Helen Lee’s Daffodil Garden Gladewater, Texas

Helen Lee’s Daffodil Garden

21600 CR 3103

Gladewater, TX 75647

(903)845-5780

http://www.daffodilgarden.com/daffodils_home.htm

Location: To reach to garden, turn east on Smith County Road 3104 from US 271 seven miles north of its junction with Interstate 20 (about 100 miles east of Dallas). Drive a mile and a half, turn right on Smith County Road 3103, then continue one-fourth mile to the entrance sign.

Directions to Mrs. Lee's Daffodils

Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm daily, 7 days a week from mid-February through March or until the daffodils are no longer in bloom.

Admission: $Free$ (Donations accepted)

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Looking for a sweet escape, beautiful  backdrop, or good dose of vitamin D?

Mrs. Lee’s daffodil garden is spectacular. Tucked away in deep East Texas, is 1,000 acres of rolling hills and 28 solid acres of beautifully golden Daffodils.

One your way to this oasis, be careful with the traffic. The roads are small and over the weekend the traffic was heavy. There were two sweet women at the entrance to debrief you and accept a donations.

And what could make this a more beautiful scenery…

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Two adorable curly headed cuties… 🙂

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Once you enter, you will enjoy a scenic journey to parking. After you cross over two wooden bridges, you will see a sign for parking. This was a beautiful area to explore and take pictures.

Lili had the girls “inspect” the flowers for creatures, which they loved and allowed us to capture some sweet moments.

Somehow, each patch of Daffodil’s looks more beautiful than the last. Consequently, we traipsed all over… BUT, if at all possible, wear closed toed shoes. We had a few incidents involving sandals, roots, twigs, cuts, and whines, haha! As you can see though, we were able to still get a few giggles from our girls.

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“The kiss of the sun for pardon. The song of the bird for mirth. You’re nearer God’s heart in a Garden than anywhere else on earth.”

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Can you say, model status??? Geez…

Once you’ve taken a minimum of 300 pictures at this spot, load up and head to the cabin where Mrs. Lee lived.

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Read all about the history of the family, land and Daffodils here:

http://www.daffodilgarden.com/daffodil_history.htm

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Even though our beautiful girlies were in a mood.. we are still so thankful to have experienced such a lovely slice of heaven. You can tell that the garden was created with love and has been maintained throughout the years with such care.

THINGS TO REMEMBER:

  • There are so many spots for a picnic…
    • So bring a blanket, basket and appetite!
  • Closed toe shoes, if your ensemble allows 🙂
  • Camera with a full charge, you’ll need it!
  • Allow several hours to explore
  • A nap for toddlers beforehand so they are willing to take a million photos
  • Use the sunroof if you have one, the kiddos loved it!
  • Try going on a weekday, it may be less busy.

We would definitely taking a family adventure here to enjoy some sunshine!

 

All our love,

The Adventurers

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Skateland Kilgore, Texas

SKATELAND KILGORE, TEXAS

2803 N Longview St

Kilgore, Texas

(903) 984-3729

https://www.facebook.com/kilgoreskateland/

$7 PER PERSON, PARENTS ALWAYS FREE 🙂

HOURS OF OPERATION

THURSDAY: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

FRIDAY: 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

SATURDAY: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Did you know how much you would miss skating rinks? Yea, us either…

When I contacted the sweet owner about going skating last Saturday, she advised us that the 2pm-4pm skating would be quite busy due to three birthday parties. So by the time that we explored Kilgore and ate a delicious (filling) meal, 7:30 was sounding a whole lot like nap time. But we laced up and in no time forgot how tired and full we were!

We are here to tell you skating is just as much fun as you remember! Getting older though… You’re a bit more sore over the next couple days, haha!

We got the girls ready and let them get a feel for the rink before we laced up. They have these awesome “locked” skates for sweet Abigayle, our novice skater. Seri on the other hand is a Roller Skating Boss!

 They started in the center circle with the rest of the kiddies just starting out. I think this is an awesome concept, because next to the 10 year old skating professionals the adults were even a bit intimidated, haha!

After a half hour, Seri was zipping around the rink and we decided to let Abi have a try on four rolling wheels..

 However.. after much trial, wipeouts, frustration, pep talks, tears & kisses, we threw in the towel and let her have her locked skates back. We were thankful for this option!

Once we all found our stride, there was no stopping us!

They had games like limbo and racing by ages and even a dance party towards the end. I mean kids were actually super excited to be on the rink showing off tricks and not glued to their phones, it was wonderful.

About 9:30 PM they made an announcement that the Snack Bar was closing and would sell the remaining hot dogs for .25 each. As you can see, the girls had worked up another appetite!

