North Carolina Vacation

If you've been wondering about my lack of posting, it's because I have been on vacation in the beautiful state of North Carolina!  We first visited with our friends near Charlotte, then headed to Raleigh for more visiting and site seeing.  If you've followed me for a while, you know my friend Catherine lives in Raleigh.  We met online over 2 years ago and have chatted almost everyday since.  We met in person for the first time back in April (you can read about that here) and had big plans for my visit to Raleigh this summer.

Monday night we had the pleasure of meeting Catherine's entire family.  She had us for dinner and was the perfect hostess.  I have heard about Randall and the girls for so long and loved seeing their personalities and interaction together.  Randall joked with my boys about Polly Pocket and dress up,  they "got" him and it was great.  Being that she has all girls and I have boys, there was some awkwardness with the kids (my kids- you know...ew, girls!), until Catherine mentioned a climbing tree and Mario Cart :) 

Tuesday we spent some time as a family, then at the last minute I called Catherine and asked her to meet us for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory.  It was delicious and fun to see how alike Ethan and Eva are (the two littlest)...monkeys, silly, always moving, love mac & cheese and OBSESSED with gum :)

Wednesday was our big stamping day.  Catherine picked me up at the hotel and we went straight to Archivers (love that store), then to her studio!  Our plan was to design a card together.  Something that was a little bit me and a little bit her.  We found ways to, um, get along!  haha... I have been very clear about my stamping OCD, like the fact that I sand the edges of my cards, she shouldn't have been surprised!!  It's no big secret. 

Anyway, we came up with a really fun, cute CAS card...a CASE of this card.

Catherine and I agreed that we probably wouldn't get along so well if we stamped together ALL the time :)  But our different personalities and styles really compliment each other.  I think that is why we get along and work so well together!

In typical Catherine style, she had the video camera rolling a lot of the day.  She edited it down some and posted it on her blog.  The girls at StampNation got the full version, believe me it is good for a lot of laughs!!!  Catherine was determined to get me to dance bomb, but I was not having it. 

We had a great visit!  It went too fast and I am already looking forward to our next get together (yet to be determined).  Until then, we'll keep creating and chatting together at StampNation.  I'd love for you to join us there!!!


Jinny Newlin said...

Looks like so much fun, Maureen! And your combined efforts sure made a beautiful card ;)! TFS!

Kristie said...

I know you two had a GREAT time together and thanks for sharing the pictures of the two of you. Beautiful!!