Sarah, Casey, Jessica, Becky and Emily This year was a bit smaller crew that in the past years, but we had a fabulous time at show-and-tell. I can't remember the last time we sat together visiting and laughing so long. Amazing group of women....ok, I'm pretty damn hilarious sometimes.
This year's scores include three new paint-by-numbers to add to my collection.
The typical 5am impulse buy at the C&H Primatives booth. Love Claudia and Harold and I am always a sucker for a big industrial purchase from them. This year it was a bright orange metal brass fittings display case. I just knew it would be perfect for a million different gadgets in my craft room. Once I brought it home, I was surprised at just how much space it took up. Cool never-the-less.
Willie and Larry.
Willie and Larry the Lobster came from the same vendor and had already been named. Bowling bags seem to be finding their way home with the kids and I lately. They make for great toy haulers.
Larry was just a unique item at the antique fair and knew he would make for great conversation throughout the day. Little did I know everyone I passed would have a smile or comment for Larry. At some point in the day I heard people saying, "It's the Lobster Lady". Sarah was quite fond of this title and I'm sure I will hear it in the years to come.
Darth, because I just couldn't pass him up. Sweet little owl necklace. A new luggage set that will look so adorable in McKenzie's 1965 Jeep Wagoneer. and a porcelain deer to keep this one company. and new chair for Marcus's desk which I purchased in 2010.
I also purchased a beautiful vintage black gown for McKenzie, very Audrey. I hope to have it altered just a bit for her to wear to prom this year.
Here are a few links from years past 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.
And one final photo for the wall of shame. Sarah snuck off to the ATM mid-day and deprived me of the annual photo with the electronic money god. You know what you did.
I know I say it every year, but this year when I think of it in terms of two years until she graduates it blows my mind...and sprouts gray hair. Not that you can see them (thanks to good genes) but I can feel sympathetic gray hair growing.
Reviewing my photos, I know I must have been hormonally overwhelmed in the moment because I cannot believe for the life of me how I missed the see-through, pink crocheted top with only a black bandeau top underneath. Good Grief!
and in a flash, she was gone. Isn't she the coolest?
Today was the first day of school for Marcus, he is a big second grader. This photo was a bit blurry, he just doesn't care to stay in one spot for photos but it was my favorite.
He was so excited to get on his way. He chose this year to be taken to school by his sister in her new Jeep Wagoneer. He told her she could walk him into the school with him, but at the last minute at the doors told her he would do it on his own and off he went for his first day of second grade.
The official first day pose: So proud of you Big Bear!
For a lot of families, school was back in session weeks ago. We here in Oregon are just now starting back. Tomorrow is the first day back for Marcus and McKenzie starts on Friday. So with routines, homework and fewer daylight hours ahead we decided to escape to the beach for the day. Don't let those sweet, adorable faces fool you. These two have been like oil and water, they fight everyday...E.V.E.R.Y.D.A.Y. It has made for some long days, but as I have been hearing from a number of people the summer has somehow seemed incredibly short. McKenzie spent much of her summer playing softball. She has also had a dramatic rise in her social life as she obtained her driver's license this summer and seems to always be on the go.
Marcus started off his summer playing baseball and finished it off swimming in the pool six times a day. He swims like a fish, or Michael Phelps he thinks.
He has also acquired a crooked smile while he has been waiting for a loose tooth to come out. However, despite all of the turmoil between Marcus and McKenzie, today was by far one of the best day trips we have had to the beach.