Friday, June 27, 2014

Tour of Missouri: Table Rock State Park

We traveled to Branson, Missouri over Father's Day Weekend to enjoy Table Rock Lake and Table Rock State Park. This is our third state park of the year. What a better way to celebrate the father and step-father of my children than taking him to his favorite place.

We also had a meal he has been wanting to have for a long time. We had a shrimp boil at the campsite. It was a winner and we may have to do it again!



The weather could not have been more perfect. It was sunny, breezy, and warm. The men folk enjoy fishing below the Dam at Taney Como. It is a great place to go trout fishing, which is exactly what they did bright and early Saturday morning.


The Husband had very little luck on this fishing trip. 

His friend Allen had better luck fishing.Maybe it is beginner's luck as Allen is just learning how to fly fish. Either way, he did well.


But, not as well as this guy. The Papa. This is The Husband's dad and he is the king of fishing. He is also the king of eating! We lady's had to make a trip into Branson and Krispy Kreme had their light on. My friend Rose taught me to stop when the light is on. That is when you get a free doughnut.


 Saturday afternoon, we were given a treat. The Husband has connected with a friend of his from high school that he has not seen since they graduated from high school. He lives close to Table Rock State Park and he brought his family and their boat down so we could play on the water.


The water at Table Rock is deep and beautiful. It is also chilly! And green. The little girls showed no hesitation in jumping in.


The girls were treated to some tubing. The water was super choppy as it was windy and the lake was busy. The girls did not care one bit. As the parents were biting their nails with worry, the little girls were chanting, "More, More, More!"


Sunday, Father's Day, the men took their little girls out fishing. While they were gone, I was given another special treat. One of my high school/college friends lives in Branson and she brought her family out to the campsite. As close as we were then our lives have taken us in different directions. I have not seen her in close to 18 years.  I so enjoyed our visit and we both promised to not wait so long for our next visit!


 On Monday, our last day at Table Rock, we once again went out to enjoy the lake. The wind was gone as were the crowds. The water was as smooth as glass.   The scenery was beautiful!


If you look carefully and pay close attention you might see some wildlife. We saw a spoonbill fish swimming near the boat. 


We also noticed two large turkey buzzards sunning themselves high on a cliff. Can you see them in this photo?



What about now?


What about this blue heron?  He was just trying to find some breakfast. 


The Short Chic loved the boat ride and the trip. She also loved studying the clouds for shapes. She really is good at finding things in the clouds. What do you see?


 Before we ended our ride and our trip we had to boat past the Branson Belle one last time. The Branson Belle is a riverboat that runs up and down Table Rock Lake. Of course, it is a showboat. Would you expect anything less from Branson?

                                                   

The girls love boating up close to it. It is a huge riverboat.


It was a great weekend. We only have two more state parks left on our goal to reach five.  Our next adventure is the end of June when we head back to the Katy Trail.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Short Chic Writes: Volume V

Here is another story written by The Short Chic. This one is about her 6th Birthday party. As those of you who know me know that I put a lot of effort into her parties. This story makes me happy because I know with each party we are making a lifetime of memories. 

My Birthday Party
written by The Short Chic
illustrated by The Short Chic
translation by Mommy
 I had my party in a hotel. It had a pool in it. In the pool there was a big slide. In the slide there was lights. 
 It was the day of May first. I invited Sophia, Isabella, and Brooklyn Addison and MaKenza. 
First we went in the water. We swam and swam. Some people went on the slide.

 Finally it was cake time. I raced out to tell everybody. We sang Happy Birthday. We ate.
Then it is present time. I have a lot of toys. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Short Chic Writes: Volume IV

A few years ago we were selected by House Party to host a debut party for Disney's Sophia The First. It was a fun party and The Short Chic remembers it well. Here is this week's story. 


Sophia The First
Written and Illustrated by The Short Chic
Translation by Mommy
 One day I had friends over for a party. First we made bracelets. 
 First we danced the waltz.
 Then we watched TV. We watched Sophia The First.
 Finally we played with my toys.
It was time to go home. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Orange is the new Black

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I finished it last night! Or actually really really early this morning. (semantics)

                        "Orange Is the New Black" Season 2 debuts in June, and if the first photos are any indication, the Litchfield women are in for another bumpy ride.           

I so want to talk about it with you. But I don't want to spoil it if you have not finished it.

I will say this...WHEN IS SEASON 3??

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Short Chic Writes: Volume III

In honor of Father's Day, I am sharing a story The Short Chic wrote about her Daddy. We have a weekend full of things that make The Short Chic's father happy all planned out. They all include fishing. 

Happy Father's Day Weekend to all the dad's out there! 

It was Father's Day. I had school but I ate breakfast with Daddy. 

He brought me lunch. We ate McDonald's. 

Me and Daddy went fishing together. 

Then we ate donuts. 

Me and Daddy read a book. The Lorax.

Monday, June 9, 2014

DIY: Slip N' Slide

Have you ever noticed that people want what they don't have? 



My children want summer birthday's. They want to be like Olaf (you know that cute snowman from that movie about ice?) They want to play in the sun. Lounge on the beach. They want to celebrate their birthday's without overcoats and gloves. 

