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I love all things stationery. I love writing letters. I love fountain pens and gel pens. I love decorating envelopes with doodles, washi and pretty stamps. I’m on postcrossing, Swap-bot and recently became an official member of the Letter Writers Alliance.

I have a big stash of letter sets, stickers, tape, envies, etc. dedicated to my writing addiction hobby. (More posts to come about keeping it all sorted and contained.)

Anyway, my awesome husband got me a gift card to Paper Source for Christmas. I’m so excited, y’all!! And how adorable are their square gift card envies? I got the latest Paper Source catalog in the mail a few days ago and I’ve already got a few things in mind to buy. One can never have too much stationery.

Speaking of “square,” that also happens to be today’s prompt for #fmsphotoaday. Hooray!

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Today’s creative daily prompt is “refresh.” One of my favorite things about the start of a new year is finding a new day planner. This time I decided to build my own.

I bought all the components as my Christmas gift to me. It’s so refreshing to have it all set up and ready to use. I’ve color coded the months. I’ve got calendar stickers and washi tape ready to pretty things up along the way. I geek out over office supplies so I’m super excited about it.

What makes you feel refreshed for the new year?

{Fun rolls in with The Trains at NorthPark}

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The Trains at NorthPark is the most elaborate toy trains exhibit in Texas with 1,600 feet of track. Miles got a sneak preview today. He loved it! He is a huge fan of trains so this was a magical surprise for him.

Miles wow

Be sure to bring your camera! The trains roll through more than 4,000 square feet of U.S. vignettes including downtown Dallas, the Perot Museum, the Grand Canyon, the Golden Gate Bridge and The White House. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children 2 to 12 and seniors 65 and older. Children under 2 get in free and discounted tickets are available at Tom Thumb ($1 off).

Dallas skyline

I found the Cotton Bowl scene especially impressive. It’s amazing how much detail they have in these scenes. Miles loved watching the hot air balloons moving up and down. He has been talking about seeing the trains since we got home.

Cotton Bowl

This is the train exhibit’s 16th year at NorthPark Center and 27th year in Dallas. The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. It opens Saturday, November 22, 2014 and runs through Sunday, January 4, 2015. (Early closings are scheduled for Nov. 26, Dec. 24, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The Trains at NorthPark will be closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.)

White House

Thousands visit The Trains at NorthPark every year. For the last 27 years, the exhibit has raised money for the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. This fundraiser provides the funds for nearly one-third of their annual operating budget. The Ronald McDonald House of Dallas has served more than 35,000 families of seriously ill or injured children who have traveled to Dallas seeking medical treatment in area hospitals.

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The exhibit is run by more than 1,500 volunteers working as individuals or in groups in three-hour shifts. For more information on how to volunteer or purchase a hand-painted railcar, visit thetrainsatnorthpark.com.

Miles and Mommy

Getting there:
NorthPark Center
(Level One between Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus)
8687 N. Central Expy
Dallas, TX 75225

{the bear scare}

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We were in the playroom when Miles noticed that Bear was missing. He called out, “Bo? Bo!” I thought Bear was probably just buried under the trucks in his toy box so I searched. No Bear. Miles was worried.

I checked the next room. Bear was found. Miles laughed and did a happy dance when he saw him.

After a very long hug (wish I had gotten it on camera), he looked at Bear with a surprised expression (my camera was ready now) and said something that sounded important. I’m guessing it translated to something like, “Do you have any idea how worried I was?!”

All the heart eyes for Bug and Bear.