December 30, 2013

Oh Hey Look It's The End of the Year

Here's to looking forward.

To say I haven't really paid much attention to the calendar this year is a bit of an understatement.

I woke up this morning and my first thought was "Eww. Monday." My second thought was "Oh hey Ben's still on vacation!" My third thought was "And the garage is torn up, so I don't have to do laundry today! Score!"

And then I realized that today it's the eve of New Year's eve.

I don't know about you, but I'm a so very much ready for this stupid horrible year to be over.

2013 has been full of stress, and pain, and depression, and irritation. There have been times this year that I really wasn't sure I could keep going, times I didn't even want to, and I'm just ready for it to be done and over with and move on.

Usually by this time of year I've got everything in order. I've usually reflected on the year, gotten my new goals and resolutions listed, I've gotten the year's files and things organized and ready to put away, etc.

This year?


I got up and I got dressed this morning. That makes it a good day.

One of the hardest things about this past year was watching myself slip away. My "I can handle everything, everything is in it's place, I know what we're having for dinner, what the kids are wearing, all my chores are handled. I'm freaking June Cleaver." attitude just up and disappeared somewhere around the beginning of the year.

I can't seem to keep anything together anymore. I'm lucky if I can plan for one meal in a week.

I'm so ready for this to be over. I'm really hoping that 2014 brings the return of my mojo.

I am attempting to get my house moderately clean today and tomorrow so that the New Year doesn't start off with a messy house. We'll see how well that goes.

One good and exciting thing from the past week - My sister announced what she's having on Christmas day.

She's having TWIN baby girls!! Apparently having twins our first time around is a new family tradition. I am SUPER excited about that, so 2014 is already looking a bit brighter.

I don't have a list of goals to share with you. I haven't even thought of anything.

Sure, there are things I'd like to do, or am hoping to do, but nothing that I feel I should really write down.

I feel I might rename the blog again.

Bumblewood will be growing. I'm very busy on that front. There will be new goodies, new scents, lots of fun things going on.

Knitting has almost stopped all together, so I don't see much on that front aside from finishing some requested stockings.

I'm sure the garden will be up and down this year.

But as for me, and home, I think my goals are to just:

- Not be as stressed.
- Not be as depressed.
- Be more patient.

Ok. That sounds like a good list.

I hope you all have a wonderful, blessed, amazing 2014.

Happy New Year!!

November 27, 2013


Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I have a moment at the computer to write a post, I wanted to make a list of the things I am thankful for this year.

I am Thankful...

... For my husband, who works so hard to provide for us, and for my boys who are a constant source of entertainment and joy.

... For the fact that those boys might fight and scream and yell at each other, but I always find them together playing or reading. They love each other deeply, and I am so thankful for that.

... For the two distinctly different, but wonderful families that are a part of my life. To me there is no "his family" and "my family". It is all family, and I love them all dearly.

... For the new life that will be coming in May next year. My sister is pregnant! I am so excited I can hardly breathe sometimes.

... For the freedom we still have, no matter how frustrating it may seem sometimes. We still have a lot of freedoms and choices that many others do not have.

... For the wind storm we are having today. Hopefully it will turn into rain soon. :)

... For the blessing of friends past, present and future. I was greatly blessed the other day by someone who I haven't seen or talked to in years. I am so thankful for all the people who have come into my life, who are in it now, and who will come into it in the future.

... For always having food on the table, clothes on our backs, and always being provided for. God is good, and has always given us exactly what we needed.

... For the hard times we have gone through and made it out the other side alive and intact. Of course, I'm not usually thankful in the midst of them. But hindsight is 20/20 and I am thankful to see the strength and blessings that come from those trials.

... For our little home, with our little lot, and our little garden.

... For all of you who visit this little space on the internet, who encourage, who laugh and cry with me, who say "I've been there, it's ok", or who just stop in to say hi. I'm so thankful for each and every one of you. 

Happy Thanksgiving friends! May your day (and weekend... and year!) be wonderful and filled with love and laughter.


November 21, 2013

From Under Cover



Guess what!!

