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Monday, November 22, 2010

Toys and Games and Gift Cards

Happy Monday everyone!!!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend. We were lucky enough to be able to spend the weekend in Chicago with my parents. We spent Saturday at the Shedd Aquarium. (will share photos of this later this week) I just love that place and the girls had a ball. After leaving the Shedd, we headed to Geno's East for the best Deep Dish pizza anywhere and then back to the hotel so the girls could swim. My mom, sister and I did a little Christmas shopping while DH and my dad took the girls swimming.
Sunday we made our way over to Navy Pier for the Chicago Toy and Game Show. I have to say I really wasn't sure about this. We had high hopes but you just never know with these kind of events. It was far better than any of us expected. They had plenty of toys and games for the girls to play. It was a lot of fun to have an opportunity to watch my parents and sister spend time playing with them too. The first thing that greeted us when we walked in was this gigantic rocking horse. (Please excuse the awful photos. I didn't bring my good camera b/c I really wasn't expecting so many great photo ops.)
And of course you have to have a gigantic Etch-A-Sketch as well.
There were tables set up all over the place where you could play games but several of the booths had variations of their games. Several different booths had jumbo sized versions of their games to play. One of these booths was the Split Decision booth. K walked up spun the wheel and after answering 2/3 questions correctly got some free game cards. Then it was L's turn. She was lucky enough to land on the Challenge spot. She got to pick the category of her choice and then the chance to win a free game. She chose the Parts of the Ear/Parts of a Car category. She was so excited because they had studied the ear in school and with my dad's knowledge of cars, they were a shoe-in. She got all three questions right and won a free game. The first of the whole show!

We also got to check out the Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile.

And even got a picture with the Star Wars dudes for Uncle Ken. :)

Wanted to share some Emma's projects with you today also. Cindy asked us to create a project to hold a gift card. Knowing that it was getting close to Christmas, I wanted to create a Christmas card but also thought people might want some ideas for other gift card holders. Each card has a pocket on the front to hold a gift card. You can find a supply list on the Emma's Blog along with ideas from the other designers.



Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!


Marcie said...

Fantastic cards & the Toy show looks like a lot of fun!

byondbzr said...

Great photos and love your projects!

Connie said...

very NICE!!!!!!!!

Sarah Mullanix said...

WOW, tons of great photo opportunities!! Absolutely lovely cards as always :)

Lynn said...

ooooooooooo what fun cards and sounds like you're having a blast in the windy city.

Renee Lamb said...

omiword!! How fun are those pictures!! I love the huge etch-a-sketch!

Cute cards as usual! love them!

Christa said...

Oh that looks like so much fun!
Your cards are beautiful-definitely have card envy over here!

ellen s. said...

oh that big etch a sketch is so cool! and i love love the weiner mobile :):)

your cards are gorgeous!

betsy (pharmgirl) said...

Hi Lisa!!! That looks like so much fun!

Great idea of the gift card holders - I need to make a few myself!

Pamela said...

Cool pics!!! And I love your cards! :)

Linda Beeson said...

What neat sights, love the pics! Great cards, I love to create cards for gift cards since that is so much of what we give anymore.

Audrey Pettit said...

What an absolutely wonderful time you guys had in Chicago! That game and toy show looks so cool. Love seeing all the fun pictures.
And love all your creative ideas for gift card holders. They are all so pretty. Love that you used an OA card for one. gotta remember that. ;)