Dumbo or Gumbo?

After watching for a hundred times the movie “Despicable Me 2″, Lily has finally moved on and decided to watch a new movie, “Dumbo”. We’re now in between 30-40x I guess. So we still have a lot of days to cover in order for her to finally call it quits.

See our typical day talking about the movie title.

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I guess after 73 years since it’s first release, I therefore conclude that my favorite Walt Disney character has changed its name to “Gumbo”. LOL!!!

Julie and Julia

Say hi to my girls, Julie and Julia. We named our youngest Julie because of our eldest Julia (sounds crazy right?). Well, we came up with Julia because my husband is the one who recommended it. Well, I’m a fan of Julia Roberts ever since so I said it’s fine with me to name our eldest Julia – instead of Judy or Jody which my MIL was trying to suggest. I’m not a fan of Juday LOL! Duh!

When we found out that we’re having another girl, it wasn’t that hard to choose another name. Julie & Julia the movie got released 2009 so I suggested that it would be nice to have two girls named alike. And Julie Andrews and Amy Adamas (the one who acted as Julie over the movie) again is one of my favorites. So I told hubby, his suggestion is another go go for me.

So there you are, that’s how we come up naming our girls. We have a name for a boy already. It’s a tradition to name him after his grandfather, so if Julie would have been a boy, it’ll be Hisham.

Julie and Julia

I created this layout using the kit below.
A Tree is Nice by Brook Magee
A digital scrapbooking kit by Brook Magee, A Tree is Nice brings early signs of spring and all things primitive and oh so refreshing! This kit invites you to go back to the basics, retell memories of being with the family and share your stories of frolicking in nature. A Tree is Nice is in refreshing shades of green, navy, turquoise, and cream. This kit has lots of references to nature and a variety of doodled trees, and more references to family and going back to your roots. Create memories by enjoying the simple things that life brings and share your everyday simple stories!
And here’s the template that I used.
Brook's Templates - Singleton 03 - Family Showcase
A digital scrapbooking template pack by Brook Magee. This layered template is great for scrapbooking your memories with ease and style. Templates can be used multiple times to create a variety of unique layouts for your scrapbook albums. Just switch out papers, photos, and add your own special touches!

It Was Her Birthday

Our dearest Lily turned 2 last June 4th. And we celebrated it with Abary, Medina and Asis’ family in Cristina Villas Mountain Resort & Hotel in Antipolo. The place is awesome! There’s one pool that we haven’t got the chance to visit since they are undergoing renovation. I love the reception area. They have floor fountain and stainless steel gardenfall with clear glass floor fountain just like the ones that The Soothing Company has on their site. So perfect and the pools are clean by the way. All ends well and we’re glad that we arrived there safe and went home safe. Will be sharing photos next time. I’m running some errands offline so shutting off early tonight.

Sisters By Chance, Friends By Choice

I so love the title for one of the word art that Victoria Feemsters has on this kit. My subject for this month of February is my only husband. But I had to be off with the month’s subject because of this wonderful kit.

So this is what I came out after grabbing a template using Cut it out by Jamie Seaward Designs too. I love that there are moments that I can capture sweet memories for my 2 kids.

LO115---Sisters,-Love-You-Forever

For my daughters, Julie & Julia.

CREDITS:
Lucky Sisters by Victoria Feemster
Acrylic Alpha by Victoria Feemster
Cut it out by Jamie Seaward Designs

Hello Love

Something new from Mye De Leon Designs and I guess one of my favorites so far. Something soft and cute to cheer you up this Valentine’s. Hello Love is a kit to bring out the cuteness of your layouts. It’s soft, gentle colors will be nice for baby layouts too but it’s generally versatile enough for use everyday.

Hello Love

And this is my layout for this kit. Our Lily dearest has just the right precious & sweet smile for this kit.

CREDITS:
Created using designs by Mye De Leon
Hello Love
Hello Love | Alpha
Hello Love | Smears
Cluster It Vol.2 | Template Pack

Cross Eyed

Here’s how silly my 18mos old daughter is. She was showing me that she can balance her pillow on her head. And so there goes a cross eyed Lily hahaha!!! Mama of course to take a photo. We so love her!

Highlights of 2012

WARNING: Photo overload hehehe!

