The day began with birthday pancake breakfast. Yep, we put candles in Anika's pancakes! I had the girls pose for a few outdoor shots prior to the party that evening. I included a photo of Anika at age five and a photo of Jasmine at age four so we can compare those to the current photos. I could go off on a tangent about how the girls have changed. BUT I WON'T!
The party was held indoors in a big warehouse like gymnasium. The floors and walls were trampolines in some areas. There was a large pit of blue and grey square shaped foam blocks the kids jumped into. Boy, I wish we had these types of places when I was growing up.
My husband and I are blessed to be able to provide our daughter with this birthday celebration. There were about 10 kids attending who are all special friends and family members. (Photos not included of other children for privacy). We ALL enjoyed the party this year. Especially me, nothing to clean! I love having a party someplace other than my house.
Created with Country Warmth and Clearly Skinny Alpha kits by Stacy's Backdoor Designs. I enjoyed using the brushed in Photoshop Elements to create the colored, chalked look of the blue and green areas of the background paper. Speaking of the paper, the texture of it is amazing.
This photo was taken at Apple Hill in October 2006. The girls have grown up so fast.
I am glad we have visited Apple Hill every year and now have made it a family tradition.
We did not take a family photo in front of this shop last fall when we visited there. BUT, I plan on it next year and the next and the next!
Do you and your family have a tradition of taking a certain family photo in a special place?
"Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world."
Mother's Day was relaxing this year. The scent of my new Vanilla Frosting lotion by Jaqua was magnified by the mist from my new garden watering wand. I used to wear and smell like vanilla frosting (lotion) 24/7. I took a little break from it but missed my signature scent. Thankfully, my hubby gave me some, along with making a good breakfast and mimosas. He surprised me with a garden watering wand and a little bear from Build a Bear with a Mother's Day t-shirt on it. So adorable!
Speaking of adorable, I had fun with this kit by Stacy.
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh
My Mom and Sister January 2010, Mom's birthday at my house. (above)
Lisa, Mom and I around 2003 in Las Vegas. (above)
Happy Mother's Day, Mom. Thank you for spending a good portion of your life raising me. You have always provided me with security, good morals, strength and love. My family and I appreciate everything you continue to do for us. I am happy we finally live closer to one another in this stage of our lives.
If you are anything like me, you cannot resist a deal. Luckily, there are many deals offered on an almost daily basis for digital products. Don't you love the convenience of the internet? I can buy digital goodies and download them to my computer for instant usage. Aside from gardening, photography and cooking, digital scrapbooking is one of the greatest hobbies I find joy in.
Jessica Sprague is giving me some joy today as well. She has $1 One Buck Wednesday's. Today you can find this great alpha among a few other steals.
So...help yourself to this little freebie goodie by Britt-ish Designs!
What a doll, that Brit is! I was a little discouraged by Scrap Matters yesterday. The amount of people trying to participate in their iNSB celebration, sales and fun forum games majorlly bogged down their server. To easy our pain, this is graciously being offered for free. I could not be more delighted since my kids will be visiting Disneyland for the first time in their whole 7 years, and 8 years +364 days of life. Notice the 364 days? Yep, tomorrow is Anika's 9th birthday!
Stay tuned for her unique, easy party favors (they are fat free) in addition to the adorable breakfast table I set up for my 'queen for the day'.For now, click the link below for your Mickey stuff and then check out the party dresses on the girls in the photo below.