Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CA Road Trip {Part 2}

Just sharing a few more photos taken
During our 10 day road trip to California

You'd think I had never been there before
Such a tourist :)

I was raised in SoCal and lived in NE Cal until I was 36
But I certainly did the 'tourist' thing while we were there :)

Loved letting the water and sand roll over my feet

These little guys had Lots to say :)

One of my Favorite photos

Loved the beautiful white sand

I can Finally say
I've been to Pebble Beach and walked on the 18th green :)

Cute little town with Lots of great antique shops

Found several sand dollars at Morro Bay

Matthew was SO excited when he found his first one

Little country road I enjoyed driving down

Because we saw 2 young bucks while driving 

Super enjoyable and restful trip
So thankful for God's provision, protection and Love
Truly hope to do another trip next year
Maybe a motor home to Mt Rushmore 
What do you think???

This fluffy woman NEEDS
To go on a Huge Diet!!!!!!!!!!

Until next time
Blessings to all

Monday, July 28, 2014

California Road Trip 2014

I choose to Never announce that I will be out of town 
On my blog before I leave
Maybe it's a little fear, maybe a little smart
But I took my youngest son
And went on a 10 day road trip to California

10 Days
2012 Miles
A Little Family Time
A LOT of Beach Time
A Ton of Fun and Sun
Relax, Drive, Relax

Loved Every Minute
Here are just a few of the 320 photos I took

I decided that each day
We would take a photo of where we were
Or where we were going
Day 1
California Here We Come :)

No matter where we were
I was Always on the hunt
For a Fun Antique store to walk through

This boy LOVES horses
I think he'd keep one in his room
If I'd let him

Twins Lakes California

Stayed a couple days with Grandma (Mark's Mom)
And his sister and BIL

We also spent one night with
My oldest son's birth sister (who found us 8 years ago)
They have truly become family and we Love them SO much

I can Finally say I've been to Bodega Bay
Where they made the movie 'The Birds'

San Francisco - Alcatraz in the background

We got to walk on the Golden Gate Bridge
A bit creepy because you can feel it move
But we forged on

Another stop was in San Jose
Winchester Mystery House
A fun Tourist stop

Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Before you fall asleep
I'll stop here and share a few more photos
Over the next few days

I will end by saying this:
I have not taken a 'real' vacation in over 24 years
This was a time very much needed
And Way overdue

I'll never let that happen again
It was Fabulous!!!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Kris's Spotlight

I am off line for a much needed rest
Below is the post I wrote for Kris'
Saturday Spotlight 06/28/2014

When I first received the email from Kris at Junk Chic Cottage asking me if I would be interested in being featured on her Saturday Spotlight, Life Behind The Blogger, I thought she had gotten the wrong email address. I fly my blog way under the radar so I was, quite frankly, shocked that she would ask. Thank you Kris for extending this honor to me and my little blog, I appreciate you so much!

My name is Cindy and I have been blogging at Consider It All Joy for 6 years.

Born and raised in Southern California you might say I lived a fairy tale kind of life, spending all of our free time at either, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm or the beach (Huntington, Newport or Balboa).  If I was afforded the opportunity now, I would definitely make my home on a beach somewhere in California.  But for now, I’ll just be happy to hang out in my own little piece of Paradise.  This fall I will be painting a full mural on the back wall behind the pool
(now that I've announced it, I HAVE to complete it)

At 21 my family purchased a restaurant in a small town near Lake Tahoe, CA where I eventually met and married the love of my life. Because his family came from and owned a large portion of Bodie, CA he wanted to get married there, (it is now a State Historic Park), so on May 16, 1981 that is exactly what we did.

Just 6 months into our marriage I found out I would not be able to have children. After numerous tests, sleepless night and months of tears, we decided that adoption would be our option. Our oldest son came into our lives when he was 21 months old; we were his 4th home and gratefully, his final home. Our youngest son was 4 months old when he came to us; we were told he was deaf, blind and paralyzed on his right side. We were told he would never walk, talk or live beyond a year or two. We were asked if we would just take him until they found an institution who would take him. Please, don’t get too attached they said, my heart was hooked, he is now 29, and even with all of his ‘deficits, I wouldn’t change anything for the world. 

Eventually life led us to Phoenix, AZ where we purchased our 1st and only house together. It’s a tiny 1100 sq ft (vintage~lol) 1979 tract house. It’s nothing special, except for the fact that we purchased it together and made it home.

I first began blogging as an outlet for a tough season I was walking through never thinking anybody would ever read what I wrote, however I began participating in on-line Bible studies and met some amazing women whom I can honestly say have become great friends, even in real life friends.

On Christmas Eve 2010, I awoke to find my husband of nearly 30 years, had passed away early that morning and my life changed forever. My world, as I had known it, fell apart and everything I had grown to love was turned upside down, including my blog.

During that season of grief it was my son’s and My 3 K’s (my granddaughters) who kept me semi-sane and able to put one foot in front of the other.

It has only been in the past 6 months or so that I have begun to actively pursue new hobbies which include, writing, photography, junkin’ and reviving my blog.  Those are just the types of things you will find on my blog. Family, photography, junk finds, decorating attempts and the like. I love the #3, C’s and K’s and pick them up when I find them. 

In the months ahead I do plan on updating my blog and re-naming it, it's a work in progress, as am I.  I do hope you will stop by and allow me to get to know you.

Kris, thank you again for this amazing opportunity! You are a Gem...

Monday, July 14, 2014

My K~Bug Turned 10

It's hard to believe that my sweet K~Bug
Turned 10 over the weekend
It seems just yesterday we were anxiously
Awaiting her arrival 
And now she's 10

It was such a treat for me to be able to host
Her 10 birthday party for our family
She wanted an Aqua Luau
And that is exactly what she got

Preparations were so much fun
I loved every minute of getting ready
To make her day special

This is just one of the many, many fun photos 
We took of the cousins that were here
We sure miss the 6 that live out of state
(Hint, Hint, don't you want to move to AZ?)

The pool was used for several hours
Even the adults had a blast

My K~Bug getting ready to open her gifts

Her new glasses case was a Hit!
Of course, anything from Justice is....

But those converse tennies
Brought some really Big Smiles too
She was so Happy with ALL of her gifts
Such a sweet, gracious, thankful and appreciative girl

Must have ankle bracelets for luau's
Thank you G for making them

Super Cup~Cakes 
Yummy :)

Showing off just a few of her many gifts

And at the end of the day
I think many of us
Felt just like my little K~Baby

Miss K~Bug
Your Nana loves you SO much
And I am SO proud of the lovely young lady you are becoming
I am also SO honored to be your Nana

Happy Monday Everybody!!