Spring Break in Broken Bow

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Broken Bow is a small town in Oklahoma encompassing Beavers Bend State Park.  The park is a part of the Ouachita National Forest with a beautiful lake, walking trails and other attractions.  In town they have several family friendly activities, restaurants, breweries and wineries.

Broken Bow, OK

Traveling with Kids

As we walked along a trail, an older couple passed us and said “Two kids and two dogs,  y’all are troopers!” This was the understatement of our trip. We have a 4-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter and two older dogs, so we tried to find activities that we could all participate in.  This is what we found…

  • Paddleboats and Kayaking- There were several areas that had these water activities, along with canoes, fishing, swimming, etc. My son had a great time doing these for the first time with my husband. It was a great way to see some of the amazing views that can’t be seen from the roads.
  • Hiking- This was my favorite part of the trip, and we found an amazing trail along a beautiful fast flowing river. I had my daughter strapped to my back, and my son discovered his love for throwing rocks into the river. The dogs loved exploring, and it was great exercise for us all.  There is nothing better than exhausted dogs and kids for that evening.
  • Go-Karts- My husband took my son to drive a go-kart for the first time at Big Food Speedway. My son said this was his favorite part of the trip.
  • Train Ride- Within the state park there is Beavers Bend Depot & Trail Rides where they have a small train that takes you on a 15 minute ride through the park.  My kids definitely enjoyed it, so that made it worth it.  For adults it wasn’t very exciting, but sometimes that’s the way it goes with small children. They also had guided horseback riding through the state park, and that looked like fun for older children and adults.

We spent a lot of time during our trip at our cabin enjoying the fire pit, hot tub, and cooking on an open flame.


 Healthy Habits on Vacation

As I continue to reach my weight loss goals, Spring Break was no exception. Going on vacation is something that typically will throw me off of my healthy eating and exercise.  Fortunately with this trip I was able to still work toward those goals with the help of my husband. We went to the grocery store on our way to the cabin and stocked up on fresh food. My husband grilled steak, chicken and pork chops for each meal.  We had vegetables with each meal, and fresh fruit for snacks.  I didn’t do formal exercises, but all of the hiking was a great way to get some activity in.

Broken Bow is a beautiful place to take a trip, whether it’s for a family, couple or group of friends.  There are a lot of different activities that I would still like to try when I come back.  Also, there are a variety of beautiful cabins to rent that meet the needs of any group of people. I definitely recommend Broken Bow as a vacation spot!


Mullet Mama: Full-Time in the Front, Party on the Holidays

I am a full-time teacher, and one of the greatest fortunes of my career is that I get holidays and summers home with my children. It is a blessing, but it is also a real challenge.


I love working. I like having something that is just mine and has nothing to do with the rest of my family. I like feeling challenged. Being a teacher definitely does all of this for me. The downside of working full-time is that during the work week I have limited time with my family. We wake up around 5am, get ready and go! After work and picking up the kids from daycare it’s a countdown to get everything done before bed. My 1 year-old eats dinner, gets a bath and then goes to bed.  My 4 year-old gets a little bit of playtime in addition to that. The weekends are full of running errands and scheduled activities. I wish this schedule provided for more quality time with my children.

Being a teacher, there is a good break from work every few months. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break and Summers. I love having this amount of time off with my family, especially around holidays.  It allows me some extra time to get things done and it provides the quality time I need with them. The struggle with this is that young children thrive on routines and consistency. Their schedule changes over these breaks whether you intend to or not. With holidays and vacations, there is a lot of time but also a lot to get done.

A teacher’s schedule seems ideal for a parent, and it does have some advantages over other careers. Although I do feel that I go from one end of the spectrum with little quality time to bouts of time with so much time I don’t know what to do with it. I am always searching for balance with my work and personal life, and this is one of those things I will have to continue work on.