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Crystal Wood’s Handmade Christmas Ornaments

Last week I mentioned that one of my favorite Wood family Christmas traditions is Crystal Wood’s handmade ornaments. I wanted to get more details about the ornaments before I wrote a blog post. I stopped in with Kim last week and let her explain the tradition in a quick video!!

This is a special and creative way to keep loved ones who have passed away a part of Christmas! Here are a few pictures of all the ornaments. Can anyone guess what Crystal used to make any of these ornaments?

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~ Jordan

A Look Back To The 2014 Holidays

Hello 2015! The Holidays have come and gone and the Daytona 500 is just around the corner! Before we start talking about the 500, I want to take a look back over the last month. Where did everyone spend the Holidays? Did you spend it with family? Travel anywhere adventurous? Take some time off work? We would love to hear what everyone did during the Holidays!

My family spent the majority of our time in Virginia. When we were not working, we were burning the roads to Virginia and I would not have had it any other way. Looking back on the last month, it has been so amazing to be able to spend so much time with my entire family. During the season it is very difficult for my husband to make it to Virginia because he travels every weekend. Therefore, we took full advantage of him having some time off work. We arranged our trips with my brother and his family so that we were all in Stuart at the same time. GiGi and PaPa had their hands full with 5 yorkies, 2 Labs, a 6 month old and a 2 year old all under the same roof! They handled it like champs and never missed a beat. I am pretty sure my mom is the energizer bunny. That woman is nonstop!

Our latest obsession is bowling and we spent A LOT of time at the local bowling alley, Tin Pen Alley. Jon, Michael, Amanda and I have our own bowling balls and shoes. However, the boys had to go the extra mile and purchase wrist guards, cleaning spray and rolling bags. I am sure it is quite hilarious to see us roll up into the bowling alley acting like we are professionals but then bowling a whopping 120. Okay, okay, Jon and Michael have been known to bowl in the mid-200s but Amanda and I are still working on perfecting our skills. When we were not bowling, we were chasing Riley around the house, entertaining Giselle, riding 4-wheelers, playing board games or eating.

Every morning we would have breakfast with Nannie and Pa at the Stuart Family Restaurant and many nights we would end up back in the same spot for dinner. Giselle usually ended up pitching a fit because it was nap time and Riley would run around yelling “keys, keys” because he thinks every time we go the Stuart Family Restaurant, he gets to put “Keys” (aka Quarters) into the machine and get a bouncy ball. I am pretty sure he has now collected around 30 balls and enjoys dumping them all in the floor at once.

Riley is in the “terrible 2s” stage but I like to refer to them as the “terrific 2s” because he is so funny and entertaining. Granted he has his moments where I am pretty sure he is related to Tasmanian Devil, like when he decided to flush a plastic cup down the toilet! My mom was in the bathroom and turned away for one second and then heard him yelling, “Cup Gone Gigi, Cup go Bye Bye”. That was an all-day project trying to retrieve the plastic cup from the toilet. In the end, Jon removed the entire toilet and then used a leaf blower to blow the cup out of the toilet. I am guessing he has experience with these types of destructive “accidents”??

After it was all said and done, this past Christmas/New Years has been one of my favorites to date! Being a mom puts a whole new spin on life and makes me appreciate these special times with my family so much more. Not to mention, it is very nice to have a house full of babysitters when we need them. Below are a few pictures I captured, featuring GiGi (Carol), PaPa (Eddie), Dada (Jon), BooBoo (Amanda), Ike (Michael) and Dordon (Me). Riley’s versions of our names are so much better than our actual names :).

~Jordan

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A Wood Family Christmas Tradition

The Wood family held their annual Christmas gathering a couple weeks ago in Stuart, VA. Every year the entire Wood family gets together two times, once in the summer and once around Christmas. It is an event that I look forward to every year.

