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“Look within.  Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.”  Marcus Aurelius

I’m giving everyone a break today from all the Hawaii shots.  I dug in to my Las Vegas stockpile and found this shot that I took the first night hubby and I stayed at Mandalay Bay.  This was the view from our room.  

Sin City.  Fascinating City.  City of Lights.  City that never sleeps.  

Most people come to Las Vegas to gamble, drink, party . . .  or even to get married!

I came to live my passion of photography with an amazing group of people I’ve gotten to know over the last year through this 365 Self Portrait Project.  

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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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“Love is stronger than death even though it can’t stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can’t separate people from love. It can’t take away our memories either.  In the end, life is stronger than death.”  Unknown

A little back-story: my Niece, who lives on Vancouver Island, was married to the love of her life back in June, in a very small, private ceremony performed by a local Marriage Commissioner.  I was one of the honored few to be in attendance at that time.  The reason they were married in this manner is because he is dying of a very rare and aggressive cancer.  It’s a very heart wrenching story, but also at the same time, very heartwarming.  I am incredibly proud of how they are both walking this journey hand in hand, working thru every moment together – the good and the bad.  They write in their own private journals to each other every day.  They are taking each moment for what it is . . . and cherishing what they have in the here and now.  

Today we traveled to the Island to celebrate their union, with the family and friends who were not able to be a part of the ceremony in June.  It was a lovely catered event, in a lovely back yard garden hosted by some very close friends.  He is doing surprisingly well, as they both mingled and enjoyed the evening.  We have no idea how long before this invader takes him from us . . . but I am grateful for the moments I’ve been blessed with  in the short time I’ve known him.  

Unfortunately, we had to travel back to the mainland  on the last ferry of the night.  I took this shot on the top deck, hoping to catch some of the Perseid Meteor Showers . . . to no avail.  There was just too much light pollution from the ferry itself.  I did capture the Vancouver skyline however . . . that is my “ghostly” shadow on the right of the photo.

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