Yesterday, I got a call at work from the lower school science lab teacher to let me know that a few baby chicks had hatched.
I’ve seen it a few times now, but it’s still as fascinating as the first time for me. And these chicks are so adorable. Their little chirps make my heart happy.
Aren’t they just the cutest?
*I’m going to try to post everyday in November since it’s #nablopomo (National Blog Post Month) where bloggers from all over post content every day in November. There is an off-shoot of this for photos. I have to look up the hashtag for it.
This past summer we went on vacation in North Carolina for a week. We stayed in a cozy cabin nestled in the woods near the charming town of Blowing Rock. The town is named after one of North Carolina’s oldest tourist attractions – the Blowing Rock.
The girls and I spend a little time there, taking in the spectacular views and posing on the rock.
A lovely place to visit. I’d like to go back in the fall to see the views when the leaves change. I think it would be stunning.
This past Saturday we celebrated Ally’s 9th Birthday.
I threw the party together at the last minute, mostly because of Hurricane Irma, partially because I didn’t have a class list and also wasn’t sure what to do. I wanted to keep it small and simple since we had a big surprise planned for her on her actual birthday.
Ally luckily didn’t want a big to do and decided she only wanted a few friends to come over and “hang” out. She also really, really wanted a Harry Potter themed party.
Do you realize, that as popular as Harry Potter is, no one carried any themed party decorations, not Party City, not Michaels and not Walmart? Luckily, Amazon came through in a pinch and I was able to order some decorations and party supplies at the last minute.
I set up a “PhotoBooth” wall with Harry Potter themed props, set the table with the tableware I found on Amazon and put up some banners and balloons to make it look festive.
We had discussed doing a small craft but my slime master ultimately decided she really wanted to make slime with her friends. So instead of figuring out what kind of craft to do, we only had to get together supplies for slime. That’s easy enough to do these days since anywhere you turn there are “slime” sections set up in stores. They even sell slime kits these days…
I set the “slime factory” up outside and gave each guest their own set-up (as we like to say in the science lab). The girls had so much fun with it and even big sister joined in the fun. No one can resist slime, except maybe us moms.
After slime making, the girls changed and jumped in the pool for a bit and then in was time for presents and decorating their own cupcakes, another fun activity. I put frosting in single portions in small bags, tied them and cut a hole in the bottom and set out assorted sprinkles and candies for them to use. I don’t have a good close-up shot of the trays I prepared with the frosting bags and sprinkles. Ooops.
Here is the birthday girl with her creation!
And big sister sneaking candy before the guests arrive.
Judging by the big smile on her face, I’d say the party was a big success.
And just in case you are wondering what the big surprise is…
Ally is jumping for joy because she will finally get to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando!!! (The boomerang isn’t working on here for some reason but let’s just say she is thrilled!!!)
Birthdays are fun and I like to put together a simple party like this.
Sometimes a walk on the beach with your teenage daughter is just what you need. The sand between your toes. Seagulls flying overhead. A breeze ruffling through your hair. The steady sound of the waves. Feeding our souls…
A good way to spend an afternoon before the craziness of the new school year starts…
Hello and welcome to my new blog. Here it's all about my passion and most favorite hobby – photography. When I started my first blog BocaFrau about 6 years ago, I did it to see if I could somehow make a small side income since I was a stay-at-home mom. The blog opened up a whole new world to me and besides connecting me with moms all over the world, it also unlocked my love for photography. Over the last few years, I've blogged less and less as my life changed and I became a full-time working mom of now older kids, including two teens. But photography has remained a constant. It relaxes me and makes me happy. I decided to start over, from scratch so to speak, and let my photos shine…
"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." ~Elliot Erwitt