If you’ve been following along with BFOTD on Instagram this summer, you know that we set off on a crazy 26 day road trip across 11 states. Our first stop was a visit with my parents and friends in my hometown, Little Rock. I think Arkansas is the south’s best kept secret. Folks who only drive through on I-40 or I-30 miss all the beauty and fun my home state has to offer. You can read more about how we funded our road trip here, and about our travels here.


Many people thought we were crazy for taking two small children on a road trip, but they did really well. The Pearl Girl took great naps in her car seat, and loved to roll with her lovey on her head. I love my little wierdo.


One of the main purposes of our road trip was to see friends and spend time with people we love and miss living far away. We saw our dear family friends, The Filipeks and Johnsons, in Little Rock and then again at the beach at the end of the trip. The Bear thinks Maya is the coolest as you can see above.


Next up we got to hang with the lovely Baehr girls for a morning play date. Lucy was one of my Young Life girls years ago, and is now all grown up with a family of her own (which makes me feel ancient and proud at the same time). She is one of my all time favs and it was so great to catch up and let our crazy little ladies play together. Or give each other judgemental stares, whatever. You can see more of the darling Harper and her family on Instagram here.


We finally got to meet the new addition to the Mitchell family, sweet Elijah. Julie and I have been friends since childhood and watching her and Britt go through their adoption journey has been incredible. We love this family.


We stayed at my parents’ home, which I affectionately refer to as Camp Dede and Poppy because of their huge backyard, lake, dogs, and general fun atmosphere. My daddy injured his back just before we arrived, so our visit was a little more low key than usual. We love being with Dede and Poppy every time.


We got together with the Richardsons and half of the Certain family for a fun dinner. Crystal and her mini were sorely missed, but we loved seeing the rest of our dear ones. I’ll show you a bit more of the Richardson mini urban farmstead in a later post.


How cute is this little conversation at the kids’ table? The Bear thinks the big boys are so awesome.


My mom and I met Marci and the Richardson kiddos at the Little Rock Zoo for a fun day out. I worked at the Zoo in high school as a volunteer keeper assistant, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. They just reopened the train ride, and were passing out wooden whistles to all the kids. PG used it as a teething toy.

Samuel got a big surprise when the lion started growling back at him and jumped at the glass. It was pretty awesome. We loved our time in Little Rock with our favorite people. I can’t wait to share more of our road trip with you in the coming weeks.

Where did you travel this summer?

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