In the summer, the gathering is usually held at the Wood Brothers home place in Stuart, VA but during the winter it is held at the Wood Brothers Racing shop in Stuart, VA. “The gathering has been taking place as far back as I remember”, stated Kim Hall. All four living Wood Brothers and sister attended the gathering with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. One of my favorite Christmas reunion traditions is the handmade ornaments that Crystal Wood makes every year for each family. The ornaments are made from Nannie Wood’s, the original Wood Brothers’ mother, household items and each year the ornament is different. We will have a special blog on the ornaments at a later date.

The family gathering is an event that I look forward to every year. This is the only time that I get to see some of the family and it is great that we all take time out of our busy life’s to come together.

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Wood Brothers Racing Museum Feature – RC Car Display

Today’s Wood Brothers Racing Museum feature is on Leonard Wood’s handbuilt remote control cars. Remote Control cars are some of Leonard’s favorite things to build his spare time. Leonard has handmade several RC cars for the Wood Brothers and they are on display at the Wood Brothers Racing museum in Stuart, Va. These are not just any RC car, these bad boys can run up to 70 MPH.

This display also features a couple of cars that Leonard built in the late 1940s using a block of wood and a pocket knife! All the cars are shown in the video below, where Len goes into more detail about each of the handbuilt cars.

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Wood Brothers Museum Feature – NASCAR Hall of Fame

We are back! Sorry for the lack in post the last couple of weeks. Being a full time mom, employee and wife keeps me busy and I chose to sit back and enjoy the time with my husband, daughter and family the last few weeks. Since the off season, my husband and I took a nice “Parents Only” vacation and spent a lot of time in Virginia with my family. I’ll save the details for another post but just wanted to apologize for my lack of weekly blog post.

Today, I wanted to do another feature on the Wood Brothers Racing Museum in Stuart, VA. When Leonard and Glen Wood were inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame each one had an exhibit in the Hall of Honor. These exhibits had artifacts that helped tell the story about Leonard and Glen Wood.  The artifacts remained at the NASCAR Hall of Fame for a year and then they were given back to the Wood Brothers when the next inductees were honored. Len and Eddie designed a display at the Wood Brothers museum for these artifacts. They wanted to keep these artifacts separate because it is such an honor for them to be displayed at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Check out the video below to see the Hall of Fame display at the Wood Brothers Racing museum in Stuart, VA.

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The Ultimate Battle for The 2014 Trophy

What are your thoughts on the final race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship??!! In my opinion, the chase was beyond EPIC! NASCAR honestly could not have had a more exciting finish. Who in the world would have thought that all four drivers would have been battling all day for the number 1 spot? Literally, at some point during the race, each of the four drivers was leading the points. I know this because my husband is a rear tire changer for the #11 and was in the chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. A good word to describe my emotions on Sunday would be a ROLLERCOASTER.

In past years, there are normally two drivers who are racing for the championship at Homestead and sometimes it has been only one. This year there were 4 teams that had equal chance to clinch the chase at the season finale race. That means one team would go home with one of the most prestigious awards one could ever receive in their career and three teams would go home with disappointment. Unfortunately, I experienced the latter, which was quite the emotional rollercoaster.

I was obviously trying to pull for the 22 to win the championship but my heart was with the 11 because I wanted my husband to experience winning a NASCAR championship. The week leading up to the race at Homestead was a week of mixed emotions, we did not want to get our hopes up, we did not want to act like Denny could win the championship for fear you would “Jinx” the team (don’t lie, we all get that feeling) but yet deep down all you could think about was making that trip to Vegas as a part of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Team.

I kept telling my husband to treat this race like any other, go out there and dominate like always. I realize that where I watched the race had ZERO impact on the results but I guess it is the Wood in me that just felt a little superstitious. Denny started to pull ahead while I was in the 21 hauler, so I decided to stay put. Then we had a problem with our car and I had to move. I headed out to pit road and decided to stay away from the 11 pit box. I don’t know why but I have always been told to stay put and don’t head to the pit box until the race is complete otherwise you would “jinx” the finish. I know for a fact that the people around me on pit road had to think I was losing my mind. Those last few laps were INTENSE. Not to mention I was pulling for two teams at the same time, the 22 and 11. One second, Denny was winning the championship, the next second he was not, one second the 22 was in lead, the next second they were having problems. I did not have the 11 team on my race scanner so I listened to MRN call the race and whew those boys can make you a nervous wreck on a good day.  I paced back and forth, screamed at the Sprint Vision screen a few times, closed my eyes and actually just sat down on the pavement at one point. In the end, my husband and his team would be one of those teams that had to leave the track with disappointment.

