Much Needed Vacation

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Hello everybody and welcome back to Everything Hamradio. This past weekend, December 5th and 6th, my wife and I were delighted to be able to take a much needed Mom and Daddy weekend without our four kids. If you have been following my blog for a while, or if you have checked out my About page, you will know that my wife and I are foster parents. After over four years of marriage and trying to have a child of our own, we decided to go a different route. Wife both my wife and I working in Law Enforcement in one form or another, we both had a better knowledge than most do about how many kids there are out there that need a good home.

We did some research about adoption and the foster care system. While there are many children out there that need a forever home, we decided that rather than going straight adoption, we would thought that we would be of better service to go the foster route. So we went and got our foster care license, did the background checks, home studies and all that fun stuff and got our license, however, rather than going just straight foster care, we decided to get a dual license and do foster to adopt. In the state of Texas, you have to have a license to adopt, so rather than just starting with just foster and having to go back through training to get our adoption license, we just did it all in one swoop. It is hard enough to get the 30 hours a year of CE training.

So back to this past weekend. We currently have four kids, ages 14 months, 2, 8 and 11 year old girls. Needless-to-say, the dog and I are severely outnumbered this time around. So after the whole starting school thing, then having three of our five kids, at the time, leave followed by our baby leaving the next month, then getting three more a week later and finally Halloween and Thanksgiving, we decided that we needed a little break to ourselves.

My wife found a website for a quaint out of the way ranch that had some cabins on it. It is called Trickle Creek Cabins(http://www.cabinsglenrose.com/). They had four cabins of varying sizes each with full kitchens, full bathrooms, and a hot tub! A HOT TUB!! That was exactly what we both needed! The cabin we stayed in had a queen size bed, a fully stocked kitchen(no food), a full bathroom and a front porch with a table and chairs and a swing bench that had a view to die for!

At night we would sit outside on the porch and look at the millions of stars that are in the sky snuggled up together under a blanket. In the morning that same swing was great for waking up to the sights and sounds of nature. The sunrise was beautiful and the small lake that it overlooked was like a painting painted by God himself. The reflection that the lake gave to the hillside behind it was amazing!

On top of the view, there were several different species of birds that were flying around, little rabbits hopping by and from what I read in the cabin journal, plenty of hummingbirds to watch(when it’s not the middle of winter). Each of the cabins had a journal in them that any visitors could write their experience in. It was neat looking through it, seeing what others had done and seen and where they were from.

Sitting in the hot tub was probably my favorite part of the whole thing. Feeling the jets blowing hot water on all the sore spots was pure heaven! After the first twenty minutes or so, my body was so relaxed, that joints popped with every little movement. The second and third stint in the hot tub just made all those sore spots disappear!

If you are reading this post and live within 200 miles of Glen Rose, TX you need to try this place out. It is so worth it, even if you come and stay there the entire time. If you do decide to venture out, you can go to Dinosaur Valley State Park and walk in the foot prints of dinosaurs, or go to Fossil Rim Wildlife Park and see hundreds of different animals. There are a bunch of great small town eating places that have wonderful food.

If you want a little bigger town to check out, you will be just about as close to Stephenville, TX, home of Tarleton University. Tarleton University is one of the best, if not the best school to anything having to do with animals and it is part of the Texas A&M system. If you are bringing you kid down to see the school, you might stay in these cabins and have a little relaxing time as well.

Below are some of the pictures that I took of the cabin that we stayed in and some of the other ones they had. If you want further information about them or maybe to make a reservation, check out their website. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to check out the pictures that I took. There are also pictures on this website.

I guess that is about all for now. Thanks for coming and reading this post. If you have not done so already, please subscribe to my site so you will get a daily email about any new posts that I publish that day. Also, please like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. Linked to all my social media pages can be found on the menu under Social.

Until next time…

73 de Curtis, K5CLM

Pictures:

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Morning Glory Cabin that we stayed in The view from the front porch Small pond that the cabin overlooked
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View from the dam at the bottom of the pond Creekside Cabin Storybook Cabin
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Storybook Cabin Storybook Cabin overlooking the pond Spillway at the edge of the dam that flows into a valley

 

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