At the beginning of this summer, Wade and I began thinking about a small family vacation. A place within 5 hours of driving distance and somewhere we could take the kids on an educational "field trip." We have decided to start every new school year with a trip somewhere... last year, we started kindergarten in Chattanooga, Tennessee!! This year, I saw an advertisement for the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, Arkansas. After looking into it and finding the cutest little country cabin a little south of Hot Springs, it was decided!! We booked our annual beginning-of-the-school-year field trip and anxiously awaited August's arrival!
Finally, it was here!! We left early Tuesday morning, August 18, and traveled north to Shreveport where we stopped for lunch at Twisted Root!
We met up with two of our most favorite Shreveport-ians - Emory and Cammie!!
Lunch with Justin, Megan, and her friend, Emily, was so fun!! Can we please do that everyday?! Don't you love friendships that are just so easy??
Wade was so cute and ordered the kids a Smore's Milkshake.. Savannah disliked the graham cracker crumbs inside, but the boys couldn't get enough.
Emory and Samuel instantly hit it off. What's that you said, Emory?? You're ready for Mommy to have another baby?! ;))
Sadly, sweet Emily is moving away soon, so this is likely to have been our our last lunch together. :(( I am so thankful to have known her!! Here's a precious pic of Meg with new baby, Georgia, and Emily with her new baby, Carson, and best friends forever, Emory and Cammie!
Loved our sweet time together so much!!
After a wonderful lunch, we hugged goodbye, and the Pooles hit the road again..
Two and a half hours later, we found our little cabin in the woods!!
We couldn't wait to go in and explore!!
Our little country cabin was so clean, so cute, and smelled of straight WOOD.
Our home for the next 4 days!!
Vannie and Andrew got to sleep upstairs in the loft!
We loved every square inch of this place!!
A picnic table, hammocks, and a hot tub waited for us on the back porch!!
After unloading the car and settling our things into the cabin, we used the rest of our Tuesday exploring the grounds!
So many trails, so little time!
When Andrew found this little treasure in the woods, he took off to get a closer look..
We talked about the Indians and their teepees made up of buffalo skin..
..and how they used sticks to start their fires!
Chief Wild Feather!!
(Sidenote: Andrew cut his own bangs a few days before this trip. In case you couldn't tell, ha!!)
We found this lovely little deck over the pond.. with a can full of fish food! Of course, the children loved that!
The owners of the cabins there had two big dogs that stayed on the grounds and were as friendly as could be! Anyone who knows us knows that we are not big dog people, but these two actually won our kids over!! The kids and dogs played fetch and it was adorable!
Here are a few pictures from our explorations!!
Adorable little cabin being built in the woods..
There was a tiny plum orchard that we walked through, as well as two or three trails that looped back close to our house! Everyone loved being outdoors, even though Samuel doesn't look like it here, ha!!
We love Jesus, our family, and being outside. Why??
Because we are POOLE BOYS!!!
My favorite fellows.
We headed back to our little cabin for a night of chili and hot dogs and kit kat bars.. oh yes. And juice boxes in the hot tub. ;))
Absolutely thrilled to be on a little getaway with our little family.
We were heading to Hot Springs for a day on the trails in the morning..
My one goal: To drink from hot springs in Hot Springs on my 29th birthday.
Were we able to do it?!?!
That post, coming up next! :))