Friday, November 30, 2012

Rocco's Fab Birthday Weekend: Sa Jollibee, Bida ang Saya!

For Rocco's first birthday party, Sieg and I decided to just hold an intimate party for our family and a selected group of friends. We've just transferred to our new home, and our expenses were high rocketing, plus the fact that I didn't have time to organize a big party for him. We figured, Rocco is still a baby and wouldn't even appreciate clowns and mascots, plus, we only have a few kids in our guestlist.

We were choosing between Shakey's, McDo, and Jollibee theme parties. What stood out was Jollibee Parkmall. It's a new branch, the space is really big for parties, there are a lot of open parking spaces, plus, we really love Parkmall!

As early as July, we already booked the venue. Eager beaver lang ang peg namin. We wanted to make sure that the party date wouldn't be moved because we have visitors coming from Tacloban and Manila and it would be such a headache to request for plane ticket rebookings.

Sadly, Jollibee Parkmall was very strict with their party details. Themes not in their list are not allowed, cakes not ordered from Red Ribbon are not allowed, special loot bags are not allowed. Sobrang dami pa. Gusto ko pa naman ng Pororo theme. I didn't argue anymore and just went with whatever they had. 

With Grandma Flor, my nieces Chloe and Callie, and nephew Zachary
With my in-laws: Papa Tol, Ann, and Mama Marlyn
The Geonzon Family. Missing are Ate Dona and Kuya Junjo
 In fairness, the party was fun and alive. The host did great in entertaining the guests.
 The host calling in some kids with their mommy/daddy
 The games were super fun! The kids loved it.
Even the grown-ups enjoyed too!
 With friends from work...
 With cutie baby Elise who just turned one a few weeks ago...
 With family friends...
 And relatives...
And more friends from work. Love love!
What's a Jolli Party without Jollibee himself? 
Our friends and family sang with us as our little boy blew his birthday cake.
It was a simple and intimate celebration of Rocco's first year, surrounded by family and friends :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rocco's Fab Birthday Weekend, Part 1

Way back July, Sieg and I decided to hold Rocco's birthday here in Cebu. We thought, he was born here, so might as well celebrate his first birthday in his rightful birthplace. He is a natural Bisdak :) It would have been easier to hold his party in Tacloban because our families are there, but we figured out, it could double as a family vacation for everyone if they come to Cebu for Rocco's birthday.

And I'm so happy they did! That's all that mattered to us, to have our families complete as we celebrated this very important milestone. From my side, my parents, Kuya and his wife and kids plus yaya, Ate Dynah and his husband and son all came. My tita (mama's sister) also came. From Sieg's side, his parents and sister came. Those who weren't present were abroad (my sister and her husband, and Sieg's brother).

It was also a perfect occasion for them to visit because we just transferred to our new home, and they haven't had the chance to see it yet. We managed to squeeze in everyone in our house. It was a literally full house because there were 20 of us, kids and yayas  included, who slept in for 3 days. Thank God, he provisioned for everyone to have his/her own space, be comfortable and sleep well in our 4 rooms.
My in-laws arrived earlier last Friday so they headed straight home to play with Rocco. My family arrived late so they went first to the mall while waiting for Sieg & I to finish with our work. The kids were such troopers and not once did they throw tantrums. Love love!
Mornings became fun chaos! The kitchen was always super busy cooking brekky, while we ate in batches. Those who woke up early enjoyed the most yummy treats :) The kids were everywhere running around, playing with toys, and going gaga over Rocco.
Just before lunch, my in-laws and  I headed off to Casa Verde, Ramos to reserve seats, while my side of the family made quick visits to Magellan's Cross and Sto. Nino Church.
We were a fun bunch, all 20 of us, including the yayas. We feasted on the best baby back ribs in town, plus some more mouth-watering meals. Sobrang busog talaga! After lunch, my in-laws went to SM for some quick shopping, while my family continued with their Cebu tour.
Since I rode in the car with my in-laws, I killed off time at the kiddie painting area with Ann, while Rocco took his afternoon nap. Afterwards, it was off to Parkmall for Rocco's Jolli Party.

More stories to come!

