Madison's 2nd birthday party

A few days ago, my best friend's little girl turned two and she loves Disney Princesses. They threw her a Minnie party for her first birthday and for her second they did an Ariel themed party. The kids had so much fun playing and splashing around in the pools! I love having kids so close in age so we can celebrate together!

yep, forgot his bathing suit for the second year in a row now!

Can't wait to celebrate again next year!!

Book Review: Bridge to Haven

by Francine Rivers

To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she’s paid to finally feel like she’s somebody.
To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven. Zeke and his son, Joshua―Abra’s closest friend―watch her grow into an exotic beauty. But Zeke knows the circumstances surrounding her birth etched scars deep in her heart, scars that leave her vulnerable to a fast-talking bad boy who proclaims his love and lures her to Tinseltown. Hollywood feels like a million miles from Haven, and naive Abra quickly learns what’s expected of an ambitious girl with stars in her eyes. But fame comes at an awful price. She has burned every bridge to get exactly what she thought she wanted. Now, all she wants is a way back home.

I could not put this book down! There was always something going on and I just wanted to know what was going to happen to each character. The beginning was a little slow, but it didn't take long for it to pick up speed. 
I have always loved Francine Rivers ever since I read "Redeeming Love" and this one was no different. I have since read quite a few of her books (check out my reviews on my book review page) and when my mom gave me this one, I was really excited to jump into it. I can't wait to read even more of her series or stand alone books.
The characters are quite relatable, even though one of them does some things I would never have thought to do, but the underlying issues can really relate to anyone. The ending was kind of abrupt, but still a good one. 
Go out and buy this book right away!!

Book Review: A Summer Affair

by Elin Hilderbrand

Claire Danner Crispin, mother of four young children and nationally renowned glassblower, bites off more than she can chew when she agrees to co-chair the Nantucket's Children Summer Gala. Claire is asked to chair the benefit, in part, because she is the former high school sweetheart of rock star Max West. Max agrees to play the gala and it looks like smooth sailing for Claire-until she promises a "museum-quality" piece of glass for the auction, offers her best friend the catering job, goes nose-to-nose with her Manhattan socialite co-chair, and begins a "good-hearted" affair with the charity's Executive Director, Lockhart Dixon.
Hearts break and emotions are pushed to the limit in this riveting story of one woman's attempt to deal with loves past and present, family, business, and high-powered social pressures.

I have read Elin Hilderbrand's work before so while I was at Hasting's one day, I figured I would pick up a used book of her's. Her writing is great and I love the way she blends multiple characters together and intertwines their stories but this book was a tale of adultery and I just couldn't really jump on the story line. Of course, I had to finish it until the end and I was happy with the way things turned out, but sometimes the main character got under my skin.
I definitely want to read some more of Hilderbrand's books, but I will make sure I don't read any books with cheating in them. It is just a personal thing of mine to stay away from that because it is not something I take lightly at all.
That being said, I did really enjoy the book. I great summer, beach read... I wasn't on the beach but it would've been nice if I would have!!