Ah, yes...the time honored tradition of panning for gold. I did it when I was 8 years old with my grandparents in the Dells...and now my kids do it with us. There are some traditions we just don't break with (at least not until this year)...eating breakfast at Paul Bunyan's, eating 60 pounds of string cheese in 2 days...and panning for gold. The panning for gold is a tricky one, we have 3 daughters...and we only get 1 large mustard or ketchup colored bucket (you can barely see them in the background of the photo) for them to plow through in 2 minutes to "find" the super pretty gem...there is only 1 per bucket. When they pan for gold it is already decided who will get the "semi-precious" gem. On this trip it was Riley's turn to get the treasure...and did she. She managed to get an aquamarine stone. When you are finished with mining for gems, etc...you go into the "showroom" to have someone tell you what you found. At first glance you look at the rocks strewn about the counter and think..."I have those in my backyard". "You don't" as I was told last year by the resident gemologist. The expert goes on to say, if you were to take these rocks and polish them, you would have beautiful garnets, aquamarines, and amythyst. If you ask me they all still looked like rocks...but I was always taught "don't judge a book by its cover, unless the cover is torn and there are a myriad of pages missing"...I guess that saying would work here as well. Ultimately, Riley talked her daddy into getting her stone mounted in a necklace. I can still see Tom's face when he came out to me in the parking lot to say Riley chose this as her "special gift" from the Dells and it would be about $20.00 (the alotted amount each kid gets from the parents for their "mad cash"). He asked me to go in and make sure I filled out the paperwork for the transaction. I went in and the total was $85.00. It was $20.00 per Karat...I just about fainted. By that point I couldn't take it away from her, but politely called my husband in to pay for the necklace that I believe she will be wearing for all the special occassions in her life. At that point we had to raise the other "mad cash" amounts a bit higher for the other 2 girls for fear of not playing fair. Another saying I am growing fond of is "Don't hate the player, hate the game." I believe that is appropriate here also.
Once again not a lot of embellishment, used my Cricut to cut the letters for the title.