(Tell Me Something) Good Friday

It’s Fri-Yay!  Good Friday, in particular.  Maybe for you, that means a sacred day, a day off work, or business as usual.  For us, it’s a lead-up to Easter (which, for the most part, is a celebration of spring around here and not a religious holiday).  We thought it would be fun today to bring you a list of good things about this time of year!*

*If you’re wondering what could possibly be bad about Spring, I present to you my friends Seasonal Allergies and Bugs, for starters*

1. Wardrobe updates.  This is the time of year when it’s necessary and more comfortable to sport shorter hemlines and sleeves, airy fabrics, and (mostly if you’re Rhonda) brighter patterns.  Who doesn’t love an excuse to go shopping?

2. Extended outdoors time.  With more daylight, we are transitioning into a time where kids can just run out alllll the pent-up energy on into the evening.  Parents everywhere, rejoice!  Entertainment now becomes less digital and, more importantly, less your responsibility.

3. Skin that is no longer translucent.  Now that people can be outside more frequently and for longer periods, the skin can gain a little color.  We aren’t talking Tanorexia here, but just a natural flush to the skin.  Amen.

4. Alll the blooming flowers. I just love seeing pretty flowers pop up randomly. Azaleas are one of my favorite to see come to life. These little pretties just consume and cover their bushes. How can you NOT smile when flowers start to bloom?

5. Sun dresses.  Goodbye pants and winter tights. HELLO easy breasy sun dresses. Who doesn’t love the ease of throwing on one piece of clothing that makes you look put together and is incredibly cool and comfortable? We love them for ourselves and for our little girls.

6. Sandal Life.  Searching around for matching pairs of socks is one of the biggest annoyances and bummers when you’re trying to get ready in the morning. Waking up on any given morning in the spring and knowing that the weather is going to be perfect for sandals is such a relief.

7. Beach Trips.  Any trip to the beach is something that we definitely look forward to during Spring. Spontaneous weekday trips to the beach for Ashley. Planned beach trips to Orange Beach, AL for Rhonda. We love it all. Beach Please.

8. Light and Fresh Foods.  While there’s never a bad time to eat a loaded-up salad or some grilled veggies, some of the healthiest and yummy foods are in heavy rotation for most people this time of year.  Grilling a juicy steak or burger and pairing with some fresh fruits and vegetables?  Don’t mind if we do!

9. Yes way, Rosè. Pink wine.  We’re here for it and we don’t even care if it’s Basic and cliché.  Sometimes, so are we.

What would make YOUR list?

Favorite Local Hang Out Spots on the MS Gulf Coast: Kid Friendly Edition

Hey y’all, Ashley here. In my last post, where I talked about some of the things that I said as a non parent, I mentioned how much we love the outdoors and physical activities. And really, if you are a regular reader of this blog or frequenter of our social media outlets, you know that the three of us spend a lot of time outside. I don’t really care for sitting around the house – and I’ve never let being a mother prevent me from getting out and stretching my legs. So, I thought I’d take some time to share with you guys some of our favorite spots on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Getting out of the house with two littles is not always easy. There are times that I get us all in the car and sit in the driveway for a few minutes considering if it was even worth all the drama that rangling my littles tends to be, BUT I’ve never changed my mind…and I’ve certainly never regretting getting up and going somewhere.

 

  1. Fort Maurepas Park & Splash Pad/ Front Beach in Ocean Springs, MS

This should come as no surprise to you guys, if you read my Week In Review posts with any kind of frequency. To say that we love this little spot in OS is an understatement. The area is just perfect. You can access the beach, a splash pad, a playground, and a pavilion that are all within walking distance of each other. The beaches are well maintained. There are wide sidewalks for walking, jogging, running, and biking without having to get in the sand. These sidewalks were key for me when Sophie wasn’t walking. I could easily push her in the stroller along the beach while Cooper played in the sand.  I could really go on and on. To keep it short and sweet? We love it. You will too. If you live on the MS Coast and haven’t gone here…well get your booty over there. Planning a visit here? Put this location on your list of places to go.

  1.  The LIttle Children’s Park in Downtown Ocean Springs, MS

This is our second favorite park/playground to go to. Cooper refers to this park as “The Yellow Park” – I think because a majority of the play equipment is yellow. All the equipment is well maintained. This is Cooper’s favorite park/playground. Per his request, we’ve even had Cooper’s 3rd & 4th Birthday Party here. There are two large playground equipment structures along with several swings, a covered pavilion, restrooms, a water fountain, and plenty of ‘yard’ space for the kids to run around on and/or play sports.

 

  1. The Mullet Hop in D’Iberville, MS

This is an indoor trampoline park. The kids absolutely love going to the Mullet Hop. I can’t even recall the exact number of times we’ve gone. My only qualm with this place is that I think they should have some kind of frequent visitor package/pass program. You know. So this momma can get a discount every now and then. 😉 Really though the pricing is very reasonable. You’ll have to buy socks the first time, but you are allowed to hang onto and reuse your socks with each additional visit. We keep our socks – so each time we go (paying for me and two kids) it’s $30.00 an hour. Not super cheap, I know. We do this about twice a month..so thirty dollars isn’t that bad. We’d go more though…if there was a discount program. 😉 🙂 We only use the trampoline part of the park, but there is also an arcade area.

 

  1. The Davis Bayou area of The Gulf Islands Nat’l Seashore Park in Ocean Springs, MS

We haven’t been here lately, because well: we’re in the dead of summer here in South MS – BUT when it’s a little cooler we are here a ton. There are several different nature trails that we like to hike. There’s even a really great visitor’s center that has some educational displays about the area. Cooper loves the visitor’s center. When you turn off Hwy 90 into the park it feels like you’re entering a completely different town. You go from being smack dab in the middle of  the busyness of the City of OS to a very serene wooded park. There are also a ton of other features to the park that we haven’t even begun to use, such as a public campground, fishing piers, boat ramp launches, and ranger led programs.

And there you have it guys, our favorite kid friendly places to hang out here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Apparently we mainly hang in Ocean Springs. Absolutely nothing wrong with that though. 🙂 Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this. What are your favorite local kid friendly places to go?