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My plan was to post about our holiday adventures as they happened. ha ha! I don’t know why I ever think I will have time to do that. Between work and preparing for the holidays, I’ve hardly had time for anything!

But I still wanted to share some photos. We had many adventures – we went to Longwood Gardens, saw The Nutcracker, and made a gingerbread house. Buster, my daughter’s classroom mascot, visited with us for a weekend.

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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We spent this past weekend at my Dad & Stepmom’s house in Dushore, PA. It’s really lovely there and so pretty – nothing but trees, fields, hills, farmland, and creeks everywhere. As well as strange noises in the night!

We ate breakfast as usual at the Jolly Trolley in town. We also checked out an arts & crafts show, played in the creek, went to the Sullivan County Fair (and saw our first demolition derby!), and spent some time at Lake Jean in Rickets Glen State Park.

Here are some photos…

This is the field across the road from my Dad and Stepmom’s house.

lovely field

Lily in the creek.

creek-walking

A prize-winning rooster at the Sullivan County Fair. He really was quite beautiful!

prize-winning rooster

And some prize-winning cows.

prize-winning cows

This is the demolition derby at the Sullivan County Fair. It was neat; I think I could have watched the whole thing! It goes on for hours – it started at 6 and when we left at 9 it was still going strong.

demo derby!

demo derby!

demo derby!

Here’s Lily – I took this photo while we were at the demolition derby. She looks so beautiful!

lily

And here is Marc and Lily, on the beach at Lake Jean.

at lake jean

We started on our journey last Friday, and stopped at Knoebel’s on the way. It was so nice! We really love Knoebel’s. It wasn’t very crowded, which was great. Lily went on her first “grown-up” roller coasters, the Twister and the Phoenix. She loved the Twister; not so much the Phoenix.

All in all we had a great time. It was my Dad’s 65th birthday on Labor Day, so it was nice to spend this time with him.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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This morning my little girl headed off for her first day of first grade. She looks so pretty, as always!

my little first grader!

Marc and I walked her to school, and my Mom met us there. She was excited to go, but nervous when we got there because of all the kids and noise. Then she saw her friend E, and ran over and they hugged. It was so cute! Lily and E were at Play and Learn together, from the time they were babies until they started kindergarten. They’ve always been friends. Unfortunately again this year they are not in the same class, but at least they will see each other at recess and after-care.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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Memorial Day weekend saw our annual family trip to Black Moshannon State Park. My stepmom’s family started this tradition decades ago, and we have been fortunate to join them the last three years. My sister and her family also go, and it’s a great time with great people. The park is so beautiful – just green everywhere, and so peaceful (no TVs!). My favorite thing is our nightly campfire.

Here are some photos…I’m finally getting around to posting them. Enjoy!

lily and gwen

owen on the slide

lily on the slide

little monkey lily

julian and felicia

everyone in the canoe

black moshannon lake

poppop and owen

catching tadpoles

Thanks for stopping by!

xoDawne

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Lily gave me this adorable little vase with paper flowers in it.

so cute!

Julian gave me a box of Godiva chocolates – yum! And Marc gave me John and Kira chocolates, and a box of their fruit gels. I was very happy to receive the fruit gels, as I’ve been wanting to try them. Don’t they look so pretty?

fruit gels

And of course their chocolates are the best – simply divine!

Thanks for stopping by!

xoDawne

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Moi!

Marc and I are going to see Manon Lescaux at the Academy of Music on Sunday. I’m so excited! I finally get to see an opera instead of only listening. I hope I like it.

I bought a new dress to wear – I really wanted something pretty to wear, and I didn’t have any dresses that were appropriate. So of course I had to go shopping for an opera dress.

Have a great day!

xoDawne

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The last two weeks have been my busy time at work. I’ve had no extra time for anything, other than eating, sleeping, and an occasional load of laundry. Thank goodness that is over now, and I can get back to my regularly scheduled life.

I finally finished the necklace I was making for my Mom (weeks ago. I’m just now having time to post about it!). She had purchased this Miyuki bead kit and asked me to make it for her. It was probably about a year ago that she gave me the kit, and I think I started the necklace sometime in the summer. As per my normal course of action, it has taken a ridiculous amount of time to finish. Not that it took long to actually make the necklace, but finding the time to make it, took a long time! If that makes sense.

Anyway, here it is…

beaded necklace

beaded necklace

I think it turned out so pretty! I really love it. When my Mom gave me the kit, I thought, oh that’s cute. But now that I can see the finished piece…I am surprised how much I like it. I might have to make one for myself! I’ll have to see what color Delicas I have.

I have to say however, that I very much dislike using beading wire and crimps. I strung this necklace four times (four times!!) before I could finally get the crimps right with no extra space. Ugh! I find it very difficult to get the beading wire pulled tightly enough when I do the second crimp. But thankfully the fourth try turned out very well.

Thanks for stopping by!

xoDawne

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