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A Tad Ominous…

It feels like this weekend is going to whiz past before it starts… The events on our calendar are a tad ominous… Thankfully it starts with an early out today. Here goes: Golf Qualifier, hockey, boys choir, hockey, hockey fundraiser, more hockey, boys choir mass, volleyball, hockey, lacrosse. Sleep? Maybe!

It should be a very fun weekend and before we know it we will be back to Monday!

Last night was the first softball game of the season. Ky totally shocked me because she got a 3 run homerun on her first hit of the season.

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Ha! She caught me off guard!

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I made quite a few faith related necklaces for some wholesale orders…

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I hope you have a relaxing weekend!
Xo, Kris

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Instagraming It Up!

The past week has been a flurry of activity…

Kya’s hockey team secured their spot to advance to Regions in three games last weekend. I think Kya had one of her best games ever with two goals and two assists in a 4-0 win. Pretty Sweet. They have one more game to determine District Playoff Champs and first or second seed on Sunday morning. Keeping our fingers and toes crossed!

Kya is also at the end of her History Day project, a doozy of a project and we will be celebrating when she turns it in. This project takes months and we are so grateful that it is our last one!!

I have been having fun “Instagraming it up” lately! I love it because it is pretty quick to post and it is very visual.

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My account is KrisLanae, here is a photo of the True Love Infinity bracelet I posted today.

I had fun making this bracelet… It is a double wrap chain bracelet with a hand stamped key, wirework and a few other funky elements.

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I posted it in my etsy shop here: ( https://www.etsy.com/listing/179945564/true-love-infinity-double-wrap-hand )

I hope your day is filled with joy!
Kris πŸ™‚

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Moved by Magnificent Sportsmanship

Yesterday we witnessed the most amazing sportsmanship I have ever witnessed. Before I share the story, I want to tell you about some of the history building up to the day.

Tom and I have been married twenty years. Tom has played volleyball for years and much of our early married life and memories involved volleyball and volleyball friends. Tom was so much fun to watch as he played the sport he was so passionate about. He had the honor to be asked to play in Nationals the summer we were married.

Our kids would come to volleyball as babies and toddlers to watch and chase around the gym. The love of volleyball has thankfully passed on to our children.

By third grade Kya was begging her Dad to play JO volleyball but in our area, teams did not develop until 6th grade. In 5th grade. After conferences one evening, Tom was talking to some parents telling them of Kya’s wish to play. A few of them piped in and said, my daughter would like to play too. Within a few moments in the hall at conferences, they quickly had a team of nine girls that wanted to play and two parents including Tom willing to coach them.

They approached the local organization and were told they were too young to play that they had to wait until the next year. The parents decided to form a team and join an association out of town. Some of the girls were new to volleyball and some had basic knowledge. The first year was filled with hours of basic skills, tedious repetitive drills and dedicated parents and coaches.

The girls worked hard and battled their way through their tournaments playing girls a grade or two above them. The coaches, Tom and Lori made a choice in the beginning to play all of the girls equally throughout the entire year. They never pulled one of the girls for a missed serve, or for trying but missing a ball. They developed a team, not individuals. The final game of the season resulted in the girls taking the championship of the silver (lower) division. It was a huge win for the girls.

The following year, the choice had to be made to join the local club or to stay together. As a group, the parents choose to stay together, not to be rebels, but to give their kids a strong foundation of volleyball.

The second year was a joy! As a result of the equal play, the girls developed together. They tried hard and every line was as strong as the next. The lines rotated steadily, each set of three girls taking their turn on the bench… Never altering rotation whether it was pool play or the Championship game. The second year, this team of sixth graders and one fifth grader took2nd in Gold in their first tourney 1st in Gold level every tournament after. In my opinion, this is a testament to their coaches for giving them the confidence to play without worrying about making a mistake. And of course, the dedication of the girls and their parents.

After much debate, the parents decided to keep the team together for a third year. It was an individual decision by every single parent.

I know that life is not about winning and my concern for the year as a parent was to make sure that our kids are humble and to keep them challenged. We played our first tournament yesterday at their 13’s level and we have moved them up to 14’s for the rest of the year to challenge them. We realize that it is not about winning, but improving and playing your hardest. We have no idea what we face for the rest of the year, we could get stomped on every tourney, but we are doing the best by our kids.

(I had no intention of writing this story today… I am so sorry for being so long winded. There has been negative talk about our decision to keep this team together and the words flowed today. I challenge any parent to look at it from a parents perspective and honestly say that they would make a different decision for their child.)

