Sunday, May 4, 2014

Lancaster Pennsylvania Amish Country

Last week I had the opportunity to go with my sister on a work trip to Lancaster, PA for a trade show. We stayed a couple extra days to sight see.  We arrived in Harrisburg Pa on Tuesday evening, rented a car and drove to downtown Lancaster to Hotel Lancaster. Wednesday we woke up to heavy rains so we slept in. One of the first things we found is there are no fast food restaurants or gas stations in PA. We couldn't find a store to buy umbrella's but a very nice man on the street gave me his umbrella. The people were so friendly most every where we went. There is very little parking in the downtown area and the parking garage for the show was full. Finally in the downpour we found a spot on the street, Tammy Lou got drenched trying to pay the parking meter, the money kept getting wet and machine didn't want to take it. Once we were able to head to the show, it was a long trek in the rain. We spent the afternoon at the show getting lots of goodies. It continued to rain so we went shopping. The mall was 3 miles long, had several stores we had never heard of like Bosco's and Bon Ton. Had a delish steak at Long Horn Steakhouse.
 
Thursday we spent the day in Amish Country. We went East 30 to Highway 340 through Bird-In-Hand, Intercourse, Paradise, Strasburg and many other little villages.  
 
The horse and buggies were all over out in this area. Lots of touristy places also.

They ride scooters that are sort of like a bike without the seat. Not sure why? We saw lots of the scooters especially at the school houses.

Most people just went around the buggies on the highway. We saw men, women and young kids driving the buggies.




I have read all of Beverly Lewis's fiction books on the Amish. They are fiction but Lewis grew up in Lancaster County so the stories are fiction the content is based on actual Amish culture. Tammy Lou didn't know a lot about them so she was in awe. She really wanted to take home a little boy, they were so cute dressed in their little suits with straw hats just like the grown men. They don't take pictures as they believe it is a sin to have a graven image. I don't think they have mirrors either. We respected that and didn't try to take many pictures of their faces. Most of the Amish we saw out on the road were not friendly. I am sure they are tired of the tourists. The thing that struck me was how large the farms were. All of them had many huge barns and silos. The homes were large 2-3 stories. They were all neat and clean.
 


This farm had miniature horses. They all had dairy cattle too. I suppose that would be normal since that is where they get their milk, cheese, butter etc. Probably get their meat from the cows too.
 



 
We saw many signs for the sale of flowers and root beer. Wished we would have stopped for some root beer, not sure why we didn't. I would have loved to visit with some of them, to learn more. We did see several Amish women in town working in some of the stores. They spoke English but when talking to each other they spoke in Pennsylvania Dutch or German dialect. I admire the way they keep to the old traditions in our modern world. There were also the Mennonite's which are more modern around the area.
 
More on our trip tomorrow.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

What a week it has been. I started feeling kind of weird at work on Tuesday, I decided to come home early thinking if I got some extra rest I would feel better on Wednesday.

Ummm no that didn't happen. I spent Tuesday night and Wednesday attached to the bathroom thinking I was going to croak!! I went to the doctor Wednesday afternoon and got a diagnosis of Stomach Flu. I had a busy work week scheduled and had been worrying about getting sick knowing I had some major things to do. I guess this is God's way of telling me those things weren't so major after all.
The doc told me to expect 5-7 days of this and several of my friends on FB are saying she is right and they are still weak going into week #2.

I had also hoped the rest of the family wouldn't get it but lo and behold I got the dreaded call from school to come get Coco. Headache, nausea and fever.... 2 down in our house now. Scott will be so excited.

I think it is nap time again. Say a prayer for us if you think of it today.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 A LOOK BACK (part 1)

 
Our 2013 began with many worries and changes for my Mom and Stepdad. My stepdad had a massive heart attack in December 2012 and they spent a month or more in Little Rock Baptist Hospital. Coming home in January 2013 with the assistance of a LVAD machine. Many things changed for them but I am so proud of my Mom and what a great care giver she has become. I admire her strength and unconditional love.
 
 We celebrated our family Christmas in January with all of us and my Aunt Thelma and her boys/families and Uncle Les and Aunt Carol

 February brought us a snow day. I think it may have been the only snow we got in the beginning of 2013.

 The photos are out of order now but this was taken in January of Coco and yes it was warm enough to wear short sleeve shirts and sleeveless dress

April
Coco and I did a photo shoot. She is growing up too fast!!!
 

May
Coco all dressed up for the end of year Duck Dynasty themed dance.
 


Coco joined a competitive softball team that kept us busy throughout the year!!! We didn't realize what we were getting into but it has been good for her.
 

Last day of 7th grade!!!
 

We spent a week in Destin Florida celebrating Scott's parents 50th wedding anniversary. A wonderful trip again!! My favorite place

 On our way home from Florida we made a stop in Monroe Louisiana to visit the Duck Dynasty warehouse. Yes it is just like on the show, at least on the outside. we didn't get to see much of the inside.

