Last weekend I asked Monk what she wanted to do for Mother’s Day. Her options were go explore a cavern, hang out at a farm, or go on a glass-bottom boat ride. She picked hanging out at a farm so, we decided to go and check out Crowe’s Nest Farm in Manor (pronounced May-ner).
They had a bunch of animals and lots and lots of different gardens to explore.
We all had a great time. We called and made reservations for the 11 o’clock tour. We spent a few hours exploring the farm and were the last ones to leave that day. The weather was perfect. Usually by May the temperature is in the high 90’s, so far it’s been a really mild spring. I hope the weather sticks around for a while longer.
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We finally got some snow, well icy snow. It’s not the nice flaky stuff you find up north. It started snowing last night and we did go out there for a few minutes but it was just too cold. By the time we got outside again mid-morning everything was iced over, but we enjoyed playing in it nonetheless. There wasn’t much snow on the ground. We managed to scrounge up some that accumulated on the chairs outside to make this little miniature icy snow man.
Here’s what I wore today to frolic around outside.
I layered my floral dress with a striped sweater, tights and a denim jacket and of course my Hunter Boots. My jacket + tights are from Target. I picked up my dress (She’s Cool) and sweater (Abercrombie & Fitch) from ThredUp. If you’re unfamiliar with the site, it’s an online consignment store. I’ve ordered from them about four times and have been very happy with all my purchases. They sell pre-owned, new and used clothes for women, juniors and children. I LOVE thrift shopping and ThredUp has an amazing selection. If you purchase using this link you will receive $10 towards your first purchase.
Baelynne (Monkey) and I jumping in the snow.
Dana tossing Myles (Squish) in the air.
Our little family had a great time and hopefully we’ll have a few more snow days before spring arrives.
I hope you are staying warm and cozy during this crazy weather.
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On our recent camping trip to Krause Springs, I tried to create as much of a cozy atmosphere as I could for us. It was the kids first time camping and I didn’t want it to overwhelm them so I brought lots of familiar items. I tried to make our set-up as comfortable as possible. If you missed my last post, you can read and check out the photos of the beautiful campground here.
But really, there is only so much you can fit into a Jeep Cherokee. We squeezed as much as we could in between the kids car seats and the back was filled to the top. Not an inch of space was spared. I don’t know how those people who “glamp” are able to bring cake stands and chandeliers and tea lights complete with holders. We barely had enough room to bring the things we needed, let alone bring along all those unnecessary items.With a full cooler on top of the Jeep it made the ride a bit bumpy. The wind would push the Jeep from side to side. By the time we got to the campsite, both Dana and I were a bit sea-sick. The ride back home with an empty cooler on top wasn’t as bad. Dana did an amazing job packing everything into and onto the Jeep. Everything that I really wanted to take he was able to make room and find it a place. Can you tell he has played his fair share of Tetris?When we paid for our RV site, the lady at the front said we had our choice of either site #5 or site #7. She said the people who use the RV at site #6 were not there that week so we were welcomed to use the little stone pavilion during our stay. There was a nice little stone table in the middle of the pavilion and initially we thought we were going to use it to eat our meals but we ended up eating in our little netted canopy area. I hung up a laundry line to dry our wet clothes on and we also stored our river raft in there. It offered a nice shady spot for Monk to play in and we are grateful we were able to use it.
We should have brought a hose for the water spigot. It was about five inches off the ground (all the RV water spigots were the same height) so it made doing dishes a little more troublesome than it needed to be. In the future I will be adding a hose and a small inflatable kiddie pool to our camping gear box. You never know when it will come in handy.
I’m so soo happy that I picked up the little Coleman sink when we were shopping for our camping gear. It came in really handy but we do need to pick up another one so we can save ourselves a few trips back and forth to our mesh laundry hamper which we bought specifically to use as a dish drying rack. Thank you Pinterest for the idea! Another Pinterest idea that came in really handy was the shoe organizer that was used to store all the kitchen utensils. You can find the mesh drying rack pin here and the shoe organizer pin here.
