I feel Anika’s lucky because her birthday falls on a holiday.
So forever walang pasok tuwing birthday niya =) Hindi din masasabayan ng Holy Week because ang redundant naman ng holiday for that day if mangyari yun. Lelz.
Like I said, Anika wanted to spend her birthday with her girlfriends sa mall. So that they will have a specific thing to do, I suggested mag-Kidzoona sila in Century City Mall. Na-excite naman ng todo ang bagets.
A week before the school year ended, I sent hand written notes to the parents of 5 of her closest friends in class. Sabi ko, magKidzoona sila and then maglunch sa Mary Grace Cafe afterwards. I was nervous because, apart from Maeko, only 1 parent confirmed among her friends. Sabi ko kay Anika don’t expect ha? Kahit 3 lang kayo, okay lang?
Okay lang daw. Ang sarap din talaga maging bata because they don’t hold grudges sa mga ganun. Hindi sumasama yung loob. Actually, wapakels naman yata siya basta makapagKidzoona siya on her birthday with any of her friends. I had my doubts na may dadating pero Anika was insisting na madaming dadating because they planned it na daw in class. Nakakatuwa because nagsidatingan nga her friends.
It’s our yearly tradition to blow the birthday candle and take photos on the morning of our birthdays.
For Anika’s second birthday cake, I asked Nessie to make a mock birthday cake. Sayang kasi hindi naman namin nauubos. Anika wanted to have a Black Pink theme. Gorabelles kahit hindi ko sila kilala. Jusko.
The night before, I blew the happy birthday letter balloons and designed the window seat area. Wrong move yung blowing the balloons because sumakit yung tahi ko. Hindi ko kasi makita yung balloon pump eh. Wrong move din yung dun kami sa window nagdecorate. Against the sun *rolls eyes*
Nevertheless, thanks to my Fujifilm camera, okay naman ang kinalabas ng photos albeit against the light.
I was super thankful to the parents that they brought their kids to meet up with Anika. They played at Kidzoona for 2 hours. After that, we ate at Burger King. Hindi kasi kami kasya sa Cafe Mary Grace. I had the kids line up sa counter while the girl took their orders. Ang cute. And then she blew her birthday candle again before they ate.
After they ate, they went around the mall. Nakasunod lang kaming mga parents. Nakakatawa kami tingnan. The kids went in and out of the stores while sunod lang kami mga parents.
Nung napagod na, we all said goodbyes to each other.
I heard na naman the “Best Birthday ever!” kay Anika.
After that, we went to Faye’s place to nap for a bit. I needed to rest too because my surgery wound hurt from standing and walking around a lot. After a while, we went na to Glorietta to meet up with my side of the family for dinner. Wowa and Lolo Papa treated us to buffet at Buffet 101.
Faye bought a cropped top in H&M and had it printed ng Black Pink. Jusme, tuwang tuwa talaga si Anika! Ang galing ni Faye magisip ng gifts. Yan ang wala akong ka-talent talent talaga.
The buffet costs almost 1k each.
Hindi okay dun, mga bakla. Hindi ako natuwa sa food. Ang konti ng choices. Hindi ganun ka-fantastic. At almost 1k per head, I was expecting more. Hindi biro yung price na yun ha. Sana sa iba na lang kami. Sayang eh.
Also, ang lousy nung birthday eklaver nila for Anika. Wala din singers. Nakaleave daw lahat kasi holiday.
I was disappointed. Nagexpect kasi yung bata.
Buti na lang the company was great so we all had fun, nevertheless. Buti din sa California Maki lang, masaya na si Anika. Nakadami siya dun.
When we got home, she started opening presents. There were so many unicorn and art stuff from her friends! I love it that her friends knew what she likes. Alvin gave her a wireless earphones as per her request. Wowa got her a Smiggle bag. Lolo Papa asked Faye to have the shirts he got Anika printed too! Her Lola Lydia got her cute balloons and a huge unicorn stuffed toy.
Thank you so much for making our little girl happy on her birthday. Thank you for all the birthday greetings too! She appreciates them all!
Cheers to Anika’s 9th birthday! It’s my 9th year as a mom as well and ang dami kong learnings.
But that deserves a separate blog post =)