In summary, I LOVE the new chase. As a fan of the sport, I want close battles and that is exactly what the new chase delivered. In my opinion, if you are still a huge hater of the new chase then it is time for you to wrap it up and follow a different sport. There could be small changes made to make the chase better or it would have been better if your favorite driver was in the chase. Bottom line, you cannot beat what you witnessed on Sunday.

I stopped in with Leonard Wood to get his view on chamionship battles. Check out the video below.

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~ Jordan

 

 

Trevor and Ashton Bayne Forever Part of the Wood Family

This weekend in Miami was an emotional weekend for our team and many others. For us, it marked the end of our driver relationship with Trevor Bayne. For other teams, the 2014 NASCAR season came to a conclusion and a champion was crowned.  For me, I am usually pumped for the season to end because that means my hubs and family will be home for a few months (I did mention I have a fussy little 5 month old at home, right?). This year was a little bit different because the season finale meant that Trevor Bayne would be climbing in our car for the final time.

_MH61624We all knew the dreaded day was coming that Trevor would be leaving the Wood Brothers but that did not make it any easier. I actually held back tears on pit road as we said goodbye to Ashton and Trevor. Yes, they will always be part of our family and we will continue our close friendships with them but I will greatly miss not being able to chit chat with Ashton during pre race and give Trevor a final “Good Luck” before he climbs in our car. Have you ever met someone that just by simply talking with them made your day better and made you feel like a better person? Trevor and Ashton both have had that impact on my family and me.

I remember spending time with Trevor at a tire test before the 2011 Daytona 500. This was actually right before we both fell in love with our future spouses and we were discussing our life plans and goals. Trevor did not talk about materialistic life goals but more about his relationship with God. It made me step back and think about what I was really wanting in life. I have always gone to church and followed the Lord’s word the best I thought I could but after meeting Trevor and Ashton, I knew they had something I wanted in my life. This was simply the unconditional love for God. Last year I was baptized and I thank Trevor and Ashton for being an inspiration to me and showing me what God can do in my life.

Last Sunday may have marked the end our journey with Trevor Bayne as a driver but it is only the beginning of a life long friendship. Trevor and Ashton will always be part of the Wood Family.

~ Jordan

A Snapshot of the Wood Brothers Racing Museum

Have you ever visited the Wood Brothers Racing Museum in Stuart, VA? If you haven’t, you are missing out! The entire Wood family has put a lot of hours into making this museum something special and in my opinion, they have accomplished this and beyond. They have thousands of artifacts that date back to the formation of Wood Brothers Racing. As I have stated in an earlier blog post, Len and Eddie have recently added numerous displays, pictures and artifacts to the museum. They are both very proud of the legacy their family has created and it shows in the work they have done at the museum. We have decided to do a quick museum feature every week on our blog because we realize that not everyone can make a trip down to Stuart. Of course, these videos and post are just snapshots of what you would see if you visited the museum. The displays are much better in person and we encourage you to plan a visit to see them!

In today’s video, Len Wood describes the “Racing Shirt” display that the family has put together. It includes race day shirts from the 1950’s to present day shirts and even a couple of outfits that Eddie and Len wore as babies.

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Halloween with the Woods

I am fully aware that October 31st has come and gone but it is never to late for some Halloween fun! My family has always been a big fan of dressing up for Halloween and doing the traditional Trick-or-Treating. Some of our costumes as children included Raggedy Ann and Andy, Clowns, Vampires, A Fairy Princess, a lion and even the Coneheads from the movie “Coneheads”. My brother and I have kept the tradition alive in our own families.

