I can hardly believe it is July. Our family has been super busy, and Mabrey will be here before we know it. I’ve been beating the heat the best as best as I can by staying inside.
We went on our camping trip about one week ago, and overall, it was wonderful! We stayed at Meeman Shelby Forest State Park which was about fifteen miles north of Memphis. It was a huge park, and sat on the banks of the Mississippi River. On our way their we visited the Amish community in Ethridge, TN. This is something I’ve always wanted to do, and it was really fun to drive around the area. My husband was a bit worried since he was pulling our travel trailer behind us, but all ended well. 🙂
While we were camping, our goal was to visit some of the surrounding states. We drove into Arkansas and visited Parkin Archeological State Park which was super cool. Hernando De Soto visited the site in the 1500s. While in Arkansas, we passed by tons of rice fields (I had no idea rice was grown in Arkansas) and the kids marveled at the crop duster planes spraying the fields. We’ve never seen such in real life, and my little guys were all like, “look, it’s Dusty Crophopper!”
In Missouri we visited a safari zoo and an awesome nature center in Cape Girardeau. The safari zoo had tons of birds, which was awesome since I’m a bird nut. We also experienced an America’s Funniest Home Videos worthy moment at the Petting Zoo. Too bad I didn’t have my camera rolling.
Before we crossed over into Illinois, we stopped at the river front in Cape Girardeau. My husband was like, “don’t you want to touch the Mississippi River?” I was like, “not really,” but since everyone else was I decided to go down to the river bank. It was super slippery and I literally almost fell into a split, with half of myself in the river. If it wasn’t for Rusty holding onto my arm, I would have gone for a swim! Falling into such a position at 30 weeks pregnant wasn’t fun, ha!
We also saw a birds of prey “show” at our campground which was really neat. The mosquitoes were terrible, which was my main complaint, other than the heat. We had planned on visiting the Memphis Zoo and riding on a riverboat but Memphis was under a heat advisory the entire time we were there. This is one of the reasons why we drove almost three hours north, ha!
Mabrey is doing great, and is beginning to crowd into my ribs. Her car seat cover arrived in the mail earlier in the week, and I’m really excited to get it set up for her. I plan on shopping for a new swing in a few weeks, since our old one needs an update. We can’t wait to meet her!
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