One of the best parts about our whole experience was the overwhelming feeling of family and community being here. Everyone knew everyone and they were all so incredibly KIND! Both employees and skaters offered encouragement, tips and kind words to the girls. This is definitely an instance to not judge a book by it’s cover!

Before we left, the owners granddaughter even gave the girls bears that she won from the claw game!

 We will most definitely be back!

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Socks
  • Phone / Camera
  • We recommend to leave everything else in the car, you won’t want to have to keep up with anything else and your shoes are in a cubby behind the counter.
  • Layers (if it’s cold outside) because you’ll want to shed them after a couple rounds.
  • Cash
  • Go potty first! (You’ll be laughing, falling, and clenching if not haha)

WHAT THEY OFFER

  • BIRTHDAY PARTY PACKAGES
  • HOCKEY
  • SKATING LESSONS (THURSDAYS)

 

ALL OUR LOVE,

The Adventurers!

East Texas Oil Museum Kilgore, Texas

East Texas Oil Museum

Hwy. 259 at Ross St.
Kilgore, Texas 75662
On the Kilgore College campus

http://www.easttexasoilmuseum.com/

Museum Hours
Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday – Monday, closed

Closed Easter & Thanksgiving
Special Holiday Schedule:
Dec. 20 – Jan. 1


Guided tours by reservation only.
A nominal fee is charged.

Adults: $8 / Children: $5

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When Lili told me we had to go the Oil Museum in Kilgore, I had no idea what a gem she was referring to! I figured we’d walk into a small building with a few artifacts, but I boy was I wrong! And what could be cuter than the girls in their old school baby doll dresses??

 When you first walk in there are cool oil rig replicas and jumpsuits of what oil men wear in the fields. They had huge murals, classroom sets, and vintage kitchen setups.

*If you’ve ever wondered how many products petroleum and oil contribute to, they have a display case and full list to educate! You will be very surprised…*

Inside the glass doors it’s like you step back into time, before paved roads and automatic fuels pumps….

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We were greeted by “buddy” he welcomes you to museum and gives you a few little tidbits about the era you are stepping into.

The whole town looked so lifelike, you really felt like you were in East Texas circa 1930’s! The sky was gloomy, and make sure to watch your step, because the mud left terrible conditions in the road. You had to balance on boards just to cross the street… 🙂

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We took a break at an adorable soda shoppe

We in such awe of all the set ups and decorations.. although you couldn’t touch very much, we always enjoy a chance to use our imagination!

 They actually have a simulated ride that actually feels like you’re going deep deep into the ground to explore the different layers of rock until you find oil. You get in, shut the doors and these puppets navigate your journey.

We got to enjoy a historical look into the oil boom in a real old fashioned theater. The girls attention span was not long, but the film lasted about 20 minutes and at the end morphed into an IMAX theater of sorts!

Although there were a lot of things you shouldn’t touch because of how delicate and meticulous the set up is, there was plenty of opportunity to let the girls be a little hands on! They played checkers, checked out an old phone booth, cut the cheese, haha, played pat-a-cake outside the barbershop and more!

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The super sweet man at the museum even showed the girls how you use to have to pump gas and let the girls have a try. Let me just say.. I’m thankful for the pumps we have today!

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All in all, we had an awesome time! Definitely a fun (and educational) way to spend an afternoon and how darn cute are these girlies?? Everyone we encountered was so sweet and helpful. They even drew us a map to help us find our next location 🙂

After we left, we decided to continue our oil exploration and take a look at the

World’s Richest Acre Park

If you haven’t explored downtown Kilgore, it is actually pretty cool. They have shops, cafes and we even got to see a couple trains pass by!

We decided to be a bit rebellious and snag some cute pictures on the train tracks of these cuties…

Even us moms got in on a bit of the action.. However, we do not recommend this and are aware that this is probably not the best example to set.. but, YOLO sometimes 🙂

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THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Money for admission and the gift shop (Cash & card accepted)
  • Camera with a flash (It is a bit dark inside the coolest parts)
  • Make sure to go to every exhibit, there are neat parts in each one
  • Parking for the museum is located behind the museum.
  • Give yourself a little time to explore downtown Kilgore.

 

All our love,

The Adventurers

Parent’s Night Out at Rockett Allstarz Tyler, Texas

PARENT’S NIGHT OUT 

ROCKETT ALLSTARZ GYM

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=rockett%20allstarz

6371 ELKTON TRAIL TYLER, TEXAS 75703

EVERY THIRD FRIDAY 

6:00 PM-9:00 PM

$15/Child – Ages 4+


Need to grocery shop in peace, date night, or sushi with your girlfriend? Rockett Allstarz has the answer! Coach Abby Rockett provides a fun, safe environment for kiddos to run off TONS of energy!


