Archive for October, 2010
I don’t know if we’ll go every year or not, but last year and this year a trip was planned. Group rate really, really helps these days! The best part of this years trip was that Veronica was old enough to really appreciate it. At 2 years old, she had a wonderful time. The seahorses and turtles were the big hits with her. Personally I enjoyed the sting ray touch tank and the penguins. As usual, I did not get many pictures. However, I will post what I took.
Around lunch time, after our tour, we were eating lunch with a few other families outside. A short distance away from the picnic tables, there is an area where they have a man-made sort of creek that has 2 big steps going down into it (where people can sit) and stepping blocks and fun things like that. Well, the children were all taking turns playing (at the lunch area) with the stroller and Veronica. My back was to them, but I kept checking to make sure everything was OK. The next think I know, Veronica is pushing the stroller towards this creek thing. My first thought was where are her brothers that are watching her? Well, they were busy doing their own thing. Veronica pushed the stroller right down the two steps and it fell over and went in the creek! I called for Kevin who was walking by to get the stroller out of the creek. At that point, Veronica starts to scream and cry as if she has been hurt! One man actually jumped into the creek as if to save a baby. I was already on my way there and had to explain to a small crowd that Veronica was not in the stroller when it went over and that she, in fact, pushed it in herself. She was dry and I had been watching. One of the other Moms with me assured me that this would be funny in a few years. Actually it didn’t take that long. It is funny to me now! There is never a dull moment, I tell you!
The other day while blog surfing, I came across an interesting post at “That Girl…That Quilt. It was an Open Letter to quilt shops about their friendliness. This post hit home with me because I have been in shops like this. One shop in particular was in a different state and the owner was particularly nasty on several occasions. The first being the first time my husband and I walked in. She stayed on the phone almost the entire time we were there, and it sounded chatty, not business-like. I’m sorry to say that a little feeling of satisfaction went through me upon learning that shop had closed!
The other thing that this post reminded me of is how blessed we are to have a somewhat local quilt shop that is just a nice, friendly place to shop. Hooked on Quilting in Fayetteville, TN is a wonderful Victorian house and the bottom floor is the shop. The owner and the staff are always so friendly and helpful! It is always a treat to go there, even for the children who can run around or sit on the front porch with the kitties. Another BIG plus is the prices there! The block of the month kits are always as reasonably priced as possible, making it possible for a not-so-money-rich Mom of several to pursue quilting with real quality. Thank you, Cindy!
Another shop that needs to be mentioned here is Lavender Lime Quilt Shop in Chattanooga, TN. We had the pleasure of stopping there yesterday. The minute the girls and I walked in we were greeted cheerfully and the lady was just so nice. While we were looking around, a man came in looking for a machine that could sew leather. (We learned that a Bernina can sew through a very thick layer of leather very well with a regular needle!) While the first salesperson was busy, a man came out and asked if we needed anything and he was very nice. When we were ready to check out, I met the man’s wife (turns out they were the owners) and they were just delightful to talk to. This shop was featured in a magazine with the 10 best shops for 2009. The shop itself was just candy for the eyes. The girls and I thoroughly enjoyed every part. There was a generous collection of fabric, quilts on display, patterns, and a lot of samples. It was just delightful. If you are even in Chattanooga or Fayetteville, stop by these wonderful quilt shops! It would be well worth the effort.
Recently we took a little trip. We started out by traveling to Ohio. We like to spend our first night at Delaware State Park just outside of Columbus. After 3 attempts to leave our house and the blunders that followed, all in all it was a good ride with a one hour rest break. We arrived at camp at 4 a.m.! The next day we were up bright and early and headed off to meet a family in Columbus. John had gone to camp this summer and one of the boys he met and keeps in touch with lives there. We spent the better part of the day with that delightful family. We took off sometime in the afternoon for Westbranch State park on the east side of the state. We set up just a little so we could run off to the monestary. One of the treats on our Ohio trips is visiting the priests and brothers at St. Paul’s Monestary in Canfield. We arrived in time for some dinner and we got to see many of our friends as well. The next 3 days were the Holy Family Insitute Triduum at Our Lady Of Lebanon Shrine. The following Monday we spent at the shrine again. Now, the only disappointment is that I did not take any pictures. I am anxiously awaiting Fr. Mike’s slide show. Once again, Joe helped the brothers fix the golf cart. MaryEllen got to drive for the first time this year. It was quite comical. After lunch we left and headed down to Virginia. We ran into so many people that we knew and it was so nice. We spent one day in the DC area with our highlight being the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. It had been so long since we had been there that the children really didn’t remember it. I took one picture inside and just a few outside.
The next day we were back in that area. It had been a long time since we went to Arlington National Cemetery as well. We went and saw Joe’s parents’ and his sister’s graves. After that we visited very good friends of ours and Joe’s brother.
We stayed an extra day, but it was worth it as Joe and I got to go out with the couple we stayed with and their daughter and her fiancée. (The next generation, which was neat!) We stopped at Hungry Mother State park to dump the tanks in the trailer and the camp host there was a nice man who was born and raised in Lewisburg, TN! It’s a small world.