Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy 18th Birthday, my beautiful niece...

kirtee was the first niece i ever had.
i call her my doll baby.
and now she is all grown up.

i love you, kiddo.
be strong, be brave.
you can do hard things, good things, amazing things.

there is a special light that burns within you,
you glow with a beauty that even you cannot see.
it isn't your cascading hair or those big eyes of yours -
it's your heart of kindness and compassion and service.
you will bless the world with your love.
tap into it.  don't be scared of your big dreams, big feelings.
your potential is limitless.

and we can't wait to see where life is taking you.

we believe in you, 
we love you,
and we hope you have a wonderful birthday.

happy birthday, kirtee.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

wrapping up reunion #2, a mini-horse camp with uncle troy...




as our reunion in aptos was wrapping up,
we snuck in a quick breakfast over near aunt sue's and uncle troy's house.
after eating and catching up,
and while polly, sue and i raced over to cannery row to check out the new dive shop and give my mom a hug -
uncle troy made charlie's day/week/month/year by getting one of the horses out 
and giving everyone a little lesson.

it was a whirlwind end to a whirlwind trip -
and bonus, we got to witness the awesomeness that is fourth of july fireworks in watsonville.
best ever, most dangerous, most surreal display - ALL OVER TOWN!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

family reunion #2, beach day...




most of this reunion was a flurry of meeting new people, checking in with herds of cousins, 
family meals, outings, fireworks and more.
i barely had time to bring out my camera for more than a few events (and i was a bit calcium-sick) -
but i did manage to grab a bunch of beach pics of the cousins.  

there is nothing better than when we all get together
and this pack of cousins falls into their usual patterns of playing until they drop -
and i can't remember the last time we had to police/break up a fight.
it just doesn't happen.
they're buddies.

love them.