Connie Hanks Photography // // Cupcakes with American Flag, Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day!

Connie Hanks Photography // // Cupcakes with American Flag, Happy Labor Day!Today, Labor Day in the US, is our day to honor and celebrate those who labor throughout the year. For our family, it’s also the last day of celebrating summer before school starts back up. We celebrate it with life-long friends, swimming, playing, with BBQ, drinks and desserts!

May your day, however you celebrate it, be filled with joy and a little sweetness!

Blessings and Happy Labor Day!

In the Shower, Stunned and Confused

Connie Hanks Photography // // World Trade Center cross, 2004

World Trade Center cross, 2004

I’m pretty sure that every American and most citizens of the world will always remember exactly where they were when they heard of the 9/11 tragedies. I was in the shower, getting ready for work, when my husband, my newlywed husband (we were days from our one-year anniversary) ran in to tell me the shocking news. I stood there, stunned, confused, overwhelmed, scared. How could this happen?

Just like the entire world, I was glued to the TV. Watching. In horror. Crying. Feeling so incredibly sad for those who lost their lives. Feeling worse for the family members of those lost in the tragedy. Men, women, children – they were employees, students, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, loved ones, heroes. Each of them lost to a tragedy that didn’t need to happen. They meant the world to someone and my heart goes out to those who still miss their loved ones daily.

My cousin Lila lived in New York at the time. She lived in the Financial District. I had visited her December 1999. Our subway exit was The World Trade Center. I remember feeling frantic trying to find out if she was safe on 9/11. Thankfully, she was. Our family was spared the pain of losing a loved one. It’s so sad how many weren’t spared that pain. I’m sure everyday for them is a reminder, but today, another 9/11 anniversary, must be more difficult, as the world grieves and salutes and tributes the nations sons and daughters lost on that fateful day.

Connie Hanks Photography // // waving American Flag at Pearl Harbor, 2003

Waving American Flag at Pearl Harbor, 2003

We never know what’s going on in the minds and hearts of those around us. So I hope you’ll join me today in honoring our fallen heroes and lost loved ones by being extra kind today. I know we all have hectic schedules and daily routines (typed as I look over my shoulder at the clock to ensure I’ll get my girls to school on time…), but imagine what an amazing world this could be if we all took that extra minute or two to be kind. Kind to our own loved ones. Kind to strangers. Kind to ourselves. The world can be cold at times. Let’s collectively warm it up with kindness.

As always, thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing, kindness filled day!
Live creatively!

PS. How are you being extra kind today? Did you write a 9/11 post? Tell me in the comments or link it up – I’d love to know!

Red, White and Blue!

I’ve been MIA for the past few weeks… between moving (from a home we’d been in for 13 years, so lots and lots of stuff!), celebrating baby showers for my sister, paper crafting like crazy for one of the showers, end-of-school celebrations for my daughters and keeping them entertained while unpacking… let’s just say I’ve missed the quiet, calm, solitude of writing! So, since tomorrow is a big celebratory day in America, I thought I’d come back and write a post with a bang! Or at least I thought I had some fireworks photos, which I’m realizing I don’t. So, I’ll write a post filled with red, white and blue!

The fourth of July is a definitely a family favorite, just steps behind Christmas, Easter and birthdays. Celebrating with friends, food, fun, and fireworks, what’s not to love?!

Connie Hanks Photography  //  //  Patriotic breakfast waffle with red strawberries, blue blueberries and American flag

My girls like to start the day with a patriotic breakfast, so this easy (frozen) waffle with strawberries and blueberries usually does the trick. Add a little flag on a stick, and my girls are ready to kick-off an all American day!

{I once learned to get good food shots you’ve gotta get close, like you’re ready to take a bite. Um, I guess I really took that tip to heart considering I noticed all my food shots are really up close and personal!!}

Connie Hanks Photography  //  //  Patriotic platter of strawberries, cherries, blueberries and marshmallows

We usually meet up with friends and share in a potluck of yumminess. Red, white and blue food? Absolutely! More strawberries and blueberries, and throw in some marshmallows for eventual roasting, and we’ve got our patriotic platter. And what 4th of July celebration would be complete without cupcakes? I swear that pack of toothpick flags was completely worth the few bucks!

Connie Hanks Photography  //  //  Patriotic cupcake with red white and blue sprinkles and an American flag

We’ll be celebrating America’s birthday tomorrow, and my goal is definitely to capture some fireworks photos. My friend Katrina Kennedy offered some great tips on the very subject. I plan on studying up tonight and can’t wait to see what I can capture tomorrow!

What do you love best about the fourth of July or other summer holidays? I’d love to hear!

Happy early birthday, America!!!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a joyful, creative, blessing filled day!
Live creatively!

PS. I’m loving My Four Hens new presets (Life Inspired) on these photos. That Sarah, she’s pure genius : )