Thursday, February 5, 2009

Things in my House Thursday XIII

Yes, I have my spoon collection on display...just like any little old lady would do! I received my first spoon in 1970. It was a gift of appreciation for pouring punch in a wedding. Thus a hobby was born. In high school (1974) I bought several as souvenirs on a bus trip to the east coast with a 4-H exchange group.
My favorites, of course, are those purchased on vacations taken with my family. Our first big trip was to Yellowstone National Park. Our daughters were 8 and 4. We stayed in a lodge right inside the park. We ate in the cafeteria and hiked around to the major sites.
In 1999, the girls and I rode the Amtrak to the West Coast. We stayed with my cousin and her family. We had a fabulous time taking in the state of Washington . A highlight was the day we spent at Mount Rainer. We hiked up to the highest spectator point. We saw wild flowers along the path, and then snow... in August! The view was breath-taking.
Another favorite vacation...a dream vacation, that is...was when the girls and I went to Hawaii in 2002. We went with my cousin and her daughter. Again, we did all the things a good tourist would do, a luau, snorkeling, para-sailing, the Polynesian Cultural Center, the International Market Place, and the best...just laying on the beach.
As the girls got older, I thought we would never take another vacation, just the 4 of us, but in 2007, we had the opportunity to go to Oklahoma City for a week. My hubby went for work, and we tagged along to enjoy the city, and to celebrate being out of school for the summer!





Whatcha' Workin' On Wednesday was not exciting enough to merit its own post...so here it is...this is what I was doing last night.

13 comments:

Renna said...

You've had some neat experiences with your family, Natalie, and you have some lovely spoons in remembrance.

Funny, you don't look like an old lady. ;-Þ

Carol said...

Your spoon collection is wonderful! My Grandma Ruby collected spoons. She had a story to tell about where each spoon came from.

MSM said...

I see these little spoons at any tourist-y place I go and think how cute they are.... but I don't have a collection and decide that I don't need to start one now.

Yours is awesome because you started so young and have such good memories of them.

Thanks for joining TIMHT!

Tolentreasures said...

YOur spoon collection is wonderful! It made me think that somewhere packed among all my moves is a thiimble collection that I started as a young girl. Now that I have a sewing room, I need to dig that out. Too cold to go to the attic now but maybe this weekend. Thanks for jogging my old memory!

Cathy

implexus said...

Ha! Spoon collection, I love it. Great stories and experiences behind them.

Muddy said...

My mother started a spoon collection back when I was in high school. I think when her spoon rack got full, she quit buying anymore. When my daughter was little, my mother would bring it down to the floor for my daughter to play with.

You have a lot of really wonderful memories to associate with the spoons. Thanks for sharing :)

Joy said...

I don't collect spoons myself, but I think the tiny instruments look very cool all grouped together with the added bonus of being reminders of wonderful times. :O)

Michelle said...

Wow! That's neat! I only have seen one other. I like to get a deck of cards from places I've been, but we don't really play cards all that much anymore, and they're kind of heavy to move when you're a military family, so I tend to get pencils now! Easy and cheap. I like the spoons, though!

M said...

Cool collection!
We were poor when the kids were little and just bought the National Park book that you stamp at each visitor center! You've got a neat little treasure!

Lisa Boyer said...

Heyyyyyy! An Aloha State spoon? I don't even have one of those! Beautiful collection...thanks for sharing. They're all so pretty!

jodi said...

What a beautiful spoon collection and memories to go with it.

Karen said...

I found your blog through Renna and have enjoyed browsing. Your mom sounds like a wonderful, independent lady! I also enjoyed seeing your spoon collection. When I was growing up, my mom started me on a spoon collection. I still have it, but don't have it displayed. I should look for one of the racks to put it on. Lots of good memories in collections such as these. I enjoyed hearing about yours.

Carol said...

I LOVE IT!!!!!! I started a spoon collection in junior high. I think I have about three spoons. LOL I believe I switched to unicorns and went hog wild. HA