Thursday, January 8, 2015

winter formal happened

Hosting ten teens for their Winter Formal dinner was the best. A little stressful, but mostly just enjoyable to listen to their laughter and conversations. I loved it. This was a girl's choice dance so they planned the whole thing and did all the driving/picking-up of the dates. I didn't get to see firsthand the always-awkward pinning of boutonnieres and corsages at the boy's house, or group photos at the nearby wash. But I did get to welcome them into our home for games and food. It was awesome.  
One of the boys was not present for the photo shoot. He was off winning a tennis tournament, and so his date, far left, was trying to look pouty and mad for this shot. Maybe she really was upset, but she handled it gracefully. The photographer was a friend from the neighborhood who has her own little photography business. She did a great job! And eventually, the tennis champion arrived late for dinner. Bummer for the photo shoot tho.
Also, everyone is so color coordinated. None of that was planned, except for between couples. Kind of fun when it's accidental.
The dinner menu:
Make Your Own Italian Cream Soda
Penne Alfredo with Chicken or Angel Hair Pomodoro 
(both from Rosati's) Took a friend's advice to not stress about the main dishes. So glad I did that!
Green Salad with Homemade Creamy Italian Vinaigrette
Homemade Garlic Rolls
Roasted Carrots
Oh, and Jonah and Owen were my waiters - they dressed up in white shirts and bow ties, but I didn't get a good photo of them. Darn. They did a great job and got to make Italian Sodas to their hearts' content as payment.
After dinner and lots of laughter playing Apples to Apples, the group headed out to another house to decorate sugar cookies and watch Elf. Eventually they made it to the dance too.
And now I must thank you for making it all the way through this photo marathon.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

sure, it's Christmas, but...

I can't forget Halloween. I mean, I can. It was months ago. But I must document costumes. I was commissioned by my children to make three of these. For the others, I was just a contributing donor. Can you guess which ones I made?
Old school photo strip.
Viking Lumberjack.
Jedi Master.
Vintage batman. The costume that keeps on giving. 
(See this year. And this year. But not this year.)
Mary Poppins.
One of my mom's student's made this hat and detachable beard. It is awesome! Jonah has used it for many school projects. Did you know that Caesar Augustus had a long black beard? Me neither.
Grace had already left for a party at this point.
And Rosie. She's just riveting. And blurry.
Merry Christmas!

Monday, October 13, 2014

many photos. one quilt.

We just returned from London and the jet lag is casting its vote for sleep. But this quilt is finished, and by golly, what better time than now to blog again after my quasi summer-hiatus.
This quilt was inspired by the design of this one and the colors of this one. My nephew, Golden, is the long overdue recipient.
 Can't forget the back.
I snagged this insty from my sister. Love to see baby and quilt living in harmony. I think the colors are more true in this photo. The black looks black, and the navy looks navy. And how cute is that boy!

Monday, August 18, 2014

end of summer

With so much filling up our summer days, I have lots to update. Most recently...
At a family party a few weeks ago, George hit his eye on a marble fireplace at his cousins' house. We ended up in the ER, but it was quick, thanks to our in-laws' in-law, who works in the ER and was also at the party. He called ahead and got us right in, with no wait. We were also very grateful no stitches were necessary - only glue.
All the kids have been in school for several weeks now, except for Hank and George. They start preschool in September and are getting pretty excited, although I don't really think they know what to expect. New backpacks are in order and that is worth getting pumped about!
 Jonah and Grace are in junior high together this year.
Owen is alone at the elementary school in 3rd grade. He loves being the only one, which I thought would be an issue for him. Not even a worry. He's already sad that next year Hank and George will join the carpool.
Sweet niece Madalyn (in the middle) left for her mission to Rome, Italy! 
My side of the family had a fun reunion at the Nielsons' cabin in Pinetop, AZ. We were all there, which was awesome in itself, but my mom planned so many fun things for everyone and it made it that much better!
The swings were a favorite pastime. 
My brothers.
 Mummy wrapping game.
 My sister taking a test jump at Sunrise Ski resort. We did lots more of this at more thrilling heights, but I must get video from Mark to prove it. So fun!
My cute niece, Alice turned 5!
 Walks around the almost dry lake.
 Crafting creations.
 Marshmallow gluttony on our way to church.
And finally, we left for Pinetop with our bathroom like this:
And returned to fresh new paint, (Lower bathroom cabinets are soon to be painted white)

And our newly planked entry...
...was painted too.
And almost the whole house got a fresh coat of paint, including all the doors and trim. Now the house looks so clean and fresh. I love it! If only it could stay that way.
I can't wait to get everything back in order and take some better pics to share.