I had the honour and pleasure of hosting to the most benevolent and hardworking:) overnight guests...my angel BFF, ate Cecile, and her own angel BFF, ate Pinky, together with ate Cecile's darling kids, Timothy and Krystn.
They arrived Friday night, and though tired from the drive and the long day at work, they stayed up until the dead of night allowing me to catch up on everything and anything I've missed...and boy how I've missed them...it was a blissful "catch up" time. And oh did I mention the 'pasalubongs'? (def: arrival presents)...my favorite...lots of delightful chocolates!...and a very special gift from ate Ms. Pinky...an "Imeldific" pair of earrings with pearl and diamonds. (contrary to the internet's tasteless definition of the term "Imeldific", it is a term we use for something so beautiful, elegant, and terrific as the Mrs. Imelda Marcos, who happens to be a personal close friend of Ms. Pinky's mom. What are the gifts for, you wonder? any occassion? nope. This is just the kind of person ate Pinky and ate Cecile are...extremely thoughtful and giving..."Imeldific"! Anyway, this "imeldific" pair of earrings is indeed a precious gift I will treasure forever. Thank you ate Pinky.
Here's a photo of the "imeldific" room I prepared for them (if I should say so myself:)
Isabella is just as delighted to spend time with her own BFF, Krystn. They stayed up way past the dead of night and woke up just past the wee hours to surprise us with a home made breakfast. Bless their sweet little hearts...they prepared muffins from scratch (they googled a recipe and cleverly asked their tita Pinky how to preheat an oven for Isabella's supposed cooking class homework. ingenious eh? and imeldific in their own right). They also prepared one of ate Cecile's fave breakfast food, spam. (the mess was all worth it!). Even Timothy took on the role of a very charming waiter (talk about putting guests to work:)). I read somewhere that it's ok to have guests help out so they feel more comfortable,...but loading and unloading the dishwasher? especially guests who aren't really used to doing that sort of stuff?...well, my own guest beat me to it...my mom said I was too slow...what can I say...we live and learn...(next time ate Cecile I'm tying you to the chair!:)
After breakfast, ate Cecile went to work some more taking photos for my son's senior portraiture. This is such a priviledge for us. In case you don't know, ate Cecile is a sought after photographer...how lucky are we!
After the photo shoot, we were off for some shopping fun while the kids stayed home for their own bonding time. Then the kids hit the beach while the three of us (dubbed "Charlie's Angels" by ate Pinky), hit a restaurant by the beach for a birthday lunch for dearest ate Cecile...her treat...she beat me to it...again! (no wonder she wanted to guard my purse from the moment we entered the restaurant...it's like dejavu...similar thing happened a couple of years ago...she's too clever and too fast for me.)
It was time to say goodbye shortly after, but not before more last minute bonding time over ate Cecile's delish homemade chicken pot pie (yet another "imeldific" gesture). The kids enjoyed it most especially my big boys:)
What a blessed time...I am simply grateful.