Saturday, December 31, 2011

yay for 2011!

2011 here’s looking back,
Lots has happened as we try to keep track.
Ellie lights up the room with her laugh and bright smile,
She’s loves attention, singing & dancing all the while.
Treson has started an obsession with space,
Cooking and baking; he’s all over the place.
Mandy’s been busy raising this crew,
Improving our home and her Etsy store too.
AJ’s back to school for his Masters Degree,
His work’s sent him to China and he trains employees.

Stay tune for next year
Same dog-time
Same dog-channel.
The Cliffords will be back,
sporting our flannel.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

backyard camp out and first tutorial: Fail

Our poor ward camp out- I don't think more than a handful of people were able to make it- including us. We were all set and revved to go, but things didn't work out in the end....My sweet husband didn't want to disappoint our son, so we set up camp in our backyard and had a wonderful night under the stars with the comforts of home close by!

I found a cute little dress on pintrest and thought it would be fun to do a tutorial on how to make it for you all- I took a lot of pictures and tried to be meticulous to avoid reader's confusion... but I messed up quite a but and did some sly make-shift cover ups, but the dress turned out cute none-the-less:

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fourth of July!

This was probably one of the best we've had- no pressure to go any where or to impress anyone but ourselves. We set off to buy fire works (yay for aerials!)and then to the parade. We caught a few pieces of candy, took a couple handouts and waved to a couple of beauty queens. Had lunch, a quick nap, and then moseyed over to the park for their 4th of July festival. We played some games, Treson got to ride some rides, and we came back home in time for dinner. THE BEST RIBS I'VE EVER MADE! along with corn on the cob, rolls, chips and grapes! perfect picnic food(if only it wasn't raining- I'm sure we would have had a blast on our lawn!) We watched a movie and then joined our neighbors outside to light fireworks in the street. I think my favorite was a "tropical fish" fountain from Black Cats. it was pretty awesome how we so many people were lighting aerial fireworks- I hope these stay legal!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ellie's Birthday party

Ellie's Pretty in Pink- Handsome in Blue party went really well! The photo shoot was a blast and the pictures turned out great! (Thanks Ny!) I made Ellie a cute little cupcake tower, but I didn't take any pictures of it cuz the icing got really messy and it didn't look that good... :(- but it still tasted amazing! We did get a funny video of her eating cake on her actual birthday though.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Garden Party












I had a great time chatting it up and enjoying yummy food. Brunch consisted of chicken salad sandwiches, fresh fruit, spinach salad, lemonade, and cake. I ended up frosting the cakes with whipped cream rather than butter cream because both of the cake recipes (top:orange dreamsicle, bottom:margarita) instructed so. The pineapple flowers turned out well but were more so of a garnish. And to top it all off the guests were sent home with strawberry plant party favors!

I'm so lucky to have such fun-spirited friends:D Thanks for the fun memories!