Saturday, March 31, 2012

Relief Society Birthday, Angles Are Among us

Turtial for this cake Here!

I had so much fun making these cakes! I made 8, one for each of the tables centerpieces. My sweet neighbor saved me by making 4 batches of the buttercream icing for me! Thank you so much!

Coffee filters
Old book
Scrapbook paper
Kabob sticks
Hot glue

I used my cricket to make the 2 inch circles and 3 inch tags. We sort of created an assembly line to make things go faster, and we had fun making them! We made 61 of these cute flowers to thank all of the sisters in our ward for being there for each other and being each others angles. We pored dried beans in the bottom of mismatched vases to help hold the flowers in place. Thank you everyone for all of your help!
I found these conversation cards and printed them off of Sugardoodle. They are really for family dinners. I love them!

We started off the night by listening to the song, Angels Are Among Us (by Alabama). It truly brought the spirit to the room. It is a beautiful song. Listen Here. For the chalk board my amazing husband cut out some wood for me at the last minute, and I just painted it with a couple layers of chalk board paint. A sweet sister in our ward, who has beauitful handwriting wrote the quote for me because I just have awful handwriting. Thank you! And, Thank you Court!!

We used twine to tie around all of the silverware and napkins, mason jars with torn fabric, twine, or tulle tied around them for glasses, and, placed burlap under every other glass to give the night a rustic look.

At each table we had slips of paper that each of the sisters in our ward had written a kind act of love and service that another sister in our ward had done for them that might have been small or big to them but had made a large and meaningful impact on their lives, which they had written and given to us during the last few weeks before. Each table shared one of the stories of service, then lit their candles.

Each of the cakes were given a cute name to go with the theme (Angles are Among us.)

Also, the food had themed names.

It was a very spiritual night for many of us sisters as we listened to the talk and all of the acts of service that the sisters in our ward had done for each other. To end the night we sang, As Sisters in Zion. Thank you, everyone for all of your hard work that you put into this night to make it enjoyable for all of us! And, it was also really neat to get to know the sisters in the ward so much better!

I love this ward so much, and I love my calling. The sisters in my ward truly are angles to me. You have all been there for my family and that means so much to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Being Crafty and Saving With Cute Milk Bottles

You know those cute little milk bottles everyone is using? I've been wanting to get some for some time but, for 6 bottles most places charge you $20 plus tax and shipping and handling. Well, I thought I could find a cheaper route! You can find these at just about any grocery store! It was about $4 for a pack of 4. I don't drink these, so I just poured them down the sink.
But, it was still worth it! Just wash them with soap and water.
If you rub lemon on the glass, it takes off all of the sticky left over from the stickers! My sister-in-law told me this awesome, life changing trick!!
Don't they look awesome!!

St. Patric's Day

I know this post is a little late but, a little St. Patric's Day catch up!!
We made green pancakes and green milk for breakfast! It took a little bit of persuading Savannah to have green circle pancakes and not pink heart pancakes like we had last time on Valentines Day!
A few days before we made these cute Leprechaun necklaces with my sister-in-law and their cousin! We found the idea on Pintrest, Here!

Happy St. Patric's Day!!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

4th Annual Vision Walk For The Foundation Fighting Blindness

Almost 2 years ago we found out that our two sweet children have a rare genetic disease, Bardet-Biedl Syndrome. To this day, I remember when I got the phone call from the geneticist, just after Savannah had her ERG to look at her eyes. I wasn't able to go with her and Court and, they hadn't even gotten back yet. Even though deep down I already knew that that 1% chance was false. I always knew. It was like a waterfall crashing down on me.

One of the most heartbreaking symptoms of BBS is being reminded that Savannah and Xander's sight is deteriorating. It always feels like a jab to my heart. Last week, Savannah said my bright green nail polish is blue and wouldn't believe me that is is really green. I kept trying to explain to her shades of colors, and that it really was green. I just couldn't let it go until she agreed with me. I didn't want her to see a color that it wasn't because colorblindness and night blindness are the first sings. Every time she has to turn on the light of each room she goes in, and how every night she has to sleep with her lamp and room light on. Every time Xander walks right into a wall or Corner, or trips and falls onto the floor because he tripped over a step right in front of him. Or how whenever I point to something Savannah can almost never find it. Every time my heart aches for them a little more.

It make me so sad because it makes me think of all of the things that they might never see again in their futures, how they might never see mine and Court's faces again, or their future families. It breaks my heart to think that they might not be able to see this beauitful world of theirs anymore. All of those little things are what I love to to watch light up their faces, like when Savannah sees a flower and gets so excited and she has to smell it, or when she sees a rain puddle she has to jump in it and make foot prints, And she loves yellow and blue! Xander tries to run outside every opportunity he gets!

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is having their 4th annual Utah Vision Walk on June 16th. It is such a great and important cause that is so close to our hearts. This will be Savannah and Xander's team, Two Little Reason's second year walking and supporting them and other people living with eye degenerative diseases.

This year, our team is going to be having a bake sale to help raise money for the foundation, to help fund research and clinical trials to get us closer in finding a cure for blindness. Because, we know that a cute is in sight! All proceeds will go to the Foundation. But, we need help from friends and family to volunteer for helping with baking, selling, and promoting this bake sale. We have also been looking for a good location. If you would like to help, please email me at or leave a comment with your email. I will be setting up a time soon to organize a first meeting. This is so, very important to us and Savannah and Xander. Also, if you would like to join our team and walk with us, and or donate, you can go Here, and just click on walk team, Two Little Reasons. There is no coast to join our team and walk with us. We would love for everyone to join us in supporting Savannah and Xander. Sometimes, it feels as though we can do nothing for them but, through foundations like this there is hope.

Savannah and Xander are our two reasons!

Thank you

Friday, March 16, 2012

Burlap Flower Wreath

While Savannah was sick I had time to finish some undone projects. I've had the stuff to make this wreath for sadly, about about 2 years.

White Styrofoam wreath (craft store)
Fabric scraps
glue bun
needle and thread

I just cut the burlap into about 4 inch with long strips and hot glued as I wrapped it around the wreath.
Then I wrapped yarn around the wreath and glued in some spots
Using a needle and thread fold fabric in half and sew in and out then, pull and tie thread.
Layer and hot glue layers together and a back.
Then lay flowers on the wreath as you would like them arranged then hot glue them onto the wreath.

Cute Headband Holder

Savannah and I have A LOT of headbands! You can never have too many hair accessories is how we feel!! At least I think she agrees with me! We have them in our drawers, cupboards, in buckets, they are everywhere! LOL! So, I decided to organize some of Savannah's.
All you need is an oatmeal container, scrapbook, and hot glue!
Cut paper the length of container and hot glue, then trace the lid and glue! Supper easy!!
I put Savannah's neat curlers inside!
Isn't it cute!! I love it!! I might have to make another though!