As each year passes, I swear I’ll focus on the positive of having Jayda in my life, but there is always a glimmer of sadness because I know as each year goes by, it’s another year closer to when she will no longer be in my life. I don’t think I could ever love another dog the way I love Jayda. I’ve talked about her so many times on this blog over the years so I won’t keep repeating the same thing. As usual, I took a birthday photo (without the crazy birthday hat this time) and we gave her some delicious meatballs with breakfast and dinner. She may have had a meatball snack or too throughout the day as well. Happy birthday sweet Jayda! I love you so much!

Jayda

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The White Room in St. Augustine is a beautifully popular place to have your wedding and/or reception. This venue has a rooftop loft, an indoor loft, a smaller banquet room and the actual White Room itself; all of which can be rented or if you’re having a smaller wedding, you can rent the loft or a banquet room. The outdoor loft overlooks the intracoastal waterway and at sunset, wow! Gorgeous! The actual White Room has an outdoor balcony as well, which also overlooks the intracoastal waterway.

Aside from the beautiful location, did I mention the food is amazing? I had the pleasure of eating from one of their seafood tables during a wedding where my meal was what the guests were eating and wow! I could not stop eating the fresh shrimp with their amazingly delicious cocktail sauce. They also served, what I believe was a prime rib and many other delicious options. You will not be disappointed with the food! That’s for sure!

Here are some of my favorite photos from The White Room which will help give you a better feel for what it looks like in and around this beautiful venue! Also, be sure to check out the other locations in my Getting Married in St. Augustine Series.

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I’m not sure why I never did a session with my parents and Carly. I know we had talked about it a few times when she was a baby and even did do some big group pictures when we had family visiting, but we never did a session of just them with Carly.

My parents are going to be selling their house soon. It’s the house my brothers and I grew up in. They’ve owned the home for over 20 years. It’s hard to imagine someone else living there. It’s on a big lot that backs up to a big lake and has a pool. Anyway, realizing that their time in that home was short, I decided it was time to do some pictures. My dad has an orange tree right outside of their bedroom window and it makes the most delicious oranges. This year, however, I think God wanted to make the last batch of oranges that we would taste from this tree extra delicious. The oranges are insanely sweet and juicy this year. It’s the best batch it has ever produced. So I definitely wanted to incorporate the tree, which lucky enough for us, has become something Carly loves to do with her Gama and Papa. Here are my favs. Happy Tuesday.

My parents and Carly

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Carly RaeThis week has been quite a challenge. We started off the week with a contractor hitting a water main and our water being out for almost 12 hours. With 3 toilets and a pregnant lady, well, you can imagine the dilemma. haha! The next day, something happened to our internet and there was an outage in our area for more than two days. We’re still dealing with that issue. Then, in trying to switch web hosts, the internet went down for two days in the middle of the transfer and my site was MIA… So if you emailed me and never heard back from me, please resend the email because I didn’t get it. Needless to say, this week has not been as productive as I had hoped.

In amongst all of this and trying to get things fixed and find alternative solutions to the issues, I found myself neglecting Carly’s desire to play with me. I could tell her spirit was broken and feeling like I didn’t want to play with her. She’s always so happy and lively and the moment I realized I was breaking her spirit, my heart sank. All of this reminded me that life isn’t about the frustrations of interruptions to things that can wait. Life is about living in the moment and giving your all to the people you love. So today, I’m going to spend it with Colby and Carly. Happy Friday.

 

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