Monday, July 25, 2011

Krista's Wedding Cake

I finally got the pictures of the wedding cake up. Here they are:



So here's the story on the wedding cake. Scott and I left Midland on a Tuesday night and drove all through the night to Utah. When we got there Wednesday afternoon we went to the store with my sister and her family and picked up some supplies for the cake. We came back and started baking the cake. I got one small cake and one large cake done. Before I took any of the cakes out I tested them with a toothpick to make sure they were done. The both came out clean so I pulled them from the oven. Well while the cakes were cooling I noticed the big cake wasn't cooked all the way. So I put it back in the oven hoping I could get it to cook the rest of the way. When I pulled it out again, I wasn't sure if it had worked and had already thought that I needed to make a new one anyways. Well when it came time to take the cake out the the pan part of it stuck and there was a big chunk of cake that cake off.

So my decision was made for me I was going to need to cook another one. Scott and I headed to Salt Lake that night to go visit his sisters so we weren't able to finish baking the cake that day. I got up early Thursday morning to start baking the cakes again. I put in my next batch of cakes in the oven and made sure each of the cakes were cooked all the way before I got them out. The cooked perfectly. Had them cooling, then cut off the tops to level them and flipped them over on the cooling rack to get them out of the pan. No problems at all.....until Scott tasted the part of the cake that I cut off. It tasted funky....then he smelled it and I'm not exaggerating when I tell you it smelled just the way something would if a cat sprayed on it. It was disgusting!! Needless to say we through that batch away.

My sister just got back from the store and she had picked up more cake mixes so we used hers and cooked the next batch. No problems there. Yippy!! Then we headed to the store ourselves to pick up more cake mix to replace the ones we used of my sister's and for the rest of the cake. While we were out and about we ran a few more errands and picked us up some lunch. So by the time we got back to my sister's it was around 2:30pm.

I started on the last set of cakes so I could get them done and take them to Scott's sister's place so we could put the whole cake together there. This batch came out good as well. Thank goodness!! Finally we were able to head down to Salt Lake. At this time it was between 4:30 and 5pm. As we were driving we get this call from Scott's sister, Laura, saying that Scott's parents want all of us to come to dinner with them.

Now I have to tell you that the wedding is Friday morning and it is now Thursday at 5pm. I still have to get this wedding cake together and do the flowers for the wedding. So I'm on the edge of a break down. We decide to go ahead a go to dinner since we are going to need to eat anyways. We finish with dinner and head back to Laura's place. Laura and I stay there while her husband and Scott head to the hotel room Scott's parent's are staying in to give his little sister a blessing before her wedding.

While they were gone, Laura and I started to work on the cake. I go to make frosting and I have all the ingredients in a bowl ready to be mixed. I start Laura's hand mixer and I'm mixed for a couple minutes and then I get a whiff of a burning smell. I turn off the mixer and then out comes the smoke. I about died!! So I called Scott and told him he needed to pick me up a mixer and some tape. So while we waited on them, Laura and I started working on the flowers. We got all the flowers done by the time Scott and Laura's husband, Ryan got back. They dropped off the mixer and tape and then headed off to the church building that Krista was going to have her reception at. They were going to go set everything up. It is now around 10pm.

So I get working on the frosting now that we have a mixer again. Make what's called royal icing for the swirls that are on the cake and put that in a bag and show Laura how to make the swirls so I can make the icing to put the cake together.

I start putting the cake together and one of the big round cakes threatens to break apart. Luckily I was able to get everything "glued" together with icing. I got the cake put together and frosted by one in the morning. Then I started putting the swirls on and got that all done by 1:30-1:45am. Then Laura and I cleaned up and waiting for Scott and Ryan to get back from putting things up for the reception.

By the time Scott and I got back to my sister's house in Lehi it was 4:30 in the morning. We finally went to sleep at 4:45 and got up at 5:45 in order to get showered and ready for the wedding that was in Salt Lake.

