Wonderful, Brilliant, Fabulous Friend

December 2017 is turning out to be a month of BIG celebrations for my family.  My son is getting married, my husband will reach a milestone birthday and of course there is Christmas too, my most favorite holiday.  Although there is much to do to prepare for all of these occasions I love that I had the opportunity to focus on friends yesterday when we gathered together to celebrate Cindy's belated birthday.

We woke up early and went to Egg's and Things on Piikoi street, near the Ala Moana Shopping Center.  We planned that strategically so that we could spend some time shopping together after we ate.   You can see by the shoes we have on that we all have different ideas on the most comfortable footwear for a day at the mall.

 Friends Footwear

Friends Footwear

Breakfast was really great and afterward we gave Cindy a card I had created for her using our brand new Party Panda's set.  

 Party Pandas

Party Pandas

Eeek!  This set is so adorable, I couldn't wait to use it.  This set is a part of our Saleabration promotion that begins in January 2018.  With a $50 order of Stampin' Up! product of your choice, this set can be yours for FREE.  As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I was able to get this set early, which is one of the "perks" of being a part of Stampin' Up!  

The words on this card sample come from another brand new set that will be available in January, its called "Picture Perfect Birthday". The sequin embellishments are also a new product "sneak peek".  They are called "Tutti-Frutty Self Adhesive Sequins".  They were the perfect accent for this happy panda card.

There are three adorable panda bears featured in the Party Panda's set.  I fussy cut two of them several times to create a bunch of pandas who are definitely ready to party.  This bunch of cute pandas "pop- up" when the card is opened.

 Party Pandas

Party Pandas

It was good to see a smile on Cindy's face when she opened the card and read our hand written messages inside.

 Cindy's Birthday Breakfast

Cindy's Birthday Breakfast

We had a wonderful day of shopping together and helping each other check a few names off our Christmas lists!  

I am so thankful for my sister and friend Cindy who is such a beautiful person inside and out.  As I have spent time with her over the years I have learned a lot by her kind and loving example.  I love watching her intereact with her kids.  She is one of the most amazing Mom's I have ever met and it is good to see how much her kids realize that in the way they miss her even if she's just away for a couple of hours.

I am grateful not only for Cindy but all the other wonderful friends God has placed in my life and allowed me to "Do Life" with.

 Cindy's Birthday Breakfast

Cindy's Birthday Breakfast

During a crazy, busy season, like this month will be for me, its important to remember the value of relationships.  Whether it be time with God, our family, friends or others, we can experience times of refreshing when we invest quality time together.  

I am thankful I was able experience quality time with friends yesterday, celebrating (as the stamp set says) our Wonderful, Brilliant, Fabulous Friend, Cindy!