We got RAIN!!

Sweet, glorious, beautiful, wonderful, soul healing RAIN!!

It started with a cloud burst around 6pm last night, trickled a little the rest of the evening, woke me up a few times early this morning, and then steadily lasted until about 11 this morning.

My entire being is happy beyond description!

I love rain so much, and it has been much too long since we've had a good rain (being as we live in a desert). We have a chance for more tomorrow and I desperately hope that it happens.

The boys spent the day playing in their rooms with blocks and things, and drawing pictures. I spent a good portion of the afternoon knitting a Christmas stocking and reading library books. Absolutely glorious!

I am trying to get everything ready this week for the Women's Dinner I will be vending on the 2nd. Since next week is for eating turkey. :) I am mixing up deodorants, lotions and lip balms tonight. And then the eternal quest to get everything labeled.

I just can't tell you how refreshed and happy I feel after getting so much wonderful rain!

Happy Friday!!

November 11, 2013

Are You My Mojo?

You know that children's book Are You My Mother? In the book mother bird leaves to go find food for her soon-to-be-hatched baby, but while she is gone is when he hatches. What follows is a long journey of him searching for his mother, going up to cats, dogs, chickens, even a back hoe, asking each one "Are you my mother?"

That's what I've felt like this year, searching for my mojo.

Somewhere along the line early this year I think I gave up on life. I stopped meal planning (which meant barely cooking and what I did cook was trash), I just about stopped cleaning, I pretty much stopped knitting, I stopped blogging (and interacting), I stopped doing the normal things I did. You know all those things I used to talk about that had you all fooled I had it together? Yeah. I didn't have it together this time.

I spent most of the summer battling some bouts of depression and trying to figure out why I wasn't "normal" anymore. It's been a long summer, filled with changes, working through pain and problems, looking at myself,  dealing with a lot of shit (sorry, best word I have for it), and still trying to make sure our home is a home and trying to pull together what little bit of myself I could to not let everything go to hell.

On top of all that, I've been working so hard to get Bumblewood launched and going, all by myself, late at night, which I think was actually good because it gave me a ... purpose. Something to keep me going and not let myself slip so far off the edge. (I hate to make this sound like my kids and my husband aren't a good enough "purpose", they are! and I love them all deeply, but I don't think I could really describe it to you unless you've been there...)

I think, I hope, I've finally figured out my problems and settled into the new me. I feel like I'm finally coming alive again. I feel like I'm finally walking out of the fog I've been in for months, like I finally care again.

Iron Man, Batman, Hulk, Black Widow, and Spider Man

Anyways, enough of my pity party.

It's been a busy summer, busy last couple of weeks since I posted.

Bumblewood did another show at the beginning of the month, this time at the American Heroes Car Show which raised funds for the Wounded Warriors foundation, Young Marines, and Soldier's Angels. I had a great time, launched a new line of all natural Deodorants, and was nestled next to a sweet friend who sells her amazing candles. It was a wonderful day!

We very sadly had to get rid of the puppy, Annie. She was just too rough with our little guys, nipping and jumping and plowing them over. They didn't know how to handle it, and they had just about stopped going outside because she was too rough. That on top of destroying absolutely everything in the backyard (including the rope bridge of their new fort).... It was too much. So we are pet-less again, and it will probably stay that way for awhile.

The soaps have gotten so popular in just a month that I had to order two more molds. I started this all with two little 3 lb molds, and I can barely keep up with demand. So I've ordered two 6 lb molds and that should hopefully be good for awhile. I just need more shelf space to hold all the soap. :)

There have been some very frustrating aspects of the business, but it's not really worth getting into and I'm trying to let it roll off my back. It's just surprising, and interesting, in a way. 

The boys are doing excellent in school! Jack is trying to read things on his own, sounding out words and making good guesses on the ones that are really big. Ty can read the words I give him, but isn't interested enough to do it on his own, so we won't push it too much and will wait until he shows more interest. I believe the best way to make a kid hate something and cause fights is to force them to do it, so we go with the flow around here.

