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The Fourth of July Unwrapped July 13, 2010

Filed under: Family,Summer,Tuesday — anet smith @ 8:00 am

Vacation is a wonderful time to unwind, ponder and generally change your pace. We are often away for the 4th – sometimes with family, sometimes just on vacation, always celebrating Hubby’s birthday. I think it’s wonderful that cities have large fireworks displays. It’s the crowds I detest – traffic, waves and waves of people – you get the picture.

Last Saturday, we had a wonderful 4th celebration in the mountains at Bryce Resort. We went early to enjoy the activities. The boys and hubby went tubing once, but M & L decided they wanted to play mini golf as a fam instead of more tubing. We kept score, but I don’t even know who won!

Hubby and L checked out the air strip.

There was an arts and crafts show. I saw some crafts I hadn’t seen at any other show before. I talked to a Vietnam Vet for a while and he gave M. a Vietnam map.

After a tricky, but yummy dinner (not enough waiters) we watched fireworks while covered in a blanket. Sure there were lots of people there, but it wasn’t crowded.

An afternoon and evening in the mountains with my family celebrating two important birthdays was definitely a gift to be unwrapped. It isn’t a small thing and certainly wouldn’t have slipped by unnoticed. It was a choice though over going into D.C. to watch fireworks. Our quest for the biggest and best can crowd out those ordinary things that are just as wonderful.

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Tuesdays Unwrapped April 27, 2010

Filed under: Family,Tuesday — anet smith @ 8:11 pm

On our way to Branson we took a shortcut. No, really, this was shorter in both miles and time. At first it was really hard for me not to say something. We had a terrible map and really didn’t know eactly where we were going. Then I quickly remembered what I didn’t like about country roads. It wasn’t all the twists and turns, it was the up and down hills. The kind where at the top all you could see was another hill.

The road less traveled though was a different perspective and a small gift worth celebrating. At one point we had to stop because of an accident. We had turned on a side road before the stopped traffic and were talking about what to do. A local stopped next to us, told us what had happened and how to get through on the road we were on (they turned off to their house before we got to the next town). Oh how I appreciated the kindness and direction of a stranger! How wonderful it was that they took their time to help instead of hurrying home.

On these drives (we took a similar one on the way home too), the boys read mostly and hardly played their DS. We saw many dairy farms. I had no idea there were so many in southwest Missouri! And just how do those cows stand on the sides of those hills without toppling over? It was adventuresome to find our way the old fashioned way – no GPS. I enjoyed seeing the small towns and their schools. It made me thankful to live in my smaller than the Dallas metroplex small town (but slightly bigger than 400 or 1000 people population of the small towns we went through).

The best part was being on a country drive with hubby. We need to do more of it!

Picture of driving in Branson – dirty windshield and all. I didn’t take any pictures on our drive there or back.

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Tuesday Unwrapped April 20, 2010

Filed under: Tuesday — anet smith @ 8:36 pm

This is part of Tuesdays Unwrapped at Chatting at the Sky. I couldn’t get the button to copy, but make sure you visit the site. Take some time to slow down and savor the beauty of the day.

I opened the gift of spontaneity today. Anyone who knows me would probably never use the word spontaneous to describe me, but today it was a gift. I was supposed to meet my Dad at the VA hospital for his CT scan – a two hour van ride for him and a one hour drive for me. I took the day off work and was right on schedule to be early when I got a call that said “Have you left yet?”. I guess the hospital had seen Dad early and he was already on his way back to the VA Center.

Hubby suggested I keep driving the rest of the way to see Dad, but I didn’t want to do that. My aunt saw Dad yesterday and besides hating to drive, I didn’t want to spend the extra money in gas. Since I was almost to where I was supposed to be – I walked around the park and took pictures. It was a beautiful day!

Instead of coming home on the turnpike, I went the back way and talked to a friend while I drove. When I stopped at a post office for directions I got to see 1920s and 30s photos of the town. I love love love history! I found the orchard that I was looking for – the lady at the post office thought someone would be there. I’m sure someone was there – maybe in the house or out working in the field, but the actual place that sells fruits and veggies doesn’t open until June. I wasn’t brave enough to knock on the house’s front door so I just made a mental note to bring the fam back for peaches, watermelon, apples and pumpkins – I can’t wait!

It was a nice drive. I had to slow down for farm machinery and at one cross street I figured out that I was 200 and some streets east (and south) of my house. Ok, after a while I was wanting to be on the quicker road. This not really city/not really country girl can only take so much.

Hubby had called earlier in the day to say he’d still pick the boys up at school and take them to his office, to not hurry home, but do whatever I like. I appreciated that so much! I made it home in time to walk with my sister and then she took me out for dinner. I was extremely disappointed that I didn’t see Dad and the day wasn’t what I expected, but the spontaneity was definitely a gift I unwrapped throughout the day.