Ok – I guess I’ll do them in that order! So you know how we went to the waterpark all day Wednesday? Well, surprisingly I did pretty well staying lathered up with sunscreen and I am still as glow-in-the-dark white as I was before. Except for one place. The part in my hair! Do NOT forget to put sunscreen there!!! Mine was just kind of tender at first. Now I think I had a blister (or blisters) and it stings, itches, etc. YUCK! So remember to put sunscreen on your scalp!

On to Olympic stuff. I LOVE the Olympics! I mean really really love the Olympics! I watch them 24/7, I watch all the human interest stories, I get emotionally invested in all the athletes. I love it. All of it! The boys and I made Olympic Ring cookies for the last Winter Games. We have plans to do it again for these – I’ll share a pic of our creations! Anyway – as the Games near, I am getting more and more excited! My sister, Kimberly, has a countdown of sorts on her blog. You can find it {here} – there’s some good information about the games, China’s preparation, etc.

I have to say that having been to China recently, I share many of her concerns about how the rest of the world will react to China. I even find myself a bit defensive about all the commentary on the news and such regarding their country. The China I experienced was so warm and friendly. I can’t believe how many would bend over backward to make you more comfortable or create a more favorable view of China for guests. I truly hope that all the visitors for the Olympics are able to see past any differences to their own countries and see how hospitable the Chinese people are. They truly feel honored to host the Olympics this year and take a lot of pride in their country and want people to see how far they have come. I encourage you to watch the video Kimberly posted that interviews Tianjin locals on the Olympics and what it means to them to host this year. Their desire to be hospitable and prepare for the visitors is really beautiful.

Kimberly’s Video Link

And now for a card. This is a simple Fabriano note card we made at my watercolor class this week. I absolutely adore this May Arts ribbon (perfect match to purely pomegranate and kiwi kiss!) and I used the last of it up at this class – I’ve got to find a way to get a whole roll!

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supplies: Penny Black image; Fabriano notecord; May Arts taffeta ribbon; niji waterbrush; purely pomegranate and kiwi kiss reinkers; palette noir ink; A Muse sentiment.

Ok – off to itch my ridiculously sunburned scalp. Yuck.