Fall Break Vacation 2019 ( Momimhar posted on November 9th, 2019 )

Darling daughter’s Fall Break was three weeks ago. We headed to Arkansas again for a road trip. My dear husband had been wanting to go check Fayetteville, Eureka Springs, and Fort Smith. Also he wanted us to visit a few caves around there. I’m sharing a few photos from our trip.

Fayetteville

Friday

We left Texas around 5:00 P.M. Thursday afternoon, an hour after DH and I picked DD from her UIL (University Interscholastic League) tryouts after school. Driving through Oklahoma in heavy rains that evening, we arrived around midnight in Fayetteville. Gladly checking in at Holiday Inn Hotel was very quick that we were able to haul our stuff up to the room, cleaned up, and fell asleep in no time.

We woke up well-rested and ready. The temperature dropped after that rain. Looking out the window colors of the leaves are starting to change. It’s very nice to see. After breakfast, we head on to the road and drove by the University of Arkansas. Talking about someday, maybe, our darling daughter will go there for college.

Eureka Springs

On our way to Eureka Springs, we did a quick stop in Seligman, MO (took a photo at the border proof that I’ve been to Missouri) and drove up to Cassville. We stopped at a fishing area which is a part of the Roaring River State Park. It was cold. It was a nice day for fishing. ‘Gave us the idea that we should try to do fishing next year.

It was a nice drive in the country to Eureka Springs. We arrived hungry so we ate lunch at a Mexican restaurant. We checked in at Quality Inn Hotel near downtown. It’s a Victorian-style hotel. Our room was at the back facing the west with the views of the garden and the pool. The pool sure was inviting but temperature was not!

In the hotel room we were like “now what?” sort of question. What are we going to do for fun in the next few hours? The temperature has dropped to the 40s and it’s gonna get dark soon. I saw a magazine on the table and grabbed it. As I was browsing through the pages I saw this Ghost Tour ad. I asked DD if she’s interested to go. She was like “yea, that sounds interesting”. DH wasn’t sure though.

I tried buying tickets online but had no luck so I called the number on the ad. By the way, it was the Crescent Hotel who was hosting the Ghost Tour that night and over the weekend as part their Halloween event. The guy I had spoken to said tickets online was sold out, but he has a few left at the register. Because we really wanted to do it, I asked the guy if he’ll be able to hold three tickets for me and we’ll come pay at the door at 7:00 P.M.. He said he can’t guarantee the availability by then. And so the three of us immediately drove to the Crescent Hotel to pick up the reserved tickets.

We came back to the hotel an hour early. The ghost tour time was at 8:00 P.M.. The hotel’s lounge was occupied so the three of us went upstairs to look around and reached the 4th floor where the pizza parlor and bar were located. We ordered pizza and some drinks while waiting for the tour to start. The pizza took a while to serve so DH had to take it down to the car because the assembly for the tour was starting. DD, myself, and all the other guests were in the assembly room when DH came back.

The guide talked about the Crescent Hotel’s history for a few minutes then she guided us to the certain places in the hotel where paranormal activities took place according to the people who stayed in the hotel years ago. Being in a more than 130 year-old building, it felt really spooky.

The Crescent Hotel had an interesting and quite mysterious history. Click here for more details, events info, and room availability.

Saturday

Friday evening was super cold so was Saturday morning. The next thing we did after eating breakfast was head to Walmart Superstore to buy DH a jacket. Haha! It was about 35 F. We grabbed lunch at Sonic Drive-In in Berryville then moved on to our next destination.

The Saturday itinerary was to visit caves. We visited three caves: the Crystal, the Mystic, and the Cosmic caverns. Our most favorite was the Cosmic Cavern.

Crystay Cavern

Mystic Cavern

Cosmic Cavern

Eureka Springs is a neat lively little town. But it’s quite touristy for us. You know what I mean?

Sunday

We just took our time checking out Sunday morning. We ate a good breakfast so we just had a light snack bought from a convenient store along the way to Russellville.

