Monday, August 27th, 2012 · posted by Abbey
I’m slightly addicted to professional photographs of my kids. It’s becoming an expensive problem since I find myself looking for any excuse to have their pictures taken by a photographer. Father’s Day Mini Photo Shoot? Sign me up! Parent’s 40th wedding anniversary? Family photo shoot!
The thing about it, is the kids are always miserable. And I feel bad…but clearly not bad enough to learn my lesson.
Yesterday, we celebrated my parent’s 40th anniversary. My brothers and I arranged for a photographer to come to shoot the grand kids on the beach. Everyone wore blues and white. It was going to be kids romping and playing and being carefree. Perfect.
But, as you can imagine, it was terrible. It was too hot. The sun was too bright. And my kiddies couldn’t stick it out another half hour for the lighting to get softer. There was throwing of sand. Eating of sand. And A LOT of crying. From the corner of my eye, I could see Jake pacing back and forth—thinking that this was the worst idea ever…but too expensive to not try to make work.
So we stuck it out for a little longer. I haven’t seen the photos yet. My fingers are crossed for one good one.
Maybe the next photo shoot will be better…
Some pics from one photo shoot. And a fun tip on taking photographs.
Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 · posted by Abbey
We host cookie decorating birthday parties every weekend at The Flour Pot. So I’ve seen my fair share of little girls open presents–always the typical birthday goods: toys, clothes, jewelry, etc… But this past weekend, we had a birthday party for a little girl turning 8, and in walked a guest with a mason jar filled with flowers, her gift for the birthday girl.
Everyone made such a fuss over how beautiful the flowers were, they were put center stage on the table for everyone to see and enjoy during the party.
I kind of thought the idea was genius. So many women love getting flowers, why wouldn’t little girls? I love to have fresh flowers in my house because, quite simply, they make me happy. I just imagine the birthday girl putting the mason jar on her bedside table and waking up the day after her birthday…with a big smile!
Click here for another great gift and here for wee little ones.
(I took this pic on a recent trip to Stone Barns)
Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 · posted by Abbey
My mom hosts Thanksgiving every year for 40 people on my dad’s side of the family. Two years ago, we started doing activities to occupy the kids–not only to get the kids to have fun and interact with each other, but also to keep them from destroying my mom’s house!
The first year we made time capsules. Last year, we made paper craft turkeys and fill in the blank “about me” stories that the kids presented to the adults. It was very sweet.
I found this idea which I thought was so clever. Wouldn’t it be fun to make a bunch of flags with fun bits of personal info (i.e: I went to summer camp here!) and take turns pulling flags from a hat, to place on your own map?! It would be a little (educational) game which we could then then put out for display with dessert. I love it!
Monday, August 6th, 2012 · posted by Abbey
Since personal time needs to be scheduled now (do we have a sitter? etc…) getting a family calender was in order. We bought this huge over-sized calendar that hangs in our kitchen. If it’s not on the calendar–it’s not happening!
My mother in law and I were going through the calendar to mark down important dates like holidays and upcoming family trips and before we knew it, we were looking at December. How can that be! So it got me thinking about the kids’ first birthday party.
I have mixed feelings about a first birthday party celebration. On the one hand, I love a reason to throw a party. And celebrating the first year with twins is certainly a good reason! We’ve come a long way! But on the other hand, it seems like a party has the potential to stress out the kids.
I have a few friends who have thrown kid-centered first birthday bashes (with sing-a-long music, etc…), another friend hosted an elegant country club birthday lunch and one friend, recently, who had a small family breakfast followed by a trip to the birthday girl’s favorite petting zoo-with immediate family only.
But party styles aside, it seems that my friends agree it’s best to:
1. keep the party short
2. delegate someone (besides Mom and Dad) to take pictures
3. scale back the guest list (after all, it’s not a wedding)
I suppose we have some time to decide what we will do…But at least I know it’s on the calendar!
Do you have advice about throwing a first birthday party? Do’s or Don’ts? I’d love to hear!
Photo Credit: From Me To You
Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 · posted by Abbey
It’s been an exhausting few weeks. But to get you up to speed, here I wrote about how we needed to take Jonah to a neurologist. After many phone calls and lots of research, we headed to Dr. Liu at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He ordered an MRI in hopes of ruling out a brain tumor. Last week, we got our MRI results and, thank our lucky stars, it was negative. No brain tumor. Liu believes that Jonah will outgrow his benign head bobbing within the next month or two. And I’m already seeing a significant improvement.
I have explained to friends that CHOP is the best place to be and the worst place to be. It’s the best care in the country–and because of that, you see kids, all ages, with every health issue imaginable. Looking at the department directory is enough to give you heartache: oncology, bone marrow transplant, neonatal stroke, neurology…the list goes on.
But the amazing thing, is that sitting in the waiting rooms for our appointments, with other parents that know too much and the kids playing around them, is this unspoken bond. There’s no passing judgement. You just give a slight smile as each new family enters the waiting room to acknowledge that you understand their world of love and worry and hope. It’s a feeling I have yet to get from another doctor’s office…and perhaps for that reason alone, CHOP is the best place to be. Period.
To see more pictures of Jonah click here and here.