They are all growing like weeds! And eating like dinosaurs. They have consumed so much food lately.

We have been sick twice in the last month. This is mostly my fault, and mostly to do with my issues and not cooking like normal. I stopped cooking all our meals from scratch, and we supplemented a lot with either fast food, or boxed food. And our immune systems paid for. So I'm determined to get back on track because being sick is not fun and I really don't have time for it.

I have a few Christmas orders for knitted items that I am working on. One is a set of head band ear warmers with flowers on them. They are really simple and really cute, and I am almost done with them. After that I have a set of stockings for a friend.

I'm sort of in limbo right now as I wait for supplies (totally not happy with the slow service of my suppliers right now) and printer ink. I can't make things, or label what I do have ready right now. I told that to Ben and he said "You mean you actually have to SIT DOWN and RELAX tonight?!?" Heehee. I said "Nope, I have to knit". ;)

Today, for the first time in months, I deep cleaned my entire house. Everything is absolutely spotless. I'm hoping it stays that way for at least the night. But I think I'm going to sleep good tonight, haha.

The wonderful Molly over at Molly Makes Do has sweetly offered me some free ad space on her side bar for a bit. If you don't read her blog already, you really need to. It is filled with family and faith and she has the best, most positive outlook on life, despite some hard times. Very strong woman, and I admire her greatly.

Well, I'm sure I've bored you enough and have definitely talked your ear/eyes off. So I'm off.

Happy Veteran's Day! Thank you to all who have and continue to serve!


October 15, 2013

Downtime..? Ha! So Here's a Quicky Update

I've been trying to write this for two days, but my time at the computer is few and far between these days. And when I do have it it's usually filled with business activities. But I'm scratching out these few minutes (I should be soaping! ) because I miss you guys!

My beautiful sister behind our display!

The Bumblewood launch at the CBC Craft Show this past Saturday was a great success!! I got to share the booth with my beautiful sister, who displayed her photography and booked shoots. I sold about a quarter of my inventory, which is so much greater than I could have expected!! I met so many new and lovely people, and I had so much fun I'm still coming down off the high. :D It was excellent!

The Bumblewood Etsy shop also went live this weekend! There you will find all of our current offerings (minus a few soaps I haven't gotten listed yet). So if you can't make it to a show be sure to find what you're looking for there!

I will be doing another show at the beginning of November called the American Heroes Car Show. It benefits the Wounded Heroes Fund and Soldier's Angels, and last year they raised over $4,000! I'm really excited to do this one! And thankfully I have the details worked out now as far as packing and prepping so hopefully it won't be quite as hectic. Be sure to follow Bumblewood on Facebook to get all the updates of what's going on and where I'll be!

We've had germs all over the house in the past week. The kids came down with head colds on Tuesday, and I of course got it hard Friday night. Thankfully a good night's sleep had me going strong on Saturday, only to be bombarded with the scratchy throat and snuffles again on Sunday and I am still fighting it now. Oh well. At least it skipped Saturday, which is all I prayed for!

I have been working on Christmas ornaments slowly as my down time allows, and a pair of fingerless gloves in my ever-favorite "Foliage" colorway which is a perfectly autumnal mix of oranges and yellows and browns. I'm hoping to have a few custom orders coming up pretty soon, just need to finalize details with the recipient.

I have a very large box full of some just ever-so-scrumptious processed fiber from Tombstone Livestock. It's just beautiful. I pull it out and pet it every now and then and my fingers itch to get it on on the wheel. Just a few more batches of soap to ready for the Car Show and then I'm spending quite a few nights with those lovely fleeces.

