Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Livin' it up in Dixie {Panoply & Franklin}



What: Panoply

When: Friday, April 28, 5-9pm
            Saturday, April 29, 10am-9pm
            Sunday, April 30, 12-7pm

Where: Big Spring Park, downtown Huntsville

Cost: Day pass- $10, Weekend pass- $18, kids under 12 get in free

Parking: $5 in city parking facilities

Weather Forecast: high 80's, 20% chance of rain Friday, 50% chance of rain Sunday

Website: click here

Panoply has been a part of Huntsville for as long as I can remember (pretty sure my 4th grade art work was displayed)!  The weekend is full of music, art, interactive projects for kids and of course food trucks.

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What: Main Street Festival

When: Saturday, April 29, 10am-6pm
            Sunday, April 30, 11am-5pm

Where: Downtown Franklin, TN

Cost: free

Parking: available at Church of the City and Harlinsdale Farm with $1 shuttle rides to the event

Weather Forecast: mid to high 80's

Website: click here


This is the 34th annual Main Street Festival and the website promises lots of live music, a vintage carnival for kids and over 150 vendors selling all sorts of crafts and treasures.  There will be plenty of delicious festival favorites...kettle corn, roasted corn, old fashioned soda...you name it, they'll probably have it!  Festival hint: bring a wagon to haul all your finds...or kids...or dogs...or your sore feet from all that walking!

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Bloomin' Festival Update...Daddy, Moma and I headed to the festival after the rainstorms and we had so much fun!  I could have spent at least $700 in the first 10 minutes but I showed great restraint.  In fact, we only bought our lunch and Monk Bread to share with Chris (who had to work).  Loved this sign and it sums up the last 10 months perfectly...it's so good to be home.




Friday, April 21, 2017

A hope & a future

 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, 
plans to give you HOPE and a FUTURE.
Jeremiah 29:11


Abby & Nick got a fun surprise this week when TN Valley Community Journal called and asked if they could interview them for an article about their adoption!  The Community Journal's mission to share inspiring, faith-based stories from the community so when the reporter saw their story on gofundme.com, she contacted Abby for an interview.

Click here to go read Adoption Offers Hope And A Future.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Livin' it up in Dixie {music, festival & art}


I'm highlighting three events going on this weekend.  I hope you can grab your friends or family and have a little fun livin' it up in Dixie!



What: Concert on the Dock (first of the season)

When: Friday, April 21, 6-9pm

Where: Lowe Mill East Dock (under the water tower), 2211 Seminole, Dr, Hsv, 35805

Cost: free

Parking: $5 suggested parking donation

Weather Forecast: clear, in the mid 80's

Website: click here

Chris and I went to several concerts last year and always loved it!  Make sure you bring your lawn chairs...and your pet if you want!  Someone brought a goat last year.  #Ilovebama

Lowe Mill is open during the concerts so it's a great time to get a jar of Piper and Leaf Tea and take a stroll through the shops and booths inside.  The Spring series runs through June 9, so don't miss this new Huntsville tradition!

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What: Bloomin' Festival

When: Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 9am-5pm both days

Where: St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School, 1600 St. Bernard Dr., Cullman, AL 35055

Cost: $5 but kids 5 and under get in free

Parking: free

Weather Forecast: Saturday: possible afternoon storm, mid 80's
                                 Sunday: 20% chance of rain, high 60's

Website: click here


Back when we were a family of 4, we spent a fabulous Saturday at the Bloomin' Festival!  They have some of the best booths I've ever seen at a festival with many treasures to discover.  This is where my mom got her bottle tree that's in her yard and where I got the church birdhouse that is too pretty to actually put outside for the birds!  It takes just over an hour to get to Cullman, so totally worth the drive.

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What: Art on the Lake

When: Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 10am-5pm both days

Where: Recreational Center, 1500 Sunset Dr., Guntersville, AL 35976

Cost: $2, but kids under 12 are free

Parking: free

Weather Forecast: Saturday: possible afternoon storm, mid 80's (event is rain or shine!)
                                Sunday: 20% chance of rain, high 60's

Website: click here


I haven't been to this festival yet, but Abby and Nick have and they really enjoyed it.  The website promises over 130 fin artists and craftsman plus food vendors, outdoor games and a bake sale.  The festival is actually alongside Lake Guntersville so no doubt this will be a beautiful event.