“A dragon does not always have to be slain. It can sometimes be befriended” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Kayla Bolton by © Lori Maloney

“Kayla lives on a spectacular piece of land just outside the city…what a pleasure it was for me and my daughter – ahem – assistant to spend a truly beautiful Spring evening in the country with her!  There were lilacs and roses and assorted other flowers I cannot name but marveled at…and then there was beautiful Kayla!  Thank you, Kayla, for welcoming us onto your land and allowing us the privilege of capturing your image for The Birthday Book!  You were a good sport when I asked you to put wildflowers in your hair and so generous as my daughter learns the ropes of assisting!  We really enjoyed our time with you and hope you LOVE your portrait!  Life is beautiful!”- Lori M

Image © Lori Maloney

An Interview with Kayla

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. I have a lot of great memories as I have always been surrounded by my amazing friends and family. One that stands out above the rest was in 2015 when Blair and our two kids went out for a nice walk around our property. Half way through our walk holding our daughter Hailey, Blair stopped and proposed. It was a wonderful birthday.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I can honestly say I have not had a bad birthday. Knock on wood :)

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?

A. My engagement ring, definitely was not expecting that.

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. Not a specific dish, but cake is always a must have.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Honestly, since being a parent, I think the birthdays should be for them. It’s nice to be with family though and celebrate to another year of happiness.

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. We always go out for dinner on birthdays. Growing up as a kid we went to China Rose in Calgary for as long as I can remember.