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Weekend at Paula’s

We loaded up Saturday, with Tom in tote, and headed to Dallas for a fun weekend with our friends Dave and Paula. Our first stop once we got there was lunch at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants, Ojedas. Afterwards, we headed to Downtown Dallas to visit the Perot Museum of Nature & Science. I thought the kids would enjoy seeing the dinosaurs and other fun things, but as it turns out, they were a little too young to enjoy many of the exhibits. We didn’t take a stroller so they had to walk and it was tough trying to keep up with everyone in a big crowd. Us adults all agreed the place was super cool and we would have loved to walk around, look at, and read about all the exhibits, but it wasn’t enjoyable with a 5 year old and FIVE 3 year olds. So we headed back to Paula’s to grill hamburgers and let the kids play in the swimming pools where they had a blast!

An interesting fact about this picture right here…the golf course in the background the the golf course where Steven proposed to me 11 years ago!

Sunday morning we loaded up and headed to the Ft. Worth Zoo. It was extremely hot and that made for another long day with the Six Sweet Seals. They enjoyed looking at the animals, and this time we took our big stroller so everyone was able to sit and we were able to keep up with everyone better, but the heat was killer. We lasted a couple of hours then headed back home. That night we grilled steaks and the kids played in the pool again. Playing in the pool was their favorite thing to do this whole trip!

Rayleigh cried 95% of the time we were at the zoo.

The monkeys were very entertaining and was everyone’s favorite animal.

​Back home and playing in the water.


Monday we headed to DFW airport to watch the planes land and take off. There is a visitor area where you can listen to the control tower and watch the planes. There picnic tables with coverings so it was nice and the kids really enjoyed it. Afterwards we had lunch then headed to Paula’s for naps. That evening we headed to Addison for the Kaboom Town firework show. There was an estimated 500,000 people in attendance so we knew we had to get there early to get a decent seat. Thankfully the weather was mild and we found some shade to sit under and the kids did well. However, they did not enjoy the fireworks, at all! Afterwards, we sat in the parking garage for 2 hours waiting for the crowd to clear so traffic to move. It was a little frustrating sitting for so long but thankful all the kids went to sleep about 45 minutes into the long wait.

Kaboom Town

​We enjoyed our picnic, watching the airplanes put on a show, and playing outside while we waited for the fireworks.


Tuesday we loaded up and headed back home. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

We had a wonderful time visiting with Paula and Dave. They are so good to us and treat us just like family when we stay with them. And the kids LOVE them. Even though our outings didn’t run as smoothly as we would have liked, we managed to have a fun time and I’m so glad we made this quick trip to Dallas.

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Be blessed,

12 things you need when traveling with kids

‘Tis the season to be traveling! Since it’s summer and I know lots of people are going on family vacations, I thought I’d share some traveling tips that have come in handy with my crew.

Ziplock bags – I tell you what, I could be a spokes person for Ziplock bags because I use them for practically everything. The bags were particularly helpful when packing the kids’ clothes for our vacation. I labeled the bags and rolled up the clothes and it worked out perfectly.

I also use Ziplock bags in the car for food. I buy adult size meals and use the Ziplock bags to separate the food out for each kid.

They also make great trash bags in a moment of need.

Food – Listen to me mamas…don’t leave home for a vacation without some snacks and drinks. Food keeps kids happy and quiet for a little while. Also, it will save you money. I keep food in the van at all times.

Extra clothes – It’s just a good idea to always have an extra pair of clothes in the car, just in case, when it comes to kids. But it’s especially important when you’re traveling.

Hand sanitizer/sanitizer wipes – I always have hand sanitizer in my cars. I use it every time I get in my car or go through a drive-thru. Sanitizer wipes are nice for the kids.

Baby wipes – No matter how old your kids are, it’s always a good idea to have baby wipes on hand.

Potty chair – If your kids are at the stage where they are potty training or are just potty trained and haven’t learned to let you know they need to potty before the moment it’s about to happen….then I suggest putting a potty chair in your vehicle, just in case. I keep one in the van at all times, since potty training the quints in February and I can’t tell you how many times it’s been used. It’s so nice to not have to stop at a store, pull all six kids out and take them in a nasty public restroom just for one kid to pee. The potty chair has been a life saver for us.

Sunscreen – This time of the year, I keep sunscreen in my bag.

Night light – I knew the hardest part of our first vacation was going to be getting the kids to sleep at night. I’m so thankful I remembered to grab the night light before I left home. A little light made them feel more comfortable and came in handy when someone woke up during the night.

Plastic tote – Instead of packing suitcases, I used a large tote to put all the kids’ clothes, towels, blankets, etc. in.

