A fun picture for the week...

A fun picture for the week...
A Satellite View of Elder Sorensen's Trailer in the Church Parking Lot in Many Farms, AZ

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A 20th Anniversary Chinese Food Feast

Sunday night - the whole night was a surprise! Since my parents have been married 20 years, and not been able to celebrate yet, I decided it was time to party! I had bought the Joseph Smith, The Prophet DVD at the LDS Bookstore and I was excited to watch it. Well, I had also made a super cool slideshow on Michael's computer for my parents' annivesary present. I was sneaky and said let's watch the DVD for FHE on Sunday and invite Kati & Seth and Em & her kids. What really happened - Emilee called and had them out of the house so we could decorate with the Chinese dragon and its head! They came home and were surprised, but completely clueless as to why we had a Chinese food feast...

Chinese food? Why you might ask? Well that's because the traditional 20th anniversary gift is china. So since I know my family and our tendency to break things, I decided purchasing a set of china was probably not a very good idea. Instead, we had a homemade Chinese food feast - including egg rolls, crab rangoon, pork wontons, ham fried rice, terriyaki chicken, and even fortune cookies. Ok, the fortune cookies were store bought, but I just couldn't bring myself to make one more thing!!! The cake was made by the wonderful Kati B - and it was awesome! Very Ace of Cakes-esque. She made a giant Chinese take-out box that said C+H and had "Happiness Anniversary" in Chinese characters. I was quite impressed with her cake-makin' skills!

My parents loved the yummy food and then it was on to the movie! They were anxious and then the movie started - wait this isn't the Joseph Smith thing!!! It was the slideshow (these are just a few of the pictures). The whole family loved it and it was lots of fun to go through the past and see embarrassing photos and have a cool reminder of just how awesome my parents are! I love them so much and I'm so grateful for all that they do for our family.

My dad works hard every day and leads our family. I don't know how he works the hours that he does! He is an awesome EQP and really loves our family and the families for which he has stewardship. He seriously amazes me with all that he able to accomplish and how much I've seen him change in his calling. Talk about taking on a mantle!!! I'm so glad that he has been a wonderful Priesthood holder and set the good example for the 4 other males in my family that will have the same responsibility some day and for me as I look to who will fill those shoes in my life.

My mom is amazing! Is there really any other word to describe her? She works hard every day to take care of our family. If you ever wonder about why "mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children," watch my mom in action! She naturally loves and cares for all of us and helps us to grow in the gospel and in our lives. I've seen her really grow herself in the past 8 years or so since I graduated from high school. She not only homeschools the monkeys, but also serves in her calling as the Enrichment counselor, helps and supports her extended family, does humanitarian service, and still manages to read her scriptures! Wow! No wonder she gets so tired!!!

What can I say - I love my fam!!!

The Sorensen Krewe 2 - riding since 1988!


kati b said...

Thank you for letting us be a part of this surprise night! Your food was super-yummy (I've been wishing for fried rice and eggroll leftovers allll day) and the slideshow was terrific. I loved seeing the reactions that y'all had to the pictures -- one would flip on and everyone would oooh or start laughing -- that was great. What a family is all about. So super awesome. You are terrific, Kaycee, and your family rocks, too!!

Momma_S said...

Our kids TOTALLY surprised us. It was a great evening together. I had to hurry away to pack for camp so a soon as we got home what did we do? Watched the slide show 2 more times. 20 years flies by when you are surrounded by people you love. It's great being married to your best friend and having a daughter that thinks too highly of you. If you ever want to see our movie just ask. We'd LOVE to show you. Thanks to my kids. I love them bunches!!