Wordful Wednesday – Balboa Beach

Child #1 decided that she’d like to spend the day at the Balboa Fun Zone for her 12th Birthday, so off we went.  Such a good choice.  The weather was perfect, and everyone had a ton of fun except me {can we say sick, sick, sick?}.  It wasn’t so much that I didn’t have fun as that I felt lousy.

Isn’t this view gorgeous?

See those happy, smiling faces?  J’adore my cuties!

I still can’t believe my “baby” is 12!

I love this picture because of the backlit light, but also because it’s a shot of Grace and me on her birthday.  Ah, the bloom of youth {hers, not mine}!

The sunset when we were leaving was spectacular.  I just wish I could have enjoyed it more.  Instead I was busy violating the trashcans on the way to the car.  Vomiting in public is really embarrassing, disgusting and something I hope to never do again.

Have you taken any fun day trips lately?

Don’t forget to head over to visit my co-host Amanda at Parenting by Dummies today.  Her post about her grandma is so incredibly touching.  Bet she could use some kind words today!


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    Oh those images are FANTASTIC! (ANd your youth certainly seems to be in bloom as well 😉 ) Hope you are feeling much, much better….and have a splendid rest of your week.

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    Looks like a wonderful place to spend a birthday! Hope you’re feeling much better by now.

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    awww! happy birthday to your daughter! I guess with us both having a circus full of children odds are high we both are celebrating birthdays around the same time.
    Thank you for your kind words last week. My 1st born appreciated it.

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    Oh wow! You were really sick! Poor you! I hope you are feeling better.

    Love all the photo of your daughter’s birthday. It looks it was a perfect day. Happy birthday to your 12 year old! She’s gorgeous!

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    Oh what I wouldn’t give to have that veiw right about now….it’s supposed to get super cold in the next few days….I know…how weird for Canada this time of year eh?

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    I’m with Kimberly… we Canadians have a true appreciation for that view at this time of year.
    by the way?
    Your “baby” girl… is gorgeous! 🙂
    You must be terrified hahaha.

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    I live in FL surrounded by beautiful beaches and endless sunsets which vary day to day. Your family is gorgeous. Their smiles tell so many varying stories of this trip.

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    kristin says

    I am SO jealous. The beach, the sun, the perfect day (minus the garbage can violations). I’m sitting here w/ frozen toes, and there’s not even enough snow to enjoy the cold! Do you ever get tired of sunshine? LOL. Probably not. Still, It’d miss the changing seasons…

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    I LOVE meeting people through their blogs who live in the Los Angeles area! It doesn’t happen often as I haven’t come across many bloggers who live out here so I’m extra excited when I see a beach I know! We’re in the Marina so not too far from Newport Beach. Although we’re much closer to Playa Del Rey beach and walking distance to Venice Beach. Anyhow, I found your blog through SITS, which I just joined. Nice to meet you!

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