Sunday, March 27, 2011

Weekend Fun

After the busy-week-that-would-not-end, we were able to enjoy a work-free weekend together! Hurray! I know that everyone is busy so I don't want to complain (too much), but man, I love when the weekend comes and Cole and I can spend some time together. Even if we are just doing amazingly exciting things like...measuring the yard for a sprinkler system. :)

The yard was originally outfitted with a system of yore, but years of renters ignoring the yard made its fair share of broken, overgrowth-covered sprinkler heads and just plain sketchy plumbing.

Luckily, Cole has family in the plumbing supply biz, so we'll have some much needed guidance going into this project. On Saturday we took the first step - Drawing out the yard to scale so that the plumbing supply store can let us know exactly what we need. An hour or two in the yard reminded us just how much work needs to be done. Unless we want Crew to disappear into the hole from the old For Sale sign, we better get to planning!

We are also enjoying the fruits of our first-ever Bountiful Basket. The downtown pickup time of 7 a.m. was killer but then again, so was the produce. I can't wait to enjoy this food all week long...I'm seeing some spinach n' cheese raviolis, zucchini bread and general yumminess in our future and loving it!

Thanks to the generosity of my sister-in-law, the Jazz's less-than-amazing season and my hubby's low ball offer on Jazz Flash Seats, we enjoyed watching a baby-free Mavericks victory in style. It's amazing how much the game experience improves when you don't need binoculars to see.

As always, Cole managed to make friends with the wide arrange of characters who were sitting around us. I had trouble restraining myself from snapping pics, but lets just say the Jazz fans ranged from apostle-looking types to men with fewer teeth than my one year old. :) Such a fun date.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Our Hungry Caterpillar: Crew's First Birthday

To help distract me from the fact that my BABY is now a year old, I decided to focus my energy on planning a fun celebration with family and friends. Since Crew is too young to know or care about the party, I picked one of my favorite books to read with him, thus a "Very Hungry Caterpillar" theme. In my defense, Crew loves turning the different sized fruit pages.

We were lucky enough to be joined by lots of our family and friends. Thanks to everyone who made the time to celebrate with us.

(Especially the ones who drove all the way from California!)

We started out with a light picnic style dinner, complete with some of our favorite summer foods. Oh how excited I am for good produce again!

Once we were sufficiently full, we moved to the main event of the evening...the cakes...

Truth be told, this was Crew's second crack at smashing a cake. During his one year photos he had very little interest in anything other than the candle, so I was interested to see how round 2 would go....

Yeah. He figured it out just fine. Go figure.

Our lil guy is definitely a "share-er." We found that he likes to feed others as much as he enjoys eating himself.

The high chair ended up being a great place to snag a few pics with our guests.

Granjan and Granrand

The Lansford siblings

More of our favorite ladies

Some how we missed pictures of the Jones, Richins and our neighbor guests. Sorry guys!

After the food, we had fun opening Crew's gifts for him. He was a little tired at this point.

Maybe me too, a little. It's like I had never seen a Very Hungry Caterpillar-themed jack-in-the- box before...

Literally trapped by all the fun loot!

When it came time to say good night to our guests, we sent them on their way with their own customized snack mix. Just in case they were "...still hungry."

And because I had a little too much fun planning all the details...

Homemade Birthday Sign


The candies are fruit-shaped runts

One year album and first finger painting project

Love my mini baskets.

And a very special thank you to Katie who designed the invites, waterbottle wraps, cupcake toppers, food labels and goody bag stickers. What a special touch!

Happy Birthday Crew. We love you!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Over the Hill and Sliding Down

We celebrated my dad's 60th birthday this weekend with lots of family time in Ogden.

The weekend got off to a great start when our favorite out-of-town family arrived from Arizona. Despite several close calls, the arrival of the Depew family for the weekend was a complete and total surprise to the old man. Since this was my first time meeting Stratton, their visit felt extra special.

Nothing says, "Party!" like a Friday-night trip to Fat Cats for a night-o-bowling.

Sisters=Best Buddies

Because our bowling skills are lacking, we also enjoy

Foot poses

Head banging

Chair Spinning

Backwards Bowling

Too Cool for Skool Poses

Charm School Demonstrations

Tail Feathering it when necessary

Love them

really love him

Really, really love him

Saturday was busy with golfing for the boys, lunch dates for the girls and lots of prep work for our yummy lobster and steak dinner.

Feeling undocumented?

Following the yummy dinner, came the Bukey Family Variety Show (aka Everyone Makes Up a Song/Poem/Insert Talent, dedicated to my dad)

Come Thou Fount (Dad's Favorite Hymn)

Original Song to Oh Blah Dee Song

Mom's Amazing Randy-themed Jeopardy Game (complete with tribunes from childhood, army, midlife friends and extended family)

Not pictured but appreciated: Maura and Alyssa's Original Poem and Nicole's touching list of 60 Reasons She is Glad my Dad was Born.

One harmonized version of "Happy Birthday" later and we were ready to tie the bow on this Birthday weekend.

Love you, Dad. And Happy Birthday!!!!