Three

It seems our only apocalyptic snow storm of the season affected our family more than initially thought. Smack in the middle of the weekend that was, had the twins birthday party scheduled. In the interest of safety for all we decided to re-schedule. So this past weekend approximately four weeks later we were able to celebrate Mayhem and Chaos’ exit from the terrible two’s (not really but whatever.) The party was great despite one of our boys falling ill and sleeping for a while during the event. No mind he still took part in most of the activities and at the end of the day he did have a good time.

The past three years have been a roller coaster of emotions and experiences. The most humbling time of my life by far and yet the crazy thing is, I cannot see our life any other way now. Three years ago we were gifted with two boys which have made us appreciate life in a completely different light. The dynamic of experiencing the interaction between both of them and their older sister is fascinating. Our family’s legacy is held with these children and it is amazing to watch it happen before our eyes. I try not to take these days for granted and soak up as much of their experiences as possible. Photography has provided me the ability to freeze these moments and therefore I do spend a significant amount of time taking pictures of them. Below you will see some of the most recent additions to this extensive catalog of images. Enjoy.

 

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Superbowl

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Do I have to pay royalties now?! Anyway, one of the customs my friends I have are to get together on an annual basis to enjoy the “Big Game”…. Generally, one of our friends offers his home as the venue for such the event and there is a significant amount of preparation that is had, usually by the host. My group of friends being who/what they are generally, won’t do the legwork to provide sustenance. So there are many white castle “cases” and Doritos chips provided. However, me, being who I am, make it somewhat of an event. I will be making two different dips (probably reserved for a different post) and what I am presenting to you here which is a dark chocolate and white chocolate chip cookie.

Dark & White Chocolate Chip Cookie

adapted from: everybodylikessandwiches.com

1 c butter, room temperature
1/2 c white sugar
1 3/4 c light brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
2 t vanilla
3 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 1/2 t baking soda
3/4 t salt
2 c semi-sweet or bitter-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c sliced almonds (optional – if not using, replace with chocolate chips)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or fleur de sel (optional), for sprinkling

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time, blending well before adding in the second egg. Add in vanilla and mix until incorporated. Slowly add the flour mixture. Mix until just combined, taking care not to over mix. With a spatula fold in the chocolate and the almonds (if using).

Using a tablespoon, roll into balls and place onto a prepared cookie sheet, about an inch and a half apart (I always line mine with silpat or parchment paper). Slightly flatten out the tops. If desired, sprinkle with a bit of kosher salt or fleur de sel.

Bake at 360F for 12 minutes until lightly golden but still a bit gooey on the inside. Cool on wire racks.

Suggestion:

So right off the bat, I need to explain that since I have been out of practice for some time I completely dropped the ball and forgot to include the granulated sugar. No matter because honestly I don’t think the recipe needs it. By the way my cookies finished awesomely and did not need any additional sweetness, maybe my finger in the batter was enough? I see you rolling your eyes, couldn’t resist. Anyway, I clearly opted for the white chocolate instead of the nuts which I think was a great way to go, just wasn’t feeling the nuts today, no pun intended. My goal was to make a straight- forward cookie that didn’t involve being gluten, GMO, vegan, vegetarian, paleo or whatever other new diet there is, proof. My friends are simple and unpretentious and that’s how they like to swoon!

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Communion Part Deux

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As previously mentioned we recently finished celebrating our daughters First Holy Communion. Due to scheduling concerns, as well as sanity concerns, we opted to schedule the celebration portion of the sacrament separate from the ceremony. On a side note this was a brilliant idea! The additional time between events allowed us to properly plan and execute both events which turned out beautifully!!!! It’s a special time when you can impress yourself! That’s enough gloating, the important part of this celebration was that our daughter was happy and enjoyed herself, which is an understatement. As she stated to me “this is the best day of my life”! That made everything worth it. Please enjoy a very special screening of our movie “Faith” which premiered during the party. Special thanks to all those who assisted in making these events what they were: Tosca Marquee (venue), OmarLopez Photography (event photography and photobooth), Annie Cakes (self explanatory), and HUGE extra special shout out to my good friend Jeannette Sears for helping to make my vision come true in “Faith”. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Communion

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One of our families biggest events this year is our daughters First Holy Communion! She has been preparing for this for two years and finally the time has come to actually publicly share in receiving the Eucharist. For a Roman Catholic Family this is a very special time and one to be celebrated. However, first comes the ceremony, and in our case, shortly thereafter the actual celebration. We are incredibly proud of our daughter for taking such a vested interest and genuinely learning about what it means to receive the body and blood of Christ. We hope it will continue to be an important part of her life, as it has been in ours. Now let’s party!

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New Eyes

One of the challenges of photography is to find something new in the daily things, interactions etc. Personally, I try to do this as much as possible. I often look at my home from as many different perspectives as possible. The same goes for an assignment. Recently I was on an assignment for a client whom I have done work previously. While their space remains the same it is often decorated differently. Be it for a special occasion or simply because there has been furniture or accents added to the décor. It’s fun to notice new things which the owners may take for granted after they see it on a daily basis. I captured the image below in the myths of a raucous party. The flowers were stunning and the server passing in the background adds to the sense of activity which was in full swing.