Autumn Arrived Before I Knew It

Wow, time has just flown this year, so far. The summer was over before I knew it and once the school year started catching my breath seemed a luxury. It seems like all of my personal interests and projects have taken a back seat, including the old frtizwinkle. So here is a quick catch up.

We had two birthdays by summer’s end, which was great fun. Fritz turned two and had a Sesame Street birthday party, complete with Oscar pinata, Elmo birthday cake, and the two characters in matching cupcakes. It was quite an affair.

Photo: Oscar Pinata Photo: Hanging Oscar Pinata

Photo: Elmo Birthday Cake

Photo: Presents from Grandma

For the face cut-out we went with lovable roomies Bert and Ernie, which generally prompted all kinds of couples conversations on who was who in the real world relationship. Between Ali and me, Ali is Bert.

Photo: An Unsure Ernie Photo: This Party is Wearing Me Out

All in all it was a great time had by all, despite Fritz throwing a technicolor yawn right after blowing out his candles. Fortunately, he missed the cake. Too much chips and water we think.

Photo: Making Wishes

Photo: I Don't Feel So Well

Then as the summer drew to a close and the school year started, it was Hadley’s turn for festivities. This time it was a pirate theme, arrrr! Ali crafted a magnificent cake again and could elaborate given the theme.

Photo: Treasure Chest Birthday Cake

Photo: Treasure Chest and All the Booty

The weather couldn’t have been better. Like all of our themed parties this one involved a treasure hunt, as well as the customary pinata, this time a Jolly Roger.

Photo: Jolly Roger Pinata

Photo: Opening Gifts Photo: A Pirate Princess

We departed a bit with the face cut-out and created our own characters for a change. We freestyled a pirate, in Captain Morgan likeness, and mermaid, inspired by a figurehead we found. It still seemed to be a relatively popular photo spot.

Photo: Taking a Rest Photo: Captain and Mermaid

Best of all no one got sick and a fun time was had by all. I even made a short video to test out the new iPad I got from work. I was able to complete the whole video only using the iPad, shooting, editing, sound, and music. It was pretty fun for a first time effort with the thing and a good excuse to make something quick.

After that it was right back to school and the beginning of the fall, although I will have to track back and share some of my brother’s wedding experience, albeit a little out of order.

Photo: A Pirate Princess with Her Booty

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