Friday, September 23, 2016

Memorial Day

The last day of my trip was Memorial Day. I was able to get a flight in the evening so we had all day to play! We began with breakfast at Snooze, a super adorable, retro eatery that creates amazing breakfast creations.

I got the Italian style eggs benedict that was topped with balsamic glaze and arugula 

After breakfast, we took a tour of the brand new Gilbert Falls Event Center. There has been so much hype around this location at the office for the past few months, I couldn't wait to see it! It was fun to show my family the company that I work for and an example of the product we produce!

Then Andrew drove us to the mall. Little, baby Andrew DROVE all of us! I still can't believe how all grown up all of Karin's boys are, I am one proud auntie!

Once we were at the mall, we tried out the brand new Bump and Roll. I was in a dress, so I nominated myself the group photographer. The boys could barely contain their excitement as we waited until it was our turn on the floor. Each boy got his very own, human sized hamster ball, except for James who got to share with Karin.

The last and final stop before I headed off to the airport was for Hawaiian shaved ice, which was a much needed cool treat. I struggled with the Arizona heat, I'm not sure I would ever survive living there!

I'm so glad I was able to spend my Memorial Day Holiday weekend visiting my sister and her adorable family! All 8 of them definitely showed me such a fun time. I miss them everyday and can't wait until the summer when we get to spend three weeks, all day, every day together!

I love every single one of you Burton Bunch!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Harry Potter Party

Karin wanted to throw a Harry Potter dinner party for her boys so they would be prepared when we tour the Warner Brother Harry Potter Studios this summer in London! I, of course, couldn't wait! I love parties, and I love Harry Potter! I brought all of my fun HP things with me for decorating the table and fun pictures.

I brought a couple of chocolate frogs 
and I was excited to see which cards we got.
We got Professor Quirrell and a rocker wizard

I have always loved the golden snitch. I find 
it such a fascinating and imaginative item.

Harry and Hermoine's wands

Hermoine's Patronus 

Karin got everyone these adorable HP glasses


Cheesy Broomsticks 
Pumpkin Pasties

Whole Roasted Chicken
Seasonal Vegetables 
Roasted New Potatoes 

Wizard Hat Cupcakes
Hedwig Owl Cupcakes
Golden Snitch Cake Pops

Creamy Butter Beer

Our meal was modeled after a Hogwarts feast, and it was so delicious!
The pumpkin pasties were my favorite, they were so, so amazing.

After our school feast, it was time for Potions Class!
The boys were very excited for this portion of the evening.

Professor Snape and his teaching assistants

Exploding Polyjuice Potion

We made Veritaserum, but Ricky, I mean Professor Snape, didn't think
it was exciting enough, so he decided to add some alcohol and set it on fire...

Then it escalated to creating a ring of  fire outside the bowl.
There's never a dull moment when Ricky is around :) 

After potions class, it was time for some wand work 
out in the backyard.

We ended the night with a showing of 
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. 
Everything about the evening was so much fun
and the boys, and I, can not wait until we get 
to tour the Harry Potter Studios this summer!