Saturday, March 24, 2012

March Photo Challenge – Moon.

". . . and in the end you are left with nothing but a bucket full of moon beams."

I don't know where that phrase came from, but I do know that it fits today's photo challenge. 

Ready for company:  towel, water bottle, poof ball, and candy in a bucket

One day about a month ago my friend Deb called and said, "Did you know that staying overnight at Neighbor Jane Payne's house is on Sonja's bucket list?"

I laughed and said, "Indeed, I did not know that."

She said, "Well it is."

Deb had already organized a scrapbooking day where those on the West side of the state would drive over and meet up with us on the East side, so we decided it was a perfect time to help Sonja cross that thing off her bucket list.

It also happens to be Deb's birthday soon so tonight we sang to her as well.  I'm not sure if hearing a chorus of scrapbookers was on Deb's bucket list, but we didn't take any chances.  

Back L-R:  Anita, Donna, Sonja, Nicole
Front L-R:  Sandy, Deb, Lexi

We have a great time together and I really love, enjoy, and admire these women . . . and their families.  I feel like I know their families well because I've seen pictures of and heard about so many of their family memories as these women scrapbook them.

One thing I love about Anita is her sense of adventure.  She loves to travel to new places, see new things, and meet new people.  She is not easily intimidated and has taught me confidence.  

One thing I love about Donna is her compassionate heart.  She takes being a friend very seriously and looks out for others.  She taught me "it's all in the packaging."

One thing I love about Sonja is how practical and efficient she is.  She is a homemaking genius and she never, ever quits.  We could talk tips for hours (and sometimes people roll their eyes at us when we do, but it doesn't deter Sonja.  No sir, because she is a treasure trove of ideas and recipes).

One thing I love about Nicole is her wit.  She has a funny quip for everything.  She's also an idea generator and has great suggestions on everything -- movies, projects, music, sewing.  (And, like her mom Donna, she laughs easily.)

One thing I love about Sandy is her sense of style with fonts, papers, containers, lay-outs, projects, patterns, embellishments.  She has hundreds of ideas and willingly shares them.  She also includes you in projects and helps you to succeed.

One thing I love about Deb is her doggedness.  If it were not for Deb these get-togethers would never take place, it it weren't for Deb's vision of preserving memories half of us wouldn't even scrapbook (make cards maybe, but not scrapbook).  I will always feel in debt to Deb.

One thing I love about Lexie is her enthusiasm and passion for whatever it is she's doing.  Right now it is being a good mother.  She puts her whole heart and soul into it.  She is also a fierce defender and I appreciate that.

I'm so glad Sonja had staying at our home on her bucket list so that we could spend these few days together. Now my bucket has more moon beam memories in it because of that.


Ande said...

Ooooh. I feel a little left out. I'm glad you're having fun!

Jill said...

Hey that's on my bucket list too!! I have pictured Michelle and I coming to visit you and Calvin, seeing where you live, taking a walk on your route and so on. It feels like something I NEED to do.

My sister-in-law Amy is going to Wenatchee to see her sister over spring break and my first thought was, "oh my gosh, she'll be so close to Jane!"

Cali said...

I loved this post and wished I was there.

HOWEVER, I'm not sure there was much talk of moons or pictures of moons in this post. I was hoping to read that you'd done what all girls do at slumber parties... moon each other. Oh wait, that's boys. Anywho. Still wish I were there even if you didn't do any mooning.

Anita said...

Jane, we had so much fun hanging with you and we're so glad we got to know "shy" Calvin! He's a hoot! Ande and Cali we missed you too! Were your ears burning? LOL

michelle said...

I think I just may have to add that to my bucket list!!

Amie said...

I love catching up on your blog... I love the things you said about your friends. What a nice parting gift to them.

PS - I think I am the guinea pig tester on the Pinterest recipes. It's a rough job but I guess somebody has to do it!

Milady said...

Melanie here! I enjoyed this piece, please email me--I have a question about your blog. MelanieLBowen[at]gmail[dot]com