On To Adventure

Over the past few months it has become quite apparent that life has changed a lot for me. I am learning a new normal of taking life “one day at a time”. My “health” struggle is new for me. One that brings unexpected rushes of emotions and can sometimes cause me to get discouraged easily. Yet, there is so much to be thankful for. So, I need to work on focusing on the positive things happening in my life rather than on the negative!.

As I write this, I am filled with gratitude over the incredible travel adventure I just experienced with my family. Being able to travel was such a huge gift! I am so thankful!!!

I earned the 2019 Stampin’ Up! Greek Isles Grand Vacation and our path to get there led us from Hawaii to New York, New York to Paris, Paris to Florence, Florence to Rome where the Greek Isles cruise began!

Because of my recent respitotry challenges, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to travel. However, as the days led up to the trip, I started to get well (with no treatment). My immflamuation numbers came down, my breathing improved the only question was whether or not I still had a mass of “something” in my lungs. I believed with all my heart that the answer to that question would be no… but we had to wait and see. I met with my doctor and I was feeling great so he gave me the green light to go.

Since the decision was last minute, I had only a few days to work on swap cards. I guess since I was about to go on an adventure I was drawn to our new set called, On To Adventure!

On To Adventure Card

On To Adventure Card

I created this “inside outside panel card” that highlighted two of my favorite images from this adorable stamp set. To create this type of card, you create a window in the card and put a piece of card stock in it that is stamped on both sides. Here is what the card looks like on the inside.

On To Adventure Card

On To Adventure Card

Today, I want to share a few highlights of the trip as well as give you an update on my health situation which continues to be quite an adventure!

Our trip got off to a great start.

Our Adventure Begins

Our Adventure Begins

We boarded our flight in Honolulu and headed straight to New York City. New York is like a second home to me, I love going there because it gives me an opportunity to visit my big brother.

My Big Brother

My Big Brother

The visit to the city was brief. It was actually just a long layover but we had a chance to show my son in law, Brett, some of the highlights of the city because he had never been there before.

We ate breakfast in the East Village and then took the subway to the Top of the Rock,

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

We visited Grand Central Station and tried out the whispering walls in front of the Oyster Bar.,

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

We passed through Times Square and saw all the bright lights by day.

Times Square

Times Square

Our final stop was Kat’z deli! Brett said it was the best Pastrami Sandwich he had ever ate! I agree. Even though its a big tourist spot, I love going there!

Kat’z Deli

Kat’z Deli

Next top was Paris. We were only there for two days but we packed in a lot of adventure.

Welcome To Paris

Welcome To Paris

I loved seeing the kids experience Paris for the first time.

Locks of Love

Locks of Love

The girls especially loved the chocolate croissants!

Chocolate Croissants

Chocolate Croissants

Our visit to the city of love was brief but we had enough time to take them to some of our favorite places. One really amazing thing that happened is that I ran into two friends outside of the Louve. First, was my friend Anna, whom I knew was in Paris but we just happened to be in the same place at the same time.

Anna and Cindy

Anna and Cindy

The second was my college BFF Kari who I saw was in Paris only after I got there from an instagram post. We also just happened to be in the same place at the same time! I was so grateful to God for the blessing of running into her not once but twice that day! Paris is a big place so the chances of that happening are pretty unreal.

Cindy and Kari Kay

Cindy and Kari Kay

Our next flight took us to Florence, Italy. At the end of all our travels the kids agreed that this was their favorite city. I feel the same way. It was my third visit to Florence and if I could be there again tomorrow, I would be.

I love Florence

I love Florence

There are so many placed in Italy I want to visit. I really can’t wait to get back there again! Our first stop was Pizza and Gelato of course.

First stop Pizza!!!

First stop Pizza!!!

In Florence, there is a gelato shop on almost every corner!

Gelato and Sorbet Time

Gelato and Sorbet Time

Florence was unusually hot on the day we arrived. The heat normally doesn’t bother me but after a full day of exploring the city I started to feel a little fatigued. After the first day in Florence I noticed that my breathing was heavy again and I began to cough a bit. The next day, things got worse and I was forced to come back to our house to rest while the others explored the city. That didn’t keep us from having some fun “take out” Italian dinners together at the end of the day in the comfort of our amazing apartment! Here is the view from our rooftop terrace.

