SPAIN, PUMP IT UP, AND BACKYARD CARNIVALS What Makes a Barnett Birthday?
My birthday is at the end of July. This year, I’m turning 40. It’s a little weird to say because I don’t feel 40, but then again, I don’t think anyone ever does. I don’t have a huge party planned; honestly, I prefer to stay home and have a small celebration with my family. With this milestone birthday coming up, I’ve been thinking about some of my past birthday celebrations. My favorite childhood birthday was when I was 5 or 6 years old. My parents set up these wooden cutouts and made a carnival in our backyard. We had tons of games, used water pistols to shoot out lit candles, and threw darts at water balloons. For a kid, this was the most fun you could have in July in Orange County. Recently, when I asked Nicole about her favorite birthday, she told me about turning 20 while in Spain. On her birthday, she and her friends went to a small town outside of Barcelona that does human tower competitions. This was exactly what it sounds like: groups of people competing to see who could stack the most people the highest. If you haven’t heard of this, I recommend looking it up on YouTube. It’s wild! Afterward, they spent the rest of the day floating in the Mediterranean Sea. To be honest, I think Nicole’s favorite birthday beats mine. Our whole family has summer birthdays, sprinkled from June to August. Nicole and I don’t plan big parties for ourselves, but we love to go all out for the kids. For months, Harlow wanted a “Little Mermaid”-themed party, but she recently changed her mind and decided she wants a Rapunzel party. She really loves the movie “Tangled.” Meanwhile, Finn had his heart set on a party at Pump It Up. Pump It Up is this crazy play-land filled with inflatable bounce houses and obstacle courses. It’s a kid’s dream. Finn had been asking to have his birthday party at Pump It Up since his cousin had his birthday there last November. The funny thing is Finn doesn’t exactly know when his birthday is. He’ll wake up some mornings, look around with his eyes all wide, and ask, “Daddy, is it my birthday yet?” He looks so hopeful; I just want to tell him yes and celebrate Finn all day.
This is really why Nicole and I love throwing parties for Finn and Harlow. We want our kids to feel loved and celebrated, but, selfishly, I love being able to create these memories for them. It feels good to see them having fun and enjoying those special moments. I want my kids to each have a day that’s all about them.
Case’s birthday party in 1984
As a brother and sister pair, Finn and Harlow always have to do things together. While it’s clear how much they love each other, siblings are always naturally trying to compete for the center of attention. They need their own time in the spotlight. One year, we tried to do a joint birthday for Finn and Harlow. They made it clear very quickly that such indiscretion would not be tolerated again. Finn’s birthday was in June, and yes, he got his party at Pump It Up. He had the best time. I loved watching him run around with his friends and go a little crazy. As a parent, it’s always great to see your kids enjoy a special day that’s all about them.
And Host a Great Company Picnic TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SUMMER
country western barbecue, the possibilities are endless. To generate more hype at the office, you can hand out fun invitations that go along with the theme, like lei necklaces or custom sunglasses. At the actual picnic, the theme should influence your setup, team building exercises, activities, and food and drink. Picnic Location Large public parks can easily accommodate big groups, but if you’re in a pinch, you can also use your company campus. If you have enough in your budget, you can rent a venue nearby that works with your theme. Make sure your location has enough seating for everyone and keep track of the weather reports for that day if you’re grilling outside. Picnic Food/Drink Let’s not forget the most important part of a good company picnic — the food! First, you need to consider what type of picnic will go best with your theme. Will this picnic be a potluck, or will the food be catered? Will alcohol be allowed at the picnic? If so, will the company provide it, or will it be BYOB? When in doubt, just choose the realistic option for your budget and remember to stick with your theme. Ultimately, the purpose of your company picnic is to give your employees opportunities to bond outside the office and celebrate one another through awards and team building. Follow the above tips and your company picnic will go off without a hitch!
Are you tired of watching perfect summer days pass your office by from the wrong side of the window? Instead of leaving work to enjoy the weather, bring your company outside! A company picnic is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the warm weather and foster team camaraderie through awards, team building exercises and, of course, good food. Putting on a slam-bang company picnic is no easy feat, but if you start with these three fundamentals, you’ll be well on your way to pulling off an event the whole company will remember for years to come.
Picnic Theme The first step to organizing a company picnic is to choose a theme your employees will be excited about. From a Hawaiian luau to a
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Page 4 4 Stretches for Staying Limber on the Road
LIMBERING UP Even though road trips offer you a break from the monotony of your office, the stiffness in your muscles and joints that comes from sitting in one position for too long can follow you onto the road if you’re not careful. Whether in front of a laptop or behind the wheel, taking the opportunity to stretch and exercise on your summer road trip is a great way to prevent the soreness from following you back to the office. Here are a few stretches to keep in mind for the next rest stop. For Your Next Road Trip
For the Hips While you’re driving, a good way to prevent sore hips is by making sure your knees are slightly elevated above them in your seat. Once you have
the opportunity to stop, try doing some hip flexors. Kneel on one knee, slowly push your pelvis forward, squeeze your shoulders back, and open your chest. Hold this position for 15 seconds, then repeat while kneeling on the other knee. For the Legs To stretch out your hamstrings, place your right heel on a small step. Extend your arms upward, and then lean your upper body forward. You’ll feel a pull in the back of your upper leg. Once you’ve done this for about 15–30 seconds, repeat the process with your left heel. The road may be long, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel it in your muscles. If you stop every couple of hours and take some time to limber up, your body will thank you.
For the Neck Reach your left arm over the top of your head and touch your right ear. Then, gently pull your head to the left and hold it there for 15 seconds. Repeat this process with your right arm. For the Chest Stand in front of a door frame with one hand pressed on either side and your elbows at 90-degree angles, then lean forward. This will cause your chest muscles to open up. Hold this position for 15 seconds. You can do a similar stretch by bending downward while keeping your hands on your car door in front of you, stretching your entire upper body.Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
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