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Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Natives are Getting Restless

The natives in question are the kids of course. It's that time of year when our family starts preparing for the school year ahead. Yes, I'm still counting down...18 days until the first day of school! I should really go through their closets and see what needs to be bought for school clothes and back packs, notebooks, binders, etc etc etc. Zoe will need dance wear as she is starting ballet in the fall as well as gymnastics. She's up-side-down most of the time anyway so that seemed to make sense. Sports continue for Zach and Cait and little Aeryn gets to come along for the ride wherever we go.

Besides preparing for school to start, I've been busy both in the office and with the family. We actually got to go on vacation to CT where we visited with Jim's dad and did quite a bit of sightseeing on our own as well. It was great to be near the coast, to smell the salt air, see the sailboats, yachts and fish and feel the sand on my toes. One of the places we visited was Gillette Castle. The detail in the workmanship throughout the castle was amazing and the grounds surrounding it were beautiful.

Earlier this week we went hiking in Nolde Forest and got to see lots of funky colored fungi (created a little I-spy game with this to occupy the little ones) and painted turtles. Zach stayed home since he hurt himself playing soccer but I have a feeling it had more to do w/ the teenager too cool to hang w/ his family factor. Zoe is always our little trailblazer.

Prior to our CT trip I had been working tirelessly on a custom order for bridesmaid jewelry. I even filed raw wire during the car trip! I finally finished the order and am just now getting ready to ship it to the bride. I can't wait to see the girls in their dresses w/ their jewelry on.

Next up, summer shopping days at Hillcrest, this Saturday, 12-4pm. New pieces for sale include this freshwater pearl necklace which has a matching bracelet. I'm thinking earrings will follow.

Lots of designs are floating around in my head for the fall and I can't wait to create the finished product. I will also be working on a custom Sterling and Gold choker for my dear friend so check back for updates on that.

I hope you're all enjoying what's left of the summer! ~Heather