Showing posts with label birthdays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label birthdays. Show all posts

Saturday, November 17, 2012

make birthdays special without spending hugely

Indeed, birthdays can be made special without spending too much. In our case, here's how we've basically done it and I am sharing this to my blog as fun tips to help enjoy birthdays without splurging way too much.:-)

5 Tips to Make Birthdays Special Without Spending Hugely

1. Keep a low profile so that only the very few significant people will know that your birthday is coming. Only when your birthday is over that people will realize that you just had a happy one. :-)

2. Don't feel pressured about having to hold a birthday spree. Some friends or workmates are likely to send you a hint or two that they're expecting a birthday blowout but if it is not within your budget, you can just politely smile or beg off. For friends who send their birthday wishes on your Facebook's timeline (which you forgot to turn off), you can also jokingly say to your well-wishers "Your greetings are good but I need cash!" or "Can I convert all your birthday greetings to cash so I would end up a millionnaire?" So now, they will get the point. Some of them might even cook up a birthday bash for you (You wish!).

3. Go to church and give thanks to God for another great year for you. You don't want God to get disappointed about not inviting Him to your birthday, do you? He should be your most important Guest especially on your birthday.

4. Merge your birthday with other celebrants in the house. Here's the cake to prove my point. :-)


If your husband's birthday is anywhere near your birthday, for example, you might as well spend it together. My birthday falls on the same day as his Aunt V, so it's quite practical to spend birthday with her since she's holding a party! :-) The only down side to this clever and crazy tip, though, is that we don't get to have our own guests. LOL!



In our case, we only had to order the cake and the rest of the food and drinks are on her. Haha! Isn't this a great money-saving tip? :-) Next time, though, I will have to remember not to bring husband and daughter along when I buy the cake so that we won't end up taking our birthday lunch together. :-)





5. Birthdays are also fun with a microphone and karaoke system at home. It should be fun singing a few high-pitched songs with just a couple of beers for the gentlemen and soda for the ladies. You also don't want kids to miss out on the celebration, so you can have fruit juice for them as well. Of course, you need to pass on the microphone to your kid so she can sing her favorite happy birthday song which will surely make your day even more special.


And we sure made our birthdays special without spending hugely! You can come back here on my next birthday (which happens to be the Veterans' Day, by the way) if you want to learn more frugal ways of celebrating birthdays with loved ones. :-)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

new year, new life!

There's really no stopping January to end soon. Yay, Valentine's Day month, almost! So now I need to get out of this blogging hiatus fast and catch up with my last two posts for January. By the way, my rock star brother turned supervisor celebrated his birthday on the 26th while a DG BFF is celebrating her birthday today. Happy birthday to the both of you, J and J!

I promised myself to devote a post for my New Year's resolution before January ends. I've written this last year but I still haven't executed some of them. I had this saved in our computer so I think my husband had been all over this list and probably laughing, too, because there are just some of them that I couldn't bring myself to start doing. My analysis? If it's anything related to doing something for myself, it would seem like, procrastination is my best friend. Oh, I hope not!

Okay, I really don't want to come up with too lengthy post about me and my New Year's resolution. :-) I'd probably just mention some parts on the list that I really want done consistently and regularly this year and moving forward:

1. To read the Bible "regularly", at least one chapter a day, for my spiritual nourishment. I already started doing this last year but I slipped again because I got caught up with a lot of things. Sorry, Lord!

2. Re-think on my diet, exercise and lose weight. Again and again and again. My oh my, how can I get out of this weight when I have broken all rules of diet and exercise? Time to review my friends' advice on losing weight. Hmmm, I've been reading FB status updates from friends doing Zumba fitness. I wonder what that looks like. Is it really effective? Hmmm, will google in a bit!

Was on dinner date with hubby. In fairness, I chose vegetables!
3. Get hair fixed. They say our hair is our crowning glory but in my case, I could get dethroned for it. Even my sister calls it "Chaka!" Trust me, you wouldn't want a "Chaka" hair. But my husband doesn't mind the Chaka, as long I don't spend too much to get it done. LOL. Go figure! :-)

Hair is one of my weak points.

