Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Bee Birthday

I offered to make the cake for a Quinn's 1st birthday party, well, really cupcakes. Crystal had the party be a "bee" theme and this is what I came up with to match. It was so fun!! Seriously, I could make a career out of this. Although, I would need a bigger kitchen, some more cupcake pans and a double oven. But other than that - bring it on!

I made this hive out of delicious chocolate cake. It's one of those giant cupcake pans and it worked absolutely perfect for a bee hive.

And the cupcakes and super cute little bees! I made marizpan and molded every single bee. It was time consuming but the end result was so worth it! The cupcake flavors are: choc-o-licious, strawberry lemonade, and chocolate chip cookie dough. You can find the recipe for the cupcakes by clicking on the cupcake name. It will take you to my cooking blog.

And here is the birthday bee eating her cake! She was so cute. She would pick at the icing and cake and take one tiny piece after the other.

Happy Birthday, little Quinnly Bee!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Race for the Cure

Yesterday was the Race for the Cure. It was a beautiful day for the 5K walk.

Here is our team: Heather, Jason, Emma in the stroller, Brian, me, Ann, Janie, Jeremy and Robert in the stroller.

There were these pink papers everyone could wear. On one side it said, "In Memory of" and the other side said, "In Celebration of." As we passed people some of their papers made me cry. They would say things like, "In Memory of My Mom. I miss you so much." Thank goodness we were walking to celebrate my Mom and she is still here fighting the fight.

Emma was all smiles and ready to show her support for the cause.

There were so many people - it was incredible! The entire stretch of road ahead was filled with people, can you see in the picture? And we were in the middle. There were just as many people behind us. It was fun to see team names and the outfits people wore. Some of my favorite teams were, "Save Second Base", "Healthy Hooters", "Boobs for Geeks ( . ) ( . )" and tons more. There were people dressed in angel wings, a group of young guys with pink underwear that ran through the crowd shouting and making people laugh and lots of people wearing pictures of their loved ones.

Here is our group walking. This is right at the beginning when we had the entire road to walk on. Later, the crowd has to walk much closer together and it got squishy. But that just gave people a chance to see everyone and who they were walking for. Also, at the beginning, there was a radio station who let anyone who wanted announce who they were walking for in a microphone. Ann and I ran over and she said for her mother in law, a two time survivor, and I said for my Mom, who just started her fight. Then we all cried, again.

There was a family walking where two of the sisters had breast cancer. They were both really young and walking with their children. So these little babies had pink papers that said, "In Celebration of MY MOM." I bawled. I saw several woman walking next to their husbands. Her paper said, "In Celebration of ME" and her husband's said, "In Celebration of My Wife." I could picture my Mom and Dad walking like that in one of the Race for the Cure walks.

Little Robert wanted to see what was going on. He loved being up here, watching all the people. Isn't he so cute?

At the end of the race there was fruit and Great Harvest bread to eat and all kinds of vendors who were showing support and giving out free stuff. Heather, Jason, Emma, Brian and I checked it out.
And the very end all the survivors paraded through Gateway Mall. It was extremely emotional. It started with people who were survivors for over 30 years. They came out with signs showing how long they had been survivors. Everyone was yelling and cheering and clapping and, of course, crying, while they walked by.

It was an amazing morning! It was incredible how doing something as little as walking, makes you feel like you are doing so much more. And even though my mom wasn't there with me, every time I cheered for a survivor, I was really cheering for her.

We are doing it again next year! Come and join us and support a great cause.

Friday, May 7, 2010

2010 Remodel Fest is...

on hold.

Brian lost his job today.

Keep us in your prayers and let us know if you hear of any jobs.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A Birthday, A Graduation, A Mini-Reunion, and A Baby Blessing - Oh My!

Happy Birthday Janie on April 22nd!! We headed out to cousin Eric and Kristina's to visit with Aunt Shelley and we brought along with us some yummy cake and homemade ice cream for the occasion. Well, actually on the 21st because there was graduation stuff on the 22nd.

On the 22nd, Jeremy had the first part of his graduation from BYU. And then on the 23rd, was the smaller graduation. Some friends from Janie and Jeremy's ward brought an authentic lei from Hawaii for Jeremy to wear. This is Jeremy as he walked across the stage and got his diploma holder.
And here is his cute family!

Then we walked over to the luncheon his department had. It wasn't really a luncheon but we didn't know that until we got there. But it was freezing cold and raining so Uncle Greg wrapped baby Robert up to keep him warm. I had to take a picture. So funny!

And here is Grandpa loving baby Robert. Aren't they so cute?

Wendy, Kenny, Rebekah, Joey, Jennie and Xander came in to celebrate too. It was awesome to see them!

Jennie doesn't like holding babies at all, does she? She never stopped smiling the entire time.

On Saturday Robert was blessed. Isn't he absolutely adorable in his little man tuxedo? And I even got a little smile from the handsome guy.
Here is Greg, Jeremy with Robert and Dad. It was a special day for these boys. I'm glad I got to be part of it.It's so wonderful to have family. It was a super fun, very filled weekend. Lots of great memories. I love all the family events I have been part of but I sure hate how far apart my family is. It stinks. I wish we were all closer together and could be more a part of each other's lives.