Thursday, October 24, 2013

Birthday Wishes

Today is my beloved birthday, and though it should be all about me...I can't get past how very grateful I am for my parents.  Maybe it's because I have my own little ones now that makes my birthday a little different.  I think about my kids' birthdays and what they mean to me.  I can remember bringing them into this Earth and the emotions I felt that day.  The joy they bring to my life, and the difficulties that come with raising them.  Yes, birthdays are a joyous occasion, but for a  parent they are a day of reflection.  So, today I want to thank my parents.  Thank my mother for carrying me for 9 long months.  Only to go through hours of labor to bring me into this world.  She nourished me and grew me and prayed for my well being while I was simply nothing but a tiny fetus.  She felt my first kicks and hiccups.  She knew me before anyone else did.  To my father, who rubbed my mothers aching feet those 9  months.  He delivered the food she craved and kept her as comfortable as he could.  He placed his hands on my mother's belly to feel me kick.  He spoke to my mom's belly to feel connected to me.  And on the day I was born, he was right there, beside my mom, to see me enter this world.  He kissed my forehead and loved me instantly. 
Mom and Dad, you are the best parents I could ask for.  Thanks you for allowing me to be myself and for loving me unconditionally.  The tears rolling down my face are tears of gratitude.  I can never repay you for all the hard work and patience that raising me took.  I can never tell you thank you enough.  I can never tell you how much I love you, because it just would never add up. So, on my are the reason I'm here, you made me...THANK YOU!!!!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Cruisin' with the Salon

This cruise was such an amazing experience.  I am always fascinated by the beauty that surrounds us, and this was just another one of those times where I was in awe.  Catalina was beautiful.  The small town feel, the water, the tiny cars and golf carts, and the history.  We ate the most delicious food at this hole in the wall place called Topless Tacos.  Seriously, the best burrito I have ever had.  Later we went on a little boat ride to a small, Pirate's Cove.  On the boat ride there we were surrounded by dolphins and sea lions.  It was one of my favorite things about the whole trip.  I kid you not, I felt the Spirit there.  It was so peaceful and exciting.  Later, while snorkeling, I was almost attacked by a sea lion.  He got so close, his tail hit my head.  Yes, it scared me half to death, but I couldn't help but laugh myself for being so frightened! 
Ensenada was a little bit of a let down to be honest.  It was dirty and noisy and the constant begging was more than I could take.  We went horseback riding...which was boring.  Worst horseback ride of my life.  The highlight of Ensenada was when we got the yummiest fish tacos!  A dollar each and they were worth way more than that.  Then, once we got into the older part of town, it was really quite beautiful.  The architecture and the small shops.   The beauty of the attention to detail on these older buildings was amazing! 
I can't quite explain how grateful I am for the amazing people my hubby gets to work with.  They are all so talented, and I love them all.  I can't wait for the next salon trip...hopefully sooner than later!