Grateful, Thankful and Blessed 2018

Happy New Year everyone!

How’s your Christmas and New Year? Bitin ba? Ikr kasi same tayo. 😊 I wish I can extend my vacation so I can spend more time with the kiddos. Medyo di ko nasulit long vacation namin since Rhian and I got sick during holiday break and that feeling is one of the worsts feeling I had so far and ayoko ng maulit ulit.

Anyway, during the times when I’m at bed (not feeling well because of the flu) I think of the things that happened to me/us for 2018 and to my surprised 2018 is one of the best years ever for my little family. We received lot of blessings, there are lots of “first” happened to us and there are less problems that we encountered. Thank you, Lord!

So let me share you how beautiful our life last year.


To start the year, my husband and I decided to visit Enchanted Kingdom with our little family.

We were able to watch Disney on Ice with the kiddos during my birthday celebration. This is one of my kids dream, to watch their favorite Disney characters up close and personal. Though, we were seated at lower box, the view is still amazing. 

We also celebrated Rhian's 4th Birthday at the hotel. You all know that we really love staycations. :)


This is one of the memorable months for us, because we finally got the keys for our #TeamVillarealHome. Yes! Nakapag turn-over narin kami! 

One of the romantic and unique dates we had as we joined the group date at Century Mall. We also participate in their contest and won overnight stay in one of their properties. Knowing us, Ian and I really value our marriage as we make sure to spend time together just the two of us remember our #MarriageFirstFriday, we still do it until now and promise to continue it forever. (Gumaganon pa asawa ko, naniniwala talaga sya sa Forever. Haha)


March is one of my favorite months because of two major things happened in this month. First, I won in the biggest loser contest here in office with grand prize of Php 13,500 which I used to purchase things needed for our new home. Second, we finally moved-in to our new home. Yes! After 30 months of hard work, sacrifices and with the Grace and Glory of our Almighty Father, we are now finally #HomeOwners and we are so excited building  our#ProjectHappyHome.  Welcome to #TeamVillarealHome

Another milestone for Rhian, as she graduated from Child Development Services Section. Though sa Barangay lang sya, we consider this as her another achievement.


My parents together with my sister and her daughter, Ashley spend the Holy Week at #TeamVillarealHome. I’m so happy because we were able to enjoy the facilities and I got some quality time with my parents. They are happy for us because finally we have our own home. Hindi kaya biro ang kumuha ng sariling bahay at the same paying car and house loans.

Another milestone for Rhian as she joins the Mc Donalds’ KiddieCrew near our place. I’m so happy because our daughter enjoyed the activities. Medyo sya parin sya but at least improving.


My husband and I enrolled our children in big school near our home. This is another milestone for our kids as they are now entering the proper schooling. Rhian is now Senior Nursery while Rhaine is Junior Nursery. I know mahaba haba pa ang pagdadaanan nila and we are not rushing nor forcing them to get high grades as we want them to enjoy the new environment and be more sociable. High grades are just a bonus.


As first time parents, we are so excited to witness another milestone of our kids and yun yung 1st day nila sa school nila. Read more about this precious moment here. 


Last July 24, my husband and I celebrated our 12 years of togetherness and 6th wedding anniversary. Our initial plan is to have out of town just the two of us, but since I have board meetings to assist on the day of our anniversary, I have no choice but to cancel my leave application. So, we opted to celebrate it in a very simple way, buffet dinner at Makati Shangri-la.


August is one of my favorite months aside from January and July. Why? Because this month my husband and our bunso are celebrating their birthday. Rhaine turned 3 last Aug 20 and we celebrated her birthday at the clubhouse. We booked the AVR and invited some of our closest relatives and friends to be with us her special day.

This month, we also got the chance to crossed out another family bucketlist – visit to KIDZANIA. My husband decided to visit this place as he knows that our kids would love it. Di nga kami nagkamali, nag enjoy ng bongga ang mga bagets. Click here for my review about our experience in Kidzania.

Another milestone for our kids as they joined the Linggo ng Wika dance number. Yung Makita mo ang mga anak mo na nasa stage at nag pe-perform, iba pala talaga pakiramda. Nakakaproud!


In this month marks another milestone for our children as they experienced their first field trip activity and guess what, we joined in their field trip kaya parang naging family day out ang nangyari. Makakapagod pero masaya.


More food trips with my husband and my little family happened on this month. Ang hilig namin kumain sa labas after hearing mass, no need for expensive restaurant what matter most is that kumpleto kami and happy ang kids ko.


More food trips on this month again and more parties at #TeamVillarealHome. We welcomed some of our relatives and friends to visit our place kasi kahit sila happy for us that we have our own home plus the fact na maganda talaga yung place and nakaka relax kaya gustong gusto nilang mag visit.


This is the first time we’re celebrating Christmas at #TeamVillarealHome and I’m so happy that my family join us for midnight mass and Noche Buena. We had our traditional “Monito, Monita” and exchange gifts and unlimited photo session.

Though before Christmas, our dear Rhian got sick so we rushed her at Makati Med ER for check-up. Good thing her condition got stable before year ends.

Oh by the way, this year also we decided not to get another helper as our kids are starting to become independent. Well, our Yaya Van left us before Rhaine’s birthday last August to pursue her career. Mahirap na wala kang helper but thank God we still have our Tita Grace to take care of our kids.

So that’s it, there are so many reasons to thank God as we received so much blessings last 2018. Now are looking forward for more good things this 2019. I know we still have lots of challenges and hitches to deal with but we believe that as long as we put God in center of our life, we can surpass it. Thank you 2018 for everything, we are so ready for you 2019! Bring it on!  

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