Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Bloom

This past year has been such a downer. Stating the obvious but I have really felt bogged down this past year. I have been blogging since 2007 and have always been really good about keeping up on here not really because I felt like I had to but because I wanted to. However, this past year has left me and everyone else on this planet in a funk and I haven't really wanted to blog or had the energy to do it. However, with this new spring weather I feel like it's brought me out of my fog and given me a fresh, new life. I have more energy and life feels more normal again and I'm actually having the desire to blog more now. These beautiful flowers and the green grass and trees are giving me all the warm fuzzies. My yard is full of new growth and I am enjoying it so much. I always enjoy it but I really feel like I'm appreciating it so much more this season. I took some photos of some of the pretties around my yard and wanted to share them here today. 


Monday, April 5, 2021

Easter

Happy Easter everyone! We had a great day celebrating our risen Savior with our family. We were so thankful to be able to gather together this year since last year we spent Easter all by ourselves--just the five of us. We went to church, came home and ate a great lunch, then the boys hunted Easter eggs. The day completely wore me out to be honest but the boys had a great time and they all looked so handsome in their Easter best. 


Linking my dress HERE 
Wells outfit HERE and HERE
Bennett's outfit HERE and HERE and HERE
Campbell's outfit HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE

*everything runs TTS



Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Big Cedar Review

I had several people message me over the weekend about our trip to Big Cedar Lodge. Scott and I had been once before but this was our first time to take the boys so we obviously did it a little different this time around. We had the absolute best time. It felt so nice to get away and it's just under a two hour drive from our house so it's quick and easy to get to. I know a lot of people go all the time but some of you are like us and have never been or have never been with kids so today I thought I'd share what all we did on our little getaway. I was honestly worried that we would run out of stuff to do by staying two nights but we could have totally stayed one more night and been plenty entertained the entire time! 

Big Cedar has so much to do for families. We started our trip off by eating lunch at Arnie's Barn and it was delicious. My favorite meal at Big Cedar no question. The enchiladas were fantastic and the atmosphere was lovely. After lunch we decided to do the golf cart tour since it was so close by. This was something Scott and I had done before and we knew the boys would love it--and they did! 

After the golf cart tour we decided to go to Fun Mountain. Scott and I had never been here before but it is everything a kid could want on a vacation and more. They have a large arcade area which, of course, the boys loved. The kids version of Vegas. Ha! There is bowling, laser tag, go carts, a climbing wall, ropes course and more. So much to do here and I had no idea when Scott and I went without kids that it was even there. The kids had a blast and are still giving us a hard time that we ran out of time to go bowling. The bowling alley was so neat!!

For dinner that evening we ate at Devil's Pool. The food was good but nothing special. I would still recommend going and the location is nice since it's right in the middle of Big Cedar.

On Saturday we took the boys fishing. Campbell has wanted to go fishing for a long time now so we were excited to let him try it! Scott rented two poles for $30 and they gave us some worms and told us the areas where we could fish. We had our own little dock to ourselves and the boys were so excited but quickly got bored once they realized fishing took some patience. Ha!! Bennett got a nibble but the fish got away and that was about all that came out of our fishing. We all loved taking turns with the pole and I felt like I was in an episode of Andy Griffith. It was so relaxing and a lot of fun. 

After fishing we had lunch at Truman Cafe & Custard. I love this little place. It's a small restaurant where you walk up and order then they bring your food out to you. The menu is limited but everyone loved their different sandwiches and the atmosphere was so quaint and lovely. We ate outside where the weather was perfect and we had a beautiful view of the lake. 

Wells was very overdue for a nap at this point so my mom and I took him back to the cabin for a nap while everyone else did mini golf. I was super tired myself so I also laid down for a little nap. We got a one bedroom cabin and it's just hard being in a small space with little ones. We took the pack n play for Wells and set it up in the bathroom. Campbell and Bennett slept in the pull out sofa which was just steps away from mine and Scott's bed. The kids ended up staying up way too late and Scott and I were forced to go to bed earlier than we would have liked. It's just a weekend so it's manageable but everyone was pretty cranky and it just made it a little harder. The two bedroom cabins are such a huge price jump from the one bedroom cabins and we didn't want to pay that much for it. While Scott and I were laying in bed quietly trying to talk while the boys were attempting to fall asleep, we commented how we were so glad that for our trip to Disney this summer, we have a bigger room with a true one bedroom for he and I to shut ourselves off in so we can get the boys to bed early then stay up and watch TV alone without worrying about keeping them awake. That was really the only downside to our trip--the sleeping situation.

