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Jun 11, 2014 by

I got to spend Friday afternoon with some old friends and their kiddos. It was such a blast!

We planned on going to the zoo — but Mother Nature had other ideas. So with big thunderstorms in the area, we went to the Museum of Discovery instead.

Alaina thought the alligator skin was pretty cool

Alaina thought the alligator skin was pretty cool

Even the big kids dug the air tubes!

Even the big kids dug the air tubes!

Matt and Alaina make smoke rings

Matt and Alaina make smoke rings

Jami and Emma

Emma and Jami

Sara and EmJ

Sara reads to EmJ

Alaina lays on a bed of nails -- brave kid!

Alaina lies on a bed of nails — brave kid!

Alaina finds a hideyhole

Alaina finds a hideyhole

Alaina checks out some Sesame Street friends

Alaina checks out some Sesame Street friends

Madison and Jami

Madison and Jami

Madison and Jami

Madison and Alaina

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A quick visit with friends

Jul 4, 2013 by

My (2nd) college roommate Angela and her family stopped by to see us on Monday. This is a bigger deal that what it might sound like at first glance. You see, Angela, her husband and their little boy live in Wuhan, China. Her parents, who also stopped in, live in New Mexico. It is an understatement to say that I don’t get to see any of them very often, 🙁

I knew they were on a tight schedule and it would be a short visit, so Matt and I ran and picked up some BBQ from Whole Hog to make sandwiches with. I think Angela was quite happy with my choice — you just can’t get southern BBQ in China. 🙂

After eating, we tried to cram as much catching up into 3 hours as possible. Sadly, it wasn’t enough time, but it certainly was lots of fun! 🙂

Alaina actually shared her toys with Levi! I was so proud of her.

Alaina actually shared her toys with Levi! I was so proud of her.

Luvin and Alaina

Luvin and Alaina

Alaina and Luvin -- after we told Alaina to smile

Alaina and Luvin — after we told Alaina to smile

No, Levi isn't kissing Alaina. He was attempting to give her a hug though.

No, Levi isn’t kissing Alaina. He was attempting to give her a hug though.

 

Angela, aka Jane, and me

Angela, aka Jane, and me

Matt and Luvin

Matt and Luvin

One of many attempts to get the children to hold still for a picture with the dads

One of many attempts to get the children to hold still for a picture with the dads

Success!!

Success!!

 

 

 

 

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Christmas celebrations

Jan 4, 2013 by

Our first Christmas gathering was in early December with our good friends, Heidi (Margarita Mama) and Chris and Jenn and Nick. We agreed this year to do Dirty Santa with the adults and just buy individual gifts for the kiddos.

As always, we had tons of fun. Matt made us corn chowder and everyone else brought appetizers and dessert. Can you ever beat good food and good company? I think not.

I think the kiddos’ favorite part was unwrapping the presents. What do you think?

Heidi, Chris and one of the twins -- I can't see her pants to tell which one she is

Heidi, Chris and one of the twins — I can’t see her pants to tell which one she is

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Ava unwraps her Hello Kitty jewelry box

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Alaina digs her new owl backpack

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Aunt Jenn gets hugs from Kendall and Alaina

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Ava checks out her new rainbow ribbon

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Thanks all around

Dec 27, 2012 by

First of all, I have to apologize for not posting this week. Christmas (and its assorted activities) kept me hopping for the first couple of days and then, like many others in Central Arkansas, we were without power for a day. Actually, 26 hours, but who’s counting?

Power brings me to my first thanks. I have to give a huge THANK YOU to the workers at North Little Rock Electric Company. These folks have been working around the clock since Christmas to get power back up for the folks in their coverage area. While there are some houses still in the dark (and my heart realllllllllly goes out to them) the NLR Electric Department has really stepped up.

Next I have to thank some of our wonderful neighbors. On Dec. 26, Matt was driving me to work. Since we were without power, he and Alaina planned to stay with me at the office (thanks to my employers who didn’t bat an eye at extras) so they could stay warm. But first, we had to get out of our driveway. With deep snow and a low-slung car, that was easier said than done. We got stuck in a drift at the end of our driveway — half in and half out in the street. Oh, did I mention that we live in the middle of a hill? Needless to say, it wasn’t an optimal situation. Matt got out and attempted to push the car while I hit reverse and drive at various intervals. It didn’t work. Then our next-door neighbor came out to help. He and Matt were able to dig and push the car out of the drift. After that, my husband got me to work with no problems.

