Sunday, April 19, 2009

Tea Time and a fun Game!

This Saturday was the ladies Victorian Tea at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Last year, Mum and I went and this year we decided to hostess a table. Mum came up with the idea of doing a cowgirl/western theme and together we created our table. I ordered some special fabric and made napkins and placemants.

Our "official" Victorian Tea photo.

This was our centerpiece. Those are my mom's boots, and yes, she still does wear them. They worked really well as flower "vases."

For tea favors for all the table guests, we gave out spicy Cowgirl Chocolates and Mum brought some of her homemade blueberry jam. We added the fabric and the twine to the jars. Mum got very crafty!
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.......speaking of "crafty," here's a fun idea I spotted on my friend Anita's blog:
"craft it forward"
The first three people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice (but there is a good chance it will involve paper-crafting or sewing - two things I'm doing right now). This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:1- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make! 2- What I create will be just for you. 3- It’ll be done this year (preferably withing the next few weeks) 4- You have no clue what it’s going to be. 5- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange. The catch is that you must repost this on your blog and offer the same to the first 3 people who do the same on your blog. (However, if you are bloggless, like my Mum or Grandmas, you can still enter and I'll forgive you for not having a blog. ) The first 3 people to do so and leave a comment telling me they did win a homemade gift by me! Oh, and be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it! Who’s in?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Utah Post #1

Dan and I had talked about a Utah trip for quite some time. I hadn't been there in over two years and Dan had never been down to see all my extended family, so we took off for a long weekend. The drive (about 10 hours) was about all this 30-weeks-pregnant woman could take, but it was certainly worth every mile. I have fabulous grandparents and it was so much fun getting to spend time with all of them. My grandma Carol and my sister planned a big baby shower on Saturday, complete with diaper "cake" (expertly designed and constructed by my mum and grandma Janet), chocolate strawberry cake, baby sock "tulips" and a chocolate fountain and Greek buffet. If you left the party hungry, it was definitely your own fault.
One of the highlights was two surprise guests orchestrated by Jen. The first was my old friend and college roommate, Stephanie. She lives and works in Salt Lake and she drove up for the shower. We got a chance to talk and catch up and it was wonderful to re-connect (there's only so much you can get out of facebook). The second surprise was my best friend from elementary school, Aimee. She lives in the area and is also pregnant, but with #4. She looks fabulous. It was great to just pick up and talk as if it's something we do on a regular basis. I think the last time I saw her was ten or eleven years ago.
Thank you so much to all the friends and family who came and helped make it such a wonderful day!
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Utah Weekend Post #2

The day after all the baby shower festivities, Dan and I headed south. We spent a few hours at my sister's place just playing with the kids and chatting. Clint and Sandy were so cute and so fun. It was nice to finally get to spend some time outside.

Clint showed off his bike and his dinosaur faces and noises. He made Uncle Dan draw safari animals in sidewalk chalk on the back patio. He also showed us how high he can jump on the trampoline.

According to Jen, Sandy can throw herself quite the temper-tantrum fit when she doesn't get her way. I think Jen is making up stories. This adorable little cherub was nothing but sweetness and light the whole time we were there. She giggled in the swing, laughed when she went down the slide and just wore a smile the whole visit.

No trip to Utah County would be complete without a stop at everyone's favorite outdoor Mecca, Cabela's. The Cabela's in Lehi, Utah really is quite impressive. Of course the sheer amount of sportsman's inventory is impressive, but what Cabela's does better than anyone else is their wild animal displays. There is an entire room dedicated to deer, elk and moose. They also have a huge walk-through aquarium, an arctic display (complete with a large polar bear) and a large African animal display. This picture is Dan's "dream dear."
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