This highlight reel post is a little late. The last week in May was full of fun times as family friends on Dustin's side were in town. They hail from North Carolina and usually visit every year and stay for a week. They arrived on Memorial Day Weekend and we had a blast with them. I didn't take any pictures but I did
Memorial Day was all about the food. It was a pretty relaxing day spent preparing for a cook-out later on. There was a ton of good things and I should have thought about that before the day arrived. I had foolishly scheduled my gestational diabetes test for the next morning. Even worse knowing this I majorly pigged out on everything. I haven't received my results yet but I'm pretty sure I set myself up. We shall see!
One of the days was spent at a local tearoom which serves the best tea food around. And they have good tea too. Overall though it's just a relaxing atmosphere which is also a lot of fun. The grandpas kept all four kiddos and we headed off. We had the place to ourselves which was really nice and a ton of fun!
Everett made another little friend. Connor is ten months older than him and Everett seemed to enjoy watching him. They were pretty excited about sitting next to each other after church on Sunday morning.
Before the week ended we attempted to get a picture of the four kids together. It's hard enough with three but it's even harder with four. Especially when three of them are wiggly little boys but we did the best we could. Next year will be even more interesting!
The special speaker, a friend from a local church, spoke on our theme "Fashioned for a Purpose". She did a great job and what she had to say was very encouraging.
I was asked to make cupcakes for the tea. Because our theme had a fashion twist it was requested that I make cupcakes that look like high heels. I had never made these before but had seen them all over Pinterest and was willing to give them a try. I had to make forty, I decided on four different designs and two different flavors.
I cheat when I make cakes and used store bought cupcake mix and frosting. Any are good but I prefer Betty Crocker's Super Moist mixes and a basic creamy frosting. I purchased the decorations and cupcake liners at Michael's. The heels of the shoes are Pirouline cookies which I found at Target and the sole of the shoe are Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies purchased for me at BJ's. I baked the cupcakes the night before and my wonderful parents came down early the day of to help me assemble and decorate them. My younger sister kept Everett entertained and fed for me.
We prepackaged these by placing them sideways in treat bags. The ends were secured with the accompanying ties and the ends cut off so they weren't as bulky. This ended up being a good thing as these cupcakes were very fragile and a few of the heels broke off. After being set outside and being in the heat of the sun for a few hours the chocolate holding everything together melted and they all fell apart. Being in bags kept everything together.
They turned out better than I thought they would and with the help of my parents we were able to assemble, decorate and package all forty cupcakes within two hours. Considering it took me about an hour to figure out the first four on my own this was a major accomplishment. My sister keeping Everett happy was also a huge help! And my dad kindly cleaned up my disaster of a kitchen afterwards while my mom and I finished putting everything together. There was no way these cupcakes could have turned out without their help!
And because no post would be complete without one here's another picture of little man. He was rocking the baby mohawk. I don't fix his hair this way but wanted to show proof that he does have hair.