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Hippos at the Zoo

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Hippos at the Zoo

Sir Winslow took many trips to the continent of Africa to explore jungles, deserts, and the open savannahs. On each of these, he discovered animals that he had never seen before or even heard of. However not so with the hippo. There had been one in the London Zoo since 1850, the family had seen it several times and decided they wanted one for the zoo at Windy Willows. The hippo was found on one of his last safaris in the country of Zambia. The story of the hippo that belonged to the Smythe family really begins once it was...

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Some Fun Things about My Family

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Some Fun Things about My Family

As gray days of foggy fall approach, I thought I would share some things that have happened in our family. Let’s start with toddler Anna, boy do we have a couple of doozies! An entire tube of A&D ointment in her hair. - Took Dawn soap and several washings to get it out. About the same time in her life she would take off all of her clothing - diaper included and then fall asleep in the crib for naptime.   Josh is a character too! The one time he got ahold of the buzzers to “cut my hair like...

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Exciting Announcement!

Exciting Announcement!

One of our dreams is to grow our business to include other moms who want to earn income to help with family expense but also be home with their children and be able to include them in their work. To that end, Bethany and I are very excited to be sharing some news with you. Rebecca Watson is from a small town in northeast Ohio. She and her husband Bud have two small children Levi and Caroline. Bud works in the trucking industry and Rebecca trained as a vet tech. She worked at a local clinic until she went into...

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Grandma Sara's Quilts

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Grandma Sara's Quilts

One question that Beth and I get asked a lot is how did you get started sewing? While we may not have an exact date, we do have some memories to share. Our Grandma Sara was our father’s mother. She was always sewing (or canning!) for us or some of the other grandchildren. There was 14 of us after all. One Christmas I remember her making matching pj’s for my 2 cousins and Beth and I and our dolls. They were pink flannel gowns with pretty eyelet trim. We sure were cute! Her greatest love was quilting. And this of...

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Sir Winslow’s Adventures Continue with Bats

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Sir Winslow’s Adventures Continue with Bats

Sir Winslow encountered bats in almost every corner of the earth he explored. The smallest bat he found was the hog-nosed bat and the largest was the giant crowned flying fox. It was not a creature that he captured and took back to the zoo at Windy Willows because he knew this was a creature that needed to fly free. The bat that most fascinated Sir Winslow was the New Zealand short-tailed bat.  He discovered while touring the islands of Australia and New Zealand. The story of how Sir Winslow first encountered this bat is in a journal in the...

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