A Little Time To Get Away

Now that the remodel is over and we are starting to settle in, my next hurdle is getting the "homestead" up and running. I'm obviously not made of money so we can't just throw everything together at once. Fences cost money. Shelters cost money. Animals cost money. Feed cost money.

Our first project is going to be to start on our raised garden bed. I am a garden novice so I have no idea when the best time to plant is or even what to plant. We are winging it! I do have a feeling though that starting to plant at the beginning of June is kind of on the late side. So, instead of starting out seeds, I am mostly going to go with started plants and see how that goes. Hopefully, we will have plenty of harvest! And, hopefully we will have something to can...which I have also never done!

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So far so good. Everything seems to be growing in. Now... if I can keep Asa from pulling up my corn because he thinks it is grass!

I am trying to come up with some relevant content to keep the blog as up-to-date as possible and not go 6 months without posting. I am sorry if it seems like a giant mismatch of house, mom-life, church, etc.

As I mentioned in the last post, we are trying to spend a lot of family time together. Time I feel like we neglected while we were working on the house. We have spent the last few weekends solely focusing on our two year old. The first mini trip that we took was to the Memphis Zoo. This child loves animals! I figured, he would love the zoo! Boy was I disappointed! The only time that he really lit up excited was to see the Hippos and the farm animals. I paid $40 for this child to look at animals he gets to see all of the time.

He kept saying that he wanted to see the Zebras over and over as we were looking through exhibits. I was having serious proud mom thoughts (Hello! Black Rock Zebra over here!). But, when we got to the zebras, that babe just shrugged his shoulders and was ready to see something else. Balloon deflated!

Last weekend, we took that sweet boy of ours to Branson, MO. If anyone knows us very well, my children do not ride well in the car! We limit our trips to less than a 20 minute radius from our house. They will scream and cry from the time we get in the car until we make it to our destination. He actually did well until we were about 2 1/2 hours into the trip.

Asa starts telling me that he was getting sick on a curvy part of our journey. We pulled over on a gravel road so that he could stretch his legs and get some fresh air. Him and his daddy were walking up and down the road, and then Asa came running to me to show me something in his hands (never a good thing from toddler)! They had been catching rollie pollies! I swear it was one of the sweetest and most memorable moments for me. And, we hadn't even made it our actual vacation yet. So, after a handful of rollie pollies and a few dozen "flowers" (ahem..weeds) later, we were back on our way.

Shopping at the Landing. He got a new "fishing" hat.

Shopping at the Landing. He got a new "fishing" hat.

Friday night we did Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede! My little cowboy loved it! I dropped $30 on the souvenir photo...because what crazed mom doesn't! And, one of the pretty cowgirls tossed Asa a flower from one of her victories over the North.

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He talked all day about seeing these horses! Every stop we made he asked if this is where they were.

He talked all day about seeing these horses! Every stop we made he asked if this is where they were.

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The initial plan for Saturday was Dogwood Canyon in the morning and Silver Dollar City in the afternoon. I'm not sure what was going on with Asa, but Saturday was not his day! The first, and last, time that we had been to Dogwood Canyon, I was very pregnant with Asa.

We quickly found out that Dogwood Canyon was going to be special to Bray and I, and we could not wait to bring our future children here and share it with them.

The new mill at Dogwood Canyon.

The new mill at Dogwood Canyon.

For those of you that do not know, Dogwood Canyon is a nature park owned by Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops. The place is absolutely stunning! There are a multitude of activities to do from hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and guided tram tours. On our first trip there, the mill was under construction so we didn't get to completely experience everything the last time. I was completely blown away by its finished state. Just like everything else that Johnny Morris puts his hands on, it turned out beyond expectation. All of his properties are so family oriented and can easily be described as works of art for outdoors men.

This tree house was built by Treehouse Masters on Animal Planet.

This tree house was built by Treehouse Masters on Animal Planet.

We took a tram again this time because this is the only way that you get to see some of the animals (again...I thought Asa would love it...he didn't). On the tram tour, the guide takes you back into a conservation area where they keep White Tail Deer, Elk, Bison, and Texas Longhorns. I will say this about the trams, it is a 2 hour tour chalked full of facts and information. Great entertainment... if you are not 2 years old! I would not recommend taking a small one that cannot sit still for very long. You would be better off to take a stroller and just do the walking trails.

Those calves were the cutest!

Those calves were the cutest!

Riding the Buffalo Rock.

Riding the Buffalo Rock.

We ate at the Canyon Grill. Asa had a melt down over his macaroni...I'm assuming because it wasn't Kraft macaroni. Our server was very gracious and she tried so hard to appease him. In the end, he just ate fries off of Bray's plate.

We ate at the Canyon Grill. Asa had a melt down over his macaroni...I'm assuming because it wasn't Kraft macaroni. Our server was very gracious and she tried so hard to appease him. In the end, he just ate fries off of Bray's plate.

After some of Asa's escapades at Dogwood Canyon, we decided that our best bet for him was to go back to the hotel and let him nap. This did wonders for his attitude! But, by this time, Silver Dollar City was near closing time and it looked like it was about to storm. We loaded up and headed to Springfield, MO for an impromptu Bass Pro Shop trip. We had originally talked about going to their new aquarium when we were in the planning phase of our trip, but when we found out it was $30, we said absolutely not! But, as we pulled in, my overzealous husband got the Bass Pro fever that every man tends to be infected with so we forked out $30/piece to see the fish.

It was worth every dime and more! It is amazing! And, one of Asa's favorite parts of the trip! He was completely entranced!

Sunday was all about getting home...after Hurt's Donuts, of course!

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This past weekend we went to a family friend's wedding that was a few hours from our house. Sweet Hawkins loved the hotel! He got to eat McDonald's french fries with daddy at midnight and jump around on the big, comfy bed! This was our first experience with a Home 2 by Hilton. We loved it! It was great because we had plenty of space to roam with the little ones and a refrigerator for the kids' milk and snacks. We will definitely be looking for one of those again when we go on vacation.

My brother was in the wedding so I got to spend some much needed time with him, Mekenzie, and sweet Falyn. I miss them dearly and my heart just soars when I get to love on that baby girl!

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Poppy getting ready to take the grands swimming! Falyn was a little fish, Asa wanted to stay in even though he was shaking all over and his lips were blue, and Hawkins screamed bloody murder as soon as his feet hit the water.

Poppy getting ready to take the grands swimming! Falyn was a little fish, Asa wanted to stay in even though he was shaking all over and his lips were blue, and Hawkins screamed bloody murder as soon as his feet hit the water.