July 31, 2013

I need a Vacation from my Vacation!

My husbands handy camera work. Totally awesome right?! This is our cabin.
I just experienced the longest, shortest, craziest, busiest, most relaxing, month of my life. Between the Zulily event for HootyCutie, a visit from my nephews (and their parents... hehe), and an awesomely fun 2+ week family road-trip vacation (with a recently potty trained almost three year old!), I just don't know how to describe July 2013.

But I'm back and the outfits for Zulily made it out the door today and I am starting to feel like things might be starting to return to my normal form of crazy. I will be opening up my shop tomorrow, but I am going to be keeping it only ready to ship items for at least a few more days. I am making some decisions on what to work on next and I'm just not sure yet :) But on to the vacation!

For those of you that do not know, we took a road trip out to my family ranch in Wyoming this month. It is the first time we have been out there in at least three years, and the first time my husband has ever drive out across the country. I did twice when I was younger, but it was a whole new adventure with an almost two year old.
Some sites from around our ranch. All the work of my hubs again.
Of course I was up all night the night before we left because of my ever procrastinating nature (and it didn't help that my two sweet nephews were here to tempt me the whole week before we left!) so when J woke up at 4 in the morning and would not go back to sleep, I woke my husband and of we set. The first day was our second longest of the whole trip and by far the easiest! How easy it is to drive with a sleeping child :) We meet up with my Aunt and Uncle in Texas and we were off. It was so awesome because my Aunt had done all of the planning and all I had to do was follow.

We made stops in Raton, NM and both Breckenridge and Steamboat Springs, CO before arriving at my other Aunt's house in Pinedale, WY. Then we headed to our ranch for almost a week. It is never long enough and we enjoyed every single minute of it! We even stayed an extra day because we didn't want to leave. That of course made our trip back a little more difficult, but I am thankful we stayed.
Day 2 - A volcano outside of Raton, NM. J loves to "climb the moutain"
Day 3 - Driving to Breckenridge, CO. The arch was at a state park (basically on top of a mountain). The castle is Bishops castle which has been being constructed by one man since the 1970's!
Day 4 - Breckenridge, CO - Such a beautiful little town!
Day 7 & 8 - Getting to Wyoming and getting to the Ranch. Poor J was sick our last night in Steamboat and first day in Wyoming. Please forgive the sicky faces. 
Day 8 - We caught a bear (well technically wildlife control did) the first day we were there!
J absolutely LOVED it out there! This is on top of Round Hill which the ranch is named after. 
J's first and second horse (well technically mule) ride!
Independence Rock - This might have been one of J's favorite days. She loves to "climb mountains".

On the way back we came through Kansas. It was my first time ever in KS, and most of it we drove in the dark. For those of you that have never been, there are a lot, and I mean A LOT, of wind turbines out there. They have these flashing red lights on the top of them (you know so planes don't hit them). Well when it is pitch black and all you see is like 200 synchronized flashing red lights up ahead... let me tell you it was eerie! But it did make for an entertaining drive. I also sliced the heel of my foot open on a pair of scissors (from my crocheting). Yes... only me! That was also entertaining.

But we made it back in one piece and though I miss it very much, I am happy to be back with my sewing machines and excited to start working on some new things. So stay tuned.

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