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Photo of the Week No. 35: Bestie Behavior

August 29, 2018

My bestie Yvette paid me a visit this past weekend, and it did my heart good to spend some quality time with her. This Photo of the Week stars her and my guy bestie Ronilo (well, his arm doing the absolute most). If you know them, you know that this image captures their essence: Yvette working her angles with subtle fierceness and Ronilo being more extra than guacamole at Chipotle with the finger pointing. He got that tattoo for Coachella, by the way. Hahaha. This image is hilarious to me because you don’t even see his face but you know it’s Ronilo. In any event, I’m such a lucky gal to have these two, who I’ve known since the fifth grade, in my life. Alternate titles: “Est. 1995,” “Dos Amigos, Dos Muchos,” “Besties Doing What They Do Best,” “Double Trouble,” and “Twice as Nice.”

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Photo of the Week No. 21: “Baby Boy Joy”

May 22, 2018

This Photo of the Week was taken on Mother’s Day, when my sister Ayesha found out she and her husband are having a baby boy! We had a gender reveal party to break the news, which came in the form of blue confetti and Hershey’s Kisses falling from a question mark-shaped piñata. My mom had the ultrasound sealed in an envelope and we opened it together via FaceTime. It was really a struggle to keep it under wraps. At the party, we had family members guess the baby’s gender in advance and the majority of people were expecting it to be a girl, as there are four nieces on my side of the family. However, my brother-in-law Skylar has a mostly male family. I can’t wait to meet my second nephew! We’re already offering name suggestions to my sister, who refuses to listen. The front runners based on input from me and my brother Jamaal are Ashley (hey, it traditionally was a boy’s name) and Da’Johndre. I’ll let you guess who’s responsible for which. Alternate titles for this photo: “Oh, Boy!,” “Blue Bundle of Joy,” “Blue’s Clues” and “Bracing for Baby Boy.”

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Photo of the Week No. 20: “Birthday Wishes”

May 14, 2018

Today is my nephew Jordan’s ninth birthday, so naturally he is the star of this Photo of the Week! Our family celebrated the occasion yesterday during a makeshift Mother’s Day/Gender Reveal/Birthday Party, and Jordan was the center of attention at several points throughout the day — just the way he likes it. LOL. This image was taken moments before he blew out his candles. I call this Photo of the Week “Birthday Wishes” for obvious reasons. I love how there’s a visible twinkle in his eye. It’s like he just came to the realization that he just might attain what he’s about to ask for. Jordan, I hope all your wishes come true and pray for many many more birthdays spent celebrating your precious life! Love you, nephew 🙂

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Photo of the Week No. 8: “Shrieks Startle Sweet Cheeks”

February 19, 2018

You’re in for a treat in more ways than one for this Photo of the Week! My adorable niece Azalea turned 1 this past weekend, and we had a low-key family party at my mom’s house to celebrate the occasion. Of course, the birthday girl had her very own cake. And the moment we were all waiting for was when she dove head first into the sugary confection. When she lifted the cake with both hands and took a gargantuan bite, my siblings, parents and I all let out shrieks of delight and amazement that ended up spooking her. Fun times!

It was hard choosing just one photo from the party to share, but I especially love this image, which I call “Shrieks Startle Sweet Cheeks,” taken seconds after the aforementioned moment. Zae, with her big, beautiful brown eyes and kissable chubby cheeks, looks terrified and tired. One might even say frosted cake wasted! Also, the juxtaposition of the tiny crown and other regal flair against the mess of frosting all over her face, hands and clothes is just down-right hilarious. Alternate titles: “Let Her Eat Cake,” “Frosted Cake Wasted,” “Tastes Like Trouble,” “Never Too Much of a Good Thing,” “Having Her Cake and Eating It, Too.” It was Zae’s first time having cake, and I can’t wait to bear witness to countless other firsts that are ahead for her precious little life. Happy birthday, baby girl!

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Photo of the Week No. 6: “Nephew Gets a New Toy”

February 5, 2018

This little angelic creature is my nephew Jordan, and this photo was captured on Christmas Day in the midst of him ripping through wrapping paper and boxes to get to the goods. As you might be able to tell by the smirk on his face, he’s in to “Star Wars.” I just knew that the BB-8 candy dispenser I bought Jordan would be a hit. I call this image, my sixth Photo of the Week, “Nephew Gets a New Toy.” There’s so much to love about Jordan, my favorite (and only) nephew, but I’m especially fond of his inquisitive nature, spot-on observations, gentle spirit and killer dance moves. And he’s the spitting image of his mother, my sister Ayesha. He’ll be 9 years old in May, and I hope he never changes.

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Photo of the Week No. 2: “Serving Face All Summer”

January 8, 2018

It’s time for another Photo of the Week, friends! For my second installment of 2018, I’m featuring my beautiful sister Ayesha. I call this one “Serving Face All Summer,” because that’s exactly what she did. This photo was taken at my job’s summer party at the world-famous Santa Monica Pier, which is all about fun in the sun. Amid all the day’s revelry, I captured my sister in one of her infamous “face-times.” To the naked eye, it may look unrehearsed but Esha is no stranger to working her angles. I’m quite proud of myself for catching those cheekbones hitting the light just right.

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Out and About: My Brother’s Wedding Day

May 19, 2015

Temecula in May is usually warm and sunshine-y, but May 8 turned out to be an overcast, chilly day. However, my family’s love and excitement shone brightly, despite the weather that day. It was a big day for the Sabree/Ratcliff clan, as my youngest brother, Jamaal, got married to his fiancé, Breana. The rustic venue, Whispering Oaks Terrace, was quaint and we were very glad to find that the wedding would be taking place inside of the venue’s surprisingly intimate barn. This was a shabby chic dream, with white stringed lights, baby’s breath in mason jars, dim lights, white linen, wooden chests — the whole shebang. My brothers Robert and Karim were groomsmen, and nephew Jordan was the ring bearer. I’ll never forget how beautiful everyone looked and how much love filled the room. It was tangible. Long story short: My brother’s wedding day was incredible, and I’m so excited to see Jamaal and Breana grow as a couple. Welcome to our wacky, loving family, Bree! No take-backs. LOL.

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