From the monthly archives:

July 2010

Today I’ve been lucky enough to share one of my all-time favorite handmade gifts over at the Holiday Sew Along hosted  by Cindy at Skip to My Lou. Head on over to check it out and while you’re there, check out all the other awesome “Handmade Holiday” gift tutorials she’s featured.  But that’s not all, […]



Mountain Biking Girls

by This is Carrie on July 27, 2010

The girls are insistent that their custom Team Sparkle skirts are their mountain biking uniform. With the attention they get on the trail, I don’t blame them. Ride hard.  Ride pretty.



Making Stuff: Miss Rodeo America Dress

by This is Carrie on July 26, 2010

When I first spotted the eyelet trimmed, red gingham skirt at my favorite vintage thrift store, I loved it.  When I saw this label inside, I loved it even more. So did Princess. Rather than altering the “too big” waist down to fit her, we realized pairing it with a favorite old embroidered shirt (which […]



Family Camp Out 2010 Recap: The Fun

by This is Carrie on July 25, 2010

The lake, the trees, the frogs, the dirt; camping and kids just go togther. The Family Campout: A 35+ year tradition Camping with Kids: Tips and Tricks



Family Camp Out 2010 Recap: The Food

by This is Carrie on July 24, 2010

One of my favorite parts of our Family Campout is the food which, in itself, has become a tradition. Sunday dinner of tri-tip and baked potatoes are cooked in a large BBQ pit.  When the meat is finally done and taken to the electric meat slicer by my dad, you can’t help but sneak a […]



Family Camp Out 2010 Recap: Who’s that Baby?

by This is Carrie on July 23, 2010

You’d think after almost 40 years of oganizing activities for our family campout, my mom would start running out of new ideas. Think again. Her “Who’s that Baby” game provided four whole days of entertainment as we each tried to figure out who was who from 65 different baby pictures.  1 point for the family […]



Family Camp Out 2010 Recap: The Run

by This is Carrie on July 21, 2010

My sister, who began the tradition of “The Run”, all alone, many years ago, hasn’t been able to participate in the tradition the past few years because of a knee injury.  But this year, on the cusp of possible knee replacement surgery, she threw caution to the wind and ran it “one last time”,  …



Family Camp Out 2010 Recap: Fun with Grandma

by This is Carrie on July 20, 2010

My mom really outdid herself this year.  Not only did she supply fleece blankets and tiny flashlights for every grandkid, a morning full of treats left by mysterious “Brownies” elves and an entertaining box full of old fashioned toys & waterguns, she also broke out a box of washable markers one morning and held a […]



Family Camp Out 2010 Recap: The Beauty

by This is Carrie on July 19, 2010

This is a picture of where we go camping every summer. In reality, it’s not nearly as perfect as this beautifully edited photo makes it out to be.  But somehow my nephew (who is the king of cool iphone photos) captured how perfectly wonderful & dreamy I think this almost 40 year old family camping […]



Defending Her “Fastest Girl” Title

by This is Carrie on July 14, 2010

At the second kid’s race in the Over the Hump Mountain Bike Series, there were three girls racing instead of just one. It was the first time I actually saw Princess get a little competitive. In the past, she’s the girl who finishes the (running) race holding hands with a new-found friend, or packs her […]