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I have been married to my childhood sweetheart for 42 wonderful years. I have been blessed with one daughter who is grown and gone! She and her hubby have blessed us with a precious grandchild, Darbee Rae. She is eight years old and the sunshine in our days. I have always been a stay at home maid, cook, doctor, babysitter, taxi, wife, mother, and grandmother. I enjoy crafting. My interests include primitives, vintage and colonial styles. I love decorating my home. I enjoy traveling with my hubby and friends, reading, and trying different recipes. I am a Christian and enjoy activities within my church. I hope you enjoy reading about my daily adventures in crafting, shopping, and enjoying life thru the eyes of my darling grand daughter.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Road Trips 1 and 2

Good Morning everyone.  WARNING: This post is picture heavy!  Lots to share, so get comfy and come along for the travels . As you know the mister and myself got away for a few days last week for our anniversary.  We went to the Gulf Coast to Biloxi and Gulport,  Mississippi.  We stayed at Island View Casino and Hotel.  I was so surprised to find out upon arrival that we had a suite.  We usually just get a clean, nice room when we travel with no extras as we stay out most of the time sightseeing and roaming. I was so pampered for the 3 day and 2 nights we were there.  The bath had a huge jacuzzi and the rooms were great.  Every night the maid knocked on the door, to come in and turn down the bed and give us Ghirardelli chocolates.  Could have really gotten us to that lifestyle.  Here is the view from our window.
On the way home, we stopped to shop at one of my favorite stores, Ressurect in Opelika, Ala. The ladies who run the shop are so nice.  Here are a few pictures from the store. 

Sorry this one turned out a little dark, but you can click to make larger.  The store is awesome.  Will share my special purchase with you once I have finished my redo.

Now for Road Trip #2
On Sunday night Holly called and invited me on a day trip with her and family to Delano, TN to a mennonite community.  My friend Val from Life's Little Garden had recently been and did a series of post with wonderful pictures.  We immediately wanted to go as well.  So yesterday we left out really early in the morning and settled in for our 3 hr. drive. We had a most enjoyable day and I took over 80 pic.  Don't panic, just gonna share a few.  But if you're ever close to the area, it is well worth your trip to stop by. You can click on the pic. to enlarge.
Entering the community. First stop was a market where you could buy fresh veggie, can goods, candles, soaps, etc.  I got pickles and plums.

Loved the wagon sitting in the shade trying to keep the melons cool. And immediately  we came up behind this wagon leaving the market.
Loved the picture of the little boy who had stopped to help himself to a few grapes straight from the vines.  Click the pic. to see the homemade scotter he was riding.  We ask for a close up pic. of his ride and he kindly smiled and said he rather we didn't.  So we respected his wishes
Just about in all the fields we saw men and young boys working so hard harvesting veggies, or raking hay getting it ready to bail.
Loved this one of the young mother and little boy.  As we drove by they both waved and smiled so sweetly.

I could go on and on with photos but will share more later.  Can you tell I just loved riding thru the community?  Now you might wonder how my precious 3 year old  Darbee Rae did after getting up about 4 hours earlier than her normal waking time, riding 3 hours in a car seat and riding thru the community at least 4 times in the car with windows down and no air on?
She was such a good little girl.  She is definitely her Mommy's daughter!  Loves the cameral already.  And actually got some good pics.  Her favorite photos to take were the animals.  And then she would thank them for their picture and tell them bye.  But her most favorite thing of all to snap.....The horses' poop!!!! That was so cool she said.. (giggle)

Hoping you are finding a smile in the simple things in life today.  Until next time.........


  1. hi, Angela
    Love the tour~ Beautiful view out your window~~ Wow~ sounds like some serious pampering!!(well deserved!!!)

    The countryside tour very enjoyable~ Olde fashioned living~ down to earth~ hard work!!!

    Giggles over the horse manure~ Darbee Rae is a cutie!!

  2. Nice pictures! :) Love the budding photographer's choice of favorites! :)

  3. Hi Angela, Sounds like you and your hubby had a nice trip together for your anniversary. The shop you stopped at looked real interesting. Love the pictures of your road trip. Hubby and I took a day trip for our anniversary last friday, came home with lots of new goodies. Take care, Vicky

  4. Hey Angela...you can sit on my front porch and see the views of the Amish and Mennonites passing by every day....Looks like you had a fun time on your trip! I love road trips....!

  5. Thanks for taking us along Angela....probably as close as I'm going to get to getting away for a long while. I love the photos from Delano...What a peaceful, bucolic, place that seems to be. I'll have to tuck the name of that place away in my little brain in case I ever decide to run away.... ;o) Sounds like you truly enjoyed yourself....Wishing you a wonderful day! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  6. Wonderful pictures Angela!! Thank you for sharing. Love the little one's choice of fav things to photograph.

    Have a wonderful day~Becky

  7. Wonderful trip! Reminds me of the farm across from grandmas were the Amish lived when we were growing up.The kids used to sneak over sometimes to watch cartoons and their momma would give them a scolding.They all got those handmade scooters for christmas one year and road to the end of the lane to show them off,so proud of the simple things.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  8. I am so proud you went with us. I had such a good time. Love you.

  9. What a great get away, first to be pampered with hubby and then touring the beautiful countryside, what fun. Love the simple life of the Amish and Mennonites, that is why we all like primitive.
    Thanks for sharing,

  10. Oh your pictures are great!!! See I knew we would see different things. I want to see the other 75!!! lol And that Darbee Rae is a little doll! That is the cutest picture ever!!!! You make me want to go back soon!!! Oh yes, and your little honeymoon getaway sounds heavenly!!

  11. What a wonderful trip friend! Tell Darbee my favorite pictures have animals too.
    Hugs Trace


  12. I love all of your beautiful pictures. I love that mennonite community, I admire their simple life and your granddaughter is the cutest!!! Lecia

  13. What a good trip and also the pictures of every day rural america.

    love the story about the horse poop how funny LOL hahahahahhahahahahahhah that is pretty good for a 3 year old to want pictures

  14. Ok that store is wonderful and so full of treasures! Can't wait to see what you bought. Your trip sounded wonderful and the pictures othe the Amish are great. You really captured them in their everyday life. Thanks for popping into my blog and for the comment. I so love reading them.
    Hugs *T

  15. Angela, I loved the pictures! We used to live in Biloxi in the early 70's when we were stationed at Keesler Air Force Base! It was a beautiful place and we went back a few years ago for a vacation and it was even nicer then...I'm like you, can really get used to some pampering! Loved the trip to the Amish community, their lifestyle appeals to me so much. I admire their fortitude and commitment to their faith and principles. When we visited Amish country in Pennsylvania I took so many pictures, couldn't help myself! Your Granddaughter is too sweet, funny she is already into picture taking at her age!!! Too many pictures? NEVER!!!

  16. Great pics! I love the Gulf Coast, we went there a few years ago and stayed near Orange Beach in Alabama. It was the most relaxing vacation! Your Amish/Mennonite pics are great. We live surrounded by Amish and there are just about as many buggies as cars past our place. Well maybe it just seems like that because they go so slow. I forget about how people love to come and see them until I have company. They love the clip clop sound. Amish dogs? They all seem to be a mix of this one breed. I'll have to try and remember what it is, can't right off hand. They all look pretty much alike and each one is less pretty than the next.
    Have a great weekend.

  17. Oh and your granddaughter is adorable!