Drove out on Sunday the 19th and had a lovely time. Here are some pages from the stay. Lots more photos to process and journaling to do. I did all these in the week after we got back. We drove back Thursday the 23rd --- stopping to shop on the way, getting back late and then ... . . Friday we hit Water Country. Wiped out . . and euphoric to be making the most of the summer.
When You and the Land are One
journaling: When we visit Mom and Dad we are visiting them AND this whole beautiful world they’ve made. It’s like the farm IS them and they are the farm. So many lovely nooks and crannies inside and out to spend time in. And nowadays, Dad’s wheels are a part of the whole experience, too. So this is a picture of Mom & Dad & you boys & the girls & Ethan in the barnyard, a silo behind you, gathered around the 4-wheeler. August 2007.
supplies: papers, floral brush: Kellie Mize, Organic Bits; stitching: Katie Pertiet, Red Stitches; both from www.designerdigitals.com; fonts: You are Loved, Gentium
They're Really Blue
journaling: Since we made the hike in July (a long & round-about & messy walk) to the spot where men are cutting bluestone on Grandpa’s farm, they’ve put in a road. A road! Well, hey! let’s do that hike again--but this time it’ll surely be easier. And really it was much shorter. However, mud is still mud. Once again, the boys were doing the hike barefoot. And Hannah lost a shoe, briefly. But this time no one complained. So it was different. There were rocks in wet spots that really showed how blue they are. And there was another site being carved out. It’s very cool to see how the rock forms in horizontal plates or shelves. And it’s always fun to take home a few (blue) souvenirs.
supplies: papers: Dana Zarling, Retro Grunge; ledger grid: Katie Pertiet, Ledger Grids; voice bubbles: Anna Aspnes, Karvella; brads: Patty Knox, Brad Bonanza; computer fonts: Bodini MT, Impact, SF Cartoonist Hand, Pigiarniq
journaling: One of the 1st things you all wanted to do when we arrived in Oxford this summer was to camp out. With no more camper, it would have to be tents. And we did bring ours and the girls had one -- and I felt OK about letting Mark be in charge of this go-round since I did it last summer. ;)
We set the tents up in late afternoon. When it was dark, Mark & Pepper hosted a bonfire. Just as we were coming back to Grandma & Grandpa’s, there were fireworks in the distance. You all sat out for quite a while watching. When it was time to go to bed, Isaac took my watch because he & Sarah were going to stay up til midnight. Mark & Matt sat out drinking a beer. Joshua decided he was too tired to sleep out and I took Isaac’s bed in his room -- with an open window right above the campers. He and I were out quickly. And then at @ 11:30, Isaac you came up and said everyone was asleep and it was no fun anymore and so could you have your bed back. Apparently, Sarah woke and asked Grandma to take her home about 4 (the frogs were too noisy) and Mark, Hannah & Emma headed out at 6. Everyone said it was a lot of fun.
supplies: papers, journaling spots by Katie Pertiet from Krafty Ledger Paper Pack and Curled Journal Spots; alpha, gingham paper and ribbon by Lynn Grieveson, Brighton all from www.designerdigitals.com. fonts: Antique Type; shapes cut from DD papers with PS custom shape, felt and stitching actions: www.atomiccupcake.com.
I Don't Know Why We Called It Mississippi
journaling: While in Oxford last week, the boys and I walked over to what my brother, cousins, and I called “The Mississippi TreeHouse.” It was surrounded by brambles, choke cherry bushes, and barbed wire, but the boys were game to get in. They were impressed with the 3-story nature of the fort. A large rock provided the main floor. The ground below was our cellar, and platforms in the trees were the upper floor. They’re gone now, but our old sink, covered with a large stone, was still there, as well as the “lamps” we suspended with baling twine, and old milkcan stools. We spent so many hours spent here: Dawn, Kathy, Terry, Mark and I. The boys loved it and thought the 1st thing to do would be to install catwalks between the trees. How cool this is still here -- 30 years later, and how cool it is to see my boys excitement for it. August 2007. Established circa 1970.
supplies: papers: by Katie Pertiet from Puzzled Paper Pack and Krafty Ledger Paper Pack; Kellie Mize, Organic Bits Kit; labels by Katie Pertiet, Loosely Labeled; stamps by Katie Pertiet, Children Postage; all from www.www.designerdigitals.com; fonts: Century Gothic, Fondinerdotcom, Freebooter Script; sanding action by www.AtomicCupcake.com