June 12, 2008

the trip...

we started our little trip off at mollie's cafe in snowville, utah...down home cookin to get us off to a good start!  this is where we found out that not only did brandie not know who john wayne was (don't they teach that in school? hello he's a part of american history, right?) ...notice the clocks above, you know there was a john wayne clock...but she had also never had biscuits and gravy.  we were then on a quest to find the best ones for her to try.
this is what the girls did all the way to mccall idaho where we finally woke 
them up to feed them...
if you have never driven to mccall then i highly recommend it.  after you get through boise (sorry people before boise but the real beauty starts after your fair town)
holy cow!  it is so beautiful and green and lush...it made me realize that there really is a god and he loves us a lot to make such beauty for us to enjoy!!!  dave and i have decided that once we get mady out of high school we are movin to idaho!!!  seriously it was that pretty.  
that was a loonngg day on the road and then we finally made it to moscow.  (idaho not russia)

well, we found the perfect biscuits and gravy at the breakfast club in moscow...give em a try if you're ever there.

isn't this so beautiful?  this little corner of washington is one of my favorite places.  we have been there when it's green and been there when it's brown and it's always beautiful!

i love old barns and outbuildings and this is one of my faves...
dave and i stopped here two years ago when we were there and
 got pictures so we had to do it again!  the view is amazing.
we're almost to spokane at this point and my stomach was in butterfly knots!  

yay! we made it...the farm chicks mecca.  we went straight to work and set up the booth.

all set up and ready to go....
we have this fave place to eat in spokane...i know it seems like we are doing an awful lot of eating...it's pretty much all there was to do because we were driving and then we were at the show and then it rained the whole time we were gone!  so anyway, it is called the steam plant and it's in the old spokane steam plant that made the steam that heated the city.  there are these ginormous (yes that's a word, ask mady) stacks and when you stand in the middle of the stack it sounds like you are talking into a microphone because it is perfectly round.  dave knows all of the logistics of the thing and it sounds right when he says it.  

the first picture was a view from inside the stacks and 
this was the view out of our window at the davenport. it's a pretty cool place.

here's the crew working hard in the booth on day 1...there were people waiting in line at the front door in the pouring rain for 45 minutes to get into the show.  it was amazing!  there were literally wall to wall people.  some serious shopping was happening.  luckily a little of that was in our booth.:)  there were some of the coolest antiques that i have seen at this show.  everyone had brought out their best finds and it was great!  dave was there so only a few small things came home with me.  my very favorite is my little cooler.  here i'll show you.

isn't it just cute?  it's in primo condition and actually still has a seal.  it rocks! 
 thanks dave...the sweetheart bought it for my birthday.
i also got this awesome shopping cart but forgot to take a pic...i'll post one later.
i don't know why but i really didn't take a lot of pictures of the booths...one of those after thought things...sorry.  i'll show you what i did take pics of.

this awesome tree was completely wrapped in fabric...welcome to the show!
my mom, thanks mom, made these sooo cute aprons for the girls.  i didn't get a picture of mine but i could have sold about 35 of them.  i was getting propositioned every time i turned around...oh for the apron, people.

this little pay booth made me smile.  it's all the things that you want to say to people at shows when you are taking money from them.  the girls in this booth are soo fun.  they all dress cool with the cowboy  boots and funky skirts and she makes amazing things.  i wanted to take pictures but i know how bad i hate it when people take pictures at my stuff and so i didn't want to offend.  she had the coolest shower curtains made out of vintage materials ever!  i wish you all could have been there to see.

this was my absolute favorite booth in the entire show.  this little car is sooo cute.  the sweet lady who owned it said that her son took his prom date in it...mady and brandie both agreed that would be a pretty cool thing.  i was lucky enough to go stop by their store in couer d'alene on our way home.  such good stuff! 
there were hundreds of other good booths.  everyone was so sweet and nice.
i actually got to meet one of the sisters on the fly.

who was just a fun little lady....and who shared 'miss montana' with me.  she took me for the grand tour and i took lots and lots of pictures.  this is totally one of my other dreams.  i know that some of you are laughing but i want one of these little beauties to call my own.  it would be sooo fun to fix up and hook up to my old cherry red pickup, which i will someday have, and travel a little.  so here are more pics inside of 'miss montana'.

isn't she just the cutest?  loovvee it!

so that was it for the show...we sold quite a bit, enough to pay for the trip which is exactly what i wanted it to do.  i can say that i have done the farm chicks show successfully.  i got to go back to washington, the state that i love.  i saw some of god's country...that was amazing.  we had good times and hopefully lots of great memories.  met some sweet and talented ladies.  all in all greatly successful.  there are lots more pictures but holy cow this has taken a long time to do.  i need to do something productive!  i will show you one last pic though of what we woke up to on wednesday morning in butte, montana.

yes, my friends, that is snow.  god bless the people of butte...i think they must be of hardy stock to live somewhere it snows in the middle of june.
well, it's over.  now i can get back to my life.  it's always a little bittersweet when you realize a dream.  it's over but now i can focus on the more important things in life. thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your support and encouragement.  it's meant so much to me.


haley said...

it looks like you had so much fun!!!! one day we'll take a road trip with the girls and go... how fun would that be???? oh- and are you up for garage sale hopping in the morning? i'll call ya...

Tanya said...

marci...i am so proud of you, and i must say a bit jealous. not many people have the guts to actually go out and risk making their dream come true! i am so glad that you had a great time. you are true talent!

The Tolman Family said...

Looks like you had a great time. I am glad that you are living your dream. Hey, ask Dave if he remembers Sister Adams from the Mission. We ran into her last night at dinner. We told her that we stay intouch with you guys and she said that she LOVED Br. Welcker. She keeps in contact with alot of other people from FL so she wants to get people together later. We will let you know if we hear anything. We miss you guys....

Kat said...

Looks like a great place to be!!! I wish I was there!!!!
Miss ya Miss Marci! Hope to chat with ya soon!
Stop by the forum!!! Beth is getting it up and running again!!
Love all your pics,,,your girls are just beautiful!
It is also great to hear how much you adore your Dave ,,,Love can be grand right!?! LoL!

The Christensons said...

i can't believe you did it! that is so freakin awsome!

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