Thursday, April 29, 2010

Girls Rule

I am surprised that my hands are even working right now. In one day I had to punch about 2,000 circles in preparation for our National Scrapbooking Day celebration at Scrapbook Generation. The last few that I had to punch my hand and wrist were both hurting so much that I didn't think I could possibly punch one more circle! But I pulled through and all with love for the scrapbookers that will be lining up for our free mini-classes on Saturday. :)

Last Saturday while teaching a class at Scrapmania, somehow the subject of racing came up. It was entertaining to talk about it because I don't think anyone in the class knew that I used to race. There I stood in my dress trying to explain that I really did play in the dirt. They were probably looking at me with the same confused look that our old racing buddies would give me if I ran into them and told them I scrapbooked.

That conversation reminded me of this layout about mine and Stacey's adventure into the dirt track racing world.

• as seen in Creating Keepsakes magazine

The years that we raced were truly some of the most memorable moments in my life. So many stories, some funny, some scary, and some just down right crazy! Like the time we had a man, a grown man, walk up to us and tell us that when the green flag flew he was going to put us in the wall. Hello! Can you say scared to get beat by a girl syndrome!

Or how about the time that we had a five car pile up in front of us and somehow we were the only car that managed to make it through without a scratch,

Or how every time while we were in line up waiting to go on the track we had a ritual of giving our car, Eugene, loving pats and rubs for good luck,

Or that when we went to our first race out of town the boys laughed at us when we pulled into the pits. All it took was us jumping in the car, turning it on and revving the engine for them to shut up.

It was a great experience to do something that wasn't expected of us strictly because of our gender. Something that people said we couldn't and wouldn't do. It was an experience that I am very proud of to have had. It was my "Girls Rule!" moment.


Amy from KC said...

What a good example that sets for your boys. I have always felt that girls should never be pigeonholed into specific categories based upon their gender. Do some girls love pink princess costumes, tea parties, etc.? Sure, plenty of them do and there is nothing wrong with that. But there are just as many girls who love cars and trains, rocket ships...and playing in the dirt. And you know what? There are plenty of us out there that love ALL of it. It's good for our little boys to know that.


dawn said...

Hi Allison,

I'm back from my un-plug week, just have a minute to say hello and will be back later. Have a great time tomorrow, wish I was there. Can't wait for sketch week again.

Luv2talk said...

I remember this one from CK. Loved the tire tracks. :)

Anonymous said...

How cool is that? I really like the design of the layout too. gets better. Have fun tomorrow on NSD.

Amy S from Texas

dawn said...

Hi Allison,

I love the picture of Chewy with Jackson, I would love to see a layout with the two of them. I'm not much of a dog person, we had one before and ended up putting him down because he would growl at Summer then at me, he changed on us over night. So sad if I had to go thru that again. The kids beg everyday for a dog though, they write me cute notes about getting one. I hope you had fun yesterday for NSD, I did working on my WITL album. I have some pictures that I took on my blog if you want to look, hoping to have the album posted soon. I remember seeing this layout in CK too. I actually love race cars too. Have a good Sunday.

Amy said...

Great layout and love the story behind it!

Allison Davis said...

Amy, I couldn't agree with you more! Well said!

Dawn, glad to see you back and that you survived the week without technology! :)

Thank you everyone! :)