Monday, September 01, 2008

Blog Trip ~~ Day One!!



On the first day of the trip, I'm going to give you a brief run down about myself. I'm also going to tell you alittle bit about where I live.

Okay so, I'm Charlene, my husband Rich and I have been married for 16 years. We have six beautiful children ranging in age from 3 to 15. I am mostly a stay at home mom and have been for more than 14 years. I have worked part time jobs here and there, mostly for the spending money. We usually call my money "diaper money". Let's see, through the years I have been an inventory specialist, a toy store clerk (that was a nice discount for Christmas), a freelance writer for a local newspaper, and my current part time job is a certified nursing assistant (or what we generally refer to ourselves as professional butt wipers).

I'm a pretty boring person, I like to hang out at home. I like to watch movies, listen to music, bug my husband, play with my kids and read. I love to read. I will read anything from books to newspapers. I don't have much time to read, what with being a wife and mother. But when there is a quiet moment, like say in the bathroom then I will - yeah right, no sense in deluding myself, there is never any quiet bathroom moments because someone is always barging in or banging on the door. I think kids have mom-dar (they can seek us out like missiles).

My husband is currently home too. He got hurt while working as a corrections officer. He actually got stabbed several times (he only told me about the getting hurt part, not the stabbing part). That day was actually the first day he ever put on the kevlar vest. Thank God he did, or I'd be a widow. We get on each others nerves quite a bit, but we love each other.

We live in a very small town in southwestern Pennsylvania. You know that county in the corner that borders West Virginia? Yep, that's us. Our biggest boast is that we have two stoplights. If you look in the phone book, you would find over a dozen churches, bars, and beauty shops. Our biggest claim to fame would be the Coal Show Festival. Yes, we celebrate coal. We live in a coal area. Coal mining is how alot of folks make a living, so we have parades and car shows. Heck, we even have coal queens.



And a trailer of the movie that was made.



I know that seems so cheesy, but its really a way of life here. The whole summer feels like its built around the coal show. Our high school band practices for hours on end. People come from all over to line our little town's streets. It's pretty awesome.

I'm mostly going to talk about my small town, but on occasion I might include the whole county. It may be a rural area that most people have never heard of, but it's pretty nice place to live, at least I think. We have a college, a water park, a small airport (that reportingly once had Harrison Ford land on briefly), a hospital and several other great places to see. Not to mention the scenary is beautiful too.

Come back and visit with me tomorrow!

22 comments:

~ Mhay ~ said...

Hi Charlene! just a short stop from blogtrip :) thanks for sharing your part of the world.

Have a great week and hope you can also visit mine.

Heather B. said...

I really enojoyed your day one post!!! Thank you for stopping by my blog and have a great day!!!

Anonymous said...

How scary about your husband's job. I'm glad he's ok and is on the mend.

Linda S said...

Thanks for stopping by! You have a lovely family! I think that's my first stabbing post I've read, but probably won't be the last...read about shootings, just not stabbings...hope hubby recovers ok...

Penelope said...

Just stopping by on my blog trip! Thanks for the wonderful post. i enjoyed learning about you and your hometown! I'm glad your husband is okay; thank goodness for kevlar!

Thanks for stopping by my blog on your trip. I'll definitely be back for more!

TxGambit said...

Hey sweetie! I FINALLY made it to your blog. lol!

It is funny, I have known you for several years now but it was really good to read it all out again.

And, I don't think you are boring!

Monkey's Momma said...

Yep, I live in a small town too! Love it most of the time. Thanks for visiting my blog. I have you bookmarked.

Tiffany said...

Great post! Thanks for stopping in!

Tiffany

Diva Ma said...

There really aren't towns like this anymore. This was a Fabulous stop for my Blog Trip! Thanks for stoppin' by!

Jessica said...

Stopping by on the blog trip.

Angela Moore said...

Hello! You're right. Kids have Mom-dar. They seek me out when I'm on the phone all the time. Great blog. Will be back tomorrow!

Ginny said...

We have a few fish festivals around her & then of course the ever popular FISH FLY Festival, lol. I guess living in Michigan surrounded by water, fish are important :)

We have quite a bit in common, I prefer just hanging out at home & of course love to read!

Gin said...

Thanks for stopping by. You have quite a handful in your household. Nice meeting you! (virtually) :)

Steffie said...

Hey Charlene! Thank you for stopping by. Isn't the blog trip fun? But I agree it is exhausting. Your town sounds like it would be a nice change of pace from the busy city I live in. It's not New York by any means, but it's not small either :).

Hope to run into you again on both the trip and my general blog hopping!

Steffie

Brandy said...

Hi, I am stopping by on the blog trip. I can relate to the small town thing. The town that I am originally from has a festival called the "Bog Off", and it is all about Chicken Bog. Some people do not know what chicken bog is, so just in case it is the southern term for Chicken and Rice. It is so funny some of the festivals that are out there. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Dominique said...

Hi Charlene,
thanks for stopping by my blog. Looking forward to your next post on your blog trip.

Brandy said...

Oh i love the photos on your blog and the videos were fun to watch. I loved your intro post! Thanks for visiting my blog :)

-Brandy

Janne said...

It sounds wonderful! I would love to live in a small town.

How frightening about your hubby! Wow!

It's nice to "meet" you. Thanks for stopping by!

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

I grew up in a small town with only 1 stoplight, but when I was in high school, another one was added! Oh, good memories!
Nic eot meet you!
Thanks for visiting me!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love this blog trip it's so much fun and we get to learn so much about the world! I hope your husband is doing good. Corrections is a scary job. I have family and friends who are in the law enforcement profession (I used to be a small part of it). My fiance is looking at becoming a police officer. Very scary but a wonderful profession. I will definately be stopping by more often even after the blog trip is over. You sound like a very interesting person and definately not boring! Talk to you soon.

Angie said...

Hi Charlene,
Great intro. So nice to meet you on this cool blog trip.

Jessie said...

stopping by on the blog trip! :)