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So this leads me to the 16 team tournament we played yesterday. The girls played well and won their pool and the first round of playoffs.

In the second round we faced the Sauk Rapids 13-1 team. As a spectator, the game was incredibly fun to watch. This team we were facing had skills… But the most impressive thing they had was heart and enthusiasm.

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In the first game, the score steadily grew in our favor. I can’t recall exactly how many points we were ahead, definitely double digits, but this team filled with heart, celebrated each and every point they earned as though it were game point. Most impressive, was that they did not get down at all when the Sauk Rapids team was behind. Their bubbly personalities encouraged the effort of their teammates. I can’t recall the exact score but it was something like 25-6.

So as the second game ensued, they started fresh and motivated! In fact they went on to win the second game, 27-25. Some of our girls, my daughter included, struggled to stay positive in that second game, which is natural in sports.

Our team went on to win the match in the third game. The thing that resonated with me and our girls was the display of sportsmanship that we had the fortune to witness yesterday.

Our girls came off the court moved by the encouraging words of the team that we took out of the championship game. The girls were given the gift of positive comments and behavior that displayed emotional maturity beyond their years. Some of our girls even hugged girls from the other team afterword. What an amazing experience.

The girls continued talked about this team as they left the court and throughout the remainder of the day and actually went on to win the Gold Championship.

I was moved by this team’s attitude and was able to compliment some of the parents and let them know how very impressed we were with their girls and coach.

As a Mom, I would prefer to hear how my child made an impact on her peers in a positive way over compliments about her athletic abilities and was grateful to be able to share that with the parents who clearly worked hard to set a strong foundation for their children.

Sportsmanship has always been at the forefront of our foundation and Tom and Lori often coach the girls to keep their composure. As a parent, I want to ensure that my daughter displays, not just good sportsmanship as she has in the past, but Magnificent Sportsmanship. We learn by example and the Sauk Rapids 13-1 Volleyball team has set a Magnificent standard for sportsmanship.

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I do love this team of girls and parents. We were sad to miss Sam who was home with the flu, but I love how it takes a team to stand tall (notice the tradition of our girls holding Greta (#11) so she can stand tall with the team as they take the court).

I want each of these girls to develop into magnificent sportsman.

Xoxo, Kris

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Cozy In a Blizzard

Today we are snuggled and cozy warm as school is cancelled again due to low temps and blizzard conditions.

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I posted on Instagram yesterday a few photos of our travels… This one has so much beauty, especially for a passenger snuggled in a blanket with a fresh cup of coffee. We were on our way to hockey, and this is Minnesota and hockey families are pretty fierce… It is up to the traveling team to determine road conditions and they were willing to travel an hour and a half in the blistering conditions.

It was a fun game and we got to follow a snow plow part of the way home. I am grateful for their diligence and care during extreme conditions. Even they were pulled off the roads last night as many surrounding roads were closed.

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It is so nice to be able to sit snugly wrapped in a blanket. I am on day 8 of round 2 of vertigo. Saturday I even stayed home because I just felt too rotten to watch Kya’s volleyball tourney. (And you know it’s bad if I miss one of my kids events!) Hoping this round does not last a month… I am behind on my self imposed deadlines! I have so much to create!

Here is a necklace I created the other day… My Perfect Valentine Necklace.

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I wish you all warm and snuggly moments! Have a happy Monday!

πŸ™‚ Kris

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Onward and Upward

Wow, it has been a while my friends! Life has been crazy, fun, wild and a little out of control!

Our kids activities have been consuming generous amounts of our time… It has been so much fun watching them play, grow, excel and learn.

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Kya’s hockey team has won their second tournament and is currently first in district play… They have a few important games coming up and then playoffs begin.

The first JO volleyball tournament is this weekend.

Sawyer has been enjoying the Swim Team. Last week he had his highest score ever with a 10 point gain! Fun celebrations!! It has been a bit of a challenge for him this year as he is diving varsity and so he is missing some boys choir rehearsals. It is all about balance though.

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Keegan is enjoying Ski Club and Archery along with snowmobiling any chance he gets.

I have been working mostly on products that I can’t show you right now on my blog. I am sorry, I hope to show you soon!

I am also doing a fundraiser for our hockey team… Creating Hockey Mom necklaces. One Mom asked me to create this necklace for her too! I might have to make myself one!

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It is double sided.

