Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wedding Preparations

 My awesome 'little' brother decided to marry a super cute, amazing, gorgeous, wonderful woman. They are perfect for each other. They set the date for August 14th (before Ben left the country to play basketball). Here is my favorite engagement photo of them.

Ben and Eboni
This is us girls having a fun dinner on Ali's birthday at Cafe Rio (Ali's and Eboni's favorite).
  From left to right: Amberly, Amber, Michelle, Mommy Jane, Ali, Me, Eboni and her mom Jill
With a wedding coming up, there was no shortage of work to do. I was so excited when Eboni asked me to surprise Ben by making the grooms cake. She told me she wanted it basketball themed, have his number on it and have the quote "I'd do anything with you anywhere." from their song. Other than that, I was in charge of the design. It was way too much fun!

The hardest part, which took me nearly four practice cakes, was making a spherical shape for the basketball. Here is the 3rd attempt (I think). It was probably the best of the bunch and I should have saved it "just in case" oh well.
It's not just frosting it either, it's the fondant, the lines and the texture of the basketball. I may have been in a bit over my head on this one. haha
The other two tiers weren't quite as hard, though I had a lot of difficulty with the hoop/net on the bottom layer. The day before the wedding I was freaking out because it literally kept falling apart. I had to scrap my whole idea and go with something a bit different.  I was really disappointed

 I was very grateful for two things: my cricut cake cutter, and edible sugar paper. That really made things go smoother as far as the names, numbers and quote. It is a bit tedious for me to place all the letters on the cake, but I thought they worked really well.
The final cake. I wish I had saved the 3rd try on the basketball, because this one didn't turn out nearly as well. I guess nobody else knew that though.
I think this is the best picture of the cake. I received many compliments at the reception. They were hard to receive because in my mind, I'm still fixing the problems the cake has. I'll have to work on believing people when they tell me they like my work. Whether it be cakes or anything else. 
 Here it is next to the wedding cake. It looks teeny tiny  because the other cake was on a taller table. Both cakes were roughly the same size.
 The best compliment I received was Eboni telling me that she actually liked the grooms cake better than the wedding cake! She (and Ben) also decided that they wanted to keep the top of my cake for their first year celebration instead of the other one. It doesn't get any better than that!
 People were asking me if Ben was surprised. It's a funny story. The day before the wedding, my Dad had asked anyone who was available to come over to help decorate and get the house and yard ready. I was, of course, working on Ben's cake. My mom was really quite stressed, as you can imagine, and when Ben innocently asked her "Is Heather coming over to help?" My mom said something like "No, she's working on the cake!" like DUH! When Ben said "What cake?" My mom realized her error and was mortified. Ben quickly caught on and said "I don't know anything!" and walked out of the room. At least that is the story my mom told me as she emphatically apologized over the phone a bit later. My poor mom felt so badly about the whole thing. We almost kept it a secret! I was surprisingly not upset about it at all. It was an honest mistake and plus, there was no sense in getting upset about something that I couldn't change.
      Ben didn't know what it looked like or any of the details, so it was fun to see his face when he actually saw the cake. He was sweet, humble, grateful and gracious as always. Randy was a bit upset, however, that I insisted we buy Ben and Eboni a wedding gift. He thought the cake would be the gift. He didn't realize how much I had spent on the real cake, plus all the practice cakes. Let's just say it was well over a hundred dollars. We went in as siblings on a videographer for the wedding and I am so happy we did. My friend Dave did a fantastic job and his wife Catie was the photographer. I am thankful I know them. They are amazing people.

Other preparations for the wedding included buying dresses, suits, and getting my hair done. I decided to get it colored "ombre style" which is lighter at the bottom and darker at the top. It requires less maintenance than just highlighting it.

 Here is my "Before" picture. I straightened it to make it easier for my friend Chelsea to color it.
 goofy pic.
 And here is my "after picture" it is subtle, but I really do love the look.
 While Amber and Dan were in town, (they live in Texas) my mom took Lily and Brooke shopping and to lunch because they both start kindergarten this year! She always does a kindergarten day with the kids. She buys them a first day of school outfit, a backpack and takes the to their restaurant of choice for lunch. More often than not, it is McDonald's and this time was as well. 
 I had been so focused on the cake, that when it came time to do the girls hair for the wedding, I honestly hadn't thought much about it. I looked at a couple of online videos and came up with this for Lily's hair. Her hair is so heavy that the pins kept coming out and I had to tell her not to run and play lest her hair be destroyed. She did as well as a five year old can do. I think it turned out pretty darn cute.

