Last January 30, a Thursday, I commuted alone to BGC where Nuffnang’s office is, to get the invite for Johnson’s Baby Play Factory event. I actually didn’t want to go because I was buried with design projects but decided to anyway, thinking I could use a break after almost two weeks straight of being stuck at home. I left the house at 11:30am with plans to have nice, unhurried and uninterrupted lunch by myself then try Cold Stone, spend an hour lounging in Fully Booked, go window shopping, maybe spend the afternoon at The Spa and be home by at least 7pm. Just a blissful day out for me, a break from round the clock breastfeeding and a chance for my achy muscles to be relieved.
Well, this is what happened. I got in BGC at almost 12:30 and had to walk quickly to Fully Booked to avoid getting drenched by the rain. I browsed around the Arts section, waiting for the rain to stop. Time seemed to move so slowly. I had my plans but all I could think about is how I wish Bryce was here with me in the bookstore, and my husband here to have lunch with me. I was itching to go home, worrying about Kenya because she goes on a hunger strike whenever I am out. So by 1:30, I picked up the package and headed to Conti’s for lunch.
This was supposed to be my day of solitude which was a must for me (well, at least before I had kids.) It hit me then that I have changed. When I was younger, I used to enjoy my time alone. This was when I can really relax and think. I actually preferred being by myself than being with people. But having a family can really change a person. I no longer wish to detach myself to people but rather attach myself to my kids and husband. I don’t need to take a break from them because living with them is not tiring at all. Taking care of them is not a chore but something that gives me joy and fulfillment. Seeing them smile and hearing them laugh are enough to recharge me. So right after finishing my lunch, I went home yearning to be back to my family… Cheesy, I know, but I guess, one changes when she becomes a mother.
The event was on Saturday, February 1 at Active Fun. We came a bit late and the program has already started. Actually, Cha Cha had almost finished her awesome rendition of “Let It Go” from Frozen. But at least we were in time for the snack (hehe!) which consisted of spaghetti, chicken lollipop, brownies (yum!) and flavored popcorn!
All invited kids were given complimentary 1-hour pass at Active Fun. Although Kenya had a pass, it was only Bryce and Daddy who got in. I just waited while Kenya took her afternoon nap. So, no evidence of me being in the event. I am always the photographer who never get in the pictures.
At least, Bryce had a lot of fun and thanks to Johnson’s and Nuffnang for inviting us to this wonderful event.
Johnson’s shares some ideas on how you can make powder time into fun play time. It’s also a chance for moms and kids to bond with each other, using powder creatively. Watch the video below for ideas.