Springtime in the Shenandoah Valley

I think spring has finally arrived in our valley.  The temperatures are staying fairly consistently in the “warm” zone, and I’ve had flip flops on for days.

It’s been really busy around our house, though.  I have lots of projects coming due, as well as recitals, concerts, dress rehearsals, and this huge luncheon that I was crazy enough to agree to help with.  Plus, Mom had her surgery this week.  I’m happy to report that she is doing amazingly well.  She’s home (after less than 48 hours in the hospital, not counting the surgery), and was told that she was doing better than 98% of the other patients.

And then there’s the little ray of sunshine that I get to babysit two-three times a week.

13777_10203567431136658_6356471269491543134_nSeriously, how adorable is this?  Is there any wonder I have a hard time keeping up when it’s so much more fun to play with her than work on other stuff?  She’s learning to do so many things so fast.  She sits up by herself, reaches out when she wants to be picked up, and “talks” a lot.  (I’ll post a video of her talking soon.)  And she’s always ready with a smile.  Mike had to snap this picture of her in her new hat.

Here’s the back-story for my blog post for the April hop.  Yesterday morning, before I headed to the office, I checked my e-mail, and there was a message from Heidi (the coordinator) saying the line-up had changed.  Uh oh.  I thought it was next week.  (So, see, Deborah?  You’re not the only one!!)  I didn’t want to drop out, and I already had one project done.  Although I usually do three projects for hops, I thought I could probably get away with only two this time.

All the way to the office, ideas kept running through my head.  And then I noticed all the gorgeous flowering trees.  So I had the idea for the “Sheltering Tree-o” cards.

When I started stamping the different trees, Miss Amelia was helping.  I stamped the first tree trunk, and she immediately swiped up the card stock and started chewing on it.  NOOOOOO!  You can’t have a trio with only two cards.  I managed to get it away from her before it was totally devoured, thinking maybe I could salvage it by changing gears and doing a vintage card.  But, alas, it was gnawed (and scrunched) beyond repair – even for vintage.  What can I say?  The girl loves paper.

As you can see in the post from April 16, I did manage to squeak out a trio of flowering trees.  And Miss Amelia didn’t seem to have any bad side effects from the extra fiber in her diet.  I was also able to pick Mom up at the hospital, take her home and get her settled (she was really ready to be alone with Dad and to let her hair down and stop putting up a brave front!), fix dinner and still get the blog posted on time.

Today, however, the only cute I’m posting is Amelia. Hope you enjoyed her spring ensemble!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy.  Have a wonderful day!


About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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