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Friday, April 18, 2014

I know I've neglected this, but I've been busy. My sister in law is visiting, so online time is almost non-existent. I am currently trying to keep myself awake to finish the specialty Easter eggs I am making for everyone's baskets (we will have our usual six for our family, plus one for my sister in law and one for another friend who is coming over from the mainland for the weekend).

We are going to try to make the early morning Good Friday service tomorrow, but I have accepted that with guests, one half sick child, and everything else going on - it just may not happen. Normally I would get all worked up over this, but I am making myself go with the flow.

Hope you are all doing well!

(Oh, and our second Advanced Gum Paste class went well. We just made parts for the final project. Lots of petals and leaves that are half finished at this point, and nothing is coming home with us each week.)

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MYTURNNOW2013 4/18/2014 10:34AM

    Which half of the child is sick? LOL! OK I know that's not what you meant.

You are one busy lady! I hope you have a very enjoyable Easter with your family.

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Photos of Today's Walk.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

We had such a nice weekend, and such gorgeous weather. Today's church service featured Baptisms and Child Dedications, so that was very nice to witness. Afterward, we took all the children down to a beautiful oceanfront garden/park where we all had a great time. Following that, we went to drop off food for someone in temporary need who had reached out to the community for help. I love when opportunities to help someone come up at a time when we can do just that. It also helps show the children how to apply the spirit of giving all year long.

The busiest two weeks all Spring are coming up. I hope I am up to the task!

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    Beautiful pictures!! It sounds like a magical day!

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Son's 15th Birthday - and I Made a Strawberry Rose (Photos)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Yesterday one of our sons turned 15! He is a fantastic young man and we all had a wonderful day. We had a tropical luau dinner party, games afterward, and then enjoyed a Cupcake Volcano. Along with the fruit kabobs I had made, I tried my hand and making strawberry roses for the first time ever. Needless to say, we're all hooked and now we want strawberry roses at every meal. Haha.

Yesterday was gorgeous weather, today is gorgeous weather, and our weekend is supposed to be stunning, as well. Looks like lots of outdoor time. My sister in law arrives on Tuesday for a week and sadly it looks like rain is predicted for her entire visit. :/ I hope it is wrong!

Now for photos.

The strawberry rose! (I made several others, but this was the very first)

The table and bar set up

My son's Cupcake Volcano (The orange/red is the lava, the coconut and cake sparkles are 'volcanic ash.')

All alight! We used sparkler candles to make it 'erupt.'

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GOSPELCLOWN 4/17/2014 1:42AM

    That looks like a lot of fun. Who wouldn't enjoy a luau?
The cupcakes are a great way to portion out cake!

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MYTURNNOW2013 4/11/2014 3:19PM

    You are so clever!

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    Great pictures!! I loved the decorations and the party food and the strawberry flowers were beautiful! I'm sure he had an amazing birthday.

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First Advanced Gum Paste Class.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

We had our first class of Course 4 tonight. It was quite enjoyable, but I'm not the biggest fan ever of wrapping wire with florist tape! Haha. Oh well, I'll get used to it and learn to love it.

The only items we got to bring home tonight were our Gerbera Daisies. Mine is light blue and my daughter's is lavender. Our other items are hanging on our drying racks in the classroom, as they are part of a multi-week project. My daughter dropped my daisy on the way into the house, but it held up pretty well, thankfully.

As we were leaving Michaels, they had just put up a display with some adorable dress up sets at 70% off. For under $20, total, I was able to get five of these to put in our charity gift packs for needy families at Christmastime. I am really happy to be able to do this and especially happy when I find incredible deals on cute gifts to be a part of it!

Tomorrow is another of our sons' birthdays, so lots of work. I am transforming our patio into a tropical paradise. :)

Gerbera Daisies

Play sets!

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    The daisies are beautiful!!

The dress up sets are really cool too. Some little girl will really love those.

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MYTURNNOW2013 4/10/2014 3:05AM

    So much fun to see your progress in these classes! Looking forward to luau pics.

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Photo of My Finished Tassel Garland and Blackboard

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

After waiting plenty of time and deciding on what kind of decorative accent I wanted around it, the bar area in our dining room is finally complete - making the entire room finished! I am so happy to have it all behind me. The blackboard works wonderfully and I will definitely come up with something else to use the rest of the paint on. The tassel garland was also quite simple, although a bit time consuming. It is going to work great for permanent decoration in that area, but I could definitely see making these for parties, too!

I know my blog updates are scarce these days. My time online is scarce, honestly, and what I do have I usually glance at FB and plug in my numbers here. I'll try to keep up, though. I AM keeping up with my exercising and food values, though - and am continuing to see progress! :)

First Advanced Gum Paste class is tomorrow night and our son's 15th birthday is on Thursday. We're having a Tropical Paradise party!

Finished bar area with tassels.

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    Very nice and a great idea! I loved the menu as well. LOL.

We understand the lack of time. I have the same problem. LOL.

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KARENE10 4/9/2014 8:06AM

    Love the finished bar with tassels. You are one busy lady~where on earth do you find the time?

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