Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Weekend Review: Momcation

Early Friday morning, my sweet husband dropped me off at the airport and I made my way to Arkansas to spend the weekend with my Arkansas Bestie, Marci. We had plans to eat, laugh, and junk shop. 

My ride to Northwest Arkansas. 

 After landing in Arkansas, Marci and I headed to downtown Bentonville to see how the square has changed and to do a little boutique shopping. We ran into Walton's 5 and 10 shop which I haven't been into in 20 years... But there is a cute little gift shop at the front with lots of throwback toys.

We walked the square and then had lunch at Tusk and Trotter where I downed a full-sized hamburger and plate of fries. (momcation you can eat whatever you want!)

Next, we ran to a few thrift shops where I racked up on cheap matilda jane, under armour and pyrex bowls. Marci found a load of Brand New Ralph Lauren pullovers for next to nothing...
 After our junk shopping adventures, we ran back to the house just in time to go with Joseph to riding lessons.

I love my life in Texas but I sure do miss the beauty of Arkansas.

 After riding lessons, we got ready for a little girl's dinner.

 Marci and I downtown.

 We ate at Table Mesa on the square, which was one of my favorite restaurants in town mostly because of the cheap dates. I could eat them all day every day. It was so nice to sit and laugh with a group of ladies and talk about all the mom things- kids, cooking, recipes, the instant pot vs. the power pressure cooker xl, Aldi, and oven-cooking vs. Microwave cooking.  Thanks, Mendi, Kelly, Elizabeth, and Marci for the fun night.   I might have called Kelly, KellysKorner more than once...

 Marci knows my love for Rick's Bakery and had some ready to go!

On Saturday we loaded up and headed to Praire Grove for a day of junk shopping. I couldn't help myself and took pictures along the way. I really miss trees and hills!

 I also took some Christmas inspiration pictures at a couple of the shops.

 I found this amazing table in Praire Grove and tried to get Marci to buy it because it was amazing. It was probably 12' long! Someone go and buy this!

 I haven't found white queso in Texas either...

Love this girl. Once upon a time, we went to lunch together with 18 month Lucy and as we talked Lucy rubbed sour cream all over her face and then proceeded to get up and run around the restaurant... And Marci still wanted to be my friend!

I might steal Joseph. He is well mannered, hard working, a little serious and a little silly.

 Saturday Night we drove down the to the square with Braum's ice cream in hand and saw the lights.

 Saturday night we put on our Best Friend shirts and watched Alaskan frontier.

 Sunday we welcomed the new Bull to Bar over 3 Farms, moved some cows and banded a bull. This cow business was new to me but Marci and Craig (and even Joseph) were professionals.

 When I said that we moved cows and banded a bull I really mean that I watched and drank coffee. By the way, if you don't know what it means to band a bull I encourage you to google it.

 Sunday after all the cow work we ran to True's Treasures and on our way saw my old house where I grew up.

Monday morning Marci drove me to the airport and just like that my momcation was over. I felt refreshed and renewed and ready to see my family. Marci is quite the hostess and her family is just the sweetest. She also is quite the cook and has renewed a new interest in cooking for me. (and organizing and parenting... laundry... basically she is great at everything!) She inspires me.

My husband picked me up at the airport and greeted me with a hug and kiss (love actually style). He missed me. My kids were not ready to leave Manna and Aunt Laura's care. But we are all back together and enjoying the week off of school.

Happy Thanksgiving!

God is bigger than this and Jesus Can fix-it. 

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