February 23 – 27
The fact that this is yet another blog about spending quality time with amazing people cannot take away from the fact that we have such amazing friends and we greatly treasure our time with them. Like I’ve said on this blog before, I’m not exactly sure why we get to be so lucky to have befriended so many amazing people all over this country in our short lives.
This joy-filled weekend in late February was spent with our dear friends Dakota & Tanya Waldroop, and their sweet girls Lucia & Julianne. They are homeschooling right now as well, so all 4 girls got to enjoy some lessons all together like drawing practice, math card games, and listening to Greek myths.
One afternoon we drove to Robbers Cave State Park. We hiked the 1 mile loop that takes you by the Cave, and had such a blast exploring the rocky area! Even though it was a short walk, it was one of the most fun trails that our family has done all year. We climbed up rocks and slid down smooth cave walls and jumped across cracks and crawled through tunnels. And then we sat at the top where the views were best and ate giant sugar cookies shaped like campers.
We had a fantastic Saturday that started with a run for the boys, extra coffee for the girls, and a giant brunch spread complete with crepes. This is my FAVORITE way to kick off a weekend. Later that day we drove south to Beavers Bend State Park to picnic, hike, and explore a small museum.
After our day at the State Park, the Waldroops introduced us to their favorite catfish place in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. I NEVER say no to fried catfish, and this place also had fried okra, so I was in heaven! Brad even tried frog legs for the first time.
It’s such an amazing gift to have friends like these that you love so much, and every time you spend time together you have more fun than you even expected…AGAIN! We continue to be so grateful for the gift of friendship, and this gift floats us along on our adventure in both emotional and practical ways. I left the Waldroops’ home armed with so many yummy new recipes, new inspirations for parenting and schooling, and refreshed yet again by the filling up I experience only from the conversations and laughter shared with wonderful people.