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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.


Ha! She caught me off guard!


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


I hope you have a relaxing weekend!
Xo, 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.


Yesterday we went off-roading in the desert.

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


Sawyer gave me my first ride.



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


Keegan did not even give me grief for taking photos.



It was a super fun day!


And some amazing memories have been made.

I hope your holidays have been amazing.
Kris 🙂

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Brrrrr… Merry Ch.Ch.CHristmas

There is a chill in the air. With temps of twenty below zero not including windchill, I predict many Minnesotans will be spending the holidays cozy in their homes.


I am grateful for you.

May your days be filled with blessings and happiness! Merry Christmas!




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So Thankful!

Today is our day of thanks!

We have so much to be thankful for! Health and family tops the list. Today I and grateful that my Mom is happy and warm and cancer free… Celebrating with friends in Havasu! I am thankful for my Dad’s health and hoping the Parkinson’s progression is slow, slow, slow.

I am grateful for my family… Three happy, healthy and amazing children… I enjoy continuing to discover their beautiful qualities… Thankful that we had a day of bonding yesterday… Almost no bickering and bonding over cleaning was a true gift!

Window washing, aka Tall Ladder Acrobatics was the photo opp. Only two like to be featured but I did get pics of the third! I am just forbidden from publishing them. I honor his privacy!


I am thankful for the help of my hubby… He is ever selfless and giving. He will climb to the top of the tallest ladder for me. (Smirk!)

We look forward to gathering and having a non traditional thanksgiving dinner today with my Dad, talented sister and family (with exception of my sweet niece Bailey, who returns from a six month mission trip in a few weeks! Miss you Beautiful Bailey!)

Saturday we will celebrate a fantastic traditional Thanksgiving with Tom’s family.


May you fly and celebrate with family and friends on this happy day! Much love to you and I appreciate all of you!


Xoxo, Kris


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Dirty Hands, Happy Heart

I am loving creating with my new tools, but they sure create dirty hands!


I don’t mind, my heart is happy!



I have more custom orders to finish up so I better keep going!

Have a dynamic day!

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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!


I better get busy!


Hope you have a happy and uneventful day!


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Pure Bliss


Saturday night was the most beautiful sunset… The kids were swinging on the swing set nestled in the water. True Bliss!

Our weekend was filled with hockey…


Hanging with friends… Silly laughable moments like Tom trying on Sawyer’s sweatshirt… Might have been a tad too small.



One more game bright and early this morning and then we will be heading home sweet home.

Have a happy day!
🙂 Kris

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Gearing Up!


Today I am gearing up for the rest of the week, it is going to go quickly!

It is a hockey weekend! Fun times ahead, but lots of prep to take care of!

We just picked our sweet baby from the vet…

His neuter procedure went well, poor baby.

Well, I better run, loads to do.
Have a fantastic day!

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Love Beyond!


I am super excited to pick up the chick-a-doodle from camp this morning… It has been a hectic summer of travels and camps for my kids…
So excited to reunite our family today! I love them beyond the moon and the stars!!

A gorgeous sunrise greeted us as we hit the road this morning!


Have a fantabulous day!



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Wow, that was four days of being unplugged… Unplanned!

I am not sure how it happened, but I could not get internet or my data to work the entire weekend. So no blogging… Facebook… Just unplugged!

I hope you had a Happy 4th weekend! We had an amazing family weekend!

It started with a celebration Wednesday night to celebrate my niece going on a 6 month mission trip & a few birthdays!


Happy Birthday Bailey! I hope you have the most incredible birthday in Hawaii!!

We had so much fun at my Mom and Dad’s! The kids rode UTV…


This is Kya… Little speedster!


Patiently waiting…


Lovin’ Gram & Gramps…


My Mom got the coolest lanterns that you can light and they float off into the beautiful night!


We had a little bit of technical difficulty with the wind as it launched into the tree…

It was a fun thing to try and Mom gave us some to try on a calm night.

Gram let Sawyer light a firework and it was so beautiful.


I woke the next morning to sweet birthday signs & notes!

We packed for a fun long weekend at our friends cabin…


The weather was amazing! Hot, sunny, humid… True summer!


We had perfect weather to launch another lantern!

We enjoyed tubing down the river and had a fun experience at the Long Lake Theater. It is a super fun theater in an old church… The show was Odd Couple and it sure brought back a lot of memories!


They had the cutest biffy, as my Grandma would say! And I caught my friend Cindy checking it out!!



A glimpse of our friends gorgeous log cabin… So relaxing, rustic, comfy.


A view from the deck of their unique and beautiful covered bridge.



Keegan & Sawyer decided to swim one last time before leaving for home.



Nothing like some bridge jumping!




Look who I found swimming under the bridge!


Then it was time to hit the road and head back to reality!

Amazing times with fantastic family and friends!! Hope you were able to make some happy memories!!
🙂 Kris

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Wild & Crazy!


I don’t think we could jam another thing into our action packed weekend.

