Raya Jean is one year old today. So much has happened in the last year and as I have spent time teaching her she has done the same for me. Every thing from the first taste of a plum to watching the trees blowing in the wind, Raya enjoys and appreciates each moment as if it is a miracle just to be a part of it. It sort of is, isn’t it? We had an amazing party with all of our family and friends to celebrate Raya’s birthday over the weekend( this post will be up shortly) and today on her actual Birthday Raya’s Grandpa, Grandma, Aunt and Momma are all spending the day with her. Just playing with her new toys… there are lots and she is loving it. You don’t always get everything you want out of life, but if you know how to make the most of what you have and are always on the look out for an adventure, you will find happiness. I love you my beautiful little Raya Sunshine. Happy Birthday, I can’t wait to see what adventures the next year brings xxoo.
“This very moment is a seed from which tomorrow’s flowers grow.”
“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
― Albert Camus
Raya is back in Asheville, NC for the second time. It has been quite an action packed trip, with lots of amazing adventures. We spent time downtown, shopping and dining. We went to the WNC Nature Center and saw lots of animals including black bears, mountain lions, otters, snakes, frogs, turtle, foxes, and wolves.
It was so great to spend lots of time visiting with all of our friends here, at barbecues, house parties and even a small get together involving sushi in our “cozy” hotel room. Also Raya and her dad had time to see each other and we finally were able to see Raya’s grandma and grandpa’s new vacation home all fixed up and looking beautiful.
Apart from the slight hiccup in our stay here, a minor car accident causing our trip to be extended by a week, we can honestly say (I am speaking for Raya too of course) Asheville has been wonderful and we already can’t wait to come back. We still have two more days here and we will top it off with a dinner and sleep over with Raya’s goofy and amazing Uncle Erick who’s coming into town. As Erick put it “Fried Chicken and Baby Party” here we come. Till next time…… always look for the adventures in life, I know we will. XO
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Baby on a tray
Momma I’m up
I love my dress!
Raya’s red dress from great- grandma Jinny.
Nature center, checking out the otters
Nap time with Froggy
Raya’s new overalls
Raya helping out with chores
Ready for a day on the town
Raya loves to shop
Raya loves her walker.
Raya played with some of her Asheville friends.
My little sleeping beauty.
Raya and I went to our very first Kentucky Derby party. We wore our fancy hats and watched the unbelievably short Race. The food was great and the company even better. To top off the night Raya was lucky enough to get some dance lessons from Momma, Grandma, Aunt Amy and Cousin Jaynie. Another amazing adventure!
“In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”
― Gordon B. Hinckley