So, today I am going to show you the box and I'll show you some of the contents over the rest of the week. I haven't done much with the outside of my box yet and I need to. It is a little drab. I worked my tail off finishing the inside and so I haven't paid much mind to the outside. I have to do some work on the outside because Zoe got some green ink on it when she was "helping" me stamp. In Jackie's template she suggests an address book but I made mine a birthday calender instead and made each page of the little book a month. My grandma just asked for some cards from me so I think I'll send her this set. She'll be thrilled. (At least she better be...LOL). I love the Ginger Blossom DSP from Stampin Up and so that is what I chose to do with this box. It is a paper that seems so nice and caring. (That does sound a bit corny huh?) I'll be sad to lose this pattern of paper from the catalog but it will go since it has an in color in it that is retiring. I am really going to miss this year's In Colors. **Sigh**
I'll be back later with more about the goodies in the box!
On a Personal Note: Summer is going well. Zoe has been loving her dance class. It is so fun to watch her. She really tries hard to please Miss Mary, she does what she is told and today was helping another little girl follow directions. It is cute. I really am a lucky mommy. She is obedient (most of the time) and happy. If we stick with the class she'll actually get to have a recital. That is so exciting. I started dance at a young age and loved the recital part. I hope she'll continue to love it!
This year I have been amazed at how comfortable she is in the water. She just puts on her floaties and has no fear. (Kind of scary for mommy). She floats in the water and just acts like it is no big deal that she can't touch the bottom. She jumps off the side of the pool (after she saw the big girls do it) and doesn't really mind getting her face wet. People always seem surprised that she is just a little over 2.
We leave Thursday for Illinois. I always look forward to going. My MIL is a great lady and I never feel out of place there. We'll go for week but when Brett and I come home Zoe will stay for another week for some alone time with Gramma. They both love it. My SIL Beth just had her second baby, Anna, and I can't wait to meet her. Brett's brother Bart and his wife Tracy will also be there and they have a 6 month old we have never met, Abby. That is so crazy that we don't know her yet. I can't wait to meet these beautiful new nieces and see my other niece and nephew. It is so nice to have them; as an only child I often wondered if I'd ever get to have nieces and nephews. I love my Aunts so much and wanted to be an Aunt myself one day. I have to admit I am not very good at it yet. It is hard when we all live so far apart. I hate that. Maybe one day life circumstances will change but for now it is what it is. God's plan is a huge mystery to me. But I am assuming he has one and He'll let me in on it sooner or later, right? (Jeremiah 29:11)