First aid kit – I have a first aid kit in my van and in my mom bag.

Β (My first aid kit in my van.)

(My first aid kit in my mom bag.)

Extra medicine – Tessa ran fever while we were on vacation, I’m so thankful I packed Motrin, Tylenol, thermometer, along with other meds for our trip.

And while we’re talking about vacations, can I just add how wonderful it is to stay at a place that has a washer and dryer. Our cabin had a washer and dryer and it was so nice to come home with clean clothes instead of piles and piles of dirty clothes. Plus I didn’t have to pack as many clothes in the first place because I knew I could wash the same ones over and over. So, if you do stay at a place with a washer and dryer…don’t forget your laundry detergent. πŸ™‚

Be blessed,



Camping Trip–Day 4

We have finally made it to the last day of our vacation. On Monday we woke up, got dressed, packed up, took a ton of pictures (as you’re about to see), and headed home.

This was the perfect first vacation for our family. My idea of the perfect vacation is going to a beautiful beach. I absolutely love the beach. And originally, we thought about going to the beach, but we knew the kids just wouldn’t be up for it this year. We have to drive pretty much all day to get to a nice beach; we just didn’t want to stress ourselves out with such a long trip in the car. Broken Bow is only 2 hours away and not once did the kids complain about the drive. The lake was so nice and relaxing and it’s nice to know we don’t have to drive 2 days to have a nice, fun, and relaxing vacation. Maybe in a few years the kids will be ready for such a long trip, but until then, we’re perfectly happy vacationing close to home.


Here’s some extra “outtake” pictures.


Be blessed,


Camping Trip–Day 3

Sorry for dragging this very short trip out but with all the pictures I am sharing, one post would have been massive. So here we go with Day 3.

Sunday we got up and went to church in Broken Bow. It was raining that morning and rain was in the forecast all day but thankfully after lunch it was clear so we headed out to have some more fun. We took a train ride through the park, road go-carts, and spent some time by the river before the rain made us leave. We were so thankful for the nice weather so we could have some fun out of the cabin.

Ready to go to church and this guy was being a weirdo. πŸ˜‚
Gosh I sure love him. ❀️

So I was in charge of packing and I did a great job except for the fact I forgot to pack myself any shoes. The only shoes I had were the ones on my feet! So I had to wear these old flip flops to church with my dress. πŸ™ˆπŸ˜¬πŸ˜Ÿ

My cuties all ready for church. This was their first time in a church other than ours and they did so well.

We had the sweetest conductor for our train ride. He was in awe of the quints and of course big brother too.

Seems like lately in every picture we take that someone has their finger in their nose.

While on the train, the conductor threw corn and the squirrels and deer came right up to the track to eat.

The kids loved playing in the water at the river.

Nana and Pop’s with all the grandkids.

Then we road go-carts.

Brant loves to dance.

I know I’ve said this on every post but we really had so much fun! The kids did so good and enjoyed everything we did.


Be blessed,


Camping Trip–Day 2

I failed to mention yesterday where we went on vacation… we went to Broken Bow, OK. It’s only approximately 2 hours from our house which is one of the main reasons we picked it. I really wanted to go to the beach, but we knew the kids weren’t up for such a long road trip so we kept it close this year. And honestly, I’m glad we did, we had so much fun and didn’t have to go that far to get there.

The whole weekend was forecasted to be rainy…every.single.day! 😩 We were all so bummed, but thankfully the rain held off and we were able to get out and have lots of fun! Day 2 was our water day. We rented a party barge and spent the morning on the lake. Gage and Makenna tubed behind the barge. And Brady took a turn too. Β After lunch Marty, Kara, and Erin came up and we all played, kayaked, and swam the whole afternoon. That evening Jeremy grilled steaks. It was such a fun day!!!

The boys on Jeremy’s fishing boat.

​Gage and Makenna


As you can see, the sun zapped everyone and they were out!

Be blessed,


Flat Seals

I have another Flat Seals adventure to tell you about and this one is pretty special because it’s not a trip one of our family members went on, these pictures are of trips one of my readers went on and was kind enough to carry us along!!! How cool is that?!?!!

When Cindy asked if she could take the Flat Seals along on her vacations, I was so surprised, very honored, and excitingly said yes! Here’s some pictures from our adventures with the Dotson’s!

Cindy bought this album on the cruise ship and put all our pictures in it for us. And she was nice enough to label all the pictures so we’d know all the places we’d been.

The Flat Seals went to Illinois, New Orleans, on a Caribbean Cruise, Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel.

Thank you Cindy and Randy for letting the Flat Seals tag along on all your adventures.Β 


Be blessed,