Thursday, December 08, 2016

Sharing the Joy of a Stuhr Museum Christmas

 I love our family's annual tradition of attending Stuhr Museum's Christmas event.
I kind of wish I had grown up in the era of the 1890s and it is such a neat thing to step back in time a bit.
 This year we had the privilege of taking my sister-in-law, niece and two nephews along!  It made the experience that much more rich.  We followed the path of lighted candles.  Had to curb their excitement a bit by standing next to one to wait for their mom and Nana :)
 The only drawback to going to the evening event is that pictures are difficult to take well.  I try!  We stopped at one of the cabins we had never been to, first.  It was so cold outside, but warm and toasty inside!  The 2nd cabin the kids got to string some popcorn for a garland.
 The blacksmith shop is always an interesting stop.  His bauble didn't turn out this time, but the process was still mesmerizing.
 We all got in on making tincicles in the tin shop.


 A stop in the railway station warmed us up.  We had to get creative to talk the kids out of buying cookies and hot chocolate.  They were a promised a treat further down the line ;)
 As a family of cyclists, the boys were intrigued by the old bicycle in the crate.  Wouldn't that be fun to climb up on?!

 The wood shop was full of people too!  Each of the kids put together a little train car.  I was impressed this year by the number of young people volunteering and doing the crafts.  They were all so kind and helpful!



 Brenna and mom always look forward to making an ornament in one of the houses.  We were a bit shocked when we walked in and it was set for a Christmas dinner.  No worries, they assured us that the ornaments were still being made...just in the town hall instead.
 The kids ground cinnamon.  Glad it comes ground these days!
 I was excited about making an ornament this year too!  I have my own Christmas tree and wanted more ornaments to fill its branches.

Twas a lovely time!

Alissa

Friday, December 02, 2016

Finish It Up Friday...Baby L's Pow-Wow

 Yay, for a finish!
My nephew came to visit for Thanksgiving...well, they all came :D
 I wanted to make sure and have his quilt done in time.  We won't see them for Christmas so we opened gifts the weekend after Thanksgiving and he got his quilt.
 It is the Pow-Wow pattern by Cluck, Cluck, Sew.
I planned to make a whale block to replace to side by sides of the arrow blocks on the front...but I forgot.
 So on the back it is!  I didn't have to figure out a certain size that way since I didn't have a pattern.
 I see much quilt hanging for pictures in the future with my cute fence!


 He is still little so his mama got to open the quilt.
 Enjoy, buddy!
He is so adorable!

Alissa

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Celebrating Sisterness!

It was baby sister birthday time again last month!
She is so awesome!
Each year flies by and she grows more and more.  Where does the time go?!
I couldn't spend any of her actual birthday with her this year so I made a cupcake hippie van cake for our Sunday night music night the day before.  I know it is a bit scary, but hey it worked!
Sunday after church we were invited out for lunch and then got to have puppy time at some friends.  Basset hound puppies are so adorable!
She got some groovy earrings from our big bro.  Had to get a modeling shot to send them!
The next weekend we had Gma and our aunt over for supper and cake.
Mom made the cake and I decorated it.  Can you tell that she's a groovy, hippie chick? ;)
My aunt brought along a buddy.  He was a great addition to the party.  He may think we're crazy after the mouse, throw the cat in the closet incident though.
I'm so thankful to have this fabulous young lady in my life!  I look forward to watching her grow and follow the Lord's leading in her life!
She spread out the birthday goodness!  Another week went by and then she had a group of fun friends over for a sleepover.
Happy Birthday, I love you!

Alissa

Saturday, November 05, 2016

A Mystery Trip Adventure!

Last Saturday I got to spend the ENTIRE day with my mom!  It is a blessing to get to spend time with her, especially since I no longer live in her basement!
 We hopped on a bus at 6:45am with 48 other ladies from the area for our quilt guild's Mystery Bus Trip!  We were all in the dark as to our destinations.
 Our first stop was at the 4-H Camp where we ate yummy rolls and had a potty break.  Next was on to the museum in Alliance!  It was a quick stop, but would be a great place to stop again.  Janet on the right was our planner extroidernaire!  She is amazing!
 Our first attempt at getting a group photo...as we straggled out of the museum :)
 I love Nebraska!  The beauty of the landscape is so varied!  The beauty of the golden grasses past their green prime was more than I could handle, had to take pictures!
 Honestly, the golden hue of the grass and the powder blue of the sky are the colors I would say are Fall in Nebraska! 
 Mom was hard at work creating more bags for the Christmas Shoeboxes
 It was a bus full!  We had guild members and guests alike, all so fun :)
 As we traveled, Janet kept us posted on the next stop or activity.
I didn't get any pictures of the two quilt shops we stopped at...the main attraction of the trip for some :)  We went to Pat's Creative out on a farm near Hemingford.  Wow, what a neat treat and they fed us too!

 Mmmm, more terrain change!  The next shop we went to was Prairie Pines in Gering.
 Whew!  It was a long, full day!
Our return route took us past Courthouse and Jailhouse Rocks.  I went there for my birthday and historical marker hunting a few years back.  Such sweet memories. 
 That means we went past Chimney Rock as well!  The other two pictures I took of it had a street light and then railroad cross arms...such a contrast.
 I don't do fabric shopping very well, so indecisive.  I did bring home a few items from goodie bags and purchases.  The floral print was on sale and will make a fun summer dress.  the bag on the right is a kit for a fun project for my ironing board.
Alissa