Friday, October 24, 2014

Playing Dress Up With My Boys

from raisingmyrainbow.com
      
         I am a mother of two boys. I used to dress them up identically when they were smaller. 




    Now, they like choosing their own clothes. I have a field day when they are asked to wear costumes in school or when they attend costume parties. Though I always consult them as to what they want to wear, I do the execution which is loads of fun for me. 

     The first time I dressed my son in a costume was just for the heck of it. Hahaha. We got a hand-me-down Superman baby costume from my Aunt and we dressed our 3-month old Aliq in it and took pictures.




       For our eldest son's first birthday party, the theme was Tigger and Pooh and we dressed him up in a Tigger costume.  




        A few years later, he tried on the same costume just for laughs. 




      Here is the second son wearing the same Superman costume one halloween (We used to do trick or treat. We don't anymore.) 


Zayeed at 3 months

       
           That same year, Kuya Aliq wore an off-the-rack Peter Pan costume.



        The year after, it was Zayeed's turn to be Peter Pan (tipid!) while Kuya dressed up like Captain Hook.  Their lil cousin Lexi dressed as Tinkerbell. Coordinated ang characters, syempre!




          There was a year when we spent the end of October in Marawi. Of course, walang trick or treat doon. So when we went out for lunch on the 30th of October, I dressed them up as cowboys anyway. 





           The year after that, we decided not to participate in Halloween activities henceforth. To appease the boys, we joined one mall's Parade of Nations in celebration of United Nations Day. Gustong-gusto talaga nila. Others came as contingents from their respective schools. Pero ang dalawa, sumali lang ng kanila. 

They chose the countries they want to represent. 
Kuya Aliq represented Malaysia while 
Zayeed represented South Korea. 


     During this event, Aliq saw a boy dressed in kilts. He told me that the next year, he likes to represent Scotland. So, he did. 


During a Costume Party in his school last year,
Aliq dressed as a Scot.
  
         The same costume was used in a Costume Birthday Party just this year. While Zee used Kuya's old Malaysia costume. 




        Now, I would have gladly made Zee another costume, but when asked he said he wanted to use Kuya's old Malaysia costume. He loves following in his brother's footsteps. Gaya-gaya. When Aliq was four and Zee wasn't in school yet, Aliq had to go to school in Barong for Linggo ng Wika. Zee tagged along wearing a Barong, too. 




         In school, there were activities when they have to dress up. And talagang kina-career ko yan. 

Aliq in an apron during
Nutrition Month.
Zee as a farmer.
Eto, nakakahon ang costume.

         As I manifested in this blog post 2 years ago, kahit yang mga korona at pompoms ay kina-career ko. Hehehe. 





            I also dress the boys for Eid. Earlier on, I didn't know where to buy them clothes for the Eid prayer so I had to have them made. Later on, I sourced the clothes earlier from local stores, or from Marawi or even from as far as Egypt. 





        This October, the school  forbade Halloween costumes for their costume party. As the school also discourages store-bought costumes, Aliq went to school dressed up as Emmet from The Lego Movie.




            Zayeed does not have a costume party in his preschool, but he is the first of my sons to become a Cub Scout and he went camping this week (in school lang for the whole day). 


The Cub Scout is Zeerious.

          
             From our trip, we got the boys authentic Arab get-ups. They are in the closet for now .... just waiting for the time when I get to dress them up again.






Thursday, June 19, 2014

Loot Bags


      As a child, I was not the outgoing type. I never made friends easily and kept to myself most times. I never got very excited about children's parties because clowns and mascots scared the hell out of me. I didn't join games because my motor skills were not really that developed (hanggang ngayon, hehehe). What always got me excited about attending parties was the Loot Bag that was handed out at the end of the party. So, I'd sit and suffer through the whole party for the loot bag. Mataas ang E.Q. ko.

     This penchant for loot bag is something I carried into adulthood. When I was in college, my Nanay (aunt) would ask me to prepare the loot bags for my cousin Tani's birthday parties. It was a task I enjoyed so much that year after year, I'd call my Nanay weeks ahead of the birthday so I can prepare earlier. 

      When I had kids of my own, I'd be so excited about their birthdays and planning their celebrations, be it their major First birthday celebration or a simple Non-Party at home. I take care of everything so I would be very busy weeks ahead. And yes, I always give special attention in preparing the Loot Bags. 