How Rocco spent his birthday, Part 2

After Rocco took his afternoon nap on his birthday, we headed off to the city to do 2 things: visit the church, and fetch Grandma Marlyn at the airport. But before we visited the Carmelite Monastery, we made a quick decision and detoured to Rainforest Park. The day was for Rocco, so might as well squeeze in activities that would be enjoyable to the little birthday boy.
We passed by this place countless times already but we never thought even for once to drop by and take a peek, until today. All of us were equally excited! It is a paid facility, and we went there on a weekday so we kinda expected a smaller crowd, but still, there were lots of kids there! It's just a small place, the main features are the dancing fountain, a mini zipline for kids, an aviary, and an oceanarium.
Rocco was amazed with the aviary. He saw some peacocks, multi-colored birds, parrots, tarsiers, and even a roaming deer. So cute because he wasn't scared at all and even went near the birds.
We spent a longer time at the aviary and just skipped the oceanarium because it was getting late already. It was actually a fun first time experience of introducing theme parks to Rocco. I hope Cebu will develop more theme parks and zoos so that kids and families will have more cool places to visit.

After our short trip to Rainforest, we went to Church, and then headed off to the airport to fetch Grandma Marlyn. By that time, the birthday boy was already fast asleep in Mommy's arms. When we arrived home, it was already good night in lala-land for Rocco.

It was indeed a happy and intimate birthday for Rocco. The real action happened during the weekend when the entire Geonzon and Ofonda families all came to Cebu to celebrate with us. Rocco is so much loved, because everyone came, plus more! 

More stories coming soon.

Friday, November 23, 2012

How Rocco spent his birthday, Part 1

Rocco knew it was his birthday. He woke up extra early, around 4:30AM to be exact, and demanded to be carried by his mama. He's like that when he's looking for extra lambing. Sometimes I have to carry him to the CR with me even when I pee because he just wants to be with his mama.

I was extra excited because we prepared something special for Rocco. I wanted our home to have the birthday vibe, and what else can I do to achieve that but to decorate! Because I love craftwork, it was pure labor of love. I made banderitas out of crepe paper, bought a pack of balloons and manually pumped air using a manual balloon pump. After that, I painstakingly pinned each banderitas and balloon to its proper places.

Taddaah! Pardon the poor angling of photos. I was dead tired from decorating and was eager to retire for the night.
When Rocco woke up on his birthday, Sieg & I were both eager to see how he would react to our festive decors. He didn't disappoint because he was super amazed! He kept saying "Waaaaaw" while pointing to the decors. Sayang the photos turned out super blurry because I was still sleepy and forgot to adjust the shutter speed.

After Rocco's AHA moment with the decors, we strolled around the village. We all love this bonding time in the early morning, when we can still feel the cold mist of the dawn, and the sun is just starting to shine, when everybody else are still asleep, yet here we are, ready to start our day.
Because it was Rocco's birthday, we took the whole day off. We spent the morning playing, while waiting for the priest who would bless our house. We just love hearing our little boy shriek in delight every time his Daddy throws him up in the air. He's also very fond of the remote control now. He actually knows where the OFF button is.
Yes, we had several attempts to organize a house blessing but it just didn't fly, so we decided to just hold it on Rocco's birthday. Perfect timing.
After the short but sweet house blessing, we had sumptuous lunch prepared by yours truly. It was just us, our small family, just the way we like it, plus our girls of course, who we consider as our extended family already. Of course, we had to do our monthly tradition of blowing the birthday cake. This one was extra special so we had our party hats on. How cute is our boy wearing his special birthday hat!
We we delightfully surprised when the girls told us they had birthday gifts for Rocco. Honestly, I was super touched by their gesture. They spent their hard earned salary to buy something special for their alaga. Rocco couldn't wait till the presents were opened that he had to do it himself. Thank you to our girls for the bowling set and the toy car! Very nice gifts!
That didn't end Rocco's birthday. We took our early afternoon nap and headed of to church, then had some fun time at the zoo! More to come on my next post.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Before my baby turns ONE!

Tonight was hectic, and before I retire for the night, I will stay still for a minute, and savor this beautiful moment. Tomorrow, as my first born turns ONE YEAR OLD, our family will create precious memories together.

I am beyond excited!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Happiness is spelled R-O-C-C-O

Mommy: Where is Rocco Pogi?
Rocco lets out his toothy grin and points to his picture in the console table.

My heart is overflowing with good.


Last weekend, we had a lot of errands in preparation for our family who will be visiting Cebu for Rocco's birthday. We left early and brought Rocco along with us.

When we arrived home...
Yaya 1: Ate the house was so quiet today. It's so different without Rocco.
Me: Why, you miss him?
Yaya 1: Yes, we miss him!

I'm lucky to have them.


The girls went to the mall last Sunday for their dayoff. They just had their payday so when they arrived home, they had lots of loots. I was attending to Rocco in the 2nd floor so I did not mind them. After a while Hubby approached me.

Hubby: They have a gift for Rocco.
Me: Really? So touching naman.

Later that day, I went to their room to get a cloth diaper because Rocco pooped, and I saw a big box of bowling set. Of course I'm just assuming that it's their gift :)

Still, I'm touched.

