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Interview with Orlando Mind, Body, and Spirit Expo Coordinator Kelly Raia Light

“>Orlando Mind, Body, and Spirit Expo, 2013Are you looking for a mini vacation? How about a days escape to the Orlando Mind, Body, and Spirit Expo. On September 7, 2013, 9am-9pm, Orlando will experience a great day of high vibrations, learning, and connections.  This one day festival– even though we wish it was a whole week!– will have vendors, artists, workshops, meditations, drumming and more. The Expo will have over 50 Central Florida and national vendors and an artist village selling artwork and products for healthy, happy living.  The intention is to bring knowledge and provide a day of information access and more for those who promote conscious, healthy, and holistic living.

Admission to the Expo includes access to all the vendors, artists and sales.  As well as, opening and closing meditations held at 9 am and from 6-9pm hosted by Yotolon Mystery School.  The closing ceremonies will include drumming and dancing from 6-9 pm. The Expo this year is excited to have The Yotolon Mystery School guide meditations this year.  From South Florida, The Yotolon Mystery School is a spiritual community/organization providing the teachings of Yotolon and the flagship of Spiritual Teachings is Master Teacher Will I AM (ankuphara), providing metaphysical practice and understanding.

The closing ceremony drum circle will be led by Jammin! Drum School, a local Orlando favorite and Central Florida drumming house name.  Jammin! Drum School helps run and unite many of the Orlano Drum Circles and this will certainly be something to enjoy!

Throughout the day there will also be several educational and moving workshops. These workshops will include Power Flow Yoga from Inspirit Yoga 11-12 pm and Namtar Yoga by Kay Devlin 1-2 pm.

So whether you are a full believer and practitioner of holistic living or just beginning your journey down a healthier path, come join the community and learn about the spirit of this unique and loving experience at the Orlando Mind, Body, and Spirit Expo.

The Expo will be held at the Allure Resort I-Drive (old Radisson Hotel International Drive) in Orlando, Florida. Tickets will be sold at door $20 each or $10 if you have liked/friend the Expo’s Facebook page or if you RSVP on the  Facebook event page. Also, keep your eyes out for an Amazon Local Ad Deal coming up soon! More information available on the Expo’s website.

“>Orlando Mind, Body, and Spirit Expo, 2013

Interview with Coordinator Kelly Raia Light from Illuminture

Tell us more about the Orlando Mind, Body, and Spirit Expo, 2013 and what to expect.

The idea for the event hit me in the head one day while I was taking a shower, you know, where all good ideas come from!  It was really a divine spark of inspiration- and I feel blessed to have been show it by spirit.  The vision was to unite businesses that promote living in a conscious way with consumers who do the same.  Yogis, Nutrition Nuts, Meditators, Holistic Health Fans, and those curious about how they can improve their lives by changing their lifestyles will be able to connect with local businesses who support healthy living.  We are talking total holistic health, Mind, Body, Spirit- so in addition to resources like holistic counselors to help you improve your mind, there will also be Yoga workshops on site to help fortify your body, and don’t forget about the Opening and Closing meditations to nurture your spirit.  We are expecting 50 vendors on site ranging from Massage and Chiropractic care to Pranic Healing. The practitioners will be providing affordable on site mini treatments, vendors will have all sorts of products for you to purchase and enjoy, and artists will have special creations, in which you may invest, to beautify your life.  There will be workshops all day and don’t forget to stay for the closing Meditation by Yotolon Mystery School and drum circle hosted by Jammin! Drum School.

What year of Orlando Mind, Body, and Spirit Expo is this?

This is our very first Orlando event!  We have done previous events in the Tampa area and in the West Palm Beach area- some health related, other entertainment.  This expo is the culmination of drawing together many passions at once to help ignite the conscious living community.

What is something to really forward to at this years Expo?

I personally think the entire event is something to look forward to.  With so many vendors on site, workshops throughout the day, a restaurant and bar at the hotel, and the closing ceremonies it is almost like a mini spiritual festival.  We are also getting approval to have some musicians perform throughout the day, so check our website closer to the event to find out what has been announced!  With so many things happening at once, it is hard to pick a favorite!

Can you tell us something special about this years Expo?

