Welcome back to my 2017 highlights! Well, I’m really only highlighting the months I didn’t blog last year–January to August. So far I’ve covered January and February, and now I’m making my way into March.
In early spring we made two separate trips to Birmingham. The first was a family day trip for my birthday. I lived in Birmingham for several years growing up and still love it. The girls and I have always enjoyed making shopping trips there, especially since it’s close enough for us to go a couple times a year.
We ate at Chuy’s for lunch (a family FAVE!) and then the girls and I shopped at Charming Charlie’s. The guys were so sweet to give us all the time we wanted in CC.
Charming Charlie’s is so much fun! We ended up finding the girls’ dresses for my niece’s April wedding. They and their cousin Emily all decided to get matching dresses. You will see those dresses a lot in upcoming posts.
The spring weather was spectacular!
Before hitting the road to head back home, we stopped at Edgar’s Bakery for a sweet treat. Anything from Edgar’s is certainly a treat! Just look at these cakes!!
I selected a coffee and a decadent chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting and chocolate ganache! There is absolutely no such thing as too much chocolate, especially on a woman’s birthday!!!
I got so tickled over this chalkboard art. SO TRUE, Edgar’s! I might have to steal this idea for my chalkboard.
And speaking of dessert, namely cakes, I made this Raspberry White Chocolate Cake for a friend who was giving her sister a baby shower. This was the same recipe that I used with the cupcakes for Abigail’s Sweet Sixteen (here and here). This cake was six layers with raspberry icing and raspberry filling alternating between the layers. I’ve really enjoyed dusting off the cake pans and getting back to some cake decorating.
Every baby girl should be welcomed into the world with a pink raspberry cake!
I hosted a Noonday trunk show with my friend and prayer buddy, Lisa, who is a Noonday ambassador. Not only is Noonday’s jewelry some of the prettiest and most artistic I’ve seen, but their mission behind the jewelry—providing a living for women around the world who are living in poverty—is admirable and inspiring. In addition to representing Noonday, holding down an interesting career, and staying involved in church ministry, Lisa writes at Life at the Full. Her blog is one of my favorites and I would encourage you to hop on over and check it out!
Our next trip to Birmingham wasn’t technically in March, but on April 2. I’m including it in March because April’s post is going to be long enough without it.
Abigail and her friend Madelyn are both aspiring writers. So when a friend from church, who is the director of communications and creative consultants (and a few other titles I’m missing) for ALFA, invited them to shadow him at work, they eagerly accepted. They were gifted a whole day of learning the ins and outs of marketing, advertising, writing, computer programming, and commercial editing. It was quite an opportunity! Abigail walked in the house that afternoon with the biggest smile, having relished in the entire day.
A few weeks after their shadow day, the girls were invited to Birmingham to watch a commercial shoot for ALFA! Madelyn’s mom, Lisa, and I made the trip with our girls and it was a fabulous experience!
Hiding away in the tent and viewing the scenes on a screen, while they were being filmed, was so neat. We watched numerous takes for different scenes, and learned a lot about what goes behind the making of a commercial. Everyone was extremely hospitable and generous with their time, showing the girls all aspects of the filming process. It was an exciting and educational day to say the least!
Leaving the film shoot, just a couple miles down the road, we suddenly came upon Woodlawn High School, as seen in the Woodlawn movie. Abigail noticed it first and shrilled, “That’s Woodlawn!” So I pulled into a parking lot across the street to get a photo of the girls in front of the historical landmark.
What an unexpected and welcomed surprise as we ended a great day in Birmingham!
I hope you’re all enjoying a blessed start to your week. See you next time as I log April 2017.