Friday, March 11, 2016

Five Loves on Friday!

Happy Friday, friends!  I hope the past week has been a lovely one for you!  Ours has been one to remember!  I can't wait to share some of the sweetest bits with you today!  Five Loves time!

One  //  Fun with Fabulous Family Friends!

Two things I can never get enough of are time with dear family friends and donuts!  When some of your favorite people make an hour drive to visit and bring a box full of deliciousness with them, you know it's going to be a beautiful day! 

Our day was spent gaming, laughing, painting, chowing, chatting, and celebrating.  As Rapunzel would say, "Best Day Ever!"

This candid shot captures our time together beautifully!  Oh the joy of friendship!

Two  //  Brown Paper Packages Tied up with Pink Strings, These are a few of my Favorite Things!

My sweet friend Nikki is incredibly thoughtful and enormously generous!  Not only did she bring those delicious donuts, she also came baring (just because) gifts!  The packaging alone was a real treat!  Look at how beautifully hand decorated each one was!  She definitely has a knack for making those dear to her feel special!

Take a peek inside . . . 

Needless to say I'm thoroughly enjoying each of these goodies!

They didn't forget about the girls!  They both received packages of their favorite sweet treats too!  Thoughtful friends are the best!

Three  //  Celebrating a Special Boy's Special Day!

While our friends were here we celebrated a very special occasion, their son's birthday!  They brought a treat that the Birthday Boy's culinarily talented dad baked up, an incredible chocolate layer, chocolate frosted, Disney birthday cake!  It was topped with an M&M Mickey and adorned with the initials of every member of both of our families, in all of our favorite colors!  Personalized scrumptiousness at it's best!

Happy Birthday Week to one of the nicest boys we know! :)

Singing "Happy Birthday" to this amazing teen we adore, and celebrating him with forkfuls of sweetness was most definitely a highlight of our week!

Four  //  Let's Go Fly a Kite!

What makes a dreary, slightly windy day at the end of a long winter tolerable and even fun?  A new kite and a kiddo who can hardly wait to fly it!

March is for kite flying ...and singing Mary Poppins' songs! ;)

We enjoyed such a lovely evening at a nearby lake, kite flying, walking and talking, and soaking up these precious moments with the three dearest to my heart!

And, I saved the sweetest milestone of the week for last...

Five  //  Look Who Got Her Driver's Permit!!!

Being that Princess' birthday is just before wintertime she always said she'd wait until spring when the weather was nice and the roads were clear to take her driver's permit test and begin learning to drive.  With springtime approaching she decided to download the driving guide and begin studying.  The very next day she starting taking practice tests and scored 100% each time.  Yesterday, less than 48 hours of downloading that driving manual, she was off to take the test!  She got a perfect score, and her dad took her straight from the DMV for her first driving lesson!  When I asked her what she thought of it, she called driving "easy and fun"!  That's my perfectionist daughter, doing well from the get go, taking good instruction from her incredibly patient and loving daddy! 

I'm so proud that my heart could burst, but still wish there was a way to slow this whole "growing up" thing down!  Seeing the bright and delightful, determined and responsible young lady she's growing to become makes it a little easier to handle though.  

Feel free to congratulate my sweet daughter in the comments section below!  ;)

Thanks for stopping by today, friends!  Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead!

Earlier this week at Chatting Over Chocolate:

Trip Report Tuesday: WDW Day 9 {Part One}

Linking up with:
 Cup MomfessionalsTHE GOOD LIFE BLOG 

If you're visiting from one of the link ups, be sure to say "Hello!" ...I'd love to come check out your Friday 5 too! ;)


  1. Congrats to your sweet girl! That's so quick!! Your posts always make me hungry. You have the best friends! What awesome gifts!

  2. That wrapping is so pretty - I love the pink!! Congrats to her for passing the test - I remember how nervous I was!! Happy Weekend! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. Oh Brenda, your sweet family just radiates warmth and sunshine! Congratulations to your daughter, such an exciting time although a little scary for us moms too, LOL! And happy birthday to your precious boy! What a wonderful friend you have I can only imagine that you are the absolute greatest friend right back! Big ole hug to you my sweet dear for a wonderful weekend!!

  4. I LOVE those packages!! Your friend is so sweet and talented. :-) Congratulations to your daughter on passing her test. I remember that whole process. That is a whole other story though haha. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful weekend!! :-)

  5. So many great things from this week! Those packages are beautiful and happy birthday to your boy! :)

  6. Oh my goodness!!! Driver's permit???? Huge congrats to your daughter!! What BIG moment in her life and YOUR'S!!!! :)

  7. Congratulations to your daughter on passing the test! Love all the sweet goodies in this post!

  8. Those packages are wrapped so cute! Love your son's Birthday cake, looks yummie. Have a wonderful weekend.

  9. Oh my gosh, I cannot believe you have a driver on your hands - so exciting!! All the fun this week with your friends looks awesome, and that cake his dad made looks so good :) Have a fantastic weekend, friend.

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

  10. OMG! Congrats on your daughter's driving permit! That is amazing!

  11. Congrats on scoring so well on that driver's test! Awesome! My daughter is in the process of learning to drive, too. Fun times!!

  12. Wow you have such a sweet friend! Also, BIG congrats to your daughter on her permit! Best feeling ever passing the test!

  13. Congratulations to your daughter on getting her driver's permit! How exciting for her! You have the sweetest friend ever. I cannot get over how beautiful the packaging of her presents are and how thoughtful she was. Love that Mickey cake. It looks like you had such a great time with them! Have a great weekend!

  14. What a sweet friend!! A new friend dropped some donuts off "just because" and that's when I knew we were destined to be BFF's, ha ha! Donuts are the way to my heart!
    So much good stuff in this post, and I love that it's all about family! Such a sweet family, Brenda!
    And a huge congrats to your daughter!!

  15. How sweet of your friends to visit AND bring donuts and adorable gifts! Oh my goodness, your daughter is driving! Congrats to her! And a perfect score no less! Wow! Enjoy your weekend! I'm sure you have lots of driving practice in store for you! :)

  16. oh my gosh driving!!! I remember getting my permit like it was yesterday ha. I was a little late to English class because I took it in the morning before school. and it was spirit week so I was dressed like a cowgirl =) Growing up never slows down! Esp when they are your own kiddos.
    Loving the fun donuts and cake and sweet gifts - such thoughtful friends.

  17. Oh, my! Such *SWEET* comments! I hope everyone knows how BLESSED we are to have such fabulous friends in each of your family as well, so we are JUST as spoiled! <3 It definitely goes both ways! SUPER congrats to one of my favorite princesses on her permit! Kite flying?! YES, please!!! If that doesn't say spring, I don't know what does! :)

  18. Yay for a drivers permit, so exciting! How pretty is that package wrapping? Good friends and donuts are always a good idea, and cake too - YUM! Happy Friday <3
    Green Fashionista

  19. Awe, congrats to your daughter! How exciting! That cake looks amazing! Have a great weekend, friend! 😊

  20. YAY for learner's permits and driving!! And can Nikki be my friend too?!? LOL!! Beautiful gifts and thoughtful talented!! And seriously...that cake!! YUM


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