Back from the {almost} Hot Weather! And, Take a Look at my Lovely Craft Project!

I had the two extremes of weather this week! As I mentioned in my last post, the coldest of cold in Ohio. And then this weekend, the warmest of warm in Las Vegas. Coming straight from Ohio, I wasn’t prepared for the warm Vegas weather and I got really hot in my boots and jackets!

Brecken’s team played in a volleyball tournament. Here they are with big smiles on their faces after a big win! And here are the moms with the coach in the middle. It’s fun to travel with such great girls and their wonderful mothers!

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Vegas isn’t my favorite city to visit but I have to give credit that every resort is so creative. I thoroughly enjoyed walking through the Pink Flamingo’s gardens:

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So how was your Valentine’s weekend? I got this sweet picture of my New Zealand son and needless to say it made my love day complete! Collin now lives in Dannevirke and says it’s like walking through the “Lord of the Rings” movie everyday–it’s so beautiful!

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He is absolutely loving his time in New Zealand and is smitten with the Kiwi people. The kindness showed to him will warm his soul for a lifetime!

Other standouts from Valentine’s day? I spent last Thursday with my Dad who’s health continues to decline. He suffers from dementia plus other hard physical hardships. He is undeniably the kindest, gentlest man I’ve ever met. Yet dementia has altered his personality a bit over the past year.  I was determined that he “write” a Valentine to his sweetheart, so I asked what he wanted to say to my mom and I penned it for him. The note makes me cry:

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“Dear Clarine,

I love you because you are pretty. I love you because you are wonderful. I appreciate everything you do for me. Thank you putting up with me even when I’m crabby. You are my sweetheart!

Love, Bob”

Awwww–Be still my heart. My parents have been married for almost 64 years and their undying love is a beautiful example to all of us.

I also got this amazingness from my pal, Michael Lazorchak, in the mail:

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There are nine small boxes inside one big box and each box pulls out and opens on the top:

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Nestled inside each box were sugar cookies! (Notice I said “were.” They were amazing :)!)

Michael said he repurposed this box for the project:

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This entire project, along with the card below, was created using the Silhouette and American Crafts paper:

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What a clever boy that Michael is!

Hope you’re having a wonderful middle of the week! It’s a cold blizzard outside for  me!

Lisa

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5 Responses to “Back from the {almost} Hot Weather! And, Take a Look at my Lovely Craft Project!”

  1. mandyb says:

    great news about Collin..when he comes to wellington i will SO have to take him to the WETA studios so her can see LOTR and The hobbit in action!!! a great place to visit!!!

    keep warm…is very hot here!!! im sure Collin is enjoying the warmth now it has arrived!!!

  2. Sheryl Pyle says:

    I am so sorry that your dad is struggling with health issues. Dementia is such a hard thing to deal with and unfortunately it sometimes does change personalities. The card definitely is perfect and brought tears to my eyes. You are Blessed to have them for so many wonderful years. So glad Collin is happy in New Zealand. It looks beautiful. God Bless you and your wonderful family,

  3. Leslie S. says:

    My mother in law has dementia so I know what you are going through. It is so difficult to see their personalities change. God bless you and your family.

    So happy you heard from your son in New Zealand. What an amazing experience he must be having.

    That Valentine box of boxes is so gorgeous! I just loved it.

  4. Lisa W. says:

    So happy your home safely…and that little girl of yours…adorable!!! Never been to Vegas:)
    Glad your son is good, happy and safe so many milliion miles away.
    Ahhhhhhhhhhh your Dad, have and are dealing with that. My Grandmother had it, and now her daughter I’m afraid is in the first process….so sad!!!

    Ummmmmm the weather here in Michigan…CRAZZZY. Yep we had the freeeeezen temps. Then yesterday it rained and thundered YES thundered, now today another cold front is blowing in, its freezing AGAIN and we are haveing gusts of winds 40 to 50 miles per hour. CRAZY just crazy winter.

  5. michael is super-talented!! I have one of his frames in my home and I love it!!
    Went through some sililar trials with my mom, so I know how you must be feeling. Sending prayers and positive thoughts to you and your family.

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