Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Am I the only one who loves the way a barn smells? The scents from the horses, hay, grain, leather, all mixed together...mmmm :)
Happy New Years Eve! What are your plans for the evening? We are just staying in, probably do some fireworks, I'll make a bunch of munchies and watch all the New Years festivities on tv. 2009 here we come!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
(As seen in the Daleville Kroger parking lot :) )
So what do you make of this license plate? Does it say what I think it does? One thing we've noticed upon moving here is that Virginian's love their vanity plates and the Old Dominion State doesn't seem that strict about what you can put on your plates. My husband said vanity plates are very inexpensive here so that may be why you see more personalized plates than not. I did the DMV work for years back in my working days in San Diego for a few different dealerships and the great state of California was very selective about what they would allow on your plate and you had to give a brief description of what your plate would mean if they granted their seal of approval. Here, I've seen some pretty controversial plates, or that I, an ex-DMV clerk would consider controversial.
I do have to say, I love her attitude towards the Marine Corps, especially since I spent the first 4 years of my married life as the wife of a Marine :)
While many of the personalized plates just tell how many kids they have or what number their boy is on the high school football team, some are pretty entertaining.
I think I should do a series on Virginia license plates as I see them!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Located in the Historic Bonsack District-Roanoke
I tried to get information on the church from their website, like when it was built but they only had information of what their church is about and worship times. I would have liked to know how old it is.
Sorry I haven't been able to visit. I fried my keyboard on Friday when I spilt my coffee on it, dumb! The last thing I wanted to do over the weekend was deal with all the Christmas exchange crowds so I waited till this morning and hit WalMart up first thing, no crowds!
And a movie recommendation: House Bunny...Oh my gosh, this was so silly hilarious, we laughed out loud, literally!
Friday, December 26, 2008
So was Santa good to you? I'm wiped out! Over shopping, over cooking and over indulging but we had a wonderful Christmas!
We didn't get a white Christmas but instead had beautiful sunny, warm weather. I took this skywatch photo from the top pasture while I was out walking around trying to burn some unwanted calories!
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Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Last night Nick got off work a little early so we drove to Bedford to see the National Elk's Home. One of Nick's buddies from work told him that they put up some excellent Christmas lights and he was right, they did a wonderful drive-thru Christmas display.
Now for fun, how many Christmas Carols can you identify?
1. The apartment of 2 psychiatrists.
2. The lad is a diminutive percussionist.
3. Decorate the entry-ways .
4. Sir Lancelot with laryngitis.
5. A B C D E F G H I J K M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z.
6. Present me naught but dual incisors for this festive Yuletide.
7. The smog-less bewitching hour arrived.
8. Exuberation to this orb.
9. 288 Yuletide hours.
10. Do you perceive the same longitudinal pressure which stimulates my auditory sense organs.
11. The red-suited pa is due in this burg.
12. Stepping on the pad cover.
13. Uncouth dolt has his beezer in the booze and thinks he is a Dark Cloud's boyfriend.
14. Far back in a hay bin.
15. Leave and do an elevated broadcast.
16. That exiguous hamlet south of the holy city.
17. Behold! I envisioned a trio of nautical vessels.
18. Listen, the winged heavenly messengers are proclaiming tunefully.
19. A joyful song relative to hollow metallic vessels which vibrate and bring forth a ringing sound when struck.
20. As the guardians of little woolly animal's protected their charges in the shadows of the earth.
21. Frozen precipitation commence
22. Monarchial triad
23. Oh, member of the round table with missing areas
24. Boulder of the tinkling metal spheres
25. Vehicular homicide was committed on Dad's mom by a precipitous darling
26. Wanted in December: top forward incisors
27. We are Kong, Lear, and Nat Cole
28. Cup-shaped instruments fashioned of a whitish metallic element
29. Oh small Israel urban center
30. Our fervent hope is that you thoroughly enjoy your yuletide season
31. Parent was observed osculating a red-coated unshaven teamster
32. May the Deity bestow an absence of fatigue to mild male humans
33. Natal celebration devoid of color, rather albino, as a hallucinatory phenomenon for me.
34. Obese personification fabricated of compressed mounds of minute crystals.
35. Tranquiltiy upon the terrestrial sphere.
36. Have hitherward the entire assembly of those who are loyal in their belief.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
When Braden and Dalton were just babies I had seen this Christmas Tree skirt where you have the kids put their handprints on it each Christmas. I needed a new tree skirt anyway and loved the idea of this precious keepsake. The kids look forward to it each year and it's fun (and sad for me) to see how much they've grown each year.
