Monday, October 24, 2016

The magic is in the details

 Every detail came together flawlessly for this wedding!  My friends are so talented and they came through for us, big time!  
Hair by Liz Carbello
 These adorable take-away cookies were just perfect!
Cookies by TheCookieCurator
Summer's make-up was flawless!
Make-up by Diana Cooley
 The CAKE!  This was a show stopper!
Cake by TwinMadeCakes
 Even the flowers were handmade and edible! 
 The baked goods were devowered!
Chocolate chip cookies by ReahAnn Nobleza
 Lemon bars by Rachel Earnest
Brownies by BSweetBakeryBoutique
 Aunt Becky made Mat and Summer a beautiful guest book filled with pictures of them dating and their engagement pictures.
Engagement pictures by JenniferEliasonPhotography
 Mat designed Summer's insanely gorgeous ring!  He also got his dad's hand-me-down wedding ring. They were exactly what they both wanted. 
 The photography at this wedding was unreal!
Photos by MissyShots
 Summer gave her bridesmaids these beautiful necklaces with matching earrings to wear on the big day.  They were the perfect touch!
 My friend Meagan was an answer to many prayers.  She held our hands through all the big decisions and did ALL of our flowers for the wedding.
 Summer has such simple taste and was very adament about simple flowers,  She specified NO ROSES! How do you do a wedding without roses?  Meagan found a way!
 The centerpieces on the tall cocktail tables were simple, but sweet.
 Flowers by Meagan Young
 Little details, like rolled forks and knives really make the buffet line more manageable.  With over 250 guests, we never did have a traffic problem in the buffet line.  Thanks for all the wrapping, Rice's!
 3 gourmet salads greeted the guests.
Caesar salad by Carrie Cook
Quinoa salad by Brooke Wilkins
Pasta Salad by Tammy Mitchell
The most delicious smoked ham by my Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Randy, too!
My mom's famous rolls, we can never forget!!!
 I had friends chopping fruits and veggies like crazy that morning!
Kourtney Harrison, Laura Nichols, Cristy Kiessel, Heather Wallin, Jenny and Jackie, Patrice are all ROCK STARS!!!

 Everything was bright, fresh, and delicious!
 Becky's fruit dip tied it all together!
 Doesn't that just look mouthwateringly good!?!
We have wooden signs all over, too.  They now make beautiful artwork for Summer and Mat's apartment.
Signs by Helle vonSchlegell and driftwoodstudio2015

The perfect wedding!

 I really do miss blogging.  Since Amy has passed away, I spend a lot of time on her blog.  It's a little window into her soul.  Here is my window.  I love that blogs will last and these memories can be passed down for generations.  Now, for one of the best days:
The Weaver Wedding
August 13, 2016
 We had so many of our loved ones in the Newport Beach Temple with us that day.  Not one empty seat. Our Foster side picture has significantly shrunk, but we know that sealing room held Amy, Mark, Tanner, and Ellie.

 My parents were an amazing help getting this wedding ready.  My mom, alone, baked over 400 of her famous rolls!  Not to mention all the sewing she did.  
 The wedding party looked amazing!  It was soooo hot that day!  We were all sweaty, grumpy, and trying our best to not complain.
 You wouldn't even know it by looking 
at the photos our photographer Melissa took.
 Summer was GORGEOUS!!! 
 Her dress was PERFECT! We lucked out to find it on our first day of searching!
 They really are the perfect couple!
 While the rest of us ran to the Olive Garden to get out of the heat, Melissa took these 2 down to the beach to take a few shots.  Holy cow!  I'm so glad she did!  They were amazing!!!
 Once we arrived at the reception, it was time for more pictures.
 The ocean view was spectacular!  
 It truly was a picture perfect location.
 Jason and I added some gray hairs, but it was all worth it!
 I'm sad Jenny and Jackie weren't in this picture.  The Stewart side worked their tails off for this wedding!  I literally couldn't have done it without them!
 Grandad was able to seal Mat and Summer in the temple. What a special experience that was for all of us!
Becky was a trooper with 5 day old, Eli!  I love my family, especially when they GROW in size.

Monday, April 11, 2016

I needed her today. 😢

Today was one of those days where all I wanted to do was pick up the phone and call my big sister for some advice. Yesterday marked a year from the last day I saw her. The pain is on the surface, almost tangible. We often called one another to seek parenting advice.  I struggled with the 'parenting' role today and her voice is what I needed to hear. Her calm way of counseling me through things. She always LISTENED. Really listened. Oh, how I ache for her. I regret not seeking her advice more. I celebrate those times I did. She always complimented me on my relationship with my kids. I hold that so dear!  No kinder words have ever been said. After all, this is our most important role. Motherhood. She was, and is, an amazing mother that I try to emulate every day. I know she's proud of me and I know she's just as proud of my kids as I am. I loved that she'd drop everything to answer my calls. I loved that my problems were her problems. My joys were her joys. I still seek her counsel, just in a different way. I am so grateful for vivid dreams and strong memories. I'm grateful for all her little notes and texts. I'm grateful for her comforting recipes that bring her into my home. That was my remide today.  My niece Lexi helped me make Amy's Easy Chicken Burrito's. They are so tasty and delicious. She may not answer the phone, but every bite brought me sweet comfort tonight. Oh, Amy, I love you so! 
Amy's Easy Chicken Burritos
2-4 frozen chicken breasts 
1 can black beans
1 cup salsa 

Dump ingredients in crock pot and let simmer for 6 hours on low. Shred chicken with fork. Serve in tortillas with cheese. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Halloween 2015

Every fall, we go to the pumpkin patch with my parents. Last year, the Openshaws joined us. 
We had Ty recreate this photo to make it look like Tanner was with us. We will try anything at this point. HaHa
Our much smaller family photo (with awful cell phone quality). 
We still managed to have a great time. 
Pops pig and Ty!
My adorable parents. 
Time to get dressed up and go trick or treating. 
Syd was a cute baby. 
While Ty was a creepy old woman. 
Summer pulled off a cute robber with her boyfriend Andrew being a creepy mustache guy. HaHa
They had fun at a haunted house there in Utah. 

Have I mentioned how much I hate having our family separated like this. Utah is too far away.