7.31.2012

Summer Vacation Photo Reel

What better way to recap a vacation than through photo's?

After BFW {Buckley Family Weekend}, we spent the rest of our week on good 'ole Long Island with my dad's family.

Love. That. Place.

It holds a very special place in my heart.  Both my parents are from there, 80% of our family lives there or near there, we vacationed there when I was younger every summer, and we even got to live their for a few years in middle school and high school.  Even though I now live in the south (and love it), I am definitely a New Yorker at heart- totally channeling my inner Snooky while I'm there (just kidding- kind of..).  Oh, and yes, I'm also a Yankee's fan.


Our first night at my aunts, we had a small post-birthday celebration for Jack after Jenn {sister} announced that he was going to be a big brother! Wahooooo!!


That's my Nanny {dad's mom} with Jack. It's hard for me to put into words how much I love her.  She is amazing. Just amazing.


The next day Jack entertained us for hours we soaked up some much needed sun at Jones Beach.

Jenn and Andrew.. totally rocking the zinc nose look. So special. =)

Jack with his Nona.

I am obsessed with him.
cheeeeeeeeeese
It was so sunny but jack refused to keep his hat on. So, Papa stepped in to shield the sun for him...naturally.

And then this walked by...
Random.

Doesn't this photo just make your heart melt!? He loves his mama.

And proved that by showing us how good he is at giving his mom kisses by eating Jenn's face. =)

A peace offered for Uncle Bob after waking him up from his nap.

The girls. =) I love my family!

The cutest little family. Ever. Look at that face!

Strolling down to the water with Uncle Bob.

And last, taking a swim with Papa.

We had a nice little BBQ at my aunts on the Fourth of July (where I ate my weight in amazing food and pastries) followed by crazy fireworks in the neighborhood. They don't mess around. 



mom and dad





We took a cousins trip back to the beach the next day and finished off the week with a little fishing at the pier.


An entire table of absolute deliciousness.



This was Bobby's attempt at catching us some dinner.

While Jack and I relaxed.

Another attempt at catching dinner.

River wasn't too sure about those crabs..


We also learned that Jack really loves soft serve ice cream but lets be real, who doesn't?

He spent the majority of the time at the pier playing with the water faucet.



Then Nanny showed us how she can put a crab to sleep.

Works like a charm. That women has skills.


Trying to get Jack to walk by himself..


Amazing week, amazing family.  Makes me want to go back and do it all again.

Anyone else a little sad July is already over??? Where has the summer gone?

This is crazy.


7.23.2012

A Very Patriotic Family Reunion {part 2}




Welcome to the 42nd annual Buckley Family Weekend.


The best way to start this out is to first explain those awesome shirts you see above.  Yes we all match. It's part of the weekend.

This reunion is always over the fourth of July weekend and therefore it is very patriotically themed. 
There are two teams; the stars {blue shirts} and the stripes {red shirts}-naturally.

You are born onto a team (unless you are my grandparents and their children- then you were put on a team when this all started 42 years ago).
As a spouse married into the family, you are automatically placed on the opposite team from your husband/wife.

I am a stripe because it is the better of the two teams, and poor Bobby is a star (competitive much??).  =)

The weekend always begins with the flag raising ceremony Saturday morning followed by some stretching.. gotta get nice and warmed up for the games!  Each teams stands on opposite sides of the front lawn and all the kids walk out with the flag, while the rest of us sing God Bless America- acapella.


Sometimes we twirl like ballerina's.. so important.


Sometimes we take it old school with good old toe touches... (get it Sammie.)


BUT, we always end it with the peanut butter jar stretch.  

What's that you ask?? Great question.
-Plant your feet firmly in the ground, arms slightly bent over head. 
-Bend your legs, lean to the left and then all together push to the right (lefty loosey people). 


Keep lunging left to right to open the jar. ;)


Next, squat with your legs, arms still above your head, push up to open the lid.  Dip your finger into see what flavor it is... mine is always creamy- crunchy peanut butter just grosses me out.
Lower the lid and lunge in the opposite direction (right to left) to close the jar.


Next up, we swore in our new president. Yes- we have a president of BFW.  
My grandpa's, sister's husband has been our president since I can remember, but sadly, Uncle Dick passed away in January.  One of the reasons I love this family so much is because we dedicated the entire weekend to him.  The stories and pictures and memories made my heart smile.  He was an amazing man. 

