We seldom get to go out anymore as a nuclear family. Usually, we have my parents in tow. So despite being tired from a day out with the kids, we took this opportunity to dine out one fine day. We were surprised as we went around Molito Lifestyle Complex in Alabang! The area has grown since the last time we set foot there. A dozen or so new specialty restaurants now line up what used to be just a handful of stores. Now it is a great place for families, couples, even individuals out on a cool afternoon or night. We’ve seen dogs being walked, and lots of people just milling around and relaxing. Great place to hang out now.
We chose the Parmigiano Pizzeria Ristorante, one because it was very conspicuous and two, we were attracted by the waft of Italian. The restaurant was very cheerful and inviting. Half of the restaurant has a mezzanine that looks over the other half, which with its high ceiling, creates breathing space even though the tables were a bit crowded at the main part of the restaurant.
There was a whole variety of pasta, pizzas and other Italian goodies. It was so hard to choose, but we decided on the following: some salad, six cheese pizza and a creamy carbonara, all kids-approved! There was the ubiquitous bread basket to start everything with. All were a little pricey, but for good reason, they were just delish! For the pasta and pizza, the cheesy and creamy taste was just overwhelming, perfect for our taste buds.
So long Choco, the hamster. It was a good five days. We were so sorry to subject your little body to a long drive from Quezon City to Cavite. But it was a good life. You made the girls happy with your cute antics during the short time you were with us. Have a happy life in heaven. Bye for now!
I cannot believe she is 9! No matter how I ask time to slow down, there is no stopping that growth spurt, and all things that go with it. Give it another six months or so, and I think she’ll outgrow me vertically. Ayayay!
I didn’t get to spend the whole day with her since I had work but we had a rare family dinner with both sets of families around. Hooray! (We are currently staying at my brother’s house). Also, she got her dream gifts – phone, hamster and her favorite books from Thea Stilton. She is one happy kid.
We love you much, anak! I pray for nothing but the best, good health and constant happiness for you and your sister. I will celebrate your life for as long as I live.
To join now or next year?
So many factors to consider, first of which, we find her so young to be going to school much farther from the house. She’s still such a baby in so many ways despite the fierce determine to be independent. Frankly also, while we saw the marked improvement in her during her stay in her current school, we still want her to attend big school. Anyhow, we just let her be assessed in Ate’s school, and now that she has passed, we are stumped on where to actually enroll her. lol. I have until Friday to decide (that’s the deadline for the reservation).
Please help us, O Lord, in making the right decision for our little girl.
We joined a different kind of birthday party than the ones we are used to. Izzy, daughter of a friend, turned 8, and hosted a painting session for mostly her friends. Our kids were invited by default by her mom. Hehe. The party was held at Sip & Gogh in Alabang, a paint and sip studio where you can join painting sessions, which also includes snacks. Izzy’s party was a private affair, and the parents of the kids were encouraged to leave them due to the limited space in the studio. We stayed because we had to look after the toddler in case she gets bored and runs amok. lol.
It was actually a lot of fun, as I said different, and quite a novelty for us. Each kid was given an easel, a choice of painting from the gallery to copy, enough oil to begin with (you can ask for more later depending on your painting), and a handful of teachers roaming around to guide the would-be painters. You are encouraged to deviate from the original painting, and put in some creatives on your own. I would want to do this in the future for one of the kids’ parties too. One thing though, there was little food included in the package. And there was no way for the adults to socialize, which is a “must” for our family every time we have a party to throw
to be able to catch up with each other. Oh well, we really enjoyed ourselves, even the Daddy who had a slot all to himself since Mico was absent. I want to do this again!
We are on a high today. First, the baby completed her toddler level with flying colors. Whoopee! We couldn’t be prouder to see her on stage. From the start, I had no expectations from her in terms of excelling because I know she is a toddler. I just want her to be surrounded by kids her own age and have enough appropriate stimuli in a toddler environment (instead of being stuck inside the house all day). And at the start of the school year, she was barely talking, and we are happy that she has improved by leaps and bounds since then.
Thank you to her teachers and the school for helping her find her mark. I am very pleased with her awards because it also shows, more than her cognitive development, that she is imbibing and exhibiting the appropriate values in life this early. I thank the Lord because I must have been doing something right in bringing her up.
We love you so much kulit!
Jokingly, they may be sucking up to me, but I still appreciate the gesture immensely. I have long believed in myself but being validated and appreciated puts icing on the cake. It makes you move forward in times of doubt and despair (just talking about work).