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I've grown up in Phoenix and have LOVED it!! I have 3 beautiful sisters and 8 wonderful nieces and nephews!! They light up my life!! I have wonderful parents who still continue to help me grow every day. I really could not ask for better parents. Right now I take care of my wonderful grandmother who has dementia. We have so much fun together. And I'm grateful that I can spend this time with her!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ava's 1st Birthday!!

Can you believe Ava Bean is a year old now!! I seriously can't!!!! I know her birthday was at the beginning of the month... I'm a little slow at blogging... but anyways... I just wanted to post a little something about this girly!
When Tara and Aaron told me they were prego again I was SOOOOOO EXCITED!!! I was even more excited when they told me they were having a girl and giving her my middle name!! I will say... I think I got teary eyed... I felt so honored that they wanted to name one of their cherished blessings after me. And then... Ava was born on June 9th! What a blessed day that was. When I saw Ava Lynn for the first time I didn't want to give her up! (Not that that's unusual... I pretty much like to hog my nieces and nephews.)
Ava's so petite and BEAUTIFUL!!! She's calm and never cries! I love cuddling with her and taking as many kisses as she'll give me! I'm so thankful to be her aunt (FYI... FAVORITE AUNT)!! I remember one night I was over at my sisters house and I was laying on the bed with Ava and we were just talking away... I was trying to get Ava to say my name. Let me just say that was one of the BEST nights of my life!! When that little girl said my name and knew she was doing something cute... she was ADORABLE! Her eyes just lit up!! Thanks Ava for saying my name before anyone else... well minus dada... but that's an easy name to say!

So I made Ava Lynn her first birthday cake!! It was perfect... pink and small!!!! What more can a girl ask for???
Happy Birthday Ava!!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Erin's Baby Shower!!

Wahoo!! Erin's having her first little one!! I can't wait to snuggle my lil'
Parker McKay
I know that he's going to be so ADORABLE!! Now because Parker is Erin's first baby my sisters and I decided to go BIG for her first baby shower... here's a preview of what was prepared...

It all began with the Thank You treats... I made CAKE POPS!! They were soooooo YUMMY!! I stayed up until 4am and finished them. (as you can tell I'm a NIGHT OWL)
My sister Tara came over and wrote "Thank You" on all the circles that I punched the "night" before!! I only allowed her to do this because she has nice handwriting... haha!! I'm so picky!!

Then I was off to make the LEMON COOKIES!! Luckily I had a couple helpers that rolled the dough so it would be ready to cook the next day!
I think someone had some fun with the powder sugar...
I LOVE that GRACIE came over with her apron on and ready to WORK!! Thanks GRACIE and COLTON!!! And of course... we had our court jester for the day too!! Little Miss. Ava Bean! ADORABLE!!
So now for the other stuff I made...
BIG BOY SUGAR COOKIESCHOCOLAE PRALINE CAKE (if you missed out on this one... I feel bad for you... it was soooo YUMMY!!)LEMON CAKEI have some AMAZING friends and family that made some other deluctable treats...
FRUIT PIZZA by BrianneLEMON BARS and CHOCOALTE CHIP COOKIES By Ashely S. DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES by Ashley S.Just wanted to show you how the room was set up! Tara borrowed the table clothes from Katie. Thanks Katie!! It really did add the PERFECT punch!!
Here's a few of the people that came to the shindig for Erin and Baby Parker...
I love taking pictures of people when they don't have a clue I was doing it...
Ava Bean LOVES Hanna and Hayley!!KAREN!!!!!! I miss my BFF!! I'm so glad she made it to the party!!!I want to THANK everyone that came to the party and supported Erin! Also, I found out that a bunch of people didn't get their invitations... I really don't know what happened. But I am soooooo sorry if you didn't get yours!!!!
Oh ya... people have asked me for some recipes... if you want a recipe to one of things you see... let me know! (please leave your email address and I'll send it to you!!)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Memorial Day!!

I know... I'm behind on my blogging... what's new??? So Memorial Day was nice and relaxing. My family went over to Roger and Dana's house and went swimming and had a YUMMY BBQ!!!! Just wanted to show you some of the pictures I snapped of the day... I actually didn't take that many. :)