Craft Weekend for Mama

Ross just informed me, “that’s quite the post!” I admit, it’s a little all over the place…

I just returned from a weekend away with some girlfriends. We went here and it was lovely, quiet and peaceful–a perfect atmosphere for setting up shop and getting to work.

There were other groups there. Some were knee deep in scrapbook supplies, while our table clicked away on our laptops, creating photo books of our children. I was happy to start on Analiese’s second year album since I had just finished her first year book. (Which I love and will treasure forever. I completed this one ahead of time because of a fabulous buy 1 get 1 deal that I stumbled upon as I was prepping for the weekend away.) But, since I only had a few months to catch up on for her second year book, I knew I had to bring other work to keep myself busy. It was a great opportunity to work on a friend’s wedding album:

…and some other design work, like this new design for pipe|up:

Pinstripe? Yes! Navy? Yes! Vintage looking photo frame? Yes!

I was extremely productive, but also had such a great time with the girls I was with. We listened to music, exchanged recipes and parenting advice, created and prayed together. It was truly a great weekend. Thank goodness it was, otherwise I would have been extremely homesick for my family. I missed them terribly, but it was definitely a nice change of pace.

{ No, we’re not posing for an AT&T ad… }

I can’t move on before talking about the food. The lady who owns the cabins and hosts these craft weekends cooks for everyone. We enjoyed homemade breakfasts, lunch, dinners and snacks. It was all so delicious! My favorite was the grilled cheese sandwiches made with homemade bread and raspberry jam in the middle. Yes, jam. In the middle of a grilled cheese sandwich. Why have I never heard of this before?

We had a very sweet reunion upon my return. I missed that smile of Analiese’s all weekend long–our longest time away from one another. That girl just melts my heart. Once Analiese was in bed for the night, Ross and I sat outside with a glass of wine and talked about our weekends…and ideas for all of the house and yard projects we’d like to tackle this summer. Then, this morning, Analiese and I had a good twenty minutes of cuddling in her chair before we really woke up for the day. It was perfect.

While I was gone, my in-laws visited and took 485 pictures. As Ross and I looked through them last night, I felt like I was a part of all of their activities. Like, switching out the rug in our living room:

{ Can’t you just hear her little grunts? }

I am so thankful they shared their photos with us. They captured things that I often take for granted; things that are a part of our every day lives, but haven’t taken the time to snap a photo of; things that we could easily forget as Analiese grows up.

{ Reading with Daddy before bed. }

{ Checking out what’s in the fridge. To Analiese, an open fridge is clearly an invitation to take a look inside. }

{ A frozen teether fixes every single bump and bruise. }

They also took advantage of the spring-like weather and went for a walk in Analiese’s new wagon. It looks like she LOVED it.

{ Blanket, check. Water bottle, check. Book, check. Bare legs, check! }

{ Thanks for visiting, Grandma and Grandpa! }

We laughed together as we watched the videos, too. I think this one is my favorite:


There are so many great things about it–like how Analiese is really starting to walk! Of course, though, the second she can hold on to something, she does. I love how she blinks like crazy as Emmie comes closer…and how she’s trying to say “dog”…”doh!” But I really laugh whenever I hear my father–in-law sternly say Analiese’s name as she disappears around the corner…he meant to say “Emmie!”

I also think this one is so sweet:


This is, too:

I was sad to miss their visit, but just loved seeing everything through their eyes.

One last thing…Ross removed the railing around our front porch! Good riddance, ugly railing! I will not miss you!

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  1. Three things…

    That craft room reminds me of the work space on Project Runway. Fun!

    I love the new pipe|up design. It is lovely.

    Also, the Analiese walking video is precious. There is nothing wrong with being cautious! Can she please teach that to my boys?

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