 Here she is in her dress and ready to go. All the granddaughters under 10 wore the same adorable dress. Seeing seven little girls wearing these dresses was one of the best parts of the wedding. they danced and played and had a blast while looking adorable.

 Here's Lily and Alyssa. Neither of them were too keen on getting their picture taken, but I wanted a photo before they got dirty or messed up their hair too mcuh.
 Sweet sisters!
The boys all had matching bow ties for the wedding it's in black and white, but I love this picture of the boys.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Baby's First Stitches

 Alyssa is acting her age now. She was running around the house with Lily and fell and hit her head on the corner of the wall. Here is a 'before' of her cute little forehead.
 She was actually pretty good. It's a head wound, so it bled quite a bit.  the other kids were kind of freaking out, but I stayed calm. Tyler was sweet and held the towel to her head on the way to the insta-care.
 numbed a bit and waiting to be called in to see a doctor.
 All better. She liked that she got a sticker as well as a sucker.
 Here's a close up, because I can't help myself. Five stitches later and we are good to keep playing.

Poor sweet baby girl. Feel better soon.

Monday, July 14, 2014


The joys of owning a house were painfully clear this week. Randy and I were in the basement when we noticed in the corner some water damage. The paint was peeling away from the wall, but it wasn't wet at that time. We then noticed some bowing on our upstairs floor near the dishwasher. Apparently it had been leaking for a while without our knowledge. It only leaked when the dishwasher was running which is at least once a day! ugh. Prying back the floor uncovered some mold and more water damage. I'm so glad that Randy is on top of things like this and can handle pretty much any situation.

Unfortunately, Randy had to go on a work trip to Boston and I had also thrown my back out this week. I was left with a destroyed kitchen, no dishwasher, no husband, and an inability to even pick up toys on the floor.  Randy felt awful and sent me these flowers as a reminder that he loves and cares about me and he felt bad being away when he was needed so badly. He's sweet that way.

P.s. We were able to clean up the mess and install new flooring eventually. I even got a new dishwasher!

Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July festivities

For the 4th, we were invited to Kristi's house in Provo to celebrate. The other Bremner's were still in town and Kristi also invited some relatives on the Diether side. Kristi throws amazing parties, and this one didn't disappoint. There was a scavenger hunt, tons of food, a  4th of July jeopardy game (which I was terrible at) and an amazing view of the fireworks all across the valley.
Driel, Adelaide and Lily
 Karl, Steve, Micah and two people that I don't remember.
 These tow girls were so fun to watch. They really enjoyed being with each other. Adelaide and Alyssa
 Don't you want to squish their tiny little faces. I love them.
 Hanging out eating suckers
 All the kids on the deck. We thought this would be a neat picture. It was harder than we anticipated.

 Elle hosted the game show and did a fantastic job. Really, she knows her trivia.
 enjoying the view before the fireworks start

I hope we are invited again next year. It was too much fun not to do it again. Thanks Diether family!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Bremner's Visist the Bremner's

We were thrilled when Steve and Micah said that their family was going to come visit us this summer! They have been living in the Philippines, so obviously, we haven't seen too much of them. There were many days of laughing, playing games, Foosball tournaments galore and sight seeing. The nights were super fun for the kids and a little bit grating on the parents. There was a lot, and I mean a lot of giggling late into the night in Lily's room packed with girl cousins. The boys didn't so much giggle, as much as talk and talk and fight, and talk until they couldn't keep their eyes open anymore. It was totally worth it though!

Eliza and Lily and Jake on the swings

 Alyssa chilling on the slide
 Roasting marshmallows and chatting about this and that on a Sunday evening.
 We met Kristi's family and took a special trip into Salt lake and toured the conference center, then we walked around temple square for a while. I realized I hadn't been taking many pictures of their visit, so I tried to catch some that day.

 It was hard to get everyone's attention at the reflection pond. There was a lot of talking going on.

 These girls are two peas in a pod. Both adorable and irresistible. Eliza was hot and tired and she kept asking me to hold her. How could I turn that down? I could hold her forever. She is a super cuddly little girl....unlike mine.
 We also visited the  Church history museum where the kids had so much fun.

 Cute girly girls

 Randy and Alyssa
We enjoyed lunch together and basically just had a great time enjoying each others company. Please please please come and visit us again soon!