Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Every Step of the Way

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter.  We took the opportunity with Spring Break and Easter to go to visit my husband's family in the US.  2800 + km, and about 36 hours of driving.  But it was a good trip and I feel blessed that we were able to do it.  We were able to meet our new nephew, and for the kids - their new cousin Gideon for the first time.  He's just 4 months now and we got in lots of cuddles and holding time with him, he is precious.  Our kids just love being with their cousins and seeing Grandma and Grandpa. 

A highlight for me was our youngest son learning how to ride his 2 wheeler.  Last summer we tried to teach him, but he just couldn't grasp the balance and emphatically told us, "NOPE, no more, I'm done trying".  So we left it till this spring.  My delight was seeing him grab hold of it in one day and now we have another little bike rider.  He just LOVED finally being able to ride with his brother and cousins.  The wonderful thing is that my husband's home town is so small probably about 300 people that the streets are quiet and the kids can play anywhere they want.

Here's my little guy in action. 


We had a blizzard while we were there, a 6 hour power outage, rain, sunshine, lots of games, Easter Egg decorating and Easter Egg Hunts.  All very exciting for 8 kids under 13 years old.   

So now we're home and my allergies have kicked in full force.  I don't know if I've ever had them like this - I honestly think I used an entire box of Kleenex yesterday. 

I tried today to get back in the swing of things creating, so I made a card with yesterday's Color Challenge at SCS, Soft Suede, Tempting Turquoise and Certainly Celery, and today's Sketch Challenge as well.


I'll admit, my watercoloring is a little rough here.  My waterbrush was a tad too damp and these are really tiny images.  But aren't they cute?  I added some grass to ground the images, and I tried to replicate the flag in the sentiment too, and added some sewing to border the patterned paper pieces. 

Cutie patootie :) 

Recipe:  Stamps:  SU - Picnic Parade;  Ink:  Stazon;  Paper:  Soft Suede, Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery Prints, Turquoise DSP....I think from Bali Breeze, Watercolor Paper;  Accessories:  SW Markers, Waterbrush, Playground Buttons, Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon, Pinked Hearts Border Punch, Sewing Machine, Glue Dots, Corner Rounder.

8 comments:

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Oh how wonderful to be with family...despite the long drive ;D. I glad to hear you had a good time. I love your card Christine and your coloring is amazing. I wish I could color like that!! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

Marisa said...

What a darling card, Christine :D Your colouring is just fine by my eye.

Sounds like you had just about everything on your vacation. Lvoe the name Gideon!! Hope the car ride was survivable. We find Adventures in Odessey a life Saver on road trips!! We got hit with major windstorms here on the coast so the ferry ride to Vancouver Island was quite rocky and produced two kids that were a little green around the gills by the end of it all.

My son was the same way on his bike. He would actually crash l and by jumping off the bike towards the grass and letting the bike crash wherever LOL! Two years later, he got on and had the hang of it in five minutes! Gotta love seeing their victories in life :D

Stampingcaz said...

Great pictures. We went to a local airfield (not often used - mainly by dog walkers and kids on bikes) its fantastic for the kids to be able to really ride their bikes. My son learnt end of the summer last year but hadnt really had a good run out like this.

card is beautiful. I have this set despite being in the UK I hunted it down :) I was surprised how small they were! but your colours and colouring are beautiful.

Cazx

Shirley said...

Love your card and the coloring was just great!
Glad you had such an exciting Easter!

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Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

Congrats on your little one mastering the bicycle!!! That's awesome!
I just ADORE your card Christine! That image is DARLING and I LOOOOOVE your coloring, the papers and the layout!! FAB sentiment tag too!!!

Amy Sheffer said...

Adorable! Your coloring is fabulous!! Congrats to your new bike rider, too :)

CYNTHIA BEYNON said...

THE CARD IS BEAUTIFUL BUT I LOVE THE
COLOR AS IT IS MY FAVORITE.

CYNTHIA B

CYNTHIA BEYNON said...

I LOVE YOUR CARD BUT I REALLY LOVE
THE COLOR AS IT IS MY FAVORITE COLOR.

CYNTHIA B