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

I started to take cough meds but that didn’t seem to do the trick. I began to get concerned as I noticed my oxygen level was dropping a bit too.

We prayed together and felt peace about continuing our journey via train to Rome. Our last stop before boarding the ship.

Train Ride to Rome

Train Ride to Rome

On the train to Rome

On the train to Rome

Once in Rome, I couldn’t wait to get to the Trevi Fountain. Again, I just wanted to experience it through the eyes of my kids who would be seeing it for the first time.

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

After the Trevi Fountain we walked over to the Pantheon. That day as we traveled through the city I could feel a heaviness in my lungs, fatigue was setting in and it was quickly becoming apparent that my symptoms had returned. You see a smile on my face in this picture but there is also a growing concern happening within because I could feel my respiratory challenges returning.

Pantheon

Pantheon

Just moments after taking this photo Derek and I returned to our apartment while the kids continued to explore the city. After a short time it became apparent that I needed medical attention. Things got so bad that I ended up having to go to the hospital. This experience was rather traumatic for me and definitely eye opening. I hope and pray that I will never have to be hospitalized over seas like that ever again. After one long traumatizing night at the hospital it was confirmed that all my symptoms had returned. A CT scan also showed that my lungs still had a mass and were covered with nodules. I was released with medication and we had a decision to make. Should I return home, or should I go on the cruise? I got in touch with my wonderful doctor who gave us wise advice but let us know the choice was up to us. We knew that continuing on would be a risk because if I needed medical assistance my options would not be great moving forward. I sat on our terrace in Rome hand in hand with Derek, praying for wisdom. I didn’t want the kids to know that if they weren’t with us, we would have probably went home. I could feel their excitement to board the ship and continue our adventure and I wanted to be a part of it too. I also however, wanted to do what was best for my overall health. I waited till morning to make a decision!

The next day, I woke up feeling great and had such peace about moving forward, so we did.

Stampin’ Up! worked hard to find me a wheel chair at the last minute and that was the thing that really helped me my first few days on the ship when my medicine was still kicking in.

We had an incredible time on the ship as a family and when I say family I mean not only my immediate family but my Stampin’ Up! family too.

Kim and Cindy

Kim and Cindy

I was surrounded by so much love, support and prayers. How could i not feel better?

BaughMahons

BaughMahons

Seeing my Stampin’ Up! friends filled me with such joy, it was the best medicine and just what I needed.

At our advisory board reunion, these ladies surprised me by forming a prayer circle around me. I was brought to tears by their beautiful heartfelt prayers for my complete healing and restoration.

SU Advisory Board Reunion

SU Advisory Board Reunion

I was glad I made the decision to go and each day I felt a little stronger. I even stopped using the wheel chair the last few days but continued to be careful not to do anything that would cause me to lose my breath.

The Greek Isles were amazing to see! My favorite port was Mykonos. I loved exploring through the maze of cobblestone streets filled with cute shops and restaurants.

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos, Greece

Derek certainly got his workout carrying the chair around. I was glad I didn’t need it on this day but sorry that we didn’t know that in advance cause he had to push is on the cobblestones all day! What a trooper!

Wheel Chairs are a challenge in Mykonos, Greece

Wheel Chairs are a challenge in Mykonos, Greece

After a little bit of shopping we walked over to the shore and jumped into the sea!

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos, Greece

We all agreed that this was our favorite port because of the fun day we had there.

Beach Time

Beach Time

Mykonos also was where we enjoyed some family bonding over lunch.

Derek and Brett

Derek and Brett

As well as finding the best gelato in Greece at a place called Ninnolo. I think we went back inside the shop about 5 times to try new flavors.

Ninnolo Gelato in Mykonos, Greece

Ninnolo Gelato in Mykonos, Greece

Santorini was great too. I’d love to go back when I have the ability to explore more without a wheel chair.

Maneuvering the cobble stone streets was a bit tricky but I had a great helper all along the way. There was one big steep hill that Kalani had to push me up, good thing he is strong.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

We found a place in Oia where we ate the best Greek Salad I have ever eaten.

