Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Logan turns 30

Logan, one of my best friends from high school, turned 30 so we threw him a little party! It was supposed to be a surprise but the surprise ended up getting ruined. Wah wahhh. Regardless, we had a nice backyard barbeque to celebrate his birthday. I didn't take a ton of pics, but I got a few!
The Henderson's/Co-Party Throwers

Mr. Townes Hutchens

I can't take credit for baking the cake, that was all Logan's Aunt, but I did get to deliver it :)

Lee snuggling with Gage

Logan's step dad Nelson and Lee's dad Gary

The Francis Family

Logan, Tim and Eric

Logan's aunt, uncle, cousins and brother (with some significant others)

Me, Lee, Logan, Gage and Katie

Lee with her family

Logan hanging with Gage

Monday, July 22, 2013

Buffalo River Vacation

Instead of one big trip this summer we decided to take a few long weekend getaways around of the state of Missouri and southern Arkansas. Our Kenny Chesney concert was trip number one, floating and camping on the Buffalo River was trip number two and this weekend we are headed to STL for a Cardinals game and Blake Shelton concert with getaway number three.

Tim and I had never floated the Buffalo River and had heard it was beautiful so we were excited to give it a try. We headed down the Sunday after the fourth of July, rolling into the campsite around 4 p.m. That night we just toured the campground and walked down to the river for a quick swim before starting dinner.

Monday was the day of the float! The upper portion (which we'd heard was the prettiest) we were unable to float b/c there wasn't enough water so we floated the middle portion, which still had some large bluffs to see. We used Wild Bill's Outfitters and they drove us upstream so we could float right back down to our cars. The best way to float in my opinion. We were on the water about five hours or so.

Tuesday we were hoping to head over to the Ponca area for a few hikes but it ended up being almost two hours away, plus it was really hot, so we opted for some sites closer to our camp. We went to Blanchard Springs and Caverns where we took the two hour cave tour and then went down to the spring afterwards. It worked out great b/c in the heat of the day we were in the cool cave! On the way back we went to an old mining town called Rush, which is considered a ghost town now. Some of the old building are still intact and it was really neat to read all about the history of the town.

I think we saw all there was to see in our short few day trip, but we had a great, adventurous getaway!

24 weeks

Saturday, July 20, 2013

35 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Girlfriends

I cannot take the credit for pinning these 35 items, but I sure do agree with them! It originated from a lady by the name of Allison Hendrix who writes a little family blog similar to mine.

I honestly love that I have a good group of girlfriends that most of these points apply. Kari, Josey, Trina, Ashley and Amanda; life just wouldn't be the same without you ladies! I honestly feel that our relationships shape me as a person and will as a mom too. I will strive to show my daughter why it is important to have true girlfriends and I know our friendships will show her why.

  1. True girlfriends are those who will tell you the good and the bad. And find a way to make you feel OK about both.
  2. Your best friend may have other friends too. That’s ok.
  3. A girlfriend understands that we all want to feel celebrated on our birthdays.
  4. Girlfriends come in all colors, shapes, and energy levels. Don’t have a type. You will miss out.
  5. We are all imperfect people. Your friends will disappoint you. Forgive them even before they ask.
  6. True girlfriends are those who meet you in the middle, and sit with you if the moment calls for sitting, and walk with you when you can move forward again.
  7.  Be brave enough to be real. Your Authentic self is enough.
  8. You know she’s a true girlfriend when you don’t clean up before she comes over… you’re comfortable allowing her to see YOU, mess and all.
  9. A lack of phone contact should not breed insecurity, just an excitement for when you finally do connect. Pick up where you left off, no guilt or hesitation. Life is hard and we all know it. Grace should be freely given.
  10. Life gets busy though. Be intentional.
  11. Love them well. That will look different for each friend.
  12. Truly good friends are your best cheerleaders– they make you feel like everything you want is possible.
  13. If you find a friend that can make you laugh so hard you pee….don’t let her go.
  14. There are no gasps or judgement when your child has a meltdown in front of her. Just a chuckle and a story about when her own child slapped her mother-in-law in the face.
  15. Always reach out to the new girl in school or life. Always. 
  16. A phone date together with a glass of wine and sleeping children can be as fulfilling as a dinner out.
  17. True girlfriends are those who take and give in equal measure – but always remember to measure over the length of a yard and not over the length of an inch.
  18. There’s a fine line between sharing information and gossiping. Don’t cross it and ask your friends to do the same.
  19. You can make a friend feel loved by loving on her children.
  20. It is a blessing to have an intimate few but always have room at your table. Be the anti-clique clique.
  21. Don’t be a high maintenance friend, life’s hard enough. Just love well and often.
  22. Laugh and cry together, often at the same time.
  23. Don’t flirt with her boyfriend, spouse or love interest.
  24. Remember your life and family are not supposed to look like hers. You were created differently. Don’t compare.
  25. Friends should never feel like an obligation.
  26. Girlfriends know when to simply say “you will get through this, I promise.”
  27. When you know you are crazy, your girlfriend can assure you, you are normal, even though you are crazy.
  28. A girlfriend understands your hormones, at all the different stages of womanhood.
  29. Be Trustworthy  ”A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” (Proverbs 11).
  30. True girlfriends always know how to point out the best in each other.
  31. Apologize when you screw up, because you will.
  32. Don’t just say you’re going to pray for her, actually pray, even when she doesn’t ask.
  33. Know the purity of her heart. It’ll make it easier to give her the benefit of doubt.
  34. Give of yourself expecting nothing in return. A true friend will reciprocate when she is able.
  35. You have been placed in each others lives with great purpose. Cherish each other.
My personal favorite is number 10. I also love #14 and can't wait to have funny stories like that about my own kids.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Fourth of July 2013

We had a relaxing Fourth of July holiday at home. The first half of the day consisted of putting together our crib!! Now the room is really starting to come together. After lunch our families came over for a little pool time and dinner. We didn't have a ton of fireworks to shoot off, but Tim and his rents shot a few off. We managed to relax on the deck, eat s'mores and homemade ice cream and watch all of our neighbors light up the sky.

Wyatt's such a good helper

Enjoying the mister that Ron gave us!

One of the first fireworks they shot off ended up in the pool. Whoopsies!

And then another ended up on the house so my dad was putting it out with the hose.

It was even chilly enough for a fire in the firepit!


Homemade ice cream!

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