Saturday, January 18, 2014

The big 4-0

It's not everyday you turn 40. 
It requires a celebration.
We invited a bunch of friends from church over to celebrate. I asked Clay what type of cake he wanted. First he said a Legends of Zelda cake, which I did last year. Then he said an outer space cake, which I did 4 years ago. He decided an Appalachian Trail cake would be great.
The girls helped me with the cake. They rolled out the brown fondant. Mixed together and made the rocks. And Emma made the deer on the top. It was a chocolate cake with green cream cheese frosting. Clay is not a big fan of fondant so we only used it for the decorations. 

There was plenty of good food and good friends.
A big THANKS to my "staff photographer" and best friend of the birthday boy, Jeremy Rosenlund! Without you I would not have any pictures to remember the day (still trying to get our camera fixed).

Now for 40 Fun Facts about Clay:
(For the party, we posted 20 facts on the wall, the remaining 20 facts was a multiple choice quiz)

  1. Clay was born at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, less than 2 miles from where the St. Louis Temple now stands.
  2. Clay was baptized on Nov 26, 1993 during his Sophomore year of college.
  3. Has been to 49 of the 50 states (all but Alaska).
  4. Briefly played the violin and clarinet in elementary & middle school.
  5. Had 4 cats over the years (Tiki, Boston Blackie, Frito, Rambo) and 1 guinea pig.
  6. Lived in Missouri, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, then went to college in Michigan.
  7. Favorite Childhood cartoons: Voltron, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Electric Company
  8. Favorite Computer Games: Decathlon, King’s Quest, Star Control II, Castle Wolfenstein
  9. Favorite Bands Growing Up: Duran Duran, Bon Jovi, Police/Sting
  10. Favorite Song to Sing Out Loud: ‘Heaven’ by Warrant
  11. Favorite 80s Movie: Return of the Jedi
  12. Favorite 90s Movie: Dances with Wolves
  13. Favorite 00s Movie: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
  14. Favorite Book of Mormon Scripture: Ether 12:27
  15. Favorite Bible Scripture: John 17:3
  16. Favorite books: Ready Player One, Old Man’s War, The Worthing Saga, Ender’s Shadow, A Walk in the Woods
  17. Sports played in Middle School & High School: Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Track & Field, Football, Downhill Skiing, Softball
  18. Worst Sports Injury: Kicked in torso during soccer practice and lacerated liver
  19. Scariest moment: Getting caught after sundown while roaming a New Mexico ranch miles from the family summer house and hearing a pack of coyotes surround him.
  20. Most Embarrassing Moment: getting ‘pantsed’ in 8th Grade Gym class
  1. What mission did Clay serve in?
    1. Portugal Lisbon North
    2. Idaho Pocatello
    3. Germany Frankfurt
  2. What is Clay’s favorite video game franchise?
    1. Halo
    2. Super Mario Bros.
    3. The Legend of Zelda
  3. Where was Clay baptized?
    1. Ann Arbor, Michigan
    2. Globe, Arizona
    3. St. Paul, Minnesota
  4. What is the fastest Clay has ever driven (stupidly) in a car?
    1. 100 mph
    2. 135 mph
    3. 150 mph
  5. How many schools did Clay go to before High School graduation?
    1. 1 Elementary, 1 Middle, 1 High
    2. 1 Elementary, 2 Middle, 1 High
    3. 2 Elementary, 2 Middle, 2 High
  6. According to Clay, what is the best Star Trek movie?
    1. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn
    2. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
    3. Star Trek: First Contact
  7. What is Clay's favorite professional sports team?
    1. Minnesota Twins
    2. Milwaukee Brewers
    3. St Louis Cardinals
  8. About how many miles has Clay hiked on the Appalachian Trail?
    1. ~150
    2. ~360
    3. ~740
  9. Clay’s greatest personal dream is to:
    1. Travel the World
    2. Go into Space
    3. Get out of debt
  10. What is Clay’s favorite book series?
    1. Twilight
    2. Harry Potter
    3. Ender’s Game
  1. Where did Clay & Heidi meet?
    1. In College
    2. At a Homecoming Open House
    3. At a Single’s Ward Activity
  2. What is Clay’s favorite candy?
    1. M&Ms
    2. Twizzlers
    3. Whoppers
  3. What is Clay’s favorite brand of Root Beer?
    1. Old Dominion
    2. A&W
    3. Henry Weinhard’s
  4. Clay’s Ideal Vacation?
    1. Visit family out West
    2. Tropical Island
    3. European City
  5. What is Clay’s middle name?
    1. Harold
    2. Bartholomew
    3. Allen
  6. Where was Clay on 9/11/2001?
    1. At work in Los Angeles California
    2. At school at UCLA
    3. On vacation at Disney World
  7. What is Clay’s favorite animated film?
    1. Toy Story 3
    2. Finding Nemo
    3. Wreck-It Ralph
  8. What temple were Clay & Heidi married in?
    1. Salt Lake City
    2. Washington, D.C.
    3. Los Angeles
  9. Who did Clay vote for in 1992?
    1. Bill Clinton
    2. George Bush
    3. Ross Perot
  10. What is Clay’s favorite color?
    1. Blue, no yel…aaaaarrrrrrggggghhhh
    2. Green
    3. Pink

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