Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Deep In the Heart of Texas


~Once a year, go someplace you've never been~

I try to follow that suggestion, not only because it's fun and exciting, but because my soul needs and deserves it. The anticipation of the going gets under my skin and itches until I can hardly sleep. My mind swirls around all the sights and sounds that we will shortly be experiencing. I mentally pack and unpack my suitcase twenty times until that time when my hands are truly packing. I'm as excited as a young child ~ What will we see? What will we do? How will the air smell? Will we see city lights? Will I get to smell the farmland and taste the regions fare? ARE WE THERE YET??

Tomorrow I will pack for a short trip to Texas. We are meeting Weston, our newest grandbaby and can hardly wait to hold him. We haven't seen Sam and Jes for over two years now and are so excited to just share some time with them. Sam is in the service, stationed in Texas, but scheduled for his second deployment in June so it's definately time for a visit.

Riff has driven through a small part of Texas and I have never been anywhere near, so this is our "go someplace you've never been before" trip this year. Actually, last year passed without me meeting this goal, so I may have to make it up this year. Not sure where that second place will be. I promise to take pictures of the first.

The image above is some travel tags that I made for myself using Aimee Ray's inspiration in her book Doodle-Stitching, (which I borrowed from Monica ). The light isn't very good, but they are really bright and springy. I made my first tag very similar to the one in Aimee's book, but changed where the ID window goes. Aimee had hers on the inside, so that you see the ID when you open it up. I wanted mine to show on the outside, so I put it on the back of the tags. As I was making my first one, I suddenly had an image of cherry tree's in bloom floating around in my head and this is what I came up with. I really like it and couldn't wait to get it on my suitcase. I'm ready now ~ the anticipation is high ~ Thursday night I will be smelling that Texas air for the first time.

Happy Trails to you...

11 comments:

Valerie said...

This is a great idea. I love to go places and always love to learn. Great idea. Thanks for the visit. Have Fun!

Adrienne said...

Bon Voyage! Enjoy your kids and that precious grandbaby. Can't wait till you are back to hear all about it. ~Adrienne~

mo said...

Sounds like a fun trip! The tags are darling. Eat some yummy Tex Mex for me while you are down there!

Jeni said...

WOO HOO! A two for one going on here - you get to go somewhere you've never been before but more than that, you get to meet someone you've been dying to meet up with too - your grandson! Hope you have a great -and very safe trip to Texas and back. Enjoy the sights and just have yourself a terrific time getting acquainted with the grandson!
Love your travel tags too - really cool!

Anja said...

Have a great time in Texas! How super it must be to hold your grandson for the first time. Enjoy!!!!

happy zombie said...

Oh how exciting Paula! I'm so happy about your trip and seeing your new grandbaby Weston!!! Have a wonderful trip and take lots and lots of pics, k - and I look forward to your return.

You're travel tags are soooooooooooo cute!

Cynthia said...

Love your tags, sorry I missed your send off. Hope your trip is wonderful.

Yolanda said...

Have a safe trip. Love the stiching you did.

Mimi said...

as I am writing this you are "Deep in the heart of Texas",
I know you are enjoying it because you are busy kissing and hugging your new grand baby...
have a safe trip and I'll see you when you get back home...

Nancy said...

I know you have been busy with that new grandbaby but I was wondering how you have done on that sock. Did you ever get it figured out? I hope so, socks are so much fun to knit.

monique said...

I hope that you had a nice trip!
Hpow wonderful to hold your grandson for the first time.

Have a lovely weekend.
MOnique.