The meditations provided by Yotolon Mystery School are life altering.  Seriously, in just a small amount of time with brother Ankuphara,Will I AM, you will break down walls and remember (As he puts it) your true essence.  There is one bright and early at 9:00 am and another at 5:00 pm, they are free with admission and if I were you (and I am) I would NOT miss out! They will also be bringing their healing pyramid and sacred geometry teachings.  What they are offering to the world is just so amazing!  They are from south Florida and do not travel to Orlando often, so be sure you visit with them now.


What has been something you have enjoyed planning the Expo?

What I have enjoyed the most is the way we have gotten support from everyone.  So many local businesses are excited about this event and that is getting the community excited to attend.  Seeing the vision in action is really exciting and beautiful.

What is your connection to the conscious living, healthy living, and holistic approaches of Central Florida and elsewhere that has brought you to Orlando Mind, Body, and Spirit Expo?

When I was 21, I woke back up.  I became acutely aware that I was running programs and began sweeping my mind and breaking down walls.  After some self exploration and a few life changes, I found myself with a dear friend at a Reiki I Attunement.  That was November 2007 and like so many Reiki stories I read back then, that day is the day my life changed forever.  I completed Reiki II training in February of 2008

and started the journey to become a Massage Therapist in order to legally practice Energetic Therapies in the state of Florida.  I felt as guided then as I do now, and Reiki helped me listen to that guidance on a deeper level.  I had a bachelor’s degree and a “good job” with benefits and I gladly wiped my hands clean to follow a different path.

Prior to starting massage school while I was a student at the University of South Florida, my main function besides “student” was “Event Coordinator”!  I was on the homecoming board twice, coordinated events for a few different offices of the student government, and put together our sorority’s (then) 16 year traditional philanthropic event. I loved every second of it, but did not seem like a field I could actually turn into a career.  After graduating Massage School, I was the assistant director for the Florida Health Expo in 2010 and my assistant director was the promotions captain for that event.

What you are seeing now is the tying together of all the different areas of my life to create this event.  I feel inspired to use all these unique experiences to create this event to be in service to the community.  The Orlando community is so spread out and I feel uniting us all under one roof will build strength and connections between us.

What sets Orlando Mind, Body, and Spirit Expo apart from other similar Expos?

One thing is that money goes directly to the person or business hosting the site, not us, so support them!  Another thing is the size: we aim to have over 50 vendors on site.  We are also hosting three free workshops– the opening & closing meditation along with the drum circle. A few differences are the price-  we are offering half priced admission when you bring in one of our flyers or if you are a fan on Facebook.  The workshops that will be held throughout the day are an additional fee, but most are charging less than $10 for the class

Orlando Mind, Body, and Spirit Expo, 2013

Where can we learn more about Orlando Mind, Body, and Spirit Expo?

You can hit up our website at www.orlandomindbodyspirit.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/orlandoMBSexpo. Also, join the FB event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/504515009619826/.

We are also recruiting volunteers!  Please remember we are a small grass roots organization and are keeping things low cost for this event, we would love some help the day of show.  In exchange for 3 hours of your time, we will give you and a friend free admission to the expo!

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October Fall Celebration Art & Wine Stroll 2012

This season’s Celebration Art & Wine Stroll. The puppies joined us this time 🙂  All the hand made flower clips- like the one this girl is wearing all sold out!

Fall Celebration Art & Wine Stroll October 20th 6-10 PM

This years Fall Celebration Art & Wine Stroll will be held this Saturday October 20th from 6-10 pm.  Please come out and enjoy the evening, have some sangria, and support Orlando & Celebration Local artists.  This is an all age, family, date night, all types event.  We are also hoping to see plenty of Halloween decorations in the Celebration neighborhood 🙂 Stop by and get a henna tattoo, buy a photograph or some of custom designed, handmade jewelry!

Wakarusa Review 2012

This is our review about Wakarusa 2012 Music & Arts Festival. What a fun, funky and unusual place! 🙂

http://sensiblereason.com/wakarusa-2012-2/

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Driving from Orlando, Florida to Ozark, Arkansas is a long drive that experiences many different US cultural changes, climate and elevation changes. The four nights, camping festival, Wakarusa is one of the larger festivals that has maintained its original grassroots starting and vision of providing a musical experience to its patrons with minimal corporate involvement in the logistics of the festival. Wakarusa maintains the feeling of a local festival- many fans coming from the area and the Midwest, but really with fans from around the globe.

