Tuesday, July 20, 2010

OH... BOY!

Baby Boy Bolerjack is on his way...
and we decided to throw a baby shower!
The theme of the shower... or what became my inspiration
was the phrase "OH...BOY!"
I used lots of "B"s for Baby...Boy...
and their last name is Bolerjack.
Plus- I love the way a monogrammed B looks-

Lori Bolerjack is the mother-to-be... she is a lifetime family friend, and very best friend of my sister, Brandy.
Viv, Jody, & Brandy all came up from St. George to pull this thing off...
Together,there is nothing we can't do! Plus we laughed quite a bit and had a good time working together on something for someone we love!
The colors were chartreuse green and brown to match her nursery...
The week before the shower I made all sorts of lollies and pinwheels out of scrapbook paper...
it is a good think I have a total scrapbook goddess hook-up... MARGIE!
I used various sized Chinese Lanterns in Brown and white zebra, green, brown and white.
My favorite piece of decor was this Oh Boy banner.
I saw one on Celebrations at home and LOVED IT!
I changed the colors and the font a bit... but I was pretty happy how it turned out.
I was sure glad my sister Jody came to town... she is a baker extraordinaire and made all sorts of fun cupcakes. We also had dipped fortune cookies, cheesecakes, red velvet cake, and pineapple coconut cream cakes.

I did monogrammed pennants and colorful circles for the cupcake toppers.
The cream cake is made in a jelly roll pan and so it isn't the most beautiful thing to have setting out. I didn't want it to look like a ward dinner so... we pre-cut the cakes and put them in little individual wrappers. A really good idea when the cake is yummy enough, but not pretty enough to serve.
I knew there were over 100 people invited so I wanted to serve something that was easy, I could do partially ahead of time, and was somewhat inexpensive to do...
I made red meat sauce, Alfredo sauce, and a pasta dish I made up and my family calls Pasta Milano.
Green salad, and pretty artisan bread... easy and yummy buffet!

It was a great night... There were over 100 people that came and the best thing was all the food got eaten and everyone had a fun night!
There is nothing quite like good food and good friends to welcome a much anticipated baby boy!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Let's Play Catch up!

Whew! It has been a crazy two weeks...
Here is what we have been up to-
Meg and I left our boys and took a girls trip to St. George the week before BEFORE Father's Day... but that was just swimming and sisters and drinking diet coke and laughing... not much to tell.
It all started with Father's Day.
Meg gave Caylor a bar-b-que apron that she bought at her reading store at school... he liked it better than the poinsettia tie she gave him for an early Christmas present.

You gotta love the "thrift" type of store that is a reward for reading minutes... Caylor LOVES all his apparel that Meg earns!

Caylor and I dug up some tubular 80's wear for Steve's 40th birthday party...
Caylor was not a fan of dressing up!
He said that if he would have wanted Thespian friends he would have made them with the Shakespearean Festival people while attending SUU.
We got him some white pants and a pink shirt... add a little scruff and the aviators and he passed as Sonny Crocket or George Michaels or a preppy- WHATEVER!

The real side show was the birthday boy himself...
Steve pulled out all the stops and really made Vegas sit up and take notice.
( That, my friends, is hard to do... WEIRDOS= VEGAS)
p.s those are RED SHINY SPANDEX in all their glory and Kamari made a great skanky hairband groupie!
For a ton more pics and to see the entire bitchin' bunch check out Mindi's blog here...
She has the awesome camera and a man who will hold her heavy camera laden purse
So... She was the official photographer!

After partying in Vegas like it was 1999... we all headed back to the land of milk and honey...
St. George for a week of fun in the sun.

We had family parties... this is Caylor and our niece... Brecken.
Mitch and Collin... just chillin' in the 108 degree weather...
( oh yeah.. this is Caylor's youngest brother.. we can't say little anymore- he is a whopping 6'6"+)
Nice headbands... everyone had to wear them to celebrate the 4th!
It was fun to be with Caylor's family.

All of his siblings were there and all the grandkids, except one that is vacationing in Australia...

We stayed at my sister's house while she was in California and tended her dog...
Meg was in heaven...
A dog -
A swimming pool-
and little cousins to play with!
She was such a great tender!
This is my littlest nephew, Briggs... so dang cute!

Oh... oops...this pic was out of order... oh well... I forgot to mention that Jackson's team took 3rd place this year. Pretty amazing considering they played like the Bad News Bears for most of the season.

We also got a brand new boy...
Mitch was my tall dark and handsome son-
now he is a blondie!
He had his aunt Mindy apply a little bleach to the hair...
We warned him that if he is in the pool too much the chlorine will turn his golden locks mossy green and he will have to have a ketchup wrap treatment.
He was very good at rinsing his hair after swimming. I wondered if he was going to make me buy him a swim cap.
While we were in St. George we took all the kids to Little Chefz.
So much fun.
Caylor's brother and his wife, Gen, own it and it is the cutest thing in the whole world.
It is a cooking school, preschool, baby sitter, etc., etc.
Last time we were down the kids all got to go and make their very own pizza.
This time they got to make cupcakes for the fourth of July.
They made the batter from scratch, rolled out fondant frosting, and added embellishments to make their cupcakes SPECTACULAR!
This is Meg and Aunt Gen... Little Chefz is such a fun place to be.

Meggie & Shay the Frosting Divas!
Meg said she was probably ready to go on Cake Boss now...
I love her confidence!

Jace can be the muffin man... or the cupcake kid. He said he wants to go back EVERY SINGLE DAY!
Kally was the QUEEN of the SPARKLES! She used every single sparkle and embellishment.
She is my kind of girl... More is MORE!
The kids had so much fun...
I would have put Mitch and Jackson's picture here, but they were way to busy going to movies.
One day they sat through two movies back-to-back.
So funny!
But what do we expect it was 108+ degrees outside...

I was sad to leave the fun and games of being with family all week...
but the party continues...literally!
Next week Viv and the sisters are coming up to help me throw a baby shower for one of our family's dearest friends.
She is having a baby boy... the colors are lime and brown... I think the theme is... Oh, BOY!
I was chatting with the expectant mother yesterday and she was having stress when I told her I haven't really thought about the shower yet.
The invites are out...
I am pondering on it.
VIV.. the QUEEN of all parties is on her way up...what else do we need to do? Inspiration will come...
Why worry- it will be FABULOUS!
That is what has been happening in my world... a little chaotic, a little crazy... for me- that's the norm!
I have missed blogging... I think I will try to do better!