Thursday, April 26, 2012

Around Here

We have got a lot going on, I guess I didn't prepare my self for how busy the end of the school year is, how could I forget this!? And my Mother-In-Law is in town, hence the lack of posts this week--sorry dear friends!

I so have missed blogging this week, truly; so I thought I'd share a few things that we've been up to.

After Chicago, I barely had a day to rest or even catch my breath when I got home when we drove 3 hours north to stay at a fancy resort for a night. Just my husband and I--he was asked to be a keynote speaker at a conference there about social media and they put us up in a gorgeous cabin 10 feet away from a beautiful, calm, clear lake full of Loons! {If you didn't know, the Loon is Minnesota's state bird}. We arrived early Monday afternoon so we could make the most of it, and let me tell you, we did. It was so relaxing, and quiet, and such a peaceful night, at 65 degrees or so. We had a nice dinner and dessert, walked around the resort a bit, watched the sunset, and then headed back into our cabin. Oh the rippling of the water and the sound of the Loons was enough for me to have a heart attack because of the beauty! I appreciated and really cherished every.single.minute.

Then when we returned and picked up my my Mother-In-Law at the airport, and we've been pretty busy ever since. The first night we took her to Schaar's Bluff which is just minutes from our house, and has beautiful views of the Mississippi, and we took a short walk and a few pictures.

Tonight, my daughter was asked to speak at a charity event at school for homelessness, and also sang in the choir. I was so proud of her, she's a really great public speaker.

Man this girl makes me proud. To see your children come into their own with the foundation that we are so privileged to give them, is truly an incredibly beautiful, gratifying, exciting, cherished, honorable thing. This girl never seizes to amaze me at all she has her hands in, and I glow at each and every event, competition, play, concert, recital, prom, etc. I see her in/at. She really has done my heart well and I look forward to seeing her become more of the woman she is meant to be.

Tomorrow night she has a dance competition, she is in Jazz, and Lyrical this year. Here are a few pictures from her competition a couple of weeks ago:

She's on the far right.

Here are a few other things we've been doing:

 You got it... I am finally learning to embroider!! I have had this kit for about 2 years; thank you Kay Norman!

I feel so Jane Austen-ish.

I just love it so far!

We made  corn bread muffins, a frittata and gabbed our brains out {We see her maybe twice a year}. She went to Rehab with me today, we did some shopping, got some frozen yogurt and an iced coffee {her first ever}. . .

We have played  Monopoly Deal and Boggle, did some show & tell, and laughed and teared.

We still plan on  meeting my Mom for breakfast one morning, going to church, watching Temple Grandin and doing some alterations on a few of my clothes. Oh, and if there's time, she's going to take me to the fabric store so I can pick out a few things for her to make me. She's an expert behind the sewing machine, and I reap the rewards.

It's been a sweet visit so far and I'm looking forward to more gabbing, more coffee and more cooking & baking together, it's been a treat.

The countdown for the end of this year has officially begun; Show Choir is over! And this weekend is the last dance competition; she's in the school musical next weekend, and then just a few things {well several several things} to wrap up the rest of Junior year.  I don't mean to be wishing it away, I need to remember that last year is her last. It's just so chaotic at the end of the school year, I am looking forward to a breather!

Have a good weekend everyone, I hope you are all doing well, if you aren't or if you are, send me an email, I would be honored to pray for you and yours. {I am still looking for a unique way to "honor" or give a shout out to my readers but no one is cooperating, BAAAHHHH, you stinkers!!! LOL} Haha it's ok, I understand! I'm just teasing you:)

You can also find me here today, a piece I really think many of you will find relevant.



Elisha(: said...

Love those beach pictures!!! So so pretty (:

Amy said...

Gina , i loved your post.... First how amzing that you got yo getaway with your husband, and that you get to have your mom with you.... And you gush when you write anbout your daughter and it is lovely! Temple gradin is an amazing movie..... Inspiring story and a must see for every person on this planet.... ( i really liked it)
Loved looking at your lovely pics!

What kind of shout out do you want to do?


Amy said...

By the way... Sorry for all the typos on my comment please forgive me.... I was typing with one finger as i was cuddling my little one with my other arm.....

fiddlehead said...

busy and full, wonderful life! Look at all the amazing blessings....your MIL certainly sounds wonderful and to have so much time together in this way is so special. I hope someday to have daughter's by marriage like you...very special like you.

Brandy Jane Mabel said...

You have been a busy lady! Love keeping up with you on Instagram!

Have a great weekend lovely friend. xo

Brandy Jane Mabel

Liza said...

You sound like you have been busy. But it all sounds like busy in a good way.

I wish I had such a wonderful relationship with my mother-in-law. It sounds like you had a blast with her.

I love embroidering! As a teen I did a whole weeks set of tea towels. You can tell which ones I started with and which ones I finished with. My technique improved over the years. I started another set not too long ago, but have kind of forgotten about that. You've inspired me to search for them and give it a try again.

His Little Lady said...

all such great images! beautiful! and your daughter is gorgeous!
xo TJ

SymbioticLife said...

Beautiful photos of your get away. How on earth does your daughter manage to do so much?! That's crazy!! She's got amazing extension as well. It sounds like you're having a great time with your MiL. If I come across any reader appreciation ideas, I'll let you know!

theolivetree said...

I used to cross stitch with my grandma...I need to pick that back up! Your daughter is a beautiful sister is the same way...I can't even do a how the talent works out ;0)

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

What stunning photos :) Loved reading this! The nature there is just breath taking!

Erin @ Currently Coveting said...

Beautiful photos! I wish I lived by the water.

Mary said...

as always, your pictures are stunning!
it seems like life is just passing me by so quickly these days!
i wish it would SLOW.DOWN! :)
have a great weekend!

dana @ wonder forest said...

you have been busy! good luck with the embroidering!!!
lovely photos too :)
xo dana

memory said...

Temple Grandin... don't even get me started on that movie. On of my most favorite inspirational movies ever.
I love that picture of you at the beach! You're so lovely.
I just tried frozen yogurt for the first time at a local place here this week and I'm officially addicted. :)


ash said...

so glad you've been having such a lovely time! i've been thoroughly enjoying your photos, though i have to say they did make me a little jealous. the lake was so beautiful!

enjoy the rest of your visit. ♥

chambanachik said...

Just all around gorgeousness.

Bob said...

Love this article

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PrettyRiot said...

Love your photos :) Great blog!

Autumn said...

Looks like you are having the time of your life. Your daughter has so many talents- it's so impressive! What does she plan on doing in college?

Farrah said...

Hah we both had visits from the mother in law! this is why I have been quiet too. Ah so much to do!
Glad you had some quiet time with the husband :) yay! and your daughter has a beaaaautiful soul.

knorman said...

Love the Mississippi river pic with my kids. I'm on the blog!!! Yeah Hooray!!!!

knorman said...

Been a great visit. Off to MI tomorrow!!! Sad to leave the Mississippi River kids!

Kristina said...

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sophistifunk said...

so many beautiful photos!