Wakarusa is located in a little valley on top of Mulberry Mountain, Ozark in the Ozark National Forest near Ozark, Arkansas. The festival setting is in plenty of woods, nice cool climate with rolling mist, and clouds while the sun shines through in-between. A really pretty location for a music festival and weekend of camping, the valley really lets the music reach you over the land as you enjoy nature; it feels magical. We watched Lunar Moths hide in the barns and saw baby birds learning to fly. While mostly sunny that weekend, early Sunday morning (while we were still up late listening to the music), day and the last night was rain and hail storms. Unfortunately the main stage had to be brought down for safety purposes and some acts were cancelled but the other stages still played and 2012 Wakarusa go-ers still got down!

Wakarusa this year had many great acts including Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, Girl Talk, Balkan Beat Box, Primus, The Avett Brothers, Bob Weir, Robinson & Greene Acoustic Trio, Umphrey’s McGee, Major Lazer, G. Love & Special Sauce, Ghostland Observatory, MiMosa and many more.  This year was a special show from Weir, Robinson & Greene as their ballads and jigs sung out over the hills they played their show based off of the crowds vote for which kind of song came next!  The crowd definitely went wild for Pretty Lights with several gigantic beach balls and thousands of glow sticks flying through the air for the whole show.  Big Gigantic received a huge turn-out, including the light up octopus in the crowd showing their new stage set-up and some new tunes that get down.  Balkan Beat Box was a crowd favorite as the band really gets your feet and hips moving and put on a fascinating Eastern European influenced tunes with a great political worldview promoting education and a greater world peace in the lyrics. Their show went over time and the crowd continued to stay for more.  This year’s music was a great show.

The festival grounds had plenty to look at with 5 stages, art, sculptures, Ferris wheel, plenty of food and shopping.  The festival grounds had sculptures including walls that could be written or drawn on, large bamboo stars and many light up sculptures and globes.  There were also several live painters and poi dancers at the shows.

We really enjoyed the Sunday morning Drum Circle led by master percussionist Brandon Draper of Quixotic, and his family.  The Sunday morning Drum Circle is a Waka tradition and had all ages and musical tastes and talent there carrying the beat. People played drums, bongos, buckets, bean cans, maracas and more at the Satellite Stage in the woods. It was a well vibed and encouraging drum circle with great leading and lots of fun.  At Waka this year there was also a Ferris wheel, hula hooping workshop, yoga every morning, a giant waterslide, and shopping.   We also really enjoyed the 9-hole Frisbee Golf Course designed around the Spirit Lake on the upper side of the campgrounds.  Some festivals don’t offer Frisbee golf courses- so when there is a festival with a course we really enjoy it.  It brings you close to other people, closer to nature and allows you some time to stretch and move around freely.  Another exciting attraction at this year’s Waka was The Music Bus ROCKS on Shakedown!  The Music Bus ROCKS is an old school bus set up to be a jam studio- with a full digital piano and acoustic drum set.  At Waka there were daily music workshops and the bus was open for jam sessions.  This year Conscious Alliance was at Waka and donated all proceeds to the River Valley Regional Food Bank in Fort Smith, AR.

Wakarusa 2012 was car camping in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Great music played out over the campground, delivering sweet tunes to the festival go-ers ears. Tickets ranged from the $100 to $200 plus range. There were also RV Packages, camping, RV camping, car camping and VIP tickets in the $500-$700 range. Children under 12 must be with adults and got in free.  We really enjoyed our equally tranquil and wild adventure to Wakarusa.   The forest was beautiful, the festival go-ers are high-spirited and we found many other travellers from Wakarusa were also on their way to Bonnaroo and Phish afterwards.  Wakarusa is a grassroots festival becoming one of the larger festivals in the nation and sticking to its smaller organization and community based environment.

Photos by See Lizard Art & Photography, Lauren Seaman, for more photos and video check her out on the web.