Those are just three things on my resolution list. I hope to add more to this post but this will have to do for now. Happy Sunday, everyone!

Friday, November 12, 2010

on birthdays and good riddance

If there is one thing that help other friends remember the day of my birthday - that would be because my birthday falls on Veterans Day. In short, you also need to remember what date Veterans Day is being celebrated annually. It's funny because some of my friends I met at work a few years back would rather celebrate Veterans Day than celebrate my birthday with them. I really don't blame them if they'd like to get rid of my birthday on the calendar because I usually celebrate my birthdays the frugal way. That means "no birthday spree" from me especially now that we have a baby. :-)

Anyway, it is definitely an honor to have co-celebrated my birthday with the military veterans. The bravery/courage they have shown for their country is truly admirable and worthy of emulation. Now, I've learned that there's a very good way of honoring these military veterans. You can do this by donating your old vehicle. Wow, I wish I can do something like that but we don't even own a car. LOL. If you remember a few months ago, I wrote that my husband was once driving his sister's car (named Oliver) for a while. Well, Oliver was no longer in our custody. Sister-in-law already sold it because of high maintenance cost and it's not practical to keep him (Oliver) because sister-in-law and her hubby had already gone back to Norway.



Here's an interesting thing my good friends from the U.S. should know about donating cars in honor of the veterans. If you donate your old cars, vans or trucks, you will get a tax deduction for it. Cool, right? I heard it is so easy to donate your car in chicago where all it takes is just to fill out and send the donation form and the vehicle will be picked up any day you want. You will also get the same convenience and tax deduction opportunity from the said car donation program.

Well, if you'd like to get rid of your old car instead of letting it lie around your garage for so long, going into car donation for the benefit of the veterans, where you can also enjoy a tax deduction, might be a good idea.

Hmmm. I think this is what we would call good riddance, right? :-)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

remembering important dates in our lives

There are two things to celebrate for this month of October - our wedding anniversary and my husband's birthday. FYI, and as usual, we are going to celebrate them our own way (the frugal way, that is. LOL). You know, I'm always excited about the anniversary of important dates in our lives even though my excitement doesn't mean we are going to celebrate them in a major kind of way. Somehow, it just feels great to remember what it was like on our actual wedding day. When that day comes, we will have officially reached the three year milestone in marriage.  Yes, up until now, we still smile when we look at our wedding photos. Ah, priceless! Three days after our wedding day, it's going to be hubby's birthday - truly an October to remember. If you want to know how we celebrated this month last year, check out this short video that hubby made for us.



Then comes November. Oh, let's not talk about my birthday. Okay, we can talk about it. It's funny because I would remember some of my office friends celebrate it in an unusual kind of way. Everytime my birthday comes nearer they would tell me that the November calendar doesn't have my birthday on it. Then I would be quick to tell them that it's good that the calendar doesn't have my birthday on it because I'm not planning on a birthday spree. Well, anyway, I don't usually let my wallet bleed when my birthday comes.

November, by the way, is a good time to shop for Christmas cards. In fact, as early as now, it's even a good time to buy them at a cheaper price. If you ask me, it feels different to receive a real Christmas card. No, not the electronic one. Somehow, you know you are special when the mailman arrives and he hands in your Christmas cards from significant people in your lives. This is why, if you're planning to send one for me and my family, you know you are going to make us smile. :-)

What about you, guys? Would you like to receive Christmas cards? Send me your thoughts.

Monday, May 31, 2010

mom's birthday (the weekend that was)

Even though we had already agreed that the sendoff party was also our celebration of mom's birthday, we (hubby, yours truly, Dipdip, and the nanny) went to Compostela to celebrate with grandmother.

We're the only ones who are available on that day since my brother already returned to Abu Dhabi while everyone else (including dad) has already returned home for the next day's work. And so, we just brought with us a cake, lola cooked two or three dishes, and my aunt prepared macaroni salad.

