We began our weekend by driving to Big Bear on Friday morning. We were blessed with moving freeways and made good time up the mountain. Along the way we spotted a young deer, so cool!
We stopped for lunch at Get A Burger, recommended by Steffen's good friend. (Super cute place!) This burger spot serves great food in a relaxed retro atmosphere.
With full tummies we visited the Big Bear Discovery Center. We took some fun pictures and checked out what the center had to offer.
(A few animal displays, map/trails and coloring pages)
The hubs wanted to take a road less travelled for for a photo opportunity. So we went off road to get a picture above Big Bear Lake. Can you see it behind us?
After finding a good picture spot we visited the Alpine Runs and Village Candy Store.
The town was quiet and I literally felt my body relax. The gelato helped too!
On the way to Lake Arrowhead the kids and I sang "Down By The Bay," told jokes and created storylines about Muppet characters. It was great, really great!
I soaked in the the beauty of the trees and forgot about our fast paced scheduled lives. I was in the moment.
For dinner we stepped out for Mexican food and walked the Village. We were able to meet up with a dear friend of my mom's at dinner. We chatted and ate many baskets of chips! The trio really liked the ballon man who made each of them an animal. (cat, jaguar and elephant) At the edge of the Village they had a few things for the kids to do. Our group opted for the bumper cars. Lots of giggles and big smiles were had there.
Our evening ended with snuggles on the deck and quiet time among the trees. So cute, huh?
Dad made his famous Korean ribs for dinner. Isabella was in heaven. The air smelled incredible and we all ate our fair share. Dinner was followed by Drumsticks and kicking back with Elvis playing in the background. We tucked in the littles and the guys settled in for Netflix watching. Mom and I sat for hours just talking without any interruption. Perfection!
Our weekend went fast but it was savored! A BIG thank you to my parents for a wonderful weekend.
We accomplished exactly what we had hoped. Our family slowed down and connected. Together we recharged and strengthened our bonds! In many ways big and small, the weekend was a gift to ourselves, I loved it.
Memories are made of this!