How have I not posted this sooner? We’ve been back from our family trip for nearly a month! We had the most amazing time EVER. It was worth the hours of planning, time spent changing and rearranging our plans, because everyone got to do everything they wanted. And the weather was perfect! Ponchos were not needed! Some photos:
My mom and I upgraded for the flight out (red eye!), and not sure how but I was upgraded on the flight home (Delta magic, THANK YOU!). I didn’t take tons of photos, instead we really just lived in the moment while we were there! Plus I was using my phone to keep our plans on schedule. Carry lots of battery packs, with Walt Disney Worlds FastPass system your phone will burn through juice!!
My favorite moments were just being with the kids and my parents. After almost losing my dad last year, this trip was a gift! Aren’t my parents the cutest:
My dad is seriously a big kid. I mean, he pretty much was growing up, but even more now. Brain surgery changes a person! It was a fun trip, but I was ready to come home. We all were….in fact we all had “celebrating the last day” buttons, and we skipped all out last day plans….instead opting to explore the Grand Floridian, and eating lunch at the Polynesian.
I’m so glad we went, and I can’t wait to drag my husband in May!
Until next time,
I know for many February brings Valentine’s Day, and if you are single it may make you sad. Personally I don’t put too much stock in it, other than it being a reason to send my girlfriends ridiculous cards, wear pink and red with wild abandon and embrace the glitter everywhere! My husband and I don’t go overboard, usually it’s a card and I cook dinner. Terribly boring!
Some recent outfits….as I’ve not even been keeping up on Instagram, we leave in 4 days for Walt Disney World and going with 4 kids and 2 parents is vastly different than going solo and meeting girlfriends! I hate packing lists, but I’m using one for this trip!
Obviously it’s a very mild “winter” out here in California, sandals and light cardigans have really been all I’ve needed lately. I drool over the beautiful coats I see on social media, but then remember cold hands and noses and am very grateful we live in California!
Very few recent acquisitions this year, I did pick up a few secondhand items, but I haven’t been moved to anything new. I posted last night on Instagram and Twitter about an awful experience I had with Kate Spade recently, and how sad I am so see their customer service decline in the way it has. I won’t recap it again, other than I have been contacted by the company. It makes me sad that one has to turn to social media instead of handling things quietly behind the scenes to garner a response to what was a frustrating and unnecessary situation. Alas, it is what it is. I will say I am trying to curb my consumerism, and perhaps this was what I needed to be more thoughtful about shopping.
Time will tell! I won’t be changing my blog name anytime soon, as my wardrobe is still full of Kate Spade. I may not use as many tags, and I probably won’t keep up with fashion week and new collections as much.
Expect many Disney photos in the near future!
Until next time,
Wait, it’s 2018?! WHAT?! December was so bananas for me, if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you’ve seen some of my recent adventures. I started December at Disneyland, then hopped over to Disneyworld just before Christmas, Disneyland on Christmas Eve, and really haven’t sat still since! I’ll be back in Florida in less than a month, we decided to skip presents this year and take the kids on a trip instead. Planning for Disneyworld is interesting, but I am holding for a successful second trip.
Some photo recaps, although I’ve been very good so far in 2018, and haven’t purchased anything new. (I think I bought it all in 2017!)
Arlowe is still ruling the house:
I finished 2017 with one of the largest cakes I’ve ever made, complete with a gorgeous sugar cameo!
And then this last week I got to attend the opening night of Aladdin at the Pantages! Still swooning over the spectacular production!! Rajah of course had to attend!
I love random LA wanderers in photos! Adds to the essence of the city. My girlfriend took this, which was so fun:
If you can go see Aladdin? Go! The genie is amazing and the glitz and glitter is over the top fabulous! Visit the merchandise table, they have many things that you will NEED. I love the tote, a HUGE thanks to iHeart Radio for that bit of magic! Perfect for my travels this year!
How is it December? How did this happen? I’m not ready for it y’all! Although, I AM ready for 2017 to be over, as I hope 2018 brings better tidings for all!