School has been going well, the boys are picking up in both reading and math. They had been struggling with numbers, and I had to all but throw out the way we were doing math because... Well I have boys. Boys don't do "sitting" work very well. So one day, in a moment of frustration and desperation, I just picked up a little white board we have and started drawing out long and loud and raucous scenarios involving dinosaurs, aliens, asteroids, birds, police cars, helicopters, cannons and all kinds of boyish things. There were explosions. There were people getting arrested. There were asteroids taking out alien space ships. And all the while I would ask them "ok how many X do we have now" after we added or subtracted from the story line. Ben had walked in as I was doing it and he said he's never heard them yell and giggle so much, especially not during school. And you know what? They've been picking up numbers and counting like crazy. Who says school has to be done from a book? :D

The weather has been amazing. We haven't had an honest October in years and years, but this year is cool and crisp and clear. I've been making soups and baking bread and my itch for autumn is slowly being scratched as the leaves start to turn and the temperature keeps dropping ever so slightly. We even had a very tiny patch of rain last week. Supposedly going to be a wet winter, which would be fantastic! My soul and the valley are both in need of it.

Alright, I really need to go soap. Tonight I'm making up a batch of my Lemongrass Scrub, which was a best seller at the show! It's great for getting the grunge off dirty, hard worked hands. Perfect for a show about cars! ;)

Happy Wednesday!

October 10, 2013

The Big Giveaway Winner!

Yesterday was a beautifully stormy and cloudy day. We even had a few little cloud bursts. Nothing to really wet the ground, but I'll take whatever I can get right now. I am in desperate need of a wet winter and we might *supposedly* get one. We'll see what happens. Today is bright and sunny, but it is quite crisp outside. I love it!

Once things (hopefully) settle down after this weekend I hope to get back to blogging at least slightly normally, and getting back to commenting on all of your blogs! 

And now it's time to announce the winner of the Big Giveaway - a large set of soaps, skin care, and more! Thank you to everyone who participated! If you haven't won recently be sure to check back - I will have at least one more closer to the holidays. :)

The winner is....

Congratulations Diane!! Yay!

dbaker4jc said...

I shared your giveaway on Facebook.

I just need you to shoot me an email at meg.bumblewood(@), or a Facebook message with how to get these to you, and whether you'd like the fingerless mittens or a pattern. :)

Happy Thursday y'all!! Be sure to bookmark - the shop is launching this weekend, where you'll be able to find everything from my giveaways, and more!


October 4, 2013

Bumblewood Giveaway #4 - The Big One!

Here it is! The big giveaway you've been waiting for! Or at least the one I've been waiting for. :)

This is the last and biggest giveaway I'm doing for the Bumblewood launch, happening NEXT WEEKEND! (I'm a little nervous, are you nervous?)

Thank you so much to everyone who has participated in the last giveaways and for all your comments of support and best wishes. You are the best readers anyone could ever hope for! 

So here it is:

A big gift set of Bumblewood goodies including (basket not included):

4 - 4 oz bars of handmade soap, in the scents of your choice
3 - 1 oz lotion bars in the scents of your choice
2 - .15 oz lip balms, in the scents of your choice
2 - hand knit wash cloths made from 100% cotton (one large, one small)
Your choice of either a finished pair of dark grey cabled fingerless gloves

OR if you're a knitter you have the choice of one my patterns (you can find those here).

Here's how to enter:

- Get one entry for leaving a comment here saying you'd like to enter.
- Get a SECOND entry for liking the Bumblewood Facebook page and letting me know you've done so (new likes or old!).
- Get a THIRD entry for sharing this giveaway on Facebook or your blog and letting me know you've done that as well. 

And the rules:
- I will only count the entries that follow the rules! If you like or share, but don't leave a comment here I can't count it. Make sure you leave a comment if you do either!!
- Not open to immediate family members. (Sorry y'all, but you know where to find me to get some. :) )
- In an effort to be fair, anyone who has won something from me in the past 6 months is not eligible.

This contest will be ending on Wednesday, October 9th at 11:59pm. The winner will be announced Thursday, October 10th!

Good luck everyone!

September 27, 2013

Winner Winner Number 3!

We have a winner! The Random Number generator spit out

Number two!

Tombstone Livestock said...
Count me in, and added my like to FB. Guess all this is not leaving time for spinning .... good luck on the endeavor.

Congratulations!! I just need you to email me your address and the scents you want to meg.bumblewood(@) (without the parenthesis of course).

