What a trip — I’ve been home almost a week and it’s been CRAZY!! But I still must just share a few of the highlights with you. We left the morning after Valentine’s Day — so I must begin by sharing what I left and how I missed her!
I still can’t believe I have five children — balance is definitely elusive, but I am loving trying to keep up!!
So .. back to paradise
these are the ladies responsible for bringing me to this amazing island. From left to right, Omyra from Spanish Memories, Paula (who takes of the details I would mess up), Wilmarie hostess and owner of Storia and Sandra who works with Omyra and takes care of product distribution in PR.
We toured the famous fortress of El Morro on the first day and I so enjoyed just feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin (sometimes midwinter, I just forget!)
The last to conquer and maintain this fort was of course the Americans, hence the reason that Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States — loved seeing the flags flying together (just speaks of our ability, when we choose to embrace, rather than exclude)
Found these cool decorated "dressses" in a square in Old San Juan — loved the movement they depict and this one in particular appealed to me. I think it may be the opening image in my little PR scrapbook!
After a day of sight seeing, we head to Mayaguez, one the other side of the island, where Storia is. Wilmarie’s family owns the most amazing decor business (three warehouses of cool, inspiring stuff — check it out here) so it was relatively easy for her to convince her father that they should give up a portion of one warehouse to open a scrapbook store. Seriously, have never been in a setting like this. This is the scene that greeted me — check out the "stage" with hanging frames all done in colors from my book (Wow!!)
and, check out Storia — have you ever seen a store so colorful and fun?
as always I met so many wonderful scrapbookers and enjoyed a day full of classes, culminating in chocolate milk and brownies (chocolate milk in PR btw is WAY better than here in the states. It’s just a little less "sweet" and oh so creamy)
trust me when I say Puerto Ricans know how to have fun and party! We where showered with gifts and then enjoyed a lively photo shoot with the giant frames …
Wilmarie and her "girls" always wear the same color of shirt to work — how cute are they?
One week from today we all joined Omyra and members of her extended family on a boat trip to Palomino island — this is actually Palomino’s little sister — but holy cow, doesn’t it just it just conjer up images from Gilligan and gang?
We enjoyed the sunshine (OK, my fair skin can’t handle it — I’m now a peeling mess from my usual sunburn!) and the chance to float around in the warm ocean.
If you read the SS online newsletter, you know my trip was complete when I "caught" a little Coqui frog. I so badly wanted to find and photograph one for my boys and I did!!!
I am so thankful to everyone who made this trip possible. As always, I’m amazed by the "universal" connection that scrapbooking affords us, and considered myself so blessed to share my love and enthusiasm with so many scrapbooking friends.
I came home to sick kids, a visit from the Cordon family (Nolan is Geof’s childhood friend and his family came up from Phoenix for some snow and skiing) I had a presentation to prepare for an annual stake Relief Society (women’s organization) conference which was Saturday and a surprise "Survivor" party for Clark, who turned 14 on Saturday. I’m serious, when I say it’s been CRAZY!! Yesterday we all took naps and I was finally able to finish an "overdue" article for Memory Trends magazine — I won’t even tell you what else I’m behind on!
Have a great week. I’m headed to Utah to spend time with my Simple team and plan for exciting things coming up. The sun is out today and I am looking forward to a nice long jog!!
life is good.