Brett’s reaction to the salad

Brett’s reaction to the salad

Can you tell by Brett’s reaction, how good it was? Seriously, it was the BEST greek salad with the most amazing view.

Oia, Santorini, Greece

Oia, Santorini, Greece

In our short time on this island we did manage to find some really delicious food. Thanks to Brett and his research for the best Gyros!

Gryos in Santorini

Gryos in Santorini

We loved this place and wish we had more time to explore.

Oia, Santorini, Greece

Oia, Santorini, Greece

Hopefully I can return again one day when I am in better health!

Oia, Santorini, Greece

Oia, Santorini, Greece

My favorite thing about the trip was just the quality time we shared as a family. We managed to meet for breakfast and dinner on the ship every day and even in between found time to do fun things together like playing mini golf.

Family Golf Tournament

Family Golf Tournament

We also enjoyed meeting to watch the beautiful sunsets before dinner each night.

Sunset on the Jewel of the Sea

Sunset on the Jewel of the Sea

On our final night we had a Stampin’ Up! farewell party. It is always bittersweet because we know our time together is coming to an end.

Stampin’ UpT Farewell Party

Stampin’ UpT Farewell Party

I am so grateful that Shelli started this company so many years ago! In just a couple of days I will celebrate my 20th anniversary and I am SO grateful that I have been blessed to be a part of this amazing company filled with the most loving, incredible people!

Lunch with Sterling and Shelli

Lunch with Sterling and Shelli

After the party we went to our final dinner together. Gathering for dinner at the end of a long day is always my favorite part of the cruise. At this dinner we surprised Jessica with a cake as her birthday is this week and we knew she would be away at camp, so we wanted to celebrate as a family.

We loved our servers and they brought us this amazing chocolate cake and sang a very out of tune Happy Birthday song to her.

Jessica’s Birthday Celebration

Jessica’s Birthday Celebration

However, they did it with such passion and we will never forget it. It was a fun memory to have on our last night at sea!

Celebrating Jess

Celebrating Jess

We are home now and the first few days back have been a challenge for me. I was feeling very overwhelmed with life which can happen after traveling so far and feeling jet lagged! Right now, there are so many unanswered questions as to what is going to happen next. I know that as my meds wear off, my symptoms may return. How will this affect my classes and business?. I am concerned about my monthly sales so I will stay on track to keep my annual goals. There are things at my house that are in need of repair. My Dad hasn’t been in the best health and my Mom needs my help so I need to stay well. And overall, the biggest concern is, “what is my diagnosis”? I wonder, will they ever find something that they can treat so I can feel normal again?

This morning I woke up and felt as if God was reminding me to walk in victory and not defeat. I read Psalm 23:4 and felt encouraged where it says, “even if I walk through a valley as dark as the grave, I will not be afraid of any danger, because you are with me”.

I need to remember that life is an adventure. Today if a gift. I am thankful that I woke up, that I have breath in my lungs and I have the ability to sit and share with you how thankful I am for a new day just to be alive. I trust in God’s purpose and plan for me. We are not promised that life will be easy but we are promised that we don’t have to walk through it alone!

I don’t fully understand God’s plan at the moment but I am grateful that His plan allowed me to spend this precious, unforgettable adventure with my family. One that I will not soon forget.

Whatever you are facing today, know that you are not alone! I pray you will find strength in knowing that God is with you and He is able. Put your hope and strength in him and allow Him to lead and direct your path. It’s not always easy, especially when we face obstacles but when we find our way back to Him, we can rest in the assurance that He is our peace and is by our side through all of life’s adventures!

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

If you live in New York, “do you want to build a snowman” is a question that you could ask someone right now! However, snow was something I didn’t get to see when I was visiting the Big Apple last month.

On November 1st I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite places, New York City. I especially love visiting New York in the Fall. Especially after the Bryant Park Winter Village is open. I love the festive atmosphere with cute shops and the smell of hot cider in the air.

Shopping in Bryant Park

Shopping in Bryant Park

We checked into our hotel in Times Square and enjoyed the view of all the colorful lights flashing below.

Times Square

Times Square

I traveled to New York with two of my downline and friends, Teresa and Zeny.

