Wednesday, June 15, 2011

19 days of summer...

19 days of summer! No that is not an official change in the calendar, its how many days I am in town from the last day of school until August. Mark and I have a very busy summer coming up. We were in Columbus for our nephew's graduation party and to hang out with good friends this past weekend. This upcoming weekend/week we have Super Summer (Go Red School!). Super Summer is a leadership camp for youth with a strong committment to follow the Lord. I have spent the past two weeks preparing for our 'Lifeguard' themed room. Pictures will be coming! 2 days after Super Summer we leave for our 'official' Honeymoon in Hawaii... that's right... Hawaii! We are soooo excited and have spent the past few nights booking a laua, a snorkeling trip, a day at Pearl Harbor, and looking into all the sights we want to see. Lots of pictures posted when we are home. 4 days later and we leave for our first week of Youth Camp. Followed by the second week, then the third... Mark and I have a love for Youth Camp and Seneca Lake so we are also excited to be serving there as well. We also, how could I have forgotten to mention, bought a house (Yea us!) in the midst of all of this and will be getting the keys sometime in between this craziness! Luckily for us, the only remodeling the house needs is a fresh coat of paint (lime green, mint green, hot pink, and bright blue aren't really for us) and some minor kitchen work, so we should be move-in ready in no time. Well, my time blogging should really be put to a stop as I have two vacations to pack for and an entire apartment that needs to be put in a box!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Twilight Parties

With all the exciting new movies that are set to come out this summer I decided to post pictures and ideas from my Twilight and New Moon movie release parties. Yes... I am in my 20s and am still having parties to celebrate my addictions. Ironically enough though, these parties ranged from 12-year-olds to 40-year-olds. I was able to have a party the opening night of both Twilight and New Moon. When Eclipse was released I was away so no parties for that one :( Both nights were filled with themed decorations, food, and games. A great time was had by all. I hope these can give you Twi-fans an idea for the big Breaking Dawn release...

Werewolf cupcakes made by my mother (chocolate icing for the fur, light brown m&ms for the eyes, dark for the nose, a gummie candy cut in half for the mouth and white icing piped for the teeth

Dirt cake made to look like Jacob's garage. Oreos were crumbled on top to look like dirt, trees were bought at Pat Catans, "Bella's and Jacob's" motorcycles were borrowed from my little brother, and garage was printed off from a google image.

My favorite! This is the recipe for puppy chow (also called Monkey Munch). It looked like doggie food so we called it Werewolf Kibble and stuck it in a dog dish from the Dollar Tree.

Are you Team Edward?

Or Team Jacob?

For the New Moon party I wanted it to look rugged so I used burlap and river stones for my centerpieces. The tray is just a photo tray I got for my birthday that I put printed out pictures in.

A werewolf I traced from an overhead projector. If you look closely you can see the gift bags. I wanted them to look like paper sacks.

There's a vampire in the bathroom! Ahh!

The bathroom door sald Italy on it and inside were the Volturi. If you look closely I wrote one of my favorite quotes from the book on the mirror with a red dry erase marker.
Other ideas that I didn't get a picture of:

My invitations were made to look like ticket stubs to the movie.
I served 'I PUNCHed a werewolf in the face' punch as a drink.
The gift bags contained plastic vampire teeth, a Twilight bookmark I made, a yearly pocket calendar that my mom customized for each guest with their favorite character, a button that was interchangeable to say Team Jacob or Team Edward, a vampire chocolate (I got the mold clearanced from Halloween) and a werewolf chocolate sucker I made from a mold I got online.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Surprise! Today was my dad's 50th birthday. My mom asked him what he wanted and all he said was to have the family over and a fire so of course we took that as a huge surprise birthday party. 

I found some great construction themed decorations to use for the walls and doorways.

. I grabbed some caution cones in the dollar spot at Target and added a '50' I made with my Cricut.

When my dad arrived we gave him a construction vest and a blow up walker. 
Both had caution signs all over them...

My dad has always been the King of Jokes so we decided it was only fitting to have a roast for him. Many friends and family were invited to tell those oh-so-embarassing stories. My dad did have one particular gues that we weren't expecting though...
My dad is a HUGE Dallas Cowboys fan. He was recently in the hospital and when a few friends, including our pastor, came in to visit he was calling them 'cheerleaders'. So... our pastor decided to make the shoe fit and dressed up to roast my dad.

Happy 50th Birthday to the best dad a girl could ever have.