Really Late Birthday Present

I just couldn’t figure out what to give a friend of ours for his birthday so I wound up letting it slip by without a present. I made gifts for each of his siblings on their birthdays and was determined to come up with something for him!
I finally settled on painting a shirt for him with an underwater theme as he loves sharks.

My son helped me paint on all the colors for the water after the black silhouettes were complete.

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My daughter helped me wrap it up with tissue paper and shark stickers.

Knitting

Living in a hotel gets old after a while and everyone sharing a single computer is not exactly the norm for us. To keep my brain occupied, I decided to learn how to knit. Again. For the third time.

I have always crocheted and in the past, knitting just seemed so… not relaxing for me. I made tiny tight stitches that left my back and shoulders sore. This time I decided on bamboo needles and I think they made all the difference.

The kids made a quick trip out to the Hobby Lobby with me for the supplies and I was off. I made 3 washcloths while at the hotel (and met a fellow crafter by the pool while doing so).

Hopefully I can stick with it as I would like to move from making stuffed animals to more useful items like hats, scarves, socks, etc.

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Entertainment Away From Home.

We walked to the local Target and made a trip out to a dollar store to pick up a few things to keep us occupied while in the hotel.

Legos, Play-doh, art stuff, a puzzle, and some cheap play sets did the trick.

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My daughter’s picks, LOL (she had the guy in the dollar store smiling):

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Also- hotels rock for our kids simply because they have a swimming pool and hot tub.

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Garden of the Gods

We went to the Garden of the Gods together as a family today. It was a bit chilly and windy, but we got in a quick walk. Things have definitely changed since I was there a few decades ago. Most of the rock faces are fenced off and you are not allowed to touch or climb them. We found a few small spots we were allowed to explore and saw some trained climbers going up and down in a few high spots.

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