Bonnaroo Review 2012 Posted

This is my review of Bonnaroo 2012.
“All we have to say is WOW about this Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival review from one of our writers. A review of the whole festival is an understatement. Here is everything you need to read to make you want to go next year. Trust us Read this Review.” – Sensible Reason

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Bonnaroo 2012 Review

As experienced Bonnaroo go-ers, my fourth year, my boyfriend’s fifth year we have seen and participated in the festivals changes and growths over the past ten years. Bonnaroo is one of the largest and wildest North American Music and Arts festivals.  Held in early June annually it is located on a farm in tiny town Manchester, Tennessee. The festival is hot and dusty, sometimes torrential rain, it is kind of a Wild West combined with survivor experience; yet, the festival brings back thousands of people every year, because it provides great music and fun, every year is something different, festival go-ers come with high spirits, looking to have a great time, meet people from around the world, make new friends, learn to trust their neighbors, enjoy themselves and have a really good time.  The festival is on a 700 acres farm, it last 4 days, provides ground for over 80,000 campers and hosts over 150 performers in one weekend.  The green grass is thriving when everyone arrives and is often gone leaving dirt patches when we go, but the location provides natural running water, gentle rolling farm hills, lots of tree shade and a location that has brought so many of us memories that we will cherish for a lifetime.

Having a successful Bonnaroo requires a positive attitude, excitement, being prepared, being ready for a great time, working as a team, helping each other when needed, a big smile, a friendly approach, understanding, a hope to build a better future, leave no trace and hope to return next year mentality.  Most people at Bonnaroo embody this and this is what has made it such a magical place.

This years festival headlined: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Phish, The Beach Boys, Bon Iver, The Avett Brothers, The Shins, Foster The People, Skrillex, Dispatch, Rodrigo y Gabriela and C.U.B.A., The Roots, Kenny Rogers, Superjam featuring Questlove, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus, Umphrey’s McGee and 100’s more bands.  The comedy tent featured acts including Aziz Ansari and more, plus its air-conditioned!

This years Bonnaroo was my first Phish show.  We waited in line for hours through the Beach Boys and Bon Iver, chatting it up hoping to get as close to front row as possible to see the quartet.  We waited through rain and mud and finally got into the first few rows standing next to Mike Gordon’s nieces! The show was fantastic, so awesome and wonderful that we had to go see Phish in Atlantic City the next weekend.  So with my veteran husband I had my first four Phish shows back-to-back. It was one of the best weeks of my life.  The Phish show at Bonnaroo played a lot of their most popular songs with easy lows and highs in the jams and nice transitions, a crowd pleaser. The first set included Down with DiseaseThe Moma Dance, Sample in a Jar, Axilla I, The Gambler covering Kenny Rogers The Gambler with special guest appearance by Kenny Rogers who sung to us all so sweetly.  The first set also included Possum, Wilson, Tweezer, Free, Backwards Down the Number Line and Cavern.  In set two we heard Golden Age (TV on the Radio Cover), 2001 (Richard Strauss cover), Chalkdust Torture, Carini, Shafty, Rock & Roll (The Velvet Underground cover), a great play of AlaskaHarry Hood, Light, Character Zero and for fun at the end Rocky Top (Lynn Anderson cover).  The encore was Show of Life, Julius and Tweezer Reprise.  Their show is so inspiring, thoughtful, fun, interesting and full of light and good people.

Backing up from Phish closing the festival on Sunday night, sometimes Bonnaroo can be a kind of survival feeling, hot, dusty torture trap.  We all still turn out for the fun and music but Bonnaroo really tries to continue to bring in its fans amenities that make the festival even more enjoyable.  There is plenty of shopping, food and bars both inside the Centeroo main stage area and out in the campgrounds.  This year there were more light set-ups around the campgrounds, including an unusual kind of fortress with live music, spotlights and live painters out in the campgrounds that gave room for people to cool down, sit and explore the cool scenery. This year also had two Ferris wheels and a light up tower with different graphics playing on it throughout the night.   This years Bonnaroo Broo’ers Festival had over 20 different breweries participating including Sierra Nevada, Magic Hat, Woodchuck Cider, Schlafly and Sweetwater. The Broo’ers Festival also included classes and discussions focused on the art and greatness of beer. The classes offered included topics: making of different styles of beer and cider, creating more complex drinks using beer as the main ingredient, pairing beers with different food, and more. This years festival had a cinema playing movies, the comedy tent, a documentary tent, a post office, shopping markets, the Silent Disco, the 20 foot mushroom fountain, Splash-a-Roo including giant water slides, lots of cold, clean water stations, even hand sanitizer when you left the porter-potties!  There was also a kid’s area, several charging stations for phones, etc., general stores to buy bags of ice. There is so much to see and do, so many people to meet at Bonnaroo it is no wonder Bonnaroovians, or Bonnaroonis as we prefer, cry when it is time to go home.