Following the flag raising ceremony, we always kick off the games with two relay races.
This year we had to pass pasta using straws and soaking wet sponges.


Stripes won both relays... just sayin'.. 


There is a crick down the road that we head to to cool off (or shower for some people) and also to have the Rubber Duck race.  

In a nut shell: Ducks are a buck. Each has a number. Everyone buys a duck. Whichever duck crosses the finish line first wins. Winner gets the pot. 


Oh, and we paint our skin with Indian Rocks like we are 10 again. Ah, good times. 


Team games continue through the weekend with volleyball, bocce ball, ping pong, connect four and flip cup (minus the drinking part).


Oh, and we keep track of everything on pretty posters.


Kids also play games, planned by the dads to earn points to hopefully win MVP.  This is a huge deal. 


Below is my favorite game we played when I was a kid.  If you have kids, I highly suggest you play this at your next cookout. 

The Marshmallow game:  Tie string from a clothes line at the appropriate height for each child- about mouth high.
Tie a marshmallow around the end of the string. 
Line all the kids up and pull on the clothes line so the marshmallows bounce.
The kid who eats their marshmallow first wins- no hands!


well, sometimes...



We finish the weekend out on Sunday with kickball and the egg toss- my two favorites!



Sometimes, people try to cheat try to be funny and block people from running the bases when they have an awesome kick... (ahem.. dad!)


Other times, we accidentally pop the kickball...


so we improvise and use the volleyball. 


Jack wasn't sure about that decision...

Next up- the egg toss.

Grab a partner (on your team) and raw egg.
Make two lines so every person is facing their teammate.
Toss the egg to your partner.
If your partner catches the egg and it doesn't break, take a step back.
This continues until one team is left...
We end up very far away from our partners... like so far that I can throw an egg that far so I never win...

Those of us who don't make it spectate.

Joe (brother) and Andrew (brother-in-law) rocked the egg toss.



But, in the end, the stripes won. Again.

Following the egg toss, points are tallied and we have the awards ceremony. True story.


First up- kids games.

All the past MVP's line up to congratulate the new MVP.


When you win MVP, not only do you get an awesome plaque, you also get your name added to the MVP family plaque that stays on the wall of the house. 


And finally- the winning team is announced and awarded the family cup. True story again. 
Each year the winning teams name and points is added to the side of the cup.

This year- stripes won. Boom town.


And that wraps up Buckley Family Weekend.
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our crazy, awesome family. 
We love having guests, so feel free to tag along one year- we'd love to have you!



7.15.2012

Decorating with Shutters & Window Frames

We've been in our new place for a couple of months now and I am finally starting to get a vision for how I'd like to decorate the last few blank walls, thanks to Pinterest of course.

The first project will be the tiny wall behind our front door.  I love our cozy little one bedroom apartment, but  it definitely pushes me to be creative with storage.  We don't have a place to put shoes, or my purse or keys or mail which can make this little place seem quite cluttered.  I stumbled upon this gem on Pinterest and I'm pretty sure it is the answer to all my clutter problems.

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I know what you're thinking. Genius.  Me too.

I love the "s" hooks used to hang the keys.  I'm thinking about using small antique looking knobs?

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 I especially love the old wooden box below for shoes. Maybe then I won't trip over shoes lying in the middle of the living room floor...

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Here are a few others I found that I really like:

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I love the monogram at the top. So simple and pretty.

Or a burlap bow maybe?
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Love, love the chalkboard paint on the bottom!
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This might be my favorite idea. A wire basket would be great for all our mail.

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Next up is this huge wall behind our couch.  I love the high ceilings in the living room but it does make a big wall like this seem that much more empty.   My inspiration for this wall, again, came from Pinterest. I just don't even know how we got by without it before... =)

                           I love the separate black and white photo's behind the individual windows. 

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We have both of our parents and grandparents wedding photo's so I'd really like to do something like this with one of the window frames:
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I also love the look of one big picture behind the entire frame like this one:
But maybe not of a picture of us about to eat each other's faces...
#awkward #we'renotmodels
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Because the wall is so large and the ceilings are so high, I think I'm going to have to do more than one frame to fill it up. My thought is to use 3 window frames, one long and skinny one and two square.

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Our walls are a neutral beige color so I'm pretty sure I'll need to paint the frames and I'm thinking of using a light gray color. We'll see.

We were out of town this weekend but I have plans for the next 2 weekends to scour some antique shops and the flea market here for window frames and shutters.  Hopefully I find what I'm looking for!
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