Well, I can't show a lot of pictures because my camera was showing symptoms of A.D.D. again  :-)

But look at how amused my Tita S (mom's sister) was with my daughter who seemed to be energetic at that time to show everybody her talent in dancing. Yes, lately, our one-year old princess dances everytime she hears music from the television commercials. Sometimes, she would sing, too (believe me). We didn't really celebrate that much because my Tita S has been diagnosed with the Big C and she's already starting to feel some pain. I just hope she feels better and that God will perform a miracle on her. Fortunately (if I'm allowed to say that), my Tita J from New Jersey is helping her with her medications.


Here, Dipdip faces her grand lola who also wished we lived nearby so she can always see us around...

When afternoon came, we didn't forget to go to the cemetery to bring flowers and light some candles for mom.

Well, I think mom's birthday looked like it was Diane Pauline's day because she became the center of attention and amused everyone (including her parents, ahem!).

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

the second first birthday celebration



Last weekend, as I mentioned earlier, we were at our in-laws to celebrate Easter Sunday with them. Among other occasions to celebrate (hubby's two cousins graduated from the Nursing course), they also held a little celebration for Dipdip's first birthday. So, literally, it was dipdip's second first birthday celebration. I don't have pictures to show yet since we have already returned Papa's handycam and we weren't able to download the pictures and videos prior to leaving the gadget to the rightful owner. I was able to take a shot of the balloons from my own injured camera though before it automatically shut off because I forgot to charge the batteries.

Hopefully, I will update this post with pictures of Dipdip with her cousins wearing party hats. Hmmm, looks like everybody's spoiling my princess... Thanks to all the sponsors! :-)

By the way, I'm no longer expecting a third first birthday celebration but.... who knows? hahaha

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

dipdip's first birthday celebration

I promised to write about Dipdip's first birthday celebration, so here it goes..

Dipdip's first birthday celebration was a "simple celebration" like we wanted it to be. It was in fact a belated birthday celebration because it had to be celebrated the day after her birthday. Her birthday fell on a Friday and so we thought it would be convenient for the attendees to celebrate it on a Saturday. The nanny and I took Dipdip to church on her birthday, though, to thank God for giving Dipdip good health. On the other hand, her father was sick for 3 days. He had fever which was secondary to tonsilitis - thanks to her sister's chocolates hehe (I'll write about my sister-in-law and her hubby who arrived from Norway in my future posts). Thankfully, hubby was out of bed on Saturday.

The birthday celebration turned out well. This may well be just a first first birthday celebration since my in-laws will also be celebrating Dipdip's first birthday with them along with other special occasions within the family to celebrate. So, for the record, there's a second first birthday celebration in the works - this time, it will be courtesy of my in-laws.

Yes, technically, my in-laws weren't there during the birthday celebration but they really helped us out with the celebration because they had to lend us some utensils that we could use for that occasion. Also, it was Stephen's uncle, who is now starting to do a little food catering business as his sideline job, who cooked the food for us. My side of the family really loved the foods that uncle prepared for them. Hubby's sister also sponsored for the drinks.


Sadly, I didn't have quite a few good pictures to show because they weren't the best of quality. Hubby borrowed the Sony handycam from his father which was a present Papa got from his son-in-law from Norway. Unfortunately, Stephen didn't quite know yet how to handle the little gadget.So, anyway here are the pictures. If you notice any clear shots, they're not from the handycam. It's from my injured Canon camera. :-). Thank you, Canon.

Dipdip was lucky two have two birthday cakes - one from her Tita Freda (my first cousin) and one from Tita Cat, Tito J, and Rome!


Both cakes tasted great. The first one was baked from the heart; the other one was bought from Goldilocks but it was given from the heart as well. :-)

Here's a picture of Dipdip's birthday dress that her Tita Jenn gave her.

In this picture, she was held by my sister's bf. He made Dipdip a birthday poster drawn from his heart.

Nice piece of artwork, right? :-)

Here's another picture with the red dress; this time, she's with her Tita Helen.


She gave Dipdip a nice two-piece swimwear. I think it won't fit her just yet. Sorry if I have to crop the picture right there. You would not like to see a beautifully contoured body of her own mom, right? LOL

Overall, it was a wonderful celebration with dad and a few of our relatives and friends. We are also looking forward to celebrate with my in-laws in Talisay as well.

