Monday, February 28, 2011

Projects last Spring

Last Spring I went to Florida to visit Marissa, help her get back home from Utah with two little ones, and to help work on projects. One of the projects was to hang pictures on the wall. Check.

We also had two dressers, that Marissa got for a song, to refinish. We sanded, primed,

and painted them turquoise or robin's egg blue.

I had to leave before the paint was dry enough to add the hardware and put it back together. We also had fun playing with the kids, going to the beach, eating out, and just being together.

These have now moved all the way to Canada with the rest of the Garner's. Can't our babies move closer to home? I've had to renew my passport so I can go and visit. What adventures are there to be had in Saskatoon? I might just have to go and find out.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Oliver Danger Turns One

Oh yes, our little Oliver Danger turned ONE. Isn't he so cute. These are part of the party decorations. I loved how cute these were. All those pictures of Oliver with party hats. That Stephanie is a clever girl.
A number One pinata hung on the kitchen wall over the food platters that they ordered from Rubios. Delicious!
The cake for everyone...again delicious. I even had a piece before I figured out it was 14 weight watcher points. Yikes!
Ollie had his own little cake which he loved eating the frosting off of. I'm not sure he really ate any cake.

It was fun to watch him destroy his little cake. Before the cake, he opened his many presents. He actually had a lot of help from his big brother Creed.
Thanks for a fun party Steph!
Happy Birthday Oliver. (These pictures were taken with my new phone. I didn't think a phone could be so useful but my new Sprint Evo comes in very handy. Can you believe I'm even embracing a new kind of technology? I'm being brave and branching out.)

Eli's wedding Dinner

OK, I'm really behind in posting and I was busy taking care of details, so didn't get very good pictures. Candice took some great ones but didn't post them so I can't share them with you. She make a book with all her great pictures for me for Christmas. My favorite kind of gift.

Anyway last June, in the middle out doing the addition on our house, I was in charge of the wedding dinner. I had hopes of keeping things simple and going to a restaurant but I was out voted. We had everyone home but couldn't even stay in our house so the wedding dinner was in the bride's parents backyard. This was OK because the reception was going to be in a friend's backyard. Red and white were our colors...vintage fun the theme.
Lots of bottled soda served in a vintage reproduction of a coca cola ice chest. I made table clothes out of ikea curtains and added red and white polka dot fabric pleated ruffles. I threaded wide red ribbon through the grommets and tied big bows.
Eli and Brenna enjoying the party.
Brenna's mom, Leslie, being fed cheetos by her grandson.
Sweet Marissa and Campbell who are currently freezing in Canada where they now live.
An overview of the party setup. See those flags hanging in the background? I was going to make cloth napkins for everyone. They all were white with red polka dots and had red embellishments. Each one was different. I gave up and used them to hang around the perimeter instead.
Red lanterns on shepard's hooks were around the perimeter as well.
Red felt placemats with cutouts were under the geranium centerpieces.
Mike, Marissa, Campbell, and Stephanie.
Creed, Logan and more relatives.
Larry and Oliver. You never know what you will get when you take a picture of Larry. He's a character and we love him. He keeps us very entertained.
Strawberry shortcake served in red and white paper baskets, candy sticks, brownies in a jar with vanilla ice cream served on top, and missile popsicles that have yet to be placed in that silver tub were the desserts.
I guess I'm missing pictures of the food table. We served barbecue pork on rolls, a green salads, a fruit salad, individual bagged chips. I used rolls of carnival tickets as risers...can't believe I don't have a picture for you.

Leslie friend, Leslie, me, and Debbie. The reception was at Debbie's house the next night.

We all had a great time and even lived through all the construction at our house. Valentine's decorations are down and Easter decor is up. We even had a dinner party last night with Brett's students. It seems that there is something every night. Life is good!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Brenna's Bridal Shower

Last May I hosted a family bridal shower for Brenna. Her wedding colors were going to be yellow and gray with a bird theme so I tried to stick with that. I served bird's nest cupcakes, fresh fruit, yellow candy, etc.
Tissue paper pom poms were hung on ribbon from the ceiling and I decorated branches with ribbons, birds, birds nests, eggs, and some jewels.
Little love birds. Ahhhh.

The cupcakes.
A glitter garland I made with Brenna's name and of course...a bird.

A few of the guests. Unfortunately, I didn't get pictures of everyone or even get pictures of all her presents. I guess I was too busy being the hostess. Brenna's mom and Brenna's sister.
Brenna's grandmother.
Opening presents.

SIL Michele and niece Nichol.
Niece Jessica, SIL Lynette, Niece McKenzie
MIL Margrett, SIL Shawn, and Brenna's sister.

Eli came at the end to look over all the presents. Who doesn't need a plunger?
We are so happy to have Brenna as a part of our family.