While we weren't able to spend the day with T's dad, we were able to spend some time with all but our oldest son and his wife over the weekend. We delighted in seeing each of our grandchildren... and oh how they have grown! We had our first "official" family gathering since the pandemic just a couple of weeks previously - with all of the family at my Mom's funeral. We enjoyed a family picnic with extended family at a nearby park after the services.
Our gathering this past Sunday, however, was just our family. We enjoyed a nice dinner, lots of talk and the kids enjoyed watching a movie and playing in the yard... I'm so glad that it finally cooled down a bit and we could enjoy sitting outside. Oh, what a joy it was to resume what we hope will be our monthly family get-togethers again.
Before we got together, I was able to spend a little time crafting and created this card (sparked by something I saw on Pinterest) using SCAL5Pro and my new Skycut C24 plotter/cutter. Cutting all the speech bubble (CreativeFabrica.com) was a breeze and even creating the gradient and sentiment for the front of the card was a breeze using the print and cut option offered in the software. The boys seemed to like their cards and the personalized messages in them.
The tie-dye look on the star was achieved using some Poetique refillable watercolor brushes. They're easy to use and blend very well.
We're still getting used to our new norm of not having Mom with us any longer. It's strange not to share the progress on current projects or listen to the DVDs she enjoyed so much. We know that she's happy and celebrating with the heavenly watercolors -- the sunsets of late have been absolutely gorgeous. We feel so blessed to have been able to be her caregivers over the last 5 1/2 years.