Monday, April 30, 2012

The best is yet to come!

This past weekend we had the joy of throwing my future sister-in-law a surprise wedding shower. I baked two cakes, cupcakes, and made two large floral centerpieces for the occasion of which I took these pictures. I have  recently been baking and I am finding it very therapeutic! I get lost in decorating a cake in frosting, is that weird?! 

Red velvet cake two layer cake with cream cheese filling. The outer frosting is Strawberry flavored.
Smaller red velvet two layer cake with cream cheese filling. This one was placed at the top of  a cupcake tower!
Buffet display at the party
At the party, we played a newlyweds game with George and Lea to see how well they knew each others favorite activities, color, etc. Ill let you make your own deductions based on the pictures ;)

Question to Lea: What is your favorite thing to do? George was asked to guess. Lea said: Horseback riding. George said:  horseback riding

Needless to say, the party was a great success! Congratulations to another happy soon-to-be married couple :) We love you George and Lea!

Friday, April 20, 2012

The usual suspects

It never seizes to amaze me how criminals and shady people in general continue to make themselves standout. It is almost as though the more suspicious a person is, the more obvious they appear. Would it kill them to cut their hair, pick up their pants, and put on a polo when hanging around a nice neighborhood?

Today as I took my afternoon walk around our block, I noticed a young Caucasian male, with long hair, baggy pants, and a ratty white t-shirt enter our greenbelt. Which is private property, by the way. He was smoking a cigarette and walked toward one of the benches. As I walked away from him, I made a mental note of what he was wearing. When I got further away, I called John to ask him if the guy was still sitting there. He said he was. I told John I would have him open the front door for me when I finished my walk, so as to not run into this stranger from the back of the house. Half of me thought the guy would have been gone by now..

When I finished my walk, I went to my back door to see if the guy was still sitting on the bench. And he was! By this time it had been 45 minutes. I looked around for a neighborhood watch telephone number and was unsuccessful. John suggested we call the non-emergency phone line to the Bedford police.

I told the dispatcher who answered the situation and had her send an officer to our greenbelt behind our backyard. Within a few minutes, a Bedford Police SUV drove by. The two officers stepped out of their vehicle, walked over to the suspect, and asked to see his identification.

Needless to say, the man is no longer sitting on that bench.

If you act shady, people will treat you shady. That man had no right loitering on our greenbelt.

Thank you Bedford Police! Your response time was nearly immediate :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


With marriage, comes the topic of babies. My friend Tatiana married a french man in France last summer and she recently asked me when John and I were planning on having babies. She says she and her husband are constantly being asked this question. As many of you know, John and I have not been shy about giving our thoughts on the topic. We simply believe having children is a great responsibility and it is not for everyone. We are not pessimists, we are realists. The costs and dangers of bringing up children are real. People often have children as a band-aid, if you will, for other problems. When this happens, the children are the ones to suffer. We understand that caring for a child is the greatest joy we could ever know, second only to meeting and falling in love with one another. However, we also know that the people who say things like that to us will most likely not be coming over at 3am for feedings. Or babysitting on a cocktail Friday night. We enjoy the time we spend together and we enjoy being each others baby. We spoil and fuss after one another and if a baby came into the picture we fear our relationship would be drastically affected. That being said, we do like babies. Other people's babies. And we are excited to welcome any nieces and nephews when the time is right!

Chris & Annette's Wedding

So now that Cinderella and the Prince no longer have to plan their own wedding, attending other weddings is very enjoyable!

Underneath The Flumes in Carlsbad, NM

Outside a private home on Cherry Lane in Carlsbad, NM

Last weekend we took a road trip to Carlsbad, NM for my sister's wedding. After a traditional ceremony at our childhood Kingdom Hall (church), they had an intimate reception of about 40 guests at The Trinity Hotel (a historic building downtown). The cake was a homemade "tres leches" (three milk) cake carefully prepared by the groom's cousin, Lodi Enriquez. The flowers were a dazzling display of pink and white tulips, peonies, roses, and garden roses. Annette ordered all of her flowers from online flower wholesalers (like we did) and made all the table centerpieces, boutonnieres, and bouquets. She is a very crafty lady! My mom, her friends and I were available to assist her, but she was the creative genius behind the entire event. I made the rose arrangement that was placed next to the cake, I was pretty proud of my work! In a glass bowl I made an arrangement of 32 pink and white rose heads. It was almost perfectly symmetrical and Annette gave it her stamp of approval. While the girls were busy in my mom's kitchen making flower arrangements the night before, the boys decided to take a little trip to Chili's for Chris' unofficial bachelor party. Although the guys invited my dad, he stayed home and napped in his recliner while the girls continued their work. The boys were well behaved; no one came home drunk and they were home before midnight.

I did not realize this before, but one of the most special things about being a part of this wedding was getting to see all of the people I had attended church with as a child. How time flies!

Our congratulations go out to the Bride & Groom, Chris & Annette, may you never lose sight of your passion and love for one another.

Royal closet

After Cinderella came home from the honeymoon (which was spent at the Ritz-Carlton getting a massage and riding in a Bentley) she looked around at the her three bedroom house and was shocked. After moving in in December, everything was still not unpacked!! She wondered how this could be. 

Yesterday, I spent most of the afternoon and evening (after my walk) unpacking our master closet. Cinderella had forgotten how many slippers she owns! What a mess! With all the wedding planning, moving the rest of the house, grad school (Cinderella advocates higher education) and miscellaneous visits to both family locations, the master closet was neglected severely. I even found a box of chocolates that were left uneaten from Christmas. Now, however, things are looking pretty tidy in there :)

There is a sign hanging in my closet. It reads:
"One shoe can change your life" Cinderella
Seems appropriate

Cinderella took a step back and admired her hard work, she was very proud of her tiny accomplishment :) Even the Prince said it looked great! At least now he can walk all the way into the closet!