Family in Fifty: Mississippi

When our family took the unplanned path toward adopting Collins this year, we knew a big summer vacation wasn’t in the budget.  But we didn’t want to abandon our #familyinfifty goal of visiting all fifty states as a family.  When our dear friends moved to New Orleans last fall we knew we wanted to visit.  It was drivable, we were missing our friends, and they were kind enough to offer to host us in their home.  It was the perfect way to check Mississippi and Louisana off our list.  We looked at the calendar and found a long weekend, Thursday through Monday, that I wasn’t scheduled to work, and made our plans to head south.

Three kids-check!

Coffee-check!

DVD playing in back-check!

At Home in the World on audio up front-check!

We were ready to go!

Rather than taking the interstate all the way we chose the scenic view of the Natchez Trace Parkway.  Beautiful views and no traffic!

Goodbye Tennessee…Hello Alabama!

Then on to Mississippi!

One of our Family in Fifty rules is that we actually do an activity in each state, not just drive through.  We have been to Tennessee and Alabama already so we just trucked on through.  But Mississippi was new for us.  Our first stop…Tishomingo State Park.

After a long day in the car we were ready for a hike.  Notice sister in the background was too impatient to stop for the photo.

This old suspension bridge was beautiful, but there was a definite lack of safety measures.  I was convinced one of the kids was going to fall off.

Creek bed rocks are always a hit.

A family that explores together, stays together.

Three little monkeys, sitting in a tree.

She loves to explore.

And she also loves bugs.

We made it back to the trail head.

Back on the bridge.

Successful hike with three kids in tow.  We were happy campers.

We spent the night in Tupelo, Mississippi.  Tupelo is the birthplace of Elvis, and they like to remind you of that everywhere.

With all of the car lovers in this family, a visit to the Tupelo Automobile Museum felt like the perfect outing.  We were told it is the private collection of a car enthusiast whose goal is to have 10 cars from each decade.  The cars are displayed in chronological order which is fun to see how they evolved.  The brilliant staff at the museum gave us this little car to push Quinn around in.  What a smart idea to corral the littles and to to keep hands off of the cars.

The oldest car was from 1886.  My favorite part was the old signs decorating the walls.

After the museum we strolled down the main street of downtown Tupelo.  We stopped for lunch at Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen.  It is a delicious farm to table restaurant that did not disappoint.  If you find yourself in Tupelo we highly recommend checking it out.

Look at all of those gorgeous fresh ingredients.

After lunch we strolled down the street and popped in to a few cute little shops.

Then it was time to jump back into the car and make the final leg of our journey to our friends in New Orleans.  Louisiana, here we come!

Linking up our favorite way to spend our weekends-TRAVELING-with Erika and Shay for Working It Wednesday: Weekends.

#everydayelsbury2017

To be honest, I had planned on linking up and writing a Working It post for today.  The topic is balancing work and home life, but when I actually sat down to write I just wanted to laugh.  Isn’t balancing work and home life what all working moms strive for?  And don’t we all feel (at least at times) as if we are still trying to figure it all out?  So while there are many things I have found that help our family run smoothly, let’s be honest.  There is only one key to any success I have at being a working mom…I have amazing support.  Without Shane and my mom, this family would fall apart.  For eleven years I worked night shift, seven days in a row, then seven days off.  Without Shane to pick up more that his fair share on those weeks, we would not have survived.  Last June I was fortunate enough to leave my night shift days behind and start working part time.  While I am home more, I still cannot do this alone.  We have been so blessed to have Mimi watch the kids while I work and all of those other times i need to run people to various appointments and practices.  Thank you, Mom!  So there is my secret to how I Work It 🙂

Since I don’t have any earth shattering secrets to balancing work-family life, let’s get on with #everydayelsbury

A peek at life this week…

After work this evening I made the trek to the parking garage and up to the second floor for my car. Only my van wasn’t there. Hmm. So I went down to the first level. No van. Up to the third level. No van. Then back down to two where I swear I parked. Nope. Then back to one where FINALLY I find my van on the far end of the aisle. I hope the security guys watching the cameras got a good laugh out of that one. #dudewheresmycar

Brackets are done! Ready for some March Madness (P.S. I don’t think the Elsbury fellas will be winning the bracket pool) #godawgs

This morning we finished up The Armor of God at women’s bible study. Not only did I win The Prince Warriors for having not showered before study but I also got wrapped in a suit of armor made out of Reynolds wrap.

Working on their first duet.

We’ve got the snacks covered.

What do 8 women do when they leave 30 (and counting!) kids home with the husbands for the weekend? Absolutely nothing. And it was glorious. #chinamamas #thatsalotofkids

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