When Ria showed me her art project, I was wowed. I don't have the gift of drawing/ painting so you can imagine how proud I am right now of our girl. I actually have two siblings who are so gifted with arts and I am grateful that Ria has that talent in her genes!
Shhh! The artist at work.
That paper on top is the original drawing she printed from the internet. The bigger picture below is Ria's artwork.
Ladies and gentlemen, the masterpiece!
Ria said she is going to have this framed and at the end of the school year, they are going to have an art gallery in school. Their artworks are going to be displayed on walls for other parents and children to see. She even said that the paintings are for sale, and they'd get to keep the money.
When she asked me if I'd buy this piece for P 500, I said "yes" without thinking twice. "I'd even gladly buy it for a thousand, dear!" I told her.
She beamed. "I am so proud of myself," she said.
"Honey, you don't have the slightest idea how proud I am of you," I replied.
That made her day-- and mine, too.
A couple of months ago I have blogged about Ria joining a regional Expressive reading competition. If you know our Ria, you would know how shy and soft spoken she is. She talks a lot with us and with her closest friends, but it's almost impossible for her to be standing onstage with a huge crowd listening to her.
I told her that she does not have to say yes to her teacher just because she is obliged. She had to decide on her own and with that, she needed to get rid of her stage fright and shyness. Well, she insisted that she could do it and she will try her best. We were delighted with her decision but the honest truth is that I guess I was more nervous than her when she was finally standing infront of the crowd last Tuesday.
Results would be out tomorrow and I am so nervous right now! But of course, we told her that whether she wins or losses, the fact that she did her best, she had fun in front and she had a wonderful experience was more than enough reason to celebrate.
Ria, to us, you are already a winner! Good job there, girl!
Inasmuch as we wanted to give her a proper 12th birthday party, Ria' big day happened to be our travel day from Makati to Cavite last Saturday. Although we already went to Star City two days before her birthday, I still wanted her to remember how special it was to blow a cake or have balloons so I asked a friend in Cavite, Des, to buy a cake for us.
But it turned out that Des did not want to surprise just Ria but all of us-- we were expecting to stay in a room at the church but she and two other friends decided to book a hotel room for us for one night!
Surprise! Balloons, a birthday poster, a cake and some goodies awaited us in our hotel room!
Our 12-year old princess wearing her tiara
The cake-- they thought her name was Rai. :)
Our latest family photo!
With Des and Abhie. Thank you for the surprise, ladies!
With Sandre, Joey's former student who gladly drove us to Cavite
It was indeed a memorable birthday for Ria. She is a growing girl, a true gift and we are so blessed to have her. It was a day of thanksgiving for us-- for the gift of life, for our kids and yes, for friends who are also our family wherever we are.
Happy 12th Birthday, Ria. Love you to the moon and back!