Candice’s 7th Birthday

Yes, indeedy. Candice is now 7 years old! We had a pool party last Sunday (October 19th) with a few friends and relatives. We rented a village club house in Dasmarinas, Cavite. It has a kiddie pool, an adult pool, a playground and a lovely landscape — definitely the best place to hold a swimming party. Candice had so much fun posing for photos and playing with her sister, cousin and some PAREF kids. She got wonderful gifts, too!

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I managed to take only a handful of photos because I got too busy serving guests and something went wrong with my camera’s settings. I will have to snatch photos from my brother’s files and share them with family and friends next time.

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I’m glad we’re done with the celebration. I realize it isn’t that easy to plan a party when it’s just mostly you and the hubby doing the legwork and all. I’m thankful the event went well and people came to celebrate with us! Thanks to those who helped us in some way and to those who sent/posted their greetings through Facebook and Instagram. You’re all so very awesome! :o)

Playing Christmas Songs On The Piano

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Early this month I bought a Christmas book that contains Nativity stories and Christmas songs with music sheets. Absolutely divine! Not to mention that I got this beautiful book at P50 off from National Bookstore.

I’ve played most of the pieces on the piano already. The arrangements are fairly easy. If you’ve gone through Grade 1 in piano, this will be a breeze for you. (I stopped lessons at Grade 4, and I’m worried that my long gone piano professor might appear in my dreams and tell me to get more difficult pieces. Har har.) Anyway, I hope to find the time to modify them a bit. My husband prefers to just go with the chords listed. He can play most pieces on piano and guitar. But our guitar croaked and broke months ago and we can’t afford to shop now for new instruments and accessories. So he makes do with my Papa’s Wittemberg, which is really one of the most awesome pianos we’ve ever played on.

Hopefully on Christmas Eve, we’ll all be gathered by the piano and singing beautiful songs about Jesus’s birth. It’s a tradition of my family’s that I wish to relive in my own household. Candice can already play a portion of “Jingle Bells” on the piano and she’s determined to complete it in time for Christmas.

The Only Exception

I’ve been singing Paramore’s “The Only Exception” for like two weeks already! I love sad songs, especially those that tell of unrequited love. This Paramore song, however, is an exception. It’s one of my “she’s come undone” songs. (You might get what I mean if you’ve read Wally Lamb’s novel.)

What makes the song even more special is my memory of Candice and Stella singing it sometime in 2011. I captured it on video and watched it again just two weeks ago and so the song and the beautiful memories got stuck in my head. Candice was around 3 when I recorded her singing the song using Stella’s nasal aspirator as mic. (It’s so cute and funny. It also reminds me that we need to get a real dynamic mic or something.) Stella was probably about 7 months at that time and was already trying to sing the same song using the aspirator too.

We’ve got many videos of the girls singing different songs. I’ll have to find the time to put everything in another storage device. Or perhaps ask my husband to do it.

Watercolor Study: Two Sunflowers

Quickest week ever. I think I spent much of it at home. Found ample time to make art and studies. Here’s one that I worked on and finished midweek. I made the sketch last month and began rendering the colors maybe two or three weeks ago. I used various mediums for detail and texture: watercolor (Prang), watercolor pencils (Faber-Castell), Inktense blocks (Derwent), Inktense pencils (Derwent), and colored pencils (Prismacolor Premier). <3 All for now! - Connie

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