Tuesday, March 20, 2012
YW activity last month, so the house looked very festive and full of sweet things. Most of all, we loved being with so many people that love Soph!
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Hope your St. Patrick's Day was great!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Olivia competed in another Piano Festival this month and was invited to play at the Honors Recital.
She played Little Prelude by Bach
She also played Dance Masquerade by Timothy Brown
Ryan's grandparents were able to come...
And my mom came as well...
We are so grateful for all of the support that Liv gets from her family (near and far) and for her wonderful piano teacher.
Most of all, we love that Olivia loves to play the piano. She works hard and makes the most of her talents!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
There are a few new baby boys expected in our neighborhood, so I helped with a couple of fun showers.
The first was for my friend who is having twin boys! We had a cute OWL theme.
I have loved making these party banners. The orange and blue and green looked so cute together! My talented friend made the adorable knit owl hat that I stuck on my new wreath (made in the same fashion as the Christmas tree and the red heart I posted about... those two projects really stemmed from a beautiful white wreath I saw on a blog awhile back... it all finally came full circle when I made the original white wreath). We served a variety of treats and snacks.
My favorite treat of the night were these sweet owl cookies. I used a cake mix cookie recipe (and added a bit of extra flour so they would roll out a little easier) and a tulip cookie cutter. We frosted them with an Andes mint (put on right after they come out of the oven and spread around when melted) and then some chocolate butter cream frosting for the eyes along with two white chocolate melting discs, another dollop of blue frosting, and some mini chocolate chips. The noses were orange M&Ms cut in half. Aren't they adorable?
A few weeks later there was another shower... this time with a cute sock monkey theme. I helped with the invitations and a few of the decorations.
Another party banner...
...and the return of the white wreath, this time with a cute bow and a sock monkey at the base. The hostesses of this shower served monkey bread and banana parfaits, which were delicious!
Friday, March 9, 2012
Happy birthday to Ryan!!! Today was all about cake (isn't that what birthdays are all about?)...
Waffles for breakfast (which if we are honest are really just cake with yummy buttermilk syrup or strawberries and cream on top... and some of ours were even double chocolate waffles)...
We also went to our cute niece and cousin's birthday celebration and had yummy cake push pops and ice cream with her family...
Despite all the talk of cake, Ryan's birthday is really about celebrating what a wonderful guy he is. I am so lucky to have him as my partner in this adventure of life. He is an amazing dad, a hard worker, and a kind and generous person who makes our lives so much better.
Happy birthday, Ryan!
**What kind of cake do you like for your birthday?