Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Frankie's Clock

My sweet husband has been coveting a large wall clock for about a year now.  So while I was ordering my my kitchen table I decided to get him a clock too.  It arrived and we opened it up.  Frankie is in love with this stupid clock.  He fell even more in love when he saw it has a swinging pendulum and that it was designed by a man.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

More Cupcakes.....

Pretty much a professional now.
Orange-honey cupcakes

Sister's Wedding Shower at The Beehive Tea Room

My step-sister Tamara is getting married.  My mom and I decided to throw a little wedding shower for her at the Beehive Tee Room.  Friends and family all joined to help us celebrate.  We had a so much fun getting to know her fiance's family.  The tea and food was amazing as always.
Kalyn and I made these cute little "thank you for coming" gifts.  We got the tea cup from Tai Pan, the little flowers from Cactus and Tropicals, and made the care instructions on the computer.  They turned out just perfect!  In fact 2 of them are sitting on my kitchen table as we speak.

Plant Instructions, so cute!
Mom, sissy, and me
I wanted to get Tamara something special for her shower, so I found a beautiful necklace with a feather on it.  It took me awhile to hunt it down.  The feather in significant to Kalyn, and now to us.  Kalyn's mom who is in heaven, leaves them for us when we are on the right path of life.  Now Kalyn, Tamara and I all have our own feather necklaces.
But I got a gift too.  My mom and sister spoiled me, as always!  They got me this adorable little tea pot necklace as a thank you gift.  it as came with a tea cup charm as well.  Really, the best gift was having a wonderful day with them and seeing Tamara happy and shining!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Kitchen Table and Cupcakes to Boot!

Dear Amber Fei,
I owe you!
Thank you helping to find the perfect kitchen table for our house!
Your taste is impeccable and I love you!
XOXO, Amanda
Dear Paula Dean,
I owe you for designing this wonderful country table.
Thanks, Amanda

On a side note, lemon glazed cupcakes!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hailey Ray's 8th Birthday

What happened to my cute little flower girl??

She is all grown up and got a cell phone for her birthday!  I thought she was going to die.  I thought her mom was going to die too, especially since her grandma bought it for her and didn't tell Hailey's mom first.  We took her to a Teppanyaki restaurant for her birthday dinner.  She got white rice, and that is it!  I made some very special coconut cupcakes to celebrate the occasion.  She is still my little angel.... Love you Hay!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

More From the Days of Summer 2010

We celebrated my dad's birthday (July 21st) this year on the 24th of July.  It was a ton of fun.  My dad and mom's (step-mom/Kalyn) deck is an amazing place to hang out and BBQ.  They always seem to be building something new and/or upgrading something on it.  This summer my dad built a Pegola over their deck.  My dad does not like to buy kits and make it easy, so he built it all by hand.  Mom got to paint the wood.  My dad's looks better than this sample picture.  Once the Pegola was built he added an out door shower to it so that you can rinse off before and after you get into the pool and hot tub.  This is very important because now that my sister (step-sister/Tamara) is engaged we are bringing in more kids to the family.  Tamara is engaged to L.J. who has two little boys of his own.  All three boys love to play in the new shower and the pool!

Alex in the new shower
The Boys
Alex being tough

Kalyn teaching Frankie something???

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cupcake Wars

Cupcake wars!  Yep its one of my new favorite shows on TV.  My husband hates it, however it did help him to pick out a wonderful anniversary gift this year.  My Kitchen Aid mixer.  Maybe you think that because I watch this show or because I now own a Kitchen Aid that I am some type of great baker....well you would be wrong!  I am a cake from a box kinda girl, but this show and my new gift have prompted me to expand my horizons.

Round 1
fresh banana cupcakes with a honey cinnamon frosting

These were wonderful.  my family and my office ate the up.  They were not to sweet and not dry at all.  I got the recipe from Martha Stewart.  They were easy to make too!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

3 Years Strong

Three years!  Can you believe it?  Frankie and I can barely believe it.  Time has just flown by for us.  We celebrated our wedding anniversary on 08/04/2010.  Frankie got me a very special gift, which I have been making great use of.  You will see in my next updates.  It was my very first Kitchen Aid mixer!  He is such a thoughtful husband.  Then he took me to dinner at the Melting Pot.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Yellowstone July 2010

Well we have finished our time with Alex, so I guess I need to update the blog so everyone can see what we did this summer.  I will start with our family vacation to Bear Lake/Yellowstone.  It was amazing.  not only did we get to travel and sleep in class but we were outdoors too.  Cant beat that!  While in Bear Lake Frankie took Alex on his first jet ski ride.  Alex loved it!

The wild life was so cool.  We didnt get to see any bears though.  We were all very sad about that.  Here a few of our favorite wildlife pictures (Alex was asleep for the wolf).

On our little trip we also swim, picked flowers, saw amazing waterfalls, hungout together, rode dad and Kalyn's new bikes, picked flowers, and made smores!!!  It was a wonderful trip.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Summer flowers from our backyard

Actual post will be coming soon.  We have had Alex for the last 2 months...many pictures but no post yet....