We have a few other Christmas traditions like new pajamas on Christmas Eve, making reindeer food to leave out for the reindeer, milk and cookies for Santa, baking cookies.
When I was little, I remember going over to my grandpa and grandmas so that my mom and grandma could do all their baking and making Christmas candies like fudge and divinity. Mostly though I remember the red and green popcorn balls everyear. I loved those!
Every year, someone different in the family would hold Christmas Eve at their house. If it wasn't at our house, we'd load the car up with all our gifts and head over to my uncles or grandparents house. Then, just as it was getting dark, my dad, grandpa and uncle would gather all us kids into the car and we'd go "looking for Santa". We'd drive around and point out unidentified ligths in the sky that we were sure were Rudolph and his team. We'd drive around for a while before heading back. I didn't know at the time, but this little diversion gave the women in the family time to fill our stockings and put the Santa presents under the tree. It really was a well rehearsed scene and they had it down perfectly! I remember the feeling of pure magic when we'd walk through the door and see all these presents Santa left and our stockings filled (we always got oranges, apples and bananas in our stockings, along with a few goodies). My mom would always say "oh, you just missed him" lol.
We always celebrated on Christmas Eve because parts of the family couldn't get together on Christmas day due to other family obligations. On Christmas Day, we'd then go over to my grandparents to eat our big Christmas meal which was ham, scalloped potatoes, and beans. And pies. My grandma always made the best pies. Lemon Meringue was my favorite and I remember she'd have them cooling on the wash machine as we'd walk in the door and I could never resist the temptation to sneak off the pretty little peaks of meringue as I walked in. She'd also have to make a Minced Meat pie for my grandpa (he was the only one who liked them) and usually she cooked something like pheasant too that my grandpa got while out hunting.
Our little Christmas traditions have changed now but I know our new traditions will always hold special memories for my kids as well.
Today we have a potluck dinner at Nick's work at noon. Nick volunteered me for the cornbread dressing so I now have a pan of cornbread in the oven. Why couldn't he volunteer me for something super easy and way less time consuming like napkins?
Monday, December 22, 2008
Yesterday we finally did our Christmas picture for our Christmas cards. I know, I know, it's the 22nd and I'm just now sending out my cards?! Anyways, this is the picture that will go inside our cards that we are mailing to friends and family. While taking a few pictures, we had the camera set on timer, the camera started to slide off the desk we had it balanced on and we ended up with the one below. I kinda like it,lol.
I'm sitting here finishing up my coffee getting ready to take Ashlyn to the mall shortly. It's cold out. Supposed to be -1 with the windchill!
So this is my Christmas card from our family to yours! We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
(And Happy Holidays to those who don't celebrate Christmas :) )
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Well the Christmas Party in Braden and Dalton's 1st grade class was a huge success! Braden and Dalton took goodie bags to pass out filled with a special Christmas pencil, candy canes and hot chocolate packets. They brought home some really cute snowman ornaments that they made at school.
In the photo above, the kids are playing the last game of the party. The room mom is playing music and the kids pass a present around. When the music stops, the child holding the present gets to open it and it had something special for the classroom. Dalton "won" and got the last present that was passed around, which was full of chocolates to pass out. It was also pajama day which meant the kids could wear their jammies to school. Braden and Dalton did not participate with that as they think they are "too cool" to wear jammies to school. One of the problems from having an older brother, they grow up too fast!
After the Christmas party the boys and I went and did a little more Christmas shopping. I had to get Ashlyn's shopping done which I *think* I'm about done now. I just have to get one more thing for Christian, something for Nick (I did get him that cookbook from the Diners, Dives and Drive-Ins show) but I need a couple of other things for him, and just a few little things for the kids, oh and our traditional Christmas jammies...need to get those still. Oh, also need to haul the kids to the mall on Monday to let them spend their Christmas money from Grandma.
Are you ready for Christmas?
And now I am asking for your help:
I just visited Woody's Blog where he has posted about a little girl who is deathly ill and only wishes to receive Christmas cards for Christmas. I am going to copy and paste the story from Woody's blog and hope you will grant her this one wish for Christmas.
I wanted to get this out to the blogger community for your assistance.
First, click here;
or copy and paste into your webbrowser.
Basically, this is the story of a little girl who is only 4 that has a rare and agressive form of a brain tumor. Unfortunatley, there is nothing else that can be done and she has been only given weeks to live.
The only thing she wants for christmas is cards so she can read them.
Tonight, multiple fire,ems and police agencies are meeting at a local hospital(large parking area) with apparatus and then are proceeding to a local school to meet her and her family and to give her cards that all the agencies have collected so far.
