Birthday wishes and giveaways winners…

Hey there!

First, I wanted to announce the winners of the four Tim Holtz dies: Denise, Shari, Carol and Jen Shipley.  I will email you each.

Also, I wanted to do a huge shout out to my sweet step-daughter, Kay, who turned 15 today.  We decided to surprise her with a gift that would make her smile big time.

This weekend, Kay and I are headed to NYC for a few Broadway shows and site-seeing and eating and fun.

Kay loves theater and acting and wants to live in NYC someday.  (In fact, she is redoing her room to be an NYC-theme.)  So, tonight, when we told her we were going, she was one very happy girl.  Love this face…

Kay Finding out NYC 

Kay is proof for every mom out there that teenage girls can be delightful, kind and wonderful.

And, along with our family tradition, she was silly-stringed.  This time she had two cans exploding at her – one from each of her siblings…

Kay Silly String

The two of us will have such fun in NYC.  We could chat for days… check out cute boys… eat… shop… laugh… chat… eat… take pictures.  I am so so so so very blessed to be her mum.  SO very blessed.

Kay and I

And one of the best things about going to NYC is that Kay will get to meet my friend Kelly.  Kelly is an amazing gal with such a sense of who she is, adventure and appreciation of life.  I would love Kay to grow up to be like Kelly, so this will be very special for me.

I will be tweeting throughout the weekend.  Can't wait.

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71 thoughts on “Birthday wishes and giveaways winners…”

  1. She…is beautiful! I swear she resembles you too! Have a great time..I am thinking she will grow up to be awesome, cuz that is what she is surrounded by 🙂 cher

    congrads to the of these

  2. What a great weekend you have planned! You’re such a nice mommy. Can’t wait to hear all about the shows you hit. I don’t use twitter, I hope you post when you get back. Also, thank you so much for the TH die! I’m so jazzed about winning it and can’t wait to use it!

  3. What an amazing birthday present! I am so happy for her! :> So nice that your birthdays are so close! I hope that my daughter will be as wonderful as Kay is, and she is so wonderful already so I think she may be! :> Have lots of fun!

  4. Lovely pics of Kay. Wish her Happy B’day. Seeing you with her reminds me of the fun I have with my just turned teen daughter. We do have fun together in so many different ways.

  5. What an awesome surprise! You’re both very blessed to have each other…and being raised in NYC and not leaving til I got married, I hope you have an amazing time!!! NYC is great! She’ll love it!

  6. Such cute photos, and wonderful memories made. Have fun on your trip. Congratulation! to the winners. TFS!!! 😀

  7. Exactly what Cher said and a gift for all girls would love. I love the NY theme and would love to see the ideas on that.

    Have a great time.

  8. WHat a beautiful girl, inside and out. I have seen about 13 Broadway shows and each was such a great experience. My bro and SIL live in Brooklyn so it makes visiting much cheaper. I think my last trip was 2001 though… then we had kids… What are you guys going to see?

  9. What a sweet heart of a girl. I hope you all have a wonderful time in the city that never sleeps.

  10. happy birthday kay! i hope you guys have a wonderful time in nyc. thanks for sharing the pictures!

  11. What fantastic photos of a beautiful, happy young lady!!! I hope you have a FABULOUS birthday weekend, Kay!

  12. I hope you girls have a fantastic weekend in NYC! Say hello to Broadway for me!

    I would love to know what kind of camera you used to take the photos of the silly string. I love series shots like that and I have been trying to decide on a new camera.


  13. Oh what a fun time, and such a great gift. How wonderful you have such a great relationship with your beautiful step-daughter. I also love my step- child as much or more then if I had him myself…sometimes hard to share him with another mother. Have a great weekend!!!

  14. Congrats to the lucky winners! And very Happy Birthday to Kay and belated Happy Birthday to you Jennifer. Have a great time in NYC!!!

  15. Yes, you are lucky to have such a delightful teenager,,,but I must say that she is lucky to have such a delightful Mum. Enjoy your wonderful trip together!

  16. I don’t know who it luckier – You for having Kay in your life——– Or Kay for having you in her life.
    Have a super, wonderful, grand time.

  17. Nice to see a slice of family life. And encouraged to hear the teen years are not always to be feared (we have three daughters!). And…I love your family tradition!

  18. Wishing you and Kay a beautiful time in New York.Who doesn’t love the one of the world’s most exciting cities? As the mother of a now 19 year old, I can attest that teenagers can be wonderful. Yes, they have their moments, but sharing that time of their life with them is truly special.
    Enjoy the momement!

  19. I am glad that I am not the only one that noticed–She looks WAY to much like you to not be your birth child! Isn’t that amazing?
    I have two boys. They both had their moments but I wouldn’t trade them for anything!

  20. Happy Birthday Kay! What fantastic photos…she looked so surprised. Have a great time! I’ve never been to NYC…but hope to make it there someday.


  21. That’s awesome Jennifer! I’m sure you guys will have an awesome time–You’ll have to report back and tell us which show was you’re favorite. 🙂

    You are quite the photographer–These photos are just gorgeous–I so love how they capture the moment when in a series. You’ll have fun scrapbooking them. 😉

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