And no, not much spinning going on. ;) Hoping to be able to sit down at my wheel when things settle down a bit... Not that they ever do, heh!

We'll have one final giveaway next week before the launch, and it will be a big one! A whole big set of goodies! So make sure you're back here next week to enter. :)

Happy Friday!

September 20, 2013

Bumblewood Giveaway 3!

Happy happy Friday! Can I tell you how crazy excited I am that it's Friday?

We are 3 weeks away from the Bumblewood launch! I am getting products labeled and photographed, business cards are here, the lotions and lip balms are being created, I'm slowly working on a separate Bumblewood blog/site and I'm getting ready! I'm so excited! I hope you are too. :)

On to the Giveaway!

This week you have a chance to win....

A little gift set that includes TWO 4 oz bars of soap in the scents of your choice* (one scent each, or two of one scent!) and ONE 1 oz lotion bar in the scent of your choice*.

Here's how to enter:

- Get one entry for leaving a comment here saying you'd like to enter.
- Get a SECOND entry for liking the Bumblewood Facebook page, then leaving another comment here saying you did so (or leave a comment saying you're already a fan if you've liked it before!)
- Get a THIRD entry for sharing this giveaway on Facebook or your blog and leaving a third comment saying you've done that as well. 

And the rules:
- I will only count the entries that follow the rules! If you like or share, but don't leave a comment here I can't count it. Make sure you leave a comment if you do either!!
- Not open to immediate family members. (Sorry y'all, but you know where to find me to get some. :) )
- In an effort to be fair, anyone who has won something from me in the past 6 months is not eligible.

This contest will run until 11:59 Thursday the 26th, and the winner will be announced the next day!

Good luck everyone! And if you don't win this one, I will be holding one more giveaway before the launch on October 12th!


* Soap scents available:
Apple Pie
Spiced Orange
Chocolate Peppermint
Naked (Unscented)
Brazilian Red Clay
Lemongrass Scrub
Coffee Scrub
Oatmeal & Honey
Lemon & Lavender
Lavender Olive Oil
Tea Tree & Rosemary

*Lotion bar scents available:
Naked (unscented)

September 18, 2013

First Day Pics, and Why I Fail At Blogging

First day pictures

We've been doing first grade for two and half weeks now and I'm already exhausted! But don't they look handsome? (Munchie has started this new little sideways jaw grin. It's kind of funny. He sports it whenever the camera comes out.)

I don't know why but this year seems to be so extremely hard. I think most of it is because Munchie is very rambunctious, and very demanding, and he spends most of our school time fussing and wanting to be picked up, which doesn't happen, which in turns makes him angry... It's a vicious cycle. Pair that with three boys who don't sit still very well and.... I'm sort of pulling out my hair.

Oh how I wish this were my view.

So I'm changing our curriculum a bit and I will be adding lots more "hands on" activities and more things to do outside. Like using hopscotch for math. We'll see how it goes.

Annie gave us quite a scare over the weekend. I noticed on Wednesday evening that she hadn't touched her food from the morning, which I thought was weird. When I went out Thursday morning to feed her, her bowl was still full. Since she's been a dog that really enjoys her food and wolfs it down in seconds, I knew something was wrong and got her to the vet Thursday afternoon.

A quick test showed us that she had parvo, and by the next day she was vomiting, very lethargic, and had stopped drinking water as well. When the vet sent me home he gave me a slew of antibiotics and medications and instructions for feeding and keeping her well hydrated.

This is how my brain feels.

It was a very long and stressful weekend, with alarms set for different medications, and every hour the alarm would go off for us to get fluids into her somehow. Thankfully, with lots of care and lots of prayers from friends and family, she was eating some boiled chicken and rice and drinking water from the faucet by Sunday night. Today, she is bouncing and happy and wolfing her food again. Completely back to normal! Totally scared the crap out of me though.

After schooling and dog caring, and trying desperately to keep my house clean (have I ever told you how extremely messy four little boys can be??), I am trying to get things ready for the Craft show and Bumblewood launch in three weeks.

