Denton is a SUPER cute little town we enjoyed while staying the the Dallas area. It was about a half hour from our RV park, so after a long day of looking at motorhomes, we headed to the square for some dinner.
This place got RAVE reviews online, so we decided to check it out: Cartwright's.
This is the HALF order of chicken fried steak. Woah baby!
We enjoyed walking the square and checking out this BEAUTIFUL museum building!
We were told by a local Denton-ite that Beth Marie's was a must. Old fashioned HOMEMADE ice cream....TONS of flavor choices!
After tasting several we settled on raspberry, peach, cotton candy, smores and I forget what Destiny picked. My peach was the BEST! Oh man, real chunks of peaches in there made it taste like my moms homemade ice cream she used to make back in the day.
BOY was it WINDY in Texas! Like incessant, non stop blustery day. I think this Kansas girl had FORGOTTEN how bad it can get. We tried to go for a bike ride. Bad idea!
Dale nearly blew away..... ;)
I taught a few essential oil classes in the area for our builder, Lanya and her sweetie pie Miss Linny, and am so STINKING excited how many lives are being changed by these beautiful gifts of the earth. Vanessa drove in from Van Horn and hosted one in Andrews too. We had a nice group show up!
Texas is HOT FOR OILS! Whoop whoop!
Vanessa, had a birthday while we were there. Lanya and I asked her where she wanted to go, and she had ONE request: BABES!
I was like, um what's a babes?
You all, WOW. This pace is insane!
Ok, so first of all no menus. You pick your meat:
Chicken strips, bbq chicken, chicken fried steak, fried chicken or catfish.
Then, they bring out all you can eat sides, family style. SO STINKING COOL!
Sugar vinegar tossed salad just like great Grandma Schrock made, homemade biscuits, some kind of savory sauce green beans, creamed corn, mashed potatoes and gravy. Mm mm good!
Banana Pudding for dessert. And of course they harassed Vee and made her dance like a chicken while they sang.
We just love these gals so much! What a privilege to be able to cheer them on and support them as part of our job that rarely ever feels like one. God is so faithful!
Speaking of CHICKEN....
I was scrolling through FB and noticed one of my friends kids had the chicken pox. I thought to myself, I'd really like for the kids to get them before they get too old. (Destiny had a mild case when she was little and Ty had a pretty decent case)
Guess what showed up while we were in Texas?
THE CHICKEN POX.
So, previous to all this, Ty had itchy bug bites on his trunk and back, about a dozen or less and we blamed the dog, since she slept with him. I sprayed her with oils and Ty too. They bugged him a lot but went away in a few days, so we didn't give it another thought.
Then the girls, who slept with Sophie, got a really really bad case of the bugs. So we stripped sheets, vacuumed the mattress, treated Sophie again with oils and the girls too. The bugs must be bigger in Texas cause boy were they were so extra itchy, right?!
By the time we got home from an oils class, the girls were HEAD TO TOE covered and we realized quickly we were dealing with something else....
THE CHICKEN POX.
That explained Avery's mysterious headache the day before and her eyes hurting.
The girls got it the WORST, especially Avery! Oh man, head to toe dots and everywhere in-between. (ouchie)
And poor Destiny. They say the older you are, the harder it is on you and I have to agree. Hers lasted by far the longest and were the BIGGEST!
Pax got it last, and had the smallest pox yet, tiny dots actually. And his scabbed way faster than his sisters and again, Destiny is the last to heal up. She is still scabby on her face and body.
I am actually grateful we got our natural shingles booster and the kids got this done and over with. We figure they got it at Sun N Fun when they were playing Gaga ball with all those kids every night. The gestation period is like 10 to 15 days.
Our Arkansas friends begged us to come back for a Pox Party! LOL :) Do you remember those?
So the secret to natural comfort care is the following:
A glass spray bottle with 10 drops each doTERRA lavender, melaleuca, bergamot, eucalyptus, copaiba and a squirt of fractionated coconut oil. Fill with Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar to the top. Shake and spray OFTEN! Seal in the oils with a good dose of calamine.
The kids were getting relief for about 4 hours this way.
On Guard and Oregano on feet bottoms as those are serious immune booster and the most powerful antiviral in nature. Do this hourly. (we set a timer) Bingo!
Frank Touch Roller was for the head discomfort and body aches. And the Rose Touch was a powerful tool for those spots that were driving them NUTS! Worked well.
Thank goodness for natural tools to use and what a blessing to see them get relief!
About day 5 they were all getting crabby, so we brought them home a treat after class.....
Some famous food truck was in the area, so we stopped to check out these famous funnel cakes.
I give you Sopapilla, yum. And Cookies and Cream, yum.
Oh, and while we are talking food, I want to write about Fuzzy's Tacos, so when I re read this, I remember how amazing they are!
