Monday, May 30, 2011


We are in the car as I type heading home from Colorado. Here is a picture of us arriving

Aaron's Grandma passed away May 24th, 2011 so we went for the funeral and to be with Aaron's mom. The ceremony was very nice...other than Alayna's HUGE burp during a very quite moment. I was mortified....believe me.

Aaron's Grandma was so sweet and kind, we had many visits with her over the past five years and I feel blessed she got to meet and spend time with two of our four children.
We'll miss her so much. Taylynn and Preston just call her Grandma, I guess Great Grandma is too long. But we stayed at her house while we were in Colorado and they both would say..." can we go back to Grandma's house". And at the funeral Taylynn saw a picture of her Great Grandma and said, "hey that's my Grandma....where is she"? Death is not an easy thing to explain to a four and three year old, but I did my best.
John 11:25
Jesus said , "I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live."

While we were in Colorado we went to Garden of the God's with Katie, Jason, Brighton and Alyssa.
After hiking up the rocks we went to a WONDERFUL pizza place called Fargos. The kids got a special drink (diet coke) only because we ONLY get water for them when we go out. That night
Going to the Flea MarketRides at the flea market
Saturday afternoon, Taylynn and I got to spend time with Ginger, my friend since childhood. Two of her daughters came to shop with us at Castle Rock Outlets. We had so much fun!
Oh my......this is what I found the girls doing.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Kelly is doing another Show Us Your life---Desserts!

My all time FAVORITE is The Cheesecake Factory's White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cheesecake. Its is AMAZING and I am not a huge cheesecake fan, but love this one!

I also enjoy making and eating chocolate dipped strawberries.

Here is my How TO
And Petit Fours, yummy! Bite size and delicious!

I just had these made for my Baby Shower Brunch I threw last weekend
They were great. And the flowers on them were real and edible!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Baby Shower Brunch- Food

Since there were so many elements to the BABY SHOWER BRUNCH I thought I would split them up and blog each day about the party.

Baby Shower Brunch with the food and drink details.

For drinks we had mimosas, orange juice, a really yummy juice punch I made, coffee and tea.

Party Photos of the food and drinks:

I had the Petit Fours made and I bought the eclairs, but everything else I made. Here are some of the recipes:

Feta Vegetable Quiche

Ham and Cheese Quiche


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Since there were so many elements to the BABY SHOWER BRUNCH I thought I would split them up and blog each day about the party.

Today I am going to talk about the decor for the party. The theme was shabby chic/bird nature.

I made these invitations and I think they reflect the party pretty well.

I made the plans for it to be a brunch and knew I needed dishes.

I started with the idea to use mix-match china, so I began my search at antique shops and garage sales. And I found some goodies.

This set was from an antique shop marked down to about $30

I found the rest of these goodies at garage sales:

My Grandma and mom sent me some pretty things also including some of these tea cups:
And this pink depression glass dish that I used to hold the tea bags.

For the linens, I bought more fabric from Wal Mart. This blue and white striped has been wonderful. I got five yards for five dollars, couldn't be cheaper if you ask me. If you remember Preston's Pirate Party, you'll see the same fabric and in July I'll be using it again for Alayna's first birthday party.

I made a table runner with fabric from Hobby Lobby (on sale of course) and some ric rack. I don't sew, but I sure can glue :)

I then hand dyed white napkins to a fresh pink color, tied them with twine and added a little glitter bird clip I got from Michaels on sale for $0.80 each.

I made banners from fabric I had on hand and some left over from the runner and tablecloth. I did discover that banners look even more adorable when you use a thick ric rack rather than ribbon.

For the flowers, I shopped all over for some great deals. I got 24 stems of roses at sams club for $15. I also bought some at Wal Mart that were discounted because of the date- yet they still look perfect today. I also used trimmings from a bush we have on the side of our house, perfect for a filler. I found some other great deals and just mixed them all together and filled silver pals and vases I bought at garage sales. I used dried moss to give them a nature feel.

The place settings turned out adorable. I found a cute idea here that I thought was perfect for this party.

I found a plant with little dainty flowers as the filler and used a lime green moss. The name cards were hand made with shabby chic paper and a green glitter because I love all things that have glitz.

I made these wooden blocks and this baby sign, so we would indeed know it was a baby we were celebrating.

I used my old wooden cradle to set the gifts.

I also bought a chalk board so everyone could put their guess on the baby's birthday and weight.

The flower wreath and birdcage above the table are from Taylynn and Alayna's room. And the letters are just wooden letters from Hobby Lobby with paper on them.