August 25, 2012

It's time to P-A-R-T-Y !!!


+++ [Blog Hop closed on September 3rd.] +++
Back to School Blog Hop Party! Yes, this is ONE of the ways I am celebrating back to school days. The best part is that I am not alone - lots of other bloggers will be giving away cool gifts! The only thing you need to do to qualify for this blog's giveaway is to answer this question:

- What is the best thing you did (with or without kids) this summer?

You will have from today, August 25th, until September 3rd to enter by leaving your comment with the answer. On September 4th, I will announce the winner:

Patterns galore, matching ribbon and buttons, plus the right needles to sew your jeans bag should get your creative juices going for your next projects. Use the fabrics you got from my previous giveaways, new purchases, or draw from your old stash. You can recycle your old and favorite jeans by making cool handbags with them, use honey buns to make quick table runners and book covers, or choose between traditional and modern patterns for your next lap quilt! Prize can be shipped internationally!

Join the party! I can't wait to read your comments!


136 comments:

  1. Oldest daughter with family relocated to MI and are staying with us. Enjoying getting to know my new grand daughter.

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  2. No kids here but I did visit my mom for 6 weeks!

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  3. I spent a week on the beach on Lake Michigan with my two daughters (24 and 22 years old)....Priceless.

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  4. Oooh exciting prize! The best thing I did was go to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham (UK), it was amazing!

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  5. The best thing I did was a cross-country train trip to Glacier National Park, MT! It was awesome.

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  6. The best thing was going on vaction with my Mom to meet up with my brother and his family and meet my new littlest niece :)

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  7. Best time with my son was a weekend at the lake cabin with a group of his friends. They are a good group of people and we had good time. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  8. What a cool assortment of things! My husband and I had a great vacation this year -- we rented a house with my parents and two sisters and spent a week just hanging out. It was lovely.

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  9. My whole family went to the beach to celebrate my grandparent's wedding anniversary!

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  10. I started water aerobics. It was really fun. Thanks

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  11. Just the simple, ordinary summer fun like taking a walk, having a water balloon fight, or catching fireflies made some good memories this summer! Thanks for a great giveaway!!!

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  12. I've been having some health issues this summer so we didn't do much, but my mother in law did fly across the country for a visit so that was really nice and the kids loved having her around.

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  13. The best thing I've done this summer is watch my grandson (almost a year old) discover everything about summer! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  14. Thanks for the chance. I really enjoyed getting a lot of sewing done.

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  15. Since it's winter here (Australia) and I haven't been on summer holidays, I can only say that the best thing I'm going to do in the next school holiday break, in spring, is visit Uluru and Alice Springs in Central Australia with the family...I'm really looking forward to it! Thanks for the chance

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  16. August is really Winter here in Australia but it has been a busy time for me. I went to see "Jersey Boys" and "Cirque du Soleil" I had High Tea with my friends at the very posh Stamford Plaza Hotel. I spent a great day at the Agricultural show with my bestie and yesterday celebrated my son's 23rd birthday with coffee and cake at a lookout overlooking Brisbane city. I have blogged about most of these events on my blog @ Bits 'n Bobs - maybe you would like to visit. Love the prize.

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  17. Its winter in the Southern hemisphere, we have been doing the usual, school, sport, work! Great give away!

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  18. This summer we went to visit the in-laws farm and the kids got to go farming. And I got to know my new sister-in-law. It was a great holiday - just wasn't long enough... Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  19. Thank you for the giveaway! The best thing I did was spend an hour or more a day outside in the sun, enjoying the kids yelling with (mostly) joy all around my block.

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  20. With love from Russia! I am a follower! Thank you!

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  21. The best thing I did this summer was finish the quilt for my soon-to-arrive firstborn.
    Thank you for the chance to win!

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  22. I only get to see my granddaughter once a year so this summer we did bipity bop at Disney, she learned to swim, drank fresh squeezed orange juice and designed her own doll quilt. Thank you for the chance to win such a great prize.



