Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ft. Worth Redo

I don't know about you, but I love the opportunity for a redo.

When I was little, I would work on "specialty jumps" off the diving board and my mom would give me notes to improve - things like "point your toes," "straighten your knees," etc. I loved when the pool wasn't busy and I had endless chances to try over and over again to get it right.

When I didn't do as well as I liked on a timed test in school, I loved the chance for a retake.

When 3M brand came out with the removable wall hanger, well it was like a dream come true! I had chance after chance after chance (if needed) to rehang pictures in different arrangements - or more likely, to move a picture up a 1/4" inch to make it level with the picture next to it. (I'm a fan of the gallery wall)

I love a good redo.

So, when Memorial Day weekend rolled around, it seemed like the perfect time to do a Ft. Worth redo.

You might remember the Ft. Worth adventure back in January that didn't quite turn out as planned.

Well, this go round, the weather forecast was rain, and lots of it... However, I was armed with a positive attitude and a "who cares?!" mentality, so off we went to Ft. Worth!

Our first stop was going to be the Water Gardens. We didn't have a single drop of rain until the moment I-35 splits for Dallas/Ft. Worth. We rolled our eyes at the irony and laughed a bit, but decided to press on. After all, "maybe it'll be a quick rain and pass."

Then... it started pouring.

Onward we drove. As we neared the exit where we had to decide Water Gardens or "forget it and let's get ice cream," the rain eased up and we decided to attempt the garden visit.

And boy, I am glad we did!

I was admittedly terrified to walk down the slick steps to the bottom of the 38ft. deep "active pool." It didn't help that there wasn't a railing along the steps for me to hold onto, that I had on sandals, and that every child under the age of 13 was running up and down these (death) stairs like it was no big deal.

Don't mind me kids... just a 27-year-old who's petrified this may be her demise.

Once I made it to the bottom, I pretended like my legs weren't still shaking, and I was able to appreciate just how beautiful the attraction was.

Also, it begs to be said that going up the stairs was far less terrifying than going down.

We wandered over to the meditation pool, which was much more my speed. It was surrounded by tall trees and was perfectly still - right in the middle of downtown Ft. Worth!!

As we were leaving the Water Gardens, it started to rain again. Perfect timing! It was time to head to Melt and get some ice cream.

Social media is great, isn't it? It opens your eyes to adventures and places you never would have known about otherwise.

Melt is a business that I've been following on Instagram since they opened in Ft. Worth, and I've been dying to try it. Tell me their Instagram feed isn't one of the prettiest things you've ever seen!

And there's nothing better than cold ice cream on a hot, humid day when your once straight hair is starting to curl up. (Where did all the bobby pins that I keep in my purse disappear to?!)

Once we finished our ice cream, we jaunted over to Dallas so that I could visit the Read Between the Lines shop. As a #paperperson, I couldn't be that close to a new paper boutique and not visit!

It was even better than I'd imagined. I want this nook in my next house. And if the next house could be loft style with a gorgeous exposed brick wall, I wouldn't complain.

We won't talk about the torrential downpour that awaited us 60 minutes south of OKC - and the flash flooding that occurred later that evening. Nope. We'll just talk about the amazing Ft. Worth "redo" where there was no horrible traffic, no horse parades, no hangry moments... just so much the fun!

xoxo, E

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