For the past few years I have been privileged to be one of the artists at our school district's Art/Technology show, and I love doing it. While they don't let me actually light my torch there, I bring my torch, glass, tools, and I have several beads that I made up in step by step so I can do a "cold" demo for the kids. I also have my computer up and playing a lampworking dvd so they can see the glass in action. The kids seem to love watching the dvd and love seeing the glass that I create with. There were a lot of people there this year, and everyone seemed to have a great time. I was pretty busy the entire show, so I had Daylyn go and take pictures of all the cool things there. They have all sorts of things going on through the day, including robotic competitions. Here are some of my favorite things that she took pictures of.
Love the plastic wrap guy!
Pop Can Art
Science Fair Project
My booth, you can see the torch, glass, etc in the bottom right corner.
Last night was my ward's New Beginnings Night for our Young Women, and we were thrilled that we were able to have it. You see, it snowed yesterday. A big storm was hitting our area, bringing lots of snow, and we were worried that mutual would be cancelled, but the weather held out it just long enough for us to have our night. Thank you for prayers being answered! :)
Our theme for the night was Treasures and "We Seek After These Things" to go along with this years theme of "We Believe" from the 13th Article of Faith. - We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things. This is a night that we introduce the theme officially to the girls and have the opportunity to meet the girls who will be turning 12 this year and joining Young Womans.
For the invitations, we gave them treasure maps printed on brown paper bags, with the edges burnt, and tied with a ribbon. We decorated with brown and gold with treasure chests with coins inside that had pictures of Christ, the theme, and all of the action words from the Article of Faith on them along with a penny pendant necklace for the girls. The big treasure chests were our gift to the incoming girls, and we had smaller treasure chests for all of our current girls. Inside each treasure chest was also a picture to remind them of the treasures that they should be seeking. I got the image from Under My Polka Dot Umbrella. I was thrilled with how they turned out.
Our YW President spoke to the girls about how they are each a treasure and of great worth to our Heavenly Father. She also read the book, I am a Child of God by Wendy & Michael Nelsen, to the girls to finish her talk. I hope our girls know just how much we love and truly treasure each one of them. We then showed the video of the theme from the church.
Next was my most favorite part of the night. A parent introduced each of their daughters to us so that we could get to know them a little bit before they join us. I loved watching the girls as they listened to their Mom or Dad tell us about the things that they value or treasure about their daughters. I think it was a good reminder for me to remember to tell my kids the things that I love about them, I don't think I do that enough. Next, our Bishop spoke about the 13th Article of Faith and what those words really mean, and how we should try to do/be those things. We concluded with a video of our Young Women and served refreshments. It was a wonderful night, and I am so glad so many of our youth came last night and braved the snow to come. I hope they all enjoyed the night as well.
My regret of the night? I wish I had more pictures. In all the rush of finishing projects for the night, I forgot to charge my camera! LOL! So I will end with this picture taken a few Sundays ago. What exactly does it take to get ready for YW on Sundays, bags, lots of bags! These are almost all of our bags, I think this only has stuff from 5 out of the 8 of us. Crazy isn't it! :) Oh, and there are the invitations in the bottom right hand corner.
The office is slowly coming along. This is where it was 2 weeks ago, when I left to go and hang out with friends for a week. Chris, Tyler, and one of our friends, Rob, installed the laminate sheet. It was nerve wracking to see them cut this huge piece ( 5 feet by 12 feet) down to the right sizes. This was a much less expensive route to go than just ordering the counter top, that would have been over $700, definitely not in my budget! LOL!
Once the laminate was all in place, it was time to lift the cabinets up and put them in place. Chris, Tyler, and Travis had to work together to lift up the second one, it was heavy!
Doesn't it look great?!?!?!!! Here it is with the counter finished, and the big cabinets in place. Next up is building the shelves that will run from one end to another in between the 2 cabinets. I can't wait for all that storage!
My Grandma Thompson, was an amazing woman, incredible cook, and just an elegant woman. I cherish the recipes that I have from her, and this is one of my favorites. It is for a sugar cookie that is light and crispy, and as a bonus to my busy life, makes about 100 each time, so I have plenty to share between the kids and their classrooms.
Grandma's Sugar Cookies
1 cup white sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup softened butter
1 cup cooking oil
2 tsp vanilla
4 cups and 4 tbsp flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tarter
1 tsp salt
1. Cream together white sugar, powdered sugar, butter, and oil in a large bowl.
2. Add 2 beaten eggs and 2 tsp vanilla to creamed mixture.
3. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl and mix together. Gradually add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until all the flour is incorporated into the batter.
5. Once dough is all scooped out, roll to make balls, and then roll in granulated sugar. I like to use sprinkles with colored sugar to make them more festive, but then again, I have already revealed, I have a slight sprinkle obsession. LOL!
6. Place rolled dough on cookie sheet, and then press flat with bottom of a cup. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for about 8 - 10 minutes.
Last year, my sister began a new business called, Lil' Miss Mae, selling accessories for babies, kids, and even me! I love the hair bling! I was so excited to be able to be there with her as she had her first official show. She had done an Open House for her Mary Kay and had her things out as well. When I saw the picture, I immediately started thinking okay, plotting how I was going to "redo" her display. Thankfully she wanted me to! Here is her before, and then the after. :)