It started with the Relay for Life Friday night in Paynesville. Due to weather, it was moved into the school and additional weather concerns brought the entire group into the basement… The wrestling room to be exact. It brought back high school memories… No, not like that! Ha!

We occasionally had phy Ed in there! It was awesome to see my Mom take the survivor lap. Sawyer sang amazing grace during the mini concert.

Saturday early we had Kya’s softball tourney… I had to leave after the first game for Keegan’s lacrosse tournament in the cities.

Keegan’s lacrosse tourney is by Como park, a beautiful setting, right by a fun outdoor waterpark with a zip line into the water. It was a refreshing break between games Saturday.

Yesterday was Keegan’s 15th birthday. I am so amazed and blessed to be his Mom. It is almost impossible to believe that he will be driving with his permit. So proud to be his Mom!

His team finished the lacrosse tournament without a win, but were so close, losing in sudden death overtime. For their first year, the boys did an amazing job and kept their spirits up!


The girls played their hearts out and won the championship. Their first softball championship of the season.

Yesterday was Keegan’s 15th birthday. I am so amazed and blessed to be his Mom. It is almost impossible to believe that he will be driving with his permit. So proud, excited and nervous!!

His team finished the lacrosse tournament without a win, but were so close, losing in sudden death overtime. For their first year, the boys did an amazing job and kept their spirits up!


We rushed from lacrosse to Boys Choir Graduation including a quick change enroute. It was a hectic drive, but made it just in the nick of time! After a fun graduation and glimpse of the tour… Our kids were begging to jump in the lake…

Sawyer showed me his sunburn… Ouch!



It was a peaceful end to a wild and crazy weekend!


I hope you had a fun filled weekend! Kris

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Simply Dynamic


Today the summer activities begin in full force… It would be even more fun if it felt like summer. We must be close to about 30 days of clouds with one or two sightings of the sun!


This pic was from a gorgeous sunset the other night and the blue sky was simply dynamic!

I have a big week too, so I will be checking in, but sightings may be brief!

Have an amazing day!

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Tours and Treasures


We got up bright and early to get Sawyer on his way for his boys choir tour up through Quebec & Montreal! They are going to have so much fun! For 12 days, I’ll be stalking the boys choir twitter feed for updates and at night reading their daily events via their blog.




It is incredible that the first week of school vacation has passed!

May you have a fantastic weekend & I hope the sun shines upon you!!
🙂 Kris

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I Love It!!!


Yesterday may have been my quickest blog post ever! Sorry!

The line was way shorter than I thought it would be. And my Mom got me a little special treatment and a Twinkie (which I just realized must be squished in my purse… Yuk!)

I am incredibly excited to be blogging from my iPhone 5!!! Yay! Yay!

The anticipation while he applied my protective screen!!!


And the joy after two years of waiting!!


So you and I were practicing taking photos last night…



Another beautiful day with my family!


🙂 Have a great weekend! Kris


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Junk Bonanza Love & Lovin’ Tomatoes


I can’t believe that I still have more Junk Bonanza photos that I have not shared!


Love the mirrors.

The bird was one of my favorite things… 20120920-071822.jpg20120920-092356.jpg


In an effort to share every delectable moment with you, I might have overdone it on the photos!

All these photos make me want to rewind and shop again!


I have been meaning to show you my treasures for days… I finally took a quick snapshot. As you can see, I was successful in trying to refrain from buying large items! 🙂


And to finish off today’s post! Yesterday was the Farmer’s Market in our small town and after yesterday’s blog post, I was craving home grown tomatoes. I only had $10 cash and I asked Sawyer and Kya to buy at least 6 tomatoes & then they could buy whatever else they wanted. There were only a few booths set up because it was a very windy and blustery day. The kind that feels like you are getting hit by a sandblaster!

As I see Sawyer and Kya walking back to the car, I see Sawyer carrying a large flat box.

As they approached, I could see bright red tomatoes… And a Ginormous smile on his face! Apparently they would not split up the tomatoes, so he paid $5 of his own money and bought us 42 of our very own tomatoes…

My children are such a gift! 🙂
We are lovin’ tomatoes today!

Have a fabulous day! 🙂 Kris


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14 Birthdays


A fun filled day yesterday celebrating 14 amazing love filled years…


I wasn’t fast enough to capture the inferno coming from the candle, but I was allowed a photo from my sweet teenager who does not enjoy his photo taken. 🙂
14 Birthdays… So amazing.

We celebrated my cousin’s daughter’s high school graduation… Reflecting how quickly the 14 years passed and remembering the events 14 years prior!

Missing Sawyer who is on Day 3 of a long 12 day boys choir tour across the country…

20120624-084734.jpg Thankful that he has been able to room with one of his best friends.

Today, back to work… Then more graduations, followed by baseball tonight! Another fun day ahead!

🙂 Enjoy yours! 🙂 Kris


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Vintage Sparkle Hand Wired Necklace


Happy Tuesday! It is the last Tuesday of the school year!

