I thank you all for your patience with my blogging this past week - what a whirlwind!!! I think I'll start at the beginning and try and make my way through this past week with a number of posts over the next few days.
First I went camping with my little Brownie! Our Girl Scout troop has nine girls and all nine, plus all nine Mom's went camping. What an adventure!!! I am truly grateful to our wonderful troop leaders for their amazing planning and leadership. Kim, is a fabulous leader and had us doing "real" girl scout "stuff" - LOL! Thank goodness that she did have a wonderful cabin to shelter us though, because Saturday was quite the day. Rain, mist, wind - WOW - we were quite the sight, but we kept at it.
I will share just a few of our adventures with you. On Saturday we donned our rain gear and off we went on a shell hunt. We then made concrete stepping stones embedding some of our treasures within - I will definitely be having Katrina help me find a spot in our garden to nestle this delightful creation.
We also made pizza from "scratch" and then get this - we actually cooked them on the beach in nine (yes, 9) individual "box ovens". I kid you not!!! The wind was whipping, the sand was blowing, but we did it :D I had never even heard of a box oven before - LOL! Basically you turn a large fruit box in to an oven. By lining it with foil and using charcoal briquettes, tin cans and more foil you make an oven. Here we are - grinning from ear to ear enjoying the moment together. Daniela - thank you for sharing this picture with me. Of course I am like every good mom - I never take a picture of myself, so this is a rare treat to have one of the two of us :D
The next day turned out to have MUCH more pleasant weather! We did not get drenched and were able to enjoy the incredible sights that nature provided. We strolled the beach, built sand castles and I even snuck in a few moments to get a couple of shots of the beauty of nature.
There is nothing as precious as watching a child explore the beach - and to see nine of them... well... you get the picture.
Complete abandon - total enjoyment - nothing else in the world but the smell of salt water, wind in your hair and my beautiful little baby growing right before my eyes.
The hummingbird that flitted around these gorgeous, exotic flowers was playing mind games with me - LOL! I think he knew how much I wanted to capture him and thus just would not cooperate. So instead you just get this electrifying flower to help you with your next color challenge. It sort of reminds me of the colors I selected for the latest Paper Trey Ink image release. Don't forget - it's tonight that you can get the newest Text Boxed stamp set. It's a TRUE beauty - snap it up NOW!
What is it about a weathered, windswept fence that captures our hearts? Then to add a few flowers on top of it all - I just had to take this picture :D
To sit and enjoy the snail's pace of life for just a few moments was soothing. It helped prepare me for the adventures to follow and now I have a whole new set of warm memories and beautiful images to hold in my heart. So sorry if you were looking for creative inspiration tonight, but I just had to share some of my little treasures with you all. Off to bed for me now - gotta get some shut eye so that tomorrow's adventures will be a little more organized then today's :D