Oct 22, 2014

Vacation Day 15

Today Jeremiah and me took a lazy day. His ear starting hurting last night. Plus it was really windy and cool today. So I watched some TV shows on my laptop and he surfed YouTube and watched some cartoons. I also did 2 loads of laundry. There is a washer and dryer right here in the condo. That's so nice!

Mom got back in the early afternoon and we went to a fantastic BBQ place and had a great meal. I ran by Walgreens to get some meds for Jeremiah to hopefully kick this thing before it becomes too bad. Now we are just resting. With all the fun we've been having we need days like this sometimes.

Oct 21, 2014

Vacation Day 14

We slept in a little bit this morning and then went to our delicious breakfast at Jolly Roger. I found 2 t-shirts from the restaurant and just had to get them. We took the trip back down 12 to Cape Hatteras area. We took a ferry over to Ocracoke Island. They said it's a longer trip now because of how shallow the water is. The ferry kind of has to zig zag to get there. It was a really fun trip though. Once we got there Mom wanted us to go to this Blackbeard museum. Jeremiah was really looking forward to it cause he loves pirates. Here is a picture we got before going in...
It was really neat and Jeremiah really enjoyed it a lot. I think he accidentally learned a few things haha. I guess Blackbeard was killed here nearby. We watched a really interesting video about it at the museum. After the museum we went to see the Ocracoke Lighthouse...
After seeing the lighthouse we loaded back up on the ferry and started north. We were really hungry cause it was about 5:30pm before we got back. We keep forgetting it's an hour and a half to get to where our hotel is. We were pretty sure the quick ride there became endless to get back haha. Jeremiah joked about being stuck in the Groundhog Day movie cause it felt like we would never made it. We finally got back and after looking around we decided to go back to Jolly Roger. The food like I said is fantastic and there are so many options we wanted to try.

Oct 20, 2014

Vacation Day 13

I finally am mostly caught up. Got 40 pictures loaded to my Facebook. Got my photo a day updated on Facebook. Got my blog caught up. I just might be back on top of this thing haha. Today we went over to Jolly Roger for our complimentary breakfast. It was DELICIOUS. Sometimes when they are free you worry you will get one little egg and a piece of toast. Jeremiah got 3 pancakes that filled his plate and bacon. I got delicious eggs, toast, and hash browns. So glad we will be forced to go back haha. After breakfast we headed to the grocery store. We needed those goodies you just can't live without. This room is so nice cause we get a full size kitchen. When we got done carrying all the goodies in we were messing around and right out our window was dolphins and pelicans. We all screamed excited of course...
I just love dolphins. Seeing them jump and play in the wild just makes me so happy. We were lucky enough to see several jump way up out of the water and just enjoy life. They just kept coming and coming. I bet we saw over 50 easy. Mom just LOVES pelicans and we saw so many of them too. I kept telling my mom I was going to go for a quick swim haha. Our hotel has floor to ceiling glass on the wall that looks out to ocean so boy you can sure see them when they pass by even from the couch or chair...
After awwing and ohhing at the beautiful ocean animals we hit the road to see what we could see. We drove down 12 and went to Cape Hatteras. We were surprised it's about an hour and half down to there from here but it's so beautiful you don't really notice. I'm glad we are staying in Kill Devil Hills cause it has a lot more restaurants than down there. We went to a shopping area and looked around a little bit and then headed back here for dinner. We ate at a Mexican place and it was really fantastic. After being totally miserable from all the good food we got back to our room for the night. I've been trying to catch up ever since haha. I think I've finally succeeded. Now to just keep caught up.

Catch Up Day 11

Day 11 was the 18th. This is the catch up post.

