It was a sunny afternoon with crisp blue skies and not a cloud in sight and the heat of the sun streaming through the windows warmed not only our souls but our hearts.
Tears did not spill as I had anticipated...but there was no lack of love, emotion and hugs.
One never knows what might bubble up....sometimes it catches me off guard.
Their home is perched high up on a rocky outcropping replete with Garry Oaks. The panoramic view can been seen from it's many windows offering glimpses of the ocean and the snow capped mountains beyond. It has a large and open plan which makes it a great entertaining house.
It has several bedrooms and bathrooms...more than ample room for a growing family.
Flowers greeted us at every turn
the food was delicious and plentiful...
I enjoyed sipping my tea and perusing the assortment of tempting treats
I needed to exercise restraint...
I nibbled cheese, crunched veggies, ate a devilled egg and then...
I enjoyed a few tasty cookies made by my DIL's mother...
sweet buttery mounds sprinkled with butterscotch chips...yum!
So many rosy cheeked toddlers and wee ones were in attendance...we literally could have opened a preschool!
Try as not to steal the focus of the event (but how could she not)...the lovely Miss Isla tugged at my heart strings...
I held her for a bit, (not long enough) before she wanted her mommy back
Miss Isla and her Mom have a very close bond, serene and lovely...it's as it should be.
There was floor play with toys in a sun filled room. Isla flirted with another baby boy her age...her eyes lit up and she was definitely pouring on her charms, smiling broadly and tilting her head!
I had never seen this side of her before...as we usually see her with her parents.
She is crawling...crawling backwards and rolling over, and standing up at the coffee table.
Diminutive and gorgeous this little lady has harnessed beauty and it's all wrapped up in one cuddly package...
I wore basic black
top and bottom
right down to the toes.
a garland of pearls
to add length
The Burberry jacket came out too as it was not too cold
My hair has been in my face so much of late
I decided to go retro and put it half up the way I did when I was younger.
My cheeks are not thin so the look is...
the word matronly comes to mind
for want of a better word.
It shows my full face
a bold and brave statement!
I need to feel more confident about wearing my hair pulled back
and is matronly a bad thing when one is closing in on 56?
My Yoga practise has given me
a renewed sense of energy.
Lululemon Yoga Gear
Capris and a tank
The Studio where I practise is very close to home.
a leisurely stroll.
I have been trying to watch what I eat
ingesting more enzyme rich raw food.
Reading about the raw food movement has been quite interesting.
I could not embrace it in it's entirety but can adapt and adopt some of the principles.
Winter weight gain necessitates
choosing food with mindfullness
and upping the exercise quotient.
I hope that I am up to the task.