This sums up why I haven’t blogged in a while, and probably won’t for some time….
I wanted to post some pictures from my wedding over Thanksgiving. We had it on the beach down in Bonita Springs, which is right next to Naples, Florida. We lucked out and had beautiful weather for the sunset ceremony. I will be blogging more about it over the holiday time, but suffice it to say that God blessed us, as the red tide came a few days later (a nasty algae bloom that kills fish and gives humans bronchial distress), as did a massive cold front. A HUGE shout-out to all of the wonderful people I had the pleasure of working with, who pulled out all the stops to make the evening a success…DJDayve, who was the best, most professional DJ I’ve ever had; Barbara at FocusFloral, who did an exquisite job, Ella at Ella’s Cakes, who blew us away with the most delicious and decadent vanilla cake with lime filling and coconut cream (I think I gained 5 pounds finishing it off that week!) and our caterer and wedding officiant Amber at Sand Dollar Weddings and Sage Catering, who not only married us, but catered the whole 5 course sit down dinner simultaneously…flawlessly! The magical decor was orchestrated by a family friend, who went to all sorts of of trouble to make everything perfect, right down to raking the sand. I could not have been happier with the results!
If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, or are a friend on Facebook, you know how much I love espresso. I start every day with a couple of shots on my lovely, but quirky Italian Francis Francis machine…
I wax poetic about the crema, the intense aroma, the gutsy flavor of each powerful sip…
But I did not know that there is a National Espresso Day, and as luck would have it, I am getting married on that very day in a few short weeks…November 24th! That’s my kind of day! Thanks to Foodimentary for pointing this fact out to me! I am forever in your debt.
Yep, you heard right. I am tying the knot shortly, hence the lack of posts as of late. And I am planning the whole thing from out of town, which adds an extra element of fun. But in this case, it hasn’t been stressful, nor have I turned into Bridezilla. I am just going with the flow. We will be getting married at a beach house down in the Naples, Florida area so I’m keeping the vibe casual and tropical. This is the cake I ordered from the stunning Ella’s Cakes…it is a coconut cake with a key lime cream and coconut mousse….geez, could it sound any better?? Oh, and that’s a buttercream icing, versus the bland fondant…
Let me know if you’d like to hear more…
Before I continue, just check out the serious sway around my daughters neck. I won’t go into all the accolades she received at graduation because there are so many it would take the entire post, and that is not the point I want to make…
I could tell you that I’m sad (I am) or that I feel old (not really) or that it all went by too fast (it did) but what I really want to tell you is how incredibly GRATEFUL I feel for having been Celia’s mother these last eighteen years. It has been the greatest joy in my life. Nothing beats it. Nothing.
Furthermore, she taught me so many things. I know its supposed to be the other way around, but in reality, the reverse is true if you allow it to be.
To my daughter on her 18th birthday:
What she taught me…
Engage in every conversation fully
Love wisely, but when you do, love with your whole heart
Invest in your future a little bit every day
A smile goes a lot farther than a frown
Ignore those who would pull you down
Teach others a better way of doing things
Always work hard, no matter how simple the task might be
Lose yourself in the moment
Enjoy life, and all the happiness it brings
Treasure every day with your children, and learn from them as they learn from you…
Watch Zach Braff help out a guy in England ask his girlfriend to marry him…it will bring you tears of joy to see the effort and love that went into his proposal, not to mention the song he wrote for the occasion. Enjoy!
It started off yesterday with this surprise from my (almost) 16 year old daughter…
How could any mom not be ecstatic? First of all, for the fact that she took the time and effort to bake and decorate it, but also for the fact that she knows how to!
I am a very proud mom indeed!
I am very grateful and lucky to call these beautiful and talented young ladies my daughters.
I hope that all you moms out there enjoy this weekend, and be joyous in every moment with your children!