In fact, they want summer birthday's so badly, that one year The Boy forgave his birthday and opted to celebrate his half birthday...right smack in the middle of S U M M E R!

The Boy loved slip and slides but he always wanted one longer. To make his summer {half} birthday dreams come true, I created a large DIY Slip N' Slide for his "Half-Birthday" celebration.


I started this project off at the local home improvement store. I found 10 feet x 100 feet of plastic sheeting for less than $60.00. Plastic sheeting comes in different weights so I used the 6 mil which was pretty thick plastic.  It was a little bit on the pricey side but it was the highlight of the party I splurged.

For the Slip N' Slide, we used half the plastic sheeting.  I left the plastic sheeting folded in half and then cut it around 50 feet long. {I used the other half for a second Slip N' Slide latter.}




Set up is not difficult. It does help to have a large area with a slight slope to it. Of course, you need access to water.  The last item needed to make your own Slip N' Slide is some type of substance to provide the slip. I considered baby oil but ruled it out because I did not want the "slip" to stick with us all day.

I ended up settling for Baby Shampoo. It provided enough slip to make the slide a lot of fun and it did not grease out their clothing or hair.  I probably used three bottles of baby shampoo on this slide. 


The kids loved the slide! The adults loved the slide!! Look at how sweet and small The Short Chic was.  She hardly weighed anything back then. I am pretty sure we flung her down the slide. She did not mind at all!

Makes me once again wish I could slow down time.


I also made 1/2 birthday cupcakes for treats for the party. They were delish and easy to make. I just a pipped a 1/2 out melted chocolate candy bark onto wax paper. Once it set up, I used them as cupcake toppers.  They were a little fragile but really sturdier than you would have imagined them to be. 


Sorry, I just had to get one more look at that cute baby face. I miss it.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Tour of Missouri: Harry S. Truman State Park and Dam

On the day that we were scheduled to start our Katy Trail bike ride the rain we had been eluding  caught up to us and forced us to delay our original plans.We tried to go to breakfast in downtown Warsaw but we quickly learned that not only did the rain alter our plans but also anyone who was at the lake.  Everyone was forced indoors for entertainment.  We found an hour wait for a table and then an hour wait for our food. We also found lines, huge lines at the local Wal Mart as well.

In the light rain, we visited Lost Valley Missouri Department of Conversation's Fish Hatchery. We have visited other hatcheries but they have all breed and raised trout. This hatchery breed and raised walleye, muskellunge, bass, and bluegill.  Lost Valley had a kids fishing pond out and even loaned fishing equipment out for use. The Short Chic enjoyed making fish rubs and playing in the giant mussel as well as observing the fish in the tanks.

After our tour of the hatchery we drove over US Army Corps of Engineer's Harry S. Truman Dam. We noticed a huge observation deck  high on the bluff. The views of the lake were amazing. We enjoyed bird watching and even found a flock of turkey buzzards sitting in a tree below us.



On the ground surrounding the Dam's Welcome Center was a historic town that has been moved and placed on the property. We enjoyed looking around the old cabins, stables, school and home. As soon as we walked into the dark cabin, The Short Chic started looking for the light switch. She found it to be freaky that it was so dark in the home!


 The buildings were furnished modestly in period furniture and decor. The Short Chic loved ringing the bell at the old school house!


After our stop at the Harry S. Truman Dam we decided to drive to Harry S. Truman State Park for a hike.  We actually could not get lodging at a State Park this trip and found ourselves camping at a private campground south of Warsaw. Our campground was crowded and visiting the State Park made us all a bit jealous of all the space campers are given.

Our hike was about 2 miles. Momma's knees and hip have been bothering her and I was a little concerned about her hiking. But she was a trooper and made the whole hike.


You never know what sights you will see on a hike. We found mushrooms, moss, a centipede, cactus, and even a knotty tree. The highlight of hike was a beautiful view of the lake from a bluff.


The rain had cleared, the sun had yet to shine but we were happy to be out and about enjoying the outdoors. By the time we had made it back to our vehicle my FitBit was buzzing telling me I had achieved my daily goal.


Even Momma made the entire trip. She was ready to rest and put her feet up but I think she enjoyed the view from the top as much as we did.


While it was not my first choice, we had a fun day. I got a few more Missouri Miles completed.  How many miles are you up to? I currently have 56, the Governor has 75 and The First Lady has 97!



Get out! Go explore...even in the rain.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Short Chic Writes, Volume II

Here is another cute little story from my Short Chic. It is funny to me how small things stand out in a child's mind. She wrote this story about a lunch date we had with our friends. The little girls sat together and the Mommy's sat together. After eating the little girls went to play in the play area and had an encounter with someone they thought was not playing nicely. I guess the entire experience left an impression upon her. 

Chick-fil-A
Written and Illustrated by The Short Chic
Translation by Mommy

"One time I went to Chick-fil-A."

"We went in the restaurant. We ordered the food. "

"We ate the food. Me and my friend sat with each other. We had chicken nuggets."

"We went to play. We were playing there was a mean girl. She was mean to me and my friend."

"She was a mean girl. She wanted us to smell her feet."