This year we really enjoyed the Bonnaroo Beacon and Relix Magazine on site newspaper that printed anew paper each day highlighting the previous day’s performances, special moments, pictures and the day’s updates.  It also included special interviews and more; a great souvenir from the festival to hold onto.

We also liked this years Bonnaroo Postcard Campaign– that promoted the awareness and fight against mountain top clearing, protection of mountains, Appalachian communities and drinking water supplies.  We indulged in our daily free sampling of different Ben & Jerry’s samples including a Bonnaroo flavor and Phish Food. Near the ice cream and post cards were several other tents promoting social and environmental causes with freebies and ways to get involved.  In the center of this was the Bonnaroo Post office- here we sent off packages and letters same as the snail mail post office at home but better because it came from the festival and the mailers were sure to stamp up your packages with Bonnaroo stamp marks!

The Destination Escape tent driven by Ford was also enjoyed by us and many more.  The Ford Tent had live shows, air conditioning, phone charging stations; large beanbag chairs and best of all you could sign up and receive t-shirts.  The t-shirts were deigned by artists who were painting live at the festival and you could choose from several different designs, sizes and colors and have the shirt screen-printed right there in front of you.  All for free- it was great!

This year an entirely new area was dedicated to the carnival type set up for The Adult Swim Ragbag of Jollification.  With lots of whacky, hilarious innovative games set-up this area was always a crowded spot during the festival.  Free t-shirts from popular Adult Swim shows were being screen-printed. There were also free games, not without a line though, including the a yell-o meter game- who can yell louder you or your friend, the wear a unicorn head and jump and down trying to pop suspended balloons above you with the horn game and a whole lot more.

We made sure to check out the GO LIVE! By Musicians Institute tent which was sponsored by Musicians Institute, College of Contemporary Music where you could jam with friends using cutting edge technology, hang out in the air conditioning and hear live sets with MI student and alumni bands. We also made sure to check out The Bonnaroo Salon by Garnier Fructis. Although it was really crowded you could wait in line to have a complimentary shampoo and blow dry, or we just walked on through enjoyed the air-conditioning, got some photos taken at the photo stands and helped ourselves to the free Garnier samples.  We also enjoyed the Bonnaroo merchandise and posters and the poster art exhibit showing artwork from the past and present all for sale with some of the artists present. This years shows included artwork from This year’s artists include Methane Studios, Lil’ Tuffy, Furturtle, Status Serigraph, Powerhouse Factories, Dan Grzeca, and Boss Construction.  We also looked around the Silent Auction to see what goodies were for sell.  We saw  lots of photos, signed posters from bands and artists, special VIP packages for bidding and much more.  There was some pretty unique stuff.

This year’s Bonnaroo seemed even more environmentally and politically driven than some years in the past.;  there were many non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting the Earth’s resources and balances present. There was more recycling, more incentives for recycling, more environmental projects and groups. One of the most impressive was the Solar Stage in Planet Roo– a stage powered by solar power. Surrounding it was herb gardens and naturally built shade shelters with vines of flowers to enjoy the shows from underneath.  At the stage there were hula hooping classes, morning yoga and meditation, belly dancing, burlesque dancing, several shows including The Apple Butter Express and many others. Nearby was also the Academy which held several workshops that focused on topics such as herb growing, greener gardening, art making, drumming, greener living, bill cutting, hula-hooping, juggling, dancing and much more!

A group called the Bonnaroo Carbon Shredders partnered with C-REx to feature educating Bonnaroovians about simple changes in our everyday life’s to reduce carbon footprint, and reduce your environmental footprint.

Clean Vibes does a lot of the festival clean up and this year they had a trading post providing people incentives to pick up trash and recycling.  In exchange for bags of cans or cigarette butts people could get anything from soap, to medicine to clothing and posters.  We saw people exchange recyclable points for packets of Emergen-C packets and for Eat More Kale.com shirts. Incentives this year also included tickets to next year’s Bonnaroo and rides to Bonnaroo. Clean Vibes’ Trading Post was like the adult version of an arcade you get small prizes or build up points for big earnings at the end.  We always appreciate our Clean Vibe workers and volunteers, they help keep the festival running and during the past ten years at Bonnaroo have abstracted over 3 million pounds of recyclable and compostable material produced.