This was the last day of the PALs stitching retreat so all I wanted to do was visit and stitch and I did just that. I kept working on Ghoul School. The post below shows where I finished for the day Friday. Here is where I got after stitching Saturday...
I just almost finished the first page. Too much fun talking and doing exchanges to finish the back stitching haha. I just had an absolute blast this year. It was so much fun talking to friends I've known for the 4 years I've attended but I also met so many new people this year. There were a lot of new people this year. That makes me really happy because it means it will keep growing for years to come. Unfortunately some of the regulars couldn't make it and I missed them a lot. I just love walking around and seeing what everyone is stitching and how they do it so differently. I really enjoyed my time and can't wait to attend next year!!! Saturday night we did two fun exchanges. The Christmas ornament and the stitched exchange. Here are the two I made...
Here is the piece I received in the Christmas exchange...
I just love the frame and the bow for the hanger. Here is the piece I received for the stitched exchange...
I just love biscornus and I was so excited this is what I received. The other awesome part is the lady who made it sit beside me for most the time and I really enjoyed getting to know her over the time. So it was extra special to have a piece made by someone I knew. There finally caught up on the retreat. Hope you can tell how much fun I had. If you can it's definitely a fantastic trip to make!!!!

Catch up Day 10

Day 10 was the 17th. This is the catch up post.

For IHSW I decided to work on Ghoul School. Here is where I was at the beginning of the day Friday...
Here is where I was at the end of Friday...
Friday was another wonderful day at the PALs retreat. Friday night we did the grab bag exchange. I always look forward to this fun exchange. You put together a container with $25 worth of stitching and any other goodies you choose to throw in. I had so much fun putting together the one I gave. My mom found a wine themed box and I filled it with all kinds of goodies. We found some cute wine themed items to throw in too. The lady who received it was very happy. This is a picture of the box I loaded up on the table with a few of the other boxes...

Here is a picture of the box I received...
I just loved the outside box. The goodies I received weren't exactly what I hoped stitching wise but it's fine. It is what it is and I had fun participating anyway...
The ladies husband hand made the wooden items. The flip flops with the holes are for holding threads. Very cute. The little wooden box was really soft. Then the one is for your thread leftovers and the other thing is a needle holder. The only stitching items was the one piece of fabric but she was new and probably didn't understand the rules of the exchange. I love the wooden items though. It was a long fun stitching chatting filled day.

Oct 19, 2014

Vacation Day 12

Oops. One definite way of telling I had a fantastic time at the PALs Stitching Retreat is my lack of updates. I spent the whole time stitching and no time on the computer. I did get a lot of stitching done though. I also got a lot of talking and laughing done haha. It was a great time. It's late and I will do a better update soon.

This morning we loaded everything up and turned the GPS on and loaded our next destination. We thought it would be a quick 2 hour trip. The GPS surprised us with the 6 hours news! Oh well gotta do what you gotta do so off we went. We arrived safe and sound but it was a lot longer day than we had originally thought. We arrived at about 5pm. Here is a picture of what the hotel looks like...
It's called the Sea Ranch Resort in Kill Devil Hills, NC. My first time to Outer Banks. My mom just loves it here. This hotel has condo style rooms and it's really nice and RIGHT on the ocean. So we got everything unloaded again and moved in. We also ate a quick dinner at a really cute restaurant called Jolly Roger right nearby. Our hotel gives us free breakfast there so we will be going back a lot! I will have a lot of pictures to share but too tired to do it tonight. Sorry for making you think I fell off the face of the earth. I'm still here. Just was having way too much fun and stitching time.

Oct 16, 2014

Vacation Day 9

Today was another retreat day. Instead of going out for breakfast this morning we opted for donuts in the room. After that I headed down to stitch. I love seeing all the different ways of stitching. It's amazing to see in a room of 100 people all the many different patterns and what nots people use with their hobby. We went to an early dinner and it was delicious. We went back to Giant Crab buffet. Tonight was time for the Halloween Exchange. Here is what I stitched for the exchange...
 Here is the beautiful piece I received...
A friend of mine finished it and I just love it so much!!! Today I worked on the Cut Thru Pirate Ship. Here is where I was at the beginning of the day...
Here is where I finished...
I did too much talking and buying haha. The vendors were all setup today and I had fun shopping. Ink Circles was there and I just love drooling on her pieces. So fun seeing the models in person. Several other vendors were setup and I emptied my wallet haha. Of course I need more projects right?!?!