A Week of Celebration

Every year, the week of September 11 comes and goes in a flurry. My birthday is the 8th, and our anniversary is the 11th. Due to the fact that the school routine is just starting again, we usually have a week with random moments of celebration as we can fit them in. I had lovely dinners with my husband and with dear friends, flowers delivered by surprise from a close friend, and a birthday cake decorated solely by my daughter.

It was also the first time I was able to get out of the house and move around comfortably since breaking my ankle. Having a nice lunch in the Palisades with ocean views is truly the best way I can think of to celebrate. The week always goes by so fast, I take photos of these special little moments to remember and look back at later. The week ended up being exactly what makes me happiest – time doing what I love and time spent celebrating with the people I love. Which, in the end, are who make everything in life worthwhile! 🙂

Flowers from a dear friend. It was lovely to answer the door and receive these.
Flowers from a dear friend. It was lovely to answer the door and receive these.
Not exactly professional, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Homemade chocolate cake and decorated by my daughter.
Not exactly professional, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Homemade chocolate cake and decorated by my daughter.
Nothing I love to do more than spread out ALL over the living room floor with yarn and sketching materials and dream up a new design! :)
Nothing I love to do more than spread out ALL over the living room floor with yarn and sketching materials and dream up a new design! 🙂
Gladstones has excellent food and atmosphere, and lovely views of the Pacific Palisades coastline. We don't eat here often, but it's a special treat when we do!
Gladstones has excellent food and atmosphere, and lovely views of the Pacific Palisades coastline. We don’t eat here often, but it’s a special treat when we do!
For me, it's a tossup between sushi and ceviche. My two favorites, in addition to calamari, as evidenced by the empty plate in the background.
For me, it’s a tossup between sushi and ceviche. My two favorites, in addition to calamari, as evidenced by the empty plate in the background.
You really can't have a more beautiful view while enjoying your plate of seafood. I could watch the ocean all day.
You really can’t have a more beautiful view while enjoying your plate of seafood. The ocean is my favorite perk of living in Los Angeles.

Fiesta Week

Every year at the beginning of September, we have a week of celebration. My birthday and our wedding anniversary is in the same week, and we have a week of randomly eating cake and celebrating life. Here, a few photos I hope you all will enjoy as much as I did being there to take them!

My constant source of inspiration and place to clear my head - and my allergies when needed - THE OCEAN.
My constant source of inspiration and place to clear my head – and my allergies when needed – THE OCEAN.
Another photo of our favorite place in the world taken a few weeks ago during the high surf. I wish my photography skills could do its beauty justice!
Another photo of our favorite place in the world taken a few weeks ago during the high surf. I wish my photography skills could do its beauty justice!
Is there anything better than seafood with an ocean view? I think not!
Is there anything better than seafood with an ocean view? I think not!
Homemade. Well, the guacamole is anyway. :) LA has been having temps over 100 degrees, and nice cold beer and homemade guacamole is a perfect way to celebrate.
Homemade. Well, the guacamole is anyway. 🙂 LA has been having temps over 100 degrees, and nice cold beer and homemade guacamole is a perfect way to celebrate.
I haven't figured out yet which is more inspiring - the ocean or flowers. My husband gave me these for my birthday, and I would love to have some yarn dyed based on the colors in this bouquet!
I haven’t figured out yet which is more inspiring – the ocean or flowers. My husband gave me these for my birthday, and I would love to have some yarn dyed based on the colors in this bouquet!