So here we go. Before I totally forget. Just to summarize the year of 2012.

JANUARY

It was our first family photo to be complete after what happened last 2011. I can’t believe that we’re finally here in UAE and looking forward to start our new life. This was the month that we first see the beauty of Burj Al Khalifa (that still give me jitters up until now whenever I see it in person).

Day 7/366 - Dubai Mall to meet up with friends and to see this amazing building Burj Al Khalifa.01.01.12 - US at Sahara Mall. Our first family photo for this year. Alhamdulillah!

February

Had the opportunity to finalized or visa. In return, we had to exit UAE and stayed overnight in a hotel in Muscat Oman. Hubby went first and within that week, me and my kids flew to Oman. My MIL arrived as well to stay for a short visit.
It was this month that we experienced life in Dubai through riding the means of transportation: Bus and Metro.

Our flight going to Muscat Oman. Feb28/12MIL's first time in Dubai Aquarium and to see the beauty of Burj Al Khalifa.Our first ride over Dubai Metro w MIL.Nahuli sa parade ng National Day ng UAE ✌✌✌

March

Everything was back to normal. Hubby started to look for a job while I on the other hand are still coping up with our new life.
Yazan celebrated his 6th birthday too. It was a month of roaming around because MIL was here and then she had to leave and go back to Rabegh that time too.

At Dubai Festival City. Alhamdulillah! To God be the glory.❤Julie & Julia❤Goofing around during their cousin's birthday.

April

Opportunities come and go. We still don’t have work and we’re still looking for chances as well. But we know that Allah’s with us. We may not have what we’ve always wanted to have, but we’re still blessed that we are complete and we’re together through thick and thin. Met with my cousin and they showed us more of Dubai’s finest places. Burj Al Arab was very beautiful.

While waiting for Papa, me and the kids stroll down along Jumeirah Beach Residence. Nagutom lang ako pano puro restaurants. Mag lu-lunch pa naman. After strolling for 30mins, Julie and Julia's face were so pink. Even when walking under the shades, ang iniTGIF w my cousins at Souq Madinat Jumeirah. First time to see Burj Al Arab.Ansaveh ng Rayban?

May

It’s my SIL birthday month. We treat her in Applebee’s Dubai and she loved their steaks. But I wasn’t impressed with their service though. Nothing can compare the hospitality of Applebee’s Qatar. Having a SIL like ate Rana is one of the best gift I’ve received from God. My family-in-law are the best and I’m one lucky WIFE indeed. Masha’Allah.

Taken last Friday: (L) Hubby, Yazan, SIL and her husband + their "Still-thinking-what-to-order" faces.Celebrating SIL's birthday. Her Cake topped with the free Syrian flag. We love you ate Rana!!! @ranaowainy5.25.2012 • Julie & Julia • ApplebeesSIL and I

June

Our dearest Julie turned 1. Hubby’s cousin celebrated her birthday as well for this month. Went out to Zaabeel Park with cousins and Hubby was preparing to leave to Jeddah this month as well. It was a heartbreaking month because we will not be with him for a month.

Julie's Cake

I miss you Sweety! Come home soon.Taken during the last week of June. We visited Hubby and SIL's cousin for a surprise birthday cake. photo snag from SIL @ranaowainyFinally went boat riding at the corniche. Our first boat ride experience was in Doha Corniche last April 20, 2007 (Our first day as husband and wife) Now after 5 years, here we are with our two lovely treasures.TGIF with cousin Cyrille. Naipit ko ata si Lilypot

July

Hubby left to Jeddah to find work. While his brother, Ahmad arrived and stayed for a week since he’s going to Riyadh to finally Alhamdulillah start working there. Hubby went to make Omrah in Mecca that month as well. Hubby arrived at the end of the month too. You can see the last photo my girls giving him a welcome kiss. They sure miss their dad. Oh by the way, this was the month that ScrapMatters accepted my application as a Guest CT for their store for the month of December. It was a such a happy/sad/exciting month I believe.