From work, I was monitoring our power situation. It was looking pretty grim. While on Facebook checking out NLR Electric’s page, I noticed a neighbor talking about playing in the snow. I was surprised to hear that she had power. When she realized we didn’t, Jamie immediately invited us over for dinner. Once there, she and her husband, Don, took great care of us. They fed us, entertained us (we watched The Lorax — really cute movie) and then pleaded with us not to go home. Their son, Nicolas, and Alaina also had a good time playing with each other. They weren’t so sure about the whole sharing thing at first, but by the end of the evening, they were buddies.

Since we felt bad leaving the animals alone, we resisted the allure of their warm house and trudged through the snow back to our house. On our way, two NLR Electric trucks passed us. I’m not kidding when I say I wanted to run up to them and hug them. The sight of them in our neighborhood at 9:30 p.m. gave us such hope that we would get power back in the next few hours. And we did.

First we went home and blew up an air mattress so we could all sleep in the living room, which is the warmest room in our house. (Also, thanks to Jamie and Don who let us borrow their air pump since our sweet Abby ate ours not too long ago!) Then we settled down — Matt and Alaina on the mattress and me on the couch. I won’t lie — the 51 degrees was a bit chilly. But wrapped up in almost every blanket we had in the house, we were all pretty comfy. Somewhere around midnight, the power came back on. I don’t think I’ve ever been so grateful for heat in all of my life. 🙂

This morning, Matt took me to work again. Since the temps had dropped during the night, I was a little worried that the road would be slick. Once again, I have to praise North Little Rock city employees. The roads on our route had been plowed, sanded and some of them had been salted. We hit maybe one slick patch on the entire drive.

So I have lots of thanks to offer up today. I am thankful for all of the hard-working people who left their families on Christmas to make life a lot better for others. I’m thankful for good friends and neighbors who offer a helping hand when others are in need. And I’m thankful for God, who put all of these people in my life and my community.

So what are your snowy weather stories? Has anyone stepped up during this wintery mix and made your day better? Or maybe you’re the one helping others out. Either way, I’d love to hear it!

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Fun times with Arkansas Women Bloggers

Sep 4, 2012 by

Wow, I have been so busy these past few days that I haven’t had a chance to post about the awesome time Moody Mom and I had at the Arkansas Women Blogger’s conference in Mountain View. Go here for Kristina’s take.

The conference was so much fun. We met some incredible ladies, got great tips on how to make our blogs better, picked up some serious goodies and just had a fantastic time.

I have to thank the awesome AWB team who put on the conference. Beth Stephans, Stephanie Buckley and Julie Kyle, plus Fawn Rechkemmer and Lyndi Fultz.

We met at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. If you’ve never been to the Folk Center — go! The cabins are supernice and quite affordable. There’s a pool — if only I’d known to bring my swimsuit.  The craft village is like a little walk back in time, plus it has plenty of activities for your kiddos. There is a ropes course and the food at the Skillet restaurant is super yummy.

I have to give a shout out to the great sponsors we had at the conference. Healthy Families from Arkansas DHS came out and educated us on how to have healthier children. I thought their presentation was fabulous — way to go Amy Webb and Melody Hubbell. 🙂

Country Outfitter gave away free boots to the bloggers in attendance. Oh my, those were some darlin’ boots — all the better for dancing the jig in. Petit Jean Meats fed us — oh yum. Who knew they had coffee cake — you gotta check that out! Ziploc gave lots of love (and freebies), while All You magazine handed out copies of their latest issues. If you haven’t read All You,  you should pick it up — available by subscription and at Wal-Mart. And one poor guy came out and represented Farm Bureau. I think he should be given hazard pay for being the lone man with 75 women bloggers. 😉

The whole weekend was a blast, but there were some definite highlights.

* Watching my fellow bloggers learn to dance the jig. I say watching because I’ve got no skills in that area.

* Watching one lucky blogger get engaged. Congratulations to Gina and Thom — read all about them here.

* Meeting Lela Davidson, a fellow blogger and author of Blacklisted by the PTA. Her book is a riot — and so is she. I can’t wait for her next one — due out in November.

* Meeting lots of awesome ladies and making new friends. Can you beat that?

I really didn’t get my camera out that much over the weekend, but I snapped a few shots. Enjoy!

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