Friday, April 20, 2012

What's New

Wow I am horrible at updating! I just log on to read about everyone else. What's new?

We are expecting a baby boy July 23rd! I am 26 weeks along, feeling good.

Dallin comes home from his mission in 3 weeks!!! We are so excited!

New Kansas City temple dedication is May 6th! The night before is the cultural celebration the youth are putting on for the prophet and 10,000 other people. I can't wait to see it, we've been working so hard for a few months now and they're doing great! I get tired just watching them practice. What a neat experience for them.

Emmett turns 2 in two weeks! AHHHH! I can't believe it (isn't that what everyone says?). We are so busy lately. We will celebrate when Dallin comes home.

I finally got a new camera!!! It's a Nikon 5100. I don't really know how to work it...but I'll get there and finally upload some pictures.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ruffly Wreath

I made this really cute, easy wreath and I wanted to share how I made it!

Ruffly felt wreath from Kristen at Domestifluff


What you’ll need for the wreath:

- a 12 inch styrofoam wreath form
- approximately 2 1/2 yards of felt...(I may have used double that, depends on how big your circles are)
- straight pins (enough to match the number of felt circles needed, plus two for attaching the hanger)
- scissors
- a 3 inch circle template
- a pencil
- ribbon for hanging

Making the Felt Rosettes

Using a pencil and your circle template, trace circles onto the felt. Cut the felt circles, and fold them in half twice to form rosettes. Insert a pin near the bottom corner of the rosette, about 1/8 inch from the corner.


Attaching the Felt Rosettes

Attach the felt rosettes to the wreath form, making sure to group the rosettes tightly enough that no styrofoam is showing through the rosettes. After you’ve added a few, fluff and adjust the rosettes to your liking. Continue making, pinning, and attaching the rosettes until you’ve worked your way around the wreath form. If you have circles that are slightly misshapen or that have a little pencil or ink on them, place them toward the outside or inside edges, where they can’t be seen when the wreath is hanging.


Wreath Back

This is what my wreath looked like on the back when I was finished. As you can see, I started off with ball point straight pins, but I switched to flat head pins when the rosette count started to get up there and I had to run out and buy more pins. If you use flat head pins, then I suggest using a thimble to push them into the wreath form, or your thumb will take a beating. Ask me how I know.


Wreath Hanger

After you’ve finished adding the felt rosettes, cut a ribbon (any size you want) fold it in half, and attach it to the wreath form with two pins to form a hanger.

Wreath Finished

It was very fun to do and relaxing. Took maybe 5 hours total, cutting takes FOREVER. If you find a circle cutter, let me know. I should've looked because it would've been worth it!


Here's my version!

Sunday, June 19, 2011


We recently went to Utah and Oklahoma for my cousin Taylor's wedding and reception. We had so much fun but it went by way too fast. I'll let the pictures do the talking!



Monday, June 13, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

E-Man turns 1

My baby turned one year old May 3rd and we had a big party for him! It was lots of fun.

We are headed to Utah next week for my cousin's wedding! Can't wait for some vacation time!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Update on life

Dad is doing pretty good given the circumstances. He isn't as tired this round of chemo and feels okay so far. Hopefully he is halfway done, we find out next month after his cat scan. Thank you so much for your prayers, it is through prayer alone that he is doing so well. He appreciates everyone's kind words, they mean a lot.

I have been taking a cake class this month at Michaels, it's going okay. Last night we did flowers and I suck at decorating. Still. I feel like I don't have time to practice, I will try to next week I guess.

I did practice making Emmett's birthday cake today. It turned out really well, but the colors were hideous. Good thing I was just using what I had, hopefully I can get it the way I want it next time. He is going to be one years old May 3rd! Time flies.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Let me bring you up to speed. On Valentine's Day, my dad was having awful pains in his stomach (he's been having lots of issues since October) and finally went to the ER that night. After a CT scan, they decided to do exploratory surgery to find out what this mass was on the screen. Turns out, it was cancer. Diffused B Cell Lymphoma. It is on the webbing that keeps the small intestine from sticking together, so it's behind a lot of organs and that's the only reason they found it. He gets his staples out today and hopefully can start chemo on Thursday.

That is a very brief summary, but the basics. When I found out, I was so angry. I went through all the stages of grief in 24 hours. I know that it is because of everyone's prayers that our family feels comforted. He was given a blessing before his surgery and it was said that everything would be okay and he would be fine. And I know he will be. The power of the priesthood is amazing and without it, we wouldn't have this comfort or knowledge.

This trial is not just meant for him but for everyone around him. For me, I need to gain a stronger testimony. I've been asking myself, "How do I gain a stronger testimony?" Well this is it. Sucks that the strong ones have to be examples to everyone else in this way. My dad has so much faith and I have not seen him waiver once. He's not scared, so why should I be?

We have decided to do a 10K in September called Dash for Dad. It's also a Colon Cancer race here in Kansas City. My parents are going to walk it, I want to run it. ME? RUN? I know, you're cracking up by now. But seriously, I'm going to do it! Training starts ASAP. Because let's face it-I can't run a mile without having an asthma attack.

Thank you for all your love and support these past few weeks. We are so blessed.