For the second time this month, I’m sick. WTF, body? It seems to be your run-of-the-mill congestion/body aches/fatigue with the occasional fever. Either way, I’m beat. So I’ll be taking an determined number of unplanned rest days. Before I wallow in self-pity … I’ll join Katie’s link-up, and share what I am grateful for right now … my family!

Live Half Full

What better way to show off my family (and friends) than pictures from my niece’s birthday party last weekend. My brother & sis-in-law’s daughter just turned three, and they threw her an adorable Ballerina Party at our other sis-in-law’s dance studio, Room To Move Studio. Stuff like this reminds me of how lucky I am to live so close to my family – and how lucky it is that we all get along so well!

There were lots of babies. I’m always glad to see a cute baby.

Ballerina Tea Party Ballerina Tea Party

Ballerina Tea Party Ballerina Tea Party

The perks of having your Ballerina Birthday Party at a dance studio … you get performances from real ballerinas – in this case, Barre None Ballet students and teachers! And a hooper.

Ballerina Tea Party Ballerina Tea Party

Ballerina Tea Party Ballerina Tea Party

Ballerina Tea Party Ballerina Tea Party

Ballerina Tea Party Ballerina Tea Party

Aurora of Elemental Hoops

Ballerina Tea Party

She has learned how to blow out her own candles

Ballerina Tea Party

I am always thankful for my schoopie. He hates having his picture taken, so I think this is his way of hiding from the camera. Or being sweet. Whatev.

Ballerina Tea Party

Obviously, the cake was delicious. My niece and I are both appreciate good food.

Ballerina Tea Party

I cannot get enough of this kid! I am grateful for every hug, kiss and cuddle I get from her.