Okay, I constantly have people asking me what they can do to help. Here it is:
I need help cleaning & painting our winter guard floor tomorrow (Thursday the 17th). I would love any help- even 15 minutes at a time.
Help me stay sane!!
February 13, 2011
Since I gave it to him two days early, I hadn't gotten all of the supplies we were going to need but that made it even more fun since we were able to go together. After I gave him his sushi recipe book (outside Shoga- where we were going to lunch together) we decided we were going to make our own for dinner.
Posted by Sarah at 11:21 AM
February 9, 2011
I am! Sophie is currently bundled up in her pack & play taking a "nap." Actually, today she is talking to her stuffed animals. It is most certainly nap time for her and after she didn't rest much yesterday, she needs all of her naps today. I really just want to pick her up and snuggle her to sleep but I'm afraid of a couple things: 1- we both fall asleep. This is a problem because I wouldn't get anything done while she's snoozing (like, taking a shower which just isn't fair to the people who have to be around me). 2- And much worse than the first, I might roll on her. 3- I encourage her to get in the habit of needing to be snuggled in order to go to sleep. Gah! It's so not fair.
Instead of snuggling her to sleep, I think I will attempt to get the journaling part of her baby book done. I have something like 15 pages ready to be glued as soon as I get those notes done. They're not really anything exceptionally special, but maybe I'll post some pictures of those later.
February 8, 2011
Okay, so Saturday morning we woke up to find my puffs had collapsed, I was overly dramatic, Craig saved the day by going to Costco and getting me some frozen ones to work with. They were the only things not homemade... I think we all survived. Katharine had requested some frosted sugar cookies for the reception. She doesn't like buttercrap frosting or regular glazes so I made a cream cheese glaze tinted pale pink like the roses on the puffs & pumpkin bars for the heart-shaped cookies.
Craig's aunt Liz and her girls were in town and staying with grandpa (so, in the room next to ours). Liz saw me running around like a nut and offered to help. She made an additional batch of chocolate chip cookies for back-up/fill in (and they ended up being used) while I was dipping the sugar cookies in the cream cheese glaze. Tawny- who I hadn't met before- also came over and helped. I don't think we would have gotten everything done without that extra boost during the final dash. On top of everything else they helped with, they tidied the kitchen for me after we left.
Emily says and does what needs to be said and done. She became my sanity and right hand (yes, I am right-handed so this analogy works) for the rest of the night. Between the two of us we were able to keep the food table properly filled, attractive and clean the entire night. Even when some items would run out entirely, we were able to keep everything looking full and welcoming. MASSIVE thank you to Emily!
Just a couple final thoughts/favorite moments of the evening:
- Pretty much anytime Tyler's brothers came into the kitchen. They remind me a lot of Bryan with their bone-dry sense of humor and wit.
- Katharine finally telling her MiL it was her reception and she would do what she wanted (at the time, getting a bite to each and some water to drink instead of standing in a stupid wedding line)
- Borrowing Sarah V's lacy black slip since my black eyelet dress doesn't fit my... shoulders... the way it did when mom made it before I was pregnant. (Which I didn't know until I tried putting it on 10 minutes before the wedding ceremony.)
- All the time I spent with Emily
- The end. It was quite satisfying seeing that we pulled off a pretty, calm evening (food-wise) and that we were done.
So, Katharine got married! (And she was an absolutely stunning bride.) It's still a little odd for me to see notifications about "Katharine Christensen" on facebook. She and Tyler, like many college-age couples, were working on a modest budget. Wanting to help Katharine have the nicest reception she could, I offered to help with her reception food. After much discussion and deliberation, she decided on delicious hot chocolate and various finger desserts and treats.
By the way here is what we had for the final menu:
- Fruit platters
- Pumpkin chocolate chip bars with homemade cream cheese frosting (The BYU bakery recipe)
- Chocolate chip cookies (for Tyler)
- Sugar cookies both glazed & plain (grandma Kyne's recipe- they were a hit)
- Coconut macaroons (yum!)
- Creme puffs (with cream cheese roses)