Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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August 12, 2008

You might be wondering why the old blog has been kind of quiet lately.

I have to tell you that I just got back from our annual family vacation in Parksville on Vancouver Island BC.

We had a fantastic time and the weather was wonderful!

The kids ran around like wild things in their bare feet and bathingsuits and I had no idea where they were half the time. The other half of the time they were in and around our unit with a gangload of kids from other units raiding our fridge and just "hanging out".

My hubby had a chance to golf 3 times, took our boy twice with him and me and the girl shopped Coombs Market for "stuff". The guys also went fishing with my brother-in-law and nephews who live over there.

I had the opportunity to check out 2 craft stores while I was there and both times ALONE!! I can't tell you what a treat that was!

The first place I went to was Crafty Capers in Lantzville. I was so excited to be going to Lantzville and I'm sure everyone thought I was nuts - I couldn't help mentioning that on Tuesday I'd be going to Lantzville whenever I mentioned our plans to anyone.

Victoria was so sweet and showed me around her tiny store which was jammed packed with all kinds of goodies! TONS of stamps, inks, glitter, stencils and IDEAS!!! She generously explained how some of her cards were made and we talked about dogs - a lot.

She was expecting me because I had called her a week or so before to find out if she could get something for me. I was over the moon when she told me she could and it arrived just before we got to the Island!

I was "Jones-ing" for a specific Dreamweaver stencil that I could not find anywhere - except in the US and the one site I found would not ship to Canada!

I bought a TON of stuff from her (stamps, stencils, and Spellbinders!) which I'll be sharing with you at some point in the future.

I don't post photos of my purchases anymore - would you like to see photos of stuff like that? Let me know...

The other store I went to was Scrapbookin' Adventures in Parksville. I snuck out to this one while I was supposedly "grocery shopping". Good thing it's right near the Thrifty's!

Scrapbookin' Adventures is a small store (or so I thought) and completely different from Crafty Capers (mostly scrapbooking hence the name - duh!).

Jennifer showed me around the retail space and then into another area of the store where the classroom space is. WOW - what a space they have there - with all the latest tools! It's very deceiving because it's a house converted into a store.

She has a great selection of patterned papers and was unloading a shipment of Halloween and Christmas stuff that I'm sure will be snatched up long before those holidays! I bought some felt die cuts, a punch and some Thickers for my girl who loves them!

If you ever find yourself on Vancouver Island and have time to kill be sure to check out these 2 fabulous stores!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Puppy News...

The puppies were born last Wednesday and our new "boy" will be arriving sometime at the end of September.

We can hardly wait!!

But now comes the hardest part for us....

Agreeing on what to name him?

Both dogs are Irish Soft Coated Wheaton Terriers and our older dog is named Sam.

My husband is set on Max, I like Rory, my daughter likes River (so they'd be Sam & River - sounds like Salmon River!) and my son likes Piper.

Other names we're considering - Guiness, Mac, Flynn, Kona, Finlay, Quincy, Rufus and Brody.

Any suggestions from you all out in Blogland?