Rocco is really our source of happiness. Our home is so alive because of him. Everyday I thank God for blessing us with our baby boy.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy Birthday Elise!

After attending Lexmark's Open House, we had some downtime at Chocolatier, then headed off to Soleil Elise's 1st Birthday Party! Rocco was asleep on our way to the party. Napagod ang bata kasi walang tulog the whole day. Buti nalang natulog kasi nakarecharge. When he woke up, full energy na naman at back to kalikutan. I had my stage mama moments when Rocco sat down with the other kids in the play area. Narealize ko lumalaki na ang anak ko. Parang kelan lang when he was still a very small baby who wants to be carried cradle style. Ngayon, he's growing up, and super duper active. Boy talaga!

Anyway, it was a fun party. There was a clown making animal and flower balloons, a photobooth where we made several rounds to have our pics taken, and we also enjoyed the yummy mango ice cream. Sadly by 7PM lowbat na ang Rocco. We had to excuse ourselves and left the party early.

PS. Wala pala akong nakuhang picture ng birthday girl :( Happy Birthday Elise! May you grow up to be a fine and beautiful lady!

A Peak inside Daddy's Work

I've never attended any Open House event that Lexmark hosted before, so it was a fitting timing that they had one this year because both Rocco and I finally had a chance to visit and take a peek inside Daddy's workplace.

I must say I was in awe of the technologies inside their facility. Spell E-X-P-E-N-S-I-V-E! It's world class and they're really doing serious stuff in there. It makes you love science and engineering. Parang gusto ko na ngang manuod ng National Geographic palagi para makarelate naman ako sa kanila.

On top of that, Rocco had fun because there were cool activities for kids. Sangkatutak na animal balloons na ang pinagawa namin kasi tuwang-tuwa ang bagets. After attending the Open House ay hindi pa natapos ang araw namin because we attended another birthday party in the evening.

Napaka active ng social calendar ng aking bagets! :)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Closet Raid!

Sorry, tinamad ako mag-edit ng video para maging vertical ang viewing :) Enjoy!!

For a husband who loves me even at my worst :)


Happy 1st Birthday Reid

Last Saturday, we attended the 1st Birthday party of Reid Aixely, the unico hijo of my office mate, Angeli. Angeli and I got pregnant just a few weeks apart, so all throughout our pregnancies and early stages of motherhood and child rearing, we always shared tips and stories. It was a delight to be present in such a fun milestone.
Rocco super enjoyed the whole time! He didn't cry even if the sound speakers were on full blast. When Jollibee finally made his grand entrance, the little boy was super starstruck. He also seemed to love Jollibee spaghetti because he ate quite a lot.

I cannot wait till it's his turn to celebrate his birthday, where else but in the happiest place in town, Jollibee din! :)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Oooh Christmas Tree!

Hello boys and girls!!

I've been on blogging hiatus because both Rocco and I got sick. I caught a bad case of flu. Ok lang sana na ako ang may sakit, but last Wednesday, the little boy was hotter than usual. He was still in a playful mode the whole day, walang ubo, or sipon, kaya di ko alam why he had fever. The best guess is it might be because he was teething. He's got two big upper teeth coming out, and aside from fever, he was drooling like a vampire. Hehehe.

To control his fever, I gave him tempra and cold sponge bath. Medyo calm pa ako kasi his fever only went up as high as 38.6C, but come nightime, naloka na ako kasi umabot na ng 39.5C. We prepared Opigesic (paracetamol suppository) in case his temp went to 40C. As usual, Mommy lang mode ang Rocco. He's like that when he's sick. Walang kinikilalang ibang tao kundi ang Mommy lang nya. It was a totally sleepless night for me, carrying him in his sleep, and then checking his temp every 10minutes. What made it worse was that I myself was also sick. Haaaay the sacrifices that mothers have to make :)

Thank God his fever was gone by Thursday. He was back to his jolly old self, though still a bit weak. By Friday, he was super A-OK na. To celebrate, we decided to put up our Christmas tree!!!

Guess who was most excited?
Grabe sa tuwa ang batang ito. Nakakatanggal talaga ng pagod, at mas nakakaexcite magcelebrate ng Christmas. We had a fun time putting up the Christmas tree. Sieg prepared gulaman and french fries, while I cooked pansit, and we watched "Ang Babae sa Septic Tank" while decorating the tree.

And here's the finished product! Taaadaaaah!!! Just the perfect little Christmas tree for our small family :) Rocco was so mesmerized with the decors, and mas lalong napa-WOW when we turned on the Christmas lights. Kulang nalang ang gifts, kumpleto na! :)


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