A Visit from the Easter Bunny!!

>> Monday, April 21, 2014

When we got home last night from our trip we found this note and Easter eggs all over our front yard!

It was such a fun surprise to come home to!!! The kids loved it! Thank you Easter Bunny for not forgetting us!

P.S. We still are missing 2 eggs...I hope we find them soon..those aren't going to smell so great! LOL!


Cedric & Michelle's Wedding

Our niece Michelle got married this past Saturday April 19, 2014! 

We were blessed enough, through the generosity of Jared's sister & brother in law, to be able to fly out to Texas to attend their sealing! It was a beautiful day from beginning to end!

She just finished getting her hair and make-up done. 

Ready to head out the door to the temple.

Michelle and 3/4 of her Bridesmaids. :)

We think she was getting cold feet! LOL!

All of the Bridesmaids: Nicole (sister), Jolene, Stephanie, & Kaitlin.

We were anxiously awaiting the happy couple to exit the temple. :) 

Gotta love weird pictures your husband takes of you while you are supposed to be watching the happy couple coming out of the temple...fail...LOL!

Mr. & Mrs. Cedric Buckley!!!!!!!

They were just so happy they couldn't stop giggling! :)


Cedric's father, Cedric, and Brother in law.

Cedric's niece, brother in law, sister, mom, and dad. 

Precious moments with her Dad...

Being the Mother of the Bride is a lot of work too! Jonita was scurrying around all day! :)

These two sisters are the BEST of friends! It is so neat to see the love they have for each other. Nicole was so amazing and organized and planned the entire wedding!! She's a Godsend! :)

 We were so thrilled to be apart of their BIG day!

After the sealing we headed over to Rudy's BBQ for the luncheon. It was delicious!! And we got to see Jared's mom and step-dad! It was soooo good to see them both!! :)

That evening they had a reception. Their good friends from their ward helped out a lot. Brother Green made the cake and Allen made the cupcakes!

They also had a S'mores Bar. It was fun to see Michelle take full advantage of it! :)

They had a Father Daughter Dance and it just melts your heart to see how much Allen loves his little girl!

And she clearly adores him too!

Cedric and his Mom also danced!

It was a whirlwind weekend, jam-packed with events from begging to end. Everything was absolutely perfect and beautiful. We are so happy for the Newlyweds!!!!

While we were there we also had the chance to see our good friends the Cluff's! They moved out of our Ward about a year and half ago, and they live only 10 min. away from Allen and Jonita!! It was so wonderful to see them!!!!

 Easter afternoon arrived before we knew it and it was time for us to head back home! :)


Christiansen Wedding Cake

Our R.S. President's son got married over the weekend. She asked me to make the cake for them. 
This is the final result! :)

I just got an email from her this morning and she said: 
"The cake looked amazing, and tasted great! It was perfect! Thank you soooo much! Nevenka loved it! 
Thank you Vanessa!"

When I get feedback like that it makes all the hard work worth it! :)


Would You Like a Spot of Tea?

>> Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Alayna cooked up a fun idea the other day. She started making invitations (and I'm really sad I didn't get a picture of them...they were cute) for a few of her friends inviting them to come over for a Tea Party. 

Now let me also say that she had her heart set on this idea and was heart broken when she had to stop making the invites and go to bed. She REALLY wanted to have this party. She also didn't ask Mom or Dad if she could have said shindig. 

However, after talking it over, and a few tears were shed because she was exhausted, and was up waaaay too late making invitations we came to an agreement. :)

This basically means Mom caved cuz her little girl is so darn cute. She took such initiative how could I not agree to this soiree!?!!! :)

The guests. 

Emma, Meda, Alayna, Morgan.

The spread.

We had hot chocolate with mini-marshmallows, popcorn, mini-grilled cheese sandwiches, and for dessert we served mini-chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles! :)

The girls had a splendid time! We all spoke with British accents and enjoyed ourselves immensely! 


Eli's Academic Night

>> Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's a busy week for this guy!

Eli had his Golden Scholars-Academic Night tonight. This is the 2nd year in a row he's earned this award! He's a smarty pants!! :) 

We are so proud of you son! We know it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to achieve this each year. It's such a joy to see you set and meet the goals you strive to reach. Way to go!!!! :)


You Had a Birthday Shout Hooray!!!

>> Monday, April 14, 2014

 Eli had a birthday! He's not this cute little trouble-maker anymore! ;P 

Boy he was adorable! 

Eli is now 11 years old and is quickly becoming a young man. He will be an 11 Year Old Scout, and our tradition is to get the boys their very own Swiss Army Knife. He was pretty stoked! :)

We had dinner with just our little family and dessert. Strawberry rolls with cream cheese frosting....mmmm! Eli loves anything with strawberry in it. :)  We are planning to have his party next month when the pool gets a little warmer and have all of his friends over to swim. :)

Happy 11th Birthday Eli! Time sure does fly by...Since the day you were born you've always kept us on our toes! You are hard working, deeply devoted to your family, friends, and your faith. You are so incredibly smart, and bring a party wherever you go! Those BIG Baby Blues will always melt my heart...Love you! Happy Birthday!!!


The Easter Pageant!

>> Thursday, April 10, 2014

I love Easter! We've been doing our traditional 30 Day Easter Countdown and to add to the Spirit we went to the Mesa Temple Easter Pageant. Last year was our first year in many, many, years. We were sitting sooo far back we couldn't really see. This year we were determined to get there early and get the perfect spot!

Our plan worked! We were only about 10-15 rows from the front dead center! We could see the actors smiles! It was fantastic!! We got some pizzas from Little Caesar's, I made strawberry hand pies, and we had lots of snacks! 

  It was a BEAUTIFUL night filled with the Spirit and testimony that Jesus lives, and because he does, we can too!!! 


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