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The Best Bridal Shower Ever

I owe well over a hundred thank you’s to everyone who was involved in making this day not only happen but be the most well-organized, detail-oriented, thoughtful, beautiful and ultimately super fun bridal shower that I could have ever imagined. From planning and preparation to the actual day-of responsibilities, these guys really knocked it out of the park.

From what I’ve both heard and seen, here is the list of everyone who had a part in making this amazing event happen:

Executive Producer: Katie
Assistant Executive Producer: Mom
Coordinator: Katie
Assistant Coordinators: Bridesmaids
Creative Director: Mom
Creatives: Katie, Jessica, Amy, Janice, Nicole, Victoria, Karin
Production Team: Katie, Jessica, Amy, Ashley, Mom
Publicity Director: Katie
Print Design: Mom
Audio Engineer: Jim
Floral Arrangements: Jim, Mom
Chefs: Mom, Amy, Momma
Cooks: Jeremy, Katie, Ashley, Amy
Cake & Cupcake Design: Mom & Momma
Additional Food/Drink: Mrs. Thomas, Aunt Joan, Jeremy, Victoria, Katie
Culinary Quality Control: Dad
Wardrobe Stylist & Fashion Design: Mom
Costume (Hat) Designer: Janice
Gift List Management: Amy
Official Gift Presentation: Momma, Jessica
Photography: Gavin, Katie, Jackie
Videography: Dad
Gift Storage & Organization: Dad
Transportation Crew: Dad, Katie, Jim, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas
Set-Up & Breakdown: Jessica, Katie, Amy, Jeremy, Kris, Victoria, Momma, Dad
Best Husband-to-Be EVER: Gavin

“Most Distance Traveled” Award
First Place – Jessica from London, U.K.!!
Second Place – Mr. & Mrs. Thomas from Rochester, NY
Third Place – Aunt Lynn from Binghamton, NY

More to come as I gather photos and mentally digest all the wonderful things that have happened this weekend. (Gavin also got baptized!) Thank you again to everyone. Amazing. Simply amazing.

Momma Turns Sweet 16

Everyone gathered at Mom & Dad’s for Momma’s 90th (er, 16th) birthday party. When I say everyone, I do mean everyone. We had Mom, Dad, Jim, Kris, Gavin, Katie, Amy, Aunt Joan (Dad’s sister), Uncle Tom (her husband), Janice (my cousin), Mary Jane (Dad’s cousin) and Don (her husband), Ilsa (long-time neighbor), Susan and John (Katie’s parents), Jeremy (Kris’ BFF) and Ashley (Katie’s BFF) who are now dating each other, and Jackie (Ashley’s mom.)

Almost as soon as we got there, Amy jumped in to help mom out in the kitchen. Mom had spent 6 hours cooking the day before so I’m sure she was beyond grateful for a helping hand- plus Amy is a super chef.

Mom made the most delicious crab ragoons.

After an amazing dinner, and lots of conversation, it was time for dessert. Momma blew out her sixteen candles and then excitedly cut the cake. But she barely had time to eat it before we started a Momma Photo Booth.

Everyone got in for a photo with Momma, including Janice…

…Jim and Katie and just about everyone else who was there.

I got a really awesome photo of Jim and Kris together.

Momma opened all of her presents and stayed for awhile longer before she had to head home.

Most people had left by then. It was time for the Giants game. Gavin was definitely excited. He stayed in the living room with Dad, Jim and Kris while the ladies (Mom, myself, Katie and Amy) congregated downstairs in Mom’s studio for some girl talk. It was a super fun night.

Moving Day / Pre-Housewarming Party

From the archive (about a month ago when Gavin and I moved into the new place in the apartment downstairs.)

Kris (groomsman!) & Amy (bridesmaid!) made an appearance. Penny and Ellie stayed at home.

Here is Gavin, pointing to my head. (He was probably bragging about how smart I am.)

Jim (groomsman!) is always after Amy; whether it be throwing things at her, trying to strangle her or pushing brownies in her face (see above.) It’s all out of love, of course.

And now for some REAL love. Guess who just made the official announcement of their relationship? Yes, that’s Jeremy (Kris’ BFF) and Ashley (Katie’s BFF.) Announced on Facebook that very night. We all immediately liked their relationship status update. You heard it here first.

And since we finally got our Sing Star working! (All we had to do was plug it into the correct component. Yes, that was about a year of me banging my “very smart” head against the wall over that one.)

Jim was probably checking into Gavin Thomas Photo Studio on Foursquare. I am neither mayor of that location  NOR the actual building You can just imagine how upset I am at this one although I am currently working on my mayorship at W+K. Fingers crossed for 2012.

Amy and Katie (bridesmaid!) make a perfect duet.

So do Jim and Gavin. (Note: Gavin is wearing the naked lady butt t-shirt that my mom hates. Whoops.)

And Last but not least, Katie and the little ones: Dexter and Callie. Dexter was having a rough day so she gave him a hug. Callie is working on the choice for her next song.