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  1. Definitely not a waste of time. That seems pretty high. We live in a pretty big metro area but when we did doors it cost only a few hundred dollars more than we could buy the materials for at Menards.
  2. We hiked to the bottom via the south Kaibab trail, that took about 5 hours. We spent the night at Phantom Ranch and hiked out via the Bright Angel trail the next day, that took 11 hours. We were not as physically prepared as we could have been, but we didn't secure our final spots and know we were for sure going until 2 days before. Mindset is super important when attempting this. I would not attempt this in one day with kids. Getting permits to camp is the tricky part. If you are flexible and have a few days to spend there, you can attempt to get walk up permits. The girls were 10 and 11, but have been hiking since they were babies and had done some longer hikes with elevation changes prior. The canyon can be brutal weather wise. In winter you need traction spikes for the top mile and a half of trail. In summer, it is hot and unforgiving. One day we want to do a RtoR
  3. No, I haven't, I'll have to look into that!
  4. Here are a few from the past couple of days. As I stamp down the page, I modify the stamp, removing those extra bits. The tile looking stamp is carved on a small square and I just rotated as I stamped it. The bubble is just a tiny carve off of a leftover bit. My youngest dd (11) is also doing some carving too, she is having fun with it. I have a set of speedball lino cutters and have mostly been carving on dollar store erasers before I move onto my speedycarve rubber. For some fun insipiration, check out the hashtag CarveDecember on Instagram. It is a stamp carving challenge started by Julie of
  5. I am doing a bit of stamp carving lately, I like it because it is quick and I can feel like I got something done. I want to use the stamps in a mixed media fashion. I also have done some dabbling in zentangle as well. I have some other projects I need to get to as well. *Clean up/figure out what needs repair on a roll top desk we took from my parent's house. It will be turned into a quilting/crafting desk. *Cut up flannel shirts of my dad's as well as ties to sew into memory quilts.
  6. youngest got paint pens and air dry clay...a hit. She also got an American Girl doll dress form and book with projects to sew for AG dolls...hit oldest got a weighted blanket and some drawing and charcoal pencils...hit both got new prismacolor pencils, RPG figure painting set and figures...hit
  7. I like the idea of finalizing shopping early. Maybe that will be my Thanksgiving weekend goal next year. That would leave the rest of December for other activities. Even though I shop mostly online, it still takes a bit of time to find deals, etc. I really like how much we simplified gatherings. I coordinated both sides and sent out a text saying I was providing a main dish, potatoes and a veggie and everyone else was responsible for filling in whatever else they wanted...beverages, desserts, appetizers, etc. It worked well and we chose easy dishes/make ahead main dishes, so super easy to just heat up. I am going to encourage the in-laws to visit earlier in the season to do the gingerbread house, by the time it's done on Christmas, there just isn't time to tolerate it sitting around. We tossed it out already. Next year I'd love to do a light tour on a trolley, see Trans-Siberian Orchestra again (this time with the kiddos) or head out of town on Christmas.
  8. We are making Swedish meatballs, creamed corn and mashed potatoes for one meal. Beef Wellington, brussel sprouts with bacon and mashed potatoes for another meal we are hosting. Not sure yet what we will make on actual Christmas Eve and day yet, as it is just the 4 of us and much more low key. Usually Christmas involves an egg bake or something and foods like appetizer foods all day.
  9. Add me to the club. We usually make plans to be camping or out of town to avoid having to visit others, so we've somewhat turned it around, but I do get sad thinking about it.
  10. I've been working on compiling all of the girls special things into one space. They each have binders of birthday cards so they can actually look at them. They have a moment file box and documents folder box. Feels good to go through everything and Purge the randomness.
  11. Love the hair! Tell him way to be brave and amazing!
  12. Aldi GF Mac and cheese like the Velveeta shells and cheese is good Veggie straws, potato chips and corn based chips are often GF. We get donuts in the freezer section, I can't remember the brand though, they are yummy microwaved for about 30 seconds. Udi muffins are a yummy treat As a buttermilk replacement I just sour some milk with apple cider vinegar and let it sit for about 5 minutes before using. We like the Almond crackers and 6 grain crackers, both from Costco. Popcorn is a frequent snack, I pop my own on the stove most of the time. Did he rock his blue hair?
  13. Snyder's GF pretzels are the best. One of my favorite breads is in the yellow bag Schrar I make GF bread in my bread machine now using Pamela's flour I buy on Amazon. 25lb bag for around$53. We eat rice in place of bread a lot of times (burgers and hotdogs, etc) I'd love to hear other people's favorite recipes too
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