Crinkled Oranges

Saturday, January 31, 2015

There has been an

Ashton family Christmas party going on for 90 years.  It started with Gary's first grandparents and is now into the great-great-great grandchildren.  They had it tonight because December is just too busy.  It was nice because both Janice and Frank and Geniel and Dickson came up for it.  

Friday, January 30, 2015

Instead of a wedding

cake, Natalie and Trent want a cupcake display  with a small cake on top that they can cut.

After spending much more time than I needed to, searching all the options, I found this stand.  

I'm collecting images for inspiration.

(Natalie actually wants a cupcake
shaped cake on the top)

Of course, the colors, varieties, and such will be different.  I think I've got more than a little cupcake experimentation ahead of me!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

You know some of those things I get

a little OCD with?   
Like flower pens, flower pins, and key fobs?

I haven't had key fob hardware for a couple of years, 
but I have some now.  
So if yours is worn out, let me know.
I'll happily make you a new one.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

i hope that in

40 years I'm as lovely and healthy as the beautiful lady in pink. 
She is in her 100th year!

We had a goodbye lunch for a neighbor, Patti (sitting on the left)who is moving. I think Patti is in her 80s and she is amazing.  And, it was my cousin, Maisel's birthday (standing on left) and she is 80 something today, too. Amazing.  Sorry to keep saying Amazing, but there is no other word for them.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

This was such a touching

gift that Tiffany gave us.

And they bring tears to my eyes
each time I look at them.

Other than the headstones at the cemetery,

we don't really have any tangible remembrances 
of our two stillborn daughters, 
Annalee and Emily.  

It means so much to have them remembered,
and I look forward to getting to know them.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Ashton Michael Idiart

turns 12 years old today!

He has some pretty amazing goals and is just plain amazing.

Here are some of his answers to my interview with him at Christmas time.

Favorite subject in school:  Geography, Maps, and countries

Favorite pastime:  Reading, drawing, friends, ipod.  (He didn't mention it, but he is amazing at Origami)

What do you appreciate about your family:  That my parents are my parents and do lots of stuff for me.

What do you think you will be doing in 10 years?  Going to BYU and studying engineering.  Making stuff using electricity.  Developing electronic fingerprinting.

Grateful for:  Food, life, electricity, earth, sports.

What would be his perfect day:  All relatives and friends would live in my neighborhood and across the street are amusement parks.  

When you have felt closest to God:  At Aaronic Priesthood camp having a Joseph Smith experience.  30 minutes of reading and 30 minutes of praying.

Happy day:  At Disney World on the Hulk roller coaster.

Where like to serve a mission:  West Indies

He also wanted to make sure that I wrote down that the eyes on the wooden Joseph and Mary (shown behind us in picture below) kind of creep him out.

Grandpa and I love you, Ashton!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A little experimentation

tonight with the message cookies.

We need to up our decorating skills and maybe try a different recipe.  This recipe that came with the cookie stamps works great, because the letters really show up, but they are not the sweetest cookies.  Well, we've got a few months to experiment.