December this year brought a special trip for me, at stay with girlfriends at the Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim, along with celebrating special events AND sharing the chefs table experience with friends at the Napa Rose restaurant. Some photos….much amazing food, laughter and fun was had by all:
I recommend the Grand Californian sooo so so so so so much. Can I please move in?! Here’s my meal at Napa Rose (I have no idea what it all was, other than DELICIOUS. Huge shout out to Eric, for the most perfect wine pairings….not only perfect with my food, exactly my tastebuds. He is to wine what I am to deciphering brides! It’s magic!
If anyone ever invites you to dine at the Chef’s Counter at Napa Rose, go! I’m the worlds pickiest eater with some frustrating food allergies and I enjoyed every bite! It was absolute perfection. Already plotting my next seating there.
When at Disneyland!
I’ve posted a bit on Instagram, yes my family was affected by one of the fires in LA County this past week. Luckily our LA apartment came through unscathed and we are no longer under evacuation orders. We are blessed to have a second home, and I know so many others have lost everything. The winds out here have been utterly terrible! Praying they can contain everything and the weather will allow containment tomorrow.
Until next time,
Oh my, where has the year gone? We have been in a whirlwind of life changes, kids schooling, activities, and of COURSE, much baking and dress buying!
So many changes, but I’ve weathered the storm in pretty dresses! Some recents:
I turned another year older last month (not sure about wiser, and certainly not richer! Too many dresses!!), branched out of my comfort zone, and have made many trips to Disneyland. My favorite recent purchase has to be this darling owl:
Like seriously, the BEST cat ever!
Here’s to the rest of 2017, may the last few weeks bring the plot twist you have been waiting for! Oh, and one last thing, a very special cake I made to celebrate my husband….yes, a submarine “crashing” into a control room:
First time I’ve ever sculpted chocolate. It was so fun! I’m not making as many cakes anymore, but if it’s interesting enough, I’ll take it on!
Until next time,
PS: anyone else sad Deborah Lloyd is leaving Kate Spade??? I can’t wait to see where she goes next though! My bank account is already trembling.
As I sit in my bedroom and gaze out my sliding glass door at this GORGEOUS sunset, it reminds me how fragile life really is, and how a moment in time can change the course of your life. Be it floods from weather (Here’s looking at you Texas, my adopted second home that I miss daily), a medical emergency at your daughter’s school, or death in the family, life is precious, fleeting, and you have to cherish every day, really every moment.
Earlier this year my daughter had a medical emergency at her school, which resulted in the administration choosing to NOT call 911 for nearly 2 hours. Through a lucky twist of fate, she is okay. Forever scarred by the experience, but also changed in ways I couldn’t have dreamed of as a mother. She’s become more focused, thoughtful and is growing into a young lady I am proud to call my mini-me (although she’s officially as tall as me!). But that tragic decision on the part of a single person changed the entire course of our lives! Of course other unspeakable things happened at this same school in the following months to my two younger sons that were awful in their own ways, but my daughters accident started it, and we are now a homeschooling/unschooling/independent study family. While I was initially terrified, technology and an INCREDIBLE support system has made the transition relatively painless. It also opens up the delights of Southern California for many hands on experiences that would not be available otherwise.
That said, my focus may change a bit. I still shop, wear cute dresses (hey, now I can dress like a teacher!), and go to Disneyland far too much. But it’s become teachable moments in all these activities I enjoy. Disneyland turned into a keynote presentation on the origin of a ride, the difference between cars, and the mechanics of said ride. A shopping trip turns into a budgeting lesson (one I probably need to take myself!). And most of all, the kids picked up flying model airplanes this summer, which has opened up a world of avionics and the ultimate adventure of learning how to fly gliders and read wind patterns. Oh and today? They learned to drive a John Deere ride on mower, they leveled part of the field and thought it was just a big game!
All this due to a twist of fate in February. Changed the course of their lives and has put them on a path to careers they dreamed about but didn’t quite know how to reach.
I know I don’t often post about family and personal stuff, but the last year has brought many changes into our lives and I haven’t been blogging as much because of it. I still post regularly on Instagram, but I also forget about Facebook. Being a work-widow adds to my schedule, but it’s a job I am happy to fill, as I see the long term path we are on.
No matter how hard things seem, hold fast and stay on that path. Those twists of fate, if you follow them and stick to it, even when it’s difficult, the changes will turn into blessings beyond your dreams.
Until next time,