Met up with my crafty girlfriends for too much food, laughter and card making. I've been really kicking myself lately because I do enjoy the process of making stuff especially birthday cards and it's just something that I have put on the back burner. I also have 20 years of collecting paper and embellishments so the desire to use up my stash weighs on my mind. I found this bag full of Heidi Swapp flowers in every color and in every size she designed. If you know me, you know that I am a huge Heidi fan. So my goal was to use as many flowers as I could on a card and you know what....I really like how they turned out. I like to call them my fluffy cards :)
So here is where I just started to put them down and play around
And these are the finished cards including one for my grandpa who turned 94.
Feels really good to have a nice stash on hand. Now I am feeling inspired to craft on!
My sister and I had the pleasure of visiting my grandpa on his 94th birthday. Still looking good after all these years. He still drives around town to his favorite joints to eat and rides his lawn mower to cut his grass and the grass at the cemetary. There is no quit in us Wileys!
On March 4th, I made the return trip back to Ashford, WA to hike Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut. Unfortunately for me, my left hip/groin area started to ache on the way up making it a slow go for me. I pushed on and was rewarded with such a beautiful view at the top.
Me in the chain gang pulling up the rear.
Me starting to fall back from my hip pain.
Such an incredibly beautful day. Thank you Jesus!
The snow was so fluffy all I wanted to do was fall in it.
Once you make it to the prayer flags you have hiked most of the elevation gain. Such a pretty site.
There's Snow Bowl Hut in the distance. Almost there!
Dave hauled a sled up and let us sled down too. If I didn't have my pack on or his gear in the sled I would have had a much easier time staying upright, ha! Fell over twice, but had so much fun. I love sledding!
I didn't hike as much as I'd liked in February because after driving into a snow ditch for the attempt to hike Copper Creek Hut I got really sick. My body was just spent and being horizontal was the only place I could go. Thankfully, it passed 2 weeks later and I had enough energy to hike High Hut on February 25. Hiking to the huts are fun because 1. when you reach your destination you get to go inside and eat lunch in a warm building and 2. there are toilets. So not the case on most hikes!
My goal was to hike all 4 huts and so far I am 2 out of 4. There's Copper Creek Hut, High Hut, Snow Bowl Hut and the Yurt which are all part of the Mt. Tahoma Trails Association.
If you get a chance on a clear sunny winter day check out the huts. It's definitely a rewarding hike!
I kinda let the blog fall by the way side, but I have been uploading photos to Instagram. Love Instagram!
So here are some photos from the past 3 months.
Selfie Taken on Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving with the family. That's me and my sister, the queen of Connect Four.
Day after Thanksgiving I opted to go into the backcountry and hike to Summit Lake. You wouldn't believe how silent it was out here. No black Friday commotion.
December 2016 Christmas gathering with my Chicas - Victoria, Wendy, Adora and me.
I took a week of vacation after Christmas and had a blast with Linda's family sledding at Hyak Sno Park. Thank you Dina for the photo. That's me, Donnie, Tony and Autumn. Tony celebrated his birthday that day too!
Last hike of 2016 to Snoquera Falls. 12/31/16
I had so much fun at Hyak Sno Park I wanted to trying Tubing -Summit at Snoqualmie.
They provide the tube and plentiful groomed lanes.
Couldn't have asked for a better sunny day tubing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!
I can't believe 3 years ago minus ten days I was with Linda at Good Samaritan Hospital waiting for this little one to arrive.
She is the spitting image of Linda minus the blue eyes.
She can be so fearless and such a daddy's girl too.
She still is allergic to peanuts, eggs, wheat, soy peas and sweet potatoes.
She fights like crazy with Seth and at the same time copies everything Seth does.
She is very independent.
She is loved by so many!
i get this question a lot...what are you? used to drive me crazy when i was younger. sometimes i would get a laugh when folks would speak to me in spanish. i love the diversity of being amerasian and am proud to be half vietnamese half caucasion.