These little cuties had no idea just how much fun they were in for!

They started the evening off with a homemade obstacle course that the girls ran, jumped, rolled and giggled through about 100 times. Only a gym could have the funnest pads, mats and accessories to make not only an awesome obstacle course, but clubhouse as well

They practiced their tumbling skills. Even flipping their feet all by themselves! Abby has been teaching girls of all ages to tumble and dance for several years now and thoroughly enjoys watching the kiddos learn!

 

Seri perfected her gymnastics bar flip and Abi got to try it for the first time with help from Coach Abby! Both girls cheering the other on!


Most fun of all, Coach Abby & Cassie fashioned a homemade slide! Up and down and up and down the girls went.

(I think by the 1000th run they were rethinking that decision, haha!)


They even had a pizza party!! Which is included in the $15 fee!


Lili and I stayed for awhile, but got to actually enjoy a sushi date too! No, neither one of us can believe our girlies are old enough to have an adventure without us.. but it is comforting to know that they had an absolute BLAST! 

You always worry about your kiddos when you aren’t with them. But this Parent’s Night Out is all about activity, fun and laughter. Your kids won’t sit in front of a TV all night, they will learn new tricks, perfect old ones and run until they’re sweaty! Needless to say… Our babies slept well that night!

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • The GPS doesn’t take you to the gym. Turn at the blinking light on Grande road (left if headed West, right if going East) it’s the first buildings on the left! (There is a sign)
  • Play clothes
  • Tennis shoes & socks
  • $15 (cards also accepted)
  • Make sure to sign the waver with contact info
  • Water bottle-Bc they WILL sweat. (but there is also a fountain)

 

All our love,

The Adventurers

Calie’s Acre Pumpkin Patch Gilmore, Texas

Calie’s Acre

Pumpkin Patch / Christmas Tree Farm

10589 TX-300, Gilmer, TX 75645

http://www.caliesacre.com/

903-295-2000 / 903-790-2297

$5-General Admission$

FitBit Steps: 4,500

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If you don’t listen to ANYTHING else we say, please please take the drive to Calie’s Acre!

Unfortunately, Lili had class today so I was lucky enough to hang out with these cuties today. As I have mentioned in the past, typically the world shuts down on Mondays, but not on this sun shiny acre! I could not have been more thankful to just find something open, much less somewhere awesome! Prayers answered.

Have you (like us) spent $30+ at Yesterland Farms for a decent time? Well, for $30 at Calie’s Acre you get the royal treatment!

General Admission

Typically, general admission gets you the bare minimum and then your sweet children guilt you into all of the other goodies.. Not here!

General Admission gets you:

Hayride
Barnyard
Spider Web
Playground
Music Garden
Spookley Maze
Paint the Pig
Hoop the Horse
Big Chair
Photo Ops

Tokens are $1 each in addition to $5 General Admission, or Get 20 tokens & admission for just $20 at the gate!
**Activities with ** are only available on the weekends.

1 Token Activities
Pumpkin Chunkin’**
Cannon**
Dunk Tank**
Striker**
Cow Milking**
Feed the Ducks
Barrel Train
Duck Races
Wheel Walk
Bouncy Ball
3 Token Activities
Pick-n-Paint a Pumpkin
Sand Art
Barn Stormer**, Chicken Fling**, and Conk the Crow** – 3 tokens for all 3 of these games with one prize per child.

There is nowhere.. and I mean nowhere this fun at this price!

THE BARNYARD

 I may want to come back in my next life as one of the barnyard animals, you can tell they have an abundance of love and care!

They have baby chicks, chickens, rooster, goats, bunnies, & mini donkeys, Lo Lo & Stitch 🙂

PAINT THE PIG

It’s less messy than it sounds.. They have two pigs that can be drawn all over with expo markers! It’s nice when the girls actually have permission to draw all over something!

SPIDER WEB

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I loved that the attractions at Calie’s Acre were out of the box! Not just your run of the mill activities, they all had such a neat element to them. The girls loved climbing and rolling all over the spider web.

MUSIC GARDEN

Speaking of unique, the Music Garden was probably one of the coolest parts of this adventure. Such a simple idea of painted pots and pans, with so much awesomeness! I mean what more could these girls ask for? They can bang on things with sticks and make as much noise as they want! I think we’ve got some future Rockstars on our hands!

HAAAAAAYYYYYY

Who knew that hay could be so cool? Hayride, hay fort, hay maze & more! I mean this dead plant is multi-faceted and packed with fun! The girls did not really like the “poking” though (insert eye-roll emoji).

BOUNCY BALL

Did I mention that up until now, all of these activities are included in the GA? Although, this wasn’t included, I would have gladly paid more than $1 to let the girls play in the bouncy ball area. They had an absolute blast playing and knocking each other over!

