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~I’m Baaaaaack (Sorta)~

Well, my friends, it has been a long 8 weeks since I’ve posted and alot has happened.   We arrived in Colorado on the 1st of September.  The men (DH and my two oldest DSs) have been looking for work since day 1.   The two youngest DSs are enrolled in school and have already settled into their routine.

Upon arrival, we did alot of siteseeing in the area…… get aload of this beautiful ‘backyard’ scenery!

blog-photos-004.jpg  This is Sprague Lake in Estes Park…. which is about a 30 minute drive up the mountain from our house.

We also took in some of the local park scenery and had a little fun with the cool statues throughout the park.   Here’s a shot of my Zeke having a heart to heart with one:

blog-photos-003.jpg  Take note of the Dew bottle… they never leave Zeke’s side.. 🙂

DH got a call to do a 9 day job in Wyoming this past week.   It was very interesting, as he has never been away from the family for more than a couple days at a time in the 26+ yrs of our marriage.   He got home last night, safe and sound.   Here is a picture of the work they did:

hamilton-home-004.jpg  Nice work, eh?   He’s real proud of this! 

Ok, so you want me to talk about stamping?!   🙂

I have not yet come up with a plan for where I am going to be stamping and dang I am going through withdrawals!   Just before the move, I was contacted by Jessica Knutsen of There She Goes to join her new design team and I am eager to work with her wonderful new line of stamps!

Oh, I have to back up a minute.   Our moving truck arrived here on the 3rd of September and delivered 90% of our boxes crushed!   We are fighting with the moving company about compensation.   My stamps do not seem any worse for wear and my paper appears to be fine, but I did lose alot of embellishments as the boxes literally ‘exploded’ out the sides.   Oy!  No real worries though as I still have plenty to work with.

We are living temporarily with two of my aunts and a cousin, so there are 9 of us in a 3 bedroom house.   The boys are sleeping bunkhouse style in their basement (finished) and having a few issues, but for the most part, all is good.   We have managed to pass a nasty flu bug around, but we are all on the mend as of this morning.

Soooooooo…….. when am I going to get to stamp?   I don’t quite know yet, but it must be soon.   With DH’s first paycheck, I am going to be setting up a small area in the room we are staying so I can at least do what I love.   Besides that, my cousin is getting married early next year and has commissioned me to do her wedding announcements.   Where there is a will, there is a way!

I want to thank everyone who has sent me messages about missing me and my postings.   I really miss all of you, too!  Oh, and Marisa… ski season is coming…. and the door is always open for you!

Keep your eyes peeled… I will be back to stamping soon!

 Peace and blessings!

18 Responses to “~I’m Baaaaaack (Sorta)~”

  1. on 22 Sep 2008 at 11:14Bellawhoop

    I’m so thrilled to hear that your family made the move and you’re okay. I have been wondering about you, hoping you were okay! I guess it’s weird that a complete stranger can care about you?! Anyway, love the pics of Colorado. I hope you will soon be settling into your own place and getting your stamps out!

    Thanks for the update and God bless!

  2. on 22 Sep 2008 at 11:15Renée

    I was just thinking about you the other day and I’m so glad to read how things are! Glad you’re back and I can’t wait to see what you come up with when you have a chance!!

  3. on 22 Sep 2008 at 11:40Tammy Hershberger

    Good to hear from you, Holly! You have been missed, and I had been thinking of you often but didn’t want to overflow your Inbox! Take care, and will look forward to seeing your creations again!

  4. on 22 Sep 2008 at 13:26Libby

    Hi Holly, it’s nice to see you posting again! Good luck figuring out a way to stamp, can’t wait to see what you create when you’re able!

  5. on 22 Sep 2008 at 13:56Connie (cmc2stamp)

    So glad to hear you made it there safe! Love all the picutres…looks like you are settling in just fine! Hope you get you stamp are set up soon! 🙂 Hugs!! Connie

  6. on 22 Sep 2008 at 16:21Judy (StampingQueenJAR)

    WOW! Tell Don I am impressed!! Next time you come, I will hire him to make me a rail for the kitchen (you know where that dumb outdoor green rail is going down to the basement??).

    Hope those boys can find work soon and that you can set up a place to stamp. I am sorry about the boxes!!!

    Miss ya, gf!

  7. on 22 Sep 2008 at 16:28marisa (whiterockmama)

    I am SO glad you are back, Holly!!!! On a whim, I thought I’d check in and see if you had posted or not (have been checking fairly regularly) as I have dearly missed your amazing creations and voila, there you were — yeah!!! Happy dance time 😀

    Glad to hear the family made it safely, and I hope you can kick that moving company’s butt for the way they mishandled your stuff. I’m ready to send the owner a letter myself – sheesh!

