Thursday, June 12, 2014

Event Wrap Up: Get Crafty with Fancy That!

     last Sunday I got to attend a lovely crafternoon hosted by Portland Bloggers and Fancy That.  Fancy That might be the cutest place I have ever been.  Its a sweet little party supply shop in Orenco.  Every inch of the shop was covered in color coordinated amazingness!  I want everything.

I know these are blurry but I still love them!
Here is the project we got to make.  All the items can be purchased in the shop.  We got to make these drink carriers.  There are a few cups for hot drinks with cardboard sleeves, sugar, tea and instant coffee that we could put in cute little containers.  I liked the colored paper that I cut out and used double stick tape to attached to little packages.  I got to try Washi tape for the first time.  Not sure I liked it.  I think if it matched everything else I was using I would have loved it.  Either way it was great fun to hang out with some blogging buddies, Jenni, Rosie, Melissa and Rachel.
Last me with lovely drink carrier and Rosie's reflection in my sunnys.  

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sea You Next Tuesday: Learning to Ride a Bike

     as a kid I never learned how to ride a bike.  Weird right?  So I hate when people say "it's like riding a bike".  Well if that is the case then I might be in trouble at doing something new.  There are many things in life I havent tried.  Fishing is next for me on the list.  I would really like to learn how this summer.  Now lets talk about why I never learned till now.  When I was five, my grandfather gave me a beautiful pink bike.  I remember it had pink shimmery streamers coming out of the handlebars.  I was so excited.  He was my favorite person.  He told me he would teach me how to ride.  Soon after that my beloved grandfather died.  I was crushed.  I refused to let anyone else teach me.  Some time later my grandmother sold the bike and sent me a check.  She did this kinda thing often but that is another post..  The next problem was the house I grew up on was on a gravel road.  We were on the corner and the each streets went down hill.  Not a great place to practice.  When I was eleven my family moved and my parents bought me a fancy bike.  It was teal, the perfect shade, and had all kinds of dials.  I tried to ride it twice and scraped up myself and decided it wasnt for me.  Most of the time it didnt bother me that I was left out.  I had other fun things to do as a kid.

I am pretty proud of myself.  I did a better job than I thought I would.  I was really nervous.  My palms started to sweat the second my friends suggested I learn when I was camping recently at Lost Lake.  I practiced in the parking lot.  We even went on a little ride around the campground.  I felt muscles I had never used before.  I had to take breaks just to readjust my feet on the peddles and I liked being last so I could have the whole road to myself.  I was amazed how close to the edge I could accidentally get.  My favorite part was going down the tiny hills with the wind in my hair.  My proudest moment was starting up hill on gravel, even if it was a tiny hill.  

Good News Everyone!  This was my 50th video!  Crazy town.  I miss my Diva and the Diamond friends but I am so proud I kept going!  All my videos.  Dont miss the rest of my videos at Diva and the Diamonds!  Make sure you watch my friends videos too.

What is something you would like to learn but have been putting off?
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Monday, June 9, 2014

Happy Father's Day Kevin I Mills

     i have the best dad in the world.  Some people might disagree and think they have they best dad, but they would be wrong.  This might not be the best picture of us but we are not the most photogenic of people.  A trait I am not glad I inherited.  You may notice he is a little short.  He has cerebal palsy (I thought for years I was named after it...) and is in a wheelchair.  He has been in the chair my whole life.  He used to walk on crutches when I was younger, but not anymore.  

Here are some fun facts about my dad.
  • He and my mother didnt go on dates.  They went on figs.  
  • He tells the corniest jokes.  
  • He has always had a shoulder for me to cry on.
  • He is writing his memoirs.
  • We have a writers club that is just the two of us.  We encourage each other.  At our last meeting he told me my latest chapter "didnt sound enough like me".  That I can do better, in the most inspiring way.  
  • He is a HAM radio guy.  WB7CHY.
  • He is a computer nerd.
  • His middle name is I.  His parents said he could pick his own middle name and change it when he was older.  He picked Ian, but never changed it.  His initials are KIM...
  • He taught me to love sci-fi.  
  • We have silly inside jokes.  He can say one word and I will laugh.
  • He will make friends everywhere he go.  Everywhere.
  • He has the best smile wrinkles around his eyes.
  • He is the bravest and strongest person I know.
  • And all he wants for Father's Day is this taco shirt.

I also blogged about Father's Day food over at Blog to Taste.  Check it out.

Why do you love your dad?

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