It's been a crazy week. I had at least three blog posts planned, but didn't end up with time to write any of them. This is being written at the last minute as we pack up for a short road trip and then a ten day stay with Sarah, Adam, Caleb, and Hannah. I'm looking forward to the time away, and to spending time with family!
Yesterday, Miss Skylar turned seven! It seems like just yesterday she was turning three. Betsy hosted a family dinner party last night for her, and today there was a kids' party at a trampoline center (I think.) Matt told us not to bother to come to that since we'd never get any time with the kids and it would be "crazy." He was probably right, and I definitely needed the time today to finish getting ready for the trip.
Here are some pics from the party last night.
The birthday girl with her "best gift ever"---an American Girl doll!
And because I don't want to leave out the little sisters:
Ella, taking photos. Check out the heart-shaped flash!
Miss Madelyn, who has grown 3 1/2 inches since January. She LOVES the monkey bars, the swings, and the slide.
The theme for Skylar's party was mermaids. September's Simon Says Card Kit featured mermaids, and I almost passed on it. Then I remembered I have four granddaughters seven years and under so I chose to have it sent. So glad I did. It was perfect for this year's birthday card.
I purchased the Simon Says "Waves" stencil which I'm sure I'll use again, and blended a variety of blue Distress Oxide inks on a piece of watercolor paper. Then I stamped the mermaid and colored her with Copic markers. The sentiment on the front of the card comes from a Stampendous set called "Ocean Wisdom." After adding some glitter to the mermaid's fins with a Spectrum Noir glitter pen and three sequins, I adhered the stamped piece to a card made from Hawaiian Shores.
Here's a closer look at the sparkly mermaid.
I'm taking my laptop and external hard drive with me, so hope to get the planned blog posts up mid-week when we get to Sarah's. Hopefully, there'll be some photos from the road trip as well. For sure, I'll be seeing you next week with the last of the Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt photos---the last of which I snapped last night!