Iphone  11-4-14 962My husband, Michael, and I love Halloween. We usually go all out, decorating the house with clowns, fake blood, blow ups and music (see video below of Halloween 2013). Michael even keeps a clown mask in the garage year round to give me a good scare every once and a while. This year we failed and didn’t put up a single decoration due to having a little precious 5 month old drama queen but that didn’t stop us from dressing up the little princess. We were planning to be in Texas for Halloween, so I knew we would not be taking her out for Trick or Treating this year. I couldn’t decide what to dress her as because I wanted her to be comfortable and we also have a diaper problem. Therefore, I knew I would need two costumes. I decided to go with a cute kitten and a Whoopee Cushion costume. If you have to buy a backup Halloween costume then it is only appropriate to buy a Whoopee Cushion costume. It does not matter how old you are a Whoopee Cushion never gets old! I am sure that Whoopee Cushion photo will be in her high school yearbook one day but I just couldn’t resist….poor girl has no idea :)

Iphone  11-4-14 960My brother has a insanely weird obsession with candy and he has passed this down to his son, Riley. This was Riley’s first year going Trick or Treating and once he figured out what it all meant, he had a new favorite Holiday…..well for 30 minutes until he was over it like every other toddler I am sure. Jon and Amanda dressed Riley up as Mickey Mouse because it is his favorite TV show. It is one of the few things that keeps Riley’s attention. Mickey Mouse wasn’t so happy in his costume but he enjoyed the candy after the night was over!

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Wood Family Spotlight – Eddie Wood

10628145_10152618505228145_4264316066479303327_nThe Wood family spotlight this week is on my dad, Eddie Wood. Eddie is a co-owner of Wood Brothers Racing and is one of the most passionate race fans I have ever met. Our family has always been in racing because of their love for the sport and Eddie displays this every day. Some say he loves racing because it is all he has ever known but I honestly think he would be a diehard fan regardless.

Family – Throughout his NASCAR journey, family has remained number 1 in his life, with the car 21 coming in a close second :). He met my mom, 970575_10100834206505637_836879857_nCarol, in high school and has been hooked on her since. They have two children, my brother, Jon, and myself and two grandchildren, Riley and Giselle. Jon recently married his wife, Amanda, and they have a two-year old son, Riley. I have been married for almost two years and have a 5 month old daughter, Giselle. Riley and Giselle are the apple of my dad’s eye. He adores both grandchildren and is honestly the best “PaPa” that anyone could ever ask for. My dad has always been the type of father that will go above and beyond for his children and he is the same way with Riley and Giselle. He has been known to make the 2 hour drive from Virginia to North Carolina just to babysit Giselle or Riley for an hour! And trust me both kids are a handful…Giselle has screaming fits of which you cannot stop and Riley could easily climb on top of the house if you don’t keep your eye on him 24/7.

Favorite Race Track – “Daytona, always Daytona.” Eddie said he loved Daytona for many reasons:

1. “It is the race to win, always has been the race to win and always will be the race to win”.

2. “We have had a lot of success at Daytona, both in February and July”.

3. “It is just where you are supposed to be in February”.

Favorite Race Track Food -If you know the Wood family, they are very picky eaters and they stick to what they like. Therefore, Eddie’s answer was not shocking. “If I am at Martinsville, then of course it is the Martinsville Hotdog, but any other track it is Armour Vienna Sausage and VanCamp’s Beanee Weenees”.

Favorite Hobby – Okay, so I forgot to ask Eddie this question but I can answer it for him. HISTORY! Let me tell you, this man has a respect for all things historical. It doesn’t matter if it is the history of a football team or the history of a toy (example: his beloved toy a Yo-Yo), if it has been around for a while then he knows about it and loves it. Obviously, the history of the Wood Brothers and NASCAR is at the top of his list. He spends his free time researching old races and cars and “hunting down” old pictures. If you follow Wood Brothers Racing on social media you have seen many of our throwback pictures and Eddie is to thank for all those pictures.

First job at Wood Brothers Racing – I captured this answer in the video below!

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