A few other things that we picked up that really made it comfortable for us was the bamboo mat on the floor and the mesh screen that goes around the canopy. The area was really sandy and there were ants everywhere. The mat kept us from getting too many ant bites. We all got our fair share of fire ant bites but I truly believe the mat helped prevent many more. The mesh screen helped with keeping the flies and gnats at bay. There were a few that made it into the screened area but many more were kept out. I did bring a couple of fly swatter for those that made into our netted area. The floor wasn’t tacked down so creepy crawlies such as spiders could still be found inside but they didn’t stay for long. A really nice addition were my little banners. They really brightened up the space. I made it using a strand of twine and scraps of old clothes that Monk outgrew and were either too dirty to donate or give away. I have a handful of paper banners that I made a few years ago that hangs over the kids’ playroom and in my little crafting closet. To have these two banners hanging in our little outdoor space really made me feel at home.
Dana, Squish and I shared the queen size air mattress. Not the most comfortable, but it beats sleeping on the ground. Monk had a twin air mattress all to herself, but I think she preferred the ground. Well, two out of the three nights we were there she ended up on the floor of the tent. I don’t know if she just slipped off the mattress or if she just wanted to sleep on the floor. We had a little bit of space in the corner of the tent to store our duffle bag and shoes that were not being used.
The four of us were really comfortable in our 8-man Coleman tent. The view from inside were gorgeous as well. Cypress trees provided shade in the morning and in the late afternoon the patch of ancient oak trees behind the tent provided much-needed evening shade.
I hope you enjoyed the tour of our temporary home sweet home. There was a lot packing and unpacking but in the end it was worth all the effort. What are some of your must have items when you go camping?
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We’re back from our camping trip and we all had a fabulous time!
I absolutely love Krause Springs.
Before we left for the springs, I found out everything I could about the place.
I read every blog post, and article that I was able to find about the springs. I Google image Krause Springs and clicked on everything that Google pulled up. I read every Tripadvisor, Yelp and Google review about the place. Yes. I’m crazy like that.
We left home on Sunday morning. After a couple of hours on the road we arrived at the beautiful, magical place known as Krause Springs (pronounced Krau-see). We opted to pay the additional $12/night so we could have an RV spot which has access to water and an electrical outlet at each site. Let me tell you, it was definitely worth the extra $36 to be able to have water at my fingertips. With a one-year and a four-year old in tow, I had to make sure I was able to wash hands and dishes and whatever else I may need water for at a moment’s notice.
We spent the first day there just unpacking and making ourselves comfortable. On the second day, after we ate our breakfast we got ourselves suited up and decided to go down to the springs and explore our surroundings. We were definitely not disappointed. The ancient cypress trees gave us plenty of shade. It was nice and breezy and the cold, cold spring water chills you to the bone. Even though it was about 95 degrees (F), the water which is at a constant 68 degrees (F) was a bit chilly for us “old folks”. Although during Texas summers the temperature is known to soar as high as 120 degrees, I’m sure it’s quite refreshing to take a dip in the cold spring water.
The 70′ X 20′ man-made pool is fed by 2 of the 32 springs located within the property. The spring water overflows from the man-made pool into the natural pool down below by way of a gorgeous waterfall.
Dana and I were really hesitant about getting into the water after dipping our feet in and seeing how cold the water was, but we lugged our giant two person river raft all the way down from our campsite. We had to get in.
After you get used to the cold water it’s really quite relaxing sitting on our river raft. There were lots and lots of turtles. We were floating gently in the natural pool and were able to get within a few feet of the turtles before they took off. There were also tons of dragonflies. Some even rested on our arms and legs before going about their business.
Since it was a Monday when we ventured down to the springs we had it all to ourselves. We spent a couple of hours floating and watching the wildlife and just enjoying ourselves.
