I think you probably know by now…I have a mad obsession with photos. Photos of my parties, food and my family. And ever since cell phones were created to snap and shoot…I’ve built a library of photos so big I don’t know what to do with them all anymore. This however has not stopped me from continuing to build a library of great images.
When Luke was born I quickly realized the second child just doesn’t get as much attention as the first. I thought maybe I won’t have as many pictures of him as I did of Gavin? Well that wasn’t the case. If anything…there might be more. Especially since he’s so adorable with his big brother…I have a whole new world to capture on film.
Since Gavin was born I made a point of getting professional photographs taken one to two times a year. As cute as my dinky shots are…nothing holds a candle to the shots taken by someone who knows how to work a camera. So a couple of weeks ago we had the incredible Raquel Bianca come over and spend an hour with us to work her magic. And that’s exactly what she did…
A girl moved to New York. She worked her butt off to survive the rat race, fell in love, got married and had two kids. That’s my life in a nutshell and this Yom Kippur as I sat through the Kol Nidre service in temple I made peace with God for my sins while saying thanks for the life that I live. Every year as I make it a priority to repent, I also make a point of saying thanks for everything that I have. This year, I was most thankful for the latest addition to our team – Mr. Luke Kertzner. Despite complaining and b*tching about having to have a c-section, God watched over me and ensured everything went smoothly with Luke’s outrageous delivery. With the Jewish new year upon us, it was a great time to receive the pictures that my new friend Jenny Sherouse took of my precious family this summer and I couldn’t be more excited to share them with you.
A few months back when I was still pregnant my friend Ilana of Mommy Shorts told me about this fabulous photographer who I had to meet. We met at the book reading party that LMP did in the Piccolini store and immediately hit it off as we were in the exact same stages of our second pregnancies. After seeing the work Jenny did for Ilana and her family I knew I wanted to have a session…I just had to find the time. Figured it made the most sense to wait for baby #2 to arrive so we could have some great shots of our growing family. Jenny was super sweet about scheduling…it was me who was struggling again to find the time to get this going. Lucky for me, Jenny worked with me on coming out east so we could do the shoot in our home turf where everyone was relaxed and comfortable. Thought it would be that easy…ha! Joke was on me. Gavin was a total lunatic when Jenny arrived but it was nothing she couldn’t handle. She worked her magic as she is fantastic with the little ones and somehow was able to capture my family and our life with her camera.
I love my boys and my wonderful husband and can’t thank Jenny enough for these pictures…
When I got an email from Party City asking if we would review one of their party packages…I was so excited. We shop at Party City constantly for paper goods, favors, cups, cutlery…you name it. They are a one stop shop for all of your party needs. So they gave me a list of packages to choose from and I chose the “Competitive Charm” thinking this would be great to use for the family BBQ that I host every year and happens to be this coming Saturday. Since the Olympics just ended with a rockin closing ceremony I’m inspired to fill the day of family fun with athletics, good food and flowing drinks.
Since the ideas are endless I thought it would be best to write up a plan on how I’m going to prep and use all of the goodies that I recieved and will further review this Saturday when the brood is over and the kids are ready to play and have tons of fun!
Step 1: Mini flags -
There was a bag of mini flags from countries all over the world. I love the idea of using these for stir sticks at the bar! So I’m going to hot glue gun one of each onto a tall stir stick and place into red plastic cups for my guests to fill with ginger lemonade and add in sweet tea vodka if they need a little spike.
Step 2: Olympic Rings -
There is a package of the primary colored Olympic rings in 2 different sizes. With the large ones I’m going to string them along some twine and hang them in between the two sun shade umbrellas that cover my patio tables. This will be eye popping and festive and so easy to hang up! With the smaller rings I’m going to hot glue them to bamboo skewers and will make olympic torch cupcake cones to stick them in. Stay tuned for more details on these bad boys…they are going to be a flaming hit!
Step 3: Torches -
Since we were speaking of torches…it reminded me that the package included two tall paper torches that will serve so well as decor on my table where the food is going to be set out.
Also included in the box were games for the kids to play. An egg toss, potato sack for racing and American flags for the guests who are just watching to wave around.
I’m so excited to put this BBQ on with all of these goodies and can’t wait to see how it’s all going to pull together. No doubt it’s going to be tons of fun!
So let the games begin…and be sure to check back next week for the details!