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a sunny weekend of crafting in the desert... 13 May 2015

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Last weekend, we took our first weekend getaway as a family of four to Palm Springs! We went to the annual Crafting Community retreat at the Ace Hotel which is basically like summer camp for families who love the arts. There were craft activities galore, dance classes for the kids, workout classes for the parents, ice cream, snacks, and a ton of lazy times by the pool. It was a busy, but super fun weekend that really helped get us away from the daily grind and just focus on family time together (I even left my laptop at home!).

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

Crafting Community

The craft workshops were insanely good with teachers that are some of my fellow colleagues and craft idols. We had never attended Crafting Community before because Ruby seemed too young previously to really enjoy it, but this year was the perfect year to come. While she was on the younger side of the crafting kids, she was just old enough to start enjoying it (with our help for some of the projects).

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But when you're in Palm Springs, and the weather is like 100 degrees—the bonus is having a pool nearby which we spent a ton of time in. Ruby spent most of her non-crafting time in the pool, and Coco got in the pool for her first time EVER!

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Having a concentrated weekend together away from everything else (I couldn't get distracted by dirty dishes, errands to run, or other daily life stuff) was so, so good for us. Bob has been crazy busy at work lately, and life with two kids has made us both a little more frazzled then usual. So, it was really a great way to reconnect as a family and reminded us how important these little getaways can be! I'm already looking forward to going back next year and figuring out how we can carve out more long weekends like this for our family this year.

P.S. For those of you in LA, Crafting Community's next big event will be a holiday craft day for families which is like a mini version of the Palm Springs retreat! Join the mailing list to be alerted when it's happening.

{Most photos above by Morgan Pansing for Crafting Community with a few of our personal photos sprinkled in.}

happy friday + what we did in palm springs... 19 Apr 2013

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Our little getaway to Palm Springs was much different than past trips we've taken before. Ruby wasn't her usual perky self, and we spent a lot of time consoling a cranky, teething toddler. So this visit was much more low key, and we really spent the majority of time hanging by the pool and at the house where we were staying. But we did manage to have a few little adventures...

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a bruncher's delight in {palm springs}... 28 Apr 2010

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I recently spent a very brief whirlwind weekend-ette {sadly not the full weekend} in Palm Springs at The Parker. With a gaggle of girls, we found ourselves at Norma's two days in a row for brunch. We found ourselves amassed with giant fruit-topped pancakes, mini doughnuts, and {my favorite} the Wa-Zaa...a giant waffle filled with and topped with fruit as well as a crackled layer of crème brûlée shell in between. The fish tacos {not shown} were also very tasty.

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