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Less than a month from now, our not-so-little Little Zoie is going to celebrate her 7th birthday. I don’t know about you but, I don’t want to get into the hype of celebrating a kid’s party which seemed to be a debut birthday celebration, the 18th birthday for teens with dances and flowers and all.  So far, I’ve been attending party such as those and I think that it is not practical for us to spend that much money because a simple party with fun games and welcomed visitors can already create a special memory to a child.  Now, I’m planning, frugally, a Sofia the First themed 7th birthday party to my daughter, Zoie.

I’ve been listing down party ideas I compiled from Pinterest, the invitations, possible decors and party favors. I have seen collector’s series of Sofia the First dolls which are very expensive.  I listed down menu that we will serve for the kids.

I am still brainstorming for the 2-layer chocolate cake I would like to make for my little girl.  I might not be too grandeur with the whole party and all, but I am definitely making a statement through my Sofia the First cake.  Well, let’s just see about that, I pretty hope that I can deliver.

As of the moment, I am asking my sisters-in-law and Zoie’s godmothers if they can sponsor or contribute something for the party.  By the way, the party is going to be held at Zoie’s school.  See, I don’t need to spend anything for the venue.


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School resume last Tuesday from their Christmas vacation and honestly, I am already waiting for the reviewer for 3rd quarter exams to be handed out.  A ‘KJ’ mom I am, right?  Lols!

I just wanted my grader to be prep and ready for the coming examination because we did not get a satisfactory marks from the previous quarter.  We have to get those grades up before the school year ends and, also teach Zoie on keeping her focus because she’s been distracted when it comes to school work.  Her 100% attention is not there anymore and her grades are suffering because of this.

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Now, we have to start reviewing and target catching up with her grades.

Go, Zoie!


Yes, you read the post right, she did her first water sports/activity last Christmas, Dec 25 – 26 and she was very ecstatic about her 2-day beach experience.  She cannot remember the beach experience she had when she was 2 years then, now, hopefully this experience she will get to go back to and tell stories about this to her friends.

Just like the mommy, we get to experience our ‘first time’.  First time in snorkeling, first time in banana boat ride and first time to ride a motor boat.  Let me show you how the little girl had fun during her Christmas day beach holiday.

PS. Grabbed some photos in my personal blog.  Review about the Sigayan Bay beach is in my site too. Thanks!

Day 1: Touchdown at Laiya, Batangas at 2:00pm. Ready for check-in.

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The next few hours of the stay was just playing in the water in the shore line.  Then after a couple of hours simply enjoying the sand, snorkeling activity was up.

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After this fun water activity, the little girl can’t stop describing all the fishes that she saw.  She said she saw ‘Dory’ the blue and black fish from the Disney movie ‘Finding Nemo’.  She also found a white and black stripes fish, sorry guys I don’t know the name.

Day 2:  Early morning walking on the beach, then breakfast.  Walking in the beach again for the little girl, tagging along her titas with a little swimming.  At around 10 am, we were waiting for our banana boat ride.

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Christmas Beach 08Strapped in our vests.

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The next activity was the ‘Flying Fish’ ride.  I haven’t experienced nor seen this activity because I have to take little Matti back to the room to rest.  It was raining and he fell asleep during his ride in the speed boat as it tagged along our banana boat.  But during this activity, Zoie got to ride the boat along with her grandma.

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This was just an overnight stay, so like any other overnight stay, we need to check out at 12 noon, but they let us extend until 2pm since nobody is checking in yet.  So, after these activities we needed to pack away our stuff while Zoie still keeps saying she still wants to go back snorkeling.  Daddy had to talk to her to coming back again and do snorkeling next time.

So, till next time Sigayan Bay Beach, we really had a fun stay!