Monday, August 29, 2011

Leaving Camp

Friday July 8, 2011

We packed up and left our "camp" this morning. We swung into the outlet mall one more time! It was sad to leave, but I was eager to pick up my little girl from her camp. Once home I headed to Pepin with my mom and Turner to pick up Tatumn. I was so excited to see her little self walk out of the dining hall! Hand in Hand with Meya, best buds since they were babies! When they handed out awards I was very proud of Tatumn, she was one of 2 girls to get an award for getting up every morning and running. She was a "Road Runner". Then she got her badge. It was great. Her little brother Turner was very impressed. They sang a few cute songs to close their first year at camp, we grabbed her bags, and headed out. We stopped at the Stockholm Pie Company (one of my favorite places) and picked up a few slices of pie for the ride home.

I am so very, very proud of my little girl. She is growing up fast and doesn't need her mommy anymore. She is pumped to go back to Camp Pepin again next year! And I will for sure send her....meanwhile I will be busy making plans to try and get back up to Mari's cabin for another scrapfest!

Waving goodbye!

Mari's cabin

I say that's enough shopping!

Here they come!

Tatumn and her badge.

Turner, impressed with the badge!

Singing their songs.

Meya, Tatumn & their friend Tristan.

Scrappin at the Cabin Day 2

Thursday July 7, 2011

Our little get away is almost over. Laurie and I took a little trip back towards Aikin to stop at an antique place. It was HUGE! We looked around, heard the owner's life story, and ended up buying buttons, ribbon & marbles. Weird, I know, but that's what we bought! Once back, we got down to business. Pounding out the pages. We stopped to try and grill, try being the key word. Needless to say, the burgers were "not right" and we ate veggie pizza and snacks instead! I was thrilled to say that I finished every last layout I brought with as well as a project and cards. This was exactly what I needed. Can't wait to come back!

Scrappin at the Cabin!

Wednesday July 6, 2011

Today was our first day of scrapping at the cabin. We awoke early, had breakfast, showered, got ready, and headed into Aitkin to do some shopping at a scrap book store. We ate lunch at a cute little place called the Tuscany Room and headed over to the scrap store. Cute place! We bought a bunch of stuff and headed back to the cabin. On the way back, we stopped at McGregor Bakery and the girls bought cupcakes to celebrate my upcoming birthday. We scrapped and scrapped. In the evening, we uncorked some wine, indulged in our cupcakes, and best of all, I got PRESENTS! My friends are truly wonderful. I'm spoiled! We had such a fun night! So happy we have 1 more before we need to head home!

Tuesday July 5, 2011

It is a BIG day at the Harris house! Ben is still gone working in North Dakota. Tatumn leaves for her very first year of YMCA Camp Pepin today. And I leave for for a scrap booking week up north at Mari's cabin with her and Laurie.

Mejara and I brought Meya and Tatumn to Pepin for camp, making a pit stop at the Pickle Factory for a little lunch. Once at camp, we made up the girl's bunks and took a few pics. It was kind of sad seeing them walk away and knowing she was there for 4 whole days. But she insisted she was fine, so we headed out.

I no more than got home and hopped in my "fully packed" car, picked up the other 2 girls, and hit the road. We stopped in North Branch to do a little shopping at the outlet mall. We closed down Gap and headed on our way to the cabin.

We finally arrived around 10 and were greeted by Mari's dad. The poor guy, he forgot we were coming! We unloaded, got our jammies on and hit the sack. We had A TON of scrapping to do the next day!

Tatumn and her roomies, Amira & Meya.

Tatumn and her counselors.

Saying goodbye to her Daddy.

Mejara and I and our girls.

On our way, finally!

A pit stop in North Branch.

We found these awesome bags at the dollar store! How fitting!

4th of July

Monday July 4, 2011

Daddy is working out of town again so it looks like we are going to watch the fireworks as a trio tonight. Every year we try and head down to Bay Point Park to watch the fire works show. Last year we watched them on the water and were ate alive by mosquitoes. So this time, I was prepared with skeeter spray and blankets to cover up in, and we stayed on shore! But, thankfully, there were no pesky skeeters this time! The kids had fun, eating cheese balls, oohing and aahing over the explosions, and getting to stay up extra late! When we got home they begged to do some sparklers so we sat outside in the driveway and I watched as they ran around, making colorful designs in the air. It was the perfect way to cap off the July 4th evening!

Goodbye our little feathered friends!

Sunday July 3, 2011

The other day I was washing dishes and suddenly heard a sad attempt at a rooster crow. I shut the water off and listened some more. There it was again! I flew outside and there was our little rooster, Hop, trying to crow! I was so excited, yet very scared. I couldn't have a rooster crowing in TOWN!

I convinced Ben that they needed to move! He was not easily persuaded which meant I had to wait until today, while he was working out of town, to make the move myself.

It was very sad. My step dad and I took them to the farm next door to my parents. Farmer Joe only has 1 rooster and 1 chicken, so I didn't think it could be that bad. Even though I have heard all the terrible things about mixing chickens from different batches, and the "pecking order" was then explained to me. So sad!

Well we got there and I had Hop and Rooster in our dog's portable kennel. I took it out, set it on the ground and tried to get them to come out. They were not budging, they seen their fate (pretty sure). So finally, my loving step father, took the kennel and shook it upside down until they kerplunked out onto the ground. I was disturbed. They ran right into the chicken coop and tried to hide.

I said my goodbyes as did the kids and we headed back to my mom's house. A few hours later I wanted to go check on the little buggers because I was worried about them. Sure enough, Hop (our rooster) was no where to be found. Easter was there, holding down the fort, but no Hop. I felt like I had lost a child! Honestly, it was so sad! I just knew something had happened to him. That dang rooster probably did something awful to my little Hop!

We never did see Hop again. And trust me, we checked frequently. I'd call out to my mom's and beg her to go over and check. Finally, I believe they started lying to me, telling me that yes, they checked and no there was no Hop. Everyone was "sure" that Hop was alive and well. Really? Like where? At the local Rooster Inn down the way? Ugh, I didn't think I'd get over loosing my little rooster and felt totally at fault for throwing him into a death sentence.

Needless to say, we won't be raising anymore chickens. It's too hard on this girl to get rid of them and lord knows what my neighbors would do if they were waken each morning to a loud COCKADOODLEDOO!

Rest In Peace Hoppers aka Fluffy!

The girls visiting Lucky's grave site. Our other chicken who didn't make it past day 1.

Hop and Easter's new home, well at least Easter's!

The last I seen of Hop, his little butt, trying to hide! He seen his fate! Poor thing!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

More cards

July 2, 2011

Friday July 1, 2011

This was our 3rd month of book club. Jamie was the host and had chosen the book, Heaven Is For Real, awesome book! It's a must read! We had dinner and hung out at her house, we were even joined by some of the guys.....I think they secretly want in on our book club ;)


Thursday June 30, 2011

Haven't shared any cards lately. Here are a few I made and received through card club.