2018 is probably the year that I had minimal attendance to parties. Because I was hospitalized, I missed tons of get-togethers, and failed to organize some more. These included the office major Christmas party and family reunions. I only had two: dinner with former colleagues, and our division party the day before I went to the hospital. At the latter, I was already having the beginnings of tummy aches and I absolutely had no appetite, putting to waste the voucher for a buffet dinner at a classy hotel. Still grateful for the opportunity to be with friends and second families, though.
Us girls attended a birthday party over the weekend. I could tell you that, while I relish the bonding time, it is not easy to ferry two girls, one a hyperactive pre-schooler, without another adult to help you. Still, we, especially Maxine, enjoyed the party of Wincess, a little girl who lives down the street. My almost pre-teen reluctantly smiles and allows the obligatory photos, but immediately goes back to her phone after saying the perfunctory hellos.
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!
Pool parties seem to be the norm in grade schooler parties. We’ve been invited now to a couple but this is the first time we went because Mczy’s parents are good friends of ours. I am now officially old because I have gone from being a swimming fanatic to a scrooge. I’m sure every mother would understand me and this quirk of not enjoying having to pack clothes, keeping an eagle eye on kids while trying to eat and mingle, washing them up, keeping wet clothes and so on. We actually had fun anyway but you know…
I am just happy my kids were happy until you had to tell them they have to go out of the pool.
Still at it. Yeah. Whoever heard of a Christmas party in January? We almost hit a deal-selling online facility for enticing us to buy deals for a discounted buffet dinner and then finding out that the hotel providing the buffet do not have slots even after Christmas. But we played it nice, and decided to just have our party after New Year without making too much of a fuss. Anyway, everything was still good.
But we had our exchange gift just before the actual Christmas party of the whole office, and this is our annual photo (this is a tradition).
As always, and despite some misunderstanding the past year, we enjoyed each other’s wacky company. Got to say though, food was so-so if you ask me. I was kind of disappointed since this is Pan Pacific we are taking about. I expected more choices. We thought we kind of paid only for the ambience since if we got deals for other buffet places then we would have enjoyed the food more.