denisha’s birthday

birthday cake

birthday cake

My daughter is simple. She does not like to have a big party held in a fancy place and big expense. She just asked us to celebrate her birthday in the park with friends, and so we did. This celebration was for her birthday as well as for her high school graduation rolled into one.

My wife and a friend called the management for the Washington Lake Park in Sewell, NJ to reserve the a covered area. They were told that for this year there was no reservation and it will be first come first served. There was no reason why it was no reservation because it was clearly stated in their website that there was a fee to use the facility.

Last weekend, everything was set, food were ordered and will be delivered on site at a specific time. A cake was ordered and will be picked up just before lunch. We woke up early that one weekend morning and went to the park to setup the place. There were eight tables in the gazebo. As we were setting up the park ranger approached my wife and told her that if there will be a party later on showing a contract that we were to leave the place. The park ranger explained that the reason for the no reservation for the gazebo was because someone lost the reservation book last March and somebody might have reserved for the place before it was lost.

We gambled and continued with the celebration. We had all the food and cake, we started the celebration and had the candle blowing because the cake was melting. The celebration was going smoothly till the mid afternoon when another party came and demanded for us to leave. One person was respectful while the other was just plain rude. But before we left we asked them to show the contract which they did have.

We packed and transferred to the nearby tables (without cover and under the trees). The kids were playing somewhere in the soccer field and did not witness the scene. They were just surprised to see we were no longer in the covered place. We still managed to continue our celebration and after a while guests took home food and we called it a day.

My daughter opened her gifts back at home and she was thankful for those who attended and gave gifts. She was happy and I guess that was all that mattered. You can click the picture of the cake, which was actually beautiful, or just click here to see other pictures and a video.

2014 elijah’s birthday

lake at monroevilleNJ

lake at monroevilleNJ

We were invited at Elijah Nepomuceno’s birthday celebration at a lake in Monroeville, NJ. We went to this park before for just a simple picnic. It was a short ride from our house in Sewell via Route 55 South and I believe you need to exit at Buck Road.

It was a good size lake but I believe the $9.00 per person (adult) is a steep prize considering that there was no shower to rinse after you dip in the lake. Picnic tables are more than adequate and for special occasions you can reserve a covered area, there were a couple or a few. There were paddle boats, canoe and kayak that you can rent for $6.00 per half an hour. There was also a playground for young ones.

The Nepomuceno’s had a huge spread in addition to the grilled food they did on site, there really were a lot of food. Thank you for the invite.

Click the picture above to see the pictures and videos I have taken during the occasion using my Sony Alpha 99 and GoPro Hero 3+, just click here.

denisha’s high school graduation

high school graduation

high school graduation

My daughter just graduated high school from Deptford High last week. Another milestone in our lives and in hers. In a few months, she will be embarking on another chapter in her life, college. It will be a new experience for her and I know that she’s up to the task as God will be with her constantly.

Her graduation was held in the school’s football field late in the afternoon early evening but it was so hot and humid. Our parking was not great either, it was a long walk to the stands. We were seated in the middle part of the stadium which was strategic for taking pictures if not for the official photographers blocking the view since they were in the field for a closer shot. Most of my shots was using the Sony 200 mm F/2.8 lens on a Sony Alpha 99.

The speeches were not long, I guess in consideration of the weather. The school’s principal, superintendent and the town mayor gave their inspirational speeches as well as the graduating class president, salutatorian and the valedictorian. What I liked the most was the salutatorian’s speech. It seemed impromptu and it was lively, not boring since it was down to earth kind of speech.

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hershey park – take 2

hershey park – part 2

We went back to Hershey Park two weeks ago because we were given a rain check. Last year we went to the park but soon after lunch the rain just poured down and we decided to go home close to 4 or 5 PM. My wife went to the customer service before we headed home to ask about our visit that day and was told that they can give her a rain check to be used within the year.

Some of us were able to get the return vouchers while others who went home earlier were not able to.

There were about 4 or 5 families went that day. This time we brought Cooper with us since we knew that there was a kennel in the park for only $10 for the whole day. I just need to go back and walk the dog.

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