Needless to say make the cake was definitely an adventure, but it did bring a lot of memories too. I know I'll never forget this experience. Plus it was all worth it seeing everyone's look especially the bride and groom when they walked into the reception and saw the final product.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Krista's Wedding

Scott and I just back from Utah. We went for a couple of big events. One was his little sister's wedding. Scott was the wedding photographer and he did a great job! Here are a couple of pictures of the happy couple:


I took the reins a couple of times with the photo taking.

I took the two pictures below.






Congratulations to Krista and Brian!!


P.S. For those who want to see it, I will be posting a picture of the wedding cake I made them in a couple of days. It turned out beautifully even with everything going against it. More on that story later.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Best 3 Years!!

Today is our 3rd Anniversary!! I can't believe it has been 3 years already! We have just begun on this journey together, but I sure have enjoyed these 3 years that we have had together and look forward to many more to come.




***Here comes the sappy love moment so if you don't care about that don't read on ;) ***


Things I have loved about my husband during these 3 years:



1. He honors the Priesthood power that he holds.



2. Always concerned for my happiness.



(Tries to make me laugh and smile when I feel down or didn't have a good day.)



3. Has a driving passion to learn and to succeed.



(Especially in Geology.)



4. Has the amazing talent to fix things that I never thought could be done.



5. Even though we don't have kids yet, I know he is going to be a good father.



(I see the way he interacts with his younger siblings and the way they love him. I just know it's going to be the same way when it comes to our kids.)



6. His dedication.



7. Always tries hard to keep our relationship at the top of the priority list.



8. He treats me like a queen and reminds me daily how beautiful I am to him.



9. Love that he is willing to cook and clean.



(Those usually come with his crazy made up songs, but it brings a smile to my face that he can be happy doing things no matter what.)



10. And most of all, I love how active he is everyday in making sure we make good memories so that we have experiences and opportunities that we need instead of letting them pass us by.


Overall, I feel like I have a great guy and I can't believe I found him. He's an amazing man and I look forward to many years to come with him. I can't wait until the time comes when we are able to start our family and then be able to make even more memories together.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Giveaway

My boutique I started up about a year ago is having a giveaway now through June 24th. You can get the details HERE at 2 Moms Talk. For those who enter, Good Luck!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What Would You Take?

There have been many times in my life as well as Scott's that we have been asked the question what would you take if you had to get out of your house quickly because of a fire. Never in my life did I think that I would really have to make that decision.....

Yesterday afternoon there was a grass fire that started up near the airport here in Midland. That's a pretty good distance to where we live. Midland has been so dry this year it has been unbelievable. I think the total of rainfall right now is only 2/10th of an inch. Now combine that with 50 mph wind gusts and that fire gets pretty big pretty quickly.

The fire headed our way to Midland and got pretty close to our house a couple of times. We were part of a neighborhood that was evacuated because the fire was so close. Scott and I were both at work when we found out about the fire and we knew we needed to head home quickly so we could gather up a few belongings and to try and get our dog. Luckily we got there at a good time that we were able to get to our house. The police had only blocked off the main roads and we were able to use neighborhood roads to get to our house.

When we got home we quickly got to work on gathering things. I went inside the house to get the dog and to start packing clothes, treasures, scriptures, etc. Scott was outside watering down the lawn and the house. Just to give you an idea of how bad it was, the sky was completely brown. The ashes were being blown everywhere. We were covered from head to foot with ash. (We will probably be cleaning it out of our eyes, ears, mouth, and nose for a week). In those few short minutes we had to decide what to take and what we could live without if we weren't able to return. While Scott and I were gathering a few last minute things we got a loud pounding on the door from a police officer letting us know to get out of the area as quickly as we can.

We loaded up our car with what few possessions we didn't want to lose and headed towards Scott's parents house. It was so hard to drive away from our first home that we have lived in for about 2 months now not knowing if we would be able to return to it again. We said a lot of prayers that night and we were able to turn it over to Lord knowing that His will would be done.

