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29/52: Who do you share your Mcdo BFF fries with?

Photographs of my daughters, every week, once a week, this 2014. Week 29.

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Dawn goes, “I’m eating, no pictures please.”
And Rain’s like, “Don’t touch my fries.”

We tried it, my husband and I, to finish one order of BFF fries, just the two of us. We couldn’t finish it. There were some leftovers, and I felt like I gained 5 pounds after, which was horrible. I must have vowed never to order BFF fries again, until a few weeks later, when we found TWO valid excuses to order BFF fries.

Yep, these two french fries monsters!

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We try to keep their french fries consumption in moderation, of course. But sometimes, we just can’t help it. We have to order french fries! Ordering french fries means we can let them eat on their own, minus the gooey mess, while my husband and I finish our burgers in peace. Hello, Mommy and Daddy’s new favorite place!

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It doesn’t feel like a long time ago when I celebrated my 25th birthday with a McDonalds Kiddie Party. Or when my husband and I went to McDo one Saturday afternoon just to get caramel sundaes. And now? Now we’re taking our daughters to that place.

At the risk of sounding like a McDO groupie, I love the thought that McDo gets to keep small pieces of everyone’s memories and milestones just by serving us some burgers and fries.

It used to be just the two of us eating sundaes and fries at McDonalds, and now we have these two little girls sharing our McDo BFF fries with us. I know that’s nothing grand, this double scoop of fries; but we all know that at the end of the day, it’s simple joys like this that truly matter.

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here.

28/52: Post-typhoon Blackout

Photographs of my daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014.

28/52: Dawn

28/52: Rain

It was Wednesday, dusk, post-Glenda, when I took these photographs. There was a Metro Manila-wide power outage, and for us, the blackout started at 6AM and lasted til 9PM. It was getting dark, and, unsure of what to do next or where to evacuate, we took the twins to the rooftop to see the situation in the neighborhood (which can be seen from up there).

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28/52: Dawn

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I could have processed the blue tint out of these photographs but chose not to. These frames captured exactly what the mood was that moment, with whatever remaining day light our camera could catch. The emotions were just so raw, the gloominess a diversion from the usual happy happy joy joy moments I try to capture as much as possible for Project 52.

My husband was getting a little impatient and frustrated around this time, but he remained calm and collected just as we needed him to be. Dawn & Rain would get a little cranky once in a while, but they remained innocently happy in spite of the situation. I’m so proud of them for not giving us a lot of headache and stress, at least not more than the blackout was already giving us.

Shortly after these photographs were taken, God sent angels in the form of our friends, Normi and Daniel, who surprised us by appearing right on our doorstep! And so we spent the night somewhere with electricity and good food and yummy ice cream, with four little ones (3 toddlers and a 3-month old) in tow.

By the time they took us back home, the electricity was back on, and we’re just grateful for the gift of friendship, and for a God who knows exactly what we need and who to send us when we need them.

I don’t think I need to blog in detail how our electricity got cut off again the next day, leaving our area power-less the whole weekend, which caused us to evacuate to our house in Caloocan for 3 days. Let’s just say, these photographs pretty much sum up how the week looked like in our side of the world, and I’m just truly grateful for the people the Lord sent our way to make our situation easier to bear.

Ultimately, I’m so thankful that the whole family is safe; that however good or bad a day (or week!) can be, as long as we’re together, we’ll find a way to survive.

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here.


Project 52 Update and “Dawn & Rain’s Website”

In other news, I’m finally back on track with my 52 Week Project! Hooray. I’ve been playing catch up for what seemed like forever, and now I finally caught up with the other Mommies around the world who are doing it too. This week is Week 29.

Fact: I made a vow to myself that I won’t blog about anything else but Project 52 until I’m done catching up. Which explains why I haven’t been, well, blogging about anything else! No regrets, because it seems that Dawn & Rain have grown a following that’s even bigger than this blog’s readership, LOL, so yay for the traffic I’ve collected during this Dawn & Rain marathon.

A friend of mine shared my site on Facebook with the caption, “Check out Dawn & Rain’s website!”, and okaaayy, I guess this space is really becoming their website already! Thing is, I don’t really mind. After all, this blog has always been about my life, and right now, these two are my life.

It reminded me of this tweet:

LOL.

So yes, feel free to call this “Dawn & Rain’s Website”. It is what it is! :)

However, to Dawn & Rain’s fans, I hope you don’t mind that I also share a thing or two about my profession here. Haha. (Am I seriously asking permission?). Chasing Dreams, of course, is still largely about the other thing, which is my passion, and my professional mission to help others make their dreams happen. So I’m going to try to do a little more of that, now that I’m finally on track with Project 52.

