Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Holiday Cheers

Happy Holidays, everyone!  

Seems like it was just yesterday when we put up our tree and started to put trimmings

The busyness that comes with the season has me caught up in a whirlwind of activities.  Last you heard from me, I was caught up in the hustle of the kids' exam week.  Right after that ended, I found myself caught up in another frenzy as I prepared Christmas gifts... 
Like last year, a lot of my gifts are handmade - either made from my kitchen or designed from my workstation.  

My kitchen has been a battleground of spices and enticing aromas as I whip up batches of goodies that are delivered to friends.
I know buying things is the fastest and most practical way to deal with gift lists, but if you want to create a special experience for someone, then hand-made is the way to go!  Most everyone I know can buy anything that they want, so it brings me a wondrous sense of contentment when the recipients of my gifts call or send me messages of how much they appreciate the thought, time and care I have put into making the gifts.   
Then the headache-inducing task of packing for my family and planning the trip itinerary for a week-long sojourn to Singapore.
Will share with you the highlights of our Singapore trip in another post; in the meanwhile, I have to end this post as I prepare for our family's dinner for New Year's Eve. Let me leave you with one of my favorite verses from the Bible:  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

Happiest 2012... from my family to yours!

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Mom-Friday said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR TINA! I'm sure you had a grand time at SG! Can't wait to read your posts on that trip :)

jen laceda said...

Hi Tina,
Glad you're back blogging! I was missing you terribly! LOL! Can't wait to read all about your Singapore vacation. Too bad Meng was in Manila when you guys headed there...!

Anyway, I totally agree with you. Homemade gifts made with love and care are the best! I think I would appreciate that more than anything. I, too, gave handmade / homemade gifts this year, although it turned out to be a daunting task for me since I am near the final stages of my pregnancy. It was tough to be in the kitchen with my swollen (and clumsy) hands and feet + bulging belly + back pain. Torture! But I pushed through and managed to pack some gifts for people, but perhaps not as many as you did, like I saw on the post! Wow! You'll see in my future post on Xmas gifts that I didn't do half as much as you probably did! Wow, you are super woman and super mom AND super friend! So what kind of goodies did you pack as gifts, I'm very curious.

Happy 2012 to you and your family, too!!!

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