Kate. My sweet Kate. Last week was a week of firsts for her. (Hank and I drove down south to Coronado Island with the kids to spend their vacation time, well, vacationing). Between trips to Sea World, the San Diego Wild Animal Park, and the zoo, we spent time in the water. . .Kate's very first time. And I must admit that she took to the water like a fish. Splashing! Laughing! Splashing! Giggling! It was all so very exciting for her, and it was a mixture of excitement/nostalgia for me.
I always enjoy moments of first-time experiences with my kids, and while I'm always in the present, enjoying the moment as it occurs, a part of me always tries to revel in these experiences as they are so fleeting. Time with my kids as babes is so precious, and so very fleeting. Seeing Kate splash about in Alison's old bathing suit brings me much happiness, and yet, in a way I feel a sweet sense of nostalgia. It wasn't too long ago that Alison was her age, and yep, I blinked, and now she's six. How can that be?
We're back home now, and the house is in a state of disarray. Laundry to be done, souvenirs to be put away, mail to sort through. But that's okay because the kids and I (and Hank) had a damn good time lazing about. And that is what vacation is all about, don't you think?
One of my highlights of the trip was that we were able to spend time with one of my very best friends (Hi Linda!) in San Diego. She and I have been pals since. . . since a long time now. She's a bride-to-be, and I am happily enjoying all of the wedding planning/excitement with her. Her husband-to-be just deployed to Pakistan today (for six months) so I am sure to keep him (and her) in my thoughts and prayers.
As for the CRAP SWAP...well, I'm trying to coordinate a plan of action for this crap swap as several fellow
hoarders crafters have expressed that they too would like to offer their goods up for swapping. But for now, here are just a few of the things that I have up for swap (will post more as time permits)...please read the continued. . . Griffin and Sabine Books I have a duplicate set of these guys. I love these books!!! If you're unfamiliar, check 'em out here. These guys have been claimed!
Wallies I have a bizillion Wallies designs (
shabby chic roses, topiaries, angels, magnolias, cherubs, spices, country chickens etc. . . ) Don't know what Wallies are? Go here to find out.
I'll post more goods later. . .yawn, I'm tired! But in the meantime, if you're interested, e-mail me!