Sunday, March 6

Hollywood Youth Auction

For the past couple of months, I have spent what feels like each day, conjuring up in my mind how I was going to pull off, being in charge of the decorations for our wards Youth Auction.  Once there was a theme in place, it made things a lot easier.  Give me some colors and I tend to run with the rest. My mind doesn't know how to stop, once it gets on a roll.

Thanks to my amazing friends and family we were able to throw together an amazing evening.  The auction raised far more money than we could have ever hoped for.  I wanted to share this on my blog, in case anyone else gets called on a youth auction committee and has no idea what they are doing....... That's how I felt anyways.

I only had my phone with me, so pardon the horrible quality of pics.  I wasn't able to get a picture, but we had the lights turned off in the foyer, so that when people entered they felt like they were entering a premiere.  We had youth taking pictures like crazy, a spot light and a red carpet.  We even had some of our talented youth playing the piano to set the mood.

There was a check-in station at the begining where our guest could purchase tickets, for the evening.  The tickets could be used for purchasing desserts, beverages, cotton candy, popcorn, pictures at the photo booth and babysitting.  There were multiple tables where hundreds of items were donated for the silent auction portion. We had our youth perform some of their talents on stage and had a great MC directing the evening.  Towards the end we played a film documenting our youth activities for the upcoming year, which involved some of our amazing Young Men and Young Women.  We finished off the evening with a live auction, which pulled in a huge amount of the proceeds.  

It was so fun to finally be able to sit back and watch our community enjoy a fun evening.  Our ward and community donated so many amazing desserts.  The spread was crazy ridiculous.   I wanted to gobble them all up.  Italian sodas, Dirty Diet Cokes, Shirley Temples, bottled water and canned soda were served at our beverage bar.
 ^^^ The back of my car.  You should have seen my poor guest bedroom, which has served a holding facility for all of the decorations. ^^^
^^^ My little star.  Lucy was off hoarding some sugar, I'm sure. ^^^
 ^^^ One of the cutest desserts I have ever seen. ^^^
 ^^^ The incredible women I was lucky enough have serving by my side. ^^^
^^^ How we all felt, once it was all over. ^^^

I had each of our youth decorate their own individual star.  They were super creative and added so much to the decor.  Instead of the "walk of fame" we had our "youth wall of fame."

It was a lot of fun, but I'm not going to lie, I will be happy to no longer be dreaming about stars anytime soon.
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Thursday, March 3

Spring Fever

The weather has been AMAZING!!!!  The girls and I have found ourselves outside almost every day. I love taking lunch to the park and wearing the girls out before nap time.  The girls cannot get enough of the swings.  I think it's time to get our own little playground in our backyard.  We are working on begging daddy for that one.

The orchards look gorgeous and I couldn't help but take the girls out to explore.  They loved every minute of being out in the lush green orchards.  They were mesmorized by all the blossoms and couldn't help but twirl in their Easter dresses.  I spotted their dresses at Target and couldn't resist.  That place suckers me in every time.

I have been Spring cleaning all around my house and even had a yard sale with my friend Kim, last weekend.  We actually had a pretty good turn out, even after I spaced putting the time and date on the signs, that we hung all around town.  Oops!  It was late and we were exhausted.  Don't worry that immediately following the garage sale, we took our earnings and headed right to Lululemon.  Again, another addiction I have.

Things have been super busy with planning church activities, photo shoots, making time for the gym and most importantly being a mama and wife.  It has felt like the holidays all over again.  Sigh!  Thank goodness I have an amazing mama, hubby and in-laws to help with my load.  I honestly don't know what I would do without each of them.

Easter is just around the corner and it's time I start gathering a few items for the girls baskets.  They are totally obsessed with Easter eggs and I can hardly wait to watch them during the annual Easter egg hunt.  I still have the dye kits from last years attempt at dying Easter eggs.  I'm going to see that we dye eggs this year and know the girls are going to love it.  Their ages are so much fun right now and I honestly can't get enough of them.

Hope you enjoy these photos of my sweet little ladies!
^^^ Ring around the rosies gets Lucy every time. ^^^
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