Archive for August, 2009

Summer Fun List

August 24, 2009

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Say what you will about pool boys, they all have one thing in common: they sure are cute!

We have FINALLY gotten a nice stretch of summer weather in New England, just as we begin the countdown to fall and the real world, if we can refer to kindergarden and nursery school as the real world. But we have one more year of civility, i.e. starting school after Labor Day and not a minute before, so we plan to spend the remaining hours of official summer doing things on our Summer Fun List.

Even though we’ve done most of the things on the list already, you can never have too much of the following:

1. in-season fruit picking. We’re on to nectarines, peaches, blueberries (of course), and a slightly peculiar variety of raspberry that doesn’t seem to know it is neither July nor September. Pears and apples are nearly ready, but NOT YET, I say. Then, pie and crisp. Or crispy, as we call it around here.

2. beach and all its assorted activities, including cocktails for grownups (check), searching for sea glass (check), finding the elusive blue piece (just this weekend! and I wasn’t even there!), crabbing (check) and generally getting wet, finding treasures and getting sandy (check, check, check)

3. the carousel

4. the lake (though really–why is it amber?)

5. ice cream. there hasn’t been nearly enough this year.

6. more farm stands and less A & P.

7. more stomp rockets and sprinklers

8. more bike riding and scootering

9. more summer reading (we just finished The Long Winter from the Little House series, and it was delicious reading about freezing cold while fanning ourselves.)

10. more cupcakes. always more cupcakes.

11. birthdays. we love summer birthdays around here.

12. more time at our favorite haunts, like making toy boats and climbing on wooden tugboats

13. more pool time. always.

14. more Maine! Checking that off the list next week

15. more cape cod and friends we miss

16. gazpacho

17. tomato soup

18. BLTs with homemade bread

19. pesto

20. did I say tomato?

21. more baby twin cousins! (Pictures soon, mama!)

Clearly, we can’t get this all done by Labor Day. September, you have some things on your list.

What’s on yours? We can always stand to add a few things to ours!

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Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Party

August 20, 2009

Last Sunday was a perfect summer day on the New England coast, and a great day for a party.

How about a Stanley Cup party?

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The Stanley Cup, overlooking Narragansett Bay in Newport, RI.

The Stanley Cup is awarded each year to the winners of the National Hockey League playoffs.  Hockey tradition runs deep, and one tradition holds that, after the season ends, each member of the winning team gets a their own day with the Cup.  Cup day generally includes a charity event, a public appearance for the fans and a private party for the player to celebrate the win with family and friends.

Which is where I was last Sunday.


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Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins!

The party was at beautiful Belle Mer in Newport, RI, and coordinated by the cool, calm and collected Sarah True of True Event. This gorgeous venue was a perfect place to enjoy the (slight) breeze on a hot summer day.

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Doesn’t this elegant table look delicious? The savory light bites served in stations around the venue were the perfect solution to dining on a hot day, and the professional staff at Belle Mer made it all run just so smoothly.

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Yumiko at Hana Floral Design did a gorgeous, inspired interpretation of the Penguins team colors.

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Mike Cyr of Buzz Media Company was on hand to cover the day with his storytelling talents.

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It was an incredible location for both adults and children.

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And with lots of families there enjoying the day, I found plenty of willing subjects.

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The Stanley Cup made for popular seating with the wee ones.

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And as the sun went down, the festivities continued!

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Drinking from the Stanley Cup is very nearly required at these parties.

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When in Rome…even the photographers drink from the cup.

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If I had to guess, I think he’s saying, “Pittsburgh Penguins are number one!”

Thanks to all for a fantastic day and night–what a great group of family and friends and a great party.

And huge thanks to my amazing second photographer, Steph Stevens!

Beach Boys

August 19, 2009

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Oh, I just love this boy!

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and this one

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And this one, too.

Hope you’re having a good summer, too.

Married: Joanna + Christian

August 6, 2009

This gorgeous couple is in desperate need of a sneak peek.

Without further ado, the lovely Joanna and her new husband, Christian, married in July.

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Can’t wait to share more delicious vintage and modern details of this creative and heartfelt wedding.

J +C, your photos will be ready next week!