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Yesterday I started having another episode of vertigo… So I am slow moving today. Ugh! I don’t really have time to be slow moving!

Onward and upward! Hope you are having a joyful day!
Xo, Kris

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Polar Vortex = Minnesota Cold!

I bet you thought I was frozen!!! I am sorry you haven’t heard from me for a few days!

We are on day two of frigid sub zero temps caused by a polar vortex. Our governor cancelled schools statewide, churches and some businesses have been closed yesterday. No school today for the second day!

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With 46 degrees below zero windchill, it is a perfect day to stay bundled and cozy in our homes.

This weekend was Sawyer’s 8th grade rite of passage to have the baby for the weekend! Three nights of newborn crying, feeding and diapers. He started off multitasking.

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Sharing Comments like “I am waaaay too young to have a baby!”

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He also discovered that it is impossible to sleep and feed a baby at the same time. FYI, it is not a real baby, the baby is computerized to act like a real baby! Put school had 12 babies and every student in eighth grade gets to experience what it is like to care for a baby. We are so thankful to have Sawyer’s behind us!! Two down, one more to go!

Now that the holidays are over, I can start sharing some of the custom orders that were surprises.

This necklace I created with a family keepsake, her Grandma’s brooch. I love how it turned out, the brooch is the star and the supporting elements help the brooch shine!

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I hope you are staying warm and cozy through the frigid temps!

Xoxoxo, Kris

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Wishing You Joy, Happiness and Peace!

We packed as much as we could into the fun filled, family bonding, memory making week!

We visited favorite spots in Havasu and established new favorites!

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I enjoyed gorgeous walks every day… There is so much beauty in Lake Havasu.

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We drove five miles into the desert through some pretty rough terrain…

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It was so unique, open from high noon until 6 pm two days per week.

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There were open air bathrooms and some pretty funky chairs created from horseshoes.

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The kids enjoyed ice skating in the beautiful Arizona weather…

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And I captured one of my favorite photos of the trip!

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There is so much to share, but not quite enough time!

On this eve of the New Year, I hope that you can put closure and gratitude on 2013 and that 2014 brings you joy, happiness and peace!
Much love,
Kris

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Making Memories.

Our Christmas present from my parents was a family vacation to celebrate Christmas in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. My Mom winters here… And my Dad visits her.

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Yesterday we went off-roading in the desert.

It was so much fun… I took so many great photos.

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Sawyer gave me my first ride.

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All three of my kids impressed me with their driving skills.

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Keegan did not even give me grief for taking photos.

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It was a super fun day!

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And some amazing memories have been made.

I hope your holidays have been amazing.
Kris πŸ™‚

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Holiday Hustle

The days have been slipping away so quickly, I have been hustling and bustling!

Thank you to all of my amazing holiday shoppers at my open house! I am so grateful!! And there were no family injuries this year! Whew, so thankful for that!

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My friend Sheila provided amazing treats from Tastefully Simple and my kids are excited that we have stocked up on their fav’s!

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Last night was Sawyer’s final Ceremony of Carols concert as he graduates from St. John’s Boys Choir this year. It was so beautiful!

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They sing by candlelight for the first portion of the concert and it is truly beautiful.

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He had two solos and I admit, it was a little bittersweet as we enjoy the last of each concert in his final year.

I have four more orders to complete by Christmas, an abundance of wrapping and details to care for. I better get myself moving this morning!

I hope you are enjoying your Holiday Hustle!!

Much love,
Kris

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Precious Traditions

We had a fantastic weekend. Friday night Sawyer had a swim meet and then Kya had a hockey game. Saturday I had a trunk show and Kya had another hockey game.

When I returned home, the boys surprised me with a Christmas Tree from our property. They picked it out and cut it down by themselves. So no photos captured but memories created for certain.

Keegan and Sawyer decorated it by themselves… It is the most endearing tree we have ever had.

It borders on being a Charlie Brown tree, but truly precious, especially because it was a surprise. And a bonus was that they cleaned up afterward!

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They believe it looks better at night, but I think it is pretty precious by day.

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Keegan is pretty proud of the new way he created to hang the lights (up and down rather than around!) and I LOVE that they don’t quite reach the top!

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We debated about getting a real tree this year because of our crazy schedules, and this might be my favorite tree ever! Next year we will continue our quest to touch the ceiling with our tree, but this year I am grateful for my precious children who love traditions.

Last night I had a cup of cocoa and enjoyed the brilliance!

