Thursday, May 23, 2019

You've Got Talent

We had U for University day on Monday.  We love showing our Razorback pride! We are excited for our baseball hogs! We aren't big baseball fans but last year's world series turned us into them and I guess if it's the one sport we are going to be good at these days -we are baseball fans! 

Yesterday was Will Holden's last day of preschool.  You can tell by the shorts how much he has grown this year.  He's had SUCH a great year of preschool.  He has LOVED it.  He begs to go on the days he is off.  He's so excited about next year in the four year old class.  He's been telling everyone he sees about it.  

Yesterday morning Harper sang in the school talent show for the last time.  She has sang the last three years.  She wasn't going to try out this year but she had a teacher ask her to and so she decided last minute to try out.  

She did so great.  She sang "Goodness of God" by Bethel which is really her testimony.  It's just a theme song for her life.   You will have to go look at my instagram to see her sing if you haven't! 

She has had the SWEETEST teacher.  We both just adore her! I will miss her a lot next year.  Harper always has a special relationship with her teachers because of the FM system she wears.  She gets to hear a lot of things other kids don't hear! It's like a little secret she has with them and it makes her love her teachers more.  

I matched her today.  She was totally fine with it.  ha! 

Two of her best friends! 

I didn't cry when Harper sang (even though a lot of teachers did) because we had practiced together so much already and I was trying to film her.  But what did make me cry is after - a dad I didn't know came up to me and said "You must be so proud.  Thank you so much for letting her sing that song here at school." 

What has made my heart so happy is the great group of friends Harper has made this year.  She has always had a friend or two but she has really became close with these girls this spring.  And they will all be at middle school together! 

They ran up and group hugged her and told her they were proud of her! What a sweet moment! 

And today is 4th grade graduation - pass the tissue!!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Branson Weekend

My mother-in-law turned 70 this month and so we decided to meet up in Branson for a weekend and celebrate.  We left Friday after school and got up there.  Branson is less than 2 hours from us.  We stayed at a real nice condo in Reed Springs (right outside Branson).  

We ate at a whole in the wall pizza place and it was SO good.  We had the friendliest waitress and she loved Will Holden.  She kept messing with him and WH has Never met a stranger and is never shy but she was embarrassing him and he wasn't as friendly as normal.  Harper wrote her a letter and left it for her.  I got so tickled by it.  

We had strawberry birthday cake back at the condo that night.  

We took a golf cart tour of Lost Canyon at Top of the Rock next to Big Cedar.  I have heard a few people doing this and it was SO much fun.  

It is INSANELY beautiful!!!  The ozarks really are a beautiful place to live! 

We took two golf carts - Scott's parents and Harper in one and the rest of us in the other! 

I mean! So pretty! 

You don't have to stay at Big Cedar to do this.  There is a small cave to go in too! 

They say it takes about an hour - but it took us about an hour and a half.   We stopped a ton to take pictures though.  

We went as soon as they opened so it wasn't crowded but there were a few other people out there who took pictures for us! 

It's not a cheap tour but it was worth it.  We didn't want to do anything cheesy in Branson and we wanted something both 70 year olds and 4 year olds would enjoy! I highly recommend.  I bet it would be beautiful in the fall too! 

So many waterfalls.........

We headed to Big Cedar next and ate lunch and looked around.  Big Cedar is beautiful too if you ever had a chance to go or stay.  

Laurie and Steve love doing this mountain coaster so we decided to try it next.  Hollis hated riding with me because I'm a chicken and wouldn't go as fast as she wanted.  ha! 

Will Holden loved it! 

It started pouring down rain in the afternoon but we braved the weather to go to Cantina Laredo.  It's my favorite restaurant and it did not disappoint! 

Sunday morning we had to leave the condo at 10 and we ate a quick breakfast and then Scott's parents had to get on the road.  We decided to stick around for a while and not rush home.  We went to the Disney store at the mall and looked around and then rode go karts.  

Hollis is always my partner.  I tried to go faster on the go karts for her.  We ate lunch at Landry's and it was good and then we started home.  

There are a lot of fun things to do in Branson.  It's a great little weekend trip.  

Monday, May 20, 2019

It's Gonna Be May

We are packing as much fun into May as we can.  It's been so busy but also so good! 

Will Holden had a field trip to the park last week.  They got to play and have a picnic and I got to be there! He was SO proud! They made these tie dye shirts to wear.  I had fun visiting with the other moms and watching WH have fun! 

I ran into Walmart one night to grab a few things to work on a school project and as I came in - the manager was yelling out "All our computers are down -we can take cash only".  Luckily I hadn't put one thing in my buggy but there were people everywhere with full carts looking confused.  I had to leave and go to another store but first I ran into one of my best friends and we had to have a good laugh at how we all depend on our cards.  

The second grade always does diorama projects after studying all the symbols of Arkansas.  Hollis picked to do hers on the AR state insect - the honey bee.  So we worked on it as a family and helped her! 

It turned out pretty cute! 

Will Holden got to have his friend Colt over to play.  (Do you see how dirty his feet are?)  I took them to a couple of parks and to eat lunch.  They had so much fun playing.  

Thursday night, Harper had middle school preview night.  She has been so excited about going to middle school.  Our middle school is 5th and 6th grade.  It's a big change because they change classes.  And in the 6th grade they get lockers - that's what she is really ready for! ha! 

I can tell she is aging.  I envisioned us walking together - just the two of us - holding hands and looking at the classes.  But she took off with her best friends and was racing around and I just followed.  She has a lot of great friends that will be with her so I'm excited for her.  

She signed up for middle school choir! It's going to be a good year! Meanwhile - Hollis was playing in a semi final soccer game so we had to split up and Scott went with her.  She won and scored a goal! 

Friday was Field Day.  Harper's grade had it in the morning and Hollis in the afternoon.  So I dropped by for about an hour for each session to see the girls.  

So thankful for all the good friends they made this year.  It was HOT and they had a great time! 

We picked them up from school and headed to Branson for the weekend! I will share about that tomorrow! This is the last week of school and it's PACKED full of stuff!