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Vistors Arriving Round 2!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Against my better judgment and natural inclination, I took yesterday 'off.' I felt like I should have been cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, but I realized that their flight doesn't arrive until 8pm tonight and, honestly, I NEEDED the one day of rest and sleep in between guests. I was running a fever, horribly dehydrated, and just felt exhausted. I am happy to report that I feel right back up to speed today, so clearly it worked. :)

I am currently in the throes of laundry, picking up, airing out, and re-stocking. I will be heading to the grocery store shortly. I do have our menu for the week planned out, though, so that's something! Plus, my in-laws are incredibly laid back so all of the high standards are mine. Haha.

I hope everyone else has been having a good month. I hate not having as much time for SP (even my logging is lacking, although I am still keeping up with my numbers, just not always logging in on here every day right now), but I DID still manage to lose a solid pound (it was closer to two, but I like to be conservative with my charting!) while we had guests last week, so I must be doing ok!

  
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MYTURNNOW2013 4/23/2014 3:52PM

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/22/2014 2:34PM

    I'm glad you got some rest. You are really having to push yourself. Enjoy your visit with your inlaws. Congratulations on the weight loss.

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THEGROOVYCHICK 4/22/2014 1:54PM

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Happy Easter! (A few photos from the week.)

Monday, April 21, 2014

What a wonderful day to stop and think about how fortunate we are, how important forgiveness in our lives is, and how we should treat others. :)

We had a lovely Easter. Also, my sister in law and our friend made it safely back to the mainland and we have exactly one day until our next visitors arrive. I have just enough time to get everything re-scrubbed, all the laundry caught up from the week, the guest room bedding changed, the guest baskets re-stocked, and all of the shopping for the week done. No pressure! Haha.

Hope you all had a great day and are enjoying some lovely weather!

(Morning set up at our house today and the cake I made for our Carnival/Circus theme lunch on Saturday.)





Hand blown tissue paper eggs I made


My mini milk bottle in use (I made one for each member of our family and two that say 'guest')


Pokeball egg I made

  
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GOSPELCLOWN 4/22/2014 10:45PM

    Great colours and a fun theme!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/21/2014 9:05AM

    Loved the pictures!! You are so creative. I'm glad you had a great time. It sounds like you will be very busy! I hope you find some time to relax.

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MYTURNNOW2013 4/21/2014 8:53AM

    Great pictures! You are such a creative person! Now, get scrubbing lady, you've got company coming LOL!

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Still Here!

Friday, April 18, 2014

I know I've neglected this, but I've been busy. My sister in law is visiting, so online time is almost non-existent. I am currently trying to keep myself awake to finish the specialty Easter eggs I am making for everyone's baskets (we will have our usual six for our family, plus one for my sister in law and one for another friend who is coming over from the mainland for the weekend).

We are going to try to make the early morning Good Friday service tomorrow, but I have accepted that with guests, one half sick child, and everything else going on - it just may not happen. Normally I would get all worked up over this, but I am making myself go with the flow.

Hope you are all doing well!

(Oh, and our second Advanced Gum Paste class went well. We just made parts for the final project. Lots of petals and leaves that are half finished at this point, and nothing is coming home with us each week.)

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/18/2014 2:19PM

    You sound really busy. Don't worry about us. We will be here when you have time. I hope you enjoy your time with your family.

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MYTURNNOW2013 4/18/2014 10:34AM

    Which half of the child is sick? LOL! OK I know that's not what you meant.

You are one busy lady! I hope you have a very enjoyable Easter with your family.

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Photos of Today's Walk.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

We had such a nice weekend, and such gorgeous weather. Today's church service featured Baptisms and Child Dedications, so that was very nice to witness. Afterward, we took all the children down to a beautiful oceanfront garden/park where we all had a great time. Following that, we went to drop off food for someone in temporary need who had reached out to the community for help. I love when opportunities to help someone come up at a time when we can do just that. It also helps show the children how to apply the spirit of giving all year long.

The busiest two weeks all Spring are coming up. I hope I am up to the task!








  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/14/2014 9:03AM

    Beautiful pictures!! It sounds like a magical day!

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Son's 15th Birthday - and I Made a Strawberry Rose (Photos)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Yesterday one of our sons turned 15! He is a fantastic young man and we all had a wonderful day. We had a tropical luau dinner party, games afterward, and then enjoyed a Cupcake Volcano. Along with the fruit kabobs I had made, I tried my hand and making strawberry roses for the first time ever. Needless to say, we're all hooked and now we want strawberry roses at every meal. Haha.

Yesterday was gorgeous weather, today is gorgeous weather, and our weekend is supposed to be stunning, as well. Looks like lots of outdoor time. My sister in law arrives on Tuesday for a week and sadly it looks like rain is predicted for her entire visit. :/ I hope it is wrong!


Now for photos.


The strawberry rose! (I made several others, but this was the very first)


The table and bar set up










My son's Cupcake Volcano (The orange/red is the lava, the coconut and cake sparkles are 'volcanic ash.')






All alight! We used sparkler candles to make it 'erupt.'

  
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GOSPELCLOWN 4/17/2014 1:42AM

    That looks like a lot of fun. Who wouldn't enjoy a luau?
The cupcakes are a great way to portion out cake!

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MYTURNNOW2013 4/11/2014 3:19PM

    You are so clever!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/11/2014 3:08PM

    Great pictures!! I loved the decorations and the party food and the strawberry flowers were beautiful! I'm sure he had an amazing birthday.

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