All his bags are packed and ready to go...✈ Hubby's leaving again tomorrow. He's off to Jeddah to make Omrah in Macca and to also try his luck to search for a job. He'll be welcomed by my parents-in-law. Kagabi pa ako nagiiiyakBIL is here! We missed him. Sayang hindi sila nagkaabot ni Abed.He's in Mecca now. Alhamdulillah!Sensya na, masaya lang ako talaga. Hehehe!!! Kahit na mali username ko dito ok lang. Basta may JHARI pwede na sa akinBIL's tour at Dubai Mall. First time to see the Waterfall Atrium as well. Gondo lang!And Papa's home

August

It’s my mom’s birthday month. And Hubby got his gall bladder removed as well. He was confined in the hospital for 3 days for that procedure. Alhamdulillah he’s all fine up until now. Harry died on me the previous month and he was revived after being taken to another local store. Thank God! And August was a month of getting ready for Eid. A job opportunity knocked on my door. I thought that was it. Until now I’m still hoping that they’ll give me a callback. But I guess, it’s not okay to let your hopes up too much.

Mommy and DaddyThank you for praying with us.WB Harry!"I promise... Do you?"C is for Cookie. Stocking up for the Eid.

September

It’s Yara’s turn to celebrate her birthday. She turned 9 that month. The call that I was waiting for came in that month again. 2nd interview. It’s summer time so we went to Bab Al Shams and a swimming at Dreamland.

Waited for 3hrs and this was my view this afternoon. Sumakit ang fwet ko hahahah!⌚One Monday night at Bab Al Shams.After 2yrs, nakapag swimming rin. Hindi ko na uulitin. Ayoko na mangitim. Huhuhu!!! Yup, that's one of our ways to cover up. Exclusive Muslim Swim wear but there's one i want na Speedo ang tatak. Para may protection talaga sa sun. Hanap kami ni SIL next t

October

Hubby’s birthday month. Hoorah! He turned 32 last year and Alhamdulillah he’s with us and praying for more years to come. We spent the day along the beach with SIL’s family. Thankful for another year. We brought Julia to her 2nd dental Check-up too for this month. Went up to Green Mubazzarah a well. Picnic with Hubby’s family. And lastly, this month was a hectic month for our dearest Lily. She was nebulized for the first time. Wawa baby. Suffered due to cold and cough.

We're here. Alhamdulillah.2nd Dental Check-upMy ex-boyfriend cc: @abedoweiniMorning kisses from Julie and Julia for dearest Papa. Happy birthday Sweety @abedoweini. I hope you enjoyed your day with us from sunrise to sunset.Went this morning to the health center para pa-checkup si Lily. Nebulize ang bagsak. Ubo, sipon and teething stage nagsabay sabay kasi. Wawa naman sana ako nalang may sakit pag ganito. She cried too much that it hurts seeing her in pain.

November

The weather started to change this month. I started to arrange our clothes and pull out the winter ones. This was the month for the end of Twilight Saga. And hubby surprised me by buying a ticket for the first day showing here in UAE. I was really surprised and was shouting like crazy LOL! Our pretty Julia turned 4. Alhamdulillah. I couldn’t ask for anything more except for her to be safe and to grow up with full of respect to elders. We experienced our first dine in at the famous Golden Fork in Dubai. Hubby’s cousin and her husband took us there for a treat. Over all, November was  good month.

The celebrant with her birthday cake. Happy 4th birthday ate Julia!!!
A day at the park.Julie & Julia at Al Mamzar Bay. ❤ 11.26.2012Passed by the big tent on our way to the park this afternoon. So excited! Weeeee! It'll be my first time na makakita ng circus live!And there goes the end of Twilight Saga... Forever❤ 11.15.2012Golden Fork. Sarap ng Seafood soup nila. Grilled shrimp, the best! Treat from hubby's cousin.

Finally, December

National Day for UAE falls on the 2nd day of December. We experienced how patriotic Emirati all are. UAE flags are all over the place. And the Corniche was unbelievably crowded. The traffic enforcers had to close the whole street just for all families to be safe to cross back and forth. My birthday month. I was sick and it’s not a good sign at all. Got infected with the stomach flu. Me, my husband and my kids suffered with it for 2 1/2 days. Ugh! We had to move my birthday celebration on the 7th.  We dine in for the 2nd time in Applebee’s with and first time at Chilli’s. Thanks for the generous family of SIL. Oh yeah, this month ended with removing lice and nits. Yup, you heard it right. SIL’s kids got it and 2 of my kids obviously had it too. Good thing we were able to remove them all after 3 weeks of curing and shampooing everyday. Ugh! What a stressful month.

