Fall is just around the corner.

Today, I woke up made me a cup of coffee like any other day, but something was different about this day. I stepped outside and it felt wonderful. Breezy enough to wear a jacket and just a hint of sunshine. What a refreshing discovery to find that fall is finally here in Arkansas. This is my favorite time of the year. The fall brings with it a special kind of charm. A magic, that sweeps in along with the falling leaves’. There is such a comfort found in this time of year between the woodsy smells that fill the air, hay rides, picking pumpkins for carving, and enjoying a nice cup of hot cocoa while swinging on the front porch. I’m particularly excited because I can finally enjoy some cooler weather while being pregnant. Summers in Arkansas tend to be on the humid side. In my opinion, there is not a better time to visit or just enjoy Arkansas than in the fall. Nature has re-created itself into something of a fairy-tale. Tree’s swaying in rhythm while the wind sings her song,as families gather together for a special celebration of thanksgiving.

The Last Mile.

My youngest sister and I decided to take an evening run after gorging our faces with mexican food tonight. I would say we ran 1/2 mile..I don’t have a cool gadget that detects miles stuck to my hip but this seems to be a sufficient enough answer. I have come to the realization that I need to start running again as I took a break and life threw me off my pace. I missed feeling the brace of solid ground between my tennis-shoes and the liberation of finishing. Palms sweaty, heart racing, though invigoratingly painful at times, running is my release. It separates me from my thoughts, emotions, anxieties and gives me a chance to leave the happenings of life for a little bit. Sometimes, we just need time, to not think. Time to soak up natural beauty, solitude and peace.

We we're tired yet energized.

Wonderful friends, wonderful family and wonderful birthday!

I’ve had a wonderful 24th birthday and a little bit of a sun tan to go with it. The camping trip was so relaxing. We sat around the campfire reminiscing about the good ol’ times. I wouldn’t have wanted to spend it any other way. The only thing missing was my Dean guitar. The midnight air breathed softly as we sunk into our tents. We woke to find the beautiful sunshine peeking through to say hello in the morning.

One of my dearest friends, Bonnie-boo.

Bonnie-boo and Mark.

The night sky.

Adia skipping rocks...

Butterflies..

A camping we will go!

A Camping we will go
A Camping we will go
Hi Ho the dairy o!
A Camping we will go

Tomorrow we are heading to the lake/ campground with some of our closest friends to just relax and have a good time. Thus far, it’s been a great birthday. I’ve got to share in my joy with others that mean so much to me. There is something so capturing about sleeping underneath the starry night skies on a bed of green. The stillness and awe of it all silences my soul. What a great opportunity to share the beauty of nature with family, friends, and good food/drink.

Deciphering what to do for my 24th birthday.

My 24th birthday is in two weeks and I’m pondering on what to say when friends/family ask what I want to do. Camping is the first thing that came to mind. I would like to sit around a campfire with some of my closest friends, drink a few cold one’s, stuff my face with good food, and listen to the sounds of nature while sleeping underneath the milky stars. Or there is the thought of a new Kitchen Aid Mixer in a deep red color instead of my re-sale shop find hand mixer that is well, kinda lame. It has no rhythm and it’s just not jiving’ like it should. Maybe a vintage weight scale? Other than that..I really can’t think of anything that I just need. Maybe that’s part of getting older..we need less.
I’m just happy that I still have a kick in my step, pages to fill, memories to make, and friends and family to share the sparkle with.

Alas! We’re Home Sweet Home.

We arrived home a few hours ago. Ran to Grandma’s house to see our sweet “big” girl whom we missed dearly. Unpacked our things, freshened up and went to dinner at Cracker Barrel. Being both of us we’re craving some good ol’ southern/homemade food. We consumed a lot of gourmet food while vacationing in Eureka Springs so it was nice to have something deep fried/ greasy for a change. Wow! we had an amazing vacation but I was ready to be, ” Home Sweet Home.” Looking back on our vacation I would have’t to give it a score of 9 out of 10 possible points. Pro’s and con’s are as follows: Pro’s- plenty of day/night activities to keep us busy, beautiful outdoor trails not far from historic Eureka Springs, Winery literally five minutes away from cottage, Mixture of several cultures, a wide array of artistry, organic farming, Easy to find coffee shops ( Great coffee), Lodging prices we’re affordable and our cottage was cleaned every day upon arriving back. Con’s- I wasn’t impressed with some of the restaurants service or food. I found a piece of glass in some of Matt’s leftover Alfredo fettuccine which turned my stomach upside down from a particular ” well known” restaurant. Some of the people in the restaurant business we’re very unprofessional and needless to say didn’t receive a plump tip. The weather dampened our plan’s to go backpacking but we managed to still have a good time. Many of the store’s we’re over-priced on certain items but that didn’t stop me from shopping..;) It’s vacation..I plan to enjoy myself and that I did. Goodbye Eureka Springs until next time!

Our rainy day consisted of Gourmet Chocolates, Wildlife Refuge and Antiquing.

Slept in until 9:30 or so and began the process of getting ready. We drove to Historic Eureka springs and visited a Chocolate Factory. There was such a wondrous display of chocolates it was almost baffling. I know you must be wondering what I chose to indulge myself with. The delicate selection was Irish Cream Truffle and Hazelnut Truffle. Might I add, the chocolate was velvety smooth and melted as soon as the chocolate hit the roof of your mouth. One word to describe this experience: Ecstasy. After our indulgences we drove to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. It was a self-guided tour through a maze of every kind of Wild Cat possible. They we’re all so unique in color, shape, personality and size which made the experience even cooler. Some of them would look at you with eyes of steel that could pierce your soul and send chills straight down your back and others we’re so laid back it was like watching Willy Nelson except of course they are a little bit furrier. After leaving the Wildlife shelter we spontaneously stopped at an Antique Shop in which I found some treasures. It seems odd we have been on vacation for almost a week now. Usually are schedules are so rushed between work, school and life. This has by far been the most relaxing vacation ever!

The Chocolate factory.


Every Chocolate Lover's Dream.


A cute little sign hanging in the shop.


Resting for the day.


What an incredibly beautiful yet fierce creature.


Looks like someone's got it made in the shade.


Sleepy Much?


Raven eyes..shouldv'e been this one's name.


Look how huge this cat is...amazing.


Found this sewing book in the 50% off section
Price paid $ 4.98.


A vintage trivet..I found for the kitchen.

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