Just a few images from a long-time-coming trip to the Minnesota Coast.
Love this lake, love when it looks like glass, love when the rocks are warm and the kids are somewhere between the shore glaciers and total submersion in the lake.
May not be sand between my toes – but there are endless rocks and arms willing to tirelessly toss them into the abyss.
Paradise is a boy in a sunny window.
Paradise is ironing a fresh piece of fabric.
Paradise is reading a fishing guide.
Paradise is finding a place in the woods where Ninja Turtles come from.
Paradise is believing in Ninja Turtles at 9.
Paradise is watching a boy raise a brother.
Johnny Cash was once asked about his description of paradise.
"This morning, with her, having coffee."
Johnny. You were on to something. Paradise is just that simple.
I am so excited to announce my new Boy Crazy Creative adventure!
Notice the extra tab in my navigation bar...QUILTING!
My studio has undergone an intense transformation. Now featuring a Handi Quilter Simply Sixteen on a 10' studio frame.
Whether you are a quilter who outsources the "quilting" portion or you're a DIYer who would LOVE to use a long arm machine to finish your masterpiece - Boy Crazy studio is here for you.
Offering quilting services from coast-to-coast. You ship to me (or deliver) and I'll turn it around in 48 hours.
Check out my quilting tab for pricing or to schedule a studio rental time.
Can't wait to go Boy Crazy over your heirloom creations!
I guess it's an "only in Minnesota" thing. Ice shacks turned into art installations for the month of February on a frozen lake!
We ventured out there this morning to discover what a group of kind-minded people have been busy working on during these stir-crazy winter months.
We discovered everything from an "Arcade" shanty with full-on AIR HOCKEY table - to a Justice Shack where they were making peace flags for our changing world.
We traced Otto on a wall, made an alien bookmark and told fortunes at a slumber party. We climbed into a bird house.
Axel when asked to hang a leaf on a tree answering the question, "What comforts you?" wrote, "My brother."
Perhaps my favorite part was playing giant-frozen-lake-author-style "GUESS WHO."
Playing against each other - with 24 writers to choose from - my two white little boys chose the SAME BLACK WOMAN as "their person."
Toni Morrison - the Stephens boys got your back!
Announcement coming this week about my new adventure. Sorry to keep you waiting.
This just never gets old for my sweet Axel. His nurturing bones are strong and his love is real.
When I remember what it was like to have a 5-month old for the 3rd time...I will remember what it was like to raise a baby as a family. It truly is requiring all hands on deck and we've got the 'A Team' on duty.
Love these brothers.
For the sake of "old long ago" I wanted to re-cap this Boy Crazy year.
Boy total 1/1/2016 : 2
Boy total 12/31/2016 : 3
Dog total : still 1
Properties owned 1/1/2016 : 1
Properties owned 12/31/2016 : 2
Home remodel projects : 7+
Hours spent selling real estate and treating patients : many
Photos taken (weddings/engagements/kiddos) : a Bajillion
Pairs of Shopko pants purchased and mutilated to make cabin scarves : 1
Hours spent sitting on my butt : 0 (must do some improvement here)
While New Years is just another day at our home and we rarely pause to acknowledge the passing of time - it is significant to notice that things are changing, stuff is happening, our world is getting bigger and our kids are growing like weeds.
For Auld Lang Syne - I do hope we meet in the New Year, that our worlds continue to grow and change, and that my heart leave 2017 even fuller than it has left it's precesessor.
Seriously folks. This is my jam.
Fifteen minute project = yield x 50.
Here's the recipe to my best ever "Mistletoe Lip Balm":
Makes approx. 50 chapsticks.
50 empty Chapstick Tubes (Amazon Prime)
Double boiler situation
Plastic Syringe (10ml preferred)
7.5 TBS Shea Butter (Amazon Prime)
6 TBS Beeswax (Amazon Prime)
5 TBS Coconut Oil (Amazon Prime)
20 drops Vitamin E Oil (Trader Joes)
20+ drops Peppermint Essential Oil (Anywhere)
20+ drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Anywhere)
(Add any essential oils your like to your desired level of smell/flavor.)
Melt together in a double boiler over medium heat. Stir constantly. Leave on low heat as you fill the tubes.
De-cap chapstick tubes and line them up. Each one holds approx. 5ml.
Fill syringe from the double boiler. Slowly fill tubes. Let harden. Re-cap.
Wrap with a piece of washi tape if desired. Package if you're feeling fancy.
Anybody want to make a round with me? I'm obsessed!
As I explained to Axel the other day - a hole-in-the-wall is a place that doesn't exactly look appealing. It's often run down - likely wouldn't pass a visit from the health inspector - yet it's the place that hits-the-spot like no other.
We've found it! We bought it! It makes us giddy on so many levels - and we're even making progress on the whole "health inspector" standard.
Here are a couple of first looks at Camp Hole-in-the-Wall. Now featuring "fewer critters," the same amount of "paneling" and lots more "love."
We hope you'll visit soon!
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