We were evacuated from our house for about 1-2 hours. It was the longest wait of my life....We watched the news the whole time hoping to find new information on the fire and to see what the outcome was for all the houses in the area that was evacuated. Luckily we finally got our answer that all evacuees would be let back in. We headed back to our house grateful for the outcome.

Here are a few pictures that I took on my phone once we got back home:


This is smoke from a fire that is near a town 45-60 minutes away.

I took this picture from our driveway.


This is ash in front of our front door. We also have ash
all over our lawn and some came into our house where

our windows weren't sealed very well.


Overall, there is one thing that I have learned from this experience....that we have a lot to do to prepare ourselves for disasters like this. Here are things that would have helped a lot:

1. 72 hour kits in a backpack with clothing, toiletries, etc. already to go.

2. All pictures on cds or an external hard drive so you can easily grab and go.

3. Items that you would take with you together in one place instead of spread around.


I definitely know that we will be preparing ourselves better for things to come. You never know when situations like this come your way and you need to be prepared because tomorrow may be too late. I hope this experience that we are sharing with each of you helps you to start thinking what you would need to prepare and that you all can learn from this experience. We are very grateful that everything turned out the way it did and everything was safe and we had a home to return to. Our Heavenly Father blessed us in many ways yesterday that we are very grateful for.


My questions I have for each of you is this:

1. What would you take?

2. Are you really prepared?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Break

Scott and I had a pretty busy spring break this year due to various reasons. Even though it was busy we still enjoyed it. We started off by taking a trip to San Antonio to see my best friend (besides my hubby of course) get married.

Here's the happy couple when they walked out

After the wedding Scott and I heading back to the hotel room so we could change out of our church clothes into something more comfortable. Then we headed downtown to the Riverwalk to have some lunch and to visit the Alamo.

Here we are outside our hotel room ready to head out.

Here we are waiting to be seated at the restaurant
on the Riverwalk.
After we ate, we started heading towards the Alamo. While we were walking there were various shops so we thought we would walk in and see what they had. We were mostly looking for a Christmas ornament since our tradition is to buy one everywhere we go to hang on our tree at Christmas time so we can remember the fun things we have done. When we walked in one of the stores we saw some funky hats. I thought it would be fun to try them on. Scott was reluctant at first, but as you can tell he got into it pretty quickly. ;)


Funky Hat #1

Funky Hat #2

Funky Hat #3

Funky Hat #4

And here we are at the Alamo.

We finished with the Alamo pretty quickly since we had been there before and we mostly wanted an ornament and a picture in front since the last time we were there we got a picture together on the side of the Alamo, but not in front. There was a nice lady who came up to us and asked us if she could take the picture for us since we were struggling taking it ourselves. I'm glad she did too because it turned out better than ours!
As we were heading back to the car, we went by the Riverwalk again and noticed that there was a parade going on. Every year they have a parade where they die the river green for St. Patty's day. If you look close in the pictures you can see the dye.




Then we came home to Midland on Sunday and had our final walk through of our house Monday night. The owners when they moved out didn't clean at all so we were pretty stressed out that we had even more to do with the house then we originally planned, but more on that later.
On Tuesday we officially became owners of this house

Once we got into the house and were really able to assess the situation we decided that before we moved anything in we better paint the main rooms that we would be in. So we have been painting our hearts out since Wednesday night. It is looking so much better. I will post before and after pics once we get everything done so you all can see.
In the meanwhile, I had this cake to do for my best friend's reception this past weekend. I thought it turned out pretty good.

Overall, we had a busy spring break, but it was very rewarding and it is amazing what you can get done when you put your minds to it. Hope everyone else had a fun and safe spring break as well.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Date #4- Lubbock Trip

Yesterday was Scott's birthday so we chose this Saturday to be our going out date. We started Saturday morning by driving up to Lubbock to do the 9am session in the temple. Afterwards we went out to eat at Applebee's and dropped by Sheridans and got some custard on the way home. It was such a nice day on Saturday being able to celebrate Scott's birthday and the fact that the seller's of the house we wanted accepted our offer.

