Monday, August 2, 2010

weekend wrap-up

I was lucky enough to be able to escape the valley heat this weekend and head up north to Christopher Creek for our church Mothers and daughters camp! It was a great weekend away, and a very uplifting camp for me and the girls.  I took the four oldest, and left Trina and Taryn home with Frans.  He said they were great at home, so I shouldn't have spent so much time wondering how Taryn was doing without me!  Michelle and her girls rode to camp with us, and we traveled with Caroline and Deb's carload.  After dropping our stuff off at camp we headed back to Payson to eat dinner at Macky's Grill....good choice, the food was delicous!  And we ended the meal with a southwest cheesecake...I'm drooling now just thinking about it!  I should have taken a picture of it....but it is a chesecake filling wrapped with a fried tortilla rolled in cinnamon sugar, and topped with ice cream and strawberries!  Yum Yum Yum!!  Here is our crew of girls at the restaurant...4 adults with 12 kids between us :)  Great memories for these girls!
We made sure to grab umbrellas at Wallmart before we headed back to camp, because we seem to get rain every year there.  Good thing we did, because we got rain!  And with the rain of course, you get the lovely MUD!  Skye was smart and remembered to bring her rainboots!IMG_0709 Me and my girls!

So fun to be with friends all weekend! IMG_0669 And fun for me too!

IMG_0739 Kierstyn having fun!


Caught this picture of these girls down by the creek, and I love it!

IMG_0779 When we headed out of camp on Sunday, I had to pull over and get a shot of the low laying clouds...  so pretty!

IMG_0839 And of course.....a traffic jam that had us going an average of 5-10mph for about an hour and a half!  What would a drive home from Payson be without that??!!?  At least a 5 car pile-up near Sycamore Creek.  But we were in good company, so the drive wasn't all that bad :)  Brake lights and cars as far as the eye could see through the front window.....

and same with through the back!
And little cutie-pie Maddy was just thrilled to be able to come sit with Mom!IMG_0854
Before I wrap this up, I thought I'd share the super cute photo blocks that we made at camp on Saturday.  We were each responsible for bringing 5 pictures for each girl for the project, and Laura supplied everything else.  How cute are these?


They would also be darling with those wire photo holders sticking in the top! 

block of wood
pretty scrapbook paper
mod podge
sponge brush
craft paint

embeleshments...(beads, sequins, ribbon, buttons, etc..)

to create:

1.  sand down the wood smooth
2.  paint the edges the color of your choice
3.  glue squares of scrapbook paper to each side
4.  glue pictures on
5.  brush mod podge over everything.  this seals it. 
6.  apply embelishment
So easy to do, and they are so neat.  The kids had fun doing them, and I think we will just have to make some more at home!!  They would be perfect for gifts!  Even for a teacher. If you could get some pictures of her throughout the year, they would make a great Christmas gift. 
And for more mod podge home DIY projects, check out my sister Heidi's blog Crafty Mommy that she just recently started.  Some great ideas and motivation going on over there :) 
Have a great Monday everyone!


  1. Fun pictures! I love the one of Lindsey & Toni sharing an umbrella! The camp was lots of fun for me and my girls too. Im glad we lingered in Payson for a couple hours before heading home-no traffic for us, but we went the other way anyway:)

  2. Those Mod Podge blocks are so cute! Love the pics. That baby is a darling. :D

  3. Those blocks do look fun! I will have to do some with the kids.

  4. Ohhh.. The kids are so adorable, they are all blond.. Love it.