The soaps are getting labeled, the lip balms and a small amount of lotion bars are being made, the finishing touches are being put on everything, and I'm filling a few custom orders.

By the end of the night I am falling into bed and usually asleep before I hit the pillow.

I am desperately hoping for a wet winter.

But! Autumn is coming! I can feel it. The last few days have been breezy and cool and delicious and I can't wait for colder weather and jeans and comfort food and baking and the visit to the apple farm and all the wonderful things that come with fall! :)

And in the back of my head there is that little voice that says "Plant a fall garden...."

I'm not sure if I want to listen to it right now.

Happy Wednesday y'all,

September 13, 2013

The Bumblewood Giftcard Winner!

This is but a tiny showing of the plethora of soaps taking up residence in my closet!

Happy Friday the 13th everyone! It's a LUCKY Friday the 13th, as today someone is winning the $25 Gift Certificate good towards anything in the Bumblewood shop, launching the October 12th weekend. (That's in FOUR weeks. I might be panicking a little.)

There were 19 entries for this giveaway, and since I'm sure the suspense is probably killing you by now, the winner is....

Number 18: Molly!

Molly said...
Ooh I'd love this Meg!

Congratulations Molly! If you'd like an email version of the certificate send me your email address to Or if you'd like a hard copy I can mail it to any address you give me!

Please go check out Molly's blog too at Molly Makes Do. It's a very sweet blog, and she posts lots of wonderful ideas for homekeeping and child raisin'!

Be sure to check back next week, as I'll be holding another giveaway next Friday!

Happy Friday y'all,

September 11, 2013

More Important

I woke up this morning thinking I should do a blog post and had thought I would write just a little random post. Talk about what I've been doing, how our first week of school went, and post a picture of some of my soaps.

I clicked onto Facebook as part of my morning routine... And was reminded that today is September 11th.

Suddenly telling you what books I got from the library didn't seem important.

As Ben and I sat in the garage this morning, listening to talk radio, I heard the tributes, the 911 phone calls and voice mails from that day, the "where were you" stories.

I was 14 years old when September 11th happened. My parents had split up earlier that year and I was angry and angsty and a typical teenager. No problem was as big as my problem, right?

The night before we had been at Bible Study and the whole high school class was in good spirits. Just a typical bible study night, all laughing and having fun.

The next morning I remember my mom gently waking me up and telling me that the United States had been attacked. I went into the living room and we all watched the news, seeing the horrific pictures. As we watched we saw the second plane come and hit the second tower, and I remember feeling pain, hot rage, shock, sorrow.... Everything.  As I listened to the radio today I could feel all those feelings again.

12 years ago evil tried to split our country apart.

Instead, Americans rose up, embraced each other, and fought back. We weren't going to stand for that, and we were going to make damn sure Evil knew it.

There were no distinctions of color that day. There no distinctions of wealth.  No distinctions of education, or geography, or employment.

We were all humans. We were all Americans. We all felt pain and sadness and anger together.

12 years later, I pray that we will remember how we banded together as a nation and became stronger and fought for humanity, and I pray that the petty little differences that have tried to infiltrate our country again and have slowly started tearing us apart will be put aside and everyone will remember that we are all Americans. We are all in this together.

Bless those who were lost on 9/11. Bless those who lost someone dear to them. Bless those who fought for our continued freedom. Bless those who gave up their lives for those freedoms. And bless everyone who continues to believe in the values of America and what she stands for.

Love to you all,

September 6, 2013

Another Bumblewood Giveaway!

Happy Friday everyone!

It's 5 weeks until the official Bumblewood launch date, and so I'm holding another giveaway! I'm pretty excited about this one, and even more excited about the next ones! So if you don't win this time, check back later as I'll be holding more giveaways as the launch gets closer.

This week I'm giving away...

A $25 gift certificate good for any Bumblewood item! You can use this gift certificate both online AND, if you're local to me, in person at the craft show on October 12th!

