Pre-Holiday Show jitters
The third of December week was really stressful for me: I was making Raviv’s DIY owl costume, buying gifts, supervising our new marketing manager, and preparing for Raviv’s birthday celebration at school on the 21st (DIY too!).
The day before the Holiday Show I tried to finish Raviv’s owl wings (it was a last minute addition). At eto, that night Raviv slept at 11:30 p.m.! I had to keep my eyes on him and follow him around that night. Grabe para talagang ipu-ipo! I couldn’t sew with him awake because I didn’t dare leave a pair of scissors lying around. I was able to finish at 2 a.m. na talaga. And then I woke up at 5 a.m. to bake cookies for the potluck and to make the necessary alterations to Raviv’s outfit! And boooy, were there so many alterations! It was almost 9 a.m. and I was still sewing the owl eyes on Raviv’s bonnet. Nanginginig na ang kamay ko sa kakamadali! Raviv was supposed to be at school at 9 a.m. because he and his classmates were to practice their chicken dance; we parents were supposed to be there before 10. Randy and I even argued whether Raviv should wear his owl costume already (Randy’s side) or wear something else first (my side–malay mo magpupu siya or marumihan ang obra ko diba?). So we had Yaya Margie come with him to school (it was Yaya Isay’s day off) and if his classmates were already in their respective costumes, Yaya Margie will just change his attire. Dodong drove them off to school because there was a Miami Heat game on TV. Alam n’yo naman ang addiction ni Randy sa Miami na ‘yan di ba? Little did we know that Yaya Isay came with Yaya Margie and that the two were planning to stay there to cheer for their ward!
The epic Chicken Dance
When Randy and I arrived at Raviv’s school at 10, naku ‘asa stage na ang mga bata! The kids’ chicken dance was to about to start!!! I ran out and screamed at Randy to hurry (who was then looking for a parking slot).
So what did the cute kids of Rainbow do???
As in wala. Hehehe. Wala halos sumayaw na bata while todo sa pagko-coach ng chicken dance. The kids were just standing there, making a few movements. But of course, we parents were still proud! Talo pa ang parade of stars sa red carpet because of the paparazzo parents!
If you notice, the kids were wearing a chicken hat…so natanggal ang bonnet ni Raviv with the owl eyes! Eh alam n’yo naman na opposite of owl eyes ang mata ni Raviv ‘di ba? But because Raviv’s Nanay is a girl scout, I just had him wear the the sunglasses I bought days ago–bilog na bilog ang lenses and frame! So voila: owl eyes pa rin! Am I brilliant or am I very brilliant? And Raviv seemed to like wearing it so much!
He loved wearing it so much that when it fell to his mouth he kept on sticking out his tongue and using his tongue to put back the sunnies to his eyes! He was so anal about doing it that he no longer danced–concentrate lang talaga sa pagbalik ng sunnies! Hayst!
Anyway, after the presentation of the older kids followed and Raviv’s class sat near the stage. Of course I rushed to Raviv to put his bonnet back on. Hihihi.
Make your momma proud!
Aaaand I have this proud momma moment: After the older kids’ presentation and after a slide showing, the kids were presented with a hard copy of their class pictures (which were put on a really nice frame). The head of Rainbow School told the kids to get in front to get their pictures and guess what!!! What? The kids whose names were called first did not get in front; they had their parents do it or they had to be accompanied by their parents. But when it was Raviv’s turn, I simply nudged him and whispered, “Get in front baby.” And he did–alone. Everyone was clapping, and I was beaming. After Raviv the other kids followed suit and were no longer shy to walk up front. O di ba trendsetter si Raviv?
After the program came what Yaya Isay and Yaya Margie were looking forward to: the buffet meriendacena.
Randy: Hala naku tayo ang pinakamarami! Apat tayo!
Yaya Isay: Ok lang ‘yun Sir. S’yempre proud kami kay Binggol (my new nickname for Raviv)…at saka sayang naman ‘yung mga pagkain sobrang dami.
I love potluck! Parang fiesta!
Nanay Dew, ikaw na ang marunong mag-bake!
While we were eating, I was surreptitiously going back to the table to check whether people were getting my cookies. On my second return, I heaved a sigh of relief kasi marami nang nabawas.
Randy, returning to our seat from the buffet table: Mukhang may laban ‘yung gawa mo ah.
Me: Bakit may best in costume award ba (I thought he was referring to the owl costume I made)?
Randy: Hindi! ‘Yung cookies mo. Mukhang masarap. Parang Mrs. Fields ang ichura.
Aaaaaand, I saw several kids eating my cookies heartily. Of course sumaya ako and I decided to take pictures of them.
When I returned to the buffet table after I took photos of the kids I saw that my container was already empty! The people actually ate the cookies I made! 🙂 🙂 🙂
(I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Raviv’s Ninang Light Manuel for the snickerdoodles recipe! Thank you Light for this recipe, and the leche flan and the chocolate cookies recipes!)
The Philippines’ Next Bree Van De Kamp?
When I DIY, I honestly don’t save money. I may even be spending more because modesty aside, mahal ang hourly rate ko sa classroom at sa office. I also know that if I had someone else do Raviv’s owl costume it might have looked a lot better; or if I just bought or ordered my cookies they might have tasted much better. But Raviv brings out another side of me that I thought would never exist: the Dewmaine who’d rather sew than shop; the Dewmaine who’d sleep late and wake up early to bake; and the Dewmaine who can’t get over the fact that her son went in front to get his framed photos. And you know what? This is probably the best side of me: shallow and blissfully happy. 🙂
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