**This post is written by co-founder, Leslie Means.

My first daughter, Ella was born on August 3, 2008. My second daughter, Gracie was born on July 2, 2010.

Ella will turn 4 this summer, and I’ve never left her side (or Gracie’s) for more than 12 hours.

I know – it’s time to cut the cord Leslie.

This summer, Kyle is going on his first vacation (without me!!) for a few days with a good friend. I’m happy for him – really. I know it’s important to do those things. It’s just…well, I haven’t quite made it there. I’m taking baby steps as I know time away with friends is important. 

Baby steps.

Last Saturday I got one step closer to cutting the cord. My sister’s and mom took our annual “flower/gardening tour” in Central Nebraska. (Look for that post this Saturday!!)  While it’s a day to gather produce and beautiful flowers for our gardens ~ for me it’s mostly about making memories.

For our lunch break, we stopped at El Toro in Grand Island. I developed my love of Mexican food when Kyle and I lived in Houston for a stint and this authentic restaurant did not disappoint!

I ordered a Quesadilla Fajita. Other menus on our table included this glorious taco salad (I love the shell!)

fantastic sopapillas..

and, of course, a drink to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the fam!

I know these trips are important and I’m doing my best to start scheduling a few more. To my long lost friends ~ I’ll find you again someday!! Let’s meet up in Vegas once these “baby steps” have turned into leaps – shall we?! 🙂

El Toro ~ 3425 State Street

Grand Island, NE 68803  (308) 381-2333 ‎

P.S. – There are also numerous El Potrero Mexican Restaurants in the area. Same restaurant – different name. Check them out!!

P.P.S. – To other mom’s – do you go out with your friends? Tell me I’m not the only one who has a hard time leaving them to go out?

P.P.P.S. – Our flower trip ended sooner than I expected. I did want to check out a couple wineries in the area but time ran out. Nebraska has AMAZING wineries throughout the state. Yes, Nebraska. Check them out for yourself at www.nebraskawines.com




Leslie Means

Leslie is the founder and owner of Her View From Home.com. She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well. She is married to a very patient man. Together they have three fantastic kids.  When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.