The BEST tacos. Garlic sauce on the bottom, your pick of brisket, pulled pork, chicken or beef, normal toppings PLUS FETA. Oh my cheese loving heart! We ate these tacos THREE TIMES before we left.
Yes, we love food. Yes we love new food in new areas. Totally a highlight of life on the road! ;)
And again, lest you think I never cook. We had an Instant Pot recipe winner.
So we are doing a new thing where the kids each pick a meal, make a grocery list, shop for their items with daddy and help prepare it that night in the kitchen. Everyone felt lousy, so daddy made the meal, but it was still totally yummy!
You can trade Velvetta for shredding a fresh block of cheddar with some milk added in as it melts. We added extra seasonings too like more garlic and pepper and a drop of thyme essential oil. Great immune booster!
This blog is getting longer than usual, but I have already uploaded the pics so I am committed to finish the Texas run ON THIS POST, haha!
Last stop in Texas was Big Spring for a class.....dry, dusty, windy west Tx - Big Spring. Good thing we have some FUN friends their to hang out with!!!!!!
Sweet Mark and Vera were not scared of our "chickens", and after our class was done, invited us all back for dinner.
The kids LOVE playing at their house whenever we are through, and they ADORE Mr. Marks corn on the cob, so they were THRILLED to find it was on the menu along with fall of the bone ribs, and all kinds of fixins. He grills it husk and all, then peels it and dips it in a tupperware cracker container FULL of butter. It REALLY REALLY coated and the husk thingy makes its own handle. (very technical term there)
We had such a nice time! Vera even came over the next day to pick up our chicken poxy kids to play at their house an hour while Dale and I were at another class. They are PRECIOUS friends and some of our Texas doTERRA business partners!
We explored the area a bit one day, when all the kids were going stir crazy and get cranky at each other. They didn't last long out there, but the sunshine felt good and it boosted their spirits. That and natural fruit pops, worked like a charm! ;)
That wrapped up our time in Oil country......
DoTERRA and otherwise. ;)
Time to mosey on!
Bye Texas, see you next time!
Arkansas + Texas = Texarkana Time!
Welcome to Texarkana, Texas!!! Er, Arkansas.....Texas....Arkansas.
Texarkana, where you can be TWO places at once! :)
We were excited to meet our new and growing Texas team! We had a lovely dinner out at an AMAZING authentic local Italian joint. I was so busy stuffing my face with the best alfredo I have ever had, that I FAILED to get any photos. WAH!
I did however, get some pics with Lanya and Amber. These 2 are rocking and rolling in Texarkana, and I was honored to present them with their Elite rank name tags at our first class together. Woo Hoo!!
It was a full but FUN day! Am class, meet and greet, business overview and a pm class before we said our goodbyes.
We pulled out the next morning to head to Dallas area. We have classes planned in Oak Point, Denton and Andrews. If you are ever in any of the areas we visit and are interested in learning about oils, please message me! I would love to meet you at class! :)
I try to advertise them on our 4 little traveling Fergusons - RV Oilers FB page so you can not read about them AFTER I blog. :)
And just like that it was time to head to Bonham and the Dallas area for more classes....
We got into some pretty crazy weather on our drive to Dallas area!!!!! Thank the Lord for His safety! Tornado warning, hail and crazy strong winds that started to rip our awning covers. YIKES!
Dale's birthday came and went on on a busy class day, so we stole a quick date night afterwards. My favorite was the fried goat cheese balls in tomato relish. Mmm!
Sunday morning, the kids planned out and made daddy a birthday breakfast and the celebration continued the whole day.
We found a great place to worship in Denton and then Dale picked to eat at La Hacienda. We told the waitress it was his birthday while he was in the bathroom. Haha, he was less than impressed! ;)
Next up is Dallas area classes, then back to Kansas for a while!
On the Road Again
We left the day after Thanksgiving, but not until after lots of fun with family and friends....if you followed the 4 little Ferguson's blog, you know we spend noon and after with Dale's crew, and dinner and games with mine.
These photos show the 18 leaf table, plus there are 3 other tables, that house all of us there. That's one big happy family! :)
We even had some surprise cousins from Philly pop in at my moms that evening. It's always a joy to see Jason and Karena!
Our social calendar leading up to Thanksgiving was the fullest it had ever been. We left exhausted, but it was so good to see everyone!
Even squeezed in some babysitting for Destiny, a girls day out with my BFF for a steak and lobster lunch, shoe shopping, and of course getting the kids together for a playdate......
My momma in law was wanting some help with her big tree at the restaurant before her private Christmas parties start. Dale was my human ladder,and we got the job done right! And yes, he is standing on a chair. He thought he was so funny dipping and swaying around. ;)
And because momma in law has recently redone her beautiful home and kitchen, she has new colors in her house.
Well, far be it from me to decorate her tree with her old color scheme, so I asked if she wanted a new one in her new colors......off to Hobby Lobby we went, and created the most beautiful theme!
