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My Life Outside of Stamping

July 23, 2016

These last 10 days or so have been anything but ordinary and typical.  Hopefully someone realized I was sort of missing!  I was away from home with z-e-r-o chance to stamp for three days, babysitting and playing with four of my grandchildren.  Then I brought three of them home, along with my Swiss cousin who is in the states for three weeks.  Then my daughter joined us.  And a few days later Bethany, from Switzerland left for the SF Bay Area and her next visitation family.

Bethany is about to leave for the SF Bay Area

Russ, Blythe, Bethany from Nyon Switzerland, Andrea, kids: Nora, Landen, Austin

 

Then my son and his seven year old joined us.  This was our “in the backyard this year camping trip”.  We went to the the restored Gold Mining town of Colunbia, Pine Crest lake, played games, played on the swing, played fussball and made s’mores in the back yard.

gold panning in Columbia State Park

Austin, Shayna, Andrea, Landen, Kelley gold panning in Columbia.

 

Zion, in boat, Landen taking him for a spin

Zion did a great job of breaking his leg the last week of school. He’s been in various lengths of casts all summer vacation.

 

Typical camping dinner in the 'campground'

Here we’re enjoying one of our favorite camping meals: steak quesadillas.

 

Gotta have s'mores

Gotta have s’mores, even if it is in our backyard.

 

Thursday they all left for Yosemite and a Swiss friend, Gabriella, whom I hadn’t seen for over 15 years arrived for an overnight after being in Yosemite for a few days.  She brought along a lovely Finnish, now Swiss, work colleague.  We got to talk, eat, sip wine, listen to Mr. Trump’s ‘acceptance speech’, discuss a lot (Europeans are trying to make sense of this whole thing) and go to bed.  This morning, after a breakfast of Dutch Babies (it’s an egg/flour/milk/butter yummy concoction) we took an hour or so and stamped before Gabrielle and Aija headed for Calistoga by way of the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield, CA.  They were so excited to know it was directly on their route to Calistoga.

We did manage to set aside an hour for them to make their own cards.  I had them each choose a card from my samples and this is what they made:

Aija lining up her paper, A little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack and the Foxy Friends stamp set, 141529

Aija lining up her paper, A little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack, 141637

 

Gabrielle get acquainted with the Big Shot, 143263

Gabrielle get acquainted with the Big Shot, 143263

 

Foxy Friends and the almost released Thoughtful Branches stamp set

Foxy Friends and the almost released Thoughtful Branches stamp set — available August 1st

 

Russ's "WOW" pickup truck

Russ’s “WOW” pickup truck

 

Sad to see them leave: Gabrielle, Blythe, Aija

Sad to see them leave: Gabrielle, Blythe, Aija

 

And now I can get back to stamping on a regular basis.  I’ve missed it.

 

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