Oh yez! Traffic along Corniche. Saya ng National Day dito sa UAE. Ramdam mo hangang kahapon pa. Parang fiesta sa park dahil ang ingay and super dami ng tao. Families all group together for a picnic. Ang saya lang! Hehehe!Sick at 32Will be blowing my cake for my 32nd birthday. We call this, "dress up party". Kasi wala naman party. Hehehe!With cousin Hiba at Applebee's Dubai. [12.13.12]Untitled

That’s it. 2012 was a tough year for us all. Health, marriage, financial and relationship with each of us here in the house has been challenged a lot. But Alhamdulillah, things are great and Allah never put us down in times of need. We’re striving hard and we’re coping up as well. We can do this and we will not give up until we’re up on our own. We’re blessed and we’re thankful.

My Future Engineers

Here’s a photo of my 2 kids playing around each morning. Lily (the one wearing white shirt) started to put her toys on her head. Instead of putting the shapes on it, she’d rather use it as an instant helmet. So voila! There you go, my instant Engineers.

 

I’m glad that they are getting along very well. I hope and pray that they’ll grow closer as they grow up. I want them both to share secrets with each other – just what best friends does. Above all, I just want them to be happy.

Cutie Lily Patootie

WARNING: Cuteness Overload

One of the best things I love about digital scrapbooking is that I can create cute things cuter than before. This photo was taken a few months back. But I had to create one for it since this capture every bit of emotions and joy on our Lily’s face.

CREDITS:
Paper Basics | Neutrals
Washi Tape | Neutrals
Decorative Smears | Neutrals
Basic Accents | Neutrals
Going Circles template by Mye de Leon

Hello From Dainty Ashley

A dear friend of ours started a new bow-tique for handmade hair tinkers and bows for your children. And I’m so honored that 2 of her designs where named after Julie & Julia.

Julia is a sister collection of the Lily Headbands. Both have beautiful silk Ranunculus (also known as Ruffled Rannie) flowers only the Julia Headbands are more ruffled and the petals are a bit thicker (but still weighs very light). It comes in 3 gorgeous colors of Green, Brown with a hint of black and Ivory White embellished with different elegant rhinestones and unique soft elastic band colors.

Our Lily collection comes in two sizes:Queen Lily comes with a pink and yellow ranunculus flower measuring 3 1/2 inches wide. It is attached to a custom-sized lemon green soft and stretchable elastic. Princess Lily, on the other hand, comes in a smaller diameter of 3 inches and is attached to a custom-sized dark olive soft and stretchable elastic. Both are accentuated with a 15mm clear rhinestone button completing its radiant and elegant look. The Lily Headband goes along well with your little girl’s dresses, formal and casuals alike.

There’s a lot of more designs to choose from. Please visit her website at www.daintyashley.com for more cute hair dress for your little ones. Her designs are from newborns up to feeling pretty newly-born grown ups like me, hahaha! Kidding aside, like her FB page here too please. Thank you.

50 Rules for Dads of Daughters

This is  a long post. But it’s worth reading for. Especially that my husband are doing 90% of it already. I’m so glad that he’s doing a good job being a father to my kids already. I love you so much Sweety!

1. Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.


2. Always be there. Quality time doesn’t happen without quantity time. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. Don’t just sit idly by while she add years to her… add life to her years.


3. Save the day. She’ll grow up looking for a hero. It might as well be you. She’ll need you to come through for her over and over again throughout her life. Rise to the occasion. Red cape and blue tights optional.


4. Savor every moment you have together. Today she’s crawling around the house in diapers, tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle. Some day soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bees knees anymore. Life happens pretty fast. You better cherish it while you can.


5. Pray for her. Regularly. Passionately. Continually.


6. Buy her a glove and teach her to throw a baseball. Make her proud to throw like a girl… a girl with a wicked slider.


7. She will fight with her mother. Choose sides wisely.


8. Go ahead. Buy her those pearls.


9. Of course you look silly playing peek-a-boo. You should play anyway.


10. Enjoy the wonder of bath time.


11. There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, “Yes.”


12. It’s never too early to start teaching her about money. She will still probably suck you dry as a teenager… and on her wedding day.


