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Friday, July 1, 2016

A little vacation

Scott and I flew to Chicago with our daughter's family and spent 21/2 days in the city.  This picture was taken at the Planetarium and we thought the cityscape behind us was beautiful
From Chicago we drove to Indianapolis where our oldest granddaughter is playing in the USA National Tournament in the 16 division.  They have completed two days of play and came in second in their pool.  Tomorrow's win/losses will determine if we make it into the Gold division.
Brenda got "wind" of me coming to Indy (months ago) and arranged to meet me and she invited Sharyn who is on the Seize the Birthday Design team with me.  They picked me up and we went to a deli called Shapiro' had yummy food and we sat until almost 5 pm just talking and getting to know each other.  They are such sweet girls!  Brenda (who is sitting behind me... and I am in blue) gave me a little package that included my favorite daily read book:  Jesus Calling, two packages of Tim Holtz Distress Crayons and a souvenir from her city...a wonderful tile with a collage of historical sites to see here in her city.  Meeting in person the people that we meet in blogland is just wonderful.  We leave comments all the time on each others cards, but meeting in person is so special and these two ladies are some of the sweetest ones EVER and I am so happy to now call them friends.
And today is a special day... the young girl in the center is Ellie and today she is 15 years old!  Yes she already knows she is going for that drivers permit on Tuesday July 5th when we are back from this trip!  Her two best friends on the team are on her left and right.  This is the fourth year they have played together on the same team.  Ellie's sister, Lily just turned 13 last Sunday and she is front right.  The young girl front left is Lily's friend and beach volleyball partner and the sister of the girl sitting behind her.  Ellie chose P.F. Chang's for her birthday dinner.
Downtown Indianapolis is amazing...I would vote to come here every year for a tournament.  There are over 200 restaurants all within easy walking distance and a fabulous mall that has above the street walkways connecting to all the hotels and even the convention center!
Two days of volleyball completed, two to go... tomorrow we play to get into the Gold Division... hope the girls show up!! *wink!!

Heart Hugs, friends!

July CAS Mix Up Challenge

Hi friends, I am honored to be a guest at the CAS Mix Up July Challenge

 The Challenge this month is:
stamp + markers + your choice
I stamped, I colored with copics and I embossed the sentiment.  I also did a little masking in order to have two sunflowers! 
I hope we will see you in the gallery because this team is amazingly talented and you will inspired!
stamps:  Clearly Besotted: Sunshine Smiles
copics:  YG11, YG13, YG17, Y11, Y35, YR04, E31, B00
EP: Ranger Liquid Platinum 

Heart Hugs, friends!