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Salt Dough Ornaments via Roxycraft

I have been having a heck of a time finding a nice “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament for Lulu in stores this year. I found some cute options of Etsy, but alas, money is tight and a muuuuuuch cheaper option came to me via pinterestSalt Dough Ornaments

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Out and About :: Exploring our Backyard

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Walking Jack to school in the mornings is fun and a great way to get my exercise for the day in right away. The walk is about 1 mile for him, 2 miles for me.

The route we’ve always taken is straight down a very busy street with questionable sidewalks (a good stretch has NO sidewalks), loud traffic and spotty shade (it’s warm still).

Recently, someone reminded me that there was an alternate route…a more direct route even! Right down our street is the entrance to a recreational trail that runs along side a drainage wash.

All week I have been debating walking it. I wondered if it was safe, nice, worth it even…

Today, last second, I decided to take it.

I’ll start out by saying that the second we hit the dirt road, I knew I would love it. It was wonderful!

Jack took off immediately, found a stick and playtime began.

It was quiet, no traffic, birds chirping, even a trickle from the water running down the wash.

Who knew there was all this nature just a street over from our usual walking route. Night and day difference!!

The only people we came across were a couple of ladies walking a dog, a couple of runners and…well, birds.

The trail even ends right next to the school!! Someone planned this out…and no one uses it! Such a shame, really.

What a wonderful way to start the school day for a kid!

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Even Lulu loved it, ha! Well, I’m sure it was more peaceful to sleep without the exhaust and traffic noise.

Yay nature!

Out and About :: Big Bear Mini-Vacay

Just got home from a weird mid-week vacation to the lovely mountain resort town of Big Bear, CA.

My family has been taking trips to a cabin up there every year since I was around 5 year old. I haven’t been up there myself in a long time and Tim and Jack had never been there…so I really wanted to go, even if it was only for a day and night.

We left on Tuesday evening and made it up to the lake in just under 2 hours (with rush hour traffic).

We got to the cabin just before nightfall so Tim actually got to see the lake and the grounds of the cabin before it got too dark. Jack went up with my parents the day before us, so we were really excited to reunite with him.

We watched the Hunger Games with the fam, and then went to bed. I forgot how dark and quiet it gets at night in the woods. I need white noise! It was harder to sleep with all that quiet!

We had a lovely family breakfast of banana chocolate chip pancakes the next morning and Tim, Jack, Lulu and I hit the Village in Big Bear City and did some shopping and sight-seeing.

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After a quick lunch back at the cabin, we headed to the nearby resort town of Lake Arrowhead for some shopping and lake views to die for!

Jack and I rode the Go-Karts at Lollipop Park, picked up fudge and saltwater taffy at the sweets store, and had dinner at Woody’s, which turned out to be the worst restaurant with the best views of the lake!

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After dinner, we headed back down the hill and back home in a little over an hour and a half.

Such a lovely day was had by all and it was a welcome mid-week diversion for us!

I must say, Lake Arrowhead was gorgeous! I may need to take a day trip up there again soon. Gorgeous!