Friday, April 29, 2016

Happy Birthday Kimberly!

It's a Birthday Blog Hop!!   

Today is Kimberly's Birthday!!  Our group of PNW crafters is having a blog hop to help celebrate. You should have arrived here from Kate's blog.  If you want to start at the beginning, head over to Toni's blog to see the complete list of participants.

Kimberly is so sweet, nice, creative, generous, talented, humble, encouraging...the list goes on. And I am happy to call her my friend!  I hope you have a wonderful day filled with special surprises and lots of cake!!

Just last week, it was my birthday and this same group of friends gave me a blog hop.  In that hop, Kimberly had made an adorable card for me.  The pictures on her blog of that card completely inspired the card I made for her!  I hope she likes it:

I used the Lawn Fawn flirty frames stamp set and some masking to add cute critters peeking out to wish her a happy birthday!  Most of the critters are Lawn Fawn, but the bear is Ellen Hutson.

Here is the complete list of participants in case you missed any along the way:

Laura <-----you are here

I'm the last stop on the hop, but be sure to hop along and wish Kimberly a Happy Birthday on the way!

Hope your day is extra special!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Washington DC Trip

Our family just returned from a wonderful vacation in our nation's capital, Washington DC.  Being from Washington State, we kept having to refer to the 'other' Washington!

There is so much to see and do in this wonderful city, and I'm sure we only scratched the surface, but it was fantastic.  Here are a few pictures from our trip:

We were lucky enough to have a tour guide, my sister in law lives in Maryland, right outside of DC, so she was kind enough to show us around (And lend us some Metro Passes!)

Here are the kids with their Aunt Eileen in front of the Smithsonian Castle

We missed the majority of the cherry blossoms, but the tulips were beautiful all over town

It is hard to describe the emotions and feelings you get from standing in front of the War Memorials.  Such a sacrifice these men and women gave for all of us to enjoy the lifestyle we have. 

Natalie at the WWII memorial

The Washington Monument and reflecting pool as seen from the Lincoln Memorial

Jack in front of the Lincoln Memorial

Jack in the Museum of Natural History in the ocean exhibit.

Natalie and her cousin Marcela checking out the dinosaurs

The main reading room of the Library of Congress

My family at the Capital Building.  

We saw many more things, but I don't want to bore you too much!!  If you ever get the opportunity to visit DC, I highly recommend it.   It will reinforce your pride in being an American, even with all the crazy politics!
Thanks for stopping in!