     

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  23. The best thing I did this summer was to get a lot of stitching done! Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance! Have a Happy Day! :)

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  24. summer isn't over yet - I'm goign on summer holidays in a week! that will probably be the best thing .. Else I think it was going home for a week and gettign really muddy in the gareden. Preparing plant holse for berry bushes and a few trees. building dry stone walls, laying stone paths ... wat all the raspberries "accidently" before mum came to check...

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  25. We went to Cornwall to the seaside with the kids and swam in the sea and ate pasties and generally had a brilliant holiday x

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  26. Visiting the Haute Koenigsbourg in France. It was just lovely!

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  27. This summer after my Dad moved in with my youngest sister, my other two sisters & I got together at my Dad's house to clean it out & get it ready for sale. It was a sad & happy occasion. We all live in 4 different states (my Dad was in a 5th state). So it was great to see everyone. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  28. The best thing we did this summer included not only our 2 boys but our 2 foster kiddies. Our kids have been camping before but not for a couple of years so this year we packed up the 4 kids, our rottweiler and Ma 'n Pa to head out to the most beautiful place on earth {at least to my hubby & I}.
    The kids had an absolute blast! Our foster kids had never been camping...ever. All the kids laughed and kibitzed about in the water and all over, they roasted hotdogs and marshmallows over an open fire. They're already planning for a return engagement next year! It was the best time!

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  29. i am retired so everything i do all year long is great thanks

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  30. This summer I hung out at home and did gardening and sewing. We don't have children but our four-legged furry best friend had a blast chasing birds in the garden.

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  31. This summer my 7-1/2 year old grand daughter spent 40 days with us at the farm. This was only the fifth time I saw her so we had a great time bonding and doing fun things. I asked her if she wanted to learn to sew and she said "no." I had to laugh about that. Thanks for the give away.

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  32. A five day boating trip on our local lake system with DH and another couple. The weather was wonderful and it was very peaceful and beautiful.

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  33. Okay, nothing like waiting til the last moment, but the other day I bought a new puppy. Her name is Lili, and she is beautiful. She is a doxie and terrier mix. So smart!! Sweet and lovable!

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  34. The best thing I did this summer was welcome my husband home from deployment! We don't have kids yet, so it was just me and him, and it was so nice to see him! Now we are moving to Hawaii, so that will be the highlight of the end of summer! I am a new follower :)

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  35. I spent time in Alabama with my daughter and then in Ky. with my son. Also had them dropping in and out during the summer months and the 2 oldest grandson dropped in and out. Loads of visits!

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  36. Well, since I was so busy travelling all over with my kids this whole summer, I will hope that everything was exciting. We did have a week together at the beach as a family and I truly enjoyed that.

    Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

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  37. My husband, son and I went on a trip to Utah to celebrate our son's college graduation. We went to Bryce Canyon, Zion and Arches National Parks and a bunch of other places. It was fabulous to see the gorgeous sights and to spend time together.

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  38. This year is the first year in 20 years that I have been able to be outside. I solved my allergy issues! To celebrate I had a vegetable garden and I loved every minute of tending it.

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  39. The best thing I did this summer was . . . attend my son's wedding. It was so special and so unique, and I am thrilled for him as he begins his new life with his lovely bride.
    I hope you've had a fun and memorable summer, too!
    (glad to have found your blog!)

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  40. We spent a few days on Coronado Island with my kids and in-laws...a nice chance to get away!

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  41. Best thing I did this summer wasn't really fun...but had I'd 2(cancer) surgeries in June....and week after the 2nd surgery...my daughter, that lives in NC...walked in & surprised me to pieces!! & stayed almost a whole week!! Was really BEST time this entire summer! YAY!

    Thanks for chance to win such Awesome goodies! :)

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  42. The best thing I did this summer is go hiking with my family. Thanks for chance to win.

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  43. The best thing I did this Summer was take a trip to the mountains with my husband. We went hiking every day! On one of those hikes, the scariest thing I did this Summer happened-- we got caught in a thunderstorm that turned into a hail storm!! That's a story to tell the grandkids some day! :-) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  44. Spending time with my parents and sister was the highlight of my summer. Health issues have reminded me that every single moment together is a precious gift :-) Thanks for the great giveaway and the chance to win!