If you want to make her christmas a little brighter, her address is in the article and I am sure she would love to get more cards from people.
I know this time of year can be a little stressfull for people and people don't like how the economy is doing, they don't like there jobs, they can't stand the inlaws..etc..
But you know what, when you look at this little girl and what she has had to go through in just a short time being on this earth, life really is not all that bad is it??
Thanks for your help..
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Saturday afternoon Ashlyn and I had to take a trip to WalMart so she could pick up some things for a project she is working on. While there, the Marine Corps had their
Toys For Tots drive going on. We give to this charity every Christmas so it was really nice that they were there by chance!
Excuse Ashlyn's reflection in the windshield. The place was a madhouse so I couldn't pull over for a picture or we'd risk being run over!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Another one of Ashlyn's from DC. She doesn't know which building this is but just thought it looked "cool". So do I! Feel free to take a guess if you know what building this is :)
Update: Lois down in Tallahassee has informed me that this is the Old Smithsonian Castle, which you can read about HERE Thank you Lois!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
On Thursday, Ashlyn went on a field trip with her American Conflicts class to Washington DC. The kids were put in groups and were free to roam the streets/museums of DC at their own pace. I was thinking "Yay, a bunch of new pictures that I can use for the blog"! The girl gets home and only took 9 pictures, yes you read that right, 9! And 3 of them were of rocks. She was in DC, tons of photo ops! Clearly she didn't understand the importance of her mission, to get pictures, for me!
Anyways, one of her stops was the
National Aquarium. She had a super fun time and came home with alot of stories to share :)
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Who can resist delicious country cooking from the
Cracker Barrel on a cold, grey, wintry day? Well, evidentally I can because I just ran in to check out the gift shop, but had it been meal time, look out, I coulda put a hurtin' on that place! Yum!
Sorry for the poor quality. I took it from my vehicle after getting back in my car and warmed up and realizing I didn't have a photo for today but was too cold to step back outside,lol.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
There were a few of these adorable little ponies in the parade on Saturday. Isn't he cute?!
We got our Christmas tree yesterday and the kids decorated it while we listened to Christmas music and sipped hot chocolate. I love the smell of a Christmas tree! Nick and Christian worked on the outside lights, it was so cold outside that I was greatful to be in charge of the inside lights!
It's Monday, it comes quickly doesn't it? Have to run and get some blueberry muffins in the oven for the kid's breakfast. Have a great day :)
Sunday, December 7, 2008
So we braved the cold and went to the parade. I am so happy we did. Really I couldn't say no as Braden and Dalton kept coming to me and checking the time to make sure we'd make it to the parade by 2:00. How could I resist those two?
We had a great time. It's the perfect little hometown parade! We really didn't even freeze, too badly, although at one point I almost couldn't feel my nose! The kids got heaps of candy, fireman hats and got to see Santa, 2 times in one day!
Thanks Country Dew for giving me that extra little push to go :)
Pictured above is Lord Botetourt High School's FFA.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
This morning Braden and Dalton's school hosted a "Breakfast With Santa" featuring Santa Claus of course and all the pancakes and sausage you can eat!
After filling up on vittles, they went over and saw Santa, told him they want Rock Band for Christmas and received a candy cane.
As we were leaving, I met a mom of twins that I really liked alot and she invited me to join their twin club so I'm excited about that. I belonged to a twin club when Braden and Dalton were first born, but our club was a little on the boring side so I dropped out after a couple of years. I'm looking forward to joining this one and making some new friends!
I was planning on taking the kids to the Fincastle Christmas Parade today but it's very cold out right now and very grey. I'm not sure what kind of weather is in store for us so I'm just kinda seeing how the day goes. I really want to go to The Stonewall Jackson House as they have an old fashioned Christmas there today. I "think" Lexington is about a 45 minute drive from here and we haven't been there yet. Nick works on Saturdays so I'm debating whether or not I want to attempt this on my own seeing as I'm a girl that can get lost in a paper sack. Why does everything always have to be planned on Saturdays?!
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Seems that now since the weather is getting colder, our squirrels are out in full force! Braden and Dalton have named them the "Evil Squirrels" because in the summer time, the walnuts start falling out of the trees and the boys are convinced it's the works of the Evil Squirrels, throwing walnuts at us!
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This has been a crazy week for me trying to get pictures for this blog. On Sunday, I had to run to the store and the view from the parking lot was amazing. It was rainy and the clouds were rolling in over the mountains like they do here. I pulled over to the edge of the parking lot to get a photo with this beautiful church steeple and the misty mountains. Usually I always look at what I get but for some reason didn't think to and after "taking" the picture, put my camera back into my purse, parked and went into the store.
