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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.


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!


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.

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sea and crabs and doughnuts – oh my!

We were in Ocean City MD over the weekend. This was our fourth year there.

Because Lily started kindergarten on Tuesday, we only stayed from Saturday to Monday.

We did decide, however, that we will never leave on Labor Day again, because instead of the usual 3-hour ride, it took 5 hours. Five long – very long! – hours. Five hours in a car + a 5-year old = a meltdown for all involved.

It was a good time though. Hurricane Irene seemed to have left little damage. I thought the beach was a bit chilly – the wind was relentless! My one disappointment was that there were no shells to be found. I managed to gather a few fragments, but that was it.

We ate at Harrison’s Harbor Watch on Saturday night and then “walked the boards” as my mother-in-law says. I forget what restaurant we ate at on Sunday, but it was very good. We took Lily to the Jolly Roger amusement park after.

And what has quickly become a new tradition, we had to get doughnuts from the Fractured Prune. Delicious! Freshly-made, hot, with a variety of glazes and toppings to choose from – I highly recommend them!

My husband and I always go for a walk along the beach at night. It’s an interesting experience – mesmerizing, disorienting, and mysterious. When it’s really dark, you can see so many more stars than we can see at home (I remember when I was little I could see the Milky Way, just at home. It’s so built up now, you’re lucky you can see 20 stars at night.)

Jupiter was in full force again, as it was last year – so big and bright! It’s amazing, how a planet so far away from us, can be so bright and beautiful.

The ocean is so fascinating. The rhythm, the colors, the smell. I love it all.

It’s like a dream that we were even there.

But here are some photos to prove it.

Lily was really into digging.
let's dig!

On Monday we spent a short time at the beach, so that we could fly Lily’s kite and say good-bye to the ocean.
let's fly!

Lily, flying her kite. That lasted a few minutes. She was more interested in the water.
let's fly!

And of course the ocean.
to the sea

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Here are some pictures from Ocean City. We had an absolutely delightful time!

The view from the balcony of the condo.
View from the balcony.

Lily on the beach.
Lily on the beach in Ocean City.

Julian on the beach.

Lily riding the cars on the boardwalk. She specifically wanted the purple one.

I didn’t get any sand for my inchies, but I did come up with a couple new ideas for books. I really love to make books. One of these days I’m going to make a book itself from scratch. One idea is a book of lists, because I am an avid maker of lists, and the other idea is a book about a seaside resort town during the early 1900s. This idea was inspired by the names of the hotels and condos in Ocean City – a lot of them have a wonderful old-time feel.

I did finish my inchies, at the last minute of course. (I didn’t get a chance to work on them in Ocean City. I don’t know why I thought I would – that’s the kind of project where I need peace and quiet) I got a little crazy with the glitter glue – a few turned out a bit messy looking. The ‘seaside dreams’ is the one I kept for myself.

To make these I glued two pieces of cardstock together to serve as the foundation. I chose a different scrapbook paper for each inchie, and cut out a one-inch square piece from each, which I then glued onto the foundations. I stamped the back of each foundation piece with a seashore-themed rubber stamp, and inked the edges in dark blue. I stamped seashell images in dark blue ink onto ivory cardstock, and then scanned them and resized them to fit the inchies. I printed them out onto cardstock. I typed the words on the computer and also printed them onto ivory cardstock. I then cut out the shells and the words and inked the edges with gold ink. I glued them onto the foundation pieces, and as a final touch added Swarovski crystals and glitter glue.

Special thanks to Erin for the title for this post – this is my new mantra!

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