Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadows

The Inn at Spanish Bay – Pebble Beach, CA

This photo was taken in 2008 at the elegant and peaceful resort called Inn at Spanish Bay.

The bagpipers at sunset is a must see especially with a glass a wine.  I promised my husband we could take this trip and since he is a golfer – he totaled enjoyed it.  So very romantic !



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Weekly Photo Challenge: Path

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It’s a new year; 2017 and for many like myself a new start. The photo above represents “path” it was taken on our honeymoon in Bora Bora. I see the new year as a path, a journey to continue exploring life. We always start the new year with a promise or a vow to better one’s self.  A resolution or perhaps many resolutions — Here’s to finding the best way to start on our “path”.  Happy New Year —





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New beginnings

This Christmas will be the first Christmas without my mother; she passed away in February 2016. The holidays are rough without her and we are trying new traditions this year. Although the three of us kids are still grieving  – we are challenging the grief to move us forward.  Into a place of joy and to prove that she taught us all to love and to realize there is no recovery.  My Mother always used to say, “Life continues, Life goes on…Life is for the living.”

Our loved ones will be remembered – as we keep telling the stories making the recipes and singing the songs. My Mom always prided herself with an excellent voice and sang extra loud in church; this year I will sing out loud the Christmas carols and think of her.


Gary 60th party

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Santa Claus is coming to town – or Memories from my Dad’s Rotary Christmas Party


As a child between the years of 1960 to 1971, once a year my Dad would take us kids to his inclusive Rotary Club Annual Holiday Luncheon.  We would celebrate and eat lunch with the all the members of the elite men’s service club of Garden Grove, California. It was such a treat and a pleasure for many reasons!
• My Mom would dress us up in our best clothing
• We got out of the school for the day
• We were spending time with my Dad
• And sometimes my older brother would perform his magic tricks for the entire group
Last night as I was doing the routine grocery shopping for the house; I heard a popular tune come on in the grocery store. The song was “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and I immediately thought of the memories of attending the Rotary Christmas parties with my two brothers, Gary and Drew and my Dad.
That song was the theme song for that “event” – it is amazing how one Christmas song can transcend you through 50 years back to the days of middle class America, attending a Rotary Holiday party.


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Photo journal – Thankful


2016 – Trabuco Canyon, California 

Thanksgiving Day 


1976 – Anaheim, California 

My immediate family 

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A well planned wedding

It does not matter the color scheme…..

It does not matter what is served for dinner….

What does matter is the love between the bride and the groom – three weeks ago my son married the woman of his dreams.  The most important part  – it was event that Guests will never forget.  Everyone kept their cool !  Congrats to Cameron and Jessica.




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Bridal Shower weekend in Bay Area

I feel blessed……

I feel lucky……

In just a few short months my oldest son is getting married to a beautiful, intelligent woman.  Here are scenes from her bridal shower. We all have waited a long time, now it’s becoming a reality…pretty soon we will  have Mr. & Mrs. Bride and Groom.  Love is wonderful when you find the right one.  Here’s to Cameron and Jessica Lynn, Congratulations and I can hardly wait for the nuptials.


beaming Jessica Lynn



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Happy Birthday Disneyland – 61 years of magic

Where do I begin to imagine my life – without ever working at Disneyland in Anaheim, California? I have been fortunate to work for 39 years out of Disneyland’s 61 year history.  I am the lucky one – Happy Birthday to Disneyland – and her’s to another 61 years of fun.  Thank you for a great ride!

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Look Up…..2016 Word Press weekly photo challenge

This week is all about taking a moment to check out what’s going on above you.




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Life evolves

One of my most proudest moments is when my son, Cameron graduated from UCLA in 2006. I invited my parents to attend the graduation at Pauley Pavilion on the campus.  It meant the world to me – to have my Mom watch Cameron graduate as he crossed the stage to accept his diploma from the Mayor of Los Angeles.  Most especially hearing his name being  called out loud.

It is now ten years later and my son is engaged to marry the woman of his dreams in October. There is so much happiness involved with this wedding of my Mom’s first grandchild. I always say that the first grandchild – could almost walk on water, since my Mom was so happy to become a grandmother back in 1983.

This past March, my mother was laid to rest – and she passed away knowing that Cameron was getting married.  She was happy knowing that the preparations had begun.  She knew the bride to be for the last three years and was close to her.


Here we are – (some of our immediate family) when we said our final goodbyes to Mom.

Life evolves and we move on – there are new babies, new weddings to plan for and vacations to book.  We think often of my Mom – and know that she is watching all of us from Heaven.

Here’s to the Bride and Groom and for happier days of loving each other.  Thank you Mom for laying the foundation.


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