Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Why Do Weddings Make You Feel Older?

LittleA had the privilege of being a bridesmaid in the wedding of one of her best friends.

They had a beautiful outdoor ceremony and couldn't have asked for a more perfect day.

LittleE was also glad to help as dress and tuxedo consultant. 

LittleA also played her flute before and during the wedding, and gave a toast to the bride and groom during the reception.
Both of the girls are convinced they now want outdoor weddings as well.

I now officially feel older.  Not old, just older. 
Sometimes wishing I could turn back the clock, and at the same time enjoying my children as they enter adulthood.  It's bittersweet, but I wouldn't exchange it for anything.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Little Summer Fun

We haven't been doing a whole lot this summer so far, just hanging out around the house mostly, but we've had some wonderfully warm weather for June. 

Actually, we've had many days that have been too hot for June... upper 80's/ low 90's and humid!  Those aren't exactly June temperatures.  

So what happens when the temps reach the 90's and the humidity is overwhelming?

We hang out around the backyard pool!

Hahaha.....  well, if you want to call it that!

You know it must be hot if even the big "kids" are willing to get in.

Of course, when it gets too hot, you also need to wash the cars!  LittleJ loves using the water hose.

Thankfully, we've had mostly cool evenings except for a few, but we suffered through with the fans. 
 No air conditioning yet, after all, it's only June.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Culinary Competition

At the end of the school year, which happened to be 2 weeks ago,  the culinary lab at the career center holds a culinary competition. 

First, they start out competing against their classmates for a postion on the competition team.  This took about 2 weeks and in the end LittleE was selected as the team alternate.  YEA!!

Next, they compete with other surrounding area schools for medals and scholarships, and look what LittleE brought home from school that night!

Yep, she did great! 

The day before the competition was to take place however, she was informed that she would be competing for another school in the next county over.  Chef graciously loaned them LittleE plus one other student.

While competing, she was responsible for the appetizer for her team-- zucchini fritters!  Of couse, we here at home have yet to taste them, but they must have been very good.  That's right... when LittleE is at home she doesn't cook... sad, but true.

I did get her to make potato skins though a few weeks ago when grandma and papa were here.  They were delicious!

Back to the competition....
LittleE's "other county" team won third place in the team competition garnering her a $2000 scholarship to a top culinary school. 

She won a silver medal for her personal chef skills, plus
she won a gold medal for being the top overall scoring team.

I'd say it was a pretty good evening, and in her words, "the fastest 2 hours of my life."
Great job, LittleE!