Coco also played on a recreational softball league. These are several girls that have grown up together in our small town and was a lot of fun to be with and watch them play ball.

to be continued

Monday, December 23, 2013

50 years and counting

Last weekend I had the honor of hosting a 50th Anniversary party for my inlaws. They were married on December 21st 1963. We celebrated in June with our family trip to Destin but I wanted to do something more to acknowledge their 50 years. In todays world that doesn't happen as often as we would hope. I wanted their grandchildren especially to see what a great thing it is and also their friends and family.

I made the card box using a old suitcase I had

I had all this at home and used it as the photo table. Using old photos of their 50 years together.

I found this online and loved it.
Just imagine 1, 577, 880,000 seconds with someone
 

Nana had kept this scrapbook page. The hit of the day is the receipt at the bottom, it was for $3 which was the cost of the marriage license. I believe Papa said he may have had to borrow the $3. The other newspaper were her engagement and wedding shower announcements. The wedding shower said she had 75 guests.

the cake table

I ordered a small cake for them and a full sheet cake for the guests
 
 
 

With their grands
 

papa and coco, yes she has blossomed into a young lady





We held the reception at the same church they were married in. Actually it isn't the same building as it was lost in a tornado and then a fire in the past 50 years. There was still snow on the ground and very cold that day.

We didn't throw rice or anything but I wanted a picture of them leaving

Sunday, November 24, 2013

BABY IT IS COLD OUTSIDE

The crazy Arkansas weather has begun. Nasty winter storm moving in tonight. Hoping I can make it in to work.
 
It has been a long time since I last posted. I am loving Instagram and that is where I have been posting. You can find me at mrspamcreech
 
We took some Fall photos recently. We missed the really pretty colors by one day. The day we went out to do them it was really overcast and to dark at 3pm.


My silly girl and her facial expressions. Can't get her to just smile at me for nothing....
 

My MCM - Have you seen the MCM or WCW from your teens? Man crush Monday or Women crush Wednesday. I think there is now Too Cute Tuesday and Throw back Thursday.

Halloween dance 2013. They went as twins of something or other.
Beautiful in their masks. Mine thought sharpie tattoos were needed.

This is where we have spent much of the past few months. Coco is playing competitive softball. This was the Halloween tournament and they dressed in camo. She is really growing as a player. Looking into some pitching for this spring. I have always been opposed just because the girls swing is so pronounced. I worry about her shoulder getting overworked and hurt. They tell me I am silly, we shall see. If it is her talent then so be it. I will support

Our Girl Scouts held a food drive a couple of weeks ago. Trying to find time for this has been hard this year. Everyone has a different schedule and I started a new job, blah blah blah.
 
I will be doing a FIRST this Thanksgiving. I am in charge of the Turkey. This is our year to go to Scott's parents and Scott got a Turkey through his job.. His Mother told him we could just bring the turkey. WHAT!!!! Does she know I have never cooked a bird? I have never touched something so cold and naked!!!
Gives me the hebbie Jebbies but we will get it done. I joked with my Mom about me wrestling it around my kitchen trying to get it in a pan without touching it. Then I watch Pioneer Woman and she does all this fancy brineing, so now I want to do it up right. I may just be a bystander telling Scottie what to do. I even have to buy a roasting pan. I feel like I have been pushed out into the world and have to grow up now. I have been spoiled and just started taking side dishes to Mom's a few years ago.
 
Time to stop thinking about that or I will never get to sleep. Looking forward to another short week.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

BEEN A LONG TIME

I have let my little blog go to the dump. I have been super duper busy. Coco is now on a travel softball team so we spend lots of time at the ball fields. Tonite was a 3 hour practice with another on Thursday. Getting ready for our last (I hope) tournament this weekend and it is local. Yee haw I love watching her play and she has really upped her game this year but this Momma is TIRED!!!

I started a new job a couple of weeks ago. Same line of work but in management. Luckily the person I am replacing is staying on a couple of months to train me and make it a smooth transition. I will admit it has been different. I am used to being super busy 8-10 hours each day and these past few weeks have been really long 8 hours. I know that will change when it is just me doing the job. Grateful for the position though.

We spent today saying goodbye to a good friend. A man that was like a 2nd father to Scott passed away and the services were today. It was a beautiful service but different than what I have been to before. The wife spoke and said such loving words about their life together. Several other people spoke about how he had touched their lives. He will be greatly missed but definitely left a legacy.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

8th GRADER IN THE HOUSE

 
Coco started 8th grade last week. She loves it.
She already has her favorite classes which change daily,
kind of like her moods.
She has a pretty heavy schedule with sports, scouts and family.
Hardly leaves time to relax!!
I am ok with that you know "with idle minds" hey we will keep her busy busy
 
 
I also have my favorite high schooler graduating this year.
JAKE

 
I had the honor of taking some Senior pictures for him last weekend.
he is so handsome and sweet. I look forward to seeing where God takes him in the future.