Another year, another memorable Christmas reunion party for the Bayot family. It was especially memorable this time around for a number of reasons. First, because my Aunt and Uncle from San Francisco are on vacation here. Second, because Bella is celebrating her first Christmas. And third, because we are joined by Frenjick, my brother's partner, for the first time. Indeed, our family is growing! Oh, have I mentioned that my sister is now 4 months pregnant with her second baby? Yes, there will be a new addition next year...and I can't wait!
I hope you won't mind that I will be posting many photos here today. It's just that...in such a memorable day like that with family and loved ones, one cannot help but take plenty of pictures to capture the moment. You just can't.
Once again, I will let the photos do the "talking". I thank you also for taking the time to view them.
May the spirit of Christmas be always with you and yours throughout the New Year! Godspeed everyone!
Maia playing with cousin Ram | My merry Dad Ver
My cousins Kati and Gay, Tita Arlyn and Tita Didi, my mom May, yours truly |
Hubby Cupid and his Goddaughter Bella
My niece Ilka, little nephews Sonny, Ram, and Dax, with dad and Uncle Ernie |
My parents, me, Maia and Cupid
Tita Didi playing with Maia | Gotcha Gay! (We sure envy your camera)
Frenjick and my brother Marc | Hubby supervising the girls: Bella, Maia, and Andie
Brothers Jeth and Sonny playing with Tita Jaja's iPad |
Maia being playful and coy
Maia being playful and coy
Cupid with his posse - Sonny and Dax | My beautiful niece Bella and her gorgeous mom Pia
Ilka singing and playing with the guitar | Maia is Ilka's No. 1 Fan! :)
My nephew Tor getting in on the act | ... and so are Andie and Lolo Ver
Mommy playing the piano | Daddy singing along
Maia wants to play the piano too! Seen here first with her Yaya Ann... and then with her daddy next.
My cousin Gay facilitated the parlor games that day. One for the kids...
...and another one for the "angels of our households" :)
Time to say grace and bless the food. We had Christmas Ham, Pesto Bread and different kinds of spreads
Chicken Galantina (c/o the Dela Cruzes) | Lengua Estofado (c/o Frenjick's mom)
Barbecued Cheese Hotdogs | 2-Kinds Steamed Fish (c/o Gay and Badot)
Pancit Molo | Adobong Antipolo (c/o us, the Sorianos)
A picture of us, fattening ourselves some more :)
Silly us...we forgot to take a photo of Tita Arlyn's Spaghetti, Ilka's homemade Tiramisu, Ivy's Salad Bar, the Tobiases Shrimp Stir-fried in butter, garlic and chili sauce, the Bangus relleno, steamed and fried rice, and John Dee's Elar's Lechon!
A photo of all the gifts under the Christmas tree (Santa got really busy this year!)
We want gifts! We want gifts!
(1st row - The Kids and Uncle Ernie | 2nd row - The Bayot sisters and The Orpillas |
3rd row - The Bustamantes and The Tobiases | last row - The Sorianos)
Everyone was waiting for the gift-giving to start | "It's gift-giving time!" says Gay and Jeth.
You hear laughter, cheers and "Thank You!" as each name is shouted out and gifts are handed out to their recipients
Gay was wondering why this gift was "peeking out" through its wrapper... |
... and the Bayot sisters laugh! :)
Bella loved her gift! | ... and so did her Lola Arlyn
There were just so many gifts that Kati decided to help in announcing the names and in handing gifts out |
Then Marc started handing out money-envelopes and gift certificates!
Ram checking out his gift of Magic Books from Tito Cupid and me |
My niece Andie holding on to her gift from Lolo Ver and La Mimi
Bella was busy discovering her Godfather Cupid's rosary bracelet |
My sister Jaja doting over her daughter Andie
Is something funny, Maia? | Picture of pure joy :)
Cousins Andie and Maia playing
Bustamante teens Ikee and Jeth | Bustamante boys Sonny, Dax, and Ram with mom Pia
The Bayot sisters...so happy together! :)
Jeth Bustamante...The Philippines' Next Top Model??? :-)
Me, Cupid, and Dax...tired but happy | Partners in crime...Tor and Andie
Smokers Union...Kati, Frenjick, and Marc | Our hosts, my cousin Ivy and her hubby Van |
My cousin John Dee, his wife Pia, and their unica hija Bella
Merry Christmas from the Bayot clan!
If you have time, you can read my other blog posts of past Christmas celebrations:
Christmas 2006 (Bayot Clan)
Christmas 2007 (Bayot Clan)
Bayot Christmas 2008
Bayot Christmas Reunion 2009
How about you? How was your Christmas celebration like?