Both of my parents, my sister and her 5 kids all came to visit for the long weekend. They all live in Ohio and normally we try to see each other at least once a month, but money has been tight since I lost my job so we haven't seen them since Easter. It was a fun weekend for everyone. I didn't get any sewing done but as always, the kids had a great time playing together... ghost in the graveyard after dark, frisbee, card games, video games, the park, camping out in tents in the front yard, a parade and all sorts of other made up games. Hopefully it won't be such a long time before we see everyone again. I thought I'd share some of my favorite pictures from the weekend here.
my oldest son Cameron (who is a goofball teenager, hence the face) and his friend Gabe at the playground
my niece, Kaileigh, with the frisbee on her head
my youngest niece Kamryn playing hopscotch on the playground
my youngest son Carter hanging from the monkey bars
my nephew, Kurtis, playing in the front yard
my middle son Connor finds his own way across the monkey bars
my oldest niece, Kiera, learning how to skateboard
another niece, Kierstenn, scaling the climbing wall with ease. ;)
in addition to a fun weekend I was surprised with not one, but TWO mentions on websites in the last few days. SO flattered and excited. :) First, this past Saturday, One Pretty Thing chose me as one of their Flickr Friends Roundup picks for my sock monsters. My friend Martha posted on Facebook to let me know. :) THEN, just a few hours ago, a friend of a friend posted on my FB that she had shared my Lens Pets™ with photographer Erin Cobb and Erin liked them so much she posted a link to my Etsy shop on her 'Ten on Tuesday' list today. I had 8 sales in 30 minutes! I'll be sewing like a mad woman tonight making all those Lens Pets™... and I couldn't be more excited! :)
Between the Michaels contest and my recent Etsy success I am totally floating on cloud nine these days!