As most of you all know we are very much into the Scottish Family History (and Irish on my side ;)). So when we heard there would be a Celtic festival all of 5 miles from our house, we jumped at the chance to go. It was a small festival, but I think it has a lot of potential. They had the bagpipes, Irish dancers, fiddles and a few kilts. Of course P was proudly sporting his full gear, but he wasn't the only one. Little Bit and Miss Priss were dressed in theirs as well!
Aren't they cute in their kilts and Scotland shirts!?!
This was Little Bits first festival and I think it was a good one to take her to. She enjoyed listening to the music, watching the dancers and even dancing a little bit herself.
The girls eating lunch while listening to the bagpipes.
Miss Priss and Papaw taking it all in.
Slip Jig from Huntsville. They were okay, but it needed to be a little louder.
D, Daddy, Miss Priss and Little Bit all dressed for the day.
Little Bit expressing how much she loves the festival.
The next generation's love of photography has already begun.
Miss Priss loves to borrow D's camera and take as many pictures as her
little heart desires. She is already talking about asking Santa for her own
Okay so I got a sewing machine 2 Christmases ago. I used it a lot at first, you know trying to learn the basics. Then I actually made a couple of items for the girls and others. Then we moved. Dum...dum...dum and it hasn't seen the light of day again until now.
We were walking around at the Collinsville Trade Day when I spotted the cutest little hand-made dress. It sparked an interest and I was determined to get the machine out again. So I picked up this cute little pattern and some fabric from Wally-world and got down to business.
It only took a couple of days to complete. I was shocked. Of course the pattern wasn't exactly all that difficult so I can't say much.
I can't wait for the girls to actually wear them. Maybe this weekend if it doesn't rain too much they can wear them to Decoration at the Hays Cemetary. I hope to get some cute pics of the girls in their new dresses.
We began our BEAUTIFUL easter morning with two little girls jumping up and down excitedly about what the easter bunny had left for them. The two little turkeys sweethearts tip-toed into the livingroom without us to see their surprises. Then came running into our room yelling...."He brought us fishing poles....get up, get up, come on!!!" So at 7am we drug ourselves out of bed to begin the process!
After watching the excitement, I quickly moved into the kitchen to bake a couple of pies. Lemon Meringue pies from scratch that is! I had just enough time to bake the pies, get the girls dressed, get myself ready and get out the door.
Finally making sure we had packed everything we headed to church with Mimi and PapaPerry. After service we headed back to Mimi's for a yummy lunch, pictures and an easter egg hunt...
Some people weren't as happy as others to have their pictures taken!
After a long day spent in dresses, the girls were ready to head home.
That evening we had plans to grill out and have a bond fire by the creek. Granny T, Papa Jim, Pop, Uncle Jay, Papaw and D all came over to enjoy the wonderful summer-like weather. It was the best place to be with 2 new fishing rods from the easter bunny!!!
Even though it was hard to leave North Carolina, we were headed to a friend's wedding in the Atlanta area. As most of you know, P and I don't get out much! So when we got the invite to the wedding and someone agreed to keep the kids (thanks D and Granny T!) we quickly made reservations to go! The ceremony was beautiful, the dinner delicious and the reception was a blast! I wanted to take my camera to the wedding, but I didn't know if I wanted to keep up with it all night. Of course I wish I had now, but it was better to be safe than sorry! These pictures are from the photographer's website (http://www.conrhodzonio.com/). I can't wait to see more!
Lindsay and Richard.
Congrats to the newly weds! The wedding was awesome!
*Sigh* - Ah the beautiful landscapes of Western North Carolina. I just can't get enough! Eventually, one day, someday.....we are going to move there. Preferably sooner than later, but hey I'll take what I can get!
On the spur of the moment P and I decided to make a quick trip to the mountains over Spring Break. Since we were headed to Atlanta for a wedding on Saturday, we decided to take a long detour through North Carolina to get there. Real smart I know, but I must say it was a great trip.
Thankfully Granny T and Jim let us stay in their BEAUTIFUL cabin located in Andrews.
This is the view from the top of the hill behind the cabin.
This is a close-up of the same view behind their cabin.
If you look closely you can see the chimney in the bottom left corner of the pic.
We decided since we want to one day move to NC that we would go ahead and start looking at some real-estate. We got so caught up with the idea we even rode around with a real-estate agent all day Friday! Here are some pics of some of the places we looked at.
This house was awesome, but more of a vacation spot. It had no rooms really. It was on 12 acres and way out in the woods, but we don't have that kind of money for a "2nd home"!
This next house had an awesome driveway. Really made you feel like you had money!!
Same house...with breath-taking views!!
This tiny cabin was more in our price range! It's right on the creek (and road too!) and backs up to the Nantahala National Forest.
It wasn't until that afternoon when we found the perfect place for our family - Hayesville. I know what you are thinking...it's spelling wrong I know, but hey it's close enough. No really, we fell in love with this little town that happens to be named Hayesville. It was so cute and friendly.
When we win the lottery I want to buy this house with this view!!!
This is downtown Hayesville. It's surround 360* by beautiful rolling mountains.
The courthouse in downtown Hayesville.
One good lookin' guy waiting around on me to finish taking pictures!
The drive into the Tusquitte Valley from downtown Hayesville. It was breath-taking!!
It looked like the old truck was placed in front of this old barn just so I could take a picture of it!
This was the oddest house we looked at all day! A guy from Florida moved to the mountains, but he still wanted his "warm-Florida" feeling. So he added a green-house to the front and painted it some odd colors. I don't know if he's ever going to sell it though. He wants WAY to much money for it!
Last but not least is my favorite picture from the trip. The barn, the truck, the little windy road is calling my name! Can't you just see P out in the pasture on the tractor, the girls running around with big smiles and the dogs right behind them??
Unfortunately we had to leave the next day, but we are planning another trip in April. This time we are taking P's parents with us so they can fall in love with the area too! I figure once they see it, we'll all be making a big move! ;)
I am Meg Hays from a beautiful little town in North Alabama. I live here with my wonderful, hard-working hubby (The Woodsman), our beautiful daughters, Miss Priss (10) and Little Bit (6 and 1/2) and our dogs Shelby, Maggie and Annie. I am a christian, wife, mother, teacher, photographer, photo editor, scrapbooker, amatuer seamstress, vegetable canner, southern girl just trying to survive from one day to the next.
This is the most recent picture of all of us. It was taken at the Stone Mtn Highland Games.
P is a great husband and father. He is always working on something whether it's his job, the yard, the shop, the house, the garden, the fences, the dogs or his own special projects. He keeps himself busy that is for sure. Despite all the hard work, he still manages to make time to hang out with me and the girls for some fun!! Here he is building a table for his shop. It turned out pretty cool. He can build anything!!!
Miss Priss (10) is our oldest daughter and she acts like a stereotypical 1st born. She is a very, well...what's the word??....bossy!! She likes to take control of the situation and make sure things are done right! She is a very kind-hearted, caring, precious little angel. She is a wonderful big sister that is great at helping take care of her little sister.
Little bit is our youngest daughter (6 and 1/2). We call her our "spunky" child and boy is she! She is full of life and always has something going. Happy or piping mad, she doesn't have a problem letting you know how she feels at any given moment. Little Bit keeps us on our toes and we love every minute of it.
Shelby was kind of a present from P to me when we found out I was expecting The Miss Priss. He thought she would be a good companion for me as we awaited the arrival of our first born. Turns out it was the best idea ever. I still call her my pregnant buddy!! She thinks she is a person though! She was as big as the palm of my hand when we first brought her home. Now she's just a little over weight, but I still love her to pieces!