Does this sound familiar?
Almost two full months into 2017 already and less than a month away until we officially hit spring. As a kid, warmer weather meant longer days outside and more mischief to get into. It meant having friends over to go on adventures together and explore the world aka our farm. I had no idea what being an adult or a parent would require. Instead I had a carefree attitude and a trusty co-pilot in my black lab named Duke. I also would see how dirty I could become before my mom would not let me back inside the house.
Now fast forward to 2017 and things sure have changed. We’ve all aged and that means more responsibilities that we have to learn how to juggle on a daily basis. I would challenge each of us as parents to remember those times we had as young kids. Make sure you are allowing your child to do what they do best, be a kid!!! There will be plenty of activities that we will sign them up for during the spring/summer/fall months. Activities such as sports, church camps and other social groups, and I do believe these are important. It’s also significant to understand that they are only young once. Take time out of your schedule to make sure they are able to do what they want to do. Such as going swimming, fishing, camping, or something as simple as playing in the mud after a rainstorm. I know I’m not the only parent that needs an excuse to play in the mud with our kids 🙂
Release your inner kid
Take time to cherish these moments in their lives. One of the best gifts we can give our kids in today’s world is an environment where they feel safe and most importantly are encouraged to be a kid. Too many times we can get caught up in thinking we as parents must have our kid’s daily summer schedule planned out in itinerary form. When in actuality, all they want is for us to do a cannonball with them into the pool!!!
This weekend we tried out a new local restaurant in Wichita and it did not disappoint! Opening just earlier this month and located at 3425 E Douglas in Wichita, Dempsey’s Biscuit Co. has a little something for everyone, along with a fun and laid back atmosphere. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s not a breakfast place. They offer brunch on the weekends and are open during the week for lunch and supper. We visited during brunch hours and as you can see in the picture below there are quite a few options. Also pictured is one of their bloody mary’s, a must with any brunch. If anyone is wondering, yes they offer mimosas along with a full selection of beers on tap and other liquor but back to the bloody mary. I’m the type that likes to have a solid garnish setup on my bloody mary (bacon, olives, celery, pickles and some more bacon :)) and Dempsey’s Biscuit Co has a unique twist on theirs. Upon arrival to the table and seeing the only garnish was a lemon slice and a pickled green bean I was a little skeptical but ended up thoroughly enjoying not one but two bloody mary’s while eating.
The food here was top notch with a Southern flare to their menu. I went with a ‘Nashville Hot’ that includes Nashville hot fried chicken and sausage patty on a biscuit. It is literally a plate full that was eaten with a fork and knife. Here at Dempsey’s Biscuit Co., they offer three stages of hot. For the tamer taste buds and kids they offer the first stage ironically called – ‘hot’. Those enjoying some good spice they offer a ‘hot hot’ flavor. The third level of spice is called ‘reaper’ and well you can imagine the hotness if you dare. I chose the ‘hot hot’ expecting just a higher level of heat but surprisingly there was random spots of brown sugar melted on the outside of the fried chicken, a perfect combination of spicy and sweet. Other options chosen at our table included but not limited to the Belgian waffle (Finley’s choice), a Chicken & Biscuit, and the Nashville Hot Chicken & Waffles. I believe we all left there stuffed and satisfied!
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Wow, what a past couple weeks it has been! Life has been crazy and in the middle of all that we were able to take a trip to Vail, Colorado for 5 days. We spent a couple days on the mountain skiing, snowboarding, falling and laughing. The other days consisted of traveling, shopping and exploring.
The most enjoyable part of the trip was being able to watch Finley experience skiing and the mountains for the first time. She was in awe as we got deeper into Colorado and around each curve there was another majestic mountain, some snow packed while others lined with trees. It was nothing like home here in Kansas and I could tell every second we spent there Finley was amazed with something new each time she turned around. Skiing and snowboarding was an absolute blast, especially helping Finley into her skis for the very first time. I will have to admit that her first experience in skis was a much smoother sight than mine was ten years ago. This might also have something to do with her father believing he could learn quicker by trial and error on green and blue runs, the very first morning on the mountain, but I digress 🙂 Below is a short video clip of Finley’s second trip down the bunny slope, needless to say she does quite well staying up right. Teaching her to slow down, “pizza & french fry” for you skiers out there, was a whole different story and one that we can continue to work on next time while shredding some gnarly pow pow!
I would love to hear from you guys about your favorite skiing destination or a vacation you went on recently. Feel free to leave a comment!