ninasotto Let us try to make Christmas linger throughout the next year. But most of all, let us carry throughout the new year a growing love for Jesus and an extra courage to share Him... The real reason for this season!
Happy Holidays, from our Family! :)
7h

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ninasotto Sooo, once again, this momma attempted to communicate God's word (which was the purpose of this all, anyway.) I asked Naiah to shake the bottle hard. I showed how the oil and water couldn't mix. No matter how much she shook the bottle, the water always settled at the bottom, underneath the oil. I explained that God was the oil, and people, the water. It was like how good and evil could never go together. How sin grossly separates us from a Holy God. But because of God's overflowing love (the result of the tabs when added to the oil and water) through Jesus' blood sacrifice (red food coloring) , we become in good standing with the Lord and allowed the honor of a relationship with Him :)
#adventnight2014 #christmastraditions2014
12.18 14
1w
  •   bunny.sg Paus ba ang baby girl ko?.. Naiah you're so funny talaga! Yes, the bubbles look like mangoes😬😯 7d
  •   ninasotto Hahaha kinumpara ang bubbles sa mangga. May times paos sya ate e, seasonal ata. Haha! But definitely malaki boses nya! Lol @bunny.sg 7d

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ninasotto Before popping in a Christmas movie for us to watch, we did our last activity for the night-- "Fireworks in a bottle" was what it was called. We added a bit of water to a bottle of oil and watched how they instantly separated. Then Naiah added a few drops of the red food coloring and glitters. The effervescent tabs came in last. We were so amused with how everything bubbled up and overflowed to the top of the bottle :) 1w

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ninasotto Someone was so excited to begin our first activity. We made an ornament and decorated it with glitter glue, gems and red confetti stuffing. I tried to think about how to connect and point this activity towards Jesus... So I explained (in toddler lingo) how the celebration of Christmas was also at the expense of Jesus' death on the cross. Jesus, after all, was born to die and save us. His blood covered a multitude of our sins. I pointed out that the red confetti stuffing represented Jesus' blood and that it covered us so when God looked at us, He didn't see our sins, but the sacrifice of His son that cleansed us ;) He who was holy became sin for us so we may become as white as snow in God's eyes. "For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ." 2 Cor.5:21

Good luck in landing that well with a 3 year old kid. But I tried. I really did. Lol!
12.18.14 #adventnight2014 #christmastraditions2014
1w

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ninasotto Lit our 3rd candle for the 3rd Sunday of advent tonight :) Daddy @wahoosotto and I read to the little girl about the story of the shepherds from Luke 2. We also read the version from "The Jesus Story Book bible" again, and I loved how age appropriate it was. It talked about how a bright star appeared the night Jesus was born to lead the shepherds to Him. It represents how this baby would be like that bright star, a Light to light up the whole world that was clouded with darkness.. helping people to see, showing them the way back to Him :) #adventnight2014 #christmastraditions2014
12.18.14
1w

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ninasotto Such a fully packed week, and so was last weekend. So we lit the 3rd candle of our wreath and did Advent activities as part of our Christmas traditions tonight :) To start off the night, we had an all Japanese dinner :)
12.18.14
1w
  •   carla_navarra Wow nins! Galing! Luto mo lahat? I want to learn how to cook Japanese cuisine 1w
  •   bunny.sg Wow effort 1w

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ninasotto After 3years, we meet again.. thankfully not as thick and icky as I remember #gtt #glucosetolerancetest 1w

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ninasotto Christmas party at the Huangs the other night. One thing I'm thankful for this 2014 is to have been plugged into a new small group here in the South and meeting these amazing people :)
12.15.14 #spiritualfamily
1w