The weather was perfect, not too cold but cool enough that we had the opportunity to wear our hats, boots, scarves and warm jackets.

Teresa, Cindy and Zeny at Central Park

Teresa, Cindy and Zeny at Central Park

One of our first stops was Central Park. The park was so beautiful. We were so excited to see the leaves falling all around us. I’m sure if you get to see falling leaves all the time it is no big deal, but for us it was magical. The leaves were falling like snowflakes from the sky, it was amazing.

I bet we were the first people that our carriage driver met that got more excited about seeing squirrels and falling leaves than some of the famous landmarks in the park. Our driver would said, “This is where the movie Home Alone was filmed” and we would look at that spot and say, “Oh My Gosh Look At That Cute SQUIRREL”. He pointed to another section and said, “here is the famous statue of Balto, the Sled Dog and we would look up and say, “Oh yes, the statue is nice but just look at those LEAVES”, I think he thought we were strange until Teresa handed him a piece of Chocolate Macadamia nut candy and told him we were from Hawaii.

Since we arrived in the city the day after Halloween there were still plenty of places where we saw pumpkins on display.

Zeny in NYC

Zeny in NYC

Seeing these pumpkins reminded me of the paper pumpkins I had made for my Bunco in October.

For the past few years I’ve had a pumpkin theme at our October Bunco. Here is what I did for this years Aloha Prize.

My Paper Pumpkin

My Paper Pumpkin

I covered this paper pumpkin with strips of our Natures Poem Designer Series Paper using Mod Podge. I then used hot glue to add some leaves to the top.

For the Bunco Favors, I made these little pumpkins out of our Clear Tiny Treat Boxes.

Pumpkin Bunco Favors

Pumpkin Bunco Favors

To make these pumpkin favors, I just cut a piece of Pumpkin Pie Card Stock at 1 7/8 x 8 1/4, I ran it through my Big Shot using the Corrugated Dynamic Texture Impressions Embossing Folder and then placed it inside one of our Clear Tiny Treat boxes. I then cut 2, 2 x 2 pieces of Pumpkin Pie Card Stock for the top and bottom of the box. I only put glue dots on the top square as the rest of the card stock stayed in place when wrapped around the inside of the box. The bottom square just got pushed down to the bottom and didn’t require any adhesive. I used the Tailored Tag Punch and punched out a piece of our Wood Textures 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper and then cut the shape in half to form the top of the pumpkin that was embellished with one of our Leaves Trinkets.

Pumpkin Treat Box Favors

Pumpkin Treat Box Favors

I filled each pumpkin with candy corn.

Pumpkin Treat Box Favors

Pumpkin Treat Box Favors

Bunco was so much fun and I was honored that beautiful Roxanne, who was celebrating her birthday that day, came to Bunco with her Mom.

Roxanne at Bunco

Roxanne at Bunco

Well, by now, you are probably wondering, why did I title this post, “Do you want to build a snowman” when I am taking about New York, Squirrels, Pumpkins, Falling Leaves and Bunco???

I’ll get to the snowmen… eventually, but first, let me explain!

Over the past couple of weeks I have had not one but two opportunities to hear that famous “snowman” song from the movie Frozen.

While in New York I went to watch Frozen on Broadway.

Frozen on Broadway

Frozen on Broadway

It was a fabulous show and it was so sweet to see all the kids in the audience attending their first Broadway show. Teresa (pictured below) was at her very first Broadway show. As you can see from the look on Teresa and Zeny’s face, we were all really excited to be there.

Teresa and Zeny at Frozen

Teresa and Zeny at Frozen

After New York we went to Orlando, Florida for the Stampin’ Up! On Stage Event. It was there while at a special leadership event called CenterStage that I got to go on the Frozen ride at Disney’s Epcot Theme Park with there lovely ladies.

Kim, Andrea, Cheryl and Cindy at Epcot

Kim, Andrea, Cheryl and Cindy at Epcot

The ride was cute but the real fun was all the sharing we did while waiting in line. This particular day the sharing was very timely where one of us got the message to let go of something that had been troubling them. It was quite funny to be having a conversation about “letting go” of something while in line to go on a ride where we would hear the song, “LET IT GO” be performed over and over again!. Sounds like CONFIRMATION to me!!!

