I don't think it is a secret that I absolutely adore Karen. In fact, I don't know that anyone could meet her and not adore her. She is real, beautiful, artistic, and electric. She's just one of those people that you instantly feel comfortable around and want to be like when you grow up. Karen (very deservedly) earned a 2 book deal last year and her first book, The Beauty of Different is due to be released this fall. I've already ordered 3 copies, and not just because I am fortunate enough to be in the book. The message, that we are all beautiful is so important and so often overlooked. You can find more details about the book here and watch the trailer below. I encourage you to buy one, or ten for you and your loved ones. It is sure to become a favorite and is my Friday favorite.
You’ve learned that people are different, but the differences make us unique.
You’ve learned that learning new things isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth it.
You’ve learned that life is not fair.
You’ve learned that there are mean girls, even in Kindergarten. And, I’ve learned how incredibly pleased I am that you are not a mean girl, nor ever will be.
You’ve learned that you are a leader and a role model and with that comes responsibility.
You’ve learned that every living thing eventually dies, even hamsters.
You’ve learned that, try as your teachers might to hide it, you are their favorite.
You’ve learned that sometimes you just need to dance; your favorites-Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, and the Black Eyed Peas
You’ve learned that there is a time and place for being silly, but circle time is not the time nor the place.
You’ve learned that taking your time the first time is worth it-my God, have you seen your handwriting? It’s better than mine!
You’ve learned that rules are often arbitrary- like how some words sound different but are spelled the same way and some words sound the same but are spelled differently.
You’ve learned that it’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.
You’ve learned that things aren’t as scary as they seem-remember your first time on the monkey bars?
You’ve learned that, as much as we like our friends, there are certain things we don’t share-like brushes (lice, I’m looking at you!).
There’s so much more you’ll learn my dear. Life’s lessons aren’t always easy, but they are necessary. I will be there for you, every step of the way, every lesson, every success, every stumble. Today is just the first of many graduation ceremonies. Please know that I celebrate every achievement, the small and the large, with the same amount of pride and love. I love you.
I am lucky to be your mom. And, yeah, I'll be the dork taking pictures and clapping for you today.
Celebrate your successes today and those of your loved ones on this Love Thursday.
We ended up catching everything. I think we caught 9 or 10 fish total.
I caught some great pictures.
Take your time and be patient. Happy Love Thursday.
This Wednesday really feels like a "hump" day to me. I feel like I'm pushed from one side, pulled from the other, sort of like being smashed between rocks.
And the lanterns in the rock.
Will you indulge me in four posts? Because, the doors warrant their own post. Well, it is my blog, so four more posts it is!
This is Carlos. Carols knows alot about margaritas.
Meet Miguel. Miguel also knows alot about margaritas and is a great bartender. Carlos and Miguel make the BEST margaritas.No, really, the best. I should know, I've done alot of taste testing. The night of our class we made and tasted a regular Capella Ixtapa margarita, a basil margarita, an orange margarita, and a jalapeno margarita.
Here we are shaking the margarita to blend. The key to shaking is to shake until your hands get really, rilly, rilly cold. That's the technical term coined by Carlos. Who am I to argue with the experts?
After taking the class, the crucial difference between a FANTASTIC Capella Margarita and a pretty good margarita is prety simple: real fresh squeezed limes and simple syrup. No limeade people. Makes a huge difference.
This view outside the bedroom? Stunning.
Amazing. truly, madly, deeply amazing.
Capella Ixtapa, my Friday Favorite. Do you have a favorite vacation destination or hotel? I'd love to know and start daydreaming about my next vacation...
My husband and I have been together for over 11 years. He’s all sports, hunting, power tools, and dirty laundry. Imagine my surprise when he called about a week before we left on vacation and asked whether I wanted to use any of the spa services. Not one to turn down a massage, I immediately agreed to a couples massage. I have to admit that in 11 years, I don't think I'd ever seen him in a robe. That alone was well worth it. After filling out the information form, we were separated to change into robes. After I changed, my masseuse told me it was going to take a while since my husband has decided to take a shower. What?! Apparently he got very confused when he saw the robe and shower and panicked. "Should I take a shower? I don't know, am I supposed to take a shower?" So he took a shower. How hilarious! Maybe not, maybe everybody else takes showers before a massage?
By the time he came into the massage room (overlooking the ocean-awesome), I was in near hysterics just thinking about his internal thinking-"What do I do? Well, there are showers and stuff, I guess I should…" When the masseuses left to allow us get on the massage tables, he was again confused. "What’s with the sheet?" You put it over you so they don’t see anything. They’ll roll it up and down. Throughout my entire massage I was just laughing thinking of him getting all anxious about the massage. It was the funniest massage I have ever had. I think I'm probably the only person who has giggled through a couples massage. He ended up really liking the massage, but has told me that will probably be his last massage for quite some time.
That’s us as a couple. We have the most romantic setting- a private couples massage in Mexico, overlooking the ocean and I am cracking up because of the showers and imagining his internal dialogue. I hope your Love Thursday is full of laughter or romance, or best of all-both.
And, this banana? Plantain plant?
It had the most unusual deep purple flower at the bottom of a long thick stem (?), with a bunch of fruit up top.
The resort was really big on growing their own herbs and used basil for lots of yummy things-like margaritas (recipe to follow soon). This little concrete pot with basil flowers was on our patio and was so fragrant during our entire stay.
Do you know any of the plants above? We are really interested to find out what the banana plant is. I'm sure google knows what it is, but haven't gotten there yet.