HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Uncle Oliver!
CONGRATULATIONS to Tom and Kathy!
Aric, Ashlyn, and I had a busy day. This morning Aric got up early and brought us Krispie Kreme donuts for breakfast. Mmmmm! We ran some errands - shopped at Costco, Aric got a much needed haircut, Ashlyn had her portraits taken, and we had a quick lunch.
This afternoon, Aric, Ashlyn, and I attended a lavish wedding at Easter Hill Estate in Rocking Horse Ridge in Orange Hills. The mansion sat atop a hill overlooking all of Orange County. It was absolutely breath-taking.
After the ceremony, guests mingled while enjoying the awesome view, cocktails from bar, and hors d'oeuvres hand served by caterers. The banquet took place underneath a grand tent decorated with sparkling lights and superabundance of fresh roses and flowers. Dinner was amazing...it was buffet style offering three different types of food: Herbal Roasted Prime Rib, Macadamia Nut Encrusted Mahi Mahi, and Parmesan Chicken. Each station served salad and side dishes that complimented the entree. Aric and I opted for the Prime Rib, while others at our table sampled from each station. Smart! hehehe
If Aric and I could get married all over again, I would love for our wedding to be like this. The natural backdrop really added to the event. Not to mention, the weather couldn't have been more perfect. It was sunny, but not too hot...and as the sky darkened into night, it remained clear and warm.
I was most impressed with all the decorations and the glass dance floor constructed over the swimming pool. I felt as if I were attending an A-list party that celebrities often throw. hehehe Ashlyn had such a great time and danced the night away. After almost an hour of dancing, we had to pry her away for cake. She really didn't want to leave. That wild party animal! HAHAHA!
turned 23 months today. She's talking so much more these days. She knows
the names of most animals (and their sounds), inanimate objects, and
people's names or titles (ie. grandma, grandpa, etc..). She often repeats
everything we say and is learning new words everyday. As of late, she's
picked up "Awww, Man!" *squint eyes* I don't know where or
who she got that from, but it's hard trying to wipe that from her vocabulary.
Her other most spoken words are: "No!", "I try!",
"Mine!", "Sorry", "Yeah", "Welcome",
"Okay?", "Cool!", "Thank You", "Look!",
"Oh No!" and "Elmo"...just to list a few. She's
also finally learning the alphabet and counting...although she mixes
the two sometimes.
We got back from the wedding around 10:30, gave Ashlyn a bath, put her down to bed, and watched "While You Were Out" and "What Not to Wear" before bed.
Oh wait...I forgot to mention something about the wedding. Tonight Ashlyn wore her pretty (flowergirl) dress she wore for Sarah's wedding. I figured there won't be too many opportunities where she'll get to wear that dress before she outgrows it. Unintentionally, it turned out that Ashlyn's sash matched the EXACT shade of lavendar as the bridal party! She looked like she was part of the bridal party. Even the bride was stunned when she saw. *blush* Uh, mah bad! What are the odds? =P
Pictures from tonight:
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