Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend 2017

Happy belated Memorial Day weekend to you all!

We enjoyed the long weekend in Livingston, Texas at my in-laws new lake house. It was so nice to get away just the four of us. There is something about being away from home that helps me physically and mentally rest much better than I'm able to do when inside my own walls. And typing that makes it seem so backwards, no? Because really, I shouldn't have to leave my regular life to rest well. I need to live daily from a place of rest so I can be the best version of myself. For not only myself, but for my family and friends and goodness, for the Lord.

So . . . Needless to say, I'm working on this very concept, little-by-little.

Packing up children for several days away is never easy, nor is any vacation free from meltdowns or small child frustrations, but in the end? It's always worth it.

Here's a few photos from our days at the lake . . .

Yes, Clara sleeps in a tent at night when we are away from home. This is something we thought of last fall when sleeping away from home no longer became feasible, and it has worked SO well. Special needs parents of kiddos who can't function in a "typical room/typical bed" situation (when not at home), TRY IT. Game changer. Of course this might not work for kiddos who understand how to unzip the opening, but for now we are soaking in this victory.

Look at me. I did a craft with my child and I did not die. :)

As we drove in Friday, we saw a sign for Tempe Creek Ranch. After a few email exchanges and giving them some information about Clara, they invited us out for a tour. Loved it and we hope to take Clara back next trip to test out riding one of the smaller horses (she is hit or miss when it comes to sitting on a pony/horse/or like animal, please refer to this post, ahem).

The majority of our time was spent in an outdoor pool that Brandon surprised us with right after we arrived. Best daddy ever.

Camille taking selfies. . .

A huge thanks to my in-laws for allowing us to crash their place on a holiday weekend, after only owning it for a few weeks. We can't wait to go back!


  1. It seems that pool was worth every penny!! Glad y'all had such a good little getaway :)

  2. So glad y'all had a fun escape from home! And also props to you for powering through and figuring out ways to make traveling feasible rather than throwing in the towel and just giving up on it- you are awesome parents! :)


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