Day 4

6/14/2013

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The morning of day 4 started at a campground outside the gates of Graceland. Our first stop was a tour of the Presley home.   Below is a photo of the kitchen and to the right is a the sitting room just to the right of the entry way.  The home is simply amazing.
And the pool room. This room is decorated with 750 yards of fabric!  Can you imagine.....the dust in here!!
And just so you know, Elvis also thought sewing was a good idea.  And buying Singer as a gift, even better!
After our big tour, the kiddos were exhausted so we took to the highway to make our way to Atlanta to visit family and friends.  On our way we needed to get out of the RV and stretch our legs.  The joy of road trips is that we can make impromptu stops.  Today, we did just that with a stop in Natural Bridge, Alabama.  The name of the town and also of the main tourist attraction there.  It was a fantastic stop with a really great hike that took about 30 min.  The cave/bridge/rock was amazing.  
We closed out day four by arriving in Atlanta, Georgia and will spend the next few days with family and friends.  Days 5, 6, 7 and 8 will be family time so I will not be posting.  See you on day 9 (June 19th) when we hit the highway again.  
 
Day three started in Cape Girgardeau, Mo.  It was a beautiful morning so the boys did their workouts while the girls headed to the pool for an early morning swim.  After getting ready to start our day and check out, we decided that poor Jackson just needed to get his ear looked it.  It was really bothering him, so off to a "quick" clinic we went.  We spent the afternoon there, but left Cape Girgardeau with medicine for an ear infection. Hoping he feels better soon.

Our next destination was Memphis TN!  We drove about 3 hours this afternoon, putting us into Memphis in time for dinner.  A stop at the Corky's Bar-B-Q was in order.  It was delicious!
The pulled pork shoulder was amazing!
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Looking forward to an exciting day 4 touring everything Elvis.  Really, everything is a play on Elvis around here.   See....

 
We have launched! Day 1 of our trip was filled with excitement and a lot of packing and cleaning. The kiddos finished their final day of school and afterwards we hit the road. We landed in Peru Il, where we boondoggled in a Walmart parking lot. Day 2 started with a two hour drive to Springfield Il. In Springfield, we visited the Abraham Lincoln museum, Lincoln's home, and Lincoln's Law Office and lastly the Lincoln Depot.

The Lincoln Home. This home is preserved very much like when Lincoln lived there with his family and with a lot of the same furniture. One particular interesting piece is Mary's sewing table. On top of this table is a basket created by Mary.

The night of day two we drove a few hours staying in Cape Girardeau, MO at a campground.

So far our trip is great! We are adjusting nicely to life in the road.

 
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Maybe it is the end of school or the preparing for a trip, but life is CRAZY busy around here.  The end of school.  Next year is a big year here -- all three kids will be in school full time.  Jenna will officially start kindergarten now that she has her preschool diploma.  It was such a precious graduation and she was so proud of herself.  Going though the system for the last time is so much more of a heartstring tugger.  We dearly love our preschool that one child or another has attended for the last 7+ years and will miss it so much.  Knowing that a great elementary school year is right around the corner helps out...but a fantastic summer trip, will get your mind off all things school immediately!

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Speaking of the RV trip, we are at the 10 day mark.  10 days.  I am learning it is a lot of work to pack up your home, business and kids for 7 weeks!  A LOT of work, but it will all be worth it.  

The motorhome is out of storage and currently getting an oil change and "summerized."  I don't know the official word, but before winter they had to "winterize" it, so this just makes good sense to me!  (Winterize is where they put anti-freeze stuff in the water lines so they don't burst over the cold Wisconsin winter.)  She (I wonder if Stuart knows it is a girl?) will come back this week and the packing will begin.  

I said in the last post I would answer some questions about her.  (Oh, she needs a name!) So here it goes.....

What do you eat?  At restaurants every day?
We eat most of our meals in the RV.  Of course we eat out as well, but really save those times for when we cannot get back to the RV (like if we are out all day)  or when there is an amazing restaurant in the area.  So if we are close or in a town where you know there is an establishment we must try, please let us know.   I also love canning food.  So for this trip I have processed several cans of sloppy joes, taco meat, beef and beef stew.  We will also have some meals in bags in the freezer.  Next on the list for the freezer is Chicken Curry Pot Pie.  This is a favorite in our family -- except I leave out the parsley and make biscuits on the side rather than the puff pastry.  The fridge/freezer runs off LP gas, so it says on the entire time.

Where do you park the RV?  Depends on the night.  There are several stores (Walmart, Cabelas ect) that will allow overnight stays.  We do use these places if we just need a place to park and will move on right way the next day.  Otherwise, we will stay at various campgrounds and state parks along the way.   Again, share with us places that you just love!

Don't you get sick of riding?  So far, no.  I cannot say this won't change after 7 weeks on the road!  Stuart is the driver and I am the co-poilet.  Well, I did drive once for about 10 min!  The kids read, watch movies, play games ect while we are traveling.  Yes, we make them sit on the couch or at the table with seat belts, for the most part.   We have done a brief mapping of our trip and we need to average about 2 hours a day.  That is nothing in an RV.  

This is awesome, but don't you have to work?  Yes, we do.  Stuart and I are both self-employeed.    We will be working along the way.  We have many business stops to make and computers set up to allow us to work as we travel.  Stuart has a pretty neat and interesting gig, so we get to go lots of fun places!  Stay tuned.....

Are you bringing your sewing machine?  YES!  I would not leave home without one!  She is in the shop currently getting all prepped for the trip.  I will let you meet her when she returns! 

