I love having visitors. I especially love it when my family comes to visit!
Once a year my sister, Oshrat comes out for a visit (see past visits here). This time her visit was to meet Jacob.
We started most mornings with a visit to Starbucks or the doughnut shop or both.Our afternoons were spent at the park.We did a lot of fun things during her visit. We went blueberry picking. Hung out by the pool. When my sisters come to visit we like to find yummy things to eat. This trip was no exception. Thank you Oshrat for all the fun memories! I hope you had as much fun as we did. Love you!
Last summer, my sweet aunt Aline came to visit us from Israel.
I blogged about our Vegas trip, but never got a chance to post about the fun time we had in Cali.
As soon as my aunt landed she was on a mission to find her favorite celebrity, Kiefer Sutherland. We didn’t spot him in the airport, but did I take her to see his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
We walked around some more. Then we made our way to the Grove for lunch and some window shopping. Back home Sarah wanted to play hair dresser with Aline. The next day we went to see the Hollywood letters. Then we ended our afternoon with a walk on Rodeo and ice cream at Sprinkles. Thank you Aline for coming to visit us! Please come back again soon!!
Every year Sarah and I fly to Florida to visit my parents, sisters, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and many other family members that still live there. I also have childhood friends that I meet up with when I visit.
I always have a long list of things to do and people to see.
However, this trip was a bit different. We had about 6 big occasions to attend. First my baby sister was graduating from college. Then my cousin was getting married. We also celebrated Chanukah somewhere in between. Throw in there toddler naps and much needed time for me to relax while pregnant.
Let’s just say we were busy, like really busy.
Here is a snapshot of week 1:
Week 2:We had so much fun in Florida! Busy, but lot’s of fun. As usual I didn’t get to see everyone I wanted to and do everything I wanted to do, but I always leave Florida with a huge smile on my face and this time Sarah joined me.
Until next year…
After a week of hair, make up, heels and lot’s of parties, like the Hinna and Mikavh, my baby cousin, Tiffany got married!! Not only was this a special occasion for our family, but it was also Sarah’s first time as a flower girl.
The bride and her flower girl.
Instead of the traditional flower basket, Tiffany wanted Sarah to hold a sign that read, “Here comes your bride”. Sarah loved the honor and couldn’t wait to walk down the aisle.
Sarah got all dressed up for the special occasion. She had her hair curled at my mom’s salon and even got to wear red lipstick!
She loved it!
My cousins daughter, Daniella also walked down the aisle with Sarah. Here are the girls having a dance party before they head down the aisle. They were so cute together! My sister was also part of the bridal party. Here is my sister and Sarah.Trying to keep two toddlers in line while everyone was starting to make their way down the aisle was quite a challenge. They just wanted to dance and move around. After the last couple left the room I walked out with both girls and walked them to their starting point. They both stood their for a minute as everyone was staring at the two cute girls. It looked like a great time for the photographer to get some good shots. Unfortunately, my cousin has not yet received her wedding photos. The following pictures were taken with friends and family members phone. They both made their way down the aisle and went to their chairs. I quickly ran up the side to meet Sarah.
We watched as the bride and groom walked down the aisle into the chupah.Not even 5 minutes into the ceremony Sarah said she needed to pee. So we took a couple of pictures and headed back to the bridal room.I tried watching the ceremony from the room, but Sarah wanted to play.Finally inside the gorgeous ballroom!Sarah had so much fun!She was a little dancing queen. I however was exhausted. After a week of celebrations that included many salon trips and multiple nights in stilettos, I was done. I sat the majority of the night and took pictures of Sarah enjoying herself.
Then came the delicious dessert table! Yum was I in heaven!!My cousins and I are very close. We grew up together so it’s always fun when we are able to share in each others special occasions. One of my favorite pictures, it this picture of all of my cousins (on my dad’s side) with our grandpa.
“Cousins are childhood playmates who grow up to be forever friends.” – Anonymous
Mazal tov Tiffany and Oren! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!!
Before heading down the aisle most Jewish brides have the custom to go to the Mikvah.
A mikvah is a body of water where a woman purifies her self prior to getting married. A mikvah is also used to cleanse your body after your monthly cycle. You can read more about it here.
As a Sephardic Jew we take it one step further and have a Mikvah Party.
I also had my own mikvah party prior to getting married.
To continue Tiffany’s Wedding Week of fun we headed to the Mikvah to help Tiffany celebrate.
Tiffany’s mom, sisters, aunts and cousins.
After dipping in the Mikvah, Tiffany back out to her family and guests. We through candy and chocolate at her as a sign of a sweet future. Sarah was our special helper and picked up all the sweet treats.Living on the west coast I miss out a lot on family activates so it means a lot when I can participate in such special occasions.
While in Florida, my family and I attended my cousin, Tiffany’s Hinna party.
A Hinna is a Moroccan style party before the wedding. It’s quite a party! From beautiful colors to Moroccan music. It’s a non-stop party for the bride and groom’s family and friends. Here is the tent where the bride and groom will later sit.
(pictures are from my uncle’s company, Amazing Events.)
The table decoration were gorgeous as well!
Close family members and the bridal party dress in bright colored cafatn’s during a special ceremony. We also wore gold chain headwraps on our heads that I bought from Claire’s. Here are my mom, sisters and Sarah.
They didn’t have a caftan in Sarah’s size so we improvised and wrapped a wrap that had gold coins.
Me and my Sarah.Here is the beautiful bride and groom in their carriers. To the right is a picture of them with their Henna. More about it here. Sarah and I got some henna too.
My sister, Oshrat and I with our hennas.Sarah had so much fun! She loved playing in the “house” with her cousin Daniella. I’ll blog about the wedding in the next few days…
I love it when my family comes to visit!
Last month my sister, Oshrat came to visit.
It’s so fun when my sister comes to visit! We get to do a whole bunch of things I wouldn’t normally do.
Here are some of the highlights:
While Sarah was at school one morning we went out for breakfast, got mani’s and just hung out.
Later that day I took her to my mommy group event, Halloween Pictures.
For dinner we invited my sister’s high school friend (who lives nearby) and made this scrumptious dinner.
The next evening we took a ceramic painting class. We both picked out a chip and dip plate to paint.
The following day we headed to the Pumpkin Patch.
Before dropping her off at the airport, Oshrat and I went to our first LA Galaxy game. We sat in the busy LARS section, but had lot’s of fun! I even caught a scarf!
Thank you Oshrat for all the fun memories! I hope you had as much fun as we did. Love you!