Lily’s Carnival: Photos From Her 1st Birthday Party!

A week later, and the fact that I now have a 3 year old and 1 year old is finally beginning to sink in! 😱 On Sunday we had a fantastic time celebrating Miss Lily with a carnival-themed party. We truly missed our west coast family and friends, 😭 but we had a marvelous time making new memories with the wonderful people God has blessed us with in this new season. ❤️ I hope you enjoy the photos, and tell me, how do you celebrate birthdays in your house??

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Weekly Image of Life: October Magic

Hmmm.  October Magic.  What is October Magic?  This challenge almost had me stumped, because I don’t view this month with any particular enthusiasm.  In fact, I always hoped I could fast forward to November so I could celebrate my favorite national holidays (my birthday and Thanksgiving ), but it hasn’t happened yet! 😉

It’s expected to be about 80 degrees tomorrow, and I’m not being swept away by beautiful fall colors or a distinct change of seasons.  Our visit to the pumpkin farm isn’t until this upcoming weekend, so what’s a girl to do?  Then it came to me.  My incredibly talented friend and brother in the Lord, Squint Foto, recently took some pictures of my little darling and they literally took my breathe away!

The “magic” is in these moments, and comes from the reality of knowing I have a relationship with an extraordinary God!!  He’s blessed me with my family and friends, and saw fit to make me the mom of the most precious angel. These special memories will never be forgotten, and I hope you will embrace the gifts that surround you each and every day!!

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His work is also featured in my “Weekly Image of Life: Passion” and my “Featured” page

The Weekly Image Of Life challenge is issued every Wednesday by The Island Traveler at This Man’s Journey. If you would like to participate and see other entries please visit here!

Weekly Image of Life: Summertime Blast

I’m very excited to participate in this week’s Image of Life Challenge.  Before the summer breeze gives way to fall leaves, it’s the perfect opportunity to share photos from our first vacation as a trio!  We traveled to Los Angeles, CA with my in-laws, and with 8 adults and 8 kids under the same roof, there were sure to be adventures had by all! 🙂

After being on the road for just over 7 hours (only 1 stop – Alexandra was a trooper!), we arrived at the house we’d be sharing.  This picture of the foyer is only a glimpse of this beautiful home.  Before heading to bed there was plenty of bonding time with the cousins… Don’t let the face fool you.  She was loving it! LOL!

After a good night’s sleep, we were off to Universal StudiosThe hubby and I had never been, and we definitely look forward to returning when the little one is old enough to remember!

Beware! King Kong is watching!
Smile for the camera!
Oh, did you roll the red carpet out for me? You shouldn’t have!
Dr. Seuss Land: One of the MANY sights on the famous studio tour.
This was HIS idea, I promise!! I must admit that it makes for a great picture. Hahaha.
This funnel cake was delicious. I have no shame in saying I devoured it!!

We weren’t home for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, but we didn’t miss it!

The next day we ventured to Hollywood Boulevard, where the sights were aplenty! We started with lunch at Hard Rock Cafe.

Can’t forget the music!

I know Muhammed Ali is extremely famous, but where’s my star? 😉

Strike a pose.
Wait a minute. Who gave Captain America a break?
Hollywood and Highland Shopping Center

Later that night we went to a graduation/anniversary party of one of my dearest friends. To all of our surprise (including her!), it turned out to be a 10 year vow renewal as well!

In spite of being tired, our final day was full of smiles.

The gorgeous displays at the Bowers Museum, was a relaxing end to a fun-filled weekend.

We had a truly blessed time, and in the same way it began, our trip ended…with family.  Thank you for visiting and God bless!

The Weekly Image Of Life challenge is issued every Wednesday by The Island Traveler at This Man’s Journey.  If you would like to participate and see other entries please visit here!