Curly Crafty Mom: May 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

YMCA Camp Trout Lodge in the Ozarks (Day 1)

Well, we finally did it! We took the kids camping! Ok, so it was cheater camping... we stayed at a lodge in a room with a bathroom AND shower. But, that is my kinda camping! We decided to stay at the YMCA Trout Lodge, which is 1 hour and 30 minutes from our house in the Missouri Ozarks off of a beautiful lake. It is so nice staying at a YMCA camp, because it is family friendly and they have activities at every hour for you and the kids! They also provide a buffet for all of your meals and its inclusive! It was such a great experience! We were unplugged for 2 days and only had each other as a family to focus on. I can't remember the last time we had that... the kids have been asking when we would go back and we are definitely going to make this a beginning of the summer tradition every year!


To save money, we decided to stay only one night (Sunday), but we got there by 10 a.m. on Sunday so we could enjoy all of the activities starting early in the morning. We did have to pack a picnic lunch, because our stay that night only included dinner, then breakfast and lunch the next day. When we first got there, I had a kite making activity planned for 10 a.m. and the kids went a little crazy. I do not suggest planning an activity when you first get there, the kids really needed a couple hours just to unwind and do what they wanted to do. I really should have put their swimsuits on them before we left, because they really wanted to swim and explore the beach on the lake.



The kite activity was really cute, the kids got to color their kite with sharpies, assemble them and then fly them out on the deck to the lake. Luckily, there was a nice breeze so the kids took off without much effort.

I had one more activity before our picnic lunch and it was the balloon archery. There are a few activities you need to reserve before showing up at them (such as the pontoon boat rides, etc.), so this was one I had reserved at 11 a.m. 


Autumn wasn't 5 and up, so she wasn't old enough to participate. We each got one turn (5 arrows), before both kids started complaining they were hunnngggrryy. So, instead of taking two more turns each, we decided we would duck out early and have our picnic lunch early. If I had known better, I would have done something separate with Autumn... Brian did really good, he popped a balloon! I hit the target a couple times, but did not pop the balloon. Nathan had a hard time pulling it back, but he did get the hang of it after a few tries... I will admit, it was a little difficult for me at first, too!

After our picnic lunch... we did a lot and were sort of on our own schedule. We went and explored their teepee, but you couldn't go inside it.



By the teepee there were some rustic steps, so I took that chance to take some lovely photos of the kids in nature. I love how these turned out!!

They even had tetherball there!

They had bikes the kids could rent out and Autumn got off hers and wanted me to take her picture on this big tree stump. Aww!



We decided to take a little break from the heat and decided to do some crafts! I wanted to do the leather working crafts, but we decided to do the painted pottery. They fire the pottery every night and you pick it up the next day at 10 a.m. I selected a pot, Nathan a race car and a dragon, Autumn a puppy and a cat and Brian did a ZOMBIE. I know, I know... that was a lot of pottery to paint! But, the kids loved it and it was so cheap compared to pottery studios in St. Louis. I think our total was $55 for all of it!

They do have a really nice beach and swimming area in the lake, complete with a slide and rope swing. the kids got to swim in the lake with their life vests in the marked off area for swimming. I wish I had some photos, but I did not have my phone on me since I didn't want to get it wet!



After swimming in the lake, we headed off to one of our most anticipated reservations, the pirate water gun fight on pontoon boats! They split the group up into two and we went on separate boats aimed with these loooong water guns (which we got to keep!). We then shot them off at the other boat for a good 20 minutes! OH was I drenched! It was so much fun!

We walked by the funyaks and Nathan really wanted to do them... they are like kayaks, except they are in a closed in area so you aren't out in the big lake. Brian was sweet enough to go out with him and unfortunately his boat had a leak and he went over!! He said the lake was REALLY deep (as in over his head!), too! So, good thing Nathan has his life jacket on!

At the end of the evening, they had a pirates luau! Most weekends they have a theme and this weekend it was a pirate theme.



The luau party included tug a war!

Snowcones (I think Auttie was tired of me taking her picture!)!

Misc. games!


And, face painting! Isn't Autumn cute with her red snowcone lips and her cupcake? After all of that, we were off to bed!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

2013 Make Tracks at the Zoo - 5k & Kids Races

This is the third year we have done the Make Tracks at the Zoo, it starts with a beautiful 5k race through Forest Park with children races following the 5k. This is Nathan and Autumn's second year running the children races!

Brian and I ran the 5k and I felt like I did really well figuring that we had Nathan's birthday party with the boys in his class the night before. I was a few seconds off from PR'ing, but I did PR for this particular race by quite a bit. LAST year I came in at 32:24 and this year I came in at 29:59. Yes, 1 second short of 30 minutes! This 5k has a lot of hills and it is in May so you are running in heat and humidity (see how red my face is?), so I was excited to beat last years time by over 2 minutes! Yeah!

