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Happy New Year!

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It may be a couple days late, but, Happy New Year!

After a busy December, we all took some time during the holiday season for some rest and relaxation, and we hope that you did too! 2013 was fantastic for us – we are thrilled with the growth and success that we saw this past year. With the start of the new year we have been talking and dreaming and scheming all about our plans for 1canoe2, and we can’t wait to get started! We are hoping that your year is off to a great start as well, and we wish all the best for you in 2014!

We also hope that your holiday season was filled with warmth and love and everything good that the season has to offer! Winter has engulfed us in full force here in Missouri. Our Christmas season was cold and snow-filled, the way it should be!

One of my Christmas highlights this year, which I hope becomes a yearly tradition for my family, was attending the Lighted Tractor Parade in the small but mighty town of Centralia, Missouri, which is about 20 miles away. It’s a small town in the center of a true farming community, and the parade was SO much fun. Everyone gathers around the town square, most people just park their pick-up trucks and sit on the tailgate, as a parade of highly decorated and electrified farm machinery makes their way through town. It was a little bit cheesy, kind of funny, but all together awesome. Nothing says Merry Christmas like a tractor pulling a grain auger decorated like a candy cane! A true way to celebrate Christmas in the country.

And, don’t you worry, I took pictures.

Merry Christmas!!!!

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:: Carrie ::

What Would we do Without Boys, Tractors, & Trucks?

It’s mid January, which means we have packed up our big huge crate with everything that makes up our trade show booth. It’s shipping out to New York City this week for the January edition of the New York International Gift Fair, and we’ll be following behind in just a few days.

We did a little maintenance to the bottom of our crate, and added some reinforcements. There’s no telling exactly what that big box goes through from the time it leaves our barn to when we are reunited with it in NYC. Then, of course, it has to make the return trip back home. Lots of picking up and moving around by guys driving fork lifts (sometimes seemingly a little out of control) who might not be as gentle with it as we are. It’s usually a little worse for wear by the time it makes it all the way back to us.

And how did we load up that big box into the back of the freight truck? With a back-hoe, of course. I mean, if it’s available, we might as well use it. One of the benefits of running a small company right in the middle of a big farming operation is the use of heavy equipment.

A friend of ours commented that “it’s nice to have boys, tractors, and trucks to help with this stuff.” Absolutely. I couldn’t have said it any better.

A BIG thank you to my dad and my brother Mike for helping us out!

:: Carrie ::