Camp Create!

A week ago today, this was the view outside my house… A symbol of hope and peace that God gave directly to me before I had to go inside to pack for my trip to the Craft House in Kansas… which also happens to be decorated in rainbows.  God is so good!

Imagine a 1903 Farmhouse… colorfully decorated, thoughtfully updated, but filled with vintage charm.  Throughout the house there are touches of color, whimsy, and craftiness; (and fresh flowers, too!)

Every room was filled with metal framed beds and vintage quilts.  Here was my bed!

We mingled, met ladies from across the country, and were served our first meal with our one and only rule; no clearing your plates!  We were served and pampered the entire weekend.  Our first craft was a simple rope rainbow.  I made two, though I should have made more — my girls all loved them!  Throughout the weekend, ladies would jump in and make more; some even made necklaces and earrings!

Did I mention the food was UH-MAZING!?  Every meal from scratch…

We headed to the antique store and barn our first morning since rain was in the forecast for the second day, (though it never came!)  I’d say the barn was more torture than anything, because I knew a huge, gorgeous old library catalog wasn’t going to fit into my bag to bring back to California.  (Bummer)  But, I am happy with the little things I did find, and can’t wait to plant succulents in my “new” bread pans!  Thanks for the fun red door pic with me, Kimberlee!  I am so blessed to have finally met you and enjoyed the cinnamon rolls that have tortured me through the screen for so many years.  They didn’t disappoint!

These two… God placed them in my room, and their love for Jesus touched my heart!  What a blessing to get to know them!

“Creative Carmella” was the sweetest, and had me wanting to move to Tennessee to be her neighbor!  (And, to learn all her jewelry making magic!)

We had a second full day of crafting, including jewelry making and painting.  I will never look at clouds the same, again!  Aaaand, French toast with raspberry butter is incredible!

Top Left: Meg, founder of Camp Create and owner of the Craft House,  Top Right: Abbey and Tanya,  Bottom Left:  Kina,   Bottom Right: Melinda

The “obligatory” picture on the rainbow stairs with sweet Leighanne fromTexas.

Top:  Kristi,  Bottom: Carmela,  Right:  “Honey,” our wonderful speaker for the weekend, sharing humor, God’s word, and goodies from her ‘happy bag’

Heart glasses courtesy of Honey’s Happy Bag!

Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to be a part of this special group and to meet so many wonderful women.

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SPRING!!

Apricot Blossoms

Plum Blossoms

… And peaches!  It must be spring!  We heard it was suppose to rain today, so we spent as much time outside this morning as possible.  Sure enough, around noon it got dark and then… the rain was back!  It’s a good thing, too, because I have lots to do, and didn’t need to spend time  dilly-dallying out in the garden today.  But oh, it was nice!

Of course, now I shouldn’t spend time blogging… I have packing to do!  Tomorrow morning I leave for Kansas and Camp Create at the Whatever Craft House.  I am THRILLED!

Happy Spring, everybody!

Painted Ladies

For weeks, I commented on them.  Every time we drove anywhere, it felt as though it were fall and the leaves were coming down!  Thousands of them.  (Sadly, hundreds that ended as splats on my windshield.)  It was spectacular.  This year’s “superbloom” has millions of painted lady butterflies migrating from Mexico.  There are fewer now… but for about 6 weeks, every time we went out, there were hundreds.  Today I went out to capture these pictures before they are all gone!

St. Patrick’s Day 2019

We did the usual… Lucky Charms and muffins with green sugar for breakfast.  The kids donned tattoos and dressed in green.  We added a few sparkly leprechaun hats this year.  Then it was off to church.  I spent the afternoon at a dinner theater celebrating a friend’s birthday, then came home for some corned beef and cabbage with more friends.  The kids requested another round of Lucky Charms today, so cereal it was.  Should I have them finish them off tomorrow, or should I save them for another day?  Hmmm… let’s see what the morning brings!

After the Rain…

It seems like we went right from rain to wind… but I am not complaining.  I think we all needed the blue skies and vitamin D, even if they did come with a breeze!  We spent the entire day out cleaning the yard, and the kids were thrilled to help.  (Granted, they got out of math…)  We filled the garbage cans, swept, dug, and even got around to a little planting.  We are just a month away from our school garden contest, so we really needed to get that started!  I am now longing to be outdoors more, but not until this wind dies down.    Our peach tree is once again loaded and needing to be thinned out.  Every time I pass it, I pick as many little suckers as possible, and throw them to the chickens.  Anyone else excited for Spring???

LEGOLAND… again!

Last week, we drove down to San Diego to meet my college roommate and her family at Legoland.  The drive down was spectacular… rolling hills of purple, orange, and yellow.  We saw many hikers enjoying the “super bloom” up close, and I just had to take a picture from our car window.

Since she lives in Minnesota, this was my first time meeting her kiddos.  All 3 of her boys are exactly 2 months older than my youngest 3.   (We planned that well; ha!)

I asked my daughter to snap a picture of just Heidi and me.  It is hard to believe that we met 26 years ago as college freshman!

The 2 little boys went on this ride over and over — their squeals and giggles were priceless!  The 2 middle guys went on once and announced t was not the most comfortable ride “down there;” ha!

Following Legoland, we went to BJ’s for dinner, and to celebrate Heidi’s birthday.  We were exhausted, but full of joy.  Above is a picture of the flower fields… it’s hard to see, but it’s a huge field of tulips.  Indeed, all this rain sure made for a beautiful show of flowers!

We loved our day with you, Heidi and family!  I think we will need to plan a trip to Minnesota asap!