Date #3- Bday, BBQ, Houses, and Games

The weekend we had our 3rd date, we had a lot going on. We first started by going to a birthday party for our little buddy Mr. M. He turned 5 years old. After the birthday breakfast we went to the park to meet some of our geocaching buddies for a BBQ. For those who don't know what geocaching is, it is basically a grown up version of treasure hunting with a gps. After the BBQ, we met up with our realtor's partner to go look at houses. We had planned to look at 5 of them, but one we couldn't get into and the other ended up being under contract in the short time we set up the appointment and showed up. After we finished looking at houses Scott and I were able to end the day by playing some games at our friends house. It was a long Saturday, but overall it was very enjoyable.

Big Changes, Big Decisions

For those who don't know, Scott and I have been living with my parents since July of last year so we could get completely debt free and get a good amount of savings. Never in our wildest dreams did we think we would be making a decision to buy this below:

Yeah you read that right. We are getting into a house!! We are so excited and the best part is we get to stay in the ward we are in now. The process of getting into a house has definitely been a crazy one. We have really been baptized by fire with this experience, but that's okay we are still excited. So right now we have closed on the deal of how much the house is going to be. Our next step is going to happen today when Scott meets up with the inspector this afternoon to go through the house. So if all continues to go well we should be moving into the house by the end of March. And I do have to say it felt so good driving by the house this weekend and seeing the "Sale Pending" sign up already. It's so cool seeing that and knowing that it says that because of us.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Date #2- Would You Rather...

For our second date, Scott and I played our own version of "Would You Rather". I had made about 100 different scenarios and printed them off, then we would both choose one and then say: "Would you rather (fill in with first scenario) or (fill in with second scenario)?" It was a lot of fun!

Here are a few of the questions we had:

Would you rather change 1,000 poopy diapers or bungee jump off the Brooklyn Bridge?
Would you rather have octuplets or climb Mt. Everest?
Would you rather be deserted on an island or eat the same meal every day for the rest of your life?


Now to think about what to do for this week. Hmmm.....

Friday, February 11, 2011

Date #1- Midland is Home to Many

Since we are starting to be more creative about our dates, I thought I would share what Scott planned for our date last Saturday. We normally have Friday nights as our date night, but Scott wanted to take me somewhere on Saturday for our date so we decided to wait a day. Scott and I have lived in Midland for quite awhile and we have never been inside the George W. Bush Childhood Home. So Scott planned our date to take a tour of the home. It was really neat. I wish we had our camera with us so we could show you pictures of some of the neat things inside, but for those in Midland you will have to go see for yourself. You can go here to find out admission prices and special events if you are interested. For those who want to go, but don't want to spend the money they are having a 5th Anniversary since the house was opened on April 10th. They will be having an ice cream social and all tours are free that day.

Well, tonight is #2 so I will let you know how that one goes soon. I'm excited for this idea that I found earlier this week. I think it will be fun for both of us. Until then.....

Project 52: Date Nights

Scott and I are trying to be more creative on our date nights as well as being more frugal. I came across this site the other day that had to do with at home date nights. There were a lot of creative ideas on there that I thought was a good idea to do. So each week we will be doing something different for our date night that is more creative and less expensive. I'm really excited. I got my idea for this weeks date night from the website and I'm excited to try it tonight. So in case you need some ideas I will be blogging about our dates that we have each week and if you have any ideas for us we will take them. If you are interested at looking at the website go here for the Project 52: Date Nights information and go here for some ideas on free date nights you can do at home. And for those with kiddos there are some great ideas here so you don't have to find a babysitter. ;)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Weather

Normally I'm not one to complain in public about the weather, but it is -9 degrees outside today. Yeah that's right -9 degrees!!!! Seriously, I live in West Texas it shouldn't be this cold. And the crazy part about it, is just Monday we had 75 degree weather. Go figure........