I certainly didn't mean to go so long between blog posts, but things have been very busy since I returned home from Colorado. In fact, I've been so busy that I've had very little stitching time (boo hoo)!
This weekend I'm teaching here in the Cincinnati area for the Queen City Sampler Guild. A month later I'm teaching in San Francisco for the Bay Area Sampler Guild, so I'm now in the midst of preparing those kits to soon be shipped to California. I have also updated the teaching page of my website with a few new events, including 2014 events for both the Austin Stitchery Guild in Texas and the Kindred Spirits Sampler Guild in Michigan.
In addition to getting ready for upcoming classes, we had the great joy of having our son and his family here for a long weekend visit. We spent Friday at the Museum Center in the old Union Terminal. This was originally built as a train station in the 1930's. It now houses several museums. Perhaps you may remember reading about this historic building and seeing photos of the wonderful interior in one of my earlier blog posts. We spent our time in the Natural History Museum.
Bright and early Saturday morning, we headed off to Kings Island, a large local entertainment park, where our daughter-in-law, Michelle, was participating in a race/walk for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (for breast cancer). Michelle, Stephen, and Garrett left our house at 6am!!! Thankfully, Tom and I didn't have to leave that early...we were able to wait until 6:45am to leave home.
There must have been several thousand participants because Michelle said they "released" them in groups of about 500. Michelle participated in the event with her good friend Christa. This was one of the Color Me Pink events. This means that during the race/walk the participants are periodically doused with colored powder, mostly pink!
Here are Stephen and Garrett waiting to see Michelle cross the finish line.
Boy was Garrett glad to see his mother, although he wasn't sure about how she looked covered with all that colored powder!
Later, we were all able to enjoy the day at Kings Island. It was Garrett's first trip there, and it was lots of fun for the rest of us to experience the park through the eyes of a 2-1/2 year old.
and lots of rides on the carousel...
Back on the skyplane--this time with Tom.
Yes, it was very much a family event! As one who suffers from both motion sickness and a fear of heights, the carousel and the little train were the limits of my rides.
Then there were a couple of rides on a small roller coaster. The first time Garrett rode with Stephen. He liked the ride so much, that he got Michelle to go with him on a second ride.
I love this family photo taken when Michelle and Stephen convinced Garrett to take a short break from the rides.
Snack time with Snoopy!
There were several helicopter rides....
Garrett particularly enjoyed being the pilot on this little plane. We weren't sure how he would take to the idea of being without a family member on this ride, but her certainly loved it.
And then, all too soon, it was time to go home and dream about a return visit.
And last, but not least, here I am with Stephen. I keep forgetting how much taller he is than I am. I wonder if Garrett will be even taller than Stephen. At 2-1/2, he is already 40 inches tall. Most folks think he is at least 4 based on his height.