As promised, here are the pictures from my mom's 60th birthday party.
I had a really good time doing these little '60' flags and this date matching game that all tied in with the invite I designed. I even used the left over invites to be thank you tags for our party gifts. (PS these flags are so simple to make....I printed out the flags on sticker paper. Tom helped me cut them out, peel off backing, and stick them on toothpicks. So simple!)
And happy birthday celebrations were in order for my cousin who turned 15 a few days before my mom.
All pictures taken by Tom Takigayama. He's starting to do custom pictures of families and children. Contact him if you are interested!
This weekend, my family celebrated my mom's big 6-0.
I had a few minutes to post some quick pics from the party before I hit the hay.
I'm pretty wiped out, but it was a speed weekend of fun.
[See invite here that I designed for the party.]
Lots of food, love, family, and fun.
These great pics are taken by Tom. You should check out his site!
I'll post more soon about the party + more pictures. :)
Remember my post about going back to Cleveland w/ Tom?
While home, Tom took the engagement pictures of my older sister, Kate, and her fiance, Bret, near Lake Erie, OH.
I was his 'assistant' which basically meant I held a lens occasionally, but more just stayed far enough back so that I wasn't in the frame ;)
I love how they turned out and am so proud of Tom's work.
Might you have friends who need pictures, you should contact my boy, Tom.
This Friday, Tom and I are leaving for Cleveland.
It's going to be a jammed packed weekend: photographing my sister & her fiance's engagement pictures, a best friends BFA show, some Cleveland sightseeing, and seeing my fabulous family.
Only a few more workdays to go!
And so I am home.
Not even a full day home and I've already:
-made a whole lasagna
-baked 3 dozen cookies
-felt overwhelmed by the jumbo super markets here in the suburbs
-wanted to buy every single type of sprinkles at the store (but I held myself back)
-wiped the clumps of snow off of Bailey's face
-fed Max 2 pieces of cheese
-read a 'Midwest Living' magazine
and I am looking forward to more in the next week I am home :)
I saw this from PlanetAwesomeKid.com a day or two ago and it really struck me, especially after tonight:
"As a mother to a baby girl, I am very aware of the impact I will have on my daughter. She will look to me, look up to me, emulate me, and idolize me. The best I can do is just be the woman I want her to eventually be, and just simply lead by example."
I hope that I will be as good of a mom (when that time comes), as self-less and as sacrificing as my mom was and still is. I'm glad you are okay mom. Wish I could be there tonight.
Let's leave it at that.