Sunday, December 21, 2008

From the Hills of West Virginia...

We made it! Although that is the L-O-N-G-E-S-T trip ever I think. It isn't that the trip itself is difficult, you basically get on the interstate and stay on the same interstate the whole 7 1/2 hours. It's just that you see corn, corn, corn, soybean, soybean, more corn, then some small hills, then they get bigger and then you're here! Not the most exciting things to see (well, except for the old ramshackled barns and farm houses that I'm just itching to stop and capture in black & white photos.) But, if I did that I'd never get here, because there are plenty along the way. Something else that always draws my attention, at least in the spring and summer months, are these huge brilliant green fields and there will be a lone tree stuck right in the middle. All by itself, and you can tell that the tree has been there nearly forever, just strikes me as interesting. Guess that says a lot about me! LOL.

Well, we've hit the Christmas Season running since I got here. The first night (Friday) was just for visiting with Mom and Dad, catching up and eating my very favoritest meal...pinto beans, cornbread and kale with vinegar! YUMMMMMM. I ate wayyy too much and it was sooo good. Mom and I stayed up until 4:30 in the morning just talking, just like we used to. THAT's what the holidays are supposed to be about, right?

Saturday morning, Morgan went to a Christmas breakfast with her dad and mom and I went to what we affectionately know as "The Junk Store". Think a giant yard sale where you can find ANYTHING! Boy, oh boy did I score with stuff....scrapbook stuff! I did a little happy Snoopy dance right there in the shop. I got ribbon for 50-cents a ROLL, Tim Holtz alcohol inks that retail for 6-9 dollars I got three bottles for a dollar, chipboard books for 25 cents, flowers and brads, old metal hinges, press-board plaques to cover with paper...oh goodness, look at my stash (for under $15 total!):
Last night, my neice Hannah had to come over and have a sleep over with Morgan and "A". She's never called me Amy, Aunt, anything but just "A". We made a gingerbread house, watched Strawberry Shortcake, sang songs and finally all went to sleep about 11:30pm. It was a barrel of fun!
I'll keep you posted on the rest of the activities of this week!
P.S. I miss my hubby :(


kelliebean said...

You made it! Every time I watch the weather I think of you driving and my hubby fixing planes in KY ('til Christmas Eve). Have a fantastic, wonderful, awesome time with your family. Merry Christmas!!!

kelliebean said...

p.s. I'll trade you interstate-straight-shots-home. Mine's 5+ hours of desert...and mountains...and desert...and mountains...and cows. :)

Kathy said...

WOW! That is a nice stash you got for under $15.00!

Glad to see you made it safe and sound! I would have been right there with you taking pictures of those old barns!

LOVE the gingerbread house!

Veronica said...

Glad you made it safe and sound! I am sooooo jealous of the Tim Holtz stuff!! :^- Can't believe. Have a wonderful time!!