    Thanks for the pictures! Your DH and crew did a GREAT job – he should be proud of it!!! Maybe he can create a temporary stamping area where you are at right now so you have an opportunity to stamp and share your talent with us all, and of course, you need to ensure those wedding invitations are top class as it is family and all – LOL!. Can tell him we will even flood him with thank you cards if he does – grin 😀

    Love the picture of Zeke and his “buddy” and glad to hear the younger two are settling into school. Trusting DH will get steady work soon so you can find a place of your own and fully settle in.

    My heart skipped a beat with the skiing comment – thank you Holly!! My 25 years of skiing came to an abrupt stop for 4 years while I was having kids (either preggers or nursing during ski season) and then DH started his own business and $$ have been tight so I’m hoping that will change shortly and can’t think of a better way to celebrate than skiing Colorado and being able to meet you face to face — getting giddy just thinking about it….skiing by day….getting to stamp with “The Toy” by night….who could ask for anything more!! Better start that work out routine so I can actually make it off the hill without riggarmortis (sp?!! )setting in.

    Blessings, Holly and can’t wait to see your creations once again. (((hugs)))

  8. on 22 Sep 2008 at 16:47Diane

    Welcome, Holly!
    Glad you made it here safely…and I hope that nothing really got damaged badly. Looking forward to your new creations when you get settled.
    I could only say WOW to the timber frame house! It’s beautiful! (although I am sure it will be prettier when done, HA!)
    If you need a space to stamp, give me a “holler”…you would be welcome in my workroom any day!
    Blessings to all of you
    Diane (fionna51)

  9. on 22 Sep 2008 at 17:51Juliana

    I am just so glad to see you post!!
    That staircase is BEEEAUUUTIIIFUL!!! DH rocks!!
    Hugs to the aunties, cousin, and the “boys”!! Tight quarters show all what we are made of!

    Congrats on the new dt!!! The stamps look awesome!! She is blessed to have you!

    {{{{HUGS}}}}} to you, too! I know you will be back in the stampin’ saddle in HIS time!!

  10. on 22 Sep 2008 at 18:25Kathy (Wattle)

    Where to start….
    First I was so happy to see you posting again and glad that you arrived safely.

    Sorry to hear about your boxes, I hope you can get some compensation for the inept service!

    The pics are great – what a beautiful view and stunning staircase!

    Will pray work comes your way!

    Most of all – welcome back, we’ve missed you!

  11. on 23 Sep 2008 at 12:46janice

    {HUG} i have checked here everyday and HOORAY today i found you!
    you are MISSED in the stamping world tremendously!
    can’t wait to see some cards!!

  12. on 24 Sep 2008 at 09:11bronih

    Holly, I’m so glad to see you *sorta* back! I’ve really missed you and your beautiful artwork. You and your family are in my prayers for making a successful and happy new life in your newly chosen location.

  13. on 25 Sep 2008 at 19:33Stacy Twinshappy SCS

    Whoho!!! your back… sorta… Glad to see you are getting settled a little bit even if its not ideal. YOu will find a stamping place in a corner somewhere. hee hee Hugs

  14. on 25 Sep 2008 at 21:51Dawn Easton

    Hey Holly!!! Great to see you back! Been watching your blog in hopes of some sort of update. Glad all is going well and you are settling in. It’s a big move! Hope that you are able to get some compensation from your movers. I know how hard it is to get a dime out of them…been there too 🙁
    Hope everyone continues to get well…colds are no fun! congrats on the DT for Jessica. I’m looking forward to seeing your wonderful cards again someday soon!!! Take care!

  15. on 26 Sep 2008 at 14:51cheryl

    oooohhhh, welcome back, I am so happy. I check everyday and voila, there you were! Sorry about your packages, wow, I sure hope you get compensation, that would be so disheartening. Can’t wait for you to get your space set up and get back to your creativity!!!

  16. on 27 Sep 2008 at 07:14Neva/n5stmper

    Holly, eeekkkk so glad you are sorta back in the swing. Be glad to see some of that pent up stamping creativity. I may have to hold onto my chair when it does start coming to keep from being blown away. Lots of Love to ya.

  17. on 27 Sep 2008 at 11:53Lisa (lakind)

    Hey, Holly! Long time no hear! Glad to hear you made it there safely! I hope you find time to stamp and post soon…we miss you! Sorry to hear about losing some supplies, but there are always more where those came from!


  18. on 29 Sep 2008 at 09:26Riley


    I am so glad to hear that your move went smoothly and I’m also happy to hear that you guys are feeling better! I hope your DH and oldes DS can find great jobs and you can find a wonderful home to live in where you can spread out!

    We definately have missed you and will continue to wait for your return!


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