first communion & a wedding!
The real reason we were in Jersey last weekend was to celebrate a wedding, and we were lucky enough to also be able to celebrate a first communion and third birthday. It was a whirlwind weekend of celebrations, kicked off by J’s godson’s first communion. He is shown below, having his head squeezed by that scary looking man my husband. Super-cute, J.
Here’s a more normal looking photo of Jason, his sister, and their godson. As you can tell, it was a gorgeous day, and we had a blast catching up with family that we don’t see often enough.
And, while Bridget was posing for pictures, adorable little Maelynn got to snuggle with her favorite aunt.
Or the aunt she knows the least, because said aunt lives hundreds of miles away.
And, you know I wasn’t the only one in the family loving on this little one. I think J’s cousin was also pretty happy to hold her.
And I guess at some point, Bridget must have reclaimed her baby, because I found this photo on my camera:
And I love the photo, because I think it makes Bridget look like a celebrity mom. Maybe it’s the glasses?
Luckily for us, we had some fun time to visit with our other niece and nephew, too. They are just as awesome as they are adorable, and especially so because, as toddlers, they change so much every time we see them.
This guy, for example:
He was much more talkative during this visit than the previous one, and also a willing participant in my photography. Yes!
His mom also helped me convince him to make a few silly faces…
And you can see that he was happy to oblige until his little sister tickle tackled him. Sorry, Peter! If it’s any consolation, Barley feels your pain… Jezebel is constantly tackling him!
And although we weren’t too excited to leave the party, we were pretty excited to get to Brooklyn for the next party…
The above photo was taken from our hotel room – we had a great view of the Brooklyn Bridge!
Kevin & Sarah’s wedding ceremony took place only a few blocks from here in a beautiful old church. It was there that we met up with Jason’s high school friends and their significant others.
Here’s JT and his friend, Phil. You can tell that I’m still a novice with the new lens by the way Phil’s face is blurry. Oops. Sorry, Phil. (On the other hand, maybe it’s better that way… I’m always hesitant to put up photos of non-family members, lest I be that girl who is going to take everyone’s picture and post it all over the internets. Family? Well, they’re kind of stuck with me whether I post photos of them or not. And, anyways, most of them know about this little internet journal o’mine and probably just cross their fingers that the pictures I post are not too cringeworthy.)
I have a love-hate relationship with that stupid fake overly-enthusiastic smile JT is giving me. In this picture, it kind of makes me smile. But other times, I’m all could he please pose for a nice normal photo for once in his life?!
Are the above centerpieces not some of the prettiest you’ve seen? I love the vibrant colors and the combination of textures!
The reception was held at a restaurant with a stunning view of the Brooklyn bridge + NYC skyline. And in that moment, I thought, I could totally live here. Yep. I could trade in my 9 acres for a 300 square foot studio and revel in the hustle and bustle of the city. I’d enjoy walking, public transportation, awesome, varied ethnic cuisine. Yum.
(And then, on the way out of town, we sat in traffic for 2 hours and I changed my mind).