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Yesterday my kids created their traditional ginger bread house…

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It didn’t last long!

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Someone ate the roof!!

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Thursday is my Holiday Open House. I hope you can join us! I created a few more delicate necklaces for the open house.

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May you and your family share many fun filled family traditions this year!

Xoxo Kris

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We Have Spent More Time Cleaning than Playing!

The past few days have been a rush!

We celebrated my best friend and amazing husband’s birthday… Mainly be running from one activity to another.

Sawyer had his first swim meet.

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He took 5th in the meet for diving in varsity. You can see how much he improved in strength over the past year.

Sawyer also had three boys choir concerts… Tis the season!

Keegan is itching to go snowmobiling on the new fresh snow!

Kya had hockey practices and a game. At practice Friday night she was selected captain by the coach. He shared with me that he respected Kya for being pulled up early to higher teams forfeiting her opportunity to be a leader on her age appropriate team. He said Kya earned captain by her quiet leadership style, helping and teaching the others on her team. So proud of her!!

They celebrated yesterday’s win by having three friends over… They got a little crazy with the whipped cream.

Two of the girls high fived with hands full of whipped cream.

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Can you see it flying through the air? Believe me, I was not in the room.

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It’s easy to spot in my kitchen. And there is nothing sweeter…

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than watching four adorable girls clean your kitchen from top to bottom!

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I over heard comments like “We sure are making some fun hockey memories!”

And “We spent more time cleaning than playing!”

Ha! Some pretty good life lessons right there! The bonus is that my cabinets got a much needed scrub!

I am working on some necklaces for a hockey fundraiser for our team tournament.

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We have had a few days of sub zero temps and it sounds like we are to get more snow flurries! There is nothing better than a white Christmas!

I hope you spend more time playing than cleaning this weekend!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Celebrating 50 years!!

Today is my parents 50th wedding anniversary. I am so touched by the day and excited to celebrate this amazing milestone with my parents and family today.

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The passing of time is something that has really drawn my attention lately as my children are now teenagers and grow into adults. I have watched my parents grow in their love, dedication and commitment for my entire life.

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I know many families are not as lucky to have marriages that have survived so many years and I believe that our parents have given us a true role model for our own marriages.

I know they have faced many hardships and challenges bad despite those, seem more in love now.

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Today our family and friends are gathering around them to celebrate their 50th anniversary and both of their 70th birthdays. We are so grateful to share in this day!

I hope you have an amazing day!
Kris

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Good Bye Tweens, Hello Teens!

Wow! Today my baby is a teenager! No more Tweens in this household!

These are the ages that everyone has always warned me about! Just wait until they are 13, 14 and 15. Today is the day!
And I must say, each day has been better than the next! I love their ages… Even though I miss desperately their little cuddles and their open mouthed drooling kisses!

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I love their humor and enjoy spending time with them! I would love to press pause right now!

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Or even a few years ago!

Today is also my Dad’s 70th birthday! He is such a knowledgable man! He has been an entrepreneur since he was a teenager! Happy Birthday Dad!! Xoxo

I have been creating, but unfortunately nothing I can share with you today!

See all of this jewelry? I wish I could show you!

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It was a lot if fun to make and I’ll share more with you soon! I am sorry, I am a terrible secret keeper!!

I hope you have an amazing day!
Kris

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Happy Halloween!

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Putter was posing for this Halloween shot the other night… Just perfectly by my black tree with purple bat lights!

We carved pumpkins the other night! My kids had a blast! It is so much easier when they are older!

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Keegan is just not a big fan of me taking pics of him… After two very tolerant pics of him not smiling, I finally got a happy face!

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And a dangerous shot looking through the knife, I am very happy to say, all fingers and toes survived!

And the final masterpieces…

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A reminder that my Private virtual sale is on Monday! I will try to give you a few sneak peeks this weekend!

I hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween!
Kris
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It’s a Happy Day!

Oh it’s a happy day! For the first time in weeks, I feel good!

Quite honestly, I have had one health affliction after another… Nothing major, just annoying coughs and sniffles and hips popping out. My last fun affliction must have been food poisoning as I am the only one in our family affected (Thank Goodness!).

This past weekend was Kya’s birthday party. The girls love taking photos of themselves so we had it at Everyday People Studio… A self serve studio.

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We had so much fun taking photos of them!

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In two and a half hours we got almost 1200 photos! We had great help from the staff!

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Took a super cute individual photo for all of the girls…

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They were jumping, posing and having a blast!

