Oh my goodness! The last week is just a blur. As usual, I left for my parents' later than I'd planned. That meant that the laundry didn't get done until late. (Hey, I'm not proud. You do what ya gotta do sometimes.) Mom and I stayed up talking until 1:30-ish. We got up and were out the door by 6:45 to go to the Vera sale. We had loads of fun. It wasn't elbow to shoulder by any means, but it was pretty busy. Everyone was very polite, though. Mom got most of her Christmas shopping done. After we left the sale, we went to Red Robin for lunch. That was the first time I had eaten at one. I had the Santa Fe burger - Wow! was that a good burger!! At my request, we stopped at Archiver's. They were out of their exclusive QuicKutz dies. Bummer! That was really the only thing I was looking for that we don't have at Pages In Time. I guess we're pretty spoiled. Anyway, we left Glenbrook and went across the parking lot to the new Super Target to shop for my goddaughter's birthday present. From there, Mom left for Berne, and I left for home. What a busy morning!
The lack of sleep started to take its toll on the drive back. It took every last ounce of energy to stay awake. On my way to pick up Heather for our weekend crop, I had to make a detour through Meijer to get a venti at Starbucks. That really hit the spot! We loaded up my car and headed off to Nappanee.
We got to the b&b, The Olde Buffalo Inn, and were greeted by Freida, Brenda, and Janelle. Tobi and Heidi got there a few hours later, and Jeri and Fran arrived Friday afternoon. We had a blast! Janelle is absolutely incredible! She made toosh cooshes for our chairs, and there were 13x13 storage bins on each of our beds. They were tied with a bunch of ribbons - and full of goodies! She also planned two classes for us. One was an altered recipe box, and the other was a summer-themed acrylic book. They were amazing! At every meal, she had a "little" giveaway session. Everyone won a prize. She also gave away little goodies at several meals - an altered clipboard, a little water bottle with embellishments in it, and an altered placemat that she made into a purse. I feel like I'm forgetting something. It was all a little overwhelming. Unfortunately, I was battling migraines all weekend, so some of the details are a bit of a blur. Sunday afternoon came, and we had to pack and leave. The weekend didn't seem nearly long enough.
I dropped Heather off, and then it was on to Paige's birthday party. I can't believe that she's already three. I know that I've said it before, but where has the time gone? She has gotten so incredibly independent. She wants to do everything for herself. Right before dinner, the girls went outside to play. The next thing we knew, Paige was making mudpies in the backyard! hehehe! Of course, I had to take pictures. (Perfect excuse to play with the settings on my new camera, right?) She was having a grand ole time - much to her mother's chagrin. (Lisa doesn't particularly care for dirt.) So little Paigie had to jump in the tub before dinner, which she didn't mind in the least. Tony made ribs and bbq chicken on the grill. With that, we had Lisa's homemade potato salad (mmm!), corn on the cob, and baked beans. Yummo!!
All-in-all, it was an absolutely superb weekend. I got to spend time with most of my favorite people in the world. What could be better than that? =)