Just look at those smiles & curls will you?? Cuteness overload… I think yes!

DUCK RACES & BARREL TRAIN

Both of these activities were well worth the $1 and they even got to pick out the rubber duck and take it home after the race! The girls were overjoyed about this! And who doesn’t love a dose of healthy competition. Luckily, the barrel ride mended the friendship!

PHOTO OPS

I could probably have written a whole blog on all the adorable pictures you can get here! I mean tons of painted characters, pumpkin displays, the giant chair, and more! So definitely dress cute!

All in all, I was absolutely amazed with all of the fun we had! We essentially had the place to ourselves and all of the staff was extremely kind and helpful! Completely willing to stop what they were doing to take us on a hayride or barrel train ride or snap a pic! They even have a food truck & shaved ice truck available along with an adorable gift shop.

The only downside and literally it’s the only one, the Sugar Bees.. Yipes! While you can take your own picnic, do not, I repeat DO NOT bring peanut butter an jellies… Abigayle had a full blown meltdown, while Seri “Beewhisperer” was fine. They don’t sting unless you bother them, but they were all over us while trying to eat. I wouldn’t have been surprised if we ate one while taking a bit. So if you do eat either buy from the truck or bring something with little to no sugar!

REMEMBER

  • Cute outfits (but comfortable shoes)
  • Pants (due to hay)
  • Cash
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Low sugar snacks

 

All our love,

The Adventurers

How To: DIY Last Minute Halloween Costume

Are you like a lot of us and Halloween sneaks up on you before you know it?

Not to fear..

With a couple items laying around the house, a dash of creativity & a BFF you can essentially rule the world! …and also throw together an adorable Halloween costume!

Check out our Nerdy Scientists..

 THE OUTFIT

Seriously, you couldn’t get any easier than some skinnies and a long sleeve T!

THE ACCESSORIES

 Go to your craft basket / closet / room and grab those spools of ribbon you bought at Micheal’s three years ago that you couldn’t live without & do not tell me I am the only one..

If you don’t have your own Lili, you may have to Youtube a bow tie & how to make suspenders. But seriously, all it takes is some safety pins & glue dots!

Those glasses I bought at Goodwill last year for some reason and here they are, the sole inspiration behind these adorable costumes!

THE SCIENCE LAB

All those vases you have tucked in every nook and cranny, that you thought you’d one day use, but haven’t looked at in years.. Well TODAY is the DAY! Bust those bad boys out… fill them with water (to your level of desired mess) and drop and couple drops of food coloring in them… BAM! Beakers and Flasks! Add a couple syringes you get everytime your little cutie gets “bubble gum medicine” and you have a full blow science lab!

**Now of course, I wouldn’t have food coloring.. So we used Jello packets, cake decorating beads, Valentina hot sauce, and anything else we could find in the kitchen. At least I’m happy to report it didn’t phase the girls at all…**

I don’t think Lili and I were prepared for the amount of cuteness this was going to create.  So I’m just going to leave this right here…

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Viola! NERDY SCIENTISTS!

Hey Gap called, they want their child models back…

But seriously, all of these things were just around my house. I can only imagine what we could have come up with had we been at Lili’s house. If I have it, so do you!

We don’t even mind if you copy us!

All our love,

The Adventurers

TJC’s Earth & Space Science Center Tyler, Texas


The Center for Earth & Space Science Education –
“The Planetarium”

903-510-2312

1411 E Lake St, Tyler, TX 75701

If you’ve not explored TJC’s Planetarium, you should! They have an actual dome IMAX theater, awesome play area & gift shop!

DOME SHOWS:


How cool that you can fly high with the birds or dive deep with the whales, all from the comfort of a chair?! It was such a neat experience that the girls loved! They have several different shows & showtimes for your viewing pleasure 🙂 

**I wasn’t able to get a good photo of the screen, you MUST go see it in person**

PLAY AREA 


Once we left the show, the girls raced to the downstairs play area. It was so clean and maticulous & the girls were overjoyed to play! 

**Lili & I would advise you to let your kiddies play first to get the wiggles out of their system before the show!**

The area was equipped with some scuba gear for your kids to trip around in

Microscopes for discoveries..

And a big fish tank full of underwater cuties!


If you can believe it, their favorite part was the blow up raft.. I do believe they could have played in it for an hour… ​

After the girls conned Lili into buying them a treat at the gift shop, they enjoyed watching the butterflies and running around the beautiful landscape on campus!


Visiting the planetarium is a perfect Saturday morning adventure. The campus is quiet and you can quickly fill two hours with fun! 

All our love,

The Adventurers!