Monday, October 24, 2011

Ride to a Witch | Gardner Village

Our afternoon started out by getting some of our favorite treats from Gardner Village which generally included a caramel apple from Sweet Afton's.

Then we take a stroll through all the decorated shops and stopped to see all of the fun witches. We stopped at Naborhood Bakery for some yummy grub. The kids chose hot dogs while Hubbs enjoyed a self made creation on white bread and all sorts of delicious deli meats. I went with my favorite chicken salad although my croissant tasted like it has been sitting out on the counter all day.

As you can see, Millz enjoyed everything, if you know Millz that says a lot.

We then made our way to the lineup to visit the witches in their swamp. On our way Millz made a fascinating discovery:

And everyone posed for a photo.

We finally made it and right next to the ticket booth was my favorite witch in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She is so cute.

I adore how everywhere is decorated at Gardner Village. Makes me feel like somewhat of a good parent when I can take my kids places like this so that when they go home to their non decorated house they don't notice as much.

We got our 'tickets' which turned out to be some very life like looking rubber cockroaches. The kids adored playing with them, which was a good thing because we had a good 30 minute wait in line for our turn on the tractor.

Finally it was our turn and the kids adored seeing the huge green tractor and getting to go for a ride in the back.

It was a short ride and we were at the swamp where the witches lived. There was an old train car that was their house where we saw their yummy dinner cooking. I think it had lots of strange ingredients like bats wings and scorpion tails. They offered to teach me the recipe but I had my hands full with the three littles. We went and did a little dancing and learned the moves to Thriller, one of our favorite songs.

The kids then helped stir the huge cauldron that was outside brewing and simmering. It smelled terrible to us, but to the witches it was delightful. We made it out of there without being turned into frogs or kitty cats. Joth and Memms loved helping stir but Millz wasn't quite sure what to think about the concoction.

One of our favorite witches was the one who serenaded us with her fiddle to a rousing rendition of "Turkey in the Straw". We were all tapping our toes.

The evening ended with a very heartfelt old fashioned cockroach funeral. We all got to say a few words about how we felt about our cockroaches and we had a moment of silence followed by another rendition of "La Cucaracha".

The burial:

Shot on a Nikon F100, 50mm 1.4 lens at f/1.4-2.8 on Fuji Superia 800 Consumer Film and processed at Walgreen's one hour photo .

It was such a fun evening to spend with my little family. It was something that we needed and we want to go back every year and make it a tradition. Thank you Gardner Village for providing so many fun holiday festivities that we can create traditions and memories with our family.

I hope that you consider Gardner Village this holiday season and include all of their fun attractions from witches to elves.

**Disclaimer: Gardner Village provided tickets for me and my family free of cost, to enjoy their newest attraction Ride to a Witch. However, my opinions of the experience are my own, and my mom taught me never to lie, so the things you will read about my experience are true.**

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bocchino Family

All shot on a Contax 645, 80mm 2.0 at f/2.8, on Kodak Portra 400 Film

With all the hullabaloo going around about Kodak. I am here to say. Film is Not Dead. This session is proof. That is all.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Yo Gabba Gabba Winner!

A HUGE thank you to all who entered to win the two free tickets to Yo Gabba Gabba Live! The winner is:

Commenter #34:
Blogger Wes said...

I like Sammy's

October 14, 2011 11:44 AM

Congratulations Wes! Hope you have a smashing good time and get on your Dancey Dance.



Monday, October 10, 2011

Yoooooooooo Gabba Gabba!| Giveaway

As you heard a few posts back, my family and I have recently discovered Yo Gabba Gabba. As luck would have it a week or so later I was able to meet Sam, the brother of the creator of Yo Gabba Gabba. Coincidence? I think not. Okay, well, maybe. I probably looked like a huge idiot when I freaked out, spouting my love and adoration for DJ Lance.

A few days after our meeting Sam emailed me and asked me if I would like to give away two tickets to see the LIVE Salt Lake City show coming to Kingsbury Hall on November 9. Would I? Uhm, you freaking bet. I may have even shed tears of joy when he offered to send my family to the show as well. Thank you Sam! (Please, next time you are in Provo head over to Sammy's for the DIVINE cupshakes and pie shakes.)

In addition to the giveaway, Yo Gabba Gabba is offering my readers a discount on their tickets to the Salt Lake show. To purchase, follow this link . Upon checkout enter the code "GABBA" for $10 off your purchase. How spectacular? VERY.

"It's time to dance!"

Let's get to the fun.

I am giving you 5, yes -5- chances to grab these two Yo Gabba Gabba tickets. Make sure to leave a separate comment for each of your chances to win. Each comment will go into a drawing and I will use to pick the winner.

1- Leave a comment here on my blog telling me your favorite thing about Yo Gabba Gabba. It can be a character, a song, a celebrity spotting. Tell me!

2- "Like" Yo Gabba Gabba on Facebook.

3- "Like" Sammy's on Facebook

4- "Like" Kim Orlandini Photography on Facebook

5- Become a follower of my blog.

***Giveaway ends Monday, October 17, 2011 at 9 a.m. MST***

****Disclaimer: I was asked to giveaway two free Yo Gabba Gabba LIVE Tickets on my blog, and to share a discount code with my readers. I was given free tickets for myself and for my family to enjoy the show as well. However, if I had not been given the free tickets I still would have shared with you this awesome giveaway because, well, I am that obsessed with Jack Black making an appearance on my baby's favorite show. That is totally radical and everyone needs to experience and love Yo Gabba Gabba as much as I do.****

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sweet Sisters

All shot on a Contax 645, 80mm 2.0 at f/2.8, on Kodak Portra 400 Film

I love these girls. As. In. L O V E. I have had the privilege of photographing them for the past two years. I am always amazed at the families who love and trust me to photograph them. I love that their children get to know me and trust me, and look forward to portrait day, instead of something unknown. They are more relaxed, smile easier, play faster. I just love. I love that they love me...well, all of them but maybe baby Shae. Sweet Shae, I promise to win her over. Thanks Vanessa for letting me capture your beauties once again.

I would adore getting to know your littles in a similar fashion. If you would like to start a photography relationship, drop me a line: and let's talk.



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