oh Christmas day

So blessed and happy to call this my family. This Christmas was one to remember...
tights, gift from my mom
Louboutin heels, similar, here is something similar on KSNY
YSL evening bag, here in bright pink

After staying at home, opening presents in the morning and then more in the afternoon with my mom and N, we  went to my Auntie J's big 5-0 party. It was a great reason to dress up, put on my dark lipstick and fancy heels.

Hubs danced with his aunt. He participated in several games. Bastian and the other kids danced with us. They are true Delima's.
The girls' dresses were from last year's After Christmas blowout sale at Carter's. Derrick wanted the boys to wear their vest and nice pants, just like for Christmas Eve. I wanted to give the boys a break. They actually ended up taking off their sweaters because they got too hot after dancing and playing.  

you can barely see my earrings. Thanks mom for these Christmas presents! They were purple! It's like she knew I was planning on wearing this nonmaternity dress. It's flowy so it's perfect to subtly show off or even "hide" that bump.

 more glitter pumps below:


^In true Bastian fashion, he won't want to take a photo with his family.
Happy Christmas week, dear friends.

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happy Christmas eve

Lanvin, lambskin wallet on chain

20 week bump
cardigan, Kohl's juniors, mine just sold out, similar
tights, target girls, for younger girls here
booties, mine is sold out, similar here
I am not procrastinating. Not at all.
Santa apparently wants freshly-baked cookies (really, hubs, really?) I was just going to unwrap a few cookies given to us by my sis-in-law. Leave them by the fireplace with a glass of milk. But our Santa is very picky.

So instead of doing that and a million other things, I thought why not share two outfits from this week's work outfits.
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christmas party inspiration


similar necklaces below:


Dress, Macy's, 2 seasons past
Alexander McQueen, heroine limited edition bag
booties, Circus by Sam Edelman, this one in browm
This is an outfit already posted on instagram. I got this red sweater dress from 2 seasons ago -- to wear it for our Christmas Party at work. I paired it with a faux fur vest.  I wore it again (not for Christmas party) but for hubs' work dinner.
It's still a good outfit for holiday gatherings. Here's more red sweater dresses on Macy's that are currently available. Since mine is old. 


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4th Sunday of Advent and Caroling with Santa

Jeans, topshop
boots, Hunter
Louis Vuitton, vernis leather, preloved
Christmas socks (not shown)

Happy fourth Sunday of Advent from the crew.
Before the temps dropped to the teens, we went to a breakfast with Santa event that benefitted a local little league. The children had fun. There was even caroling with Santa. This Santa knows how to play the guitar!
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adventing {sqt}

I know that adventing is not a proper word, but we have been "adventing" here.

1. Did you see our snaps when the children made their advent frieze (thanks Magnifikids for the instructions!). I was behind on it, just like lots of things. We did the 1st, 2nd and 3rd week of advent project all in one night.

Since then, they have been asking to finish the frieze. Let's wait for the 4th Sunday of advent, kids.

2. Again late, but we blessed our Christmas tree. We received a book of prayers for children and families when Daniel had his prep for First Reconciliation and First Communion. There's a prayer for blessing the Christmas tree there. Do you guys bless your trees?

3. We don't have an advent wreath.. SHOCKER! why!
When we were at church on Sunday, I was explaining the rose candle and Gaudete Sunday. My son asked: where are the candles at home? (insert monkey covering its eyes emoji here).

4. Why are holiday parties before the holidays? I am ok with the party but in terms of presents, maybe we are best at waiting until Christmas or the octave of Christmas before opening the presents?  I understand that not everybody can celebrate Christmas on Christmas Day at home, with relatives and with friends and coworkers so we just have to spread out the cheer... Even though the parties are during advent.

I wrapped 3 gifts for the white elephant exchange gift at my work party. The theme was "garage sale." Don't buy anything new. Just something from the house that you'd like to give away. Bastian got these pearls. (funny!)
Nobody wanted to steal those pearls from him.

5. Christmas Novena. We are nearing the last few days of advent. One special Filipino tradition that I miss is the Christmas Novena or Simbang Gabi. Catholics go to Mass early in the morning for 9 days before Christmas.

6. I love our advent calendar from PB kids. Thanks, Uncle B!
My only review is that the pockets are very tight. Our sock baby Jesus from this project could not fit. We used our baby Jesus from our Nativity set for kids. I guess, we could have used candy canes or a cross or something (what do you use?) but it helps reminding the children that Christmas is about Jesus. They enjoy moving Jesus from one pocket to the next.

7.  A view of the children all clustered around their papa. I was working on Christmas cards and they were watching TV before bed.

We have been getting questions: are you guys moving? You will have 5 kids soon? Do you have enough rooms?

We may only have 3 bedrooms but our children are always with us in the family room. The sunroom during winter and living room feel left out.

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