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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

26/52: Dawn & Rain

26/52: Dawn & Rain

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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26/52: Dawn & Rain

26/52: Dawn & Rain

26/52: Dawn & Rain

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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26/52: Dawn & Rain

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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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26/52: Dawn & Rain

26/52: Dawn & Rain

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!

26/52: Dawn & Rain

26/52: Dawn & Rain

26/52: Dawn & Rain

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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25/52: Dawn & Rain

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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24/52: Dawn

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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

24/52: Rain

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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.

22/52: Double side ponytails and loombands

Photographs of my daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014. Week 22.

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Sunday afternoon as usual, back from church, wearing these pretty dresses that are still a little too big, which I love, because they almost look like maxi dresses. (At least they can wear these dresses until they’re 3.)

With the twins mastering the art of posing by that wall, these weekly photo sessions have become a whole lot easier and more fun for this trigger-happy mommy right here. My only challenge now is the blogging part, which is taking a little more time.

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22/52: Dawn & Rain

22/52: Dawn & Rain

The truth is, I’ve ran out of ways to describe how it’s like—being a mommy to D & R, seeing them grow, watching them discover the world, witnessing their little milestones every day. At this point I’ve overused the words amazing, awesome, epic, beautiful, lovely, and crazy and yet, even those words come off short.

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This past month, Dawn has learned to sing the “e-i-a-i-a-o” part of Old McDonald. She sings it ALL. THE. TIME. She would stand in front of our full-length mirror and sing e-i-a-i-a-o. She would sing it while taking a bath, while playing, while pooping. Sometimes, even the sound of her cries is e-i-a-i-a-o. 

Seriously, I never imagined I’d be so grateful to Old McDonald for having a farm until today.

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Rain, meanwhile, is our baby fashionista. She likes wearing stuff, like that loomband and those plastic beads she had on in the above pictures, which by the way, she wore on her own without my help. She likes carrying bags too, and wearing hats, and wearing rubber bands and bangles on her arms.

One time we even caught her trying to wear MY tank top! Oh my goodness. :) Where did you learn these things, little girl?

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Such sweethearts, these two. Me and their Daddy are crazy about them. <3 (OT: I’m crazy about maxi skirts these days too, I know!)

Also, I.. can’t stop taking pictures!!

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Shoutout to their Auntie Abiel for their dresses, and to Ate Jasmine their loombands. Thank you! :)

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22/52: Dawn & Rain

Ok, ok, I’m done.

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

21/52: Home is wherever I’m with you

Photographs of my daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014. Week 21.

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21/52: Dawn & Rain

Once upon a time, my husband and I lived in a roof top apartment. It was our first home, with just enough living space for two and a huge outdoor area that held some of our most memorable experiences as a newly married couple. We had a lot of memories in that rooftop, until we got pregnant and had to move to a bigger space on a lower floor.

Visiting the roof top apartment now, this time with our two little girls, makes me feel a little nostalgic. It wasn’t long ago when it was just the two of us, and now, we’re four, and wow there’s really no stopping time from moving forward.

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21/52: Dawn & Rain

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21/52: Dawn & Rain

As someone who’s moved from one place to another far too many times in the past decade, I’ve come to terms with the fact that houses are temporary, and “home” is that which you bring with you wherever in the world you go. Home can be a place, and it can also be a person, or a group of people, or a collection of memories. But home is not confined to a place, I guess that’s why a new house or a new city or a new country doesn’t instantly make you feel “at home”.

That’s kind of what’s going through my mind every time we go back to the roof top. It doesn’t feel like home anymore. The vines have grown unkempt, some of the plants have dried up, the walls are dirty, the windows are dusty. And yet, in the midst of the strangeness of what used to be a familiar place, I hear Dawn & Rain scream and laugh and run around while their Daddy chase them, and suddenly, there it is. My home, right there with me.

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21/52: Dawn & Rain

Today as I post this, my childhood best friend is on her one-way flight to New York to join her husband there for good. And maybe I’ll rant a handful about that in a separate post, but in a nutshell, her departure is making me think about how temporary most things are in this life. Babies grow, children get older, people leave and move and start a new life elsewhere.

I’ve struggled about moving my whole life, mostly because I’ve become a little too attached to places, to people, or to the memories associated with them. I hate saying goodbye. I don’t like packing. Moving scares me and I wondered many times why I kept doing it.

But something about my best friend leaving, and now having David, Dawn and Rain in my life, gives me this new-found courage, this quiet assurance. The assurance that wherever in the world the Lord takes us, whether we stay or move, whether friends leave or we leave.. we’ll be okay. As long as we’re together, the four of us, home is wherever we go.

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

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