We're back 5 days now, after 5 days of sun, sand and sea. It's amazing how in 5 days of beach bumming you can totally (ok, almost totally) forget your life back on routine earth, and equally amazing how in less than 2 days we are totally settled back to regular life, work and housework, without skipping a beat!
We had an awesome time, and I had a mental picture of the layout even before I got home, straightaway got working on it, and here's how wonderful a time we had.
I've added this template in the store here
Credits: Paper from Weeds & Wildflowers' My Favorite Things kit, Memories tag from Wendy's crafty creations, twine by Natali Designs, shells from YardBunny's Inspirations, twigs by Schaarka, leaves by Marianne, note paper and clip by Ksharonk, popsicle stick by myself
It's so amazing that this wonderful island and inexpensive holiday is less than 3 hours drive away, Jared calls it our own Tropical Paradise, and we can't disagree. This time we had a chalet that was built on stilts over the water, and every now and then I had to pinch myself to listen to the sound of waves under us all day and night. You get used to these things ! :P What we did not expect was the open air shower, now that got a little complicated!
One thing I accomplished this trip is to "scrapbook" my blog entries over the last two years into my personal journal. I had such a great time pouring over the bits and pieces of our lives recorded there, and could share it with dh and the boys, it was great. Here's a glimpse:
I have two more US layouts done, this is us on our day out to the White House. I loved that it was decked out in Christmas splendor!
Credits: Paper from W&W's A better Me, Doodle by KathyTownzen, ribbon by NataliDesigns, roses by Newlifedreams, christmas flower by DL Patterson, leaves by Scrapidea, Alpha by Designs by Sarah.
This template is also in the store here
And here's one at the National Gallery of Art. Dh had the most fantastic time as he paints and loves the Impressionists. We love that the Galleries allow you to go right up to the paintings, and we could take as many (no flash) photos as we liked. I tried to interest the kids in the art and was pointing out Van Gogh's gorgeous brush strokes when our heart dropped as jared suddenly stuck out a finger to try to scrap off the thick paint. We could have been in the papers that day if we had not stopped him in time. One more proof that he is a hands on learner......!
Credits: Background paper from Kschmidt's flight of life, alpha by HeatherAnneDesigns, flourish from Weeds & Wildflowers' Creating Beauty kit.This is now available as a set in the store here