Showing posts from July, 2011

When Life Hands You Cake Crumbs...

Last week was a lesson in flexibility. I posted way back in March that we had ordered a new front door and it would be in "soon." I had no idea it would be another FOUR months before it arrived. This has been an extremely frustrating experience and, needless to say, if we could do it all over again, we would go with a different company. At first I was excited, then overwhelmed, then frustrated, then angry and finally just over it.

By the time our door was being installed last week, I expected things wouldn't go smoothly and unfortunately, I was right. Normally this would have been really upsetting, but when things are somewhat out of your control, you just have to roll with the punches. I came to this realization when baking a cake to celebrate our newly installed door.

I had a plan all worked out. I was going to make a orange cake with poppy seed filling, butter cream frosting and a red door on the front. (I was taking it to an OSUF meeting so I thought the orange and b…

Can't Get Enough

This past weekend, Kyle and I headed to Hennessey to spend some time with the family and hear all about Mom and Dad's trip to Niagra Falls. They went last week in celebration of their 30th wedding anniversary! After all those years of marriage and putting others first, I think they definitely earned a relaxing trip away from it all with just the two of them. They had a great time, and I really enjoyed looking through the pictures and hearing about their travels!

There are just some things you can't get enough of in life. For Kyle it's golf, for Josh it's barber shops, for Dad it's visiting wineries, for Asher it's playing with horses and watching Bubble Guppies, and for me it's spending time with family. Whether it's the flavor of the month or a lifelong passion, it's good for the soul to do things you truly enjoy. I hope you all get a chance to soak up the things you love this summer. Before we know it, fall will be here! (I recite this to myself ev…

They're Here!

A while back I posted about a new project I was working on. I used to turn not only this blog, but also the blog I had during my senior year at OSU into books. It took a while but I really enjoyed doing it. (I'm a nerd and I can't get enough of things like this!) I liked it so much that I also made a photo book of our engagement photos since I STILL hadn't put them in an album.

The last of the books arrived last week, and I am really happy with the way they turned out. There are little things I would change for next time, but I'm glad to have them. WARNING: I LOVE showing them to people so if you come over to my house expect me to force them on you.

Below are some pictures of the final product. What do you think?

With all of them together like this, it makes me feel a little self-absorbed.

The back of each book.

Our Life in the Yellow Brick House:

Engagement Photos:

My Senior Year:

Thursday Nights

My final cake!

For 4 weeks in June I spent my Thursday nights at cake class. From 6-8 we discussed butter cream, played with icing and practiced making flowers. It was a lot of fun, but by the end, I think we were all ready for some extra free time.

So now that cake class is officially over, I've had a lot more of it. This means I am now halfway through "The Help" (better late than never) and I'm down to one episode of the Real Housewives on the DVR! Kyle is so proud. I was also able to finish up plans for Conner's baby shower. Stacie and I were so excited to throw a shower for our new little nephew this past weekend, which we had been looking forward to for months. I went to Ponca on Friday to finish the last minute details before the shower on Saturday. There was a really good turnout and we had such a great time. Now all we have left to do is wait for that baby to be born in LESS THAN A MONTH!

This past weekend reminded me of how much I appreciate having time to …

Independence Day

Where did this week go? It seems like the 4th of July was just yesterday, but I realize I'm a little delinquent with this post. Last weekend was a very long one for me - four days to be exact, and I loved every minute of it. I especially loved Monday because for the first time in a very long time, Kyle had a holiday (besides Christmas or Thanksgiving) off! We weren't incredibly productive, but we got to spend time with the Fox family and Tom, so it was a pretty good day.

Stillwater's fireworks were on Sunday, so we invited Amanda and Kurtis over for a cookout. Then we drove across town to Kim and Trey's so we could have a front row seat for the show. They weren't there, but they were kind enough to let us sit in their driveway. :) We had a great time and were able to really celebrate this year, as opposed to last year when Kyle was still healing from his surgery.

I really enjoy the 4th of July. When I was younger it meant getting together at Grandma and Grandpa Taylo…