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Year In The Life of Dip-Dip

It's been a year ago since I've written about coming home with Baby Pauline (Dip-Dip) from the hospital. This time, I'd like to do a little recap with DipDip's one year milestone.

Newborn
It was March 26, 2009 when I delivered Dip-Dip via Caesarian, it wasn't a planned Caesarian. It was a decision we both had to make at the eleventh hour to ensure that she will be safely delivered into this world. I guess Dipdip pretty much liked it inside my womb that she didn't want to come out. And of course, it also had something to do with my safety as well. It's funny because some friends would blame it on my age (referring to me as "old") because I had Pauline at the age of 32 years old. But what can I do - I only got married just a few days before I would turn 31, ya know. Well, anyway, we were so happy that the Lord has answered our prayers to bless us with a child.

She was 6.8 lbs (3.1 kgs) when I delivered her. Not bad!

First Month
This was a picture taken on her first month. I didn't get to breastfeed her like I wanted to because I had postpartum hypertension. I was advised to rest during nighttime so it was my hubby who would usually wake up during the night to bottle feed her. At daytime, I would try to breastfeed her but oftentimes my milk production can't also keep up with her appetite. She got used to the bottle all the more when I had to go back to my office work.


Second Month
I was lucky to have a very supportive husband. Hahaha.. I just have to post this photo of him trying to look tired from looking after the baby. I guess he held Dipdip more during the first two months of her life because he wanted me to get some rest too so I can fully recover from postpartum hypertension. Although we did hire a nanny to attend to Dipdip when we would go to work, we made sure we still have time for her especially on weekends. The baby also sleeps with us at night time, of course.

Third Month
 Little Dipdip, on her third month, would already try to feed on her hand or her wrist.


Fourth Month
One of the highlights when Dipdip entered her fourth month was her baptismal. It was on July 5, 2009 when we had her baptized.

Fifth Month
On her fifth month, she already started "paying for her milk" -- an expression so common among us here when the babies would already connect with their parents to amuse them. At this stage in her life, she would already look and smile at us. In this picture she played peek-a-boo.

Sixth Month
It was during her sixth month when she started to eat cereals as her first solid food. At this time, I decided to become a stay at home mom and find work online.

Seventh Month
I guess it was within her seventh month when she started teething.

Eighth Month
 At eight months, she became my little fashionista. She is also fond of the camera.

 Ninth Month

On her ninth month, she would already walk with the help of a stroller.

I love this picture of her! This is courtesy of Marie Shiela.

Tenth Month


On her tenth month, she would look forward to outdoor walks. Yes, gradually, she's learning to walk by herself.

Would she become a great pianist in the future? :-)

Or will she become a best selling author in the years to come? Who knows?

Eleventh Month

On her eleventh month, she wants MORE attention... And we're giving her that, too. They say, in parenting, love is spelled as T-I-M-E and I rightly believe so.

Twelfth Month

Celebrating one year of birth! Praise be to God! Will post her birthday celebration on a separate blog soon. :-)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

a message of gratitude

This is a post of gratitude. I know I have said my thank you's to these guys already but I just want to do it here, so that when Didpdip grows up, she will be able to see this.

Come next week, Didpdip will be celebrating her first birthday. There's always something with "first birthdays" that would really make us want to celebrate, especially for the sentimental moms like us. Hubby and I were going over our financial ledger, though, and already agreed to celebrate Dipdip's birthday by ourselves. However, there's a little pressure to have at least a simple celebration especially because they say it's a first. And so, thanks to my father who got my brother to donate something for Dipdip's birthday, we can hopefully have a simple celebration next week. Didn't have anything planned yet, as of.

Well, another surprise came in just this week. A friend of mine "Cat" emailed me to say that she'll be sending a little something to help with Dipdip's birthday. My, oh my, tears came rolling down my eyes. How can the Lord be so kind enough to us? Well, this friend of mine--I haven't even met her personally yet but ever since we've met in this blog universe, I could not explain to you how this friendship happened but it just happened.

