Thursday, July 08, 2010

Passport to Purity...An Amazing Mother/Daughter's Weekend

I just returned from an amazing weekend with Kasey. We went on a mother/daughter trip to Beaumont, Texas.

Now, you may be saying, "Why Beaumont, and not somewhere like Padre?" Well, I will get to that in a second.

First of all, Beaumont has an excellent hotel called the Elegante!! We've stayed there with the basketball team and we knew it would be the place to stay. The first night there, I took Kasey to get her first facial. (Well, it is kind of a coming of age weekend...) You know what she told her dad on the phone? "I think I could get used to this!" I laughed out loud on that one!!

The premise of Passport to Purity, is to get away with your daughter to have "the talk." Yes, that's THE talk. I have been planning this trip for about a year I guess. I listened to all the cds, had all the little projects ready, etc., etc. AND, I was scared to death!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Little did I know, what an amazing time together we would have. The cds do alot of the "tough" work for you. They give you much of the "talking points" that are so important to cover. She worked through a little journal and has it to look back upon now. We laughed....ALOT! Kasey asked alot of GREAT questions that I was glad to answer. And, we made great memories. And, you know what? It ended up not being scary at all!!

On one of the days, you have a whole afternoon do something very special with your kiddo to make it memorable. So, since Kasey wants to be a cake decorator when she grows up, I was blessed to be able to get in touch with Dena Bryngelson. She is a fabulous cake decorator that won the Ultimate Cake Off. (Which Kasey saw and decided then and there she needed to go to her bakery.)

Well, I emailed Dena just to see if I could swing by with Kasey to take a few pictures and maybe get an autograph. And you know what she did? She asked if it'd be okay for her to play "cake" with Kasey on the Saturday we would be there!!!

I was in SHOCK! It was amazing how it all worked out. Dena is a very busy lady and flies around doing cake demos all over. She just happened to be in town for 4th of July weekend because she was celebrating her 20th wedding anniversary!!!

So, I took her up on it and took Kasey to meet her. It was definitely a highlight of the weekend! She helped Kasey decorate a beautiful cake with all of Kasey's favorite colors and she gave her tons of insider tips! It was SO fun watching the two of them together.

She gave Kasey an autographed apron from her shop and even gave her some cake decorating tools to help her get started. The time with her was priceless!!!

To watch Kasey soaking up everything she was saying, and to see my little girl seemingly all grown up was really wonderful!

I thank the Lord that he orchestrated it all! Dena is Christian lady and I highly recommend her if you can order a cake from her!! The one she and Kasey made is incredible!!!

I also highly recommend Passport to Purity! It's for boys (dad's take them) or girls!

Thanks Dena for blessing us in such a mighty way!!!


SweetmamaK said...

What a wonderful weekend! I always say it, but it's true, you are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'm so glad you were blessed with the time with the cake decorator. What a great woman to do that for your daughter. I also love to "hear" your voice in your writing. Miss you!

Laura said...

That is awesome!!! I can't wait to do something like that with my daughter when she gets older!

-Alyson said...

Wow, Karla, sounds like you guys had a blast!! What a wonderful way to spend the weekend. I'm sure Kasey will always remember the time and effort you put into making this such a special time for her!

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