Where are you going?  A long way!  We have a very brief outline of our travels right now.  And we will update you along the way.  We will start out heading south for several days. 

Then of course, there is always questions about the toilet and sewer!   This is pretty easy for me.  It is Stuart's job!  He says emptying the tanks is not that big of a deal, so I am going with that!  We empty about every other day.  As for showers, you turn the hot water heater on about 5 min before your military style shower and you are good to go!  

Let me know if you have more questions.

 
The Road Trip preparation has begun!  What trip you ask?  Over the last couple summers our family of five has rented an motorhome for vacations across the United States.  This was our time to see if we liked RV life and if it worked for our family. Guess what?  IT DOES!  We LOVE it.  So last fall, we purchased our very own new-to-us RV and plan to hit the road for TWO months.  Yes, two months.  We leave one month from today, so the real planning has started!  Well, kind of.  The RV is in storage until next weekend.  So for the time being, I shall craft and blog!  And yes, I will be blogging along the way this summer so you may follow along!  (You may follow on Instagram too - username Anns_Photos)

A Map.  Of course you need a map on a road trip!  This one is for the kids.  I printed off this map at Mr. Printables.  Ran it though the Xyron machine with the laminate top and magnet back.  Cut it apart and called it done.  Until I realized that it probably will be too big to fit on the oven door in the RV -- the only place it will stick.  Bummer.  The plan is build the puzzle by putting up each state as we arrive.  Well, this year, we are ONLY covering about 17 states, so it will work -- for now. 

Where are we going?  You will have to wait and see!!!
Next up,  a project for Hailey.  She has been very concerned on how she is going to bring her earrings safely on the trip.  Mommy to the rescue!  And along came the earring wallet.  
We get so many questions about the trip.....
What do you eat?  At restaurants every day?
Where to you park the RV?
Don't you get sick of riding?
This is awesome, but don't you have to work?
Are you bringing your sewing machine?
Where are you going?
Then of course, there is always questions about the toilet and sewer!
I will answer these and many more in the coming days.   Let me know if you have other questions as well.  I would be happy to answer them.  And as we travel, I hope you will enlighten us on must see places along our route!
 
 
About two years.  Yes, this WIP was started a mere two years ago.  And yes, I planned on it taking that long. 
For me, paper piecing this scrap quilt was easy mindless sewing, just what you need somedays.  I like having a long project like this just for those times.  There are so many scraps on this quilt -- which for me, are memories of all the projects created with the fabric. There are friends scraps in here as well, but only from times that we were sewing together.  Here she is in all her glory....okay, hanging on the wall might not be her most glorious spot!
  For quilting I did a simple straight line following white fabric. The back of the quilt is white minky 
and it is machine bound with a raspberry floral.


And just so you know 

even a quilt can get
photo bombed.  
 
Pillow Makeover stats: 2 down, 1 to go.  Introducing Pillow #2. 
Have you tried paper piecing?  Oh, you should.  Love it!  I used the same pattern as the star pin cushion only this time kept it the actual size.  This pillow front has been complete for about a month, or more.  It was one of those projects I was not looking forward to -- seam ripping the old pillow apart, zippers, stuffing it....yuck!  Guess what?  It took me about 15 min to take the old front off the pillow and replace it with this one!  Do you ever do that?  Put off something you think is worse than it really is? (everyone nods)  Oh, good. I am not only one.  
 
For me, this is a great way to start a Saturday morning. Sitting here with a cup of joe and a fancy new book, Sunday Morning Quilts. Did I mention the rest of the family is still sleeping? Huge smile. I am also pondering over my new quilt in progress. I am calling it Scrappy Chevron. It is a paper piecing design I created. Yes, chevron and scraps. They are like peanut butter and jelly, they just go together. Enjoy your Saturday!
 
Big and Little Uptown Jacket Pattern Review. www.carryingsunshine.com
Make It Perfect has created an adorable spring jacket.  The pattern comes in two versions, Little (0-5 years) and Big (6-10 years).  Overall this pattern was easy to follow with great instructions and sizing.  The jackets turned out fantastic!  

The three jackets....

Purple Dots.  This is the first jacket I created was in size 5 from the Little Uptown Girl Pattern.  The fabric used was a quilting cotton for both layers.  This seemed a bit thin for our weather so I added a layer of flannel to the middle.  This created the perfect weight for the jacket.  LOVE IT.  If you choose to add the flannel, make sure to prewash all layers, since flannel tends to shrink more than quilters cotton.  The size fits my 5-year-old perfectly.  I used a fabric covered button and button hole, suggested in the pattern.  Although it looks cute, I think the button might be a bit tough for my daughter to fasten since it is so large.  

Orange and Blue Dot:  The Orange jacket is a size 10, while the Blue jacket is a size 8.  Although they are not for my kids, they tried them on for size for me.  Yes, my son was a trooper and tried on the Orange jacket!  For both jackets, the outer fabric is a thin corduroy and the inside is once again, quilters cotton.  I love the weight of these jackets as well.  The pattern is designed to create a reversible jacket, but I changed the buttons to magnetic snaps, thus eliminating this feature.  If you choose to do this, add a fusible interfacing to the front panels then add snaps and buttons before sewing the lining and outer fabric together.  
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Overall, I am very happy with the results and with the Make it Perfect pattern.   My only disappointment is the Little pattern is available is via download, while the Big pattern is not.   But now that I own both patterns, I am happy to make more!

UPDATE 5/2013:   The Big Uptown pattern is available for download as well.  YEAH!!!  
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