Frozen Ride at Epcot

Frozen Ride at Epcot

So, with all of this “Frozen” influence and exposure, the first thing I did when I got back to my stamp room was to build this cute little snowman treat box.

Snowman Tiny Treat Box

Snowman Tiny Treat Box

I created this in the same way as I did the little pumpkin one except I didn’t crimp the inside paper, I scored it instead. . I also didn’t put a top or bottom 2” piece because the knit hat covered up the top and I left the bottom open. Here are the dimensions.

Snowman Treat Box Pattern

Snowman Treat Box Pattern

The nose was made out of our new Sprig punch. The cheeks were made with our Stampin’ Blends and the eyes and mouth were made out of Black Jewel rhinestones.

Snowman Tiny Treat Boxes

Snowman Tiny Treat Boxes

Aren’t the little stocking hats cute? I found them at Target in Orlando, they only had 12 and I took them all. I wish I could have found more as they were the perfect size for our little treat boxes.

Snowman Tiny Treat Box

Snowman Tiny Treat Box

The back of the box was stamped with an image from the Take Out Treats Stamp set. Inside I placed these soft peppermint candies.

I love how this cute little box came out. You can use it as party favor and then after the candy is gone you can hang it on your tree as a cute little snowman ornament.

I made these for our Home for the Holidays craft fair which was last week. I had to keep one for myself since I collect snowman and have a tree that holds all my snowman ornaments and I fell in love with this cute little guy!

Just days after leaving New York, it started to snow. I’m sorry we didn’t get to see the snow because I know we would have loved to have been able to build an actual snowman! I think we probably would have had a hard time with the cooler temperature. Especially since on our last day in Florida it dipped down to 55 degrees and we were FREEZING!

November is always a favorite month for me because I love the focus on being Thankful. I am grateful to God for the blessing of being able to travel as much as He has allowed me to do.

I am also grateful that while In New York I not only enjoyed the colorful leaves but it was most special to …

Central Park, NYC

Central Park, NYC

have another opportunity to visit my big brother who has lived there since I was in Junior High School. He is one of my favorite persons in the world and someone I am truly thankful for.

Glen and Cindy

Glen and Cindy

So whether is be pumpkins, falling leaves, squirrels, traveling, snowmen, broadway shows, disney rides, fun with friends or family! I realize I have lots to be thankful for this holiday season. God is so good.

Our 30th Anniversary

Derek and I have something in common with Stampin’ Up! We both celebrate our 30th anniversary this year. Our anniversary date is November 5th. However, as our anniversary drew near we realized that I would be in New York on that day, so we decided to plan a celebration in October. Derek and I love to travel the world. Since he works extremely long hours at work, especially in this season, we appreciate the quality time we get together when we travel. As we discussed where we wanted to do for our anniversary, the choice was easy when we heard that the Seahawks would be playing a game in London! I had been to London before but it was one of the places on Derek’s bucket list that he wanted to see.

So off we went to explore London. Here are some of the fun things we did while we were there.

We visited Buckingham Palace, London Bridge and the Tower of London.

Tower of London

Tower of London

We saw the Crown Jewels and met a few Beefeaters who had lots of interesting stories to tell.

Exploring London

Exploring London

The weather was gorgeous. There were blue skies almost every day and we enjoyed walking for miles every day, exploring the city.

Shopping at Harrods

Shopping at Harrods

We visited Harrods one evening. It was so beautiful at night with all the lights!

Victoria Palace Theater

Victoria Palace Theater

We went to see two Broadway shows, Les Miserables and Hamilton. Both were fabulous.

Fall in London

Fall in London

We walked through many beautiful parks and gardens. We especially enjoyed the leaves and seeing the changing colors that we don’t get to see in Hawaii.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

We visited Windsor Castle. There had been a Royal Wedding there the day before so we enjoyed seeing some of the remnants, such as beautiful flowers that were still in the chapel.