Later, when downloading my pictures, that one wasn't there. It must not have taken.
Then today I took the boys to the library to pick up some books. There is an orchard along the way that has such a pretty old house sitting on it that I decided I'd get a picture of it. I am always missing the turn into the orchard so this time I was very careful to watch for it and pulled in. It's just a small road, no traffic, or so I thought. I pull in, get a nice spot that I can get a good picture of the house, when as soon as I step out of my vehicle, a big truck pulls up behind me, with no where to go, I had to get in my car and move so I pulled up further into the drive, when another car comes along,lol. My desire to get the photo dwindled so I just snapped a picture as I drove away hoping that would turn out well. Well, it didn't,lol.
On Sunday, we had gone to Zaxby's for lunch (remember I did a collage from there a while back) and I took a picture of a sign I liked alot and was going to use that. Well as I was cropping it on my camera, I accidentally hit delete. I can't believe the string of bad luck I've had this week with pictures!
So I leave you today with a picture of Braden and Dalton patiently waiting on their lunch of chicken strips! I give up!
Oh, I just got done watching "Made of Honor". I loved it! It's now one of my favorite movies :)
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Every Tuesday, Ashlyn's Early Childhood Development Class takes a trip to a local daycare center. A while back she told me about this little boy that doesn't talk or interact with any of them. He keeps to himself and even the teachers at the center told the kids from Ashlyn's class that he's just like that with everyone. Well, recently Ashlyn has made a breakthrough with him and he just loves her. She's the only one that he will talk to. This picture, Ashlyn sent it to me from her cell phone, is of the two of them, and it warms my heart that he has opened up to her. Ashlyn has a special gift that makes children want to be around her (well except her own brothers,lol).
She says he wants a dinosaur and an airplane for Christmas so we are going to go shopping for the little guy. I hope he has a wonderful Christmas!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
This here is the Roanoke Regional Airport. I had to drop my husband off yesterday. It's much easier than using Hartsfield in Atlanta. I always dreaded having to do drop offs and pick ups there. I was impressed with the architecture of this small-ish airport, very stylish!
On our way home, I pulled next to a man at a red light. He was getting a tongue lashing from the man in the truck on his other side. The truck driving man actually jumped out of his truck and was yelling at this man next to me. I couldn't believe it. I was getting nervous stuck in traffic next to this crazed person with my kids in the car that I was getting ready to call 9-1-1. Fortunately the psychotic man got in his truck and drove away. The man next to me looked over at me like "did you see that guy" and we both started laughing...ahhhh tis the season!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Today is December 1st (already?!) so of course that means Theme Day for CDP bloggers. The theme this month, Circles/Spheres. When I read what the theme was a few weeks back I thought, "no biggie, this will be easy" but then as December 1 approached I was at a loss.
Yesterday I started decorating my house for Christmas and then settled on a simple wreath I hung on the gate.
The wreath has a long history and many religious associations dating back to the ancient cultures of the Persian Empire. Originally, the circlet was called a "diadem" and took the form of fabric headbands which were sometimes adorned with jewels. Beginning in 776 B.C., wreaths made of laurel leaves were used to crown victors of Olympic Games. Later, when the Games began to move to different cities, each host city would award head garlands made of branches of local trees.
The shape of the wreath, a never ending circle, represents for Christians, an everlasting life, through Jesus Christ, who is after all, the reason for the season :)
And do you know what this means? Only 24 shopping days left till Christmas!
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Sunday, November 30, 2008
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Friday, November 28, 2008
A beautiful end to a perfect Thanksgiving!
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Did anyone go out and brave Black Friday? If so, what did you get?
Have a great day!
One more thing:
A few days back I was tagged from D in Tuscaloosa and Rambling Round in Selma, AL
The rules of this Meme are:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.
So six random things about me, hmmmm:
1) I am a magazine junkie. I buy a new magazine everytime I go to the store because it has a pretty cover, then I barely skim through it when I get it home.
2) I love Disneyland. It's one of my favorite places to go. It is the "happiest place on earth". When we were leaving San Diego, I knew I'd miss my family, friends and Disneyland!
3) I want to learn to paint. I've always wanted to learn. When the boys started school, I was trying to find a class to take. Couldn't find anything until right before we left Georgia, I found a local woman who gave classes, figures. I've bought tons of supplies and books, but don't know where to start!
4) Today I am going to look up a "Potato Candy" recipe to use up my leftover mashed potatoes. My grandma used to make this when I was little and it was delicious!