So to you, dear Tita Cat (and to your husband J and your lil one Rome), thank you for being so sweet and thoughtful to us and our little Dipdip. I hope I have erased your family name well enough. LOL.







Oh, and here's another one. I should have done this a long time ago but I thought I should wait until Dipdip would be able to wear the red dress that this other friend and ex-officemate of mine had given last December. I had it kept for my little girl to wear on her birthday. So, no pictures yet. However, Dipdip was playing with the toy that she has also given her. So, to you Jenn--thank you so much as well! She really loves to play with the toy already even though it is still not fit for her age.



Thank you guys for spoiling our little one with gifts that we are not even sure we can provide them ourselves yet.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Today Is My Bro's Birthday


Today is my brother's birthday! He's in Bahrain, so we couldn't be with him on his special day. So, as our birthday treat, we just made a simple video greeting courtesy of animoto and youtube (we didn't spend a penny on this one but you know it's A for effort hehehe) to greet him a happy birthday.

And as another birthday surprise, I will share to you mom's journal about him when he was still 8 years old.

Okay, Fight!!!

Jason, my youngest son when he was eight and one of his classmates became mortal enemies. I don't know why but I always hear them to be having boxing bouts everyday on very trivial things. This I've learned whenever he's home with cuts or bruise, sometimes only a scratch to indicate he has won at times.

One time, according to Jason, her Lola (my mother's sister-in-law) saw them fighting across the street. He was scolded and they were stopped and separated at one moment only to be surprised when her Lola then moved them back together and shouted "Okay, fight!!!" And they stared at her.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

your name on the cake

I just have to write about this. I'll write this under 'senti moments' category. It's really true that we feel special when we find our name on a birthday cake. Even though I didn't get to celebrate my actual birthday with a bang, I celebrated post birthdays with my in-laws last December 28 and had my name on a cake! Actually, this was the second time that I celebrated post birthdays with them and we always have a sponsor -- my husband's sister Ruthie! Isn't she sweet? This was actually my second birthday cake with them but I feel a renewed excitement just seeing my name on the cake every year even though the limelight is shared with other names. I guess I am really OA. :-)

So, to all of you out there who probably have no idea what to give to their loved ones on their birthdays, as simple as a birthday cake with their name on it would give them a smile on their faces.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

My Legacies In Life

It's been thirty-three years of existence, and still counting, and yet at this point in time, I felt like I haven't really done much. Or have I? I think and I know there's still so much more to achieve.

I don't have to be a perfectionist to be able to realize that I can go through life better than this. So much better than this. I didn't mean the material things because they're just passing fancies. Everything and everyone will all come to pass. Pondering on these things, I just realized that I've already hit my middle age, that is, if you look at the current average life span of a human being. And yet, at this stage in my life, I felt like there are lots of things that are left undone. Frankly, I really don't know why. I guess I'm just so afraid life won't permit me to fulfill all my dreams for my family while I still can. I'd like to see my daughter grow up, go to school, have a job, and have a family of her own. Or who knows, she just might have a sibling one day, too. I kept praying to God to give me more time with my family. Quality time, that is.

Since I can no longer hold the years back, I'd like to be able to leave some legacy, if not for everyone to remember me by, then at least for my family so they will always think of me.

They say we can do these things, but not necessarily in this order, to leave some legacies in this life:

1. Plant A Tree. This is something I have not done yet. I've planted crops but not a tree. A tree is a good legacy especially if you plant the perennial type. When I leave this world and the tree has grown, and continued to bear fruits, they will always think of the one who planted the tree. Well, hopefully.

2. Have A Child. If you have children and especially if they grow to be the best of your kind, people will remember the tree (the parent) who bore the fruit (the child). I think I already have some points in this "criteria", if I can call it that. :-)

3. Write A Book. If you write a book, especially if it's a good one, people will remember the author and will get recognized for the work. Well, I'm working on it. If doing some blogging won't pass for this third requirement, then I'll be working on it.

4. Reach Out to People. I've added this as another legacy that I think not any person would want to do but I'd like to be able to do this my own way and in any way I can.

