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  • Welcome to my blog!

    Hi! I'm Traci. I'm a nursing student and CNA who loves quilting, knitting, cross stitch, and the great outdoors. In my pre-scrubs life, I owned Real Photography, and you can still see my old wedding and portrait photography site here .

    I've created a map that shows links to our camping/hiking/general family fun review posts that you can find here. It's pretty much the coolest thing on this site. Thanks, Google!

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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Proverbs – a chapter a day

Are you participating in The Book of Proverbs – One Chapter A Day online bible study at  This is my first time participating in an online bible study and I’m really enjoying it.  It just started Monday, so it’s not too late to join in!  I did get the journal, but it wasn’t what […]

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Modern Crosses baby quilt

I finished the binding on this Joel Dewberry fabric modern crosses quilt last week.  I used some wool batting that I won for it, and I was very excited to see how it would wash up–I’ve heard so many great things about wool batting!  I was surprised that it shrank less than my usual cotton […]

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Mt Herman Trail 716 Hike Review

Mt Herman is a great ‘cheat’ of a hike, since you get to drive most of the way to the summit before finishing off the final mile yourself.  We went last year before the shooting in the area was closed, and I am excited to go back now that it isn’t accompanied by the sound […]

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Zapata Falls Hike Review

Zapata Falls is a great adventure on your way to or from Great Sand Dunes National Park.  It is a tiny hike, at just 0.5 miles to the falls or 1 mile roundtrip with minimal elevation gain.  What makes it notable is the adventure you will have getting to the falls.  While in late summer […]

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Painted Rocks Campground Review

Painted Rocks Campground is only an hour from Colorado Springs and a total gem of a campground with both reservable and first-come-first-serve campsites.  We stayed here on an informal group trip with our Cub Scout den and the campground was a big hit.  We’ll be back. Pros:  Painted Rocks is convenient while still feeling remote […]

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Dr Seuss Quilt A

I have been working on two Dr Seuss quilts for the Babies A and B that will be joining our family in the next month.  I finally finished the binding on this one this week!  (You can see an earlier stage in the process in this post here.) (I chose a bizarre aperture for these […]

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