Sunday, July 5, 2009

Hidey Ho Neighbors!

Hi friends! I just looked at the date on my last post and it was two weeks ago. Wow, where has the time gone?

I'll fill you in on what's been happening in my corner of the U.S.

We have finally finished ours and Grace's rooms. They turned out just like I saw it in my head--and believe me this brain of mine doesn't let that happen too often. (off topic: does anyone else have that kind of problem?...some kind of glitch in the connection from the brain to the hand? Just wondering.)

My sister and I went to an annual neighborhood yard sale. I believe it was a 10 or so block radius. It's called Old North End Yard Sales and located in the older, Victorian neighborhood. (We are kicking ourselves for forgetting our cameras.) It was a super gorgeous day and IT WAS A BLAST! Tons of yardsales, lots of people. I think I only spent $25 and brought home a lot of stuff. Grace spent the day at her cousins', so Reva and I had the day to ourselves. We were so giddy we couldn't stand it finding bargain after bargain! I will have to round up some of the stuff and take pictures for you. We also connected with our Aunt and cousins as they were enjoying the fun too! Thanks, Reva, for a fun day with ya!
As for our weekend, the girls and I (Sunny had to work) just got back today from our family 4th of July campout that is held every year about 20 miles from Salida, CO. There were 38 or so of our immediate as well as extended families. Reva and her husband, Rick, organize it. Although Reva isn't able to go because of her health concerns (it's about 9300 ft.)--and we surely miss having her there--Rick does a great job and works throughout the year planning and preparing for the next year, especially where the kids are concerned. This year was no exception with paintball wars and water gun fights (and we're not talking pistols!) The games he plans are the highlight for the kids and they look forward with much anticipation to the next year wondering what Uncle Rick will think up next.

Everyone usually gathers around the main campfire each night talking and cutting up and just having a great time reconnecting--not to mention enjoying the s'mores, hot chocolate, rootbeer floats, ice cream cones and blackberry cobbler made in the dutch oven over the fire. (btw, I've been ignoring the scale calling me from the other room!)
I'll be posting pictures when they get uploaded.

I hope everyone had a great celebration and took a moment to remember and thank God for the privilege of being able to live in this beautiful country, blemishes and all.

God bless America!

It's All Catching Up Good!


  1. Your family campout sounds wonderful! So nice of sister and BIL to spearhead the whole thing as I'm sure it's ALOT of planning and work. Glad the weather was nice. When we were there a few weeks ago it rained! I was so sick of the rain by the time we left.

    BTW, we think Colorado will be the place we move to within the next year. We had seriously thought about Oregon/Washington but the more we thought about it, we decided against them. It's silly to move to either one as we have no family there. The older I get the more I want to be near family, not farther away. My parents live in Littleton and we'd love to live near them again so CO it will be. We like Evergreen and a few other areas so we'll see.

    Anyways, take care and have a great week!

  2. I just love yard sales and thrift stores.

    Sounds like you all had a wonderful 4th. Isn't it grate to be with family and friends!

  3. Hi! Nice to hear from you. Sounds like you have had a busy, but fun few weeks. I'm looking forward to seeing your bargains!

  4. So good to hear from you. I've missed you friend :o)

  5. Oh my - - - so much news and nary one picture. Do we need to take up a collection to get you a digicam????? Hehehehehehehehe

    I wanna see the new rooms and the campfire and everything else - - - -

  6. Lucky! That neighborhood yard sale sounds awesome! It doesn't surprise me a bit that you got a bunch for your 25 bucks. Yardsale shopping is such fun.

    Glad to hear that you had a good 4th of July weekend.

  7. Yard sales like that are awesome. It's been a long time since I've found a good one like that. Glad you had a fun time and found some good stuff.

    What a great family camping time. I bet the kids are eager to go every year. Sounds like loads of fun.


  8. Glad you had a good time. Maybe next year we'll be able to go.

    Love ya

  9. Hope you had a great 4th and have a great week ahead.

    Lots of love,

  10. Sounds like you're getting settled in. I too struggle with getting what it is my head out. I just don't have all the skills/materials necessary to make a smooth transition.

  11. I want to go camping too! So glad that y'all had a good time, and that things are working out in CO just as you planned.

    And yes, I often have some kind of short circuit between my brain and the actual results. :-/

    Thanks for catching us up to your happ'nins, and have a great rest of your week, Brenda. :o)

    Love and hugs,


  12. I see I'm not the only one that's been missing in action. Glad to hear all is well.

  13. Brenda, we're all thankful for this fun and adventurous update! I'm with Susan, we miss you!!! love, all of us!

  14. Sounds like a good time. Glad to hear an update.

  15. Your family campout sounds absolutely wonderful. And what a big family you have! My family is close, but there are so few of us. Being from a small family has always made me want to have a lot of kids so I can have campouts like yours! :-)

    I ADORE yard sales!


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