Here's how to enter:

- Get one entry for leaving a comment here saying you'd like to enter.
- Get a SECOND entry for liking the Bumblewood Facebook page, then leaving another comment here saying you did so (or leave a comment saying you're already a fan if you've liked it before!)
- Get a THIRD entry for sharing this giveaway on Facebook or your blog and leaving another comment saying you've done that as well. 

And the rules:
- I will only count the entries that follow the rules! If you like or share, but don't leave a comment here I can't count it. Make sure you leave a comment if you do either!!
- Not open to immediate family members. (Sorry y'all, but you know where to find me to get some. :) )
- In an effort to be fair, anyone who has won something from me in the past 6 months is not eligible.

This contest will run until 11:59 midnight PST on Thursday, September 12th. Any comments after that will not be counted.

The winner will be announced on Friday, September 13th (we'll make it a LUCKY Friday the 13th!!).

Good luck everyone!! And have a wonderful weekend!


August 30, 2013

Some Knitting. Oh, And a Giveaway Winner!

After what seems like a billion years (Ok, it was 9 months...) I finally finished the shawl I designed and started in December! Yay!

But that's not what you're here for, is it? :)

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments and well wishes. There were 33 total entries to the Lip Balm Giveaway!

I put that number into the Random Number Generator and I got...

Lucky number 13! That means Miss Debbie, you won the lip balm!

Miss Debbie said...
I liked the Bumblewood Facebook page!

Congratulations! I just need you to email me your mailing address to meg.bumblewood(@) (without the parenthesis) and I will get them in the mail to you. Or you can message it to me on Facebook. 

Stayed tuned for another giveaway coming next week!

Happy Friday everyone!

August 25, 2013

A Wee Vacation

We just got back from four days at the beach! It was so much fun, and very needed.

Before I tell you about our trip I just wanted to say WOW!  I was so surprised to get back to so many comments & entries on the giveaway post, and all the new fans on Facebook. Welcome to my new followers, new fans, and thank you all so much for all the love and well wishes. I will be holding more giveaways after this one over the next few weeks so be sure to check back! And if you haven't entered already, you can still enter the Lip Balm Giveaway until Thursday night!

This is Munchie after we had been in camp for 20 minutes. He was happy.

The original plan was to leave Friday and stay at a rented beach house with my family, but at the very last minute (and by last minute I mean 4 o'clock on Wednesday!) Ben was able to get Thursday off as well so we packed up the tent and went camping for one night before meeting up with everyone else. It was so much fun having a spur of the moment camping trip! We cooked hot dogs on skewers and roasted marshmallows and had s'mores, and after the kids went to bed Ben and I sat next to the fire and enjoyed the stars and sound of the waves.

Since my family wasn't supposed to get into town until afternoon on Friday, we had a lot of time to kill Friday morning.

We broke camp at 8 and went out to breakfast. Then we wandered the beaches. This is the first time Munchie has ever seen the beach.

Ben taught the big boys how to skip rocks...

Jack found a heart rock for me...

I found random rock art...

Then we went up to the bluffs above the beach and took a hike around and down to a little cove on a hunt for tidepools...

Munch in the backpack. I have been a bright-red head for 4 weeks and I am LOVING it. :D

After we were all completely worn out and slightly sunburned from our nature morning, we went out to fish n' chips for lunch, then to a little park at the end of the bay that Ben and I used to go to when we were little.

It has a cement pirate ship which has been there for as long as we can remember. It's awesome.

The rest of the weekend was spent with family, the big men went deep sea fishing, and we had a delicious BBQ Saturday night. Very nice and relaxing. And the weather was fantastic!

I finished sewing up the stocking. Just need to put on the little sparklies and things.

I found this really cute fabric at an adorable little fabric store that mom and I went to. Seriously cute little store. I wish I could live in it. This will probably become a new dress.

I came home to a pile of business related mail and a box of goodies - lip balm and lotion bar tubes and ingredients. I have another box coming tomorrow with more goodies!

We are officially signed up for the Craft Faire in October. I hope those who are able to will come down and visit us that day!

Happy Monday,

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