Monday, June 20, 2011

I'm Back!- Happy Monday & a Guest Designer

Happy Monday everyone,

Well we are back from vacation.  We all went to Pompano Beach, Florida for a week.  Every year we take a week or so and head to Florida.  I have been  going to Pompano since I was a little bitty girl, and I just love it even though when we go it is 90 degrees and above, but when we are at the pool or the beach it doesn't seem so.  Every day is the same--head to the beach at 9:00 a.m. hang out and then around 10:30 or so we head to the pool.  Finally around 12:00 we head in and I make lunch and we all relax.  The boys take a nap and then we shower and get dressed and head out to eat.  Florida is just our speed and we hit the early bird specials.  Love it!  When we come back we all get back in our suits and take a nice night swim.  We are all exhausted and then we all fall asleep.  For me--AWESOME!  We always plan to do one adventure and this year we went to Lion Country Safari and we had a blast.  I really do not like zoos because they have a small area for one or two animals and they just lay in their cages.  This zoo was AMAZING!  It wan unlike any other I have ever been.  The animals roam free over tons of acres of land.  You drive through it in your car and the animals just move about.  Simply amazing! The animals just roam around and many times you have to just sit in your car till the pack moves from the road.  the animals always have the right away.  Here are a couple of pictures.

When we got back on Saturday Jack and I had to get busy with hubby's father's day present.  I already took care of it (books--hubby LOVES to read!) before we left, but Jack had the idea to decorate a bag (like mommy does he said--how cute is that?).  So I got out all my Imaginisce stamps and ink pads and Jack went to town.  I think he did a fantastic job.  So my guest designer is once again my son, Jack.

The front view:

The back view:

I love it when the little ones get so excited to create something.  When Jack gave the gift to hubby he was so proud of it!

inks-tim holtz distress inks

I want to thank everyone for the kind words about being the sketch artist at Burlap & Buttercups. I am really excited! You all are so kind! I missed you all on vacation.  I can't wait to explore all the posts that I missed for the last 10 days.  Hubby and I wanted to have a technology free vacation.  It was nice but boy am I ready to get back to blogging PLUS I have not scrapped in TEN days.  I was having serious withdrawals.  I had my sketch pad with me so I have tons of new ideas so now I just have to carve out some time and I will be set! 

Thanks for stopping by today.  I will be back tomorrow with a new layout.  See ya then!


Kathy said...

Yay! You're back and rested!! I grew up in Sarasota, Florida in between my dad's stations (Air Force). The beaches are amazing. So glad you had such a good and relaxing time. Jack's bag is such a sweet gift for his daddy and what a compliment to you! Hope this week brings lots of blessings:)

Handmade Hannah said...

Glad you are back after what looks like a fantastic break! I bet you cannot wait to get back to creating. Sometimes it is really good to take a break and then jump straight back in with a fresh pair of eyes - works for me now and again :)

Jingle said...

Welcome back! It looks like you got some wonderful pictures! I absolutely LOVE Jack's adorable gift bag! How fun!

mborrero said...

OMG your were right up the street from me Pompano the area where I grew up!


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Becky said...

Welcome back Mary Pat! So glad you had a nice relaxing vacation! I love Jack's gift bag :) Better to come back ready to create than not, right? Haha!

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time, Mary Pat! My kids would LOVE that zoo ~ and what a little artist Jack is! =) (My hubby woke up yesterday morning to a homemade sign my oldest had made for him ... so cute.) Happy scrapping!

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

Welcome back! so glad you had a great time with your family. he is becoming a great little artist! Happy Scrappin! Congrats on your new postion!

Just Jaime said...

Welcome back! Looks like you'll have tons to scrap from your vacation!

Blessed Ladybug said...

love the picture love your blog and i received my package thanks.. have a blessed day ....

Connie said...

glad you had a great time!!! good thing your teaching your children to be "crafty" !! love it!!!

ScrappnBee said...

Love all the great pics! I agree that it is too cute the stuff that our kids create!! Glad you had a great Fathers Day & vacation!

Staci said...

Great photos! The gift bag is super!

Margie H said...

Looks like you all had a grand old time...wonderful pictures! The bag is decorated so well - it runs in the family ;0) Great job!!

Tracy said...

So glad you had a wonderful vacation.
I am not sure our family could go gadget free for a vacation, lol.
Jack did an excellent job on his gift bag. So cute.

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