Monday, May 21, 2018

Caves and Retreats

We have had so many fun things happening lately.  I can't help but feel SO grateful to be able to raise these kids and do things with them.  

Hollis had a field trip on Thursday to a local cave.  

What you need to know about Hollis is she INISTS on wearing a side ponytail EVERY SINGLE DAY OF HER LIFE.  I can talk her into wearing it down on Sundays - but she wants that same pony tail EVERY DAY! 

We have never been to this cave (It's the Spanish Treasure Cave in Gravette) and it was SO fun.  It's really big.  I love a good cave.  It was so cool inside.  I decided to book mark this as something for us to come back to in July when the heat is killing us.  Hollis and I had a great time walking through it.  

Inside the cave is this huge room and they have people camp out there all the time.  They also show movies in there during the summer.  I think that sounds so fun and different!! We may have to try it sometime! 

The kids got to pan for gold and jewels after.  They loved this part.  

Then we went to a local park and had lunch and played.  It was a gorgeous day! 

Friday was field day.  This is our 4th year of Elementary school and the first year it hasn't rained on Field Day.  It's been horrible weather all the other years but this year couldn't have been more amazing.  I worked the 40 yard dash and bouncing ball relay.  

It was SOOO hot but it was fun to see all the kids having fun.  

I was wiped out that night.  But it was a great day! 

I woke up super early on Saturday to watch the royal wedding! I was so excited to watch it live and it didn't disappoint! I loved every bit of it! I love how much Harry and Meghan seem to love each other.  

Saturday afternoon, the girls and I headed to Fayetteville to a mother daughter retreat for the GA's at church.  (GA's stands for Girls in Action.  It teaches the girls about missions and serving.  They love it.  I was a GA and went to GA camp in Texas when I was little!) 

We started out doing a selfie scavenger hunt.  It was a lot of fun.  It was soooooooo hot.  I think I was soaking wet by the time we finished.  

We had dinner and a little program and then the girls all went swimming until after dark.  

They had the best time! We moms had fun visiting while they swam.  Then we had a dance party and did crafts and stayed up until midnight.  This was the first time we have had this retreat and it was so much fun.  It was held at a camp.  We had two older ladies that cooked dinner and breakfast for us.  

We got up early Sunday morning and headed to breakfast.  This camp is on the top of a mountain in Fayetteville.  This cross lights up at night and it's a famous spot for everyone to drive up and visit.  

The view is so pretty - you can see all over Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas.  If you look - you can see the lights to Razorback stadium in the back.  

These sweet friends had the best time.  Harper absolutely loved it.  She wanted to stay a week.  (She and I head to church camp in three weeks - so hopefully this is a good sign that she will love it).  

We had a worship service.  Some sweet teenagers led the music and I gave the devotion.  After it was over - we packed up and headed home and met Scott and Will Holden for lunch as they were leaving church.  

I love being their mom! 

What a precious memory! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Fashion Designers and Swim Lessons

Every year the third grade does a Wax Museum.  The kids are all famous Arkansans.  This is a way they learn Arkansas History.  They had to research their person and put together a poster and presentation and then they did it for the school and that night for the parents.  It was fun to see all the famous people from our state - everyone from Bill Clinton to Johnny Cash to Douglas MacArthur to Jerry Jones to Sam Walton.  Harper was Korto Momolu.  She lives in Little Rock and was a runner up on Project Runway.  She also designed the uniforms for Crystal Bridges.  Harper was so excited to be her! (And the sweetest thing is I put this on Instagram and Korto commented! It made Harper's night - she was thrilled!) 

I can hardly believe this girl is headed to 4th grade! She's so grown up lately.  

Our Bible Study gave us a free mothers day out on Tuesday - what a gift! I'm trying to get as much as I can done this week and next before I have three months with kids home 24/7.  ha! I'm excited to have them home but I also know there won't be much kid free time this summer to run errands or clean house.  I will have a clean house one day -right? 

We started swim lessons on Tuesday.  Harper isn't taking - she is just swimming while the other two learn.  She's a great swimmer.  Will Holden screamed for the first 15 minutes and laughed the last 15 minutes.  That's pretty much life with him. ha! 

We are headed to the beach in a few weeks and we can't wait! We go to Perdido Key and we love it there! You can read some of our past posts on the beach if you want to see some of our favorite places to go! 

Will Holden had an ice cream party at school today! He was so excited.  He's had such a turn around at school this year.  He has a lot of separation anxiety and it would take four teachers to take him in at the beginning of school and now he runs in and says " I LOVE school!" when we pull up.  It's just been SO good for him! He adores his teachers.  He kisses their hands when they hold his.  And he tells me he loves them.  What a blessing! 

We have a field trip and field day to wind up the rest of our week and then the girls and I are headed on a mother daughter retreat this weekend and I'm so excited! 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Weekend Roundup

Our area just had a new children's hospital open.  It was WAY overdue.  Our beloved audiologist in Little Rock cut back on working so it was a good time for us to switch to one in NWA.  We have checkups twice a year and we had one on Friday.  

It's crazy how mature and great Harper is at her appointments now.  We had a great appointment and her hearing hasn't changed in a year so we were thrilled with that news.  Our new audiologist was very nice! 

The new hospital is beautiful.  We are so thankful that all the kids in our area don't have to travel over 3 hours for visits anymore.  

I took Harper to our favorite pizza place in Fayetteville for lunch to celebrate a good report! 

She is always talking about how she would like to get macaroons.  (Or macarons - I have no idea which to say but I've never heard anyone say macarons).  Anyway - there is the most beautiful shop in Fayetteville so I took her for a treat after lunch.  She was thrilled.  

It is so rare for me to get one on one time with this girl and it's so precious to me.  She's growing up before my eyes and she is so kind and thoughtful.  

Friday night found us playing in the back yard for hours.  Eating tiny ice cream cones and jumping on the trampoline.  I love this time of the year when we stay outside until dark.  

Saturday Hollis had a tournament game.  We were hoping to win and get in the finals but the team we played seem to be professional.  ha! The coach and his daughter were European and they must have started soccer in the womb. ha! They CREAMED us.  But we had a great season and Hollis did so well.  She really liked it and I hope she will stick with it.  

Her best friend Kampbell was playing one field over.  Her team lost too so it was a disappointing day.  

It was a hot and beautiful day.  Hollis' soccer team had a celebration lunch at a pizza place after the game.  

How cute are the cupcakes her coach brought? 

Saturday night one of our favorite baby sitters got married.  I didn't take any pictures at the wedding but Harper took this of us before we left.  It was a sweet wedding.  

Sunday I celebrated Mother's Day at church with my family.  

I taught WH's class in Sunday School 

My kids picked my favorite Mexican place for lunch which made me happy.  And the restaurant even game me a rose. :-) 

It was a gorgeous day and I got to take a super long trail walk alone.  I listened to podcast and just enjoyed the weather and the outdoors.  

It got quiet and we lost Will Holden for a little bit and found him asleep in our bed.  I think all the late nights playing outside are catching up with him.  Just 2 more weeks of school! 

We think we can!