Friday, December 30, 2011

Dylan-ism #1

last night while reading "Mr. Brown Can Moo!  Can You?" by Dr. Seuss

me:  He can go EEK EEK like a squeaky shoe.
He can go like a rooster... COCK A DOODLE DOO!

dylan:  CLOCK-A-CLOCK-A-DOO!!!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas 2011 - The Reyes Celebrations

the holidays usually takes its toll on my little family.
as per the hubby's family tradition
(and because there are SO MANY kids in the family)
we tend to celebrate on christmas eve with them starting at 6.30 pm.
we have dinner and chats then we spend the next 3 hours
making an impressive show for the kids when it's time to open up their presents.

this year, we had a total of  seven families.
in between all of us, we have 13 children!
you can just imagine the amount of time when each kid takes their own turn
opening up their own present in front of all.
we changed up one thing this year though... each family had to have 2 games each.

you can bet that everyone was geared up playing hip, hip, hooray (a filipino gameshow game)
tongue twisters, paper dance and how well do you know your spouse!
we had a ton of fun, complete with prizes.

our little family on christmas eve

 lola (grandma) melot with kaelan

opening (or eating) the first gift of the night!

my favorite boys

the number of presents keep growing each year 

yay to matching outfits!  i just love them!

playing hip, hip, hooray... and that's my hand holding a stand-in-mic

ate aia with baby kaelan

lola melot & dylan

we finished celebrations a bit after midnight and headed home.
the boys were so hyped up after all the celebrations
that neither wanted to get to bed (and didn't do so until almost 2 am!)
so we had them open a present each to keep them entertained
(and not to mention that no one gave toys and dylan was itching
to get his hands on some toys!)

by the time the boys were in bed
they were both so pooped out they just crashed on our bed!
but it isn't over yet.

i will update tomorrow with my side of the family's christmas celebrations!!!

i hope that everyone had a WONDERFUL HOLIDAY season this year!

Friday, December 9, 2011

on the ninth day of christmas...

we were supposed to be riding the trains
but this mommy forgot to purchase tickets way in advance
and there wasn't anymore left to purchase online.

so instead of being outdoors on a super cold December evening
we opted to stay indoors with the kids to finish up our Christmas shopping
and to finally get a chance to see.....


dylan went right up to the big man himself
and told him that he wanted some play dough for christmas
(good thing this mommy has purchased just that!)

and when kaelan's turn came, i was a little afraid
that he might cry for his photos and not want to be with santa
but the moment we put him on santa's lap
he took one look at the man and started smiling and laughing!

have you had your santa photos done yet?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

on the eighth day of christmas...

dylan's pre-christmas activity for day 8
was to paint a christmas tree using his fingers!

that's his tree and my tree...
(yes, even this mommy couldn't resist finger painting!)

"yucky, mommy!  wash hands?"

his tree is all done!

it was supposed to be a "paint-your-tree" day only.
that was our main event.  
but then, the little bhubba found this unopened box of thomas & friends train set
that his godparents gave him for christmas last year....
so guess what this mom had to do?

the train, although it wasn't in my plans for today's activities
is a great prelude to tomorrow's christmas event!
i cannot wait!!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

on the 7th day of christmas...

we had a much-needed down time today in celebration of the 7th day...
when the hubby got home, i popped some yummy ribs in the oven
and when dinner is done, we all plopped down on the couch
to watch a family christmas movie!

midway through the movie, dylan requested for some hot chocolate
so guess who made it?

and because we were already up for his hot chocolate
what better way to spend the remainder of the evening than
to have two steaming cups of hazelnut flavored coffee!

it is the perfect way to spend the evening with the family!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

on the 6th day of christmas...

we spent the entire day with the boys' lolo & lola (grandpa & grandma)
not that we're not with them on a weekly basis already
but it was nice to be there on a weekday
where someone else can help me look after them for a bit.

can you believe that because of that, 
i finished working on these?

and when my mom arrived from work
the boys and i took her to the store
where each boy was allowed to pick-up one item under $5.
my mom thought i was being too cheap on her grandkids
so she kindly "sponsored" their shopping trip today!  


i love grandparents... don't you?
they seriously spoil your child to bits and feel absolutely no remorse about it!!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

on the fifth day of christmas...

we have been on the go these past few days
that it was time to do a christmas activity at home.

i picked up a little something from the local craft store yesterday.
something i know that dylan would especially enjoy!

it was a perfectly quiet and uneventful afternoon spent at home.
only 20 more sleeps until christmas...
i can't wait!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

on the fourth day of christmas...

after considering a few activities for today
we decided to help celebrate a special little boy's
first birthday with him and his family.

i unfortunately do  not have photos of logan
as he was asleep in his mom's arms for most of the time we were there.

dylan had a wonderful time running around playing with his new balloon sword.
and jumping in the bouncy castle.
and stuffing his face with chocolate kisses.

i can't wait for our less hectic day tomorrow!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

on the third day of christmas...

it has been a very eventful third day for the boys and i.
we three braved the cold weather and without my car, went to the aquarium
for a fun-filled afternoon spent with their good friends, esther & sam!

i will let the photos tell the story.....