Category: travel

saying goodbye…

we are almost approaching our move to the Chicago area, which means these next few days will be full of lasts. Last visit from Emme*, last Sunday at church, last time seeing friends, last time sleeping in this bed, last time driving an hour to hang out with friends (well, that I’m excited about!)…last, last, last.

No matter how ready you are to move from a place there is always a sting that comes from letting go of the familiar. I’m not new to this whole moving thing, we’ve done it once or twice (or thirteen! fourteen!) times before.

I’ve learned that people will respond to you in one of two ways…1) they will savor every last moment with you, want to spend time with you and soak everything in that they can before you are separated or 2) they will keep you at arms length, push you away and avoid you so that you leaving doesn’t hurt them too much (which doesn’t ever work out the way they think). My advice to everyone who has people moving out of their life is to not do the latter…moving is a lonely thing and it is so much easier when you are sent off with the people you love encouraging you along the way. It has been a bittersweet last few weeks for us. I’m so thankful for the time I’ve gotten to spend with friends and sad that I’m leaving a place when I am *finally just starting to get comfortable (oh, the life of an introvert!).

A wise man recently said “There’s never enough time. Relationships never get as perfected as we’d like but we are always thankful for the time that we do have. I’m thankful for the stuff we did do, those are great memories in my keepsake box.”…it is so true. You always wish that you had spent more time with the people you love when they leave, so take advantage of the time you have with them now.

To all our friends here, we love you and are so glad we got to spend the last 3 years with you!

The beautiful thing about lasts is that “lasts” mean that “firsts” are coming…

*our kids’ name for my husbands mom

staycation hot springs, arkansas

those of you following me on facebook, twitter or instagram will have seen that me and my hubby got to take a little vacation this past weekend to Hot Springs, AR. When we were first planning our vacation we knew that we wanted to keep costs low (taking flying somewhere out of the question), not drive too far (making another state out of the question), and we had already been to Eureka Springs 2 years ago when we went on our last little trip before Darby was born. So that left us with Hot Springs, looking at the reviews online it seemed a little hit and miss (which made us slightly nervous) but you know what? It was AWESOME – we loved every minute of our weekend and here were the highlights:

our hotel:
englexas travel blog - staycation hot springs arkansas arlington hotel
the arlington came highly recommended to us from multiple people and I have to say it did not disappoint. It definitely wasn’t a ‘modern’ hotel, but the fact that they have kept many of the original features makes it a really special place. The jazz band on Friday and Saturday night in the lobby are amazing, the atmosphere was electric with people dancing and having fun, it was such a cool experience!

the food:
englexas travel blog - staycation hot springs arkansas
our first night at the hotel we decided to go to the Friday Night Seafood Feast (which came highly recommended). It was actually really good and I even got to try some things that I’ve never had before…oysters, frogs legs and alligator! My favorite was the all you can eat steamed crab…and believe me, I ATE! I kinda wish they had a scale there so I could tell you exactly how much cause it was a pretty impressive amount!

englexas travel blog - staycation hot springs arkansas
we decided to have room service breakfast in bed the first morning, I had the french toast and Gabriel had an omelet and they were both delicious!

englexas travel blog - staycation hot springs arkansas
the hotel staff told us that they recently hired a new chef and the food their was great so we decided to get lunch at the Lobby Cafe and got to enjoy the perfect weather we were having on the porch! I got the Spinach and Salmon Salad with berries and spiced pecans and Gabriel got the Crabcakes – they were both SO delicious, we highly recommend eating at The Arlington!

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Above is chocolate covered strawberry that was literally the size of my hand! And let me tell you it was soooo good. We went to the Fudge Factory that was extremely close to the hotel and got their chocolate covered bananas, strawberries and almonds. This place was amazing, and their homemade limeade was the best I’ve ever had…and believe me, I’m a limeade fanatic!

The Porterhouse was where we ate dinner and being steak fans I can tell you that it didn’t disappoint. We tried their stuffed portabello appetizer and of course Gabriel had to try their Porterhouse and I had a Ribeye, everything we had was delicious. We did have to wait quite a while for a table so I highly recommend getting reservations.

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We got brunch the day we left at The Pancake Shop we also ended up waiting for a long time for a table – it’s apparently the place to be on Sunday morning and it was a delicious brunch.

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