To Go On Vacation

 

      Good morning! We are back from vacation and have once again become homebodies! I missed my little things that make me happy at home, and I think Bailey was especially happy to have her own bathroom again (we all shared one bathroom at the lake, and Bailey's potty seat had to be moved quite a bit). Back to the trip though, it was a blast! I got to play tennis for the first time in awhile, and it felt good to still be able to play decent-ish. 

      I also bought my new favorite hat! It's from Pacsun, and I originally bought it to share with Bailey because she loved it so much, but she's basically forgotten about it (toddlers) and I've been wearing it non-stop. 

     We visited the Tan-Tar-A arcade again, and you better believe Bailey left with another Minion prize!

      I kept the skincare simple for this trip, mostly due to the fact that lake weather never agrees with my skin anyways. I did bring a fun collagen gold sheet mask though, and it kept my skin from getting too dull in all of the humidity/wind/sun exposure. 

        One of my favorite parts of the trip was driving over to the Ha Ha Tonka State Park! It's a forest situated on bluffs at the most northern part of the Lake of the Ozarks, where a natural spring feeds into the man-made lake. Not only are the views gorgeous, and the trail kid-friendly, but the park holds the ruins of a 20th century castle style mansion that burned down in the 1940's. It was built by a billionare from Kansas City in the 1900's, and was bought by the state after the fire to turn into a park. I can see why, because it's one of the coolest things you can see in Missouri!

      We mostly just explored the ruins for a bit, and then a few lookout spots. Bailey could not stop running around the castle! I think it probably reminded her of playgrounds a little bit. She also had her first experience of having to use the bathroom in the woods, and while she was slightly confused, it went as well as it could have! 

       I know this is probably an insult to Rome, but the ruins really reminded me of the Colosseum, just smaller and not circular! The stone archways, the overgrown interior, it was all so cool. Everyone else on the trip had been there before because they're from here, but I never even knew this place existed before moving here, and I think it's something any outsider would love! 

      That's all, folks! It was such a relaxing and refreshing trip, and was the perfect way to start the summer. 

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Tuesday!

To Share Vacation Photos

 

     Hi! Just wanted to share some of the photos I took with my iPhone while we were on vacation at Lake of the Ozarks. A little background: Brett's parents own a house on the lake there and we go quite often in the summer because it's so close (only an hour and a half). This year, we all decided it would be the best location for our week-long annual vacation. We chose it for a variety of reasons, but the biggest one was that we wouldn't have to drive 7+ hours with a toddler. We've done it before, but realized we wanted the least stress possible this year, and a big part of that stress is driving. That being said, it was the most relaxing week away we've had since Bailey was born, and it will probably be repeated for years to come. Let's get on with the photo's! Above, is my little sweetie at the wine tasting we went to. A few of us had never done a wine tasting, and this region of Missouri is filled with great vineyards. We went to the Shawnee Bluff Winery for our tasting, it being the closest to our lake house. They had pretty good wine, and it was lake style and low-key. Bailey definitely loved the deck we enjoyed our meals on and the pretzel bread dipped in cheese. She really loves her bread and cheese.

       This was taken on the dock, which is one of my favorite places to just sit and enjoy the scenery on the lake. Of course, I had to have some iced coffee in the fridge, and my favorite blanket at the ready for maximum coziness.

     We went to the Tan-tar-a Resort on one of the particularly sweltering days. We mostly went for the arcade, which is where this was taken. It was kind of 70's themed, and these walls were awesome. Bailey spent most of her time there running in circles around the deserted arcade like it was a maze. The only game she really played was a racing game for toddlers. She looked like she knew what she was doing in the driving department, which was both scary and weird. Also, one of the prizes was a stuffed Minion, which she immediately scouted out and stared at for awhile. Brett and Kristen played games until they won the 800 tickets needed for him, and now it's basically attached at her hip 24/7.

     The days were either cloudy/rainy and cool, like above, or 100 degrees and humid. I preferred the cloudy/rainy days as I'm a pale kid. Also, I'm still not used to that level of humidity, and the rain meant reading time inside!

     We only have a shower at the house, no tub, so Bailey bathed outdoors all week. We all prefer it, for some reason it's even more adorable when she can splash around outside rather than trapped in a tub with walls.

