Wordful Wednesday – Balboa Beach

Child #1 decided that she’d like to spend the day at the Balboa Fun Zone for her 12th Birthday, so off we went.  Such a good choice.  The weather was perfect, and everyone had a ton of fun except me {can we say sick, sick, sick?}.  It wasn’t so much that I didn’t have fun as that I felt lousy.

Isn’t this view gorgeous?

See those happy, smiling faces?  J’adore my cuties!

I still can’t believe my “baby” is 12!

I love this picture because of the backlit light, but also because it’s a shot of Grace and me on her birthday.  Ah, the bloom of youth {hers, not mine}!

The sunset when we were leaving was spectacular.  I just wish I could have enjoyed it more.  Instead I was busy violating the trashcans on the way to the car.  Vomiting in public is really embarrassing, disgusting and something I hope to never do again.

Have you taken any fun day trips lately?

Don’t forget to head over to visit my co-host Amanda at Parenting by Dummies today.  Her post about her grandma is so incredibly touching.  Bet she could use some kind words today!

About Angie

Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}


  1. It’s such a beautiful place, and I’m so sorry that you were feeling so crappy and couldn’t really enjoy it! How’d you pull off that smile and cute photo of yourself then?

  2. Looks like a very beautiful place. Sorry that you weren’t feeling well. Loved the picture of you and your daughter.

  3. Oh those images are FANTASTIC! (ANd your youth certainly seems to be in bloom as well 😉 ) Hope you are feeling much, much better….and have a splendid rest of your week.

  4. Love these shots, Angie! And your daughter looks so much like you in that photo. Beautiful…

  5. What a great time, well except for the puking part. My oldest just turned 12 too. Such a strange strange age to parent!

  6. awwww…we were just there! Such a fun place! Great shots.

  7. Love the location! Looks so warm and lovely. And I have to say it…you look more like her sister than her Mama in all the right ways!

  8. Looks like a wonderful place to spend a birthday! Hope you’re feeling much better by now.

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  9. awww! happy birthday to your daughter! I guess with us both having a circus full of children odds are high we both are celebrating birthdays around the same time.
    Thank you for your kind words last week. My 1st born appreciated it.

  10. Gorgeous photos! Looks like a great day!!

  11. Oh wow! You were really sick! Poor you! I hope you are feeling better.

    Love all the photo of your daughter’s birthday. It looks it was a perfect day. Happy birthday to your 12 year old! She’s gorgeous!

  12. Oh what I wouldn’t give to have that veiw right about now….it’s supposed to get super cold in the next few days….I know…how weird for Canada this time of year eh?

  13. Looks like paradise! We are headed for Disney at the end of the month.

  14. I love all the palm trees! And all of your children are beautiful! A big “Happy Birthday” to your “baby” girl! 🙂

  15. Gorgeous photos. Sorry you were sick. You’re a trooper, taking 5 kids to the beach on a queasy stomach. Hope you’re better today and a big HBD to your big girl!

  16. I’m with Kimberly… we Canadians have a true appreciation for that view at this time of year.
    by the way?
    Your “baby” girl… is gorgeous! 🙂
    You must be terrified hahaha.

  17. Looks like a fun time and the pictures look very nice.

  18. What a gorgeous place. Our part of the country is so gray and brown right now, it’s nice to see color.

  19. I live in FL surrounded by beautiful beaches and endless sunsets which vary day to day. Your family is gorgeous. Their smiles tell so many varying stories of this trip.

  20. Ugh public sickness is awful! Hope you’re feeling better. And hope Grace enjoyed her birthday.

  21. What a beautiful place!!

    Hope you are feeling better!

  22. i believed they surely had fun! lovely fotos..thanks for hosting again!

  23. Oh, goodness…I sure hope you are feeling better. Not fun at all.

    But, I bet everybody else had a good time. It looks so beautiful there.

  24. You poor thing. You deserve the mom of the year award for going out when you felt so sick. The photo’s are great though and happy birthday to your gorgeous daughter.

  25. Beautiful photos! Hope you are feeling much better 🙂

  26. Absolutely beautiful shots! And I wished I looked as good as you do when I’m sick. 😉 Feel better soon! Happy Birthday to your gorgeous daughter! 🙂

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  27. Soverycharming and idyllic. The smiling children, the blue waters, the golden beach, and the graceful palms.

  28. Ahhh, gorgeous Cali!

    You sure don’t look sick but sorry that you were. 🙁

    Happy Birthday to your “baby”. 🙂

  29. I am SO jealous. The beach, the sun, the perfect day (minus the garbage can violations). I’m sitting here w/ frozen toes, and there’s not even enough snow to enjoy the cold! Do you ever get tired of sunshine? LOL. Probably not. Still, It’d miss the changing seasons…

  30. catching for my entry..nice sharing and fotos here..

  31. I LOVE meeting people through their blogs who live in the Los Angeles area! It doesn’t happen often as I haven’t come across many bloggers who live out here so I’m extra excited when I see a beach I know! We’re in the Marina so not too far from Newport Beach. Although we’re much closer to Playa Del Rey beach and walking distance to Venice Beach. Anyhow, I found your blog through SITS, which I just joined. Nice to meet you!