National Aviation Day 2014

Happy National Aviation Day!

I know.  Who knew?!?!?!

We took a little road trip in March and I never got around to showing you some of the pics.  So, in honor of National Aviation Day, here are a few pics from our road trip to DC.  These are from the National Air & Space Museum, Udvar-Hazy Center.  (AKA the huge hanger with tons and tons of planes out by Dulles Airport.)

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Yes.  That’s snow on the ground.  The last week of March.  That was a little disconcerting for us Southerners!!

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Adam’s geek-out moment.  The Blackbird, I think.  They also had a cool video running showing how this plane, with the help of a little CGI magic, became a Transformer in one of the recent movies.

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My geek-out moment.  Really.  Truly.  What science nerd, kid-of-the-80s didn’t want to be an astronaut?

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Jen’s geek-out moment.  Jen is one of my high school roommates and played hostess for the week.  This was the exhibit honoring the father of the Air Force.  She also geeked out a some missiles, but I can’t find those pics.  Sorry Jen.

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Christopher’s geek-out moment.  He’s my WW2 buff.  (Okay, full disclosure time.  We all kinda geeked out here.  The Enola Gay, the real deal Enola Gay, was almost close enough to touch.  Craziness.)

 

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Planes, planes, planes, a few helicopters, and more planes.  I still can’t wrap my head around how big this building must be!

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Why I quit Facebook

Some of you are here because of my big announcement.

With today, I’ve had about all the FB I can handle. If you need me, email me. My info is all over the web, I’m sure. If you want to keep up with the kids, you can stalk my blog. I’m also available at my Personality Children’s Clothes fb page or my sewing class page.

That’s right, I quit Facebook.  I quit the likes and the comments.  I’ve quit the cute pictures and event invites.  I quit the snooping and the gossip.  I quit the political rants and divisive stories.  I quit the judgmental tones, the veiled insults, and the typing without thinking.  I quit.

Why I Quit Facebook

There was a particular incident that brought me to this decision, but really it all comes down to this:  When I’m so wrapped up in the acceptance of others that a stranger’s words can kill a tiny piece of me, then it’s time to step away.

Now, FB has me tied in.  They’re smart like that.  I must have a private page to have my business pages.  But–I don’t have to play along.  So, if you need me, you can always check in here, or on Google+, or on Instagram or on Twitter…

In the meantime, let’s make a few ground rules for the future:

  1. Don’t type anything you wouldn’t say in front of your mother, your father, your kids, your boss, or your pastor.
  2. Somethings aren’t for public consumption.  Do I really need to explain this?
  3. You are welcome to have an opinion.  It may be different from mine.  And that’s okay.  But you’d better be able to back it up!  And you’d better express it with kindness.   Disagreement doesn’t equal stupid or closed-minded or even bigoted.  It means disagreement.
  4. The person who reads the words you type is a PERSON, an individual created by God, with a brain and feelings just like YOU!  Treat them the way you want to be treated.  Didn’t we all learn this in kindergarten?
  5. If you disagree with number 4, that’s okay.  You don’t have to admit it, but I still believe God made you an intelligent, creative person.  :)
  6. The acceptance from our peers does encourage us, but it isn’t the yardstick by which we should measure our worth.  That comes from the truth in #4.  It also means that when someone’s words can ruin our day, it’s time to step away.

 

 

 

 

 

Have you seen these free sewing classes?

Have you discovered Craftsy?  It’s a website full of on-line classes teaching many different crafts-sewing, photography, cake decorating, etc!

These free sewing classes are a great place to start exploring Craftsy and learning something new:

Sewing Machine Feet

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Bag-Making Basics: Drawstring Bag and Bucket Bag

++NOTE:  I’m not affiliated with Craftsy in anyway.  I just think everyone should know about free sewing classes!++

And they’re off! Back to School 2014

Obligatory back to school photo!  I find it hard to believe that I have a 4th grader and a 7th grader!

This is Momma giving up control.  Daddy took them.  Both.  By himself.  Yes, I do know he’s capable, but I’ve just always driven them, turned in the back to school paperwork, and taken a mess of pictures.  But, it just made sense for him to drive them both since he has to go that way anyway!  Everyone made it fine, all the paperwork was turned in, and he did take lots of pictures for me.

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Here’s another shot of the collage I made using their photos from each day of the school year last year.

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We’ve decided to do it again, but this year we are tossing in shout outs!  Keep an eye out on Instagram and FB!  We might send you a hello!

The Weekend Before We Go Back To School 2014

So, I blinked and summer happened.  And now it’s over.  It’s the weekend before we go back to school!  Already.  Yikes!

Back to School Checklist

Back to school this year means:

1.   Monograms.  Lots and lots of monograms.  My new machine is getting quite the workout.  And I’m very excited about that.  While I’m doing a lot of the traditional monograms, this stacked monogram seems most popular this year with the boy Mommas.

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Girls are split between the traditional fancy circle and the preppier circle.  Which do you like?fancycirclemonogramcircle monogram

2.  Morning Routines.  I created these printables a few years ago and they are still in use around here.

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Morning Printable #2
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Morning Printable #1

The kids are expected to wake up, spend time alone with God, get dressed for the day, eat a good breakfast, make their beds, pack school bags and swim bags, and pick up any dirty clothes.  While our house was on the market, knowing the kids’ rooms were made up for day was so helpful!

3.  Lunches. This is always interesting.  We start off well, but by mid-October, it will be sandwiches.  Everyday.  5 days a week.  For the rest of the year.  I’ve turned to Pinterest for a few ideas this year.  Maybe we’ll make it to mid-Novemebr before we hit the sandwich stage! Follow Salinda’s board Back to School – Lunches on Pinterest.

4.  Printables.  I always love the printables we find at the beginning of the school year.  Check out this one for a great monogram.  These are a few of my favorite lunch box notes.

5.  Pictures.  Pictures.  Pictures.    Last year, I snapped a picture with my phone of the kids every day.  I uploaded them to instagram with a daily count.  At the end of the year, I found this great shop to print a collage for me.  Super quick too! It’s a fun memento from the 3rd and 6th grade year.  The kids are trying to think of something fun to do next year.

Hey Y'all! Welcome to my little piece of the South!