Monday, December 8, 2014

Kendall the Nephite

I knew one day it would happen. Some day, some way somebody from church would need/ask me to do something that I would be COMPLETELY CLUELESS how to do. It happened. While it's the first, I'm not betting anything it will be the last.

Our ward Christmas party was this past weekend had the theme "Christmas in the Americas." Last year, I think the theme (we hadn't moved here yet) was something like "Christmas in Bethlehem" and was such a hit that they kept things pretty similar. This included a very well put together Christmas play/production in which Kendall was asked to participate. The play basically included scenes and prophets from the Book of Mormon that prophesied of Jesus's birth. Kendall was asked to be Nephi (as in the one in 3rd Nephi.....or at least not the one in 1st Nephi....but I digress).

Great! I can't act, so I thought I was off the hook :) That's when I realized that husband of mine would need some sort of costume. Now, I can't work a sewing machine by myself if my life depended on it, and I'm not one of those creative sorts. Therefore, you can understand my sense of panic. All I can say is that I'm so grateful for Google and those creative people out there who take pity on the rest of us and post their genius ideas. I found this video (I'm passing it on because I would imagine a lot of you will someday need a Biblical or Book of Mormonical costume, and this saved my skin) that taught me how to make a no-sew Biblical tunic. Seriously, it's as easy as this lady makes it look....thought it took me a bit longer because I don't cut straight lines nearly as fast and fearlessly as this woman.

Anyway, as you can see in Kendall's costume, I added a felt sash thing, a yellow waist tie, and yellow headband to make it a little bit more Nephite-ish (though as Kendall insists, who really knows what they wore anyway, right?). Good luck in your future church costume making endeavors!

PS- Apparently, the tunic was so comfy Kendall wore it pretty much all day...hence this picture I took upon returning home from being gone several hours. hehe

Candice and Bryce (Part 2): The Reception

Instead of cramming a bajilliooon gorgeous pics of Candice and Bryce's big day in one post, I thought it much more appropriate to dedicate one whole page to their STUNNING reception. My mom was the brains behind this whole thing. I don't know how she does it. However, I think she is quite relieved that she has two out of three daughter weddings behind her. Just one more to go, Mom! :) xoxoxo

The Spread :)

Kendall dubbing himself king of the clean up (or set up?) crew with one of the punch pedestals as his crown

Bryce from wee one til now

The decor before the party

Gift Table

Messy Eaters :)

Bouquet Toss!

Tiff caught the bouquet :) Here she is being a saint as she passes out a flower from the bouquet to each of the little girls who had also tried to catch it but whose arms were just a little too short :) Isn't she so sweet? :)

Bryce's brother caught the guarder and my sis caught the bouquet.... :)

One of Bryce's sisters who was one of their photographers

Another of Bryce's sisters who was also one of the photographers. They both do really great work! :) 

The happy couple exiting the reception. They eventually came back home from their honeymoon but this pic still makes me a little sad. I hated to see 'em go!
The damage

Possibly my favorite pic and favorite Candice expression :)

Candice and Bryce: The Temple/Wedding

Why yes, this post is quite overdue...but better late than never :) This year, on Friday, July 25th, my beautiful, baby sister Candice married her night in shining armor, Mr. Bryce Franzen. It was a wonderful, nearly surreal experience witnessing Candice and Bryce be married for time and all eternity in the Portland Oregon Temple. I love them both so much and am so happy they found each other. One benefit to posting this late is that I've been privilege to see them just as smiley and content several months later as they were in these pics on their wedding day :) 

Coming out of the temple as the new Mr. and Mrs. 

Candid Glamour Shot


Me, Uncle Dale, cousin John, Tiffany

Cute 2nd Cousins: Mackenzie, Gabby, Krista


One of Bryce's sisters (one of his TRIPLET siblings...did you know he's a TRIPLET? Pretty cool, eh?) was on a mission and couldn't attend the wedding. Absent but not forgotten :)

My AWESOME Uncle Dale

Us! :)

Tiffany, Mom (Isn't she pretty?), Me

The VERY happy couple. I think this pic captures the two of them best :)

Bryce's mom!

My family likes selfies :)

Bryce's friend/groomsman, Julie (my cousin!), Isaac (Julie's husband)

Aunt Nancy and her cousin (who's also my dad's cousin), Kris

Uncle Bob, Aunt Susan, Cousin Sabrina

The Wedding Party

Told ya we like selfies :)

Tiffany and Aunt Wendy

Tiffany, Me, Kendra, Aunt Wendy

Kissy kissy, smoochy smoochy :)

The cool people :)

The Blushing Bride

I just LOVE that guy :)

Kendall pointing out that this was our baby's first wedding. The very beginnings of a baby bump at about 12 weeks pregnant :)

A tush shot :) hehe