Daydream Believer

Back in 2016, we had a shoot for our Save the Date video. It’s one of my favorite moments during the wedding preps because my husband and I love conceptualizing things that stretch our creativities.

We had our official photographer attend the shoot so he can also get some BTS shots to be used for our wedding guestbook. But the video itself was only shot by our friends, and later on edited by me and Cris.

Until now, this is still one of my favorite things that we did together:

During the wedding preps, we tried to stray away from all the (unnecessary) glitz. Instead, we focused on what matters most: just getting married. Simple.

After all, whenever we talked about and thought about our wedding before, we mostly talked about the future — OUR future, which is what this video is all about.

This made me realize that we’re slowly living the married life that we used to just dream of. You see, earlier this year, we found out I was pregnant and we couldn’t be happier. It was three years of praying, wishing, hoping, and heartbreaks so hearing this news from our OBG felt like it’s been a long time coming.

8 months into our pregnancy, Cris asked me to do a shoot. This totally surprised me because he’d rather take multiple photos of a building or a plant or his action figures than take a single photo of me without making a face (true story whenever we travel or go somewhere nice).

Due to the pandemic and the restrictions of my swab test, we cannot go out so we just maximized our place for the shoot. Which reminded me of this video. Why not recreate some of them into our shoot?After all, there are some elements there that now holds true today.

Rewatching the video and looking at these pictures made me truly excited about the present and the future — both near and far.

It’s lovely when daydreams turn into realities, don’t you think?

Eleven @ 1

Our darling Eleven turned 1 today! I consider her our lucky charm because ever since she lived with us, it has been nothing but good news for our family. Despite the pandemic, we’re still very much safe and comfortable in our home, cooped up with her and Mr. Frodo.

First family picture with our Eleven

Initially, Mr. Frodo was a little jealous of her. He’s been our baby for the longest of time and the new addition was foreign to him. Little by little, they learned to live together and even romantic at times, except when they’re fighting over food scraps. Haha!

Eleven is quite the opposite of Mr. Frodo now, but she very much reminds me of him when he was little. She’s very playful since she’s still a puppy. She can be feisty sometimes, but always obedient when I give commands. She waits very patiently when we’re having our meals before asking for her snacks. She learned how to pray and “say” amen before every meal in just a day!

She reminds me of the lamb in that children song because she follows me everywhere I go, even to the restroom!

And every where that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go…

Every time I hear this song on Spotify, I can’t help but sing it to her, modifying the lyrics so it fits her. She would look up at me with those big, brown, puppy eyes and listen intently. Adorable! Whereas Mr. Frodo hates all the singing and dancing that we do, Eleven seems to enjoy it.

We’re happy because Barkin’ Bakes is now open for pickup and delivery. We ordered a paw cake for her so she and Mr. Frodo can have their little lick and smash celebration:

Here’s a short video that I made to commemorate this day. Enjoy watching!

A Quarantined Celebration

At the stroke of midnight, Cris gave a little surprise for Mother’s Day. For the past 3 years, he’s been greeting me and treating me out for Mother’s Day because of Ezra, our baby in heaven. This year is a little different but he did not let the ECQ stop him.

He remembered how much I love dark chocolate and macadamia so I was really happy with his little surprise.

I wanted to prep something special for lunch so I asked him to get some meat cuts on his last grocery run. I wanted to have samgyeopsal (Korean BBQ) at home so we can have a little taste of normalcy. I also wanted to use our electric hotpot & grill, which has been sitting in our kitchen cupboard for so long. Original plan is to cook and eat in our balcony, but it was a logistics nightmare. As a workaround, we just made use of our good old grill pan and sauce pan and cooked in our stove instead.

Our lunch menu was ssamjang soup — pork broth seasoned with soybean paste, samgyeopsal — pork belly, and chadolbaegi — thin slices of beef brisket. I made a quick video about it because I’m currently having so much fun with my phone’s movie editor tool. Haha! Forgive me!

It really makes me happy when I cook and prepare meals for my husband, especially when he really enjoys it and not just pretend that it tastes good. 🤣

He gave me another surprise but that deserves another post. 😉

Afternoon was spent praying The Holy Rosary in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary (and as requested by our Mama so we can’t really say no). And since it’s still ECQ, we did it over Zoom.

I hope that on Father’ Day, we can already go out and celebrate but that might be wishful thinking for now. Our ECQ has been extended for another 2 weeks and who knows what will happen by end of the month.

Despite all the restrictions, I’m still very thankful for the gift of life, love, and family.