Oh I just adore it! It's like a breath of fresh, cold, wintery air!
Being home was not without its challenges, in the midst of the fullest calender we have ever had, we moved too! Not really moved moved, but relocated the stored items from the future apartment side of our shed, to the RV side of our shed, anticipating the builder coming to start working on the apartment.
When his schedule got pushed back to January, and with the temperatures PLUMETTING, we made the decision to move the RV indoors. We were not wanting to deal with freezing kids and freezing burst pipes.
Sooooo, Dale moved the boxes BACK to the apartment side, in order to open up the shed side enough to pull the RV in to stay warm. He wrapped the pipes in insulation inside too. Yup, it was that cold.
We had pillows in front of the door and sleeping bags over the blankets on the kids beds, to stay warm. RV's are luxurious, but they are NOT designed for cold. We were fine, and the heater does a good job, just not ideal. :) Sophie agreed. It is PAST TIME to go to Florida!
After 3 plus weeks in Kansas, we were antsy to hit the road again. We headed south to what we thought would be warmer weather. Nope. It was cold and windy in Texas too! And they were calling for an ice storm later in the week. ACK!
We have a blossoming team here, so its important we see them again before hiding out for the winter. We wished we had more weeks so we could go deeper in Texas and see all the rest of the Texas doTERRA Dorothys as well!!!!
But made the most of it, coloring, playing games, swimming in the rv resort indoor pool, watching Christmas movies and just having fun. We ate our favorite restaurants and revisited some sites from past trips through as well.
The RV park we were staying at had a fun Longhorn Limo service that took you to dinner. Yehaw! We thought that'd be such a fun surprise for the kids......they loved it!
We were celebrating, and PRIME RIB and STEAK was on the menu! YUMMO!
A year ago on November 30th, we made the Diamond rank with doTERRA. To explain, Diamond rank is the 3rd from the top leadership rank, and for a long time was the ultimate goal of ours. We have hit Diamond many many times this year, but as of November 25th, we hit it organically, without any special planning or buying in. PRAISE THE LORD! I hope this is the new normal!!!! :) God is so good to provide for all our needs, and allow us to help others in the process, with life changing health.
We have been to Cadillac Ranch before, but we didn't have spray paint. That just isn't acceptable, so we tried tried again.
But that's a nother post, for another day!
God Bless Texas
It was a LONG haul from California to Texas, but we pushed HARD and used 2 LONG days to do it in time for our first class.
We saw some cool sites, beautiful sunsets, ate some good grub on Route 66, and had fun along the way.....
That's the best part of RV life, the joy is in the JOURNEY, not just the destination!
They take their oranges VERY seriously here in California!
Snack attack! New favorite: Veggie sticks with fiesta ranch dip. Found in the ranch dressing packet section, try it! Mmmm!
Get your Pie Fix on Route 66!
Hello, beautiful chocolate peanut butter.....
On long days we work hard to get the kids moving while Dale fills up with fuel. Stretching, doing jumping jacks and Rock Relays are always a favorite!
We arrived safe and sound, and right on time.
Our team members, and friends, are always the best hosts. We had a ball with Mr. Mark and Miss Vera!!! We parked in their BIG backyard and hung out in the evenings when we didn't have classes. This was our Mexican Fiesta night.
Mr. Mark is a MASTER Corn roaster, and check out his buttering method...
FULLY emerged in butter! YES PLEASE!
Our days were filled with easy lunches and school work. Nights, were full of classes and trainings!
Chicken Club lettuce wraps:
A little study sheet for my VISUAL learners! We are learning portions of Romans this year. Can you figure out which verses these are?
We have a favorite RV park we stay at a lot while we are in the Houston area, its just beautiful! It's called Fallbrook RV Resort. Check it out, nice digs, right?!
The kids ADORE the game room and free popcorn all day. And Ice, who knew ICE was such a treat until you didn't have it anymore!? ;)
While we were there, we had to get the windshield on the RV replaced due to a GIANT grapefruit sized splat mark a rock left us on our way to Utah.
Guess what that means for a fulltimer?
We were HOMELESS for the day!
Good thing we had the RV park game room and the pool at our disposal. We ordered pizza, ate some popcorn and played some games to kill time until we could swim swim swim the rest of the day away.
AAAAANNNNNDDDD, had a little fun with our sassy pants teenager, Destiny Joy ;)
Girlie, I warned you! from Tonya Ferguson on Vimeo.
Well, that's it from Texas, that and about 12 classes I don't have photos of. Haha! We love to educate people about Natural Solutions to their health care and teach them to have healthy happy homes using essential oils. If we are ever in YOUR area, we'd love to come teach YOU! You fill your kitchen table or living room, we bring the rest!
I love my job that doesn't feel like one! God is so good!
NEXT STOP, MISSOURI! And some fun surprises await my 4 little Fergusons...
See you soon!