Wells took a good, long nap and as soon as he woke up he popped up bouncing and was ready to get going again. I had noticed a lot of people doing paddle boats and really wanted to do them too so we all went down to the lake to paddle boat and it was just as fun as I remembered it being when I was a kid! Afterwards, all of the boys went back to the cabins (we were able to get cabins right next to one another which was so nice!) and my Mom and I hung back and went shopping in their gift shop. It is a huge gift shop with really, really good stuff and that kept us entertained for about 45 minutes. We got back to the cabin, poured some wine, enjoyed the view then started getting dinner prepared. We had originally planned to eat at Osage but once we saw the Razorback game would be on during dinner, we opted for grilling burgers at the cabin instead. 


The next day we had a yummy breakfast at Truman's, piddled around the grounds a little more then hopped in the car to head home. We all kept commenting on how much fun we had and decided to make it an annual thing from now on. There was so much to do and a lot of the activities are free which is a nice little perk! Big Cedar doesn't have a mask requirement. Some people were wearing masks but the majority were not. I noticed a lot of people swimming in one of the pools so I'm assuming the pool is heated. We didn't get around to doing the pool and several other things like beach volleyball, bowling, shuffleboard and a few other things at Fun Mountain. Like I said, I thought we would run out of stuff to do after two nights but we definitely could have stayed three and still had plenty to do. It was just such a nice change of scenery and a great place for families. It's a relaxing getaway to a beautiful resort and I'm so glad we spent our weekend there!! Highly recommend for a family vacation or a couples getaway too!

Monday, March 29, 2021

Big Cedar Birthday

We decided to do something a little different this year for Campbell's birthday. Instead of having a party, we asked him what he would think about going to Big Cedar Lodge for the weekend. After showing him pictures of it and telling him about all the things we could do while we were there, he was all in! We asked the grandparents if they would want to come too and they all said yes! Early Friday, Campbell's birthday, we hit the road and headed for the Ozarks. 

We got there just before lunch, checked in, then headed to Top of the Rock for lunch then a golf cart tour. Campbell loved the golf cart ride and I was so happy to see him enjoying himself. I know parties are a big deal to kids and I was nervous he was going to wish he were having a party instead but he seemed to be having a great time. After our golf cart tour we headed to Fun Mountain for loads of entertainment. We decided after that we should head back to our cabin for cake and presents!! 

Campbell is really into Minecraft right now so I made sure to get him a Minecraft cake and we also brought a few Minecraft decorations for the cabin to make it feel all festive. After cake and presents, we ended the night with dinner then bed so we could rest up for a full day the next day. It was such a fun and memorable birthday. We loved doing something different and going on an adventure. Campbell absolutely loved it and we were excited to be there with family to celebrate him!

Friday, March 26, 2021

Campbell Is Seven

Today my oldest baby boy is seven! On this day seven years ago in the very early hours of the morning, this sweet boy made me a momma. And these last seven years have been the best of my life. 

Campbell is a gentle little soul. His teachers at school always tell me that he is soooo quiet and doesn't talk much but when he does, he speaks so softly. He is most definitely not that way at home but I can absolutely see him being that way at school. He has his timid moments for sure. Campbell loves school and his friends. He loves math and art the most and he eats the school lunch every single day. I have never made him a lunch to take to school--not even on the first day of school. He likes eating the school lunch! Campbell wakes up before anyone else in the house and he makes his own breakfast and watches TV in the playroom before school. When it's time to go to school, I go to the playroom to get him and he is already dressed with his teeth brushed and his hair combed--such a big boy. 

Campbell's favorite thing right now is Minecraft. He spent the better part of the year being into Pokemon but now Minecraft has taken the lead. Campbell loves playing Minecraft on his switch and he also loves watching other people play Minecraft on TV (a form of entertainment I just will never understand). Campbell also likes building Legos, coloring, and riding his bike. 

Campbell has lost two teeth now and he's itching for the rest to come out! He is the skinniest little thing and wears a size 5 in pants/shorts and a 5/6 in shirts. 

Campbell is a sweet little boy. He's not the rough and rowdy type. He keeps to himself quite a bit but he loves playing with his little brothers. He and Bennett enjoy all of the same things and Campbell is a really protective big brother to his baby Wells. He's sweet to his Mom and Dad and he loves his puppy sisters too! 

Happy 7th Birthday Campbell! You are such a great kiddo and we are super proud of you! We are looking forward to celebrating you all weekend!!