Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Nieces for the Weekend

The weekend before last, my sister Heidi texted me and asked me if I would like to take her girls for the weekend. I've never been asked to take any of my nieces or nephews for even one night so I thought it sounded like fun!

As soon as I got off work last Friday, I headed to Duchesne to meet my sister and pick up the girls. We stopped at the grocery store on our way back home to pick up the girls' favorite foods and the weekend began. :)

They ate some yummy yogurt they picked out.
( I love how Mayci looks like a pirate in all of the pictures I have of her face!) ;)

Did a million stickers.

Made colored ice cubes for their bath (an idea I found on Pinterest).

Played the drums on the Wii.

We also read books, visited Grandpa and Grandma, played games, played with toys, bought presents at the store, watched cartoons and made princess cookies.

It was a fun weekend. I loved having them and realized even more how much I love being an aunt...even though Aunt Jessica is now exhausted! ;)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Winter Subway Art

New kit I put together tonight from The Idea Closet. :)

Chinese New Year Party

After our fun New Year's Eve party with all our friends, we were feeling the need to get together again and have some more fun so Andrew suggested having a Chinese New Year party. Mostly it was just our excuse to eat a delicious Chinese dinner and have our friends over. ;)

While I was in SLC this past Saturday, Andrew also suggested that I go to Zurchers and get some fun things for our party. Surprisingly to me, the Chinese New Year section was pretty picked over (I didn't realize how many people in Utah celebrated it!), but I still found some cute decorations and Savannah pitched in and bought 3 of the hats. :) Thanks, Savannah!

Monday was the Chinese New Year so Savannah came home with me after work so we could start cooking! We made Bulgogi, which is actually a Korean dish, Ham Fried Rice and 2 types of Wontons with either a sausage filling or a cream cheese filling. We even had chopsticks to eat everything with and fortune cookies at the end of the meal. :)

The boys had a red hat along with a Chinese finger trap.

The girls had either a purple or pink hat and a Chinese fan.

Taken right as we were sitting down to eat. Look at all that good food...Yum!

Brandon and Kim brought 3 bottles of different flavored apple ciders for everyone to drink during the meal and for dessert Savannah brought Raspberry Lemonade Bars. We were so stuffed!

Love these guys!

We finished the night by lighting off an aerial firework in the snow!

Meeting Heather Justesen

Heather Justensen is my new favorite author and not even because I have a personal connection to her. Her books are wonderful and I can't put them down once I pick them up! But I do have a personal connection to her as well. :) She was a neighbor of mine when I was growing up in Fillmore, UT. I was so excited when I got back in touch with her and discovered her books! She kindly sent me her first 2 books, personally autographed, free in the mail and has since written and released 2 more books so I just had to attend one of her book signings to get copies and have her autograph those as well. :)

Savannah loves Heather's books just as much as me so we both went out to her book signing this past Saturday in Orem and literally braved the weather to get there, but it was so worth it. Thanks, Heather! It was so good to see you again!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Valentine Throw Pillow

I saw this cute pillow on Pinterest and just couldn't resist making it for myself. I love how it turned out! Now I can't wait for February so I can have it out sitting on my couch. :)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Just Because Flowers

Last night when Andrew got home from work, he rang the doorbell. He does this from time to time so I wasn't expecting to open the door to a bouquet of flowers! He said that he hadn't bought me flowers "just because" in a long time and then he told me that he loves me. He also purposely got purple flowers, which is my favorite color. He's so good to me. :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tooth Fairy Pillow Love

Remember this post? Well, I mentioned in that post that I thought Jade and Lincoln seemed to like their tooth fairy pillows that I made them for Christmas. Well, now I know that they love them!

Last week I got an email from my SIL Misty that said, "Lincoln had a tooth pulled today and was SO excited to use his tooth fairy pillow!" and it included these pictures, which immediately made me smile. :)

Then yesterday, I got a thank you note in the mail from my sister Heidi with a very nice note from her inside. Some writing on the left side of the card caught my attention though and I realized it was a note from Jade. It's the first note that she's ever written me and since she's only in Kindergarten I was also very impressed! I immediately got teary-eyed though. It's hanging on my fridge now and is something I will cherish forever. :)

January Swap Group

Felicity took charge this month and came up with this darling idea! She had her husband cut everything out of wood for us and we got together Tuesday night to paint and assemble the snowmen.

I loved how different all the snowmen turned out even though we all started with the same pieces and directions. :)

This is why I love swap group. Everyone in the group gets to benefit from each of our individual talents and ideas. Thanks, Felicity!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Snowman Blocks

New kit I put together this week from The Idea Closet. :)

New Year's Eve 2011

This is what our second annual New Year's Eve fondue party looked like!

Bacon-wrapped Tater Tots

We added some new things to our yummy favorites from last year and it was all so delicious. :)

Also, Todd and Randi (and their cute little boy) were able to join us this year and we all played the 2 Wii's that were going until the early hours of the morning. At midnight we all went outside to light fireworks and since it has been so warm this winter, we were actually able to enjoy the fireworks we lit and the ones going off all around town. ;)

I feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends and getting together with them on New Year's Eve is always a great way to start my new year. :)

Happy New Year!