Friday, July 01, 2016

Summer Scavenger Hunt 2016

Back in 2012,  I found an exciting Photo Scavenger Hunt Challenge on the blog of the lovely Rinda. Back then, I thought it would be the perfect excuse to get off the beaten path and explore during our road trips. As it turns out, Rinda's Scavenger Hunt has become one of our favorite summer traditions. Just a couple of weeks ago,  Rex brought it to my attention that I had not yet informed him of the list for this year. (I love it when he gets excited about things like this!) Obviously, something had to be done about that right away, so I looked up the list and once again transferred it to my camping journal so it would be with us all summer.

Here are the items we've found off of this year's list so far:

4.  A Book or Magazine Read in 2016

This particular book,  The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend  by Katerina Bivald, was the perfect way to start my summer. It's a novel about a charming little town, which centers around the lives of two very different women and their common love for books. Many of the events in the book reminded me of something that would happen in Stars Hollow (Gilmore Girls reference) so it was a very enjoyable and relaxing read for me.

5. A Porch or Deck
This photo (and the book photo) are taken on our deck. I love to start each morning with a cup of coconut mocha coffee, a book or magazine and our two cats, Littefoot (above) and Jazzy. 

6. A Camper
Although constantly surrounded by campers in the summer, this particular camper is my favorite camper in the whole world. Why? Well, because this camper is home base during our family camping trips.  The best conversations take place in and around this camper. Stories of family and friends, journeys and adventures, loved ones reminiscing of times long since passed, and making plans for the future. These are the days I live for. 

7. A Family Gathering
Clearly, the camper picture covers the family gathering too, but this particular picture if from a Father's Day BBQ on Rex's side of the family. I love how the men are all lined up watching the next generation play baseball. The perfect afternoon of great conversation and relaxation.

8. A Drawing or Art Project
This art project is special to me for a few reasons. First of all, I have been awed and inspired by the amazing Tamara Laporte. I have just recently discovered her and her blog (Willowing Arts) and completed this mixed media piece based on her youtube video found here. Not only did I surprise myself by actually being able to produce something halfway decent looking, but I managed to make it look like someone very special to me. I was very proud to give it to her for her birthday, and can't wait to try something like this again. 

11. Fresh Produce
One of the things that makes our summer bucket list every year is berry picking. We were lucky enough to get to the local farm on the second day that the strawberries were ready and walked away with a little over 14 pounds (and sore backs and knees) when all was said and done. Two pies, 11 quarts of jam, numerous milkshakes and many nights of chocolate covered strawberries made it all worthwhile.

12. A Window
This particular window is really nothing special, but it tells one of the stories of this summer. I have been spending quite a bit of time in the car running errands and taking  Rex to and from his classes. Sitting back with my feet on the passenger seat, checking my phone, while waiting for Rex has been a unique part of this summer's routine.

15. A Team Logo
We are HUGE Michigan State fans around here. Very few days go by where one of us doesn't have one of our many MSU hats and/or shirts on. When we are out together and get separated, I immediately start looking for an MSU hat to find Rex. :)

19. A Seasonal Beverage
I have been really into mango flavored drinks lately. This aerated water is the last of many we bought while visiting a unique little grocery store named Horrock's in Battle Creek last fall. (Pausing to take a sip from the glass of mango juice and sprite in front of me.)

20. Someone Laughing
I love this photo! This was one in a series of photos I took of my mom and sister during our family camping trip. My sister was teasing my mom while feeding her grapes (think grapes dangling overhead, mom stretching her neck upward like a giraffe) and we all began laughing so hard that we couldn't breathe. (There may have also been some accidental snorting involved.)

So there you have it, stay tuned for further scavenger hunt items, and please head on over to check out Rinda's blog and all the wonderful ladies who are linking up this week.


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

OLW January

Just like every year, I started 2016 off by choosing a word to guide me. 
Actually, to be totally honest, my word chose me way back in October. 
It's funny how one day a word starts running around your brain. 
Round and round, full of possibility and promise,
the excitement growing
until finally, January 1st arrives!

As the new year began, I was (again) super excited to begin
I immediately jumped in to start to get to know my word. 
The funny thing is, upon reflecting, 
it immediately became obvious that choosing the word 
BRAVE was going to be scary. 
Very scary.
I knew this was going to be a hard year, 
and I chose my word to face the year head on, 
but now I was scared. 
Clearly, I had chosen the perfect word for me.

So there they are: my reflections and intentions for being BRAVE in 2016.


A Low Key Way to Ring in the New Year

Thursday, July 30, 2015

What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday 321

It's been a VERY long time since I've linked up with Julia over at Stamping Ground but I am so happy to be back! This week I am working on printing and scrapbooking my photos from ALL of July. As it turns out, July has been non-stop. In a good way. This is actually the first time all month I have been able to focus on recording our journey. 
That Selphy printer? Priceless.  
Awhile back I calculated the cost of using it to print at home, and yes, it is a bit more expensive than sending out for prints. The difference? I can document the adventure while I'm still super excited to do so. That's worth it to me.

One organizational tip that has really helped me lately, is to make boxed kits of all the supplies that I want to use in an album. This allows me to choose a color palate and limit the number of supplies in front of me, maximizing my productivity.

Of course, this basket of alphabet stickers is always hanging around. It is absolutely amazing how may alphabet stickers I use! (The Lora Bailora stamps just arrived and have found their way in there too. They just make me happy.)

The actual pages in the album are coming along 
slowly but surely.

Seeing the finished pages is my tinsel. 
I love looking back over these care-free summer adventures!

There's nothing better than carving out a few hours to do something for myself. 
(Littlefoot looks like the perfect scrapping companion here, but don't let that fool you. I have to pry the scraps away from her every couple of minutes!)


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