Second Birthday Candle

“Never miss her birthday. In ten years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you weren’t there.” –50 Rules for Dads of Daughters by Life To Her Years

My daughter N already turned 2 last July 4th. This year, my husband and I decided not to throw a party for her and save it for next year. We’ve agreed to manage our finances strictly since we need to save up for N’s schooling, perhaps when she turns 3.

We started our day early by going to my husband’s workplace in Taguig City to get a dependent’s ID for my daughter, and to renew mine that is expiring in a couple of months. After a long tiring day, we decided to get ourselves a nice dinner, and a birthday cake for our little girl. We ended up at Conti’s Pastry Shop and Restaurant in Katipunan Road, C5, Quezon City.

These are some of the foods from the menu that we enjoyed: Calamari, Baked Pink Salmon, and Chicken Ala Kiev. My husband also ordered Lasagna but we were not able to touch it since we were already so full. If you haven’t tried dining at Conti’s, these dishes are really delicious! πŸ™‚

After our satisfying dinner, I looked around their pasty shop and ordered cake for my daughter. I originally wanted to order my favorite Mango Bravo but I remembered that that night was N’s and I should go for her favorite. I saw their Chocolate Mousse and I knew in an instant that it was “the cake” for N. I came back to our table and told our attendant to get one for our daughter. Unfortunately, those cakes in the fridge were all taken! πŸ™ We ended up with the Ultimate Chocolate Cake. It wasn’t that very bad because all the cakes at Conti’s are yummy!

July 4 might not be as festive as how the Americans celebrate it (since it’s a national Holiday), not even worthy of Katy Perry’s “fireworks,” but it was simply the best because I’ve got my husband and my daughter with me on that one fine day.

Happy Birthday, N! Daddy and I love you to the moon and back! I hope one day when you read Moomy’s blog, you’d find happiness in our family’s togetherness in your very special day. I always tell my husband that it doesn’t matter if he comes home on my or his birthday, but he better be sure to always be present on our daughter’s birthday. That’s non-negotiable.

Do you have any similar stories to share? πŸ™‚ Anyway, I highly recommend you to read the 50 Rules for Dads of Daughter. It will make you laugh and cry at the same time.

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