Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesady - Azaleas

Azaleas in our front yard

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Weekly Goals for the week of April 14, 2014


Last week was a very busy week around here with getting ready for the Passion Play that 3 of the family members was in. We had 3 performances and 2 dress rehearsals. So that in itself made for a very interesting week.

Here is what was on my Priority list for this past week.
  1. Continue reading The Other 8 Hours by Robert Pagliarini.
  2. Continue going through the living room and cleaning, getting rid of stuff and organizing.
  3. Get our garden in the ground.This has got to be done this week.
  4. Get through the Passion Play weekend. This is very physically tiring but worth it all. 
  5. Finish reading Voyage with the Vikings as a family.
 For some reason last week was a really productive week despite being out of the house for so long. Hopefully this will be the case this week also.

 Here is what is on my Priority list for this week:
  1. Finish reading Delivering Happiness- A path to profits, passion and purpose by Tony Hsieh.
  2. Continue going through the living room, cleaning, getting rid of stuff and organizing.
  3. Do something fun as a family this week.
  4. Work on an ebook I have been thinking about doing.
  5. Relax on the porch with my husband. Drink coffee and talk.
 I have purposefully made this weeks list of goals easier since I think the family is needing to have an easier week after our hard week last week.

How about you, What is your goals for this week?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Traveling the Natchez Trace


Have you ever dreamed of going back to a simpler way of life? Well, we have found that there is a place where you can almost go back in time and see the way life used to be. A place where time almost stops. A place where you can slow down and enjoy nature, history and a slower pace. The Natchez Trace is exactly where you can find all of this.

The Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444 mile road that follows along the same route as the original Natchez Trace that went from Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN. The Natchez Trace is an old Indian trail. In the early 1800's through the mid 1820's, people would float crops, livestock and other materials down the Mississippi River on wooden flatboats. After they got to Natchez or New Orleans and sold their goods and flatboats they would walk or ride horseback toward home along the Natchez Trace. As more and more people used the Natchez Trace some stands or inns started to crop up to provide lodging, food and drink to the travelers of the trace. There have been many people travel the trace and some of the famous ones are: Gen. Andrew Jackson, Meriwether Lewis (he actually died along the trace), John James Audubon, Jefferson Davis, and Ulysses S. Grant.

I first heard about the Natchez Trace years ago and since that time I have wanted to travel the whole Trace. This past February, we finally traveled the whole Natchez Trace from Natchez to Nashville. We did do part of the Natchez Trace about a year and a half ago, but I have always wanted to drive the whole thing. So we decided to actually do that. We spent 4 days driving the Natchez Trace and stopping to explore things along the way. Even though we spent 4 days on the Natchez Trace we still didn't see and do everything we wanted to. I guess we will have to take another adventure on the Natchez Trace.

There is so much to see and do along the Natchez Trace.

Some of the things that you can do along the Natchez Trace are:

  • Mount Locust, this is a restored plantation and historic stand.
  • The Sunken Trace, an original section of the trace that is actually sunk down due to all the foot traffic.
  • Cypress Swamp
  • Indian Mounds
  • Unknown Confederate grave sites
  • Meriwether Lewis Monument
  • Tobacco Farm, where you can see how tobacco was produced.
 Here is some pictures of the things you can see.

The beginning of the Natchez Trace Parkway in Natchez, MS.



The Sunken Trace


On the Sunken Trace

Cypress Swamp

Walking on the Cypress Swamp tour.
At the Emerald Mound

Emerald Mound

Unknown Confederate grave

Tobacco farm

Tobacco drying
Our trip traveling the Natchez Trace was a fun and exciting trip for us. We can't wait to travel the Natchez Trace again.

To find out more about the Natchez Trace be sure and go here. Or you can go to the National Park service website and look it up from there.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The 2014 Ultimate Blog Party

 Ultimate Blog Party 2014

This is my first year participating in the Ultimate Blog Party from 5minutesformom.com . I am so excited to meet some new friends and reconnect with some old ones.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Karen and I live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I tell people we are as far south as you can get in Mississippi. We live only about 1/2 a mile from the beach. I love to go down to Hwy 90 and drive along the scenic road and look at the water.

The Biloxi Lighthouse

One thing that has always amazed me about this area is that we actually have a lighthouse that sits in the middle of a 4 lane hwy. I love to go past this lighthouse when we  drive down Hwy 90 in Biloxi, MS.


It is amazing that I have been here for over 20 years and I love it here. I am originally from Long Island, New York, where I lived till I got married to my best friend, Larry. Together we have 3 kids; Daniel, Katie and John.

At the top the Arch in Saint Louis, MO

I have been blogging here at Families Around the Kitchen Table since September of 2010, but I have been blogging since around 2008. My first blog was over on Homestead Blogger.  Besides this blog, I also blog about Disney over at Exploring the Mouse.

Families Around the Kitchen Table is a blog about families and families getting together and enjoying each other. Here you can find things about travel, homeschooling, family outings, frugal living, as well as any number of other things.


Some of my favorite activities are:
  • reading
  • spending time with my family
  • drinking coffee with my hubby on the front porch
  • planning a Disney vacation
  • looking at the changing fall leaves
  • walking on the piers at the beach, especially at sunset 


Thank you for stopping by.

Wordless Wednesday - Cypress Swamp

Cypress Swamp along the Natchez Trace

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Giveaway



A celebration is in order here, Families Around the Kitchen Table has bought a dot com for this blog and we are doing a giveaway because of it.

I have been wanting to buy my own dot com for some time now and I am very excited to get one and get it on the blog. To me this is the next step in my blogging adventure.


This giveaway is for a flowered tote bag, 2 photo greeting cards that are blank inside and 4 bookmarks.

 So with out further adieu, here is the giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


This giveaway is open to anyone in the United States and will end at midnight on April 15th.

Thank you for entering and good luck.
















Priority Goals for the week of April 7, 2014



This week has been busy. I have been sick and had to go for an unexpected trip to the doctor to get something for my sinus infection. But I think I am on the mend and ready to go again. We did get some things accomplished last week. Here is what was accomplished last week.
  1. Finish reading Voyage with the Vikings as a family.
  2. Start reading The Other 8 Hours by Robert Pagliarini.
  3. Write a post for Home and School Mosaics.
  4. Start going through the living room and cleaning, getting rid of stuff and organizing.
  5. Get our garden in the ground. (We decided to wait on this because we were supposed to get really bad rain coming into our area.)
This week is going to be super busy with an outside commitment at church. For the last several years our family has been involved with a Passion Play. Several family members are in it and the performances are this week. So we have dress rehearsals and actual performances. Busy, busy, busy around here.

Here is what is on my Priority list for this week.
  1. Finish reading Voyage with the Vikings as a family.
  2. Continue reading The Other 8 Hours by Robert Pagliarini.
  3. Continue going through the living room and cleaning, getting rid of stuff and organizing.
  4. Get our garden in the ground.This has got to be done this week.
  5. Get through the Passion Play weekend. This is very physically tiring but worth it all.
What is on your goal list for this week?

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