Driving through the Ozark National Forest, it was a bit of a challenge–winding roads, ups, downs, cliffs…it was scary. But I did it. We stopped at the Buffalo River Canyon Scenic View to stretch out and rest for a few minutes. It was very beautiful and relaxing. Imagine the place at this time of the month. So colorful.

Then we moved on.

Russellville

Sunday

We arrived there near dark and checked in at Best Western Hotel. After the challenging drive through the Ozarks, DH needed some drink. You know, beer or something. He went out to ask the staff at the front desk only to find out it’s a dry county. What a bummer.

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Hello October-Fall Season Is Here ( Momimhar posted on October 9th, 2019 )

We are, I think, ready for cool weather. Yes. It has been a long summer here in Texas.

This week, cooler temperature in the mornings feels awesome. It is sweater weather for my household members especially for darling daughter. She easily gets allergies since her respiratory treatment last year. My dear husband and I are watching closely that now because we don’t want to go through that situation again.

As for the cooler weather, I need to get those long sleeves clothes, pants, sweaters, and jackets out again. Good thing they still fit. DD need new ones, though. She’s getting taller. She needs a new pair of boots because her old ones were already outgrown and the out sole was completely worn out. Her jackets still fit same with the sweaters.

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Savoring the Happiness in Simple Things ( Momimhar posted on September 29th, 2019 )

Bird feeder repair.

It was a very pleasant morning today. The temperature this morning was in the 70s so I decided to spent some time enjoying it on the front porch. My dear husband came out of the house from the garage and checked the yard. He said the grass needs mowing. He didn’t want to wait for the coming weekend to mow because those grass stalks will two feet tall by then.

“Good idea,” I told him. “Also, the feeder needs a platform so the birds can at least perch on to peck on the seeds. I saw a small bird earlier having a hard time bending its head to get some seeds in there,” I added.

“It’s a cheap bird feeder from Home Depot and the maker I guess didn’t think about it,” he said.

So he got a piece of wood and trimmed it to a size where the bird feeder could be glued with more space for the birds to perch. Hearing the noise in the garage, my curious darling daughter came out. When she learned about the plan, she volunteered to help. She helped gluing the bird feeder onto the square wood. After an hour, they refilled the feeder and hung back to the tree. Teamwork makes it work. 🙂

I was just watching my loves while they work–savoring the happiness in simple things.

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Unicorn Pool Birthday Party ( Momimhar posted on September 13th, 2019 )

Unicorn and number 8 balloons.

Another thing so fun about Summer Break is that you get to celebrate summer birthday parties in the swimming pool! Like two months ago, darling daughter was invited to her classmate M’s pool birthday party.

M’s birthday party was held at her grandparents’ place. The porch was decorated with unicorn stuff and pastel colors. There was a unicorn-themed birthday cake, and the cupcakes were so adorable. The host were grilling so there were hamburgers and hotdogs, too.

Having fun in the pool.

It was a very pleasant day. The children had a blast swimming, playing in the pool, and jumping into the water. Blowing the candles and cake time is always exciting. Everybody enjoyed a slice of cake and a piece of cupcake.

Unicorn birthday cake and cupcakes. Yum!

After another half hour we packed up and headed home. We had a great time at M’s pool birthday party. That’s what is nice about having a swimming pool. You get to hold kiddie parties and some summer celebrations.

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School Supplies Shopping Online ( Momimhar posted on August 14th, 2019 )

School supplies.

When do you start shopping for school supplies? We do our shopping a week before Meet the Teacher day. I think that’s usually the time when stores put there very competitive pricing out for consumers to get advantage of.

I also do online shopping for school supplies. There was one time a store offered free shipping on a minimum order. I browsed that store and found some wide-ruled composition notebooks for cheap, crayons, colored pencils, and plastic folders. I added some office supplies for my husband to meet the minimum price set for free shipping. In this super hot summer in Texas, going out to shop is not quite exciting for me. I would rather do online shopping in the comfort of my home.

So I finished all of my school supplies shopping. I always make sure darling daughter’s school supplies for the new school year is complete before meeting her new teacher. If there is something needed for later, it will be easy.

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