Monday, November 17, 2008

Back from being MIA!

Some of you noticed that I've been a little M.I.A. these past few days! Well, my family escaped to the mountains this weekend and it was very nice! We got some fresh air, had a nice meal, swam at the hotel, and just enjoyed some good old fashioned family time.

Today we went into the Custer National Forest and found this fun little lake.....It's called Wild Bill Lake and in the early 1900's "Wild Bill" decided that he would make this lake to be a recreation hot spot. He not only dug the lake and stocked it with whitefish (now brown trout), built a dance platform for country dancin', and a boat dock where he did boat rentals. Today, it's not the hoppin' space Bill wanted. Instead, it's a really quiet part of the forest that you can just sit and hear......... nothing! We did think we saw some bear tracks on the trail though. Not a good thing for me. As you'll see in the photo below - Ellie was wearing her black fake fur jacket. Um... maybe not the best choice for hiking in a spot where black bears live. Note to self - pick the pink jacket next time! :-)
So, here's one photo that I played with a bit that Ken took of me and the kiddos. Deep breath in... Can't it always be like this????
When we got home, I had the most fabulous R.A.K. waiting for me in my mailbox. It is one of the prettiest cards I have ever laid eyes on-- really! It was from the lovely Jenn Balcer and had the sweetest note inside!

Here's a close up of the layering she did with the fabulous poppy! Oh my -- that dimension is to die for! I thought about trying to CASE this but then reconsidered. I mean, can I really top this? Me thinks not! Thanks Jenn!
Well, hope you enjoy a great start to your week! My b-day is coming up in a few days and so I am officially taking it easy and declaring it my birth-week! LOL! Why not? I mean, sometimes our lives get so crazy, we need an excuse to kick our feet up and slow down a bit!

I'll be back tomorrow! See ya then!


Robin Kirkpatrick said...

That's a great photo of you and your kids - looks like everyone had a great time! Lovely card from Jenn - I can see both sides of your internal conversation about it: "gotta CASE this card"...."who am I kiddin'?"....Although, I am sure that you could do it justice with all your talents.

Have a wonderful birthday week!

Janine said...

Glad you had a great weekend. Sounded like you needed a break... Your kids are beautiful!!
Lovely card you received too!!
Have a great day Julie and we will talk soon.

Joan Fricker said...

Julie, Oh what a beautiful photo of you and your kids. It is so precious and one I know you treasure.

What a nice card to receive in the mail.
Truly beautiful!


mochamama said...

Love the pics Julie. Looks like you had an awesome time! if it were me seeing the bear tracks I would have filled my pants then passed out!

denise g. said...

Beautiful poppy card and family photo. Glad you had a restful, bearless weekend. No bears in my weekend, either, but I am so not ready for the s-n-o-w that is starting to leave tracks. Officially, winter's a whole month away - waaaa!

The Rubber Maid said...

Glad you all had a great time on your get away. Lovely picture of you all. Your RAK is a gorgeous card . Mom

2stampis2b said...

Wow, looks peaceful! Love Jenn's card, too!

Happy Birthday coming up! Mine is tomorrow, so we have that in common too...Scorpios! Know what I asked for? The Wall*E DVD! Love that movie and the time we'll spend watching it as a family!

Jenn Balcer said...

What a great weekend you had! We don't have anything as majestic (well, not in that way, anyway) here in Texas, I don't know if I'd ever want to leave! Gorgeous! Glad you liked the card!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

What a FANtastic get away!!! Such a beautiful photo of you and the lil ones too!!!

Laurie in MN said...

Enjoy pampering yourself during your birth-week.

The picture of you and the children turned out beautiful. Very nice card to receive in the mail.

Diane said...

What a peaceful place!!! That is so
nice that you guys do that,families
need bonding time. Not enough people do that now adays.
I agree with you,what a wowzer Rak you got there!!! And yes you can top that,I know you can!!!
Hope your week is as wonderful as you are !!!!!!!!

Juliann said...

Your photos are just beautiful!
Really great one of you and the kids!!!
Pretty RAK too!

Curt in Carmel said...

Great pics Julie! I hope you have a great birthday on Wednesday! The card you got is stunning! Hope you have a great birthday week! Enjoy! Best, Curt said...

Stunning pictures Julie!! Glad you snagged some time for R&R!

lovely gd Cee said...

Julie, i love your picture. YOU ARE PHOTOGENIC- i know that you disagree but you're wrong!wrong, wrong, i tell ya. ha! and the kids are GORGEOUS!
nice clean room. i know the feeling- when you have to clean. wouldn't be great if we have a cleaning angel. we get up in the morning and ta-da! house is already clean. yea right, in my dreams!
it's your birthday week? hmmm... should i get you another present? LOL! i just had to say that. i love how you whine when you receive gifts- it's very cute.

birthday hugs!

Leslie Miller said...

What a wonderful get away! I love the fresh air, the mountains and the sound of nothing. You all look very refreshed and happy in your photo. Jenn's card is totally fabulous! I love the way she framed the poppies with the oval and made them dimensional. Such a pretty card!

Susan (rainy) said...

What a sweet family! And what a rich and wonderful card!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

LOVED seeing your photo of you and those beautiful children and what a card from Jenn, WOW!!!

Shirley said...

Oh Julie, I love this. I really like what you did with the ribbon and bling, and the bling around the image! So elegant!