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!

For an Adventure / To the Lake!


     Good morning! As I mentioned on Saturday, my little family and I packed up the car and headed to the lake house for a peaceful evening. It was gorgeous and still, and was just what we needed. The leaves were still on the trees for the most part, and it is finally cold outside in the mornings and evenings, which just made it ideal for a fall getaway. The fog, pictured above, was so intense in the morning that you couldn't even see the actual lake, just a small part of our cove. It was really a sight to see (or not see, depending on how you look at it).

       I never travel without a book, especially when it comes to the lake house. I'm currently reading A Million Little Pieces by James Frey, and it's the perfect book to fly through when you actually have the time.

     It was so chilly out that I packed my slipper boots to tromp along in for the weekend. They are shearling-lined moccasin booties, and they are a lifesaver for enjoying time outdoors when it's 50 degrees or below.

     I also brought out my vintage red flannel coat that I snagged from my older sisters castoffs recently, and realized that it almost exactly matches Bailey's red poncho! Yay for one more thing we can match in!

      Getting used to the early sunsets has been a little rough, but with a view like this, I don't mind losing the daylight. Also, the supermoon (which is full tonight, make sure to check it out!) was starting to really glow, and that is a-o.k. with me!

     Last, but not least, we were basically obligated to do a fire in the fire pit, now that it's actually appropriately cold outside. Bailey resisted sitting and watching it for awhile, but once she finally gave in, the mesmerizing flames put her to sleep for the night!

     Thanks for reading, and have a fun Monday!