Christmas flew just by but the memories one occasion makes will stay forever. That is why I blog in the first place, to record special memoirs of our family life.
The girls (and us) opened our presents on Christmas Eve. Lia was delighted with her little bike. Ashrie was surprised because the ones she thought were dummy or decorative presents were actually presents for her. And both Jane and I, who for the longest time were saying that we will not buy gifts each other, actually have surprises too!
Two days after, it's the Year-End Party at the casa where we've prepared a simple dinner party for friends. This has been the third year we are hosting this event.
We agreed to wear the same color that night and all showed up in various shades of green. Dressing up in one color was both fun and interesting and it set the mood for the party.
The girls, Ashrie and Lia donned neon green clothes while Jane and I wore the darkest shades of the color. We were able to take a few snaps before our guests arrive.
For the table, we've decided that it'll be a buffet setup this year. I made use of my newly bought dinnerware, propped in some fresh branches, pine cones, and bamboo mats. We opted for a no-disposable tableware. All in all, it was very casual but still stylish.
Here's our menu:
After dinner, we had a small gift exchange. One that is prepared ahead of time and we had a Secret Santa. The funny thing is, because the adults were just six, we kinda guessed each other's giftee even before the event. But it was sure fun. We did an online draw app weeks before and Jane was actually assigned to be my Santa.
And guess who had a blast? the kiddos of course. Ashrie, Lia and Danah had an awesome time playing. They did a lot in such a short time. They open gifts, play with the gifts, do Play-Doh, read, and color. They also ran and jumped as though they have a quota to finish before the year ends.
Like what we will do in a few days time as this is the last week of 2015. This year has been very challenging for us and we are grateful to God for everything. We hope and pray that 2016 will be a better year for all of us.
See you in 2016!