Sunday, July 31, 2011

Monster Brings Down the House

It was birthday party time for Miss Lakin yesterday afternoon.  In fact, in all her excitement she refused an afternoon nap, but our little social butterfly did not let that keep her from having the time of her life at the party.  Two cupcakes,  a splash in the pool, and a bottomless monster pinata later, she was ready to wind down and hit the sack.  Lot of excitement for a toddler.

Now, for more pictures than you care to see.
 David preps the monster pinata.  Sadly, hours later, its contents would fall out the bottom and lay in the grass melting.
 Lakin loved playing in the balloons beforehand.  I have a series of about twenty shots of her bouncing and playing in the balloons.  You have to be related to her to want to see them all.  So, for now, I leave you with this single picture that barely does justice to the fun and excitement the little girl had.  But you get the idea.
 Birthday shirt, made by my ridiculously talented mother.
 Monster masks for our kid guests and the pinata awaiting his fate.
 I know you won't believe me because I cleverly disguised it, but we did the party in our garage.  I know, never would have guessed, would you?  Above is the party spread.  The sign reads "Monster's One" not "Monsters On."  Just clarifying.
 Monster juice, aka blue Kool-aid and lemonade.  Wiggly Eye cups, thank you hot glue gun!
 We ordered simple chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and I made a few eyeballs to put on top.
 Our special Monster Munch blend consisted of Goldfish crackers, popcorn, and almond bark dipped pretzels.
 Lakin modeling her monster mask.  She was less than amused.  Turns out little kids are not so into wearing masks.

 This is Caleb, Lakin's little buddy, who also moved to Rochester from Missouri last summer too.
 Lakin scheming a plan of attack for that cupcake.
 Mission accomplished.
 Present opening time was very exciting.  The presents were almost as exciting as all the wrapping paper.
 Lakin gave Miss Cathy a BIG hug after she opened her present.  They are basically best friends.  Miss Cathy is a Lakin Whisperer.  We love her.
 When all else fails, take your shirt off and tie your ribbon round your head.
 There was a lot of naked babies at this party.  The pool was a motivating factor.  Hence, the reason for so many topless toddlers roaming around.  Here's Audrey giving a big swing at the pinata.
 Miss Caitlin was the big girl party animal.  She showed the other kids just how to bust a pinata.
 Scarlett just waiting for that candy to spill.
 Ninja birthday girl was really interested in breaking in her new toys.  Forget pinatas.
 Best. Uncle. Ever.
 My mom made a stuffed monster for Lakin.  It been a hit and even went to bed with her last night.
 Daddy and Lakin finally mortally wounded the pinata after lots of nail bitting and waiting.
 Busted pinata, baby drinking and driving.  Somber scene.  Time for party to end.
Our friends, Bill and Steph, made it toward the end of the party.  They brought their son, Charlie, and their twin girls, Claire and Ellie.  They made a grand entrance with one of the most impressive parallel park jobs I have ever seen.

So the Monster bash was a hit.  We are so thankful for our parents who made the trip and for all the great friends who were able to help us celebrate.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Reason #456 Why Chipotle Rocks Our Socks Off

Have you heard about Chipotle's awesome kids' menu?  Cheese quesadilla, single taco, taco making kit?  Yes!  Yes! Yes!  For a humble fee kids can eat a relatively healthy meal at Chipotle.  Each menu item comes with a side of rice and beans, the most adorable mini bag of chips, and an organic milk.  That's where we took Miss Lakin for her birthday celebration.  What can I say, burritos are in our blood.  She chose the cheese quesadilla and savored every. last. bite.  Thank you, Chipotle, for yet another satisfying dining experience.

In case you were wondering, I am not compensated by Chipotle for this rave review of their products and service.  However, I am not above compensation and would gladly be a blog bragger for the corporation.  You hear that, Chipotle?  Do you?

Party like it's 1999.

It was baby girl's birthday.  She's not a baby anymore.  She's a little girl.  Gulp.  This year just flew by.  Words can't express the love and joy this little lady brings into my life.  She makes me laugh every moment.  I'm amazed when I take a look back at the last year.

Happy Birthday sweet girl.  Momma is so proud!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

That's a First

Someone took her diaper off and threw it out of the crib this morning.  Time for potty training?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Patrick and Amanda e-session

Ooooh, doesn't that sound all professional and legit?

Sunday evening I shot some pics of my friends, Patrick and Amanda, for their engagement session.  I was still on a photog high from the day before and was jazzed up and full of ideas for this fun-loving duo.  It's pretty easy to get some fancy photos when you're subjects are so darn good-looking.

Amanda, is the daughter of Lakin's best friend and day caregiver, Miss Cathy.  She also works for me at Camp this summer.  It was a delight to get a chance to get these two in front of my camera.

I warned them before we started that I was simply experimenting and practicing, read: not a professional.  They were cool letting me try new things and I have to say, I am super pleased with the end results.  Here a re a few of my favorites from our session.