5) I love quiet mornings when the kids are still sleeping. It's one of my favorite times of the day :)
6) I love antiques and old houses/buildings. I can spend hours on end going through an antique store or historic home/museum. I really feel a connection to old things!
Phew, trying to think of 6 random things is harder than you might think!
Ok, now to tag some friends :)
Crittoria-West Paris, Me
2) Mo in London
3) JM in Oeiras
4) Olivier in Evry, France
5) Laurie in So Pasadena
6) Lessie in Anderson, SC
Gramma Ann, I'll do your tag next! I fell behind :)
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Today is Thanksgiving. It is our first Thanksgiving in our new house. I can't help but wonder how many Thanksgivings were celebrated here and what food was served, who sat at the table, what the people looked like, etc...
Thanksgivings used to be so big as a child, or maybe it's just my memory of it. We always had several family members and friends and of course the children's table where me and my cousins and nephews and nieces sat. After the years passed, our family grew smaller with deaths and divorces and the kids growing up and moving. After I got married at 19, Nick and I would start out at my grandparents house, which they always ate at around noon. That was their big dinner of the day. After eating and visiting, we'd head over to Nick's grandmothers house for yet another meal!
Now that we've moved out of state, we don't get to spend Thanksgivings with our extended families and friends but those memories keep them right here with us.
This Thanksgiving we have so much to be greatful for and I feel truly blessed.
So what is on your menu this Thanksgiving?
Ours is the same every year:
Turkey of course!
Cornbread dressing (love this from Nick's grandma's)
Green bean casserole
Sweet potato casserole
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Corn Pudding (Christian got this recipe sent home from school back in kindergarten and we've used it ever since)
Pumpkin Pie (yuck) Pecan Pie (yum!)
And a big ol nap!
(These festive, little turkeys above were drawn/colored by my littlest turkeys, Braden and Dalton. Aw, and look how sweet, they are thankful for "Me"!) I love those little guys :)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
This is our neighbor's home, which we walked to on Sunday. I thought the reflection in the water was so peaceful.
The kids are home from school till Monday for Thanksgiving break. It's nice to not have any schedules, although tomorrow will keep us busy cooking and cleaning!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
On Sunday, you know us, we went hiking! This time, we wanted to find our neighbor's lake that she said we are welcome to wander around. At one time, all this property belonged to the Sperry's (builder of our house) and remained as one parcel up until nearly 10 years ago. Let's see, back in 1948 my neighbor that I just mentioned above, her mother in law purchased this house and owned it up until 1999, when she passed away. My neighbor, at some point, divorced her husband, and he sold a bunch of this land and a big chunk of it became a grocery store/strip mall. Ugh! So that's a little tid bit of info on how this land became subdivided. Did that make sense? It's taken me all this time to finally get it straight,lol.
So anyways, we took a path that led us through the woods, with the kids and dogs in tow. All the while I kept hearing my neighbors words in my head playing over and over, "we've been seeing alot of bear over here in the thicket"...of course we walked through much of the thicket and I also kept telling myself what a dummy I am for not finding out when bears hibernate. Fortunately, we made it to the lake without seeing a bear and sat down with some lunch we had packed. Another thing that had me worried, wondering if the bears were smelling our pb&j's?
All in all, it was a nice afternoon if only I could have relaxed a little more and not been so terrified of running into a bear!
This photo is Daisy and Crockett. Daisy is the little lab in the front. She's basically just a puppy, about a year and a half old. So full of energy! And Crockett is our sweet Rottweiler. He's just a big ol baby who thinks he's a lap dog!
Ashlyn started a habit of yelling out for them in the tune of "Davy Crockett" but she yells "Daisy and Crockett" because she doesn't want Crockett to have his feelings hurt if she calls Daisy's name twice, like the song "Davy, Davy Crockett" lol.
Back to the bears, I was just doing some research on them and came across this sad site about bear hunts in Va. Click here to see how to save the Virginia Bears.
Monday, November 24, 2008
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
This is the old Daleville College which is now an apartment building. I love the red steeple :)
Taken from the historical marker:
Daleville College D-41 Daleville College began as a private school that Church of the Brethren educator Isaac N. H. Beahm conducted for the children of Benjamin F. Nininger and George Layman in 1890. The construction of school buildings began the following year. In 1892, the school incorporated as the Botetourt Normal College. It was renamed Daleville College in 1910. Affiliated with the Church of the Brethren, the college merged with Bridgewater College effective in 1924. The campus became Daleville Academy, a secondary school, until it closed in 1933. The surviving academic buildings here are good examples of early-20th-century educational architecture in Virginia.