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Jim’s Graduation Bauer-B-Q

Yesterday, we all gathered together for a backyard barbeque to celebrate Jim’s graduation from Mercy College.

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Jim and Mom and his “cake”

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Group photo! (left to right: Jeremy, Mrs. Cumberland, Ashley, Zato, Amy; front row: Samantha and Momma)

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Katie flying away with balloons

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The paparazzi

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Gavin climbing trees

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Gavin and my two brothers, Jim and Kris

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and Betty!

UPDATE: This one I stole from Andrew’s Facebook :)

The Annual “February Birthdays” Party

Since Mom had just recently put together Momma’s big party last month, I offered to host the February Birthdays party this month. It was my first real foray into a dinner party for more than six people (truth be told- for the one with four people, Gavin cooked; and the one with six people: we ordered Chinese.) This was also a glimpse into what the wedding might be like, minus a large chunk of people and the fact that I will be off cooking duty that day.

We had a meal of chicken piccatta, meatball in marinara sauce (thank you Trader Joe’s), sauteed string beans with buttered bread crumbs and the huge plate of ziti that mom brought along. Let’s not forget the enormous spread of wine and desserts, contributed by our guests.

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Joining in the festivities was Mom & Dad, Momma, Jim & Katie, Kris & Amy, Aunt Joan & Uncle Tom, Mary Jane & Don, Caitlin, Mollie and, of course, Gavin. It was so nice to have everyone over (and to finally have an apartment that fits more than 10 people in one room.) I kind of sequestered myself in the kitchen in the beginning but, after the food was done, I was able to kick back and enjoy the party. I took zero photos because I was so caught up in conversations, as was everyone. Needless to say, a good time was had by all.

After most people left, my mom got to work at putting together some table arrangements. There were some very elaborate table settings to look at. (We used some of the plates I’ve been collecting for context.) Everyone had an opinion, of course, but the one Gavin and I liked the best was the most simple: vintage-inspired milk containers from JoAnn’s (or Michael’s?)

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Huge thanks to Aunt Joan for (unknowingly) providing the flowers we used for this table arrangement exercise. They are actually the same type of flowers (daisies!) I was thinking of having at the reception (and/or bouquets.) Voila!

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Some more “after hours” fun included Jim and Kris playing legos with a new iPhone game they had discovered.

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And Kris and Amy practiced some of the important lessons we taught them from Pre-Cana class.

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.