Monday, February 15, 2016

Weigh in (2/13) + Star Wars Birthday party!

I had another great weigh in this week:


Down another 2.4 lbs! Of course, I probably put it all back on over the weekend, but we'll see :) 

This was a pretty big weekend for us... Ryan's birthday, my dad and step-mom came to visit, and our RCIA Rite of Election happened. We were busy! 

The visit with my dad went really well; Friday night, we went to the Lenten Fish Fry at the kids' school, Saturday was Ryan's party and then Parkway Bakery (our favorite place as of late) for dinner, and Sunday we got up and went to the Ruby Slipper for brunch. We were so busy, that's really all we had time to do! 

Sunday's Rite of Election was pretty neat; we went to St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter with all of the other RCIA candidates under the New Orleans Archdiocese and met the Archbishop. Despite there being hundreds of people that were individually called to go up and shake hands, the whole thing was done in less than 2 hours. My only regret is that we didn't take a photo with Marc's grandparents (they're our sponsors--kind of like godparents for us, since we're converting from a different Christian denomination); we all were dressed up and it completely slipped my mind! 

So now, what you really care about--Ryan's EPIC Star Wars birthday party! I'm just going to give a rundown of everything, but let me know if you'd like any more info about any part of it and I'll make another post that goes into more detail! 

First things first, the cake--I baked a super fudgy chocolate cake from scratch, and make the buttercream frosting from scratch as well. The cake itself wasn't awesome (it wasn't bad, but it's not the perfect recipe I've been searching for), but the frosting was absolutely perfect; super smooth and not too gritty or sweet. Marc helped me by outlining the design with a toothpick, and he also did the writing. 


Decorations! I brought the balloons (including giant R2D2) and favor bags, but the facility did all of the other decorations! I was extremely pleased with how everything turned out. 


I took this after the party, hence the sad state of the food. We provided Yoda :D
Getting ready to sing; printable on favor bags here
Helping him blow out his candles
Of course we all wore Star Wars shirts!
I'm super pleased with how everything turned out; I literally could not have asked for it to go more smoothly! 

Happy Birthday, Ry-Ry!


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