Sunday, August 5, 2012

Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop #71

Happy Sunday, my dear friends and welcome to our party! Thank you all who take the time to leave meaningful comments here. Please know that I read all of them and would have responded to each of you have I an extra time. You see, I'm in "more time with family" mode, knowing that this time will soon pass and my girls will be grown ups before I know it so I am really taking the time to get to know them better by following their leads as they share their interests.

Take for example last Thursday. Princess One and I attended a concert of Victoria Justice at the Pacific Amphitheater. (As a little background, I mentioned how totally starstruck she is with this actress and singer from the Nickelodeon series Zoey 101 and Victorious in this post. I have a thousand reasons why we shouldn't go, like it's going to be an added expense, that it's too crowded, that it's going to end late and I have to go to work early next day, etc. But I'm so glad I did because no amount of money, nor amount of sleep, can match that priceless experience I had with her.

To be surrounded with adoring tweens screaming their heads off, glowsticks abundantly being waved up in the air, a daughter that sang along with Victoria, WOW! What made it more WOW! was the portion when Victoria asked the audience, "Do you have a special person in your life that inspires you and believes in you?" and Princess One pointed at me unabashedly in front of my friends. I never paid attention to the lyrics of the song but while Princess One was singing along with Victoria, the following lines melted my heart:

You might be crazy
Have I told you lately
That I love you,
You're the only reason that I'm not afraid to fly

And it's crazy
That someone could change me
Now no matter what it is I have to do
I'm not afraid to try
And you need to know that you're the reason, why!

After Victoria sang the song, she urged all the girls to give their moms a hug and Princess One dutifully did so. At that instant, my friends, I had a flashback of the feelings I had when I witnessed Princess One's first smile, when finally I felt her hugs tightened around my neck when I was carrying her as an infant, and many other special milestones in her life - the feeling of awe, being accomplished, and that "Awwww" moment - and I felt exactly the same when she hugged me right then and there. The epiphany I got was, "I'm still my daughter's first love!" That's the best payback I got as a parent so far.

How about you? Any special moment with your child that you want to share?

Favorite Blog
You clicked, inlinkz tallied. The readers' favorite blog post this past week, being the most viewed post, is White Buffets by Mindy from Pretty in Paint. She has a serious love affair with old vintage or antique buffets...and she dreams about them! This buffet which she painted with CeCe Caldwell Vintage White turned out awesome, don't you think?

Our Party
To the main course of this post.
For those of you joining us for the first time, we only have 2 easy, simple rules:

1) Link up your creative post - can be a DIY project, decor, photography, crafts, recipes, poem, thrift finds, link party, or that informative syndicated post that can make us laugh, or cry - in short, whatever you're proud of! And if you like to link more creative posts, go for it! We'd love to see them :) (No links to businesses or giveaways. We have another party for these exclusively every Tuesday called Market Your Biz & Giveaways at 5 pm, PST.)

2) Follow as many blogs as you desire, either via Google Friend Connect or Linky Followers, preferably starting first with the one who linked before you and after you, before branching out, and let them know by leaving a comment. (Following me will be very much appreciated, and I definitely follow back. Just let me know you're following.)

Displaying the party button on your blog, while optional, is very much appreciated :) It will help you remember to come back and link up to the the happiest blog party on the block (ahem!). It will also help others find their way to the party which we all love because the more the merrier :)

Link opens up every Sunday at 5:00 pm, PST and ends Friday at 11:59 pm.

Friends, go ahead and get to know each :) One followed blogger is one gained friend. And please, don't forget to join my Market Your Biz and Giveaways blog party every Tuesday at 5 pm, PST. It's your chance for free promotion of your family-friendly business and giveaways.

Now, let's party like no other!

Burning question:
Can you share one special moment with your child that took place recently?


  1. Just found your blog and party - LOVE IT. I linked up a project and became your newest follower. Can't wait to see all the other projects linked up.

    Tammy @

  2. I have the same reasons for not being around blog land much lately. That concert sounds like it was AWESOME.

  3. Thanks so much for hosting!!!
    I accidently posted a furniture piece in last weeks market link party ( which is still open )
    Sorry about that!

  4. Happy Sunday SJ!! Have an awesome week xox

  5. Thanks for hosting! Have a great week!

  6. SJ,
    Thanks for hosting us again! Hope your week is wonderful! :D

    ~Stephanie @

  7. Thanks for hosting SJ. Have a great week!

  8. Thank you for hosting. Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  9. Thank you so much for hosting! Have a great week! :)

  10. Thanks so much for having me SJ. Hope you have a great week.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  11. Thank you for hosting! Sounds like you had a pretty special time with your princess at the concert! I think I'd get teared up for sure. They grow up fast. Enjoy your time with your family!

    1. Oh, thank you, Tanya :) Thanks for joining the blog party.

  12. Thank you for hosting - have a great week!
    With A Blast

  13. I know the time will come when my girls ask me to take them to some teeny bopper concert and I will roll my eyes...but at the same time, I'll remember this post of yours! So happy for you that you now have such a beautiful memory to carry in your heart for always!
    Thanks for hosting, SJ! Have a great week.

  14. I can't wait to take my little ones to a concert. That sounds like fun! I'm glad to have found your party, and I'm now following you on GFC!

  15. Thanks so much for the link party! Have a great week!

  16. Thanks for hosting and letting me share what I LOVE to do!! Have a fun weekend.


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