While I was there, I got a message from my friend Natalie asking me if I was going to shop at Cath Kinston. I asked her, “what is that”? She acted surprised and excited to tell me that it was her favorite store and she thought I would love it. So, we looked up the store and oh my, she was right! I loved this store. I loved it so much that I visited 4 locations all over the city over the next few days. I was so appreciative of this great travel tip.

Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston

I did quite a lot of Christmas Shopping while I was in there cause they had such cute things!

On game day we went to church at Hillsong London . These brothers from Germany sat by us, wearing SeaHawk jerseys. I asked them, “Are you hear to pray for a victory today”? It was fun to meet these young, enthusiastic, German fans.

Hillsong London

Hillsong London

After church as we got ready for the game, suddenly the weather shifted. It became cooler and a little rainy. It actually made the experience even better. So we got bundled up and headed to the train that would take us to Wembley stadium.

Train Ride to Wembley

Train Ride to Wembley

On the train we met a group of young girls that had Hawaii ties. They were SeaHawk fans too and they told us a story on how the day before they had met Marshawn Lynch at a department store and got to take a photo with him. How cool is that?

London Games at Wembley Stadium, London

London Games at Wembley Stadium, London

I love football and watching a team play live is so exciting. I was so thankful to have the opportunity to be at this game with Derek. We had SUCH a great time in this very exciting atmosphere!

Even though it was a Raiders home game, there were a lot more SeaHawk fans present. That meant that the cheering was very loud and the icing on the anniversary cake is that we won that game. It was my kind of game too!! The final score 27 to 3.

London Games, Wembley Stadium

London Games, Wembley Stadium

Since I was unable to be with Derek on our actual anniversary, I made him a card and left it with Jess to give to him on November 5th. Here is the card I made for him using the stamp set Peaceful Place.

Peaceful Place Anniversary Card

Peaceful Place Anniversary Card

I popped up a section on the inside to display a die cut #30.

Peaceful Place Anniversary Card

Peaceful Place Anniversary Card

Jessica texted me this photo of Derek moments after giving him his card. She took him out to lunch that day.

Happy 30th

Happy 30th

I am so thankful for Derek. He is truly an amazing husband, father and best friend.

War Museum

War Museum

Happy 30th Anniversary, I am so grateful to God for the blessing of having you by my side as we journey through life together.

Celebrating 30 years

Celebrating 30 years

Oh Canada!

I started writing this post when I was in Edmonton, Canada a few weeks ago visiting my friend, Lynsay.  Her house is beyond gorgeous but it is the view from behind her house that had me in awe during my time there. When Lynsay had sent me pictures of it before, is was blanketed in so much snow. however on this trip, the scenery was almost exactly the opposite.  The sun was out, there were colorful green trees, a Saskatoon bush filled with ripe berries, and every so often the cutest fluffy jack rabbits would hop by the window.  I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to visit Edmonton and spend time with Lynsay's family at their beautiful home.   

So, let me tell you a little bit about my trip!

Lynsay's daughter Eliza enjoys baking and is really good at it.  Since Saskatoon berries were in season she decided to bake us a pie.   The berries came from the bush in their backyard!!

A Sweet Welcome to Canada

A Sweet Welcome to Canada

Eliza is such a sweetheart!  It's hard to see in the photo but she made a pineapple in the center of the top crust!  What a warm, beautiful, and DELICIOUS welcome!  We were so excited to see her again and incredibly blessed that she took the time to make us such a special treat.

Saskatoon Rhubarb Pie

Saskatoon Rhubarb Pie

It was amazing!!!

When I am with Lynsay you can bet we'll be hitting the trails to go hiking or do some type of outdoor adventure.   Even though I wasn't there for a long time, we went on several hikes through the beautiful River Valley near her home.  

Cindy and Lynsay

Cindy and Lynsay

Recently Lynsay has gotten involved volunteering for an organization called, Dogs With Wings.  This organization trains service dogs.  Lynsay is passionate about her work with this organization.  She is an excellent volunteer trainer and is in love with all these beautiful animals who have become a part of her family.  I enjoyed meeting many of the dogs I've heard her talk about and we had fun going on walks with some of them while I was there.

Dogs With Wings

Dogs With Wings

One of the things Lynsay was working on in her craft room was creating thank you cards to donate to the organization for an upcoming event.  I had the opportunity to help her put these cards together.

