Monday, September 7, 2009

Daily THOUGHTFUL Surprises...



Before we hit the road, she gave me this beautiful flocked nested egg collage of which I adore, not to mention the handmade Thelma & Louise card that was too cute...(even with the glitter)


Day 2 of our Texas road trip, I come out of the shower to find this on my pillow...

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I start thinking...could this be a morning trend? Keeping my fingers crossed, I open it to find this little library pocket filled with a card of her handmade clay buttons!

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Day three, I'm in the shower again...hoping there is something on my pillow. To my delight, YES...

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Still in awe and excited about the fact that this IS a morning trend, I tear it open to find this burlap covered vegetable can wrapped with (my favorite) lace & velvet ribbon and bling!

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After a wonderful day at Tidbits & Tassels, (Chantal Johnson's art retreat),  I just wanted to relax and put my jammies on, so off to bathroom I went, only to come out and find this on my pillow...

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(sorry about the lighting, it was nighttime)

hmmm. Two gifts in one day? I'm starting to get a complex thinking these cute little gifts were her appreciation for me taking a shower. (raise arm, sniff...nah, I can't be that bad!) 

For whatever reason, a gift is a gift and I tore into this one to find this cute little bottle wrapped in lace with a pretty flower on top!

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What's this number 4? Did I miss something? We're not on day 4 of our trip I stinky and stupid? I look at her and she laughs as she says she counted the days wrong and made 5 gifts! Whew! I realize that I'm not loosing my head AND I don't stink after all!!!

Day 4,  the morning before we leave, I thought I would "test" her. I went to the bathroom only to brush my teeth and dress.

No shower.

To my delight, I still found another gift on my pillow...

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Just plain relieved that these were "thank you" gifts and not a shower issue, I tore into this pretty present to find this collage canvas detailed with stamped twill ribbon, ephemera and paper flowers...

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Even though it had the number 5 on it, I chuckled and cherished it anyway.

You see, there's something about Sarah that always makes me chuckle when I think of her. She was a great road trip partner, she fit in with the Texas Bellas like a glove, she always has a smile on her face and she is a morning of which I AM NOT.

Her family called her at least 15 times a day to see if she was okay because they did not know who I was and wondered if she was in good hands. I promised them that I wouldn't kill her, not on purpose anyway!   ;)  Then on the way home, her husband called her 16 times and we never heard the phone ring. She checked her phone (because she had not received a call in the past 15 minutes ;) and calls him back immediately only to find out that he was about to put out an APB on a black Corvette with a Louisiana license plate! She IS loved, no doubt. **Note: my phone never least not that often! ;)

She loves Dr. Pepper, pizza and KitKat bars. She doesn't eat popcorn. She's a good navigator and has a good sense of direction. She can read a map and see a road sign before I can and she can tell you which lane to be in at the right time.

However she didn't know the name of the town we stayed in and I didn't realize this until Day 2.  I'm driving and she's on the phone with her mother. We are trying to find the thrift shops and I hear her say "We are trying to find the Goodwill store here in Ro-tel." My eyebrows crinkle as I don't believe what I've just heard. There is no place in Texas called wonder her family doesn't trust I know they are really wondering where have I taken their daughter! Then, I hear her say "Yeah Mom, you know, we are staying in Ro-tel and there is supposed to be a Goodwill and a Family Thrift Store here." If I ever came close to wrecking, this had to be it as I was laughing so hard and hollering to her mother "We are in Rowlett, Texas!!!" When just minutes before, she was taking pictures of the Rowlett water tower! You can't help but chuckle when you read that right? That's Sarah!!!

I'll always have my memories of my and Sarah's Texas road trip to Ro-tel, oops I mean Rowlett...

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  Thanks Sarah!

And, this is THE END of the Texas Road Trip posts.

Now I have some boxes that I received in the mail last week that I need to open and I finished another Silver Bella swap that I want to show you sneak peeks more Texas talk...I promise!  ;)


LiLi M. said...

Too bad! I did love your Texas adventures a lot! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

That was a fun post. Sure give me a lot of ideas to put pretty things together. Blessings

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

What a fun time you two had! Sounds like you have an amazing friendship. Love all the goodies Sarah made for you.

have a good week,

trash talk said...

How could you bear to unwrap those. The presentation was beautiful...almost as pretty as what was inside. This is me sighing...~SIGH~
Talk about slow...I didn't realize you were going to be in Ro-Tel...that's just a stone's throw from me. Good grief. My son lives in Rockwall for heaven's sake. I am so disappointed I was sick and didn't get to meet you! Unless of course, you are an ax murderess, in which case...Whew!

NicNacManiac said...

I'll bet you had a belly ache when this trip was over!! How sweet of Sarah to count the days with lovely goodies for you...she sure loves you! So glad you guys had a good time in Ro-tel.
Can't wait for your Silver Bella sneaks!!
Hugs xOxO, Nerina :)

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

Thanks for your sweet comments.... Madai is a wonderful person, is she not? It was a very fun swap... Yes, I told Madai that I repacked the box when I was done so I could unwrap it all again! LOL! Thx for coming by...


Laura said...

What a trip, what fun, and what amazing gifts!


common ground said...

What a road partner, how sweet is that? Glad the two of you hit it off so well and that it was such a great experience. I went on a little trip with a friend once and we drank so much coffee that we didn't sleep for days and then I have a few issues about bathrooms other than my own so it was a long week! If you get my drift. LOL.
Ro-tel, that's hilarious. Sure to be a spicy place!

