A little late, I know. I can't believe almost two months have gone by since my last blog post. Sheesh. If you're still reading - thanks for sticking with me. I've been off of work since last Thursday. There's nothing like a little time off to clear my head and motivate me again. As I'm sure I complained about in my last post, work has been all-consuming. There's something about that that just completely saps my creativity. Time off always helps me get some perspective. As much as I'm dreading going back to work tomorrow, I'm determined to find a way to make time to do the things I love.
I didn't manage to take advantage of this time off to actually make anything, but it's been a crazy then relaxing 10 days. Last Thursday, my older daughter and I headed to Providence, RI, so she could participate in the annual regional Irish Dance competition (Oireachtas). I think this is our 5th year. It's always kind of fun for just the two of us to stay in a hotel, get room service, and shop, but the competition days can be pretty crazy. They're always twice as long as I expect. There are thousands of people, and of course, my daughter is always pretty nervous. She did really well though, and overall, we had a good time. Here she is in her new-to-us, very expensive dress:
I got to exercise my craft skills just a bit by gluing on 60 Swarovski crystals. I also got to sew gold trim on 8 of their dresses for another team dance. That's really the only sewing I've done since my last blog post in September. Ouch.
After the awards ceremony on Sunday, we got back late on Sunday night then the other 3 kids and I packed up to head up to Rangeley. Maggie and Dad joined us later that evening. We had a lovely, relaxing time there. We played games, went to the pool and hottub, walked, checked out the new bowling alley, played in the park for a bit, and had a Thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat.
Since it was just the 6 of us and we had the entire week free, we decided to have our Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday. We knew we'd be leaving Rangeley on Friday and didn't fancy the idea of bringing a partial turkey carcass back home with us. But aren't the leftovers the best part of Thanksgiving?! So on the real Thanksgiving, we relaxed and hiked and ate turkey sandwiches. It was great! Here are some photos of our hike near Small's Falls . . .
Joe is always good at listening to Addie's woes of which there are always many.
This crew left us in their dust.
Addie finally got a chance to walk Myrtle. She was in Heaven. Maggie was stressed.
On Friday, the 4 kids and I headed to my dad's new farm (have I even blogged about that yet?). There's really not much near Rangeley, and there's really not much near my dad's farm, but the Garnet Hill Factory Store in Franconia, NH (which is probably not normally really on the way to anything) just happened to be located about halfway between the two - right on our way. AND they just happened to be having a sale with 50% off everything. How convenient is that?! My kids waited very patiently while I shopped (for about 15 minutes) and stood in line (for about 45 minutes).
We had a nice relaxing afternoon/evening on the farm checking out my dad's progress, and . . .
running around after a long car ride
taking tractor rides
laughing with a funny uncle
visiting with cousins,
and trying out my dad's new pool table.
Some of us looked more professional than others
We continued to play pool into the next day, walked the farm property with all of it's glorious stone walls, maple trees, and potential. The boys went off into the woods a bit later to shoot at tin cans.
All the while we smelled the delicious turkey cooking.
We had a lovely second Thanksgiving dinner that evening and speculated about all the things that would be farm-grown for the next Thanksgiving. My sister and her family were there along with my brother. A few other friends joined us who are always fun to visit with. One of them is running this cool project - check it out.
My husband skipped the farm to stay home and get the house ship-shape and ready for Christmas decorating. He actually put all the decorations out except for the tree. It was great to come home to a festive house. Now we're all ready to put the tree up next weekend.
I'm hoping some Christmas crafting inspiration hits. What are you working on for gifts or otherwise?