Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Jack attended a party at Get Air in Vista and couldn't have been happier about it. This, however, is the tough part of having two kids so close in age. Lainey felt left out. Life lesson! :(

We are in love with the guinea pig.

And, already dressing him for Halloween.

Saturday ritual has become watching Texas and LSU play outside on the patio. Lovely weather in SoCal makes for awesome opportunities like this. Too bad LSU lost this week, though.

We are in full force mermaid party planning. Prepare yourself.

Lainey and I attended Dapper Day at Disneyland, where people dress in old school (circa 50's and before) attire to pay tribute to Disneyland being a special event that people used to get dressed up for.....heels and all.

It was super fun.

Found this on my phone recently. Note to self: no more phone privileges for Lainey.

An old friend in town from my days at Michaels joined me for coffee last week. So good seeing her.

And, now we're nearly into a very busy weekend with party prep and more.

Back soon!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Happy Birthday, Dear Lainey

We woke early on Sunday to open gifts and celebrate with our big 7 year old.

Guinea Pig book from Aunt Mary was a big hit!

Caroline sent a plethora of gifts associated with the guinea pig, too.

Lainey donned her guinea pig shirt from Caroline and a cute sweater from Britney for CCD that morning. First day of CCD on Lainey's birthday? Lucky girl. :)

Laine got her first 'young adult'-ish book about Frozen with chapters. It's quite advanced. Proud of our strong reader.

Time for cake!

And, we finished the evening at the beach with a sunset picnic. It was lovely.

The sported a shirt given to her by Pa and Mae Mae for her first day back to school after lots of proud of all her new stuff.

Two more big celebrations planned. She has a Mermaid Party on the beach with friends at the end of the month and then also the Elsa makeover will come early October. Starnes children enjoy about 12 birthday events. Nothing wrong with that. Childhood happens only once.

Happy Birthday, lovely Lainey! She is the precious girl we never knew we wanted. What a gift she is to us.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014


LSU is back in action and looking good! We had the Davidge family over for the first game and the kids were decked out.

Porcupine, Lainey's guinea pig, goes everywhere with her.

Blake added lights to some lanterns we had previously used candles for and they add even more fun to our lovely backyard. I'd sleep out there if it were not for the opossums and coyotes. And, California King Snakes.

We attended a private party for Disneyland passholders last week and I did a little demo for a company that I've been writing for over the past year. Now, they've added me to manage some social media platforms for them (Instagram, Wanelo and Google+). And, they also just hired me to move into PR work for them, as well. It's a ton of fun!

That's me wearing one of their cute mod camera straps with the strap wrap attached to it (that holds an ID, credit card, cash, etc), and also my DSLR is covered by one of their camera pouches that slips over the camera to prevent dirt and dust.

Private party peeps!

Many unusual characters were out for the evening.

We left with sunglasses given to us by the resort. 

And, this past weekend, I ran out to run some errands only to return to this little masterpiece Blake created by hand using pallets. He's so incredibly talented with this stuff!

Fall is just ahead.......we're so excited!