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Giveaways 8/16

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PA’s 38th Annual Reunion of the National Steam, Gas, & Horse Association, Inc

Saturday, August 11th, my family & I attended the 38th Annual Reunion of the National Steam, Gas, & Horse Association, Inc. More commonly known as the Steam Show. They do two events per year- one in May & one in August. Even though I’m a lifelong Pennsylvania resident, I have never been to it.
We had discussed going a few times prior being that we know a lady who has a booth there. We’ve been making a conscious effort to have family time minus the technology. I try hard not to let my Parkinson’s get in the way, but many times, it does. This time I was determined.
Everything at the show began at 10 AM so I had some time to get myself ready. I simply asked the Lord to not let me hinder the family fun and to give me the strength to do all that walking. So, the show is in Brownsville, PA. We had an easy time finding it. There is an entire stretch of rural land dedicated to the show.
I was surprised that there were so many people. Thankfully, the show’s organizers roped off a large, handicapped parking area. In fact, we ended up 3 feet from the gate. There’s something nostalgic & pure about festival smells. As we walked in, we were greeted by barns full of antique tractors. But, to the left of us, there was an old-fashioned concession stand where all those beautiful smells lived.
Up a small hill, there were rows & rows of classic cars. Finally, we found common ground between my husband & son. They had a blast looking in and around these beautiful vehicles. One was a fully restored army jeep, owned by veterans. Another was fully restored with some modern touches like skull interior. Our son’s favorite was the VW van in its original condition.

Further up, we got to walk into a train also in its original condition. We were amazed that such small quarters housed the train’s crew. It was in remarkably good shape for its age! Another left turn led us into a large, warehouse that was home to a generator for the early 1900s. It filled the whole room! There were obviously a host of warning signs, but we were all old enough to know not to touch.

It was truly a feat of American ingenuity.
Turning right, we encountered a stand offering ¼ lb. buffalo burgers. None of us were hungry or maybe just not in the mood for buffalo? Past the Tater Shack, Old-fashioned Lemonade, and ice cream, we encountered some classic trucks. One was painted to look like Mater. So cute! More booths began to appear as we entered ‘Craft Alley’. Several vendors had old-fashioned toys. There was a wind-up horse jumping a gate and a wind-up, barking puppy.
Plenty of vendors were selling fall wares- wreaths, candles, and such. A lot of them had tie dyed shirts. Our friend sells jewelry- hand-crafted- and candles. We found her close to the exit. At this point, we were all soaked in sweat from the almost 90-degree, sunny weather. I warned her before I hugged her, but she didn’t mind. As we wrapped up our visit with her, we decided we’d seen everything. Right at the exit was a giant saw operated entirely by steam. We had tot stop there for a few minutes to watch. The saw was as long as an 18-wheeler! Amazing innovation.
Once we arrived at our truck, I saw that we’d spent 3 hours there. That’s quite a feat for me. Truth be told, I had to stop twice and sit. My legs had enough. But, I sent the boys to look at this or that, so no one missed out. Thank God! Three hours to me is like 10 to a normal person. But, I survived.
I am so glad we got to spend this family time together and everyone had a good time. Dinner at Cracker Barrel rounded out the day. I am grateful for the memories we made together.

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#Sponsored Book Spotlight: Brick Building 101: Courtney Sanchez

All the buzz in educational talk is about STEAM. If you aren’t familiar it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math. As caregivers, we all know how children learn through play. One toy has stood the test of time, requires no wires and has endless possibilities. Of course, that would be snap-together bricks aka Legos, Duplos, etc.

My sons always thought outside the box, literally, when they had these. We may have bought them in kits (ships, castles, etc.), but my boys always made something different. For children like mine, these 20 activities are perfect.
Now kids can combine a love for LEGO with learning STEAM topics (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) in this awesomely fun activity book! Industrious minds will love learning to build a bunch of different stuff with these 20 step-by-step projects that range from beginner projects, such as a geoboard and DIY slime, to more challenging projects, such as a bird feeder and balloon racer. Large, full-color photos show each step along the way, with simple instructions and inspiration to extend projects and keep learning. With STEAM learning on the rise, this book is the perfect way to inspire play and interest in the topics kids need to know about!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A stay-at-home mom of three boys, Courtney Sanchez began crafting as way to keep her children stimulated and active. Having time to sit and be creative with children, and to explore using texture, colors and (most importantly) their imagination is a great way to bond and teach at the same time. Her website, Crafts by Courtney ( explores a variety of activities and how-to kids crafts to keep children active and inspired through creative play.

If you have kids who love bricks, give this book a go. Incorporate it into your homeschool curriculum or just have a little fun!
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Brick Building 101
20 LEGO® activities to teach kids about STEAM
$14.95 / £9.99
Author: Courtney Sanchez
Format: Paperback / softback, 80 Pages
ISBN: 9781633225220
Publisher: Walter Foster Jr.
Ages: 5 to 7