Saturday, May 30, 2015

Andi's birthday

Andi turned five this month. She has been looking forward to this birthday for a long time because she knows that she will start kindergarten when she is five.

She requested donuts, pineapple, and sausage for breakfast. We happily obliged. No complaints at breakfast that morning!

She had been on a HUGE unicorn kick lately. I managed to find a set of play unicorns for a few dollars off of amazon. Some went to decorating the table, one went to decorating the cake.

She thought her cake was the "most prettiest!"

And then I cut her slice. "Holy moly, it's pretty on the inside!!"

I used two box cakes, food coloring, and my six-inch cake pan to get the layers. There were lots of leftover cake and frosting scraps. We froze gem and saved them to make cake pops for David's baptism. 

She got two gifts that day, and two when grandparents brought up her gift from them and her cousins the following week. She was totally princessed out, and quite happily too. :)

Friday, May 29, 2015


Racing to the bus stop Friday morning:

Pizza for David's birthday (Thanks, Mom!!):

Another batch of cake pops pre-sprinkles, and a cherry-apricot slab pie:

Zoomfs! They were close enough that we could see the people and hear the fire. It was rather nuts!

No piano bench? No problem! Have piano, will play:

Memorial Day parade with the pack:

Turtle Rescue on Wednesday:
Chandler was so thrilled that she got to hold a squirmy turtle to his new pond-home. The little guy was trying to cross the road and my big suburban nearly smushed him! I couldn't just leave him there...

And he really seemed excited about movin into his new place:

Shenanigans of the week.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

David's baptism

David was baptized last Saturday. We were really lucky and a lot of family came in town to be there with him. It was a short trip for most, but it was quite special.

(Not all of the men who helped with his confirmation, but a lot of them. I think we are missing three...)

Everyone who came from out of town. We were quite the crowd.

Jennifer, Chandler, and I spent all day Friday making pies to serve as treats. That was a hit! Apparently pies are a crowd pleaser.

For his baptism my parents got him a nice scripture set. No more old seminary scriptures! And just in time for Peter to need a set when he starts Primary next year.

(Speaking of scriptures, David finished reading the Book of Mormon last week accomplishing the goal of reading the whole thing before he was baptized. I am proud and impressed, I certainly did not read that book cover to cover at his age.)

As my gift to David I put together a memory book using the pictures we took in Nauvoo back in April.

He's got a few pages where he may record his thoughts and feelings, and a couple of pages for us to glue down some photos from the day. I ordered the book through Shutterfly and bought a memorabilia pocket to go in the back.

It now houses one of his invitations and a beautiful letter from his great-great-aunt Marilyn.

My favorite part was the testimony section, though. 

I asked family members and friends to send in their testimonies, something that could help him as he gets older. Those were the sweetest, and I so appreciated all the messages sent to him. I hope thy help him remember he is loved.

After the baptism we had a merry time at The Burger Joint for dinner and then all said goodnight. After such a stressful couple of weeks it sure was nice to hit the hay that night!

And a big plug for Shutterfly, I ordered David's book two weeks in advance and received the book a whole week before the baptism. Upon closer inspection I realized I had screwed up royally. I'd originally designed a 10x10 book but decided an 8x8 was a more practical size. I scaled it down and didn't check the text from the testimonies. While the pictures scaled, the text did not and it was so badly chopped and overlapped.... Oh I cried. And then I called customer service to see what could be done and they totally gave me credit to get the book reprinted. I so appreciated that because there was no way we could afford to just reprint the book. So with a week to go I reordered the book. It showed up two hours before we left for David's baptism!!! I was so happy! And I officially love Shutterfly. :D