13. Make pancakes in the shape of her age for breakfast on her birthday. In a pinch, donuts with pink sprinkles and a candle will suffice.


14. Buy her a pair of Chucks as soon as she starts walking. She won’t always want to wear matching shoes with her old man.



Photo Credit :: Danielle Rocke Toews

15. Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait ‘til her wedding day.


16. Take her fishing. She will probably squirm more than the worm on your hook. That’s OK.


17. Learn to say no. She may pitch a fit today, but someday you’ll both be glad you stuck to your guns.


18. Tell her she’s beautiful. Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or “beauty” magazine will try to convince her otherwise.


19. Teach her to change a flat. A tire without air need not be a major panic inducing event in her life. She’ll still call you crying the first time it happens.


20. Take her camping. Immerse her in the great outdoors. Watch her eyes fill with wonder the first time she sees the beauty of wide open spaces. Leave the iPod at home.


21. Let her hold the wheel. She will always remember when daddy let her drive.


22. She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that.


23. When she learns to give kisses, she will want to plant them all over your face. Encourage this practice.


24. Knowing how to eat sunflower seeds correctly will not help her get into a good college. Teach her anyway.


25. Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny.


26. It is in her nature to make music. It’s up to you to introduce her to the joy of socks on a wooden floor.


27. If there’s a splash park near your home, take her there often. She will be drawn to the water like a duck to a puddle.


28. She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late.


29. If her mom enrolls her in swim lessons, make sure you get in the pool too. Don’t be intimidated if there are no other dads there. It’s their loss.


30. Never miss her birthday. In ten years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you weren’t there.


31. Teach her to roller skate. Watch her confidence soar.


32. Let her roll around in the grass. It’s good for her soul. It’s not bad for yours either.


33. Take her swimsuit shopping. Don’t be afraid to veto some of her choices, but resist the urge to buy her full-body beach pajamas.


34. Somewhere between the time she turns three and her sixth birthday, the odds are good that she will ask you to marry her. Let her down gently.


35. She’ll probably want to crawl in bed with you after a nightmare. This is a good thing.


36. Few things in life are more comforting to a crying little girl than her father’s hand. Never forget this.


37. Introduce her to the swings at your local park. She’ll squeal for you to push her higher and faster. Her definition of “higher and faster” is probably not the same as yours. Keep that in mind.


38. When she’s a bit older, your definition of higher and faster will be a lot closer to hers. When that day comes, go ahead… give it all you’ve got.


39. Holding her upside down by the legs while she giggles and screams uncontrollably is great for your biceps. WARNING: She has no concept of muscle fatigue.


40. She might ask you to buy her a pony on her birthday. Unless you live on a farm, do not buy her a pony on her birthday. It’s OK to rent one though.


41. Take it easy on the presents for her birthday and Christmas. Instead, give her the gift of experiences you can share together.


42. Let her know she can always come home. No matter what.


43. Remember, just like a butterfly, she too will spread her wings and fly some day. Enjoy her caterpillar years.


44. Write her a handwritten letter every year on her birthday. Give them to her when she goes off to college, becomes a mother herself, or when you think she needs them most.


45. Learn to trust her. Gradually give her more freedom as she gets older. She will rise to the expectations you set for her.


46. When in doubt, trust your heart. She already does.


47. When your teenage daughter is upset, learning when to engage and when to back off will add years to YOUR life. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.


48. Ice cream covers over a multitude of sins. Know her favorite flavor.


49. This day is coming soon. There’s nothing you can do to be ready for it. The sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be.


50. Today she’s walking down the driveway to get on the school bus. Tomorrow she’s going off to college. Don’t blink.

Source: Life To Her Years

Their Safe House

I don’t know if you guys have seen the movie “Safe House” featuring my forever crush Ryan Reynolds and the ever good actor Denzel Washington. Well, seeing that movie reminds me of what my kids are imagining every time they play under the table in SIL family room.

Huli kayo! Under the table. "Mami, look for us..." -Julie & Julia Julie & Julia: Operation Under The Table.

I don’t really know why they simply love to hide there. I guess that’s the beauty of having a sister after all. It’s always a girl thing ;)