I am just so grateful I still have time to do what I have to do. In general, I've already made a legacy by being thirty-three, a wife, and a mom to a beautiful daughter (and a daughter, a sister, a niece, a friend, a relative, etc.)...

Monday, June 1, 2009

my thoughts on may 31st

Yesterday we went over to Compostela to celebrate my late mom's birthday. We, minus my dad and brothers who are abroad, attended mass and got together for dinner. I don't know but I just felt bad that dad didn't try to make it to the celebration in memory of mom. He just chose to stay in Medellin because he said he's got work on Monday (that's today). Even though he also scheduled and attended mass in Medellin church for mom, I expected him to go out of his way to make it to Compostela. I thought maybe he's just not comfortable being around his in-laws because maybe (just maybe) he'd feel awkward because the in-laws are somewhat aware that he's dating someone. And maybe he wants to avoid any discussion with them about it. I know that he's already free to date (and I don't have any right to go against his decision or his happiness) when he became a widower but I don't know, maybe it just takes a lot of getting used to. Or perhaps I expected too much about love. I can't go on writing my thoughts. I'd better stop now. I just want to save this space in loving memory of my mom. Happy birthday mommy!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

my grown-up birthday wish

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yes, the november 11 u.s. veterans day is also joanne's day!

i just turned 32 today but i never felt any older, just wiser (ahem). maybe it’s because i love what i’m seeing in the mirror each day--a bulging stomach, joke. i thought if there’s anything i want granted for my birthday this year, it will not be for myself but for the rest of my family to be happier. i especially wish for my siblings to finally achieve what they want in their lives and for dad to feel that he’s not alone despite being left behind by mom.

my birthday was simply celebrated in the privacy of our home. me and my husband shared together the special pancit that he had cooked for me. cheers for a long life of togetherness! pancit is his specialty. it's funny because when he was still single, he's not doing any cooking at their house, but now he's doing a lot more cooking than i do. i believe it's true that the saying also applies to us women: the best way to a woman's heart is through her stomach. hmmm, i guess i'm referring to my pregnancy and my fascination for food.

i am more than happy and grateful for the many good things and blessings that came my way, and i'm sure there's more to come. so i could only thank God for everything.

i'm also thankful for my family (including my in-laws), officemates and friends who sent their birthday wishes. thanks for remembering.

to geeten, marie, my friend, i’d like to thank you for the cute mittens. you’d make a very good ninang someday hahaha *wink*

Thursday, October 30, 2008

is it the thought that counts? or the tears that fell?

what else is new? i cried again today. i don't know if i can always blame it to hormones and pregnancy stuff but i've been emotionally unstable lately. my emotions are sometimes uncontrollable. when we got home from work, there was one birthday card waiting for him, with a free fastfood meal ticket as a birthday treat. it's from the telecommunications company. call it pathetic but i really felt so bad that i broke into tears because i didn't get anything for my husband's birthday, not even a simple birthday card, like the one he just received.

i've been meaning to get him something for his birthday but since we always go out and go to work together, i didn't have the chance to sneak around and play the thoughtful wife. i had my chance yesterday morning when we had to file for a leave. we had to go separate directions to save some time--he went out to renew his driver's license while i had to visit my ob gyne for my vitamins. unfortunately, ob gyne didn't show up on time, so i wasted the rest of my time waiting for dra. prima donna (you'll have to excuse me for this name-calling) to arrive. and then after that, it was already time to head back to the office.

anyhow, i guess it's the thought that counts. and the tears that fell. husband knows wife loves him so much. i am dedicating this space to my better half, stephen. here are words for your birthday....

my life partner
my best friend
my soulmate
my husband
thank you
for being the man
i can always lean upon
thank you
for loving me
and letting me be
who i am
thank you for the many ways
you've shown your love and respect
thank you for being honest with me
even from the very start
thank you for the ears that always listen
thank you for the hands that never let me slip
thank you for your heart that cares
thank you for this baby in my womb
i love you...
everything about you...
happy birthday, pangga!

Talking About The New Normal

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