Last Saturday I spent a few hours at the Asbury Woods Nature Center with my eight year old daughter Annika and some of the Girl Scouts from her troop. We had to drive about an hour and a half to get there. It was cold and rainy the entire time, but so worth the trip! Our tour guide was a man named Steve. He talked about the wildlife native to this area and let the girls pet some animals. Next, we went into a classroom and Steve talked all about maple syrup and how it's made. Finally, we went outside (in the cold rain!) and saw maple sap coming out of a tree, listened to the legend of how maple syrup was discovered, and viewed the "evaporator" that processes maple sap into syrup. We also got to taste maple sugar. All I could think about was making a batch of my favorite waffles and eating them drizzled with melted butter and pure maple syrup. Yummy! After we finished I thought I'd send Steve a thank-you card for the informative tour.
Annika and I got to eat at Red Lobster and do a little shopping. We went to TJ Maxx, AC Moore, and Target. I had to pull out my "magic wand" and cast a spell on Annika to change her evil mood into a good one because she was having a tantum about not buying her a 48-color eye shadow collection. (For those of you wondering, all I did was wave my finger in a circle and looked into her eyes and said something like, "Please remove this evil mood from Annika and turn her into the sweet girl that she really is!") Randy and I are in serious trouble having three girls who LOVE all things girly. I was really glad to get some alone-time with Annika. We rarely have that opportunity.
Dide was also supposed to go with use since she's a Daisy Scout. But when she woke up she said that she was sick and had a "boogery throat" aka post-nasal drip. So she stayed home with her dad, Clarice and big brother Bradley. I'm glad that I did because when I got home I took one look at her and realized that she's got pink eye! I'm hoping that my home remedy will clear her eye so she doesn't miss school -- and doesn't spread it to the entire family.
Okay, onto the card:
I thought I had a stamp of a maple leaf in one of my retired stamp sets, but it was an oak leaf. Then I remember about the leaf image in the Every Little Bit stamp set. (I got that set for free!) So I did a little stamping on the inside.
Stamps: Because I Care (hostess level one) for the sentiment, Every Little Bit
Paper: Autumn Traditions designer series paper (retired), Always Artichoke, More Mustard, Very Vanilla
Ink: Always Artichoke, More Mustard
Accessories: Decorative Label punch, Modern Label punch, Oval punch, dimensionals
I'm gonna take the card to the Girl Scout meeting tomorrow and have those who attended the program sign it, then we'll send it to Steve.