This weekend was a busy one! We started trying to knock off some of the items on our Fall bucket list. But you know with me, nothing ever goes as planned!!
Friday, I left work a little early and picked up both my boys! Asa’s school was having a small fall festival at 4 o’clock on Friday night. After I picked Asa up…and fought the bus line and parents like me who were lost and didn’t know what they were doing (glad I don’t have to do that every day!)…I took the boys to the small playground at the park. I tried to coax them into eating Subway, but who wants to eat when there is a slide to play on!
We waited at the park for a bit until Bray made it from work. Then, we let Asa loose to play games at the Fall Festival. This child is only shy when it suits him and I basically had to drag him to the different games to play! His first stop was the preschool booth where we bought cotton candy…which I am told will be to fund bouncy houses at the end of the year! How fun!
The boys ended up at Pa and Nan’s for the night. Bray and I had plans the next day to try and get up super early (like 3 am early) and drive to Petit Jean for a hike. Well…we overslept! Like, by 3 hours overslept! We threw a few places closer back and forth for a while and decided to just go to Pinnacle Mountain State Park instead.
As we were driving, I was being proactive and researching the trails. Both summit trails on the park’s website say strenuous. On Alltrails.com, it said that the West Summit trail was moderate versus the East Summit Trail being difficult.
I’m just going to put this out there for ya! If you are rocking a mom bod like me…moderate does not mean slightly winded! Moderate means on the brink of death! It was a challenge! However… I came, I conquered, and I felt better about myself once it was all over!
Another word of advice…wear shoes that allow you good traction. I was rocking my Reebok’s and I slid too many times to count. I fell only once (by the Grace of God)! I embarrassed Bray to death! To be honest, it was a little mortifying. I wasn’t too upset about the fall. It was all of the people that were asking me if I was okay. I would be better if you pretend you just didn’t see that! Come on! Be decent human beings and walk away! Just kidding. If I was really hurt, I would have wanted someone to help. So…I am thinking some good hiking boots are in my near future! Wink wink to anyone that wants to buy me some! I’ve got my eye on the Northface Back-to-Berkley Boots!
The view was pretty. And, it could almost be serene at moments. But, there were just too many people around if you were looking for a little bit of peace to start your day. I did not adore this hike as much as I did the ones in the Ozarks. This one was still too much into civilization for me. When I can see seven year olds playing soccer at the base of the mountain and the Little Rock skyline, I am not submersed enough.
Our t-shirts were from Outreach Apparel. They are a company that helps to support the International Justice Mission. IJM works to eliminate modern day slavery such as sex trafficking, violence against children, and forced labor. Head over here to check them out! I am all heart eyes over this sweatshirt and coffee cup! I need it for this Fall!
Here are a few common etiquette issues that I want to mention. I feel like these are common sense but maybe I am wrong…
Do not be blaring your music on your bluetooth speaker for everyone within a 5 mile radius. I did not come hike a mountain to listen to your Jamaican Reggae music!
Clean up after your pets. Don’t get me wrong…I love dogs! I bet that I loved on just about every dog that was on that hike. But, what I do not love is dodging droppings the whole way down. If you are going to bring a pet, be prepared to clean up after it.
On our way off of the mountain, my in-laws text me to let me know that the little one was sick with vomiting and fever. Here we go again! I was never sick as a child and the capacity for illness with my two is overwhelming! I am beyond dreading this winter!
We were planning on taking to the Ghost of Davidsonville at Davidsonville State Park on Saturday night with another couple and their kiddo. That ended up not happening…obviously. I was so bummed that I missed it again this year. Oh well! Maybe we can catch the one at Powhatan next weekend.
Instead, we did another activity on my fall bucket list and we had a movie night. We only made it about 1/3 of the way through CoCo before both of my kids were disinterested. Asa also had a meltdown because Bray put the M&Ms in the popcorn! I don’t know why when I envision these things in my head they are picture perfect and everyone has a good time! I should be used to reality by now.
On Sunday, I stayed home with Hawk in case he was contagious. By Sunday afternoon, he had been fever and puke free all day so we decided to take the boys out for some fresh air at Lake Charles. We had a relaxing time just letting Asa and Hawk run and do their thing.
On the way home from there, we stopped at Carey’s in Black Rock and picked up a few pumpkins to carve. We were almost home when Hawk got sick again! All in his car seat! I had to take that thing’s thousands of pieces apart so I could throw it in the washing machine with some Lysol!
So while the big boys carved pumpkins, mom cleaned up puke and gave Hawkins a bath. Bray decided to see if he could make something with the seeds. He found a recipe online and he basically candied them! So good!
We are busy-busy doing all sorts of fall things over the next couple of weeks! I can’t wait!