     I picked up a cool geode at Tan-tar-a. I like to collect these now when I travel, so far I have one from my favorite place in Arkansas (The Cliff House) and this one. You're never too old to start a collection.

       The dock is always filled with spider webs (yuck), and I thought it was high time they were documented. They may be gross but they sure are pretty in the sun light.

       There are a ton of crazy weeds/plants around the lake, and we see a lot of them on our walks along the roads around the lake house. These were some sort of huge leaves that we weren't sure were weeds or not. I wanted to pick a couple to take pictures with, but Brett wouldn't let me because we weren't sure if they could be poisonous. In hindsight, it was probably for the best. He's definitely the yin to my yang.

     This was one of the best breakfast's we made at the house. It's sauteed veggies (we used purple cauliflower, onions, potatoes, green beans, and kale) and a fried egg on top. Nothing's bad with a fried egg on top.

       These were some flowers from our walk. I thought the orange was so pretty, and then spotted the crazy looking bug just hanging out on it. You can bet I snapped this pic and ran away swiftly.

     I did yoga on the porch every morning, and any time I looked up, this is what I saw. Not the worst view in the world.

     Another pretty flower shot. The wildflowers that grow around here are something to see, and they're one of my favorite things to look for.

     We had a blast, as we always do at the lake. It was nice to have more time there though, because we got to do more things and see a different part of our lake. We got to find new favorite restaurants and shops, and now have a fresh perspective of one of our most beloved places. I can't wait to go back!

    Thanks for reading and have a great end of the week!

Vacation Packing: Mom Edition

     Hi guys! I shared Bailey's vacation essentials a couple of days ago, and thought I should share mine today! Mine are a little less about utility, and more about comfort. Check them out below!

Warm-Weather Vacation Essentials: Mom Edition:

1. Face Spray - Bailey steals mine all the time, as I mentioned in her post. It's my number one thing for every day of the summer, but especially on vacation when we are out in the sun all day.

2. A Straw Hat - Getting burnt on your scalp and part is one of the most annoying things about being pale. It's painful and itchy and no one wants it. This is wear a hat becomes essential, and a cute straw version makes it even better.

3. Sunglasses - Just like Bailey, I have pale blue eyes, which means it's impossible to go out in the sun without sunglasses. My eye doctor actually recommended that I never go outside at all without them, so they definitely make this list. 

4. Cute Sandals - No sneakers or close toed shoes aloud when it's 100 degrees outside.

5. Hair ties - Thick and frizzy hair is also not aloud when it's 100 degrees outside.

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Vacation Packing: Toddler Edition

 

     Hi there! I've got a few long packing lists for vacation next week, and I'm about to get started on them in the next couple of days. I find that the hardest person to pack for is Bailey, simply because toddlers have to have a lot of stuff to just get through the day. When packing for this particular vacation, I have to consider the weather too. Apparently, everywhere is experiencing this crazy heat wave, and in Mid-Missouri that means humidity levels higher than the beach a thousand miles away. I'm not joking, last year I compared the humidity in Columbia to the humidity at the beach we went to and it was HIGHER in Missouri. That makes no sense, and doesn't seem fair since at least it's humid for a reason at the beach. Missouri's land-locked and humidity levels reach into the nineties in the summer. I'm bitter about it, as is my hair, if you can't tell. Ok, I'm done ranting now. Onto today's topic: packing for an oddly tropical week at Lake of the Ozarks, toddler edition. I plan to bring all of the usual essentials (diapers, sippy cups, etc.), but I wanted to share a few of the things Bailey loves when it's unnecessarily warm. See the list below!

Warm-Weather Vacation Essentials: Toddler Edition:

1. Face mist - Bailey requests spritz's from my own face mist on the daily.

2. Hair ties - Bailey's hair is finally longer and thicker (yay!), and hair ties are essential for keeping her neck cool and less sweaty.

3. Open toed shoes - this might seem obvious, but no one likes to wear closed toed shoes when it's a hundred degrees outside.

4. Sunscreen - again, probably obvious, but something this important to fair-skinned people like Bailey and I can't be mentioned enough.

5. Sunglasses - babies need to see in the sun just as much as adults do! Gotta have UV protection too, because our blue eyes means more light sensitivity. Wooooooo.

6. Bubbles - this might be specific to Bailey, but at the moment, little girl won't go outside without her bubbles. Weirdly, it's refreshing when the land on you and pop.