Thursday, July 28, 2011

Camp Tuffit, Montana!

My husband's family takes an annual trip to Camp Tuffit, on Lake Mary Ronan, in Montana, and this year we got the chance to go.  It was so much fun we cannot wait to return next year.  I will probably need more than one post to cover all the photos, but let's get started:
Cory and the most amazing dog in the world!

Our cabin "Pick".  If you click on 'Camp Tuffit' above you can visit the website and check out the cabins as well as other attractions the camp has to offer.

Cory and Poppy (Cory's dad) hanging out in Weepah their cabin.

Chuck and Cory

Great Grandma and Cayla

Ben, Barb (Grammy) and Aunt Pam

Caitlin (Cory's brother's daughter)

Cayla and Autumn

Virginia (Cory's cousin Jenn's daughter)

Chuck Chuck
Cayla with the crawdad she caught

Joe (Cory's cousin)

Ben (Cory's brother's son) and Jenn (Cory's cousin)

Autumn, Caitlin and Virginia


Cayla and Autumn

Caitlin and Virginia

Cory and Chuck

Barb (Cory's mom) and Andrea (Cory's brother Kevin's wife)

Ben, Autumn and Cayla

Cayla with one of the fish she caught

Cory, Virginia and Chuck

Virginia, Autumn and Caitlin, fishing in Poppy's boat

Autumn with her first fish

A "leprechaun" spread gold painted rocks throughout the campsite and the kids had an absolute blast finding them.  There were thousands!!!

Autumn with a popsicle from the camp 'store'.  All the kids can charge one item per day to their cabin  (or their grandparents' cabin in this case) and the resort owners know which kids belong with which grandparents.  It's amazing!

The junk-food side of the camp store

A couple of the many quotes displayed through the camp

Cayla with her moth.  We're saving 'wildlife' for another post :)
Great Grandma with all the great grandchildren

Tanner (Cory's cousin Joe's son)

The camp restaurant.  Once again, all food items can be charged  to your cabin.  We had lunch there one day and it was wonderful.

Cheeseburger, fries and an incredible huckleberry milkshake from the Crawdad Cafe.  Super good food; Chuck thought so too.  I was full and he got about 1/3 of my hamburger :)

Arizona (Cory's cousin Jenn's son)

The family, clad in Great Grandpa's favorite color, red.  Barb and Pam displayed numerous pictures of the family through the years, in honor of Great Grandpa's Memorial Service which was held at the lake.

A sea of red saying good bye to the family patriarch.


Great Grandma listening to the family's fond memories of Great Grandpa.  He was a wonderful man, and we are blessed to have called him our own.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Projects!

Between spray paint, sand paper, chalkboard paint and a little ambition, we've been busy this summer.  It's nothing seriously dramatic, but we did a couple of make overs and made some new projects.  I think it's been my favorite summer so far! Behold:

Ever since my sister and I rediscovered the magic that is chalkboard paint, I have been painting everything.  Cory's dad had an old window frame and my wonderful husband cut out three squares of wood that I painted with chalkboard paint.  We hung it on the back porch and while I hope people will leave messages for us, it mostly gets used for the girl's artwork :)  An old, very weathered Longaberger basket hangs below to hold chalk, and a super cute star-hook picked up at a yard sale for $.50 adds to the country charm!  I love it.  It feels very welcoming on an otherwise bland porch, badly in need of renovation; but that's for another post!
Since Cayla's bedroom doubles as the guest room, I longed for her to have a cabinet large enough to fit all of her trinkets, gadgets and gizmos that tween age girls love to collect.  So my father in law built this amazing vintage style pie cupboard.  It was haaaard to put it in Cayla's room because I wanted it for myself.  But I reluctantly gave it over to her.  The grey primer, put in place to quickly get the cabinet to us prior to company arriving one weekend, didn't quite work for a girl's room, so we touched it up a bit.
Some sky blue paint and swirly knobs from Hobby Lobby made it the perfect accoutrement for a guest room/child's room.

We've been on the hunt for a while now for a cute little bedside table for Autumn's room.  She needed something with a drawer to hide her treasures, and a shelf to store books and whatnot.  We found this grey nightstand at a yard sale for $5.00 and I knew it would be perfect.
Autumn loved the light blue we used for Cayla's cabinet and insisted we use it for her night stand.  The handle, while a bit fancy for her room, went from tacky gold to bright white in no time.  It's a pretty cute table and it looks right at home in her girly pink bedroom!
I'm sure I picked up this basket a hundred years ago (literally, over 15) at  a yard sale for a couple bucks at best, and I remember spray painting it white.  After years of sitting on the porch being weathered, I've nearly thrown it out a dozen times.  But due to my love for repurposing and renewing, I knew all it needed was a new coat of paint.

Navy blue compliments the red of my house and the white trim along with the various other patriotic pieces found on my home's exterior.  Don't ask me how I'm going to make it work during the other holidays, but for 4th of July it's amazing :)
Last year at an after-Christmas sale I bought this vintage styled garden spade.  It's actually a door knocker and it really works well on our back porch.  Now, if we could only get those incredible screen doors I'm anticipating.  One thing at a time right?!  Happy Summer!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Big Apple Adventure!

VBS 2011 "Big Apple Adventure" has been a ton of fun.  I took over 100 pictures today and here are just a few of the highlights of family.......
Cayla in opening worship!

Katy's room - the Big Apple Store

Lisa and Melinda's room

Other side of Lisa and Melinda's room

Staff Lounge decoration

Sanctuary stage

Cayla in crafts

Mark and Autumn in opening worship

Mark and Autumn in opening worship

Kelly during opening worship - 1st grade teacher

Katy preparing for the Kindergartners to run in

Lisa and Melinda during opening Bible study

Me, Ariyah and Autumn - snapshot while Autumn's class was transitioning to rec/snacks