Monday, April 27, 2015

Ladies Day at the Lake: Bartlett Lake 2015

I love to do a ladies day at the lake! We rent a pontoon boat for the day and split the cost between us all. I got an extra special deal on this boat, which made it all the more fun. Here is the group as we are heading out.

Bartlett Dam

Thanks to Lynnora, there were some extra special nibbles.

Everyone enjoyed soaking up the fresh air and sunshine.

Captain of the boat.

Carli was the brave one, who decided to try getting in the water.
We saw some things we hadn't seen before.

Penny's Cleopatra pose.
This is as close to getting in that most of us got.

Pretty scenery.

Erica followed Carli's example

Sun worshiper

More scenery
Colorful toes

Some napping was done.

Great Day!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Ant Cake and Visiting Teaching conference

Once a year, we have a visiting teaching conference for the women at church. We have it the third hour. The men are kind enough to take over all the duties the women usually have during this time, so we can all be together.
We found a fun theme and skit on the internet this year.
The link to the skit and idea we found is here: Visiting teaching skit
Basically, it talked about being: Perist "ant", Dilig "ant", Oberve "ant", Obedi "ant", Pleas "Ant", and a Serv "ant". We made head band antenna's for the ants to wear in the skit. And I found these cute little stone and metal ants at the Mexican Art Store on 24th st., South of Roosevelt.

I were going to keep with a picnic theme and have some light refreshments of small sandwiches, fruit, veggies and a dessert. I got it into my head that it would be great to have an Ant shaped cake to go with the theme. I googled ant cake, and  all I could find were cakes that looked like picnics with small ants on them. Or a watermelon with ants. But I wanted an ant shaped cake!
So I started thinking about how to do it. I found this football cake pan at ABC cake decorating. It looked perfect for an ant body. So I baked three of them. It took me about an hour to cook each one. Then I made cupcakes for the legs. Another hour. I decided I would get wooden skewers with marshmallows on them and cover them with frosting to make the antennae.

I found these fun eyes made out of sugar at ABC cake decorating too.

Here I was trying to mock up how it would look. It was very long and I had to put two cake boards together. I knew I wouldn't be able to move it once I got it made and so was going to have to put it together at church.

My friend Juanita recommend using a star tip for frosting the body.

In progress. Tiffany kept me company.

Then I used longer ropes of frosting to make legs. It was really fun and turned out cute.

The sisters enjoyed him and there was just enough!

Relief Society At Rose Manor

Our Relief Society had the opportunity of helping put on a carnival at an assisted living yesterday. We are lucky in that, the activities director is LDS. She gets everything together and we just have to show up. Carli was brave enough to dress like a clown and brought Carson along for moral support.

Crystal manned the popcorn booth and I had the table bowling booth.

Angel and Vickie did face painting.

Amy helped get the residents to the different locations they needed to be.

Grace and Will came along to help.

 There was a bean bag toss that Laurie took care of.
 And Cindy did the cake spin. Sort of like a cake walk, only the spinner points to who gets the cupcake. It was really a lot of fun. You really felt like you were provided a service and the residents seemed to have a good time. We hope to go back again soon!