who He is, and you’ll understand more of His unfailing love.  Mama and papa’s love may fail, but God’s love won’t and no matter where you go and what you do, it will always be available for you… In times you’re up, thank Him for His love that brought you where you are.  In times you’re low, thank Him for His love that never lets you go.  His love has carried me through my toughest times and definitely, His love will be with you anytime, anywhere.

I love you son… and may God;s love, grace and wisdom continue to fill your papa and me as we train you and Meimei in the way you should go…

Love,

Mama

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Daring and Sweet

Dear Meimei,

Your papa and I have always seen you as both a daring and a sweet little girl.  Even your Ama and Angkong who were only here for three weeks were so amazed by your no fear attempts to perform several tasks that were presented to you.  And of course, your sweetness melted their hearts.  It melts ours every passing day sweetie.

CLIMBING THE BAR

We realized that your DARING trait could have come from your 1st 7 days spent in the hospital, which were hourly dose of injections due to tests and medication. And of course,  you bravely faced your 3 major surgeries in the 1st 10 months of your life.  Thank God for his protection that was ever available… Because of those experiences, we believe it made your brave enough to face life.  Facing those kinds of pain at a very tender age made you aware that life isn’t easy and you really had to fight to survive.  You are a fighter my dear.

COMPETING WITH AHIA

Now for the SWEET side of you… Aside from the fact that you’ve learned from the sweetest mom (ehem, ehem), I believe it’s also because of the love and care you’ve received from people like Ama, Angkong and other family and friends who showered you with so much.  Although we miss most of them now that we’re far away from them, God has provided us with friends who have helped us shower you and your ahia love and affection.

POPO AHIA

You like it very much when you ahia popo’s you… Then he’ll end up saying, ” You’re so heavy Mei.”

with ate Asley

That’s ate Asley, she’s 11… They only came here to visit but you both had a wonderful time when we went shopping.  She carried you and played with you so I can fit my clothes 🙂  She got really tired that even if she doesn’t take afternoon naps, she did that day! 🙂

So there you go my little one… I pray that you’ll always remain to be brave (daring) and sweet as you grow one day at a time.

I love you sweetheart!

Love,

Mama

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Birthday Month

Dear Meimei,

Your birthday month is April so for your 2-year old birthday, we decided to have a month long celebration which covered all the weekends of the month.  Each weekend we had some fun activities or trips as you like going out very much!  You would often ask us to “GO OUTSIDE”.  You like the ourdoors very much.  Here are some of the places that we visited.

Hangzhou

shanghai zoo

Peach Flower Garden

I’ll post your other photos next time because you’re already calling me to go outside and watch your favorite – Barbie.  This time it’s Barbie Mariposa we’re watching.  It’s the 10th DVD of your 18 DVDs Barbie Collection.  Will blog about this next time.

Love you!

Mama

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Me and My Doll

Dear Elisha,

Last Jan. 31, 2010 you joined the Me and My Doll contest at the Robinsons Place Bacolod.  The requirement was for each child to wear costumes of their favorite character – a doll or a superhero.  Most of the girls were Princesses from different movies while most of the boys were action figures.  Here you are together with the other contestants while waiting for the contest to start.

waiting for the contest to start

Here are the Princesses in their lovely pink gowns.

Princesses in Pink

And of course, here you are my SPIDER BOY… And I think you should know this, YOU WON FIRST PLACE! haha… Just take a look at your picture and you’ll probably know why the judges thought you deserved to win.  It brings a smile to my face looking at you son.

Spiderboy

It was actually your first time to join in a contest and glad you won.  You didn’t have the most expensive costume.  Infact, your spiderman toy only cost me P20!  But you made it to the top because you were confidently showed them what spider man did, including the expression of your face!  The host even said something like: WHOA! I’m so proud of you Peter Parker… ooops, I’m so proud of you Elisha!

Love,

Mama

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Purple @ 31

Dear Elisha and Meimei,

Meimei, this picture was taken on my 31st birthday last 2008. You’re 4 months in my tummy so this is my first birthday with you if I may say, hihi.  And of course, I’m wearing my favorite color 🙂

Purple @ 31

And look at you EJ… you and papa gave me what we call the samwits kiss… Oh how I love this happy family kiss that we always share, usually at bedtime but done anytime we feel like it 🙂  We each take turn to be in the middle and it’s so much fun doing it that you sometimes would like to have 2 turns 🙂

Happy Family Samwits Kiss

And since we were in China at that time, we just had a simple celebration with our “family” away from home – Auntie Imee, Auntie Cathy and Uncle Jon. Auntie Cindy wasn’t able to come so we missed her that night.  These friends have been with us through our toughest times and because of them, life in a foreign land became more beautiful.  I miss them very much.

China Family

EJ, they all love you… Mei, auntie Cathy is your ninang 🙂  So kikay and inta just like your mama, hihi.

Love,

Mama

My entry for:

Life and then Som

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