post surgery -- if you haven't been following things on FB, everything went well with Kelty's surgery. The surgical team was able to remove the tumor with minimal bleeding and without an extended period of time in surgery. She only had a few minor problems post surgery in the PICU and was released as anticipated. We'd hoped for a day early release, but the little stinker decided to get an upset tummy the morning of her release and needed to stay until she could hold solids again.
We did manage to get those "crafty" projects finished though before Grandma left - Kelty's decorated her room at the hospital. She loved all the kitchen-y stuff and the cookbook she can now call her own. I just hope Mom and Grandma R won't mind all the fixins' going on someday over in the kitchen or when a gadget someday disappears into Kelty's kitchen for something unusual!
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Gage's letters got finished the night before I left. Took a while to find dinosaurs... especially some cool ones to put on his. I didn't have anything cool on the computer to cut and Michael's supply was definitely limited. However, he seemed happy with what I did find and once we got his letters scruffed up a bit with some ink - and he got the stickers on - he was grinnning from ear to ear!
Catching up with family was a little more difficult than I planned -- only half of what I hoped got accomplished. However, what I did get done was delightful and hopefully, there will be another opportunity to do a visit again in a few months. I would so enjoy spending time with more family.
Anywho, here's a few pictures from the trip - yep, it's picture heavy! But it could be worse - so bear with.
On Sunday, the day that Kelty got out of the hospital, a few of us got together for a barbecue up north at Nancy and Jim's. It was a beautiful afternoon to be outside. We enjoyed the company and catching up. It was good to see those who could be there and missed those who couldn't. Maybe the next time.....
Look who I got to meet in person, finally... Timothy!
TJ and Hailee's newest little one. He was visiting with Amber when this picture was taken. He and Amber got along quite well during the visit, btw. LOL They stopped on their way back towards Blackfoot. They had come down for the weekend to visit with family
On Monday, Dom, Mom and I went on a a little trip up the canyon to see the colors. They were just starting to turn. It was beautiful! Oh how I love this time of the year in Utah and so miss it out in the heartland. Yes, there is some "color," but we don't get the vivid changes and you don't see it all around and up high like you do out west. It was wonderful and it brought back lots of memories of years ago. Thanks, Dom for sharing your day with me and with Mom.
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don't you love these Fall colors? This is a gift for a friend of mine. I actually made two of them. Added a little bling in the center of the flower to look like a little dew. so pretty. Inking added some interest too. All papers were SU on this project. The file was from a kit by SVGCuts.com of course and the acorn was a free file I found online. I also dragged the oak leaves from another kit over. I thought it was a perfect fit! I did discover later on that I had one in another kit. Me thinks I need to do some organizing and get the pictures in my book so I know what I do have! LOL
SVGCuts is one of my favorite sites to get freebies and to buy kits and collections. This is one of my all time favorites! I've made two so far, but have cut a bunch of them! They are so much fun! I'm looking forward to the next one with GLEE! It has a special purpose..... all of the pieces are here next to the computer, WAITING!
This stamped image is a House Mouse image I've had for a couple of years, but never used until now. The punches are from SU!; The diecut is a PennyDuncan svg; I used my MS scoreboard to score the paper and the ribbon was from MSI -- and I used watercolor pencils to color the image in. Easy peasy! and a relatively quick card to do a stack. I would imagine that if I'd put the one scalloped piece also on the mat and cut it too in SCAL that would have cut down on some time too, but using the nestabilities was fun too. I just like using lots of tools sometimes. A reminder that if you have it - you need to use it and not let it just sit there. (which reminds me -- I need to ink up a few more stamps this week!)
I love this sweet file. Easy to put together and can grow to to quite a few sizes! Thinking I might have to make a few more of these. I've seen a few really cute adaptations of these with some flourishes as well as different textures and stamping on them. Limitless creativity! Homemade paper? Hmmm.....
Thanks kids for the opportunity to share some time with you. I hope Kelty continues to recuperate and heal quickly. Love to each of you! Our prayers continue each day for all of you.
Tom, Amber - thank you too. It was good to spend a little time with you and thanks for letting me sleep off the sore throat for a couple of days.
Coming home, this was the gorgeous sunrise I saw at 40,000 feet. Isn't it beautiful? I was so blessed and grateful to see it that morning. I couldn't help but think of those that made that trip possible and so I need to thank my very special friends, Krista and Nola for making the trip possible. We are so grateful to you for your generosity and help. You are truly angels! Blessings to you and yours!