Monthly Archives: April 2013

Oh the faces they will make

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Jemma had a chorus concert last week and before it started Bill was trying to get Jemma’s attention so she knew where we were sitting.  This is the look she had when she saw us.

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She also had a solo.  She sang part of Elvis’s Blue Suede Shoes.  She did a good job.

6 prom dresses and a onsie

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In the last two weeks I have hemmed or altered 6 prom dresses.  Prom is this Saturday.  I’ve had a few other sewing projects also.  After making the Big Sis and lil bro shirts for my niece and nephew, my sister had a friend that wanted some also.  I didn’t really enjoy making them because it’s hard working with a onsie that is 0-6 months.  It’s just small.  So when my sister’s friend wanted some I told her a price that I thought was kind of high.  The friend still wanted them.  So I made them with Mickey Mouse fabric.  These shirts were much easier to do.  I’m sure it’s because I had practice.

Shadow

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We watched my niece last weekend.  She followed Jemma around and did whatever she did.

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I didn’t realize how much Samantha followed Jemma around and did what she did until I took these pictures.

Green Thumb

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We have had the area for our garden since we moved into this house.  This is the first year we’ve gotten organized enough to get something planted this early.  Some years we haven’t planted anything.

These are cabbage plants.  I got them for free around springbreak.  I have 14 plants.  If they all survive I may be inventing recipes to use them up.

More Creativity

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My sister is going to have a baby boy in May.  I made him a blanket, 2 burp clothes and boxers with his name on them.  I also made matching big sis and lil bro shirts for my 2 year old niece and unborn nephew.

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I embroidered initials on to towel wraps for a friend.  Her daughter is graduation from high school and these are for her daughters friends.  As soon as Jemma saw them she said I want one!

Downtown Oklahoma

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One of the things we tried to do on our girl scout trip was eat at local places.   That didn’t work out like we planned.  This is picture of downtown Fairview, OK.  The places we had been told to eat at were out of business.

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This is Freedom, OK.  We were going to eat breakfast in this town, but there wasn’t any place to eat.

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All the buildings in the downtown area of Freedom looked like the old west.  We ended up eating at a gas station where two highways intersect.  On the map it is called Camp Houston.  The breakfast was good.

Far and Away, in Enid

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On Sept. 16, 1893, the Cherokee Strip in northern OK was opened up at noon for the largest land run in history.  There was 4 land offices built.  One in Enid, Alva, Woodward, and Perry, OK.  The only one left is in Enid.    The last day of our spring break GSA trip was spent in Enid.

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This is what the inside of the land office looks like.  2,100 claims were file through this office.

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The land run office, The 1905 Glidewell house can be found at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid, OK.  They have a really nice musuem and the Humphrey Heritge Village that also includes 1896 one room school house and a church from 1902.

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Our last stop of our trip was to Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse.  It’s a childrens museum.  I didn’t think the girls would want to stay very long, but they stayed for 3 hours.

Sand and Sod

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While on our spring break GSA trip we stopped at Little Sahara State Park in Waynoka, OK.  Little Sahara is a big sand pit in the NW OK.

 

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Due to spring break and the high volume of ATV 4 wheelers and dune buggies, we didn’t actually get to go out on the sand dunes, because it was unsafe.  The park is building an observation deck but aren’t done with it yet.  There was a patch of sand near the park office so the girls could play in the sand.

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Our next stop was the sod house in Aline, OK.  The house was built in 1894.  It was still being used for storage in 1963 when the state historical society aquired the house.  They built a three sided shed to go around it.  In the early 1980’s the state built a fully enclosed structure to protect it.  Here’s the website if you want more info http://www.okhistory.org/sites/sodhouse.

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The museum also has a huge shed of farm implements.

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I think this is a horse drawn corn picker.

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I think this is a horse drawn manure spreader.

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Planes, trains, and automobiles

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One of the places we stopped during our spring break girl scout trip was Waynoka, OK.  Back when flying in a plane wasn’t done at night, Waynoka played an intrical part in getting from New York to California.  You would leave New York at night on a train, arrive in Columbus OH at dawn, get on the plane and fly to Waynoka, OK, then board a train at dusk and get to California the next morning.  Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart both spent time in Waynoka.

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One of things that the train depot in Waynoka is known for is that it was a Harvey House.  A guy by the last name of Harvey, who was from England, got a contract from the railroad to set up restaraunts along the train line.  They used fine linens and china when they served guests.  Gentlemen were required to wear a jacket while eating at a Harvey House.  They had extra jackets if you didn’t have one.   The waitresses were known as Harvey Girls.  They couldn’t be married, they signed contracts to work for 3 years, and they lived above the restaraunt at the depot.

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The train still goes through Waynoka, but doesn’t stop anymore.  They have a locomotive you can climb all over, or pretend that it’s going to run you over.

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Part of the depot is still being restored.  The part where the Harvey House restaraunt was, is now a Mexican restaraunt.  We had lunch that day after our tour.

Devonne coordinated our trip for us.  One of the board members of the Historical society in Waynoka gave us a private tour.  The board members daughter was a roommate with Devonne in college, so we got extra special treatment.

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This building used to be a quilt store.  Before that it was a telephone office.  I was in the quilt store back in 2002.  The telephone company donated the building to the Historical society.  I can’t wait to see what they do with it.