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She Smiles

This summer Kinley has been frequenting the orthodontist’s office. Yesterday she received a top retainer and a lower lingual arch. My sweet girl was so excited at her appointment. Kinley has been very self conscious of her teeth for the past three years and she never smiles in photos with her mouth open. Yesterday, for the first time, in a long time, she was happily smiling with her mouth open when she received her retainer. As we were sitting in the  orthodontist’s office I was overcome with emotion as I watched her express so much excitement over the thought of correcting her teeth. My sweet girl should not have to feel this way at nine years old but sadly, she does. The reality is that we live in a world that makes people feel that they need to be perfect to be accepted. She has been teased at school and called names that she will unfortunately never forget and that breaks my heart!

I am trying my best to raise my girls to be kind to everyone. It should not matter what someone’s outer appearance looks like. Our society today puts so much pressure on our youth as well as adults to look like super models. We live in world of crazy diets, botox, plastic surgery etc. I try to make a conscious effort to not complain about my weight or my looks in front of my daughters. I do not want my girls to grow up and measure their worth by a number on the scale. So many women are obsessed with their weight and I personally think that is very sad! I am not saying that I don’t care about my weight or that I don’t watch it but I try not to obsess about it. I want to model healthy behavior to my girls and I don’t ever want them on any crazy diets or to have an eating disorder because they feel that they are fat.

I think that Kinley looks beautiful just the way that she is, however,  it fills my heart up with some much joy to know that we can correct her teeth so that she will feel beautiful.

My little Boo, I love you so much my precious girl. You are a beautiful little soul on the inside and out. You have always radiated beauty and I hope that this will help you feel more beautiful and give you self confidence. Don’t ever let anyone’s hurtful words change who you are. Choose Joy my little one and always love yourself. God created you perfectly and you are so very loved!

Kinley has years of dental work ahead of her and I will be documenting her little journey.

Kinley’s Dental Journey

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Date Night

Awe…I love date nights, and they are even better when you get to go with friends and just cut loose and be silly! Last night we went out to dinner at Kianti’s and then we headed over to Kuumbwa Jazz to see Terrance Blanchard. We joined Kummbwa last January after Reggie feel in love with the little local jazz venue.

Last night we went with our good friends Rebekah and Jason and we also took my sister and her husband. During the show a man sitting next to us was eating chilli and when he was alsmost finished he kept clanking his spoon very loudly on the bottom of the bowl. For some reason I found this to be exteremly funny and I could not control my laughter, it was one of those moments when you know that you need to be quiet and you cannot stop laughing. Reggie kept squeezing my arm, which only made me laugh more and my sister was egging me on. The harder I tried not to laugh the worse it got, I just could not get control of it. Finally, I was able to distract my mind but I have to say that I love laughter, it is a part of my daily life so I have no regrets!

My mind…”don’t think about the man banging his spoon on the bottom of his chili bowl very loudly at the concert, take a deep breath, don’t look at my sister, focus and do not have another sip of that champagne!”

I LOVE MY BFF and all of our belly laughing good times!

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Home Sweet Home!

We arrived home from our vacation last night and as wonderful as our trip was, it felt just as great to be home and sleep in our own beds!

We had a truly fabulous vacation but our drive home was anything but….
We left San Diego around 7:00 a.m. and arrived home around 9:00 p.m, it was a nightmare drive!

On our way home we went back to the American Girl Store in Los Angeles. The girls begged us to go back to  so that they could get their new dolls ears pierced.  They both got the doll of the year “McKenna” last Saturday which came with a movie. After they watched the movie and saw that McKenna had her ears pierced we did not hear the end of it.

After making our first stop for some doll ear piercing we got back on the road into the LA traffic…. We sat, and we sat and we sat in 111 degree weather for three and a half hours. Finally we made it to Santa Barbara where we stopped for a break. We visited the wharf, had some ice cream and then we got back on the road. As we approached the last 5 minutes of our trip at close to 9:00 pm the entire freeway was backed up with beach traffic, ughhhh, really? We felt so close but so far away from home! In the larger scheme of things we had a fantastic vacation and we arrived home safe and sound so we are all very happy!

Today we went to the Scotts Valley Art and Wine Festival where the girls got some tinsel in their hair and some happy glitter tattoos!

Soon I will be posting some photos form our 10 year wedding vow renewal on Coronado Beach:)

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San Diego Vacation 2012

We are still in San Diego and we are having a great time! We have laid by the pool, done some shopping, rode a ferry and we even rode a quadracyle four wheel bike along the bike path on Coronado island. We also rented a pontoon boat on Mission Bay where we parked in front of Sea world and caught a glimpse of one of their water shows.

The evenings have been warm and beautiful and we have enjoyed lots of outdoor tropical dining by fire pits. Tomorrow is our ten year wedding anniversary and we are all excited for our vow renewal on the beach at sunset!

And here are some not so great, but very memorable, photos form my iPhone.

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A Visit to American Girl

Day two of our family vacation:

Today is my hubby’s birthday, happy birthday Reggie, I love you!

We celebrated Reggie’s pre-birthday last night at the Ritz and today he earned daddy of the year by celebrating his birthday at the American Girl Store in Los Angeles. He is such an amazing daddy and he was a great sport about spoiling our girls on his birthday!

Kinley and Hadley had so much fun today. They both took rolling bags filled with American Girls to the store, totally normal, right?

The two story store had a doll hair salon, hospital, cafe and more. Kinley and Hadley got their dolls hair done at the hair salon, had their dolls ears pierced and we dined at the American Girl Cafe with their dolls. They both told us that it was more fun than Disneyland so I guess it was a hit!

Tonight we are in San Diego and we had a very nice dinner by the bay for Reggie’s birthday and we watched fireworks from our hotel room balcony. It was a great day!

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Family Vacation Day 1 | Marina Del Rey

Today is day one of our family vacation and so far we are having a fabulous time! We headed out at 5:00 a.m. this morning and we drove to Marina Del Rey. Reggie and I had so much fun on our little road trip, we laughed harder than we have in a long time, so hard actually that I spit my water all over the entire windshield… Whoops!

We are currently at the Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey, California and it is absolutely beautiful! Tomorrow morning we will be celebrating Reggie’s birthday by having brunch at the American Girl Store, what a good Daddy he is!

After our adventure at the American Girl Store we will be heading to San Diego for a week where we will celebrate our ten year wedding anniversary and renew our vows on the beach.

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