My first born turned 12 this past weekend and I seriously just can’t believe it! I can’t believe she’s one year away from being a teenager! A TEENAGER! I look at her and still see her as my baby… BUT she’s becoming her own little woman… the good thing is that she still thinks I’m cool lol… so I will milk that as long as I can. Ha!
You know people say that “it gets easier as they get older”. Well that’s a lie! When they are little you have control of them and you can control them BUT as they get older they will make mistakes and try to test boundaries and that is scary! All I can do as a mom is guide her in the right direction and keep the lines of communication open… and trust me that “communication” piece is not easy for me.
See, my mom was old fashion and we didn’t really talk about things like SEX and so fast forward to today I cringe to even say the word SEX to Ashley… BUT I’m just honest with her. I tell her “babe this is so uncomfortable for me too so let’s be uncomfortable together and talk about life…” and it keeps our communication less awkward and just real…
So turning 12 was a big deal for us… because it’s the last year before she officially is a teenager and the last year of elementary school(yikes) and so I wanted to give her a birthday she would remember that was special and surrounded by her friends and so much love…
So here is all the fun we had:
The city of Temecula is just so beautiful! It’s full of history and it has that country feel to it. We found this place called VAIL HEADQUARTERS… what a beautiful hidden gem. I mean it’s like an old cowboy country town in the middle of an outside mall… it’s a living historic park…so unexpected… and it has the cutes shops.
One of our favorites is TEMECULA CLAY. Ashley and a her friends had a private lesson on how to work the pottery wheel and create a pottery piece made with their own hands… they had a blast! We were there for 2 hours and the girls did not want to leave…they absolutely loved working the pottery wheels, it looked easy but they soon Realized, it takes a lot of patience, time, and delicate hand movement to create a piece of art… by the time they were done molding it, drying it, and painting it, they had a deeper appreciation and respect for Art now that they experienced it themselves…life is all about experiences and THATS WHAT I LOVE TO GIVE MY KIDS.
The weather was a bit cold and windy and it ended up raining BUT it didn’t keep these girls from having fun to the fullest lol. After they were done with their master pieces they were ready to grub! So we walked right across to VAIL PIZZERIA… I mean who doesn’t like pizza right? We had the whole place to ourselves… and let me tell you these open oven pizzas were probably the best we’ve had… the crust was perfection with a nice crunch (not soggy like others) and the flavors were on point… our favorite was the chutney chicken pizza OH YASSS… totally going back for more… and I was loving the decor, if I must say, I love anything country lol, but the girls thought it was cool because it felt like a barn/cabin…
And of course if you visit Vail headquarters you CANNOT leave with out having some delicious creamy A LA MINUTE ICE CREAM. I mean this is home made ice cream with the freshest ingredients straight from local farmers… LOVE THAT!
Yeah it was freezing BUT we just couldn’t say no ha ha ha …
Lastly, y’all know a cake can either break it or make it when planning a party or gathering… and I was blessed to have found Suzanne with SUZANNES BAKERY in Temecula. My daughter requested a vanilla cake and I was so afraid of getting a dry plain ass cake… BUT let me tell you Suzanne’s vanilla cake was amazing! So moist and exploded with vanilla flavor… THANK GOODNESS(insert happy dance) and the bavarian custard she made for the filling was so smooth and just made the cake stand out… and of course she nailed the design my daughter picked. The colors were bright and that drip just made the cake… so if you’re ever in the Temecula area you need to contact Suzanne you won’t be disappointed.
We couldn’t have picked a better place to make Ashley’s 12th birthday so special other than VAIL HEADQUARTERS… she said “it was the best birthday ever!”
I love you baby girl… and keep shining bright because you are that special light that brights up this world… you have my heart♥️