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  45. DH and DS went on a road trip and left myself and DD at home...all by our lonesomes. We ate out every night (who wants to cook?), had a slumber party, painted our toenails and sewed. Ah, bliss! Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

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  46. We went to an old fashioned amusement park that we hadn't been to for a few years.

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  47. We didn't do anything out of the ordinary this summer. The best thing that happened is we found out we will be first time grandparents. Not until December but we found out this summer!

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  48. Well I painted my kitchen cupboards and had hardwood installed, sure looks fantastic, now I'm looking forward to some sewing.

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  49. Our kids are grown. But our son lives with us at the moment. We have a blast sewing civil war re-enacting clothes together.
    quilting[dash]lady[at]comcast[dot]net

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  50. The best thing I did was go school shopping with my grandaughter:)

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  51. G'Day from Australia! I don't have any children yet. So, my hubby and I have enjoy lots of quality time together!

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  52. We went to Orlando to visit Disneyworld and the new Harry Potter world at Universal. Then we went to the Kennedy space center and saw one of the space shuttles. Very cool( although the weather was verrrry hot!!!

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  53. I helped my daughter get her classroom ready for her first year of teaching. She picked a pirate theme and we had lots of fun with a treasure chest, ships and such. She even has a shark shaped tent for the kids to climb into and read that we found on a garage sale.

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  54. My favorite summer memory was starting my quilting blog. Thank you for the fabulous giveaway! I'm a new follower who found you through the blog hop. I'm looking forward to receiving your inspiring posts.

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  55. Swimming in our pool and eating massive slices of watermelon each day for lunch!

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  56. I enjoyed reading and stitching in the warm winter sun. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway.

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  57. Summer....the best part of our summer was when our son was finally able to come out of his cast and walking boot! [He had been runover by a car right before he graduated and was to start his summer job.] We are looking forward to fall!!! Maybe a trip at Thanksgiving to celebrate life and all the many things we have to be thankful for....eachother! :)

    sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  58. I bring my son to visit zoo :)

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  59. The best thing I do EACH summer is meet all my extended family at Mom and Dads's house on 4th of July!

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  60. This weekend I was visiting my sister and that´s by far the best I´ve done this summer. We don´t meet so often and I love my sister!
    Gun, Sweden
    gun@lapp.se

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  61. Tubing down the creek was one of the great things we did with the kids this summer.

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  62. The best thing we did this summer with the entire extended family was host a party to celebrate my sister-in-law's 60th birthday. It was an Island theme & we had a blast!
    Yhanks for the giveaway.
    bandkgram at hotmail dot ca

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  63. I am retired so the best thing I did this Summer was to get a lot of sewing done. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  64. We took the kids to Wilderness in the Smokies (which is actually an ad on your site!) and they absolutely loved it!

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  65. I am a grandma so I don't do much with my kids anymore. I did have the grandkids over to sew pillowcases and go to the playground.

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  66. Best thing this summer was having my granddaughter for a week and doing fun things with her everyday!!!

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  67. I had 2 favorite summer fun activities. Spent a week with my grandaughter teaching her to quilt. She made an adorable disapearing 9 patch quilt for her to snuggle with. Then I spent a week with my mom and aunt sewing, quilting and laughing...so much fun. Excited to find your blog, looks like lots of fun.

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  68. The best thing I did this summer was swim lots with my children.

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  69. I went away with my husband for a long weekend. We had not spent any time on own in a couple of years and it was wonderful. Thank you for the giveaway.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  70. I learnt swimming, and I can't believe now I can. thank you for this chance. I am follower. hugs

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  71. visited Washington DC

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  72. We traveled to Washington DC this year.

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  73. spent lots and lots of time with my husband while my mother in law was away for 3 weeks.

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  74. I was on bed rest for pregnancy for most of the summer, but the best thing we did was celebrate my sons 3rd birthday party :)

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  75. This summer we reconnected with old friends and enjoyed visiting them.

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  76. This summer we stayed home and rested. Now school has started and we are back to kid-sitting after school.