A lonely rope swing hung off one of the cypress trees for those adventurous souls. There is a nice little grotto underneath the waterfall and a cave nearby. I was really disappointed to see all the trash around the property. Beer cans and cigarette butts could be seen around the cave and other little nooks. It’s sad to see such a beautiful piece of paradise so disrespected by the public. If you’re too lazy to take out your own trash, don’t bring it in!
I almost fell asleep a few times while floating in the springs listening to the birds and squirrels and other wildlife.
On the third day of the trip, we celebrated my 31st birthday. I really couldn’t have asked for a better birthday. We spent most of the day playing at the springs. We even squeezed in a visit to the butterfly garden.
There in the gardens you can find the most massive wind chimes I have ever seen. Some were as tall as 6 feet if not taller. It’s hard to tell how big they really are, but they were definitely enormous.
I have no idea what the names of any of the flowers were, I just loved them and thought they were beautiful.
There were lots of fun little nooks to sit and relax. Lots of seating and even a hammock to lay on.
I can’t wait until the next time we get to go back to Krause Springs. I truly love this little piece of paradise. The day after we returned home, Monk asked me when will we go camping again. I’m already looking up different campgrounds and planning our next camping adventure. I’m hoping to make Krause Springs a tradition in our family. Something to look forward to each summer. I’ll share more photos of our trip in a future post. If you are in the area, I highly recommend stopping by and paying the springs a visit. If you are not a big fan of crowds (like us) I would suggest going sometime during Monday-Thursday. We camped Sunday-Wednesday, except for a few other people, we pretty much had the place all to ourselves.
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Yesterday we wrapped up the 30 Day “Photog Wanna Be” Challenge. Not only did I enjoy doing the challenge, it also helped me get into the habit of blogging everyday. I also took photos of things that I never would have thought to take a picture of, like the beautiful fossilized sea urchin! I need to find another challenge to do. I did a “Daily Prompt” the other day, but it’s not the same.
Be sure to stop by Two Everyday Divas and Flower Faerie Lives Life. They are wonderful ladies and I’m sure would appreciate some love.
Here are my favorite photos from the challenge. Click any of the photos below to view the slide show.
Silhouette of Monk
Me and the little ones.
Sunset on Eagle Nest Road
My jewelry making box filled with vintage crystal rhinestones, vintage glass beads, vintage cabochons, and brass findings.
Water and Oxygen
Fossilized Sea Urchin
New plant in the community veggie garden.
My little family. Dana with Monk & Squish.
Eyes of Driftwood Octopus
Path to Miller Springs
Bedtime stories, night light and twilight turtle.
Film to digital
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April 18, 2013
Harker Heights, Texas
I snapped this photo a couple of days ago. I looked outside and thought the clouds looked amazing, so I quickly grabbed the camera and snapped a picture. Dana walked by and asked what I was doing, I told him, “The clouds look amazing!” He glanced outside and said “I’m amazed.” I have no idea if he was just humoring me or if he actually meant it. What do you think?
Today is Day 19 of the 30 Day “Photog Wanna Be” Challenge.
Challenge for today is “Something You Want.”
Texas State Park Guide by Texas Parks & Wildlife
I would love to be able to visit and explore all the different State Parks, National Parks and National Monuments not just in Texas but nationwide. Being able to travel from one place to the next at our leisure in an RV, picking out our next location that we want to go and explore would be amazing. What better way to learn than hands on learning?
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“In My Bag” is the challenge for tomorrow.
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Today is Day 16 of the 30 Day “Photog Wanna Be” Challenge.
Challenge for today is “A Good Habit.”
For our family, it is getting outside and enjoying Mother Nature. Central Texas has super hot summers and chilly winters, so when the weather is nice we take advantage of the opportunities to go out and get dirty. Whether it is taking the kids to the playground, going out to the local lakes and getting our feet wet, or like today, going out and taking a nice hike in the wilderness, just get outside and enjoy some fresh air.
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“Technology” is the challenge for tomorrow.
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