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Splash Day

Saturday was such a fun filled, busy day: Laren & Jack are here so were packing it in. We kicked it off frugalista style (yes, that’s a ridiculous word I just made up) by hitting the Hillside Church of Golden’s kids clothing swap-brilliant! I could only handle parting with one tub (out of 7!) of my precious babies’ clothes and it was a teary parting at that. But I was brave & reasonable in realizing the opportunity to trade out the dusty tub of Trip’s 18mo duds for clothes needed for the here & now was a worthy one. We walked out of there with a fresh tub of clothes for Jack, Jossi & Trip-everyone benefited! We even made a new friend & got some great insight into life in this area. Moving right along we stopped by the Golden Farmer’s Market to grab some dried apples, dried mangos & a canning book I won from the Ball booth-my lucky day! While at the Ball booth some one tapped me on the shoulder & told us they’d seen us at the clothing swap & wanted to know if we would like to do a canning swap with them. I was beside myself with domestic joy! They had just finished a batch of tomatoes & salsa verde, neither of which have I attempted, so this will be great! Once the swap occurs I will post here for those of you interested in hosting one yourselves. So Lauren & I are gearing up for a hot day in the tree house kitchen to turn boxes of Paonia peaches into luscious & sweet peach jam. (Yes, I said Paonia, not Palisade.  I am a peach snob & do declare Paonia’s peaches an arm & a leg better, sweeter & juicier than Palisade’s!) So, note here, it’s only about 11 am and we are on cloud 9 already…now for the poor, starving, patient chitlins…to the water park! A friend from church is a real estate agent & hosts a Splash Day every year, renting out the park, providing free entry, sub sandwhiches for lunch & pizza for dinner. What a fantastically free & fun summer day for the kids. After that the kids caught quick naps, I popped a gluten free, high altitude cake in the oven & we were off again, like a heard of turtles with our sunburned little ones. A new friend had invited us to a dinner party on her deck. She is a Texas that moved here the same weekend that we did! Crazy! We hit it off instantly like we had known each other all along.  So, even though the kids were dragging a bit, we couldn’t miss out on an invite like this. What a great night it was: great food, good conversation, the kids got along fantastically & my cake was a hit. You can catch a glimpse of it here on Ms. Claudine’s very own blog.

 

I made it in a pic-thanks Lo!

 

Little fish!

So proud he was hopping on one foot.

Sun bathing mamas

 

 

Let There Be Light!

So those of you who know me well know my obsession with old thing anew. Before leaving Texas, sniff, I hit the jack pot with a collection of vintage spools that was still rolled in it’s amazing original yarn in muted earthy colors-LOVE! My bestie & I made the 2 hour haul to Canton to pick up the loot, grabbed ourselves some etouffe, cone bread & sweet tea and headed on back home. Productive trip? I do declare so! Inspiration struck when my momma & I first happened upon these beauties the month before and quickly whipped our visions into reality in the form of a fantastically unique lamp. We stood back and looked at our work & said, “It is good.” This project is texture, color, nostalgia & warmth all wrapped into one…and I know you’re dying to see it!

Latest exciting development on the CampThork front: look for this lamp to be featured soon in Evergreen’s own Nellybelle General Store!  The How To tutorial on the making of the spool lamp will be up soon. Check it out!

 

New Plants

There’s a couple in our small group that decided to grow all their plants from seed this year, hydroponically in the basement. We were over there last week-what a cool set up! They had tons of left over starter plants & gave me a whole flat to take home! I was so excited! All my little plants are so happy & they make me so happy every time I see them.

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Mexican Market with Mamacita

Last weekend was soooooo busy! I was up past 2am every night that I spent in Denton. I haven’t done that in at least 5 years. We shopped, prepped, decorated & baked to our hearts content for Riley’s party. Mom & I had to make a stop at the Mexican Market. What a treasure that place is! I don’t know why I hadn’t been there before. It was really fun to see all the great meat,  produce & specialty goods they offered. I really wanted to get Riley one of those candles with the virgin saint on it but I resisted. We bought a few cases of jarritos fruit punch & mango sodas & a dozen churros for a touch of mexican decor on the dessert table.

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Deciding on good quality beer for the party.

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Boulder Farmers Market

Two Saturdays ago we ventured out to the Boulder Farmer’s Market despite the rain. We pulled up & I began to bounce up & down in my seat like a child. “Produce! Plants! Food trucks! Music! Wierd people! I love it here!” Luke looked at me skeptically. His workplace has infiltrated his mind with negative stereotypes of Boulder & its inhabitants. But i was on cloud 9. We bought produce, a few herbs to plant in the garden, fresh bread & Boulder popcorn for the popper.

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