a yuletide message

And so another year passes; a very full year with lots of ups and very few downs. A year of blessings and laughter. A year of love and life.

Angelo, one year and five months old now, is growing up to be a mischievous and healthy little boy, bringing so much joy and a few headaches into our lives. Mommy Day and Abuelita regale us with stories on the little boy’s antics every single day. Mama Rosan and Papa Marno dote on him and play surrogate “yayas” when they come over on Sundays. Daddy Tony makes time to visit his first grandchild and has lots of fun playing with Angelo.

We have been busy this past month preparing for our company’s annual Christmas party themed “Christmas in Paris.” Being part of the committee, we had to plan the layout and design of the area as well as do the decorating ourselves, which definitely took a lot of work. Toni almost single-handedly recreated the Eiffel Tower out of Styrofoam, with the help of Mama Rosan and her AutoCAD plotter. Thanks to Papa Marno and his 6-wheeler truck, we were able to transport all our decorations and materials to our party venue.

Allison was promoted to the Training Department last August and she has been handling back-to-back training classes, which she doesn’t mind doing at all. Toni will hopefully be graduating in March of 2008 and will start working for an Architectural firm within next year.

Our Christmas Wish is this… that we find time to sit back and thank the Lord for the blessings that we have received this year, and be optimistic for more blessings that 2008 will bring.

Happy Holidays!!!

May You and Your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

With love and prayers,
The Corteses

final dose:
our 2007 Christmas card.


reason to believe

And it's been a long december and there's reason to believe
Maybe this year will be better than the last
I can't remember all the times I tried to tell myself
To hold on to these moments as they pass

No matter how many times you may consider it cliche -- 'tis the season to be jolly. (tralalala..lalala..♪)

Filipinos, they say, are known to celebrate the longest Christmas season compared to other races in the world. Even if it is yet to be proven, we have long been boasting of that undisputed statement. Innate in most pinoys is probably the happy disposition. No matter how terrible one's predicament is, there is always room for us to show gladness.

Despite the circumstances, through the ups and downs that we went through this year - here's hoping that this merry month of December will be a good finale for the Corteses for the year two thousand and seven.
It's the first week on the last month of the year, and we still have a long way to go. For the parties that we need to attend, as well as the parties that we need to organize and decorate for, this will be a long December, but definitely in high hopes not to be a cold month.

Talked a little while about the year
I guess the winter makes you laugh a little slower
It's been so long since I've seen the ocean...
I guess I should

final dose:
pictures are from last year's holiday season