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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Family Matters

I hope everyone enjoyed their Father's Day weekend! Our week was a mix of hard work, family time and a bitter sweet good-bye (don't worry-nothing permanent!). Saturday we spent the day moving stinky mulch into all of our new gorgeous flower beds. I am so excited about the future of these beds but it may be a long time until we can afford to fill them with the trees and shrubs that are in the plans. There is a large bed at the front of our yard that we hope to fill some time this summer, the others will have to wait a while.

Sunday we went to visit DH's family in Illinois. We had a wonderful lunch and then took the kids over to a small spray park in my brother-in-laws' neighborhood. My sweet, mischievious L got her uncle quite wet. LOL My 2 year old niece was so adorable. It was fun just watching her run through the sprayers.

When we left Illinois the car was much quieter and lonelier than it had been on the way their. My two sweet girls are staying with Grandma and Grandpa this week. DH will be back over there for work at the end of the week so my girls got to stay for the week. Every summer since we moved back to the midwest (we lived in Texas for quite a few years) they have spent some time during the summer with my in-laws. I know they are having a great time but I do miss them terribly. Leaving my in-laws was harder than you would think. I was excited about the free time I would have and making all the plans of the things I would get done. It was so hard though seeing my girls standing there waving good-bye to me.

Yesterday I took advantage of my free time and drove back to Indianapolis to spend the day with my friend Mary. What a wonderful day, I always have such a wonderful time with her. We saw the movie The Proposal. What a cute movie, made me laugh a ton! We did some shopping and I got a few clothes for the girls, some books for their birthdays, and a great t-shirt for me from Ann Taylor Loft. After I got back last night DH and I went out for dinner and drinks. We sat out on the patio and enjoyed a beautiful night. All in all, it was a good way to start my week without the girls. Today has been a little harder though. The house is just so quiet. I may have to turn up my music and make some noise. :)

One more bit of family news, I found out this weekend that my little brother is going to be coming to visit next month. I am very excited. He is in the army and I don't get a chance to see him enough.

As a reward for making it through my long winded account of my weekend I thought I would share a couple of projects with you. The first is a card I did for Emma's Paperie. Since I started designing for Emma's I have become a big fan of My Mind's Eye. I love all of their great accents. They are so reasonable and absolutely adorable. I find myself using their papers over and over too. The tag on this card was no exception.

Make sure to check out Emma's blog to see the other amazing summer projects everyone has posted.
I also created another birthday card this weekend. Pretty easy to make actually. Simply used my circle cutter to make the base of the card. I hand cut the scalloped edge around the card and hand cut the cake as well. I used a bit of embroidery floss to add some stitching around the edge of the card.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I really appreciate the sweet people that take a time in their day to check my blog. You are all fabulous. I hope the rest of your week is peaceful and filled with love.


Lisa T. Howard said...

Oh my Lisa! I so know how you feel. Being without our babies is tough, even if it is for a good cause. I have become a master at always having something "on" in the background to mimic the sound of others being close. It seems to work most of the time. Of course your little angels will be home soon and I'm sure they are having a blast with their grandparents.

Enjoy your down time and thanks for sharing all your lovely work. You never fail to give me a dose of inspiration! :)

Pamela said...

LOVE your cards! Enjoy your time to do whatever you want. I am sure it will go fast, and they will be back before you know it. :) But I totally get where you are at too. My boys are going to Oklahoma at the end of the week with their's going to be weird, and I will totally miss them. So I know.

Charlene said...

It is hard to leave your kids, but it's wonderful that you let them know their grandparents! I told my son yesterday if you move the grandkids are staying here!!! Enjoy the time you have and get some stuff done that you've been meaning to get done!!

Your cards are just spectular!!!! Hugs, Char

vtpuggirl said...

Love your cards, esp the cake one! Enjoy your time to yourself, I know what you mean bitter sweet. I've been looking into preschool and my heart already hurts.

Stacey Michaud said...

Great cards--love them both! It must be hard to leave the girls, but I am sure that they are "building memories" with their family. I remember staying with family members like that and they were good times!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like some fun family time for Father's Day and I hope you can appreciate your alone time and not miss your girls too awful much. I'm sure they'll have lots of fun and stories to tell :)

Great projects, as always!

ellen s. said...

i hope time goes quickly for you, it must be hard. you sound like a great mom.

i enjoy your cards so much!

Claude said...

I remember leaving my son for 3 days when DH and I went to Vegas. He stayed with my mom. I was pregnant with Kira at the time. We had a great time, but a piece of me stayed back home. And when we flew back, the closer we got, the farther away I felt from him. I couldn't get back fast enough! So I feel your pain, lol!

lisa dickinson said...

enjoy your quite week, girly! :)

Jen Martakis said...

Oh Lisa, I just adore your cards. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the circle one. You are so talented!

Sherry Wright said...

Enjoy the free time Lisa. Love your creations, beautiful. :)