The necklace above is one of my new favorites… The vintage sparkle of this old brooch is incredible…


We had a very low key weekend… Quiet moments on the front stoop…

I worked 95 percent of the weekend…

My family had death by chocolate waffles…


Poor Putter, he sat perfectly still and modeled his American Girl sunglasses… He sure is confident in his cat-ness, as I often tell him how pretty HE is…


Chick-a-doodle created this necklace yesterday while I was working. My only contribution was to tuck the ends of the wire. I was quite impressed!


Thank you so much for your response to my private sale coming up on Friday… I promise you won’t regret signing up! 🙂 if you missed the info, just email me at cherishdesigns@live.com.

Hope your day is amazing! 🙂 Kris

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Health, Happiness and Prosperity in 2012


Happy 2012! It amazes me the start of each new year, the hope, joy and exciting unknown… Like a new adventure.


I just have to reflect a little in all of the gifts in my life…

My husband Tom, who is the most selfless person I know, he encourages me to be a better person, supports me in my creative journey and is an amazing father.

My children, each so unique and each one has an amazing gift to share with the world… The journey to have children prepared me to be an advocate and to be a better Mom.


An amazing family, My Mom and Dad, who love me and support me through the ups and downs of life. Watching them through their journey has taught me determination and endurance. I am so thankful for their health.

My Sister, BIL and their family are all amazing. My sister encouraged me to try different styles of jewelry, and helped guide, encourage and promote my business. They are there for me at the drop of a hat. I am so grateful.

Tom’s Dad, brothers and sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews… Memories are a joy to create with you! A new memory of all of the kids catching their waffles as Tom threw them across our house was a fun tradition to behold. An amazing gift of incredible people we treasure.


Our Friends are there for us through thick and thin and so often a place to vent, bounce ideas and just be. I am blessed by you.

You, my amazing supporters, your gift to me is the time that you spend, commenting, reading my blog and being there for me. I am humbled by your time and extremely honored by your love of my creations.

My Flygirls… You are amazing, your gifts, support and encouragement!

Possibility, no one knows what the future holds, but the joy in the possibility has been an incredible gift this year through some challenging times! Thank you Angela, Demdaco/Silvestri for the possibility ahead.

and cheers to a future of

Undiscovered Joy… May it lead you on a journey filled with health, happiness and prosperity in 2012.


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May Your Wildest Dreams Come True

Today is the eve of the new year, two thousand and eleven.

Wow, it is hard to fathom that this is our 10th New Year with all three of our children.

I can tell I am getting older… I am thinking, how nice to stay home and hunker down and possibly be snuggled cozily in my bed by midnight. But then again, it might be fun to see the new year in with our kids. I know they could make it this year.

10, 11 and 12! Wow!

Our kids are our wildest dreams…

The journey to have children was a five year journey of pain, growth, extreme medical intervention, five miscarriages, education, financial challenges, family, friends, faith and ultimate happiness. It was a journey that took a village and all of the support of our family and friends, and we are so thankful.

In the past 12 years we have continued to have incredible medical challenges, but we have learned so much. We are so thankful for the health of our children and our family as we celebrate the end of 2010 on journey into 2011.

It feels like 2011 is going to be our best year ever… so much possibility. 

I hope your wildest dreams come true! And 2011 is your best year ever!

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Fa La La La La… La La… La… La!

The holidays would just not be the same without holiday music!

One of my favorite traditions growing up was singing the 12 days of Christmas with my family.

It was H I L A R I O U S!!

and I am not being mean!

I think it is one of my funniest memories with my whole family growing up.

As kids, we would write down on 12 slips of paper, one verse of the song…

5 golden rings

       four calling birds

              three french hens

                       two turtle doves

                                    and a partridge in a pear tree!

We would walk around the room and everyone would draw their verse. I don’t recall ever having fewer than 12, but I do know that sometimes two people would sing together.

Everyone would sing, “On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me”

The person who got “partidge in a pear tree” would start us off.

We would roll with laughter…

some would sing off key,

some would forget that it was their turn…

all in all it was such a fun song to share! I just happened to realize that there will be 12 of us for Christmas this year… wondering if we shouldn’t bring back old traditions!

Another terrific tradition we started years ago at Thanksgiving, but could be done at Christmas was to purchase a White Table Cloth… Every year we bring out markers and write the year and what we are thankful for. The kids would sign it or draw a small picture. We have our Grandparents signatures before they passed and some terrific memories of years past on that tablecloth… It is never to late to start a new tradition!

Thinking about Traditions… Next year we will have to adjust our traditional Christmas Eve get together with our family to accomodate for the St. John’s Boy’s Choir Christmas Eve Midnight Mass for Sawyer. Call time this year for the Concert Choir is very early in the evening, 6:30 pm… So we are relishing the Christmas Eve Celebration this year.

I hope that you continue your holiday traditions and start some new ways to celebrate this year! Happy Holidays! Kris

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