We drove up with Chris & Amber in our van, and we stayed at Kachina, James & Theodore's house. We had a birthday party for Chris & Amber (their birthdays are close) at my dad's house, which was a lot of fun.
We got to see Matt's sister Sarah & her little girl Cielo - we brought Kachina along with us so Theodore could play with Cielo - it was really cute!
Fourth of July was awesome as always - we had a picnic with my mom's side of the family in the morning, and then in the afternoon/evening we went to St. Joseph to my grandma's house for our yearly gathering (we kind of use July 4th as a family reunion day for my dad's side of the family). We bought tons and tons of fireworks and I blew up so many of them - fun! We "modified" the little rolling tanks and had tank battles that got a little crazy. In the evening we set off the big sky stuff, there were some good ones this year. We also got to meet my Aunt Pat's new horses and my grandma's new dog, all of which were really cute! And of course we ate a TON of food (vegetarian cookout stuff, tons of other stuff).
We also got to check out Sonya & Paul's new house - it is awesome, and it's frickin' huge!
Then we had a birthday party for Amber & Chris at my mom's house, with yummy Chinese food.
I forget what all we did on our trip - we saw lots of relatives and it was pretty action-packed! When we drove back, Amber & Chris drove down their Jeep (it was still in KC from last month), and Matt & I came in the van. We had their pet degu in the back, lol (he was still up in Kansas City too).
Now we're back home and I miss everybody =( And I have so much work to do! I've been trying to sort out emails this morning and I'm going to take a break now to do some painting!
I have some canvas prints to paint and then I might work on some minis! I'm still in a kind of dazed "I've-Been-On-Vacation" mood, so I'll probably wait until tomorrow before I start any full-sized paintings, hehe.
Pretty soon though I will be working on a *giant* commissioned painting! And I do mean giant - by anybody's standards. It will be 60"x48" (that's 5 feet across!). That's larger than I normally accept for commissioned projects but since it's for one of my favourite customers, I couldn't refuse, lol. That will be quite an undertaking!
For now though, I'm working on some little minis =) Sometime soon I might try some ACEOs too (I've been getting an incredible number requests for those from people who collect them!).
All righty - off to work I go! You can peek in on me HERE on my webcam!