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  77. The best thing I did this summer was to spend 10 days with my adult daughter. We took a silversmithing course and learned Saori weaving! We had so much fun! regards from Northern British Columbia, Canada

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  78. I went on the ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria, B.C. for the day with my daughter who is in the Army. We had a blast! Thank you for the chance to win your great giveaway!

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  79. Our whole family spent a lovely week in Massanutten, VA. I had a most wonderful time with my son, daughter in love, 3 grands, daughter and hubby. We ate, we played, we crafted, we swam......it doesn't get any better this side of eternity!

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  80. Was the best summer to get in lots of sewing/quilting time. Too hot here to enjoy being outside for long - so accomplished a lot.
    Thanks for the chance to maybe win.
    MaryLou
    Fun4Me1249@aol.com

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  81. The best thing I did this summer was go on a quilt retreat with the quilt group I belong to. We laughed so hard,shopped, ate well and stayed up late sewing. You never know what will happen when you get a bunch of women together sewing. What happens at quilt retreat stays at quilt retreat! LOL !!!

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  82. Spending time with my husband. We did a lot of little trips going Antiquing. We did not buy anything, but love to go look.

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  83. What I did not do but wanted to do was go on vacation. Instead we had a baby. Julia joined our family. Well next summer we will vacation.

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  84. what a sweet giveaway! The best thing I did this summer was go to my family reunion (for my granddad's 85th birthday). Tons of fun kids there!

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  85. I took a week off and went to the beach!

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  86. I drove from Maryland to Florida with my daughter, son-in-law, and 2 grandbabies - age 3 1/2 and 5 (I guess I should say, I rode in the back seat, lol). The kids were terrific and we spent a whole week at the beach - I mean RIGHT ON THE BEACH. I flew home and they stayed for a month. Had a really great time.

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  87. the best thing we did this summer was to bring my husband home from the hospital, it was such a thrill as we were not sure he would be able to come home... My grand kids made sure grand pa had his slippers and his tea, so funny watching them take care of him.. we are blessed each day he is with us

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  88. The best thing I did was get to spend 10 days with my son and grandchildren in sask. thanks for the chance to win.

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  89. As myh boys both had new full-time jobs this summer, we could not have our week vacation together at the beach. We tried our best to have weekend family dinners outdoors to enjoy the weather and bond. awolk at rogers dot com

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  90. Went hiking up on Mount Rainier

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  91. I loved going to the beach this summer... both with and without kids!

    winterwrens at gmail dot com

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  92. ohhh im not sure, we had 4 great one week holidays and did lots inbetween, probably shooting down the water slides

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  93. I love spending time with my kids and we spent a lot of time at the beach and camping this year which was wonderful.

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  94. We did a 10 day roadtrip, re-connecting with LOTS of family and friends that we had not seen in many years. It was great. Great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity on the giveaway and good luck to all the particpants

    Bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  95. I made a dress for my daughter and she wore it on our trip to Corfu, Greece. Would love some jean needles so I can up-cycle another cute dress for her.

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  96. My children are grown so I do my summer fun with my grandson and we go camping at the river

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  97. The best thing is that I saw my kids swimming "alone" only with the help of floatings ^^)

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  98. We have had rain pretty much all summer long, no holiday for us, the most fun I think has been...... (actually its every night) putting our babies to bed, Gaia is 2 and Devin is 15 months, both have half hour bouncing on the bed, then I feed Devin off whilst Gaia has a story read to her by Daddy.... it really is a great way to end our day, and no matter how challenging they have been, we still look forward to that close cuddly feeling x J x

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  99. Thanks for the great giveaway! The best thing I did this summer was move from very hot Arizona to lovely Washington state. Everyone says we'll hate the rain but we've only had two rainy days since we arrived! ;)

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  100. our annual pool party, Since they are all under 4 (my gbabies)

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  101. went on a 9 day trip to Calgary Canada to the Stampede Rodeo and chuckwagon races with hubby and friends.

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  102. Best thing I did this summer was to spend a week visiting family in another state - it was such a nice break. Also finished a very trendy quilt for my off-to-college daughter. It was fun to work with her on it.

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  103. We went to Washington, DC!! For the first time for all of us!!! It was so cool to be there and see our Nations Capitol.