General Admission tickets were between $200-$259.50 and all sold out.  Bonnaroo also offered various RV passes from $180-$205. VIP passes began at $1399.50 and sold out this year.   RV and tent rental options were available. This year’s special tickets were the Party Like a Rock Star tickets. Limited number available these tickets were bought in packages of 8 people and provided you front row access at the shows, backstage hospitality tent access, VIP lounges, a fully stocked private tour bus for you and your seven friends to sleep, and enjoy air-conditioning, three gourmet meals a day specially prepared for you and your crew. The passes also included all access golf cart rides anywhere at festival, a concierge and much more.  We did meet a family there doing the Party Like a Rockstar whose daughter/sister was getting married to one of the Silent Disco DJs. They were living it up!

The newest ticket innovation is actually on this year’s wristbands. The wristbands have a small piece of plastic slid onto it that has an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chip embedded inside .  This chip scanned each time you entered and left Center-Roo! Kind of high tech!  With the wristband you could check in at different points around the festival and it would check you in to your e-mail, information or even post a picture of you and check you in at Facebook!

Every year we experience new things that Bonnaroo tries to give back to the community and to the earth, thankful for this great festival this year one dollar from every ticket bought went towards permanent sustainable site improvements on the Farm (where the festival is held). The improvements will help majorly reduce the festival’s carbon footprint by using permanent solar, expansion of our many current greening projects, tree planting and more. This makes happy festival grounds and happy festival go-ers, sounds good to us!  Bonnaroo is such a great place and a great festival, we made good friends with our neighbors this year, we enjoyed the shows, we worked hard to get there and we loved our experience.  It really is something special to participate in.  My fiancé and I met at Bonnaroo 5 years ago and celebrated our 5th year anniversary.  Every year we return we tell people our story and we celebrate our times together. We enjoyed a nap under the tree near where we first ran into each other.  We hope that many other people will continue to celebrate this special place and festival and continue to embody the spirit of the festival.  We can never say it to each other enough- there is so much love in the world- be nice to each other and have fun!

Photos by See Lizard Art & Photography, Lauren Seaman, for more photos and video check her out on the web http://seelizardartphotography.zenfolio.com/p290068122

Photos by See Lizard Art & Photography, Lauren Seaman, Max Ferreyra, for more photos and video check her out on the web http://seelizardartphotography.zenfolio.com/p290068122

Florida Key Lime Pie Festival 2012

This past weekend we vended a new festival Called the Florida Key Lime Pie Festival. The festival was held by the Florida Key Lime Pie Company, with enough key lime pie samples and sales to make you smell the lime.  Vendors lined the pathway of the beautiful International Palms Resort and Conference Center, Cocoa Beach. The festival had bands, music, food, samples, arts and crafts vendors, bars, bartending contest, beauty pageant contest, a hot sauce competition and the beach right there.  See Lizard Art & Photography sold their face/body paint and henna services to all festival goers and it was a success! With the beach a minute walk away, the pool by our side and the palm trees gently blowing in the sunny blue sky we spent a great day eating seafood, key lime pie and painting people. Check out a few of our designs below:

Winter Holidayzzzz

Over our winter break we managed to get some things done despite Lauren having her gallbladder removed and Max having kidney stones- ouch!!!

I finished my first painting of Sherman- he is so cute, I started a new one today.

We photographed Sarah and Jon’s Engagement pictures- Congrats you two!

Also, I wanted to add in my first painting in a long time of Craig and Mandy from their engagement photographs. Lots of love!!

Christmas was spent with Max’s family- they all cooked an awesome meal and we got to spend time with his really cool little nephew Leo! Him and his sister had their first henna party experience and really liked it… Leo kept wanting more and then his arms and legs were covered in henna tattoos! We missed the rest of his family and mine too, but could feel the holiday cheer and thank you so much to everyone in the family and friends who sent gifts, food and cards. We could feel the love 🙂

Because of Lauren’s surgery her parents came straight from the USVI to Florida instead of Georgia to visit her and Max to feel better- so they spent New Year’s Eve with me and Max’s family for the second year in a row- and we had so much fun! There were plenty of family, food and dancing and one of the puppies fell into the pool. We had a good time. Happy New Years everyone! Sorry mom, hope you’re not embarrassed it’s just so funny and cute.

I guess we will have to work on the shark drawings Leo… 🙂