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Thursday, February 14, 2013 my Valentine

It's not the numerous little things that we are different,
but the few important ones that we are the same.

It's not the sweet words uttered,
but the actions that comes with it.

Thank you for being my partner
but most of all thank you for being my best friend as well. 

I love you more and more each day...
(and) Thank you for loving me despite all my imperfections(sssss).

I can't thank God enough for bringing you into my life...


Monday, February 11, 2013

BC Family Day

There is a new holiday in Canada starting this year dedicated to one of the most important relationship we have- FAMILY

From our family to yours,
Happy Family Day

Sunday, February 10, 2013

CNY @ Aberdeen

We wanted to experience the Chinese New Year but wanted it indoor because we wanted to be warm and comfortable as well.

Aberdeen was the best bet in experiencing the event and the rest of Richmond had the same idea, because I've never seen Aberdeen with this much people

* Stage Design for the Chinese New Year

There was a variety of entertainment available throughout the day for the enjoyment of the shoppers from dragon dance performing from store to store and different acrobatic dances showcasing their moves onstage.

The wide walkway was cramped with makeshift stalls that sells Chinese desserts, trinkets and decors just for the event. There were also posters with Chinese sayings as giveaways for those who want something of the event to remember by.

* Little Kiosks

* Lucy charms, Gold Statues and Dragon puppets

...there was also face painting from the Shaw booth that face paints your sign... or whatever animals you wanted. 

* Face Painting

* Wear you sign...

It was a bit of a wait but the result was well worth it :)

* Dragon Heads

* My Little Dragon Girl

* Mimicking the dance

* Hooray for the dragon dancer!

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Saturday, February 09, 2013

Chinese New Year Dinner- Kimi's duet with Grandpa

Father in law invited us to a Chinese New Year celebration hosted by the Filipino Chinese Association in B.C.

We decided to go since we don't have anything planned plus FIL is doing a number so we would like to show our support as well.

* The Programme

FIL was practicing for his song number and decided to let Kimi join him so the solo became a duet. I was especially worried because I don't know if Kimi will freak out when she sang with a mic and hear her voice out loud plus a real audience in front of her. She did better than I was expecting especially for her first time singing live. :) 


* Kimi sings 祝你新年快乐 with Grandpa

Kenzo, on the other hand, found himself a new friend...

* Kenzo, Reese and Nana

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Friday, February 08, 2013

Ice Skating Field Trip @ Bill Copeland

Museums were the natural choices for a field trip in Manila back when I was younger. 

Here? It varies from museums to sporty activities such as ice skating like the one we recently had in Kimi's class.

* Bill Copeland Sport Centre

* The Rink

* Fully Geared

* Friends from K :)

A lot of the Kindergarteners started with a walker and it was cute watching little guys and girls racing inside the ice rink with their walkers... 

* Active skaters

It was fun while it lasted and it was a great end for the week. 

* Kimi after her skating field trip

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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

We Love our Families

The assignment was to decorate their own frames and say a bit about their family for February's I Love our Families Themed Board.

We decided to use up old supplies from old craft supplies and Kimi set to work on her frame

* Kindergarten's Love Board

...and look what I found amidst all the hearts in the board

* Our very own HEART :)

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Tobogganing at Mt. Seymour 2013

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. It does takes awhile but now I learned to enjoy the 4 season that we have here in Vancouver, Canada. We do have our favourite but there is a certain excitement in waiting for the next one to arrive and to prepare the kids in their next adventure for the season.

Winter. It is still quite cold here but not snowy and the mommies decided to give the kids a nice surprise by planning a Winter Tobogganing Event right at the beginning of February at Mt Seymour. We kept everything under wrap for the reason that we wanted our sanity intact before the event and I don't think the kids can contain the excitement once they found out what is waiting for them. One more reason was that a few weeks before our event, kids are coming down with fever coughs and colds and we were keeping our fingers crossed that we will make it in time without anyone missing the fun or having to cancel the whole plan. Lucky me, Kenzo got fever 4 days before and Kimi 2 days before and I was actually thinking that we might be left behind... BUT, we were there and everyone was COMPLETE! (Double Hooray!)

* Getting comfortable sitting on the snow

It was my first time to do Tobogganing and I was more scared excited than scared until I saw the slope that we were going to slide from and the oversize plastic folder that were available for rent to rest our butt in as we go down the icy slide... Now, it was too late to make an excuse and I had to be brave especially since the Kimi and Kenzo saw their playmates and were quite excited at the prospect of sliding like their friends were doing.... Talk about good peer pressure.

I found a sturdier mat (Thanks Jo!) and with a bit of encouragement, I got Kimi to go the first slide with me and I actually went straight for the Starting flag with a loud Thump.... Oooh my pride hurt more than anything and I went up with a sigh and turned to find everyone looking at my nice start. I decided to sit it out a bit and sulk pretend nothing happened out of the ordinary hehe!

Picture taking seems like a good idea so, 

* Eron, Hubby and Kenzo

Hubby decided to finally try it with Kenzo and he actually did a whole lot better than me (Hmph!)

* Eron, Kenzo and Kimi

I finally got the courage as soon as I saw kids half my size doing it on their own. 

* Mel and Kenzo

I got Kenzo which was wiggling all the way down. I was holding onto him and screaming all the way down hoping that I can stay in the mat without holding anything except an overzealous toddler... and I DID! (Pat on the back)

Several more slides and I was getting more confident but the hike up was really tiring me down and Kenzo wanted me to carry him every time it was uphill (Double Sigh)

Kimi finally got the confidence and decided to try it be herself... 

* Kimi's First Attempt by Herself...

She did tumble on the second attempt but she went on as if nothing happened (Atta Girl!)

Uncle Warren and Rex was going up and down the hill fetching the kids and sliding with them...I don't know where they got the stamina. Uncle Charlie and Steve held on to their cameras in between slides to make sure they got everything captured. I was so glad Eron was there to help with Kenzo as well. 

* Uncle Warren, Ryker and Justin

* Uncle Rex and Kenzo

* Papa Karl and Kimi

* Kenzo pouting over waiting for his turn...

...more picture taking in between slides

* A Bit of relaxation

* Group Picture

...and last but not the least,

* Picture with my favourite girls...

...must be the age, my back is still hurting from all the activity that Saturday... BUT Totally Worth it and would definitely do it again! Cheers to the next event ;)

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Mt. Seymour @ North Vancouver

Friday, February 01, 2013

Kindergarten's take on Hip Hop

We were invited to a Hip Hop performance at Kimi's school and I was more than excited to be a part of the audience.

I've never seen Kimi do Hip Hop and it was such a treat just to watch her stray from the ballet dance to something that is way different.

* SFDS Kindergarteners

It was a simple dance step and Kimi was not in her element but momma was really proud of her and her first attempt with it...

* A Short Video

They had 5 days to prepare for this. Such a short preparation and everyone did such a great performance. It was fun hearing the 90's music from my youth. Great Job SFDS-ers!


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