Seri and I always have big ideas when we get the kids together (Seri being a party planner and all), but things don’t always go as planned. For instance, last week, we planned a 4th of July inspired picnic in Central Park, so Mazzy, Harlow, Gavin and Luke could model the adorable new Americana collection from Gymboree.
There was going to be watermelon, potato sack races, pinwheels and cupcakes.
WHAT COULD GO WRONG???
For starters, RAIN.
But do you know what is worse than rain?
It’s when your weather app says it’s going to rain, but it doesn’t really rain, and you realize a few hours too late that you absolutely COULD HAVE hightailed it uptown to the park, but you’re already way too far into your back-up plan of shooting indoors to switch courses.
And the kids are all like, “I THOUGHT WE WERE HAVING A PICNIC! THIS ISN’T NEARLY AS FUN. WAAAH.”
And then the photographer gets there (a very talented guy named Dave Robbins) and he says, “We can’t shoot a July 4th picnic indoors!”
And you panic like no one ever should over a picnic and say, “WELL THEN WHAT DO WE DO???”
And Seri suggests, all casual-like, “We have a pool on the roof. We could shoot there.”
And you say, “Okay. that sounds good. We could take the kids up to the pool and then— HOLD UP. YOU HAVE A POOL ON THE ROOF??????”
And then as you gather everybody up in the service elevator, you can’t help but think— WHY HAVEN’T I BEEN INVITED OVER TO THE POOL BEFORE?????” But you keep that to yourself, because you don’t want to ruin your chances of scoring a future invite.
Then you get up there and the kids are all, “YAY!!!!! LET’S GO SWIMMING!!!!!!”
And you have to tell them that no, we need to shoot the “picnic” but we can go in after, I PROMISE (knowing full well you didn’t bring any suits).
“Okay…” they say unenthusiastically.
Then you make a failed attempt to get everyone to stay in one place on a blanket.
SERIOUSLY. HOW HARD IS IT TO STAY IN ONE PLACE ON A BLANKET???
And then everyone gets to open their picnic boxes which is initially very exciting…
Until they discover inside are just regular lunch items like corn.
And that beautiful July 4th spread Seri made with a glass pitcher and berries?
Someone knocks it over and there’s glass and water everywhere and you have to scrap the whole blanket thing entirely.
CRAP. Nobody ever said blogging was easy.
But then, once you toss out all your preconceived picnic ideas, your pre-styled party platters, and your attempts to strategically pose the kids and JUST LET EVERYBODY HAVE FUN, that’s when the magic happens.
Plus, we broke out the ice cream cone cupcakes. Bribery is always a recipe for a good time.
The kids looked as adorable as ever, obviously.
Mazzy became OBSESSED with her one shouldered striped romper.
Making it very hard to convince her to change into the chambray star dress, which looked equally adorable.
You can see all the whole star-spangled striped collection here.
Harlow loved her little jean shorts with matching ruffled shirt but really came into her own when she put on her adorable swiss dot dress, making the wardrobe change without ever letting go of her ice cream cone cupcake.
Gymboree’s Americana Collection for boys has lots of red, white and blue with classic plaids and patchwork, perfect for outdoor BBQs and backyard shenanigans.
Like the ring toss, which is equally as enjoyable on a rooftop as on the grass.
Harlow was a PRO.
Well, she needs to work a little on her aim.
To end the shoot, we took the kids outside with a big ol’ blue balloon with white stars, because there is nothing that stirs positive patriotic feelings more than a flag themed balloon.
And red, white and blue pinwheels. That’s a necessary element too.
The kids smiled, laughed, played and then asked if it was time to go into the pool.
That’s when I texted Mike to tell him to GET OVER TO THE ROOF POOL WITH SUITS IMMEDIATELY.
He texted back, “A roof pool??!!! How come we’ve never been invited before?”
Today, I’m giving away a $150 Gymboree gift card!
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And the winner is… Stephanie, who loves the striped romper.
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This post was sponsored by Gymboree but all failed picnic plans are my own. All photos were taken by Dave Robbins.