Where It All Began

Happy Friday!  I hope you guys are gearing up for a great weekend.  Anyone have any early holiday plans?  I literally just realized yesterday that the 4th of July is next week!  I would like to officially request that summer break slow way down.  I’ll be back in school before you know it!  But I’m choosing not to think about that right now because I still have a few really exciting events to look forward to in between now and then.  First and foremost, we leave for our trip a week from today!  We’ve been planning this hike for so long, and now it’s almost here.  I’m so excited!

But, as usual, I’m getting ahead of myself.  I need to give you a run down on all the fun things I’ve been up to this week with my family. When last we left off, I was telling you about the food we had on our girls day out to Dallas Tuesday.  We managed to do a few other things than eat!  You guys know that there are three places that I always have to hit while I’m in Dallas, and the first of those three we stopped at was every backpacker’s paradise.


I snagged a pair of base layer pants for our trip because John says I have to stop packing in my super heavy sweatpants for camp each night.  Considering that I’ll be carrying more weight on this trip than I’m used to, I figured he might have a point.  I also stocked up on some freeze dried meals.          We’re planning on putting together some of our recipes, but not all of them!

My sister is not quite as fond of exploring grocery stores as I am, but I did manage to convince her to let me stop at Trader Joe’s because my craving for Cookie Butter is out of control.


Alas, it was not to be.  This now marks the second trip in row that TJ’s as been out of Cookie Butter!  You better believe I am irrationally angry over that fact. The hunt continues….


After a quick stop at Whole Foods, we ended up at the Dallas Farmer’s Market. I always love visiting the market, and we all came away with a lovely haul of fruits and vegetables.  Our day ended with a delicious dinner, and then back home we went.


Wednesday was fairly uneventful except for a dinner with my Dad.  We spent almost two hours visiting at the restaurant which was so nice.  I’m a super lucky girl because I truly love hanging out with my parents!

Yesterday was full of nostalgia for me.  My sister is taking a summer class at my alma mater so I decided to tag along and visit some of my old haunts.

IMG_1061I always forget what a pretty campus Southeastern is.


I even managed to snap a picture where one of the most historic and monumental moments of my life happened.


That, ladies and gentlemen, is the very classroom where boy met girl.  In the fall of 2004, John and I had Foundations of Education (yes, he was an education major before he ultimately decided to go where the money is!) in that classroom.  It’s where it all began.

We capped off the day with an early birthday dinner for my mom.  The actual day isn’t for a few weeks, but since we’ll all be on vacation at that point we decided to celebrate early!

My sister and I collaborated on the cake.  I have it on good authority that it tastes much better than it looks!


And now we’re about to head out the door to take in a matinee before I need to head back to Poteau this afternoon.  It’s been a great few days, and I’m always a little sad to leave. I think I can console myself with thoughts of the very handsome guy I have waiting for me at home!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Are you close with your family?  How was your college experience?

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10 thoughts on “Where It All Began

  1. Kim

    You must be getting so excited for your hike!!! I have a big trip coming up now too – learned in the last month that a university is still accepting teacher’s college applications, applied, got in, and am going in September. The more exciting part being that I’m quitting my job as of the end of July, so now I can join my husband on a 3 week canoe trip! WAHOOOO!

    To answer your questions, I am super close with my parents. Close with my brother when we’re together, but we’re pretty bad at staying in touch while we’re apart.

    My university experience was lots of fun… some might say too much fun… haha

  2. di @ life of di.

    I actually think that cake looks really good – I think the icing is winning me over :) My college experience was okay. My one regret was that I didn’t embrace it enough while I was there. All I wanted to be was a ‘grown up’ so I would go to class and go to work. I wish I would’ve lived on/near campus my first couple of years instead of commuting. Live and learn…:D

  3. Reluctantly Skinny

    I can’t wait to hear more about these freeze dried meals! College was pretty good for me. I regret not doing more to get involved with other students, but I’m really happy with where I went and I loved my classes and my teachers. I actually miss my english classes sometimes!

    1. Natalie @ Free Range Human Post author

      I definitely miss my history classes! I’m planning a post for those meals for when I’m gone on the trip. However, we’re currently trying to track down some dehydrator sheets or the whole thing is not going to work!


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