It’s the end of another week, and I have piles of projects, work stuff, and other things lined up for the weekend. But before I dive again into my ever-growing, never-ending to-do list, I think I’m going to take a little break tonight. It’s Friday night, after all, and Friday nights are supposed to be spent wisely. Preferably, away from the internet. :)

Have a great weekend!

27/52: Don’t you just love the sound of the word “photographs”

Photographs of my daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014. Week 27.

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Just another one of those Sunday afternoons, back from church. The girls were wearing these dresses from their Ninang Mae, and had already taken off their shoes when I remembered to take photographs.

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Dawn: This little charmer, always ready for a photo shoot. The sight of a camera makes her run to the nearest wall to pose, no matter what her mood is.

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Rain: Wasn’t really in the mood for a photo shoot that afternoon—mostly she just wanted to play—but, like a good sport, she gave Mommy and Daddy a smile or two.

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^The rest of the photographs in this set were just like these last two, like they’re asking me, “Can we play now, Mom?” LOL. So I got my cue and let them play, besides, I was happy with my few takes from that day.

On a totally related note, I don’t know if you’ve noticed it, but you’ve probably wondered why I keep saying “photographs” instead of just “pictures”. And I know, judging from the number of syllables, I probably should just stick to the shorter of the two.

It’s just that, I love the sound of the word “photographs”, almost like it’s vintage or something. And more than just the sound of it, I love the origin of the word. Here’s a little trivia:

The word “photograph” was coined in 1839 by Sir John Herschel and is based on the Greek φῶς (phos), meaning “light”, and γραφή (graphê), meaning “drawing, writing”, together meaning “drawing with light“.

Ahh, don’t you just love the idea that you’re “drawing with light” when you’re taking photographs? :)

I know. The little things I bother myself with. Hay.

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here.

26/52: Remnants of summer

Photographs of my daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014. Week 26.

26/52: Dawn & Rain

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26/52: Dawn & Rain

A little odd that I’m posting this tonight, when a tropical storm is currently passing through the country. The typhoon season is here, but it helps to know that when the storms have passed, we can always enjoy warm sunny days in this country all year round.

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26/52: Dawn & Rain

It was one sunny afternoon towards the last week of June when these photographs were taken. Since no one’s occupying the rooftop apartment just yet, we thought of taking the inflatable pool up there and let the twins have some water fun.

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We made the most out of their swimsuits, while they still fit. It seems to me like it’s the last time they would get to wear them. The girls are growing too fast!

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This is how they look like when we say “kick!”—

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And this is how Dawn looks like when it’s time to get off the pool—

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Actually, she’s a lot more (uhm) violent than that in real life. Remember this post?

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And of course there’s my partner in crime, always patient and supportive of our little whims and simple joys. So blessed to have this guy to raise this family with. You da man, bhoodski. High five!

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It was getting dark, so we bundled our little bunnies and took them home, four floors down.

The good thing about doing this 52 Week Project is, no matter how tiring or how stressful an entire week can be, I know for sure that there will be at least one day in the week where my husband and I can stop whatever we’re doing, spend time with the twins, and have quality time as a family.

Oh sure there are definitely more beautiful moments that never made (and will never make) it to photographs, and most likely I’ll forget about them. But I’m happy to have these 52 extraordinary days of 2014 that I’ll surely remember forever.

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here.

25/52: Our baby fashionistas, retail therapy, and taking photographs

Photographs of my daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014. Week 25.

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This set is definitely one of my faves! Can I just say, I may be the one deciding what they wear on Sundays but I can NOT take any credit for the way they pose..

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..or the way they project themselves in front of the camera.

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Nope, I didn’t teach them that. Their Daddy denies teaching them that too. Lol.

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But for sure their Daddy is semi-responsible for making them laugh. He can be such a clown sometimes, and the girls love it when he goofs around.

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Also, don’t you just love those dresses? You know, when mommyhood is becoming tough and monotonous (and sometimes even lonely), I sometimes resort to retail therapy. When I was single, I’d give myself a little treat once in a while and make room in my budget for some shopping spree. (I can see my husband rolling his eyes on “once in a while”.)

When we had Dawn & Rain, my retail therapy shifted to dresses and accessories in much smaller sizes.

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If retail therapy is not possible, which is often the case (no time, no budget), I discovered one therapy that doesn’t cost anything at all: taking out my camera and snapping photos of my girls. Ahh, ‘works like wonders!

Are you a mommy who’s feeling a little lonely sometimes too? Here’s one thing you know you can do: Take out your camera (or phone!) and snap photos of your children. Take photos of your messy house even. Or your dirty laundry. Or the toys that are scattered all over your living room floor.

We all want to remember this time of our lives forever, so go ahead, take pictures! Preserve the memories. They say it will be over before we know it.

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here.


PS: I feel like saying a little something about the two-piece outfit they had on in these photographs. The tags say “Heirlooms by Polly Flinders“, an American brand that has been around for decades, which are quite hard to find here in Manila. They’re very pretty, comfortable, and very good quality.

