Friends, Nate and I have been bit by the lake bug. I’ve said it about a billion and a half times, but I’ll say it again: we LOVE water. We love being around it, being on it, being in it, and teaching our boys to do the same. There have been studies done showing that exposure to blue space (bodies of water) over green space can boost mental health, and y’all? I can attest to that. I love green space – hiking, running, rolling in the grass, gardening – but there really is no relaxation like the kind you get from being near water.
Two weekends ago we went to Branson, Missouri and spent some time on Table Rock Lake. After that we just couldn’t stay away, and since we live in a gorgeous state with a lot of beautiful bodies of water we decided to venture out to a place that Nate grew up going to – Lake Ouachita (pronounced WOSH-I-TAH). When we first started dating he would talk about this lake that he learned to water ski on and it sounded so beautiful. I had only ever really been around a handful of other lakes when we first met, so I couldn’t imagine how pretty it really was, but this past weekend I finally found out.
Y’ALL. It is absolutely gorgeous!!!
We loaded up early Saturday morning and packed a cooler with snacks to take on the boat. I made sure to throw in my favorite FLYJOY bar flavors (I’m looking at you peanut butter cacao and coconut macaroon!) because there’s really no such thing as sitting down to eat as a mom. They are so perfect for being on-the-go in general, but especially when corralling two crazy boys on the deck of a ski boat. We had tons of FLYJOY bars, yogurt, and homemade muffins to snack on and water to drink while we ventured through the coves and marinas, which kept us fueled the whole time.
There’s so much to explore in the Hot Springs area of Arkansas, and Lake Ouachita is only one of the beautiful places to see. While we were on the water we just talked about how much we love showing these boys adventure, even at such young ages, so that they have a thirst for exploring the world we live in. Seeing the way their eyes light up when we head out in the car for an adventure is so sweet, and just makes me so thankful we have a beautiful place to learn more about!