My Weekend


I had hoped to get a lot of sewing done over the weekend but alas, it did not happen.  I’m actually okay with that as I got other things done.

Saturday I visited Kayla.  Awhile ago she had lamented that I don’t go and see her.  I told her she doesn’t invite me.  So she invited me, and I went.  We had a great time.  We had lunch out and visited a few antique shops and nurseries.

I did remember to snap pictures at the antique shop but other than that, I forgot.  Sorry.

This antique shop is right in Monticello, Iowa just a few blocks from Kayla’s house.

I loved this marble top desk…so pretty.


Here’s Kayla admiring the button book.


She was also admiring this little vanity table.


I  have a thing that I love old filing cabinets….I don’t know what it is, but I do.


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Grand Canyon Trip–Sedona


A post from Kelli–

I’m working on a series of posts summarizing and sharing all of the fun that I’ve had on my recent trip to Arizona.

The first day of driving was a long one, but we ended out the day by visiting Sedona.  When we were driving through, they just so happened to have a little craft/flea market going on that we stopped at.  It was at the end of the day an many vendors were packing up there stuff, but we were able to visit a few.

Many had crafts, clothing, or jewelry that they were selling.  I found this wonderful puzzlebox–

Puzzle Box (400x300)

After talking to the seller, he told me that he makes these with his family in their family workshop.  I was amazed by the excellent craftsmanship and family dedication that he shared.  When looking for souveniers, I always want to find things that are authentic or were actually handmade by people, not produced in some factory.  I was soooo glad to find this!  And next door was a vendor selling popcorn–What else could a girl want?!?!

On our drive out, we were also able to see the beautiful red rocks of Sedona.

Sedona 2 (300x400)Aren’t they gorgeous?

Sedona 1 (400x300)
They are so different from what we have here in Iowa.  Different, but still beautiful!  And we were there at about the perfect time for some great shots.  After this little stop, we headed out and made it further up north to Flagstaff for an overnight.

Stay tuned to see where the rest of our travels took us in exploring the great state of Arizona.




My Weekend


It was a busy weekend around here….Birthdays, family, weddings and more.

Tuesday, the 16th, was Kalissa’s 22nd birthday.  Twenty second birthdays are usually not a big deal but they are when you are pregnant on your 21st birthday and can’t have a party then.  That was Kalissa last year at this time…pregnant.  So this year, Craig and friend threw her a party at the bar here in town.


It was a surprise.  All of my kiddos came home to join in the fun…even my Neighbor Girl came for a little bit.  We took her out for supper with us and she got to stay for a bit.  She really is as much of a part of our family as she can be without actually living here.  She is very much like a little sister to them.

We took the opportunity to snap a couple of family pictures.  Karl’s girlfriend Renae took the pictures.  She had asked, “Are you sure you want to pose there under the Bud Light sign?”  We all laughed and said sure.

Now I’m thinking the picture turned out pretty good and we should have taken it against a different wall.  Who knew we’d actually like the picture?!

I had debated for a long time about growing my hair out.  I sure am glad I did.  The other day after this picture was taken someone said they thought Kalissa and I were sisters.  I think that’s a far stretch but I can say this…I sure like by hair better now than it was short.


Here’s one of just the kiddos.  They are left to right-Buck, Kelli, Kalissa, Kayla and Karl. [Read more...]

Grand Canyon Trip–Lava Flow and Indian Ruins


A post from Kelli–

I’m working on a series of posts summarizing and sharing all of the fun that I had on my recent trip to Arizona.

After getting to Flagstaff, we quickly went to sleep and were up and at ‘em bright and early to go check out the Grand Canyon.  On our way, we stopped at an ancient lava flow.

Lava and Ruins 1 (300x400)
All of these rocks are made of lava from an ancient lava flow.  When checking them out, it was really interesting, but almost left me with more questions than answers.  How deep does the lava flow go?  What kinds of animals and remains are under and through the lava flow?  How long ago did this happen?

Lava and Ruins 2 (300x400)
It was also interesting to see some of the rock formations.  Three were a few hiking trails around that we saw people on, but we just took the short walking trail to get a couple extra looks.
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