Thursday, May 30, 2013

road trip | holiday island, arkansas

My Memorial Day week/weekend consisted of a road trip with my mom to Holiday Island, Arkansas to visit my Auntie Barb and Uncle Steve. After some time of planning and preparation, I lined up some babysitters for the kiddos and prepared Dan the best I could to be alone with the kids for 5 days and last Wednesday evening, I headed to Norwalk, where I would stay the night at my parents' before driving to Arkansas the next day with my mom.

mom and I on our way
Thursday morning the fun began.  My mom and I headed out bright and early on our adventure to Arkansas. We drove South all day, talking most the way.  We stopped for lunch at McDonalds in Missouri. As we were standing in line waiting for our food, a guy approached me and began hitting on me... for his friend of course.  Whut? Now, I wish I could say it was a really good-looking, charming guy. But I'd be lying. No, if someone's going to hit on this old mama it's going to be some hillbilly with alcohol on his breath who was asking for his friend. I'm not clear which friend it was but there were only two other guys with him so it had to either be the one missing half his teeth or the one wearing a mullet wig.  Yes, that's right. I said a mullet wig. Bet you're jealous.

cheers to a fun-filled ladies' weekend.  Let the fun begin!
So... we arrived in Holiday Island around 4:00 Thursday afternoon and hung out and relaxed on the back porch.  It was glorious.

Friday we did what most any girl would do on a ladies' weekend... went shopping! First on the agenda was Vintage Cargo - a home decor store that my mom had been to on a previous trip there and made sure to make it there again. Let me tell you - she was like a kid in a candy store. I'm pretty sure we spent half a day there. We then went to Home Goods and Marshalls and loaded up on the goods. And just when I thought the day couldn't get any better, my aunt mentioned they have a Charming Charlie. Several of my friends had been to that store and I had heard a lot about it but the closest one is two hours away so I hadn't been to it yet. I was thrilled. It was my turn to act like a kid in a candy store.

Watch out Vintage Cargo... she's about to attack

three carts full of the goods from Home Goods. These ladies like to shop

let's just say I might have a bit of a crush on Charlie
Saturday we slept in and then eventually made it to Eureka Springs. Such a fun, unique town. It's an old, historic town built along the hills of Eureka Springs with little shops lining the sidewalks. We spent the day checking out some unique and eclectic, little shops and had lunch together at an old cafe.  We concluded the evening back at Barb and Steve's house with grilled steak and the most amazing key lime pie.

Eureka Springs

mustang parade in Eureka Springs

We headed for home early the next morning. I drove 11 hours straight. I dropped my mom off in Norwalk then headed home to Sioux Center.  I couldn't get home fast enough. I missed my babies and couldn't wait to see them (all three of them). I'm so grateful to the babysitters and to my husband and everyone else who made it possible for me to enjoy a fun, relaxing weekend.

the girls

Saturday, May 18, 2013

jada | 8 months

Jada baby turned 8 months yesterday.  Here's what she's been up to lately:

started clapping

is eating and enjoying all her baby food

just started taking naps in her crib rather than her car seat (yay!)

still cannot roll from her tummy back to her back

loves playing patty-cake

started having separation anxiety (she knows when her momma leaves the room)

gets on all-fours and rocks back and forth. It's only a matter of time that she'll be crawling and getting into big brother's toys

will grab anything in sight that she's not supposed to have... and she's very quick too

finally starting to get a little hair on that round head of hers

Friday, May 10, 2013

iced coffee

With Spring finally deciding to make its appearance, I'm ready to switch out those warm lattes for a tall glass of iced coffee.  I have seen different recipes on Pinterest for iced coffee/lattes, but quite honestly, found them to be too much work or too many calories.  So I decided to try mixing up my own little concoction. I ended up coming up with something I really like and best of all it's super easy and only 60 calories.

All I use is:

2 International Delight single coffee creamers ( I use used white chocolate mocha)
Torani sugar-free vanilla flavoring syrup

I brew a pot of coffee and put it in the refrigerator until it's cold. I just keep the pot of coffee in the fridge and use it as needed.  I put a splash of the flavored syrup in a glass (ok, who am I kidding. I put in more than a splash of flavoring) along with two single coffee creamers and mix.  I then add some ice and pour the cold coffee in and mix with a spoon.  Quick, easy and yummy.