Alison Gibbs said...

You girls had such a fun road trpi. How sweet of Sarah to give a gift a day.

blushing rose said...

What a wonderful friend & surprises for you. Makes it even more fun ... Have a lovely week. TTFN ~Marydon

Anonymous said...

JODIE!!! OMG your sooo sweet! Can you see me blushing? Cuz I am. I am so glad you loved all your little surprises. Of coarse I had to give something to my new and only friend in Lousiana who asked me Lil ole me!! To go on this awesome trip. I had the best time and I cant wait till the next one. Big hugs


Lori said...

a gift a day...and a bonus gift to sweet and thoughtful!!! i esp love the burlap wrapped can...i think that is so cool when a humble little thing like burlap can be elevated to make something so lovely!!!

The French Bear said...

That's one great girlfriend!!!!!! Love the post, crack me up you do!!!!
I am going to miss the Texas tales!!
I loved all the gifts!!! I like your friend, she' a giver, like me!!!!
Have to check out her blog and see what tales she tells of you!!!!! All good I am sure!!!
Margaret B

chantal johnson said...

I loved reading your posts about your Texas trip..and you can still talk about us (:)) I am glad to learn more about you and Sarah..Can't wait to meet again. thank you for all your kind words and awesome made everything look good!! It was a great day!! love ya...Chantal

Lynnae said...

What fun treats. I love reading about road trips and blog friends. Thanks for all the fun stories and pictures.

Jane said...

I loved reading your are so very entertaining!! What a great trip you had and what wonderful gifts to find each morning (have you trained your husband to do the same!!) Thanks for sharing all of your adventures!

Jessica at Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

I certainly don't mind if you keep talking about Texas. So many pretty pictures to see. :)

Geralyn Gray said...

I loved the Texas story----you can make it a never ending story---it was a good one. I loved the you be Thelma---I'll be Louise .....too funny. How could Sarah not be ok in the vette?

Draffin Bears said...

Oh Jodie... you are the lucky one getting all the sweet gifts.
I have so enjoyed reading about your Texas travels and it was so much fun.
We are going to miss all your funny stories.

Hugs to you dear friend.

June said...

Boy Jodie are you lucky that sweet Sarah was your driving companion and I wasn't. All you would have gotten out of me is a morning coke for the road. But I know the words to most country songs, so I could have entertained you too.
I loved the previous post! You are a little neat freak and that's a good thing. You SHOULD be very proud of Payton, she sounds like a great girl.

Stephenie said...

I love all the pretty treasures Sarah sent you.. They are all so pretty.. Hope all is well.. Your comment on my blog made me laugh.. I can always count on you for a fun comment..

Anonymous said...

Hello Jodie!

I'm catching up on your trip. And what a sight! I can understand how it must be hard not to just take pictures LOL Lots to see. And to have a company who surprises you with gifts every morning? How sweet is that?

Oh I'm sure Payton will love love love her ribbon/tassel. YOu are such a sweet Auntie, but then it wouldn't be really hard not to be. YOu two seem to have lots in common and enjoy doing things together like during the baby birthday prep :-)

When I saw a pic of glitters you took, I have to read back just to make sure if you finally did used them. Apparently, not LOL

Glad to be back to visiting :-)


Teacup Mosaics said...

Oh I am off to take a shower right now:) Saraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah where are you??? What a great road trip partner, I get her next time. I am so happy to hear you had a wonderful time!
OX< Kelley

Sandi said...

How wonderful to have had a great trip and crafting experience. But then, to have such a great partner in crime that also gives gifts. Wow, I'm impressed. Glad you all had a great time.

Impatient Cajun

shabbyscraps said...

how fun! Sounds like a fantastic time! Can you believe SB is just a mere two months form now!?!? I better get my swapping started!
xoxo, Tiffany

Sares said...

It looks like Sarah made some beautiful things for you. What fun to have a little surprise everyday! She sounds like a sweetie.

Cindy-Stitches-N-Stuff said...

This was a very fun road trip. I don't know who you were with nor why you were together, but I loved all the treasures you received.

You said something about exchanges, I would love to do one with you. Come visit !

zandra said...

Wow, all those goodies! You are a lucky gal! So sad to see it end but, knowing you had an awesome time! You make me smile! Hugz, Z

Christine Edwards said...

Oh, you are one spoiled girl. But it seems the two of you are well-suited as travel companions and had a blast that's the best gift of all.

The Victorian Parlor said...

You are so funny!!! I loved this post-it was exactly what I needed to put a smile on my face! The gifts are amazing! What a kind thing to do:). The entire trip sounded like such fun-thanks for sharing it-I feel like I was there!



Linda said...

My goodness! I can't get over all of the creativity and thoughtfulness! So wonderful!
Glad you had such a marvelous time.

KayEllen said...

oh my goodness what pretty gifts and treasures!!
Loved each one:)

thanks for sharing,




Anonymous said...

How sweeeeet of Sarah!
So happy you all had a great time!
I love all of her different lace, ribbons, designs, gifts! She really put alot of thought in it Jodie! And, she is soooooo young yet! The gifts couldn't have come at a better time for you! You needed them to help you get through some pretty rough days with Daddy.
I love you,

Becca said...

Ok, I've never been to Texas, but I will travel, I soooo want in on this retreat next year...plllleeeaasssee!!!