Monday, June 29, 2015

Tour of Missouri: Crowder State Park

It has become somewhat of a tradition to go camping over Father's Day Weekend. This year we traveled but stayed close to home. We visited Crowder State Park in Trenton, Missouri about one and half hours north of Kansas City. On Father's Day Weekend, the men folk get to decide our menu and get to sit around like kings. We also look the other way when they make questionable fashion choices. The Husband decided it was okay to wear three different types of camo at the same time!

 Crowder State Park is a short ten minutes east of Jamesport, Missouri which is home to an Amish community. After breakfast on Saturday, we drove over and enjoyed shopping in the Amish stores: giant cinnamon rolls, horse drawn carriages, preserved fruits and vegetables, and who can resist sleeping kittens.

In addition to the Amish stores, we also visited many local antique stores. I have been looking for a vintage fly fishing rod for a while and I am happy to say I found one.I have not done anything with it but I am looking to sharing my find with you all a bit later. We finished our time in Jamesport having lunch at my favorite local place. The Husband and I shared a pork tenderloin as well as a piece of blackberry cobbler. 

Normally, we spend a lot of time exploring the state park we are staying in. However, by the time we returned to the park after exploring Jamesport it was hot! Instead of hiking a trail, we decided to hunker down in the air conditioning and nap.

 After napping, we were visited at the campsite by several of my extended family members. The sun set and the heat declined. The reunion lasted all evening until the threat of storm rushed everyone home. We cleaned up the campsite and prepared for an evening of wind and rain. 

As the storms continued to threaten us Sunday morning we packed up and headed home very early.  We enjoyed our short time at Crowder State Park even though we did not explore much. 

To the men folk; Happy Father's Day! 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Golden Birthday

I love birthday celebrations! They have long been important to me and as you might have already guessed, I go to long lengths to celebrate birthdays with my children.

Speaking of birthday's: this lovely lady had her Golden Birthday this week. Prior to this week, I am not sure I knew what a Golden Birthday was. Is this a new thing? Did we celebrate them when I was growing up and I am the only one who did not know? 

 A Golden Birthday is apparently when you are as many years old as the day of your birth. So, this lady turned 18 on the 18th. 

I guess I had a Golden Birthday. It would have been when I was 10. I am going to make an educated guess that my Momma did not know about Golden Birthday's either.  I am sorry to say that The Short Chic, already had her Golden Birthday. (Hopefully The Princess party I threw for her will compensate for the lack of a Golden Birthday!  The Boy can still celebrate his. He has a few more years to wait. 

Is it bad parenting to celebrate one child's Golden Birthday and not the other? The Boy would say no. The Short Chic would say yes. 

How about you? Have you heard of Golden Birthdays? Did you celebrate yours? 

Happy Golden Birthday, Katie! I do hope your day was as special as you, I hope you were surrounded by those who love you and make you feel like a princess, I hope you made memories that last your entire life time!  

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Plans for Summer 2015

 The heat of summer has arrived in my area. It took so long to arrive, I was beginning to questions its existence. Within days we went from mid 70's to nearly triple digit temperatures. I like the heat. I hate the heat. No, wait, I like it...sometimes.

It is definitely a love hate relationship with the heat. The rain continues to visit us. We are having the most difficult baseball season. I heard a rumor the baseball league has had to reschedule 400 baseball games this summer. That is a lot of missed baseball!

Our yard and flowers love the rain. Everything here is so green. I wonder how long that will continue now that the heat has arrived. We have an active summer planned.  It is so hard to balance all the fun things going on in the summer with rest and relaxation.

Luckily for us the Graduation Party forced us to get many of our summer projects done early. We did some landscaping, some mudjacking, and some deep house cleaning. Two areas that did not get organized before the party was the basement and the garage. I am happy to say that after two weekends at home both areas have been cleaned and organized. What a feeling when you can go from this:

to this!

For the first time in history, my craft supplies are actually organized and easily accessible! Another big summer project: CHECK!

As I mentioned earlier, summer activities in full swing. Both kids are playing baseball. The Short Chic is also attending summer school.The Boy is working. And the neighborhood pool is my kids' favorite hangout spot.

We have some travel plans for summer. Mostly camping trips. We are actively seeking out Second Camping Award. We plan to visit five different Missouri State Parks this year: Weston Bend State Park; Crowder State Park; Watkins Mill State Park, Montauk State Park, and Johnson's Shut In's State Park.  The closest park is within 20 minutes of home and the furthest park is nearly 7 hours away.

Summer would not be summer without a float trip down a Missouri river. This year we are exploring the Black River out of Lesterville, Missouri. If we are visiting your part of the world, give me a shout out to your favorite things to do. We would love to develop our "must do" list when we are there!

I have also spent some time developing my summer reading list. I have been a little bit of a slacker in the reading department. But some days there is nothing I would like to do more than lie in the sun with a book.

My summer reading list looks like this:

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  3. War Brides by Helen Bryan 
  4. Sweet Forgiveness by Lori Nelson Spielman
  5. Hugo and Rose by Bridget Foley
  6. Things You Won't Say by Sarah Pekkanen
  7. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
So, please share, what is on your summer reading list?  What are your summer activities? Where are you traveling to this summer? What summer home projects are you completing?