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Graduation Gifts–Finally!

I have been training seven of my lovely volleyball players this summer and now it’s time to say goodbye and send them off to college.  Only one will be returning for her senior year of high school and the others will be spread all over the country at various schools playing volleyball.  I am very excited for each of them and wanted to give them a handmade gift by RAD Mama to remember our year.

Yes there are only six girls in this picture.  One had to miss practice on July 4th for vacation.

Ok back to the gifts.  Three of my girls are going to cold weather locations and I knitted them very cute cowl scarfs.  One was in brown tones with two buttons, one in a blue with yellow color block and a red with sparkles in it.  Unfortunately in my furry of getting all these done I didn’t get any photos of the scarfs.  Maybe they will model for me before they leave!

The other four received cosmetic bags.

I love the way they turned out.  Personalized and vinyl on the inside so when things spill it makes for easier clean up!

Congratulations to my girls and a Happy Graduation to all accomplishing a milestone in life!

RAD Mama


Four Generations in South Dakota

We recently took a trip to South Dakota!  Maybe not on everyone’s must see list but seeing my grandmother on her 98th birthday was the highlight for us.  Now I have never lived in SD but my Dad and most of his side of the family have all had a stint there.  We had 4 generations in the room for my grandmother’s birthday.

After we spent the day celebrating my hubs, baby and I set out to drive across the state to see Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park.  With an almost 8 month old in the car we had to make a few stops and picked the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD as our first.  Hubs heard about this place from a co-worker and I had no idea what to expect.  It’s actually really interesting and the building is used for community events such as basketball games, high school graduations, and craft shows.

Each year they have a theme and create designs made of corn husks on the outside to represent that theme.  This year happened to be youth sports so of course we had to find the volleyball mural and take a picture.

Next stop was Wall Drug Store in Wall, SD.  Not much else in the town but a street that looks like the old west covered with parked SUVs from all over the country.  We browsed the drug store and I found some inspiration for some new outfits to make for the little one and hubs found the soda shop.  I ordered up some root beer floats from a Slovenian girl behind the counter.  The drug store participates in a work across America program and pretty much everyone working in the shop was from another country.

After enough browsing at all the odds and ends the drug store carried we were ready to drive our last 100 miles or so into Custer State Park.  I think this is the part my hubs had been waiting for since we left Austin.

Our B and B for the evening.

Along the scenic drive through the park.  We weren’t this daring to feed the animals!

Beautiful nature!

The fam at Mount Rushmore.  A wonderful trip across America to see a National Landmark and a 98 year old grandma.