Category Archives: Travel

Lazy Daze of Summer

Lazy sounds pretty good right now. If you read my last post you know lazy hasn’t been in the equation for us this summer. I have been in a bit of a daze. Where has the time gone?

As shooting sports competitions go, the Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) is a big one. It’s the one that requires the most preparation. The kids study, practice, then practice and study. They shoot and take several tests pertaining to gun safety, orienteering, wildlife ID, etc.



We went to Anniston, Alabama for air rifle Junior Olympics in June. My son’s team qualified at the state level, so off we went to the national competition.




 We left Alabama and headed for the beaches of sunny Florida. This sunset was snapped along the way.




 Perdido Key is my favorite place to vacation. This was the view from our condo. We watched dolphins play in the gulf every morning.




Next came Daisy Air Rifle Nationals. Both sons competed in this one.




A deer collided with my husband the night before our Anniston trip. Yes, that is my brand new car. If it helps, he felt terrible. {My husband, not the deer. The deer hopped right up and ran away.}




Trust me, the craziness continues. I will get back to crafting and DIY soon. Really!


I’m Baaaack

I’ve been a bad blogger. I apologize.

I do have a lot of reasons excuses for not posting all summer. Today I’ll begin to fill in the blanks of the last few months.

First, we mourned the demise of Penelope (you can read more about her here be sure to click on the comments).

On April 19, 2012, my hubby was involved in a wreck when a motorist ran a red light. He developed a fondness for his rib belt. {We named it Mirt, short for Man Girdle–Mirdle.}

He’s okay now but it was a long two month recovery period. He is a general contractor. Normally he would have been forming pads, working on footings, and smoothing yards with he little John Deere tractor. Spring and summer are his peak seasons. He managed to hire out the work so the jobs stayed on relatively on track.

Don’t worry, we got our replacement car-also a red Prius. Good gas mileage still ROCKS! The new car is even better. It’s a 2012, Prius 4. I know that means absolutely nothing to the non-hybrid people. It just means more bells and whistles than the last one. The dealer made us a super deal.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

-Romans 8:28


Next, my youngest son had stitches. He was helping his dad repair the fence and cut his leg on a post.

We had a crazy morning. Hubby was still sore from the wreck so when the cows got out {because that’s what cows do at the worst possible moments} he took our son along to do the lifting and pulling. I heard a door slam then, “MOM! Come look at this.” Ugh, big gash, another doctor visit.

Then, my sister had surgery. I knew it was coming and I had volunteered, willingly, to help around her house for a few days. I just hadn’t planned on all the drama of the previous week. It was actually a nice break for all of us. My son and I got to play with my five-year-old niece and even go on a field trip with her kindergarten class. Hubby was glad to have some alone time.

Did I mention that both sons are involved in 4-H Shooting Sports and they had practice two nights a week and all day Saturday? And that Hubby and I cook lunch for the group on Saturdays? And that we were trying to finish up homeschooling for the year? And, and, and…

I Just Can’t Wait To Get On the Road Again

I was clearing out my inbox when I came across this little gem: – 101 Road Trip Games, Car Travel Games for Kids, and Games to Play in the Car, Printable Car Trip Games.

I wish I had this site when my guys were little. We have played a lot of these games (love pipe cleaners and aluminum foil), but I think my kids would have loved Pirates of the Caravan. I’m not sure how long the pirate talk would play with my hubby these days.  He might make us walk the plank. {Aarrrgh!}

There were a few that caught our eye, and my 17-year-old asked me print out the Battleship game, just in case. 🙂

Happy travels!

Welcome to the Family

Well, we did it. Something we didn’t think we EVER do again. This is huge for us. Seriously, H-U-G-E, HUGE! What did we do? Okay, here it is:  we bought a brand new car. {Feel free to cheer loudly.}

I suppose this is a common thing for many people; exciting and fun, but by no means news worthy. For us, this is monumental. I have only bought used cars, and when I get a car it is for the long haul (pun intended).

My first car was a used 1979 Mustang. (Google it, they weren’t as cool as they sound.) I drove my little 4-cylinder, metallic bronze car–with a hood scoop–until a few months before the birth of our first child. Poking a baby into the back seat just wouldn’t be practical and by then it was fifteen years old. My dear hubby wasn’t going to chance a break-down with such precious cargo. I’ve always loved that about him.

The “baby” years were escorted in with our sea foam green Ford Tempo. We bought it in 1994 and it was small, but had four doors. The upcoming baby’s car seat fit in the back and the trunk had room for a stroller.

I had no way of knowing the little Tempo would hold up so well. We kept it until 2001. This time we moved up the Ford ladder to a 2000 Taurus. We had saved up enough money to pay cash and just happened to purchase it on my birthday. Our oldest son was in a booster seat, the youngest was still in his big car seat. The larger car gave them room to kick their feet while they rode, but they were sad to see the old car go. They eventually came around. The Taurus is still being driven to school by our oldest son. (Much to his dismay.)

We drove a Tahoe for a couple of years, it was very gently used by a family we knew well, and just sort-of dropped into our laps. It was comfy, had lots of options, and gave us our first experience with seat warmers. (Not sure how we managed without them all those years.) It has a lot of miles left in it, but with the current economy and rising fuel prices, we decided to make a change. I just hope we don’t have a lot of flooding this spring, and that next winter is as mild as the last one or we’ll be kicking ourselves.

My husband has owned at least four brand new trucks and a couple of used ones. We ordered our last truck from the dealership because he didn’t want all the bells and whistles that came with the ones on the lot. He had to tow mondo amounts of weight for work, and the used trucks we found just couldn’t cut it.

We didn’t think we’d buy new for the family vehicle, but we couldn’t find a used one for much less than new (seriously, I saw one that had 40,000+ miles on it, was two years old, and they still wanted over $20,000!!!) so we dove in with both feet. We bought a brand-spanking new Toyota Prius. Yep, a hybrid. We don’t plug it in or anything weird. It has battery that charges when you drive, and it uses the battery in conjunction with the gas motor. I love her (50-53mpg’s will do that to you).

Here she is:

I call her Penelope.

Busy, busy, busy

What was I thinking when I scheduled all these fun fall activities?!? The problem was, I wasn’t thinking. I scheduled the eye exams and orthodontist appointment long before the tickets for the plays were available, before the one-room school-house field trip was announced, and even before considering the practice schedules for the boys’ fall activities. 

Note to self, October is never a good time to schedule anything mundane-period.

I really need extra time for God just now. I just completed a six-week Bible study, but I’ve managed to put Him on the back burner all month. Simple arrow prayers and a quick reading of the Word just aren’t enough. I find time to pray for my friends, but what about me? God loves me too.

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