I wish we had started this idea in kindergarten!

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The girls weren’t thrilled about the foot photo, but it might be one of my fav’s!

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It seems like forever since I have had some good creating time, hope to rectify that soon!

I hope you are having a happy Monday!
πŸ™‚ Kris

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Running Around Like A Crazy Mom!

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Today is errand day… Time for haircuts, we probably should have some food in the house and we are pretty low on essentials.

Yesterday was a very fun volleyball day. Kya’s seventh grade team played in an 8th grade home tournament and took first in the Gold B Bracket.

The girls had me take this photo of them.

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This week is going to be fun and grueling. This week is tech week for Sawyer so starting tomorrow, they have practices or performances every day through next Sunday and some days there are two performances. Of course volleyball and hockey are overlapping and Tom has continuing education in the cities, so that adds an interesting additional dynamic to the week. It will be lots of fun though because this is Sawyer’s last Boys on Broadway in the concert choir.

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Hope your week ahead is relaxing and you can think of me running around like a crazy Mom!

πŸ™‚ Kris

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Fall Sunflowers!

The morning is crisp, clean and fresh… It smells and feels like fall.

I found this vintage element during my summer treasure hunting and it reminded me of my Mom’s Sunflowers. She is quite the Gardner and when she decides to do something, she does it in full glory!

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Here is Kya and her friend pictured by Gram’s sunflowers. I cannot find the photo they took at a distance that shows the height of her sunflowers, but they looked to be two to three times as tall as the girls!

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What is it about sunflowers that are so amazing?

I hope you enjoy a beautiful fall day!
Kris

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Not Again!!

It’s the call you dread… And we are on a roll this year.

I had just arrived at the gym to watch Kya’s volleyball game when my phone rings and it is Keegan and he is hurt. He was at his buddy’s house and they were running inside and he slipped and cut his foot on their buffet. He told me it was at least an inch long.

I rushed to pick him up and knew immediately that I had to bring him in, based on how deep it was and the fact that it was in the web of his toes.

When his Doctor spread his toes apart, I could not believe how deep it was! Five stitches later and he is down for the count again! So far, every high school trimester of phy ed (his favorite class) he has had so far, he has either had a surgery or an injury and cannot participate. Poor kid, he has some bad luck! He is the family record holder with four times for stitches & by far the most surgeries. He is a pretty tough teenager! Hopefully this time it will only be for a few weeks!

Thank goodness for his Xbox! It sure helps to keep his mind off his foot!

I think it’s time that I start making some chains… I might be a little ahead of myself on pendants! I have 65 pendants patiently waiting to be added to chains and tagged! Can you say procrastination? Yup! Me too!

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I better get busy!

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Hope you have a happy and uneventful day!
Kris

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Fun Times at the Drive In

As promised, I have photos from our fun excursion this weekend.

We have been wanting to take our kids to a drive in movie for weeks but it never seemed to work out. Saturday night, everything worked out amazingly well!

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There were seven of us… Tom thought ahead and brought a mattress and cushions from our sofa sleeper in the basement. Despite the 90 degree temps, we loaded up on blankets just in case.

We enter, find the correct screen and tune our radio to the proper channel. We figured out the best view for all, which happened to be three kids on top of the truck and two leaning against the windshield.

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After a few minutes they added the back seat on top of the mattress… Perfect theatre seating!

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The gorgeous sun was setting… A perfect evening for a movie!

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Add popcorn and darkness and the movie rolls.

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We were thankful to have brought blankets because the wind picked up and we had a 20 degree temperature drop! It was a double feature and three out of five kids and one adult fell asleep during the second movie! (Not Naming names, but it wasn’t me! Lol)

What a fun end to the summer!

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Well, I have a lot of work to do so I better get busy! Have a great day!
Kris

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Celebrating Sawyer & First Day of School

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Happy Birthday to my sweet and amazing son Sawyer today! Fourteen years ago, 6 1/2 weeks early, 6 lbs, 9 oz and only 2 weeks in NICU!! You would never know today, I am so proud of you! He fills our life with happiness, beautiful music and joy!

He was a little sad to have his birthday on the first day of school! I know he will have a great day!

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The series of first day of school pictures was hilarious this morning. Kya and Sawyer crashed and then ended up taking my favorite photo!

I am feeling a tad lonely this morning, I miss them already!

I am excited to be able to focus on my jewelry, sometimes I wonder if I got more done when I was working!

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May your day be filled with happiness!

Kris!

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