      I have three rules that I live by in preparing Loot Bags. First, it must be centralized on a single theme. Second, the contents must be edible and/or useful to the children who will be receiving them. Third, it must be made by me (even if buying a set can be super tempting).

      The second and third rules are easy to follow. The first rule gets a bit difficult when my children is interested in a not-so-popular theme or character. I usually end up branding non-character items with the chosen party theme just so I could pull the whole Loot Bag together. 

     For my first son's first birthday party, the theme was My Friends Tigger and Pooh. Can you imagine how difficult it is to find Tigger and Pooh merchandise without Piglet? Thankfully,  I found a tin coin bank with just Pooh and Tigger at Divisoria pa talaga (Kinareer!). I used that and just filled it with candies and Pooh and Tigger stickers. I couldn't find a picture now. Maybe later. 

     One thing I have noticed with my Loot Bag preparation experience is that the smaller the party, the better the Loot Bag. Limited ang budget, teh. 

     Below are some of the Loot Bags I have prepared in the recent past. I couldn't find the pictures of a few. Sayang.  

Elmo-Themed Drinking Cups
Purchased from Ebay.
I made my own cardboard pocket container from art products with the theme
Jake and The Neverland Pirates.
The watercolors and other items were either pirate or sea - themed. 
No pirate-themed party will be complete without gold coins. 
I made my own Loot Cups with Henry Hugglemonster as theme. 
The same Loot Cups as above but labeled it with Pocoyo character this time. 
I don't like the Jollibee party bag because it tears easily. I got the bags
a day earlier and placed them in better loot bags. I also added more treats inside. 
These bags were from Gaisano Ilustre at only 20php each.
I placed assorted labeled (with proper theme stickers) loots inside. 
The easiest Loot Bag to make is one with the Mickey Mouse theme.
Andaming merchandise available. I got carried away kaya ang laki ng bag.
Loot Bags for a Jungle-Themed Party. The Lootbags in bright colors
were placed on a green table and complemented the green-colored cake.
Lego Food Box
A look inside the Lego Food Box
Lego Minifigure Box. Bricks inside.
Pattern was from the Net. 
These small bottles hold M&Ms inside.
I made these for my Mom Milagros and her twin Mario's
60th Birthday celebration last year.  
The giveaways during my granparents' White Diamond Anniversary.
Caricature Button Magnets from a supplier in Ortigas and Chocolate Blocks. 

         The little ones' birthdays are fast approaching. I let them choose their own theme and the themes they have chosen for this year are very challenging. I'll write birthday posts for each of their birthday after the fact. For now, their chosen theme is secret muna. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Guest Bloggers



      The two little boys went on their first overseas vacation a few weeks ago. Til now, they can't stop talking about their experience. They have been bugging me to write about our trip here in this blog. They even want to help me write it.

        Aliq is 6 years old and Zee is 4 years old. At their age, they pretty much know their way around a computer's keyboard. I told them, they can write about their favorite part of the trip themselves. I will just help them with punctuation and I'll upload their chosen picture or video. 


ALIQ's ENTRY

   
     
HI. I AM ALIQ. I WENT TO SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA. I HAD SO MUCH FUN. IN SINGAPORE MY FAVORITE PART WAS RIDING THE SINGAPORE FLYER. IT WAS SUPER FUN. I WAS NOT SCARED. BUT MY DADDY GOT SCARED OF THE HEIGHTS. WHILE I WAS UP,  I SAW MARINA BAY SANDS ,ESPELANADE, GARDENS BY THE BAY, THE FLOAT STADIUM ETC.









IN MALAYSIA, I WENT TO LEGOLAND AND RODE THE DINO ISLAND. I GOT WET! I LOVED IT!

video



ZEE's ENTRY



HI. I'M ZAYEED I WENT TO SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA. MY FAVORITE PART OF OUR TRIP TO SINGAPORE IS GOING TO THE SEE THE MERLION. I PRETENDED TO DRINK THE WATER FROM ITS MOUTH. MY FAVORITE PART OF OUR TRIP TO MALAYSIA IS GOING TO DRIVING SCHOOL IN LEGOLAND. 




Zee rode again on the second day.

He won first place !
  

video


      The boys truly had an amazing time. They were so patient when in queue at airports, immigation, and theme parks. They ate their meals, taking a liking to chicken rice and cereal prawns. I am quite happy with their behavior the whole time.  In sha Allah, we will go back.