During last year’s Halloween, we thought baby NJ was still too young to appreciate the event so we didn’t bother to introduce it to her. This year, though, was different. Her Tita Ninang Jodie bought some candies and chocolates and got her a Disney princess costume on Shopee. So, we agreed to dress her up for Halloween and let her experience trick-or-treating for the first time.
Last weekend was special because the hubby and I, along with my sister Nyam, got to celebrate our birthdays together. It was purely family, of course, because we were still under MECQ in Bacoor. For our convenience, we just had cakes and some dishes ordered, except for the lasagna that my sister Jodie took the time and effort to make for us (thanks again, sestra!).
Our baby NJ is now the official candle blower in the family. Whenever we buy a cake either for a birthday or some other occasion, we make sure to include a candle or two for her to blow. The excitement on her face whenever she blows those candles is priceless!
Many people believe the pandemic has unleashed the spendthrift in us. I’m one of them. The savings I thought I would accumulate because of the past lockdowns and the work from home (WFH) setup I enjoyed (and continue to enjoy at present) didn’t materialize. Why? Because I spent a lot on food deliveries and online shopping. I dunno with you but I found it too easy to burn cash while stuck at home overthinking about the COVID-19 situation and its implications to my and my family’s future.
But hey, I’m not here to regret my purchases or berate myself for my lack of financial discipline because truth be told, surviving the pandemic with our sanity intact and without having to worry if we could eat 3x a day is a huge blessing in itself. And because we have recently won the fight against COVID-19 as a family in God’s grace and without incurring any medical debts, this financial boo-boo (if you can call it that) is easy to overlook, and for good reason.
Last weekend was a time of joy for our family. It was actually a back-to-back celebration: my parents-in-law’s golden wedding anniversary and Mame’s 67th birthday. So, we had special family lunch on Saturday and on Sunday. Both lunches even got extended to dinner because there were still leftover food to be shared.
Last weekend was short but sweet. On Saturday, the hubby and I took baby NJ to her pedia for her anti-pneumonia and anti-flu shots. When we got home, we left her to her grandparents’ care and went out again to finish some errands.
I will never forget the month of April this year because it was the time the dreaded COVID-19 hit home. First, it was my MIL, then my husband, then me, and lastly, my FIL. Even my side of the family wasn’t spared as my brother and my two sisters had it as well. The silver lining in this unexpected ordeal? Our baby NJ didn’t have it and we — the COVID patients — all survived!