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Please meet our newest member to the Pool family

Miss Merida Izzy Pool

My friend had rescued this sweet girl after she had been abandoned by a family that moved away and left her. Unfortunately, she did not get along with her other cat so they needed to find her a new home. I was not sure about taking in another animal since we already have two dogs and two rabbits but my girls have been wanting a kitty for so long. After lots of begging Reggie and I finally agreed to let them bring her home.

Miss Merida is the sweetest cat. She loves to be held and cuddled. I was a little worried about how she and our dogs would react to each other but it has been extremely smooth. Merida fit into our family so fast that it feels like she was just meant to be with us!

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♥ Our 10 Year Wedding Vow Renewal ♥

On August 10th 2012 Reggie and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary by renewing our vows.
We choose to do our vow renewal on the beach in front of the Hotel Del on Coronado Beach, CA. The entire evening was perfect! It was a beautiful and warm night that was followed by a pink sunset. Kinley and Hadley were both so excited to be able to participate and we were happy that we could do this with them. It was important to us to renew our promise to each other and to our children. Although Sean was not there to join us he was mentioned in our vows and was in our hearts. All three of our children bring something unique to our sweet little family of five and we celebrate each of them.

This day meant a great deal to both Reggie and I. Marriage is a commitment in good times and bad and I am so happy that he is the one that I am spending my life with. No matter how challenging things have been at times our love for one another and our commitment to our family have always seen us through. I feel fortunate that we have grown closer every single year and that any trials that we have faced have only made our love stronger. I am very much looking forward to our future together and I am excited to live this wonderful life that God has blessed us with.

Reggie~ Thank you so much for this beautiful evening. I could not imagine a better way to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. You came into my life 12 1/2 years ago at a time when I was not looking for a relationship, let alone love or marriage. You caught my eye from the first moment that I saw you and the rest is history. You are everything that I need. You are gentle and kind, loving and affectionate, loyal and supportive and you light up my life and give me butterflies like never before. You are my best friend and I feel so lucky to have you as my husband.

God is good all of the time and I truly believe that we were always supposed to be together. You are an amazing husband and father and I cannot imagine my life without you and your friendship. I am thankful to God for bringing us together and for the life that we share!  

I Love You Most!!   ♥

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August 17, 2012 - 11:52 pm

Kelly - congratulations… such a lovely post and wonderful way to celebrate :)

August 18, 2012 - 5:47 pm

Stephanie - Such beautiful photos!! I hope my husband and I can have a vow renewal this romantic when we hit the 10-year mark!

August 19, 2012 - 10:00 am

Gina - Well Happy Anniversary & Congrats!!!!! That is one of my favorite places. Grew up there & my best friend got married there at the Hotel Del Coronado. Lovely place!

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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