Thursday, November 16, 2017

Railroad Field Trip

Last week we had the pleasure of taking a field trip to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and we got to ride on one of the oldest railroads in the country! It was a nice cool day and my nephews were out of school and one was able to go along with us! A double treat! 

We signed in with our group and waited at the junction. We had so many going we had a railroad car to ourselves. 

Our little buddy Ace LOVED the train and was so excited to see the "Choo Choo"! He enjoyed waving at everyone we passed while we were on the train. 


The air was cool, but the sun was bright!!

Ace was getting pretty sleepy about midway through our ride, and by the time we got to the halfway point, he crashed. While the engine got turned around, we stayed in the car and let him snooze. He's so precious. 

But after that he was up and raring to go again! He loved looking at all the replicas. He was a especially fond of this one!

It was a fantastic day! 


Each year I head up the campaign at our church for Operation Christmas Child. Each year it is a blessing, truly. I love this ministry. 

We begin collecting items in July and every couple of weeks we list a couple of ideas in our church bulletin for people to bring in. Like... matchbox cars and small dolls, toothbrush and soap, crayons and pencils, etc. And then we pack up around the first and second Sunday in November. Our youth department gathers the items, and if money is given, we go and buy items to pack. 

Packing day is always a lot of fun! 
The shoeboxes are sent ALL over the world! It's truly amazing. Sending gifts to children who would otherwise get nothing! We may not be that grateful for a hairbrush or a pack of new pencils... but there are children who don't have the simple basic things that we often take for granted. Such an important reminder, for all of us. 

If you have never taken part in Operation Christmas Child... check them out! Click the link on the left side of my blog. This week is collection week, so there is STILL time to pack a shoebox and make a difference for a child this Christmas! 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Christmas Crafting '17

This year is no different... Christmas crafting is in full swing around here. Lot's of fun ideas floating around and plenty of making to be shared. 
This Christmas countdown board is one of my newest items and I have them listed on my Etsy also! 
The board is magnetic, you can stick it on your fridge or use a command strip to hang it on your wall. It comes with the decoration on the board and a dry erase marker so you can count down your days with your little Who children. 

Country Christmas Scrappy tree skirts are being made again. (these are in my shop also)
This skirt was made for a candy tree. Lot's of bright, pretty colors, candies, and gingerbread! I LOVE how it turned out!

For those who may not want a Grinchy countdown, I have a basic, but pretty Christmas countdown also! 
This dons the back of my vehicle. I love it! 
I made myself a Buddy shirt.... I think it's my favorite shirt yet! 
More Christmas Scrappy Tree skirts. 
Crocheting, crafting, and making oh my. 
Enjoy your creative time, my friends. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Growing up

Well... this happened last week. Yep. My son is now able to drive on the road with an adult. Wasn't he  my little toddling terror about 5 minutes ago? Seriously y'all, when people say time flies... it's double for a Moma. This is wild. I am full of such pride and joy but at the same time, my heart misses the old days when he would crawl up in my lap and talk to me of things that made him wonder. At 15 now... we still talk, but it's usually of things that make me wonder. haha ;) 
Being a mother... I can't even describe how much I love it. I love these four of mine more each and every day... even when they bicker and I could hang them up by their toes, I would move the mountains for them. 
Eli had the opportunity to be the last one of the kids to be able to drive "Bessie" our suburban. She finally laid down on us for real this time. Two days before my birthday no less.... We loved that vehicle. Cameo drove Bessie on her first day with a permit and Eli was able to as well. I have always said I wanted them to be able to drive anything. That's how I was taught, and it made me better for it. 

This will be my view a lot for the next year. I'm proud to be able to take it. 
Enjoy your kids, friends. Every. single. day....
because this growing up stuff happens, and it happens quickly. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Show and Sell '17

Each year on the last Saturday in September, in Rock Springs,  my aunt and her church hosts their annual "Show and Sell". I always look forward to taking a trip that way and checking out what people are making. Crafting and artistry just amazes me. So many different ways of making things. I just love it. So many talented people. 
I set up several years back. It was a lot of fun... a lot of work too! 
I love seeing little ole ladies with their crocheted goodies and little ole men with their wooden toys.. but craft fairs have grown SO much, there is really no limit to what you might find while you are there. Metalworking, pottery, fiber, jewelry, and the list goes on! 

Metal works are big right now. Look at these t-rex figures! They are incredible! 
If you have the opportunity to buy from a 'maker', please do so! Keep your Christmas giving local if you have the chance! It helps more than you know!