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“I think the word ‘cute’ was made up just for you.  You are cuteness redefined to a whole new level.  Happy Birthday to the cutest and sweetest 2 year old in the whole world!”  WishAFriend.com

Today is Baby Girl’s Second Birthday Party.  Her actual birthday is November 14th –  but the party was today.  We managed to get her down for a good nap prior to the party, and she woke up ready and eager to have fun!  I think she was a bit overwhelmed at first when everyone started showing up, but she soon got in to the swing of things.  She loved being able to go get chips from the food table, and chasing around with all the kids.  When it came time to open presents, she was such a little angel.  I love this shot of her oohing over a present.  I just don’t know how much more adorable a kid can get!  Mommy dressed her in her Halloween outfit (Shirley Temple) since she wasn’t home for Halloween.  This way everyone got to see her at her cutest.  

It was a great fun day, lots of family and friends, awesome presents and one little girl who navigated the whole event like the true Princess she is . . .

And we ate cake!  

Happy Birthday honey!

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“Let them eat cake.”  Marie Antoinette

Tomorrow is Baby Girl’s second birthday party.  We are expecting upwards of 40-60 people/kids to show up.  So we need lots of food, and lots of cake!  One of my talents is Cake Baker/Decorator.  I used to do custom wedding cakes and special occasion cakes . . . but haven’t done if for money for many years.  I now mainly do it for family special occasions.  I’m prepping the cake here . .  . theme is Bubble Guppies.  I’ve enlisted the help of my husband, who will create the characters out of icing.  They won’t go on the cake until tomorrow morning before the party.  It’s a lot of work to bake and prep the cake, especially when you’re making it to serve that many people.  Cupcakes too!     So – tomorrow you’ll get to see the final result of what I’m working on here.  

Happy soon to be birthday, Baby Girl!

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“I see the mind of a five year old as a volcano with two vents: destructiveness and creativeness.”  Sylvia Warner
 

We’re in Oregon today . . . just south of Portland.  My goodness it is hot!  100+ degrees!  Today is also my Granddaughter’s 5th birthday.  They are waiting to finalize a deal on a new home, so did not plan a party for her.  They had hoped to be moving in this weekend, but with Short Sales there are so many delays and crazy requirements . . . so they can’t move in just yet.  Because it was such a hot day though, we decided to spend the day in the air conditioned Clackamus TownCenter Mall  in Portland.  We thought maybe we could cool off while watching the new Ice Age movie.  Cute movie though a bit long for a 5 year old to sit patiently through.  (The shadow on the right of the top picture is my knee).  

Later in the evening, we had the opportunity to do a walk thru in the new house.  It turns out that the current owners have moved just down the street from where my son is living now – and they are so happy to have my son buying their house.  They are really nice people . . . so we got to get a good look at the place.  My son and his family will be very happy there for a long time . . . The second picture here is of my Granddaughter – she was getting quite impatient with us standing around talking, and so laid down on the tile patio complaining how hot it was.  I had to snap the picture!  Poor little munchkin!  We then went home and had birthday cake that she had picked out earlier in the day.  Yum!  Happy Birthday my little Princess!

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“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.  There are seven million.”  Walt Streightiff

I just love the sparkle in my Grand Daughter’s eyes . . . she’s showing off her booty from a birthday Pinata.  You would think that she’s just hit a Million Dollar Lotto jackpot!  Such innocence, and joy.  It’s so sad to see this innocence and joy gradually disappear as we grow older and the realities and responsibilities of life sink in.  I want to look at this photo every day as a reminder of what I strive for . . . the same joy and excitement for everything I do.  I just can’t feel sad or depressed when I look at this photo of her . . . 

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Wow – can’t believe I’ve got 60 years under my belt already.  In the blink of an eye . . . 

It’s been an amazing life so far . . . with lots of ups and downs, good choices and bad . . .  Every step of every day that has brought me to this day, is part of who I am now.  In this moment, sitting here typing this for all the world to see.  

Sixty years ago a thirty year-old young mother of three,  gave birth to her 4th of 7 children in the midst of a frigid northern Ontario winter.  I grew up in an atmosphere where children were seen but not heard.  As the middle of seven, I learned to be invisible – to not cause any disturbance or trouble.  To never question . . . to just obey.  It was an idyllic childhood in many ways as we played outside from dawn till dusk, coming in only when we were hungry.  It was a small town where everyone knew everyone, and everything.  Dad moved us all to Northern California when I was 13 where I graduated from High School, married two weeks after Grad,  and had my own two beautiful babies.  Divorced in 1998, I moved back to my birth country and now live in the Greater Vancouver Area in British Columbia.  I met my life partner in Aug 1999. We have been very happily married since 2003.  

Life is good . . . so many memories created . . . so many more to create.  Can’t wait to get started on the next 40+ years!  My magic looking-glass envisions round the world travel, nurturing the artist within me that has lain dormant for so many years, and lots of time spent with the people I love so much:  husband, kids, grandkids, extended family, friends old and new . . . lots to see, lots to do, lots to learn, and lots to share!

Thank you to all who’s path’s I’ve crossed for enriching my life and contributing to the person I am today.  I vividly remember turning 40 and thinking that my life was on a downhill slope – I felt so old and could not see where my life was going.  Then came 8 of the most difficult years of my life.  Physical and medical issues along with severe depression, divorce, estranged from family . . . tough times.  However, going thru that dark period brought me to a clarity and deeper understanding of who I am as a person, an individual and a Woman in my own right.  Not a mom, wife, daughter, friend, employee, cook, housekeeper, manager of everybody and everything except myself.  Each one of those things is a very integral part of who I am . . . however I’m discovering bits that have always been there but kept in the dark, a far off dream.  I am also closer now to the people I cherish most, than I’ve ever been.  I am incredibly blessed.  

So – these next 40+ I dedicate to continually tilling and fertilizing my inner muse so that the dormant seeds can sprout, grow, bloom .. . and infect the lives of everyone I touch with joy, love and beauty.

Sophia Loren: There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age.

Joan Rivers: Looking fifty is great… if you’re sixty.

Me Early '70's

Me Early '70's

Me in 1954

Me in 1954

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