You’d be thrilled to know where I got them from, and for how much. Send me an email or hit me up in the comments, Mommies, if you’re interested to find out!

24/52: Bedtime routine at 21 months

Photographs of my daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014. Week 24.

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Remember this post? See thaaat? See how they’ve grown?! At this point we’ve spent approximately 650+ days with these two (that’s 21 months +20 days), which means, by rough estimate we’ve had:

  • 1,300 (x2) = 2,300 baths
  • 1,950 (x2) = 3,900 feedings
  • 650+ mornings
  • 650+ afternoon naps
  • and 650+ nights of intense bed time routine

Do you know how hard it is to get two toddlers to sleep, and to make them sleep at the same time?

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One of the daily challenges of raising multiples is getting them to follow the same routines, considering each twin has her own pacing and personality. As far as routines are concerned for Dawn & Rain, bed times are probably the craziest and the most intense.

I can’t really say that we’re getting better at making them follow a bedtime routine because really, every night is just.. different. For sure there’s some wrestling involved, and sometimes a bedtime story. There’s definitely a lot of singing and hugging and cuddling in the dark. Also, milk and tantrums.

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Dawn likes singing, so we consume her energy by singing action songs and lullabies. Rain likes doing something with her hands, so we give her little things to play with, like a stuffed toy or her blankie.

Both of them like talking in the dark (not that we understand what they’re saying), so either we amuse ourselves by listening to their conversations, or we join in and ask them questions they most likely don’t understand too. Questions like, “Really? What else?“, or “What else did you do today?” or “Do you know Mommy/Daddy loves you?” Which of course they respond to as if they really know what they’re talking about.

And both of them LOVE backrubs. So when we sense that they’re starting to get sleepy, we give them backrubs. And oh boy their Daddy gives the best backrubs ever, I mean, hello, I should know. :D

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Rain had a little accident sometime around week 24. She must have scratched her face in her sleep, we’re not really sure. We don’t know how it happened exactly because she already had it when we woke up. It took a week or two before the wound was healed, and another week before the scar completely disappeared.

I have to admit, for a second there I wanted to Photoshop her wound and remove any traces that it happened at all. But who am I deceiving? Besides, I want a remembrance of that wound. For us, it’s a reminder to be thankful for the “battle scars” and to always be grateful for having a God who watches over us even while we sleep.

As parents we can only take care and watch over our children so much. How awesome is it that we have a Father in heaven who watches over us 24/7? ♥

Project 52 Update: It’s supposed to be Week 28 this week, which means I have just 3 more sets to go to catch up with the rest of the mommas around the world who are also doing this 52 Week Project thing. I intend to schedule the posts to come out within the next 3 days. No more backlogs! 

23/52: The makings of the twins’ passport ID photos

Photographs of my daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014. Week 23.

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What many of you probably don’t realize is how hard it is to take photographs of toddlers. Dawn & Rain are no exception. Sure, they’ve learned to pose and smile here and there, and I obviously love taking photos of them, but they still have very short attention span so I have to be quick.  Also, my real challenge is hoosing which photographs to keep.

At this point I have 3,500+ jpeg files in my Lightroom, and that’s only counting photographs I’ve accumulated this year. And there’s probably more that I’m not able to transfer to our computer. Plus the ones stored in my phone. Sifting through dozens of photographs a week can be really daunting.

So you see, the post-process part is really why I have all of these unpublished posts in the backburner—it’s just too hard to pick the best shots! That said, imagine how it’s like, taking ID pictures of these two.

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You guys. I know.

We needed ID pictures for their passport and visa application, and it took us more than just one take to get that one little task off our list. The first try (above) was just a little practice. We were getting them ready to sleep that time, so my husband thought we do the “real” ones the next day.

On our second try, Rain was not in the mood, so we tried to see if Dawn was up for it.

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That one in the middle—she looks grownup don’t you think? I mean, she’s starting to look like a little kid, as opposed to looking like a baby! Ohmyy our babies are becoming full-blown toddlers I think I’m going to cry.

The following night was Rain’s turn:

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Except she wasn’t really in the mood to smile. She was in the mood to laugh. And then she got tired laughing and she didn’t want her photo taken anymore so she started crying. LOL.

Unsatisfied, my husband wanted another round. So we tried again the next day, and our last attempt looked like this:

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Needless to say, there’s more of these head shots where it came from, and I can’t really remember which ones their Daddy picked. Unlike choosing the ones that make it to my 52 Week Project, picking ID pictures have to be a little more controlled since we only need one shot for each twin.

Let’s just say, I’m glad I can leave it to D to pick the ones that make it to their passports. Can you guess which one he picked for Dawn and for Rain? :)

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here.

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