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ninasotto Our favorite art activity was making and playing with the snow :) All 3 of us enjoyed watching the white powder turn into fluffy white snow :) Thanks so much Ninang Nix @danicaspingris for the early Christmas present. We can't wait to do the others next week! 2w
  •   joywsotto Aawwww... We did the snow too!!! ... But luckily I was able to find more "snow" .. Perfect for 4 boys! Haha! 2w
  •   bulacanjewelrydotcom Cute!! 2w
  •   ninasotto Oh wow really?? Where'd u find more snow? It's naying's dream to play with real snow. Let's check out ocean park one of these days as an activity for the kids. May snow world daw. Hehe. Hay if not only for the traffic! @joywsotto 2w
  •   ninasotto Thanks you :) @bulacanjewelrydotcom 2w
  •   joywsotto National bookstore it was exactly the same one as nix's gift... Kaya and daming "snow" hahaha! So messy nga after eh perp they had so much fun! Kasama ang backhoe sa snow fun, haha!... Cge lets try to plan it! Let's talk about it during the party 2w
  •   ninasotto Yahoo!!! Hopefully I find them in nbs nearby! Yeah super messy, at 1st I was getting so OC each time may matatapon. Haha!!! Then I just let it go, kasi nga super nag enjoy sya ;) yeah let's talk about it sa party! @joywsotto 2w
  •   joywsotto Hahaha omg ako rin! Got OC din, tried to sweep the mess and put it back pero I gave up .. Waited for them to finish nalang ... Yes national lang. Found it in the Christmas section. The packaging is different though... It's in a small can that says "instant snow" 2w
  •   ninasotto Yeah! Just saw it on your page! Will look tomorrow and surprise naying. Hahaha na OC Ka din pala. naawa nga ako kay naying kasi when she carried the tray to the ref, natapon nya yung snow sa floor. Then I caught her shoving them under the ref to hide the mess. Haha!!! Had to deal with that pa and told her it's ok, we won't get mad, she doesn't need to hide it. Haha!! @joywsotto 2w

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ninasotto First activity from her treasure box of crafts was to make a snowman ornament that she proudly hung on the tree :) #adventnight2014 #christmastraditions2014 2w

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ninasotto After telling Naiah the story of Jesus' birth from one of her favorite books-- The Jesus Storybook Bible, and reading off of Luke 1:30-35, she was so kilig and couldn't wait to open her box of crafts from Ninang @danicaspingris 2w

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ninasotto Lighting the 2nd candle of our wreath last night :)
12/7/14 #adventnight #christmastraditions2014
2w

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ninasotto Tada! Here's the finished product of our art activity-- a stable made out of an old shoe box, illustration board, popsicle sticks, and pearlized crepe paper cut outs (ran out of sinamay)
This little girl was so involved and eager to cut, glue and stick.
Her attempt at her own version of the story of Jesus' birth with matching dialogue for pretend play was too cute and amusing to watch ;) #christmastraditions2014
11/30/14
3w

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ninasotto Everything was in order. From the Christmas carols playing softly in the background, dinner, bible verse about Jesus' birth that my husband was to share, art materials for our belen, to even the scented candles we plan to light up every year to evoke memories... (scent has the power to do this)
However, it's all fruitless labor if we miss the whole point.
It's not only to make fun memories with our kids, but it's also one way to point them to WHO we are doing this for, and WHY. It's an opportunity to communicate God's Word :)
Remember, what you prioritize, is what your kids will see ;)
3w

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ninasotto The countdown to Christmas Day begins. Lighting the 1st candle of our DIY wreath on our first Advent Night as a family :) #christmastraditions2014 #adventnight
11/30/14
3w
  •   pauleenluna You're so blooming Nina! 3w
  •   joywsotto Next year, you'll be doing this as a family of 4 na;) 3w
  •   ninasotto Thanks, Pauleen! How refreshing to hear that, espwcially when I feel I'm just "booming" hehe ;) @pauleenluna 3w
  •   ninasotto Onga, kaka senti, everything used to be with just Naying. Surreal pa. Haha! @joywsotto 3w
  •   ticienti Nins!!! You don't look preggo! Nipis mo! 3w
  •   ninasotto How I wiiiish!!! Haha, anggulo lang yan! @ticienti 3w

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ninasotto Ready and excited to make our belen for her very first Advent Night, happening tomorrow :)
(Pic taken a few weeks ago)
4w

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ninasotto Sugar? Adrenaline? Too much fun? Whatever it is, it's got her knocked out now ;)
It's been an awesome day.
Good night!
1mon
  •   joywsotto Hahaha omg!!!! I've never seen naying like this before hahaha!!! Cute!!!!!! 1mon
  •   bunny.sg HAHAHAHA!!! Forever patawa si naiah. Ibang klase talaga. 1mon
  •   wahoosotto Hahahahaha!!! 1mon
  •   ninasotto Haha! Naku she's really like that, super hyper and daldal especially when she's comfy na. Give her time lang to warm up and you'll get performance level. Hahaha! @joywsotto 1mon

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ninasotto Someone had the time of her life ;) (running up and down the mounds of soil) #nuvalidirtweekend2014 #dirtweekend2014 1mon

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ninasotto Wasak!!! Congratulations and thank you to everyone who supported our bike event :) Hope you guys enjoyed as much as we did :) #nuvalidirtweekend2014 #dirtweekend2014 #dw2014 #VictoriousOne 1mon

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ninasotto What a successful weekend! Congratulations to the Victorious One boys. All glory to God! #nuvalidirtweekend2014 #dirtweekend2014 #dw2014 #V1 #VictoriousOne 1mon

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