Bella and Friends Card

Bella and Friends Card

Isn't this card adorable?!   It was created with the stamp set, Bella and Friends.  I offered to help Lynsay by punching out the circles with the Starburst punch and then stamping and coloring the dog with Stampin' Blends.

Coloring with Stampin' Blends

Coloring with Stampin' Blends

 

 I asked Lynsay, "So, how many of these cards are you making?"  "Oh, just 200 she replied!"

Coloring cards for Lynsay

Coloring cards for Lynsay

I tried to pretend like this was too much, but Lynsay knows I like to work on swap cards which often require making large amounts of the same card.  She also knows I love to color so this was a very fun way for me to have some creative fun while at her house.

On another one of our days there, we went to this fabulous Farmer's Market!

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We enjoyed seeing all the colorful fruit and veggies.  Just look at these carrots!

The flowers were so vibrant and beautiful too!

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Edmonton is a Festival City.  We enjoy hearing Bruce and Lynsay talk about all the fun concerts and events they get to go to that come to Edmonton.  

We ended up being there during the Taste of Edmonton.  We went and enjoyed trying all different types of specialties from local restaurants.  

Taste of Edmonton

Taste of Edmonton

We then visited the Legislature Building which had huge water fountains in front of the building.  

Water fountain at the Edmonton Legislature Building

Water fountain at the Edmonton Legislature Building

It was unusually hot in Edmonton that day so cooling off IN the fountain seemed like the perfect idea!  As you can see, lots of other people felt the same way!

Cooling off in Edmonton

Cooling off in Edmonton

The building was really beautiful.  It was fun to be there with our amazing friends!

Edmonton Legislature

Edmonton Legislature

Edmonton Legislature 

Edmonton Legislature 

On another day, we enjoyed going canoeing with Michael and Jess. Michael is Lynsay's friend's son.  They were such a lovely couple.  

Canoeing with Michael and Jess.

Canoeing with Michael and Jess.

We really enjoyed our time together on the North Saskatchawan river.   It was great to see the city from this perspective.

North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton, Canada

North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton, Canada

Halfway through our canoeing adventure, we gathered our canoes together and enjoyed a floating picnic.

Floating Picnic

Floating Picnic

When you travel with Lyndsay and family you are definitely going to enjoy great food!  They always come prepared with delicious snacks.  

Speaking of snacks... here's a fun local place Lynsay took me to where we enjoyed a "so called" local healthy treat.

My Fries

My Fries

Have you heard of Poutine?  I hadn't.

Poutine is a dish that consists of French fries and cheese curds topped with a brown gravy.  Doesn't sound very healthy, does it??  There are many different varieties of this dish.  

We went to My Fries, where they offered a healthier version of this classic dish.

Just look at the menu... so many choices!!!

My Fries Menu

My Fries Menu

It was really fun to try this "healthy" dish :)

Trying Poutine for the first time!

Trying Poutine for the first time!

One of the must do things on our trip was to visit the West Edmonton Mall.  Lynsay knows I love to shop and it is one of the major attractions in Edmonton.  Up until 2004 it was the worlds largest mall. It had an amusement park, a petting zoo, a waterpark, and a mini golf course!

Roller Coaster at the West Edmonton Mall

Roller Coaster at the West Edmonton Mall

There was also a pirate ship and a sea lion show.

Pirate Ship at the West Edmonton Wall

Pirate Ship at the West Edmonton Wall

In another section we found an ice skating rink.

Skating Rink at the West Edmonton Mall

Skating Rink at the West Edmonton Mall

Of course the highlight for me was going shopping at the largest Lululemon store.  

Shopping at the largest Lululemon

Shopping at the largest Lululemon

The mall also had lots of funny props for fun photo ops!

Hula Photo Op

Hula Photo Op

We had a blast shopping together that day!   

Our time in Edmonton was so much fun. Whether it was exploring the city or just hanging out at the house, playing our nightly card games!  We had a blast.  It was a much needed time of R and R.

I am grateful that because of my involvement with Stampin' Up! we have become friends with the Mahon's and just like this pillow says, we think they are all pretty EH-Mazing!!!