Tuesday, May 5, 2009

BUSY...Birthday Party, Baptism and Blessing all in one weekend!!!

Taylor's School Day Taylor's kindergarten teacher, Ms. Tobler has a very fun set up for birthdays in her class. The birthday child brings in their favorite book which a parent or grandparent can read to the class and of course bring a treat in. Since both Eric and Kathy arrived on Thursday afternoon I thought it would be fun for them to read to Taylor's class on Friday. They walked the kids over to Taylor's class and all seemed to enjoy themselves. Taylor chose Smarties and Doughnut holes as his treat for the class.

We had quite the full house this weekend with family. All Zack and my siblings came with their families except Shen came alone, it is a little expensive to travel with kids! Our guests included: Zack's Grandpa (Chuck) Alvey, Aunt Paige & Emily, his parents - Eric & Kathy, sister -Shenille, sister & her family - Krystal, Ryan, Aliyah, Rylee & Elizabeth, brother & family - Charles & Erica, and brother - Jedediah, Alisha's Grandpa & Grandma Belt, her parents - Rick & Beckie, brother & family - Brandon, Goldie, Denton & Julia, sister & family - Jennifer, Cameron, Braxton, Awsten & Hailey, brother & family - Brian, Kelsey & Oakley, sister & family - Stephanie, Tim & Jaerick, and brother TJ

Taylor's 6th Birthday Party
Taylor's birthday party was a blast for him. He had been bragging about how many people would attend his birthday for the past couple weeks. He thoroughly enjoyed himself and was spoiled relentlessly! I made a Star Wars cake and had found this great design on Peter and Stacy's blog. At first I had made an ice cream cake which was so easy I found this at About.com but couldn't really decorate it so I made a regular cake to decorate and served both, the ice cream cake was so worth making! I doubled the recipe and made it into two layers one strawberry and the other vanilla with chocolate syrup in the middle with the cookie crumbs for a little extra flavor! Warning: Extremely addictive!

Ice Cream Cake Recipe
1 package Oreo cookies
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 gallon of your favorite flavor of ice cream
whipped cream

You will also need a springform pan, which can be purchased at any cooking store. Prepare by putting the ice cream in the refrigerator to let it soften. Set aside about 12 cookies for decorating the cake, and place the rest in a large Ziploc bag. Using a rolling pin, crush the cookies into fine crumbs. Make the Cookie Crust by pouring the crumbs into a bowl and mix them with the melted butter. Now press this mixture into the bottom of the pan, and place it in the freezer for 10 minutes or so to let it harden. When the ice cream is soft, remove it from the refrigerator and scoop it into a large bowl. Give it a good stir so it is all a uniform consistency. Combine the Ice Cream and Cookie CrustPlace the ice cream in the pan over the cookie crust. Then, cover it with aluminum foil and return it to the freezer. Leave it in the freezer for about four hours or so to let it harden. Take the cake out of the freezer, and remove the aluminum foil. Run a knife along the edge of the pan so that the ice cream does not stick when you take it out. Release the latch on the springform pan and remove the sides. Place the cake on a cutting board or a large plate so that it will be easy to move after it is covered with whipped cream. Coat the top and the sides of the cake with whipped cream. Return the cake to the freezer for another three or four hours until it hardens. You will want to soften the cake in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes before serving so that it will be easier to cut. Enjoy.

Since we don't have a huge amount of room in our house we had everyone meet over at Chuck-A-Rama for a luncheon before Katelyn's baptism. We took up a whole section at the restraunt and all had a good time catchimg up!

Katelyn's Baptism
We are thrilled with Katelyn's decision to be baptized. She was baptized on Saturday, May 2nd at the Pine View Stake Center. It was a wonderful experience especially for her and her parents. Zack baptized Katelyn and then confirmed her shortly afterwards. She had all the men in her family able to be part of her circle except her uncle Weston, who couldn't make it: great-grandpas - Grandpa Chuck & Grandpa Belt, grandpas - Grandpa Alvey & Grandpa Bonewell, dad, and uncles - Brandon, Cameron, Brian, Tim, Ryan, Charles, and Jedediah. It was great!

Matthew's Baby Blessing
Matthew's baby blessing was on Sunday, May 3rd. He slept through the whole thing! He is a wonderful addition to our family. We are so glad that Heavenly Father has blessed us with these wonderful children. After we all went over to my parents' home for dinner and then most of our guests left to their homes. We are so thankful to those who were able to share in these special events that took place this past weekend. We received a lot of support and I know it means a great deal to our family!

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