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  104. Brought our girls and each of them a friend to jellystone for 4 days--they had a fabulous time!!!

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  105. Husband and I took a trip to Austria. I wish I had learned some German ahead of time.

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  106. This summer our family visited my cousin's family in Illinois. We all had a fantastic time!

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  107. Took my daughter to see my mom, dad, sister, to be sister in law, and brother who just got home from Afghanistan. There is nothing like family!

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  108. Welcoming our new baby into the family!

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  109. I went to KY with my husband, daughter and new (3 week old) grandson to visit my youngest son and his family. He is in the Army and was deployed to South Korea for 13 months. It was the first time I got to see him in almost 2 years.

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  110. No kids here and one of the most interesting things I've done was to go to the League Of New Hampshire Craftsman's fair. It was pretty cool!!

    thanks for the fun giveaway, great items!! (hope I win!)

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  111. This summer I took my baby girl (2 years old) to ride on a pony! She loved it! Thanks for the great givaway...

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  112. My mom and my brother came to visit me this summer. They live in Kansas and I am in NJ/NYC.

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  113. The kids are all grown with kids of their own now. My husband and I are retired. He has cancer and has had 4 surgeries. I have supported him and stood by him from Day 1 and will continue to do so - forever. Each and every day is a good day just to be with him.'
    Thank you so much for joining in the Blog Hop and giving all your followers a chance to win that all those fantastic goodies.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  114. I just got back from a week in Devon with my entire family, including my 13-year old stepdaughter, my 15-year old neice and my 6 month old nephew. It was wonderful

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  115. Spent 2 1/2 months on the road in our motor home. Visited 17month old granddaughter in Chicago.

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  116. Hmmm...I do daycare so my house is FULL of kids all summer! One of our favorites this summer was riding the trolley in our little town. The trolley drivers were such fun and full of history tidbits for the kids.

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  117. Watched my little one take swimming lessons for the first time.. So fun! Thanks for the chance to win.. I'm your newest follower. xo

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  118. I took my two youngest girls (age 21 and 23) with me to Florida to see my mother. We had a great time; every day at the beach! Only thing better would be to have been quilting together too...

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  119. The whole family traveled to TX from VA..with 3 adult children. Fun time.

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  120. went on a tour of balcony house at mesa verde national park...i hate heights and this was a challenge for me...but i made and am so glad to have been able to suppress my fear enough to have done this amazing tour to see the cliff dwelling

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  121. I had the best time this summer at my nephew's graduation party with all of my family, friends, good food and good music.

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  122. The best thing I did this summer was to go to the beach with my daughter and her family. Great time!

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  123. Awesome prize pack!
    Just last week we took our family vacation. Only 2 days away from home, but on the way home we were able to stop and see my daughter and her family that lives out of town.

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  124. We went to the beach with our son while he was visiting from Boston.

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  125. I haven't did anything out of the usual. I've been having fun hanging out with friends.

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  126. The best part of the summer was connecting with old friends and going to the mountains with my husband.
    We had a lovely time touring the area,stopping in a number of quilt shops and just hanging out together.
    Regards from western Canada,
    Anna

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  127. Took our children on a week's vacation to New Brunswick Canada. This was an 1900 km+ trip ONE WAY! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  128. Took a road trip to Ohio from Texas, to go to the Great Wolf Lodge! We saw so many things, like the St.louis Arch, and the biggest baseball bat in Louisville.

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  129. took my 6 year old grand-daughter to colorado for 10 days, was awesome and we had the best time. thanks for the opportunity

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  130. My daughter took 2nd in a program this summer. It was awesome to see her glow!!

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  131. My 11 yr old son and I went to the community pool together a lot. This was special Mom and Tom time that I know I will cherish in years to come.
    Soon he will be too old to be seen with his mother. lol

    Thanks for participating in the blog hop with such wonderful prizes!

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  132. I took my grandson on a day trip to a wild life park. He loved it and enjoyed a rainbow cone so much that he still talks about it all the time!
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  133. Best thing I did this summer was go to Cuba for a week! Fun in the sun with hubby, son and 2 grandkids! debbie73521@yahoo.com

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