Here are my stats, I am really excited that I placed 34th place out of my age range! 
Chip Time: 29:59
Chip Pace: 9:39 min/mi
Age Group (35-39): 34th out of 211
Female: 241st out of 1,427
Overall: 509th out of 2,133

I am keeping my 27 minute 5k PR goal for this year, wish me luck. Hoping to accomplish it on a FLAT 5k. ;)


After the 5k, we met up with my parents and the kids and watched the kids play in the trees around the race area. Forest Park is a beautiful park, if you ever come to St. Louis check it out. :)

I love this photo of the kids by the water.

Finally it was time for the kids races, Nathan would run the half mile kids race and Autumn would run the quarter mile race. Last year they were both in the same race, the quarter mile one. Nathan was excited to run in the bigger kids race and he did really well. I am sorry, but I do not have their times.

Autumn was sad she had to wait until brobro's race was over until she could start hers.

Autumn waiting to start, look at how excited she is!

You can see the back of me and Autumn here, starting her race

Autumn finishing her race. They had cheerleaders and even mascots dressed up to give high fives to along the race route! How fun!!!

The kids got ribbons, so of course I had to do an after race photo. Such cutiepies, aren't they? I love them so much and I am so proud of them! I hope we keep this race as a tradition for many years to come, until they are old enough to run the 5k with me!

After the race there was a little more playing around... Nathan wanted to take this BIG stick home!

The kids also got to play in the water spray by the firetrucks. We also got a free breakfast on our way out and I had never seen the kids eat faster! lol!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Trendy Tot #15 - Lace and White Capris

I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day weekend and a HUGE thanks to all the families out there with loved ones that have served or are serving in the military. I am forever thankful for what they have done for us. I cannot imagine what some families have had to give up or lose in order for their loved ones to protect our nation.

I am a little behind on some blog posts... we went out of town this weekend to the Ozarks to finally check out the beautiful and family friendly YMCA camp at Trout Lodge. I also have some misc. posts that I haven't gotten up yet such as the Make Tracks at the Zoo race that Brian and I and the kids also participated in. May is such a busy month! But, I wanted to get a fun little Trendy Tot post in, since Autumn wanted me to take her picture (GASP) in the backyard this weekend!

trendy tot

I am excited to join in with Mrs In Training, Lindsay and Megan for Trendy Tot #15, this is a fun party where we show off our stylish Tots!

I have been trying to update Autumn's wardrobe for the Spring, she is still outgrowing a size every year. Nathan has slowed down and I am getting about 2 years of wear out of his stuff, still. Today I am sharing a cute little outfit I just bought for Autumn from Old Navy. I am trying to get the kids outfits figured out for when we go to Disney in a month and although I doubt she will wear this outfit to Disney, I couldn't resist it. She is wearing ON's Lace-Front Flutter Tank in Coral and Braided-Trim Denim Capris in the color Calla Lilly.

This girl has been really interested in posing for me lately, well... most of the time. She even found this baby rose as a prop for her little Trendy Tot photo session. Gosh, I love her brown eyes and big smile.

This lace tank seems more like a shirt than a tank top to me. It is really thick yet light enough to breath and I think she will wear it a lot this Spring. The coral color must have been popular, because it is sold out. I would actually love a top like this just for me! Unfortunately, the grown up version of it was sold out when I put in the order for hers.

I love that there are so many nice places in my backyard to do little photo session. The white capris she is wearing are great for this cool Spring. This has been a cool and rainy Spring and it is too cold in the morning to put shorts on her, but capris work out just perfect. I did buy some pretreatment bleach spray just for these white capris AND for mine! They seem to pick up A LOT of dirt on the bum very easily, so I try to pretreat each time before I wash it so they stay nice and white.

Aut-smelling-rose Rose-on-side-of-face
Such a cutie, I really did luck on getting her to cooperate for these great poses! Candid ones are always the best :)

The white sandals are Stride Rites (my favorite preschool school!) and they are really comfortable ones with lots of cushion on the inside part of the sandal. My Mom picked these up for Autumn at Baby Mania for $2.00! They were like new! 

So, how much did this cute little outfit cost me? Not much! 

Lace-Front Flutter Tank - $7.75 ($6.20 after 20% off)
Braided-Trim Denim Capris - $15.00 ($12.00 after 20% off)
Stride Rites (Used, but LIKE NEW) - $2.00
Old Navy Rewards Card Discount (get this if you have a card with them): MINUS 15.00

Total: $5.22 after all discounts. NOT BAD for a cute outfit!
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