My Home Town in Gilmer County WV

This video was made by On The Road In West Virginia on Facebook.  It is a small history of Gilmer county, which is where I grew up!  I lived about 1 mile from Glenville, which is the county seat.  I hope you enjoy this video, and go visit On The Road in West Virginia and watch all their videos!

Glenville is one of those “one horse towns” you hear about.  When I lived there, it had 1 stoplight.  At that time, I thought it was hokey and couldn’t understand what the appeal was, but I do now.  It’s small and tightly knit.  People are friendly and help each other.  It’s relatively safe and quiet.

I used to go back home several times a year, but since my mother sold the house and moved in with my sister, I no longer have a place to go.  I do miss it very much.  Although, I have occasionally made it back for the WV State Folk Festival.  I do miss my dad being there, though.  He was a permanent fixture during most of them until he passed away.  He and his brothers had played bluegrass music there, and many other places for years, and he still had jam sessions with lots of folks outside his camper even up in his last years.  I would love, someday, to be able to live back home again!

Dr. Seuss for President!

cat in the hat photo
Photo by Casey Florig

Yes!  I wish Dr. Seuss could come back and be President!  Oh, the places we’d go!

Ever since I was very little, one of my very favorite authors has been Dr. Seuss!  Yes, even as an adult!  Not only was he whimsical and imaginative, but he was very smart and a good person.  He lived through racism, commercialism, and all sorts of other “isms”, and saw the damage that they could do.  In his art and books, he tried to teach children (although, many adults could take a lesson) tolerance and care for people and this world we live in.  I truly believe that the world would be a much better place if people read his books and tried to think like him every day!

So, now, I’d like to share a few of my favorite videos of his stories!  This first one isn’t a book, though.  It’s a biography made for kids in a style befitting Dr. Seuss himself!  I hope you enjoy these.  Please let me know what YOUR favorite is in the comments!

In Search of Dr. Seuss

The Cat in the Hat

Green Eggs and Ham AND Sneetches

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?  And why?

 

Springtime Fun for Kids Roundup

 

I just love when Spring arrives!  Everything starts to turn green, the temperature gets warmer, and there is a freshness in the air!  And, like many of you, my fingers itch to get crafting for Easter and Spring decor.

Today, though, I’m going to put together some fun crafts and ideas for the kids!  They will help get their little spirits in the Springtime mood, and make a fun afternoon for you to spend together!  I look forward to doing some of these with my own grandkids!

By Alessandra over at asparklylifeforme.com

Alessandra at A Sparkly Life for Me had a very original idea that lots of children will go “roaring” mad for!  Who says it HAS to be a bunny?  I say this idea is grrrreat!  Click the image to go to her post and see all her images and a list of items she used, so you can create your own unique pre-historic Easter!

By Brandy at gluesticksblog.com

This is just so clever!  This fun craft will allow you to give the kids flowers they can plant over and over again!  So simple!  Go check out Brandy’s post by clicking the image above!

By Liza at viewsfromtheville.com

Now, I just have to say that Liza has the cutest critters I have seen so far this Spring!  And they are a perfect do-something-together craft for little fingers!  Click on the image to go to Views From the Ville and find out how you can make your own!

By Angie at thecountrychiccottage.net

Oh my goodness!  How I love this idea!  Angie over at The Country Chic Cottage has a seriously cute craft that the kiddos will flip for!  Coloring AND glue??  I mean, what’s not to love??  LOL  Click the image to find out exactly how they made theirs!

By Lisa at mythoughtsideasandramblings.com

Well, you may or may not want the kids helping with this one, but if you don’t, it will be one heck of a Mom Win when you pull them out!!!  These bunny butt cupcakes have got to be my favorite!  Lisa nailed it!  Click the image to go to her site and learn how to make them for your little Easter bunnies!

Which of these fun ideas is YOUR favorite?  Do you have one you’d like to share?  Go ahead and post it in the comments section!  Now… Get Hopping!!!

“B” is for Batman Birthday!

clayton batman cake
This is Clayton (and Batman)!  He turned 3 this weekend!  They had a little party for him at McDonald’s, and his Aunt Sammy made him a Batman cake!  He was super excited about it!  Especially when Batman was holding the candles.  Although, that didn’t last long, as Batman decided the moment after this photo was a good time to take a leap off the cake.  LOL  Don’t worry.  No superheros were harmed in the making of this birthday party!  😉

I think Clayton had a good time!  He got lots of presents, and had a great time playing with the other kids!  He got really excited to see that he got several puzzles and bubbles!

He spent the night with us a few days before his party, and this was his favorite activity!  I think he’s going to be my little artist!  He loves to draw or color or something like that when he’s here!  He made three masterpieces while he was at it.  So, aside from puzzles for his birthday, as requested, we also got him a set of watercolors and some nice paper to paint with at home!  I can’t wait to see what beautiful creations he comes up with!