Two Years

| Posted in Dawn & Rain, Mommyhood

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Photos from two years ago.

It’s that moment when the lights are out, and everyone is asleep, and I’m alone as the clock strikes 12 on a very special day. The twins’ 2nd birthday officially begins! And it’s as if they wanted me to have this moment to myself—to breathe, to let stuff sink in, to be quiet, to reminisce, to thank the Lord for every good and perfect gift.

I’ve been reading posts from two years ago over the past hour, and I.. am such a crybaby. Is this okay? Am I being too melodramatic? Is it normal for mommies to be a little sentimental about things like, you know, birthdays and stuff?

Around this time, 2 years ago, I was being wheeled into the recovery room after giving birth via c-section, and Dawn & Rain were breathing their first breaths. Fast forward to last night, before the girls fell asleep, Dawn was singing twinkle twinkle little star (without the actual words) at the top of her lungs, and Rain was busy putting coins in her new alkansya. Meanwhile, their Daddy and I watched them with amusement and so much love.

Do you remember?

Wow. What difference two years can make!

I want to share King David’s Prayer of Thanksgiving, which has become the prayer of my heart today:

“Sovereign Lord, I am not worthy of what you have already done for me, nor is my family. Yet, now you are doing even more, Lord. You have made promises about my descendants in the years to come. And you let a man see this! What more can I say to you! You know me, your servant. It was your will and purpose to do this. You have done all these great things in order to instruct me. How great you are, Lord! There is none like you, we have always known that You alone are God.” ~2 Samuel 7:18-28

God is beyond amazing. And this mommy here is ready to celebrate. Today is going to be awesome. :)

40/52: Afternoons with These Two

| Posted in Dawn & Rain

Photographs of our twin daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014.

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There’s this pre-school in our neighborhood with a mural that the twins really love. So in the afternoons when my husband and I are both home early, we would walk the twins to the school and hang out by the wall. We would teach them colors, and simple words like “boy”, “girl”, “baby” or “shoes”. Sometimes they would willingly pose by the wall and we would take photos, in fact we have several shots like this.

Afternoons like this are precious. I know I’ll remember these moments forever, and I sometimes wish Dawn & Rain would have a recollection of how it was like, living here, growing up here, and having some of the best days of our lives these past 2 years.

They’ll be turning 2 years old this Friday. Two happy, challenging, and beautiful years with these two adorable little humans. As I browse through these photographs we’ve collected over the past 2 years, I am once again over the moon about how blessed we are, David and I, for having been entrusted with such beautiful gifts. The Lord is good. And we, are eternally grateful.

Super busy week

| Posted in Friday Five

Dresses / On the table / Beautiful / Flower Vases / Tea Towel 

I am up to my neck with work stuff and design projects, plus it’s the twins’ birthday next week. To say that the week has been “super busy” does not even justify, but I have too many things on my plate to even try to come up with a better title.

I just thought I’d pop up here with a post, before the weekend officially begins. I’m launching a few blogs before the month of October ends, for female bloggers who are absolutely lovely at what they do. In fact, the inspiration board above is for one of those blogs. Beautiful colors, yeah?

In the meantime, check out what I’ve been reading lately. I’m so sure they will inspire you as they have inspired me:

Here’s to remind you to enjoy the transitions, and to embrace the present.

To push you to do that passion business you’ve been so wanting to do already!

To let you know that it’s okay to quit something, if it means choosing your family.

To assure you that the internet (and your blog!) won’t break if you step away from it for a while.. and to encourage you to know when to say YES and when to say NO.

And finally, to inspire you to enjoy every moment, especially the ones that don’t make it to your FB or Instagram feed, because those undocumented moments are often the ones that truly matter.

Have a great weekend!

Home Inspiration: 10 Floor Bed Ideas from Urban Outfitters

| Posted in Home Inspiration

AKA: 10 Floor Beds That Will Make You Want to Sleep and Dream the Whole Day.

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Home Inspiration: Floor Beds
Home Inspiration: Floor Beds
Home Inspiration: Floor Beds
Home Inspiration: Floor Beds

(All photographs are from Urban Outfitters)

Back when we were looking for a nursery/crib solution for the twins, I discovered a world of resources about “Montessori floor beds”. There’s this school of thought that suggests floor beds as, not only a cheaper and safer alternative to cribs, but also an “independence-building” method for infants/toddlers, where they can “roll out of bed” at their own free will without getting hurt.

What a great idea! I mean, look at all these floor beds for kids! Combining the Montessori school of thought to our own desire to co-sleep (which has its own benefits, too), we decided to let go of the bed frame, place our mattress on the floor, and share the floor bed with the twins. And here we are, 2 years later, still on the same floor bed, making the most out of this phase where we can cuddle with them as long as we can, knowing that soon enough we would need to get them their own separate bed.

Which brings me to these floor bed inspirations, which are, by the way, mainstays on my Pinterest feed. Don’t they just make you want to stay in bed all day? And while you’re looking at my top 10 picks, feel free to daydream about brick walls, wooden floors, house plants and pretty lamps, too.

Ahh. I think I’m ready to sleep and dream now. Sweet dreams! :)

Recently: Our Project Pie Experience

| Posted in Food Trips

Here’s the thing. Anything with the word “artisan” and “pizza” makes me think happy thoughts. And when I heard of a place that serves “artisan pizza”, I just knew it’s going to be our new happy place. So off to Project Pie we went, my husband and I. And because we love trying out food places with people we love hanging out with, we demanded our friends Paul and Melody to join us.

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Project Pie, SM North EDSA

A rundown of how “designing your own pizza” at Project Pie works: You can either choose from their selection of 7 pre-designed pizzas, and just add more toppings as you go. Or you can build one from scratch, which is what we opted to do.

Building your pizza from scratch, you begin by choosing from either “Red Pizza” (tomato based) or “White Pizza” (olive oil based). Then you pick your toppings, (yes, turo-turo style)from a variety of cheese, meat, vegetables and spices. I had bacon, mushroom, tomato, green pepper, and herbs on my pie. And cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. Mozzarella, Gorgonzola, Ricotta, Parmesan, Feta Cheese.. all of them please, thank you.  (more…)

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