Thursday, July 31, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
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Saturday, July 26, 2008
Here's Matt and I waiting in line at the flying fish for something to drink. The social was outside, and that summer heat in Arkansas was as you would expect. Thankfully, there are lots of places to cool off down in the River Market.
Give me a C-A-T-S
(It's the Cheerleaders)
One of my favorite band buddies, EstherGo check out Amy's blog for bunches of pictures!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Traveling was about what I expected. Mostly good times, with a few "get me out of this car seat" meltdowns that would last for a little while, but generally subside with some Little Einsteins, food, or a little lullaby. If that didn't work, then I would let my mind drift to a happy place.... All in all, they both did really well.
The beach was beautiful, and similar to what I remembered from 3 years ago traveling with Matt's family. There are still areas that are being worked on from past hurricanes, but generally it was a paradise only 8 hours away from home. Since we are the slightly stir crazy type (and easily sun-burned), we did some sightseeing as well. We took a quick trip up to Pensacola, and took a trip over the big bridge across the bay and ate at yummy Landry's. We also went to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, and Meredith was very excited because she got to feed goats, deer, a llama, and ducks. Of course, she loved to throw the food at the animals feet, where as the animals would have just preferred to eat out of her hand, or even just take the plastic cup away from her. If you are ever down there, its a pretty small zoo; but a nice change of pace from the beach scene.
Probably the biggest hit for Meredith was the city park. Lots of swings, slides, rings, and monkey bars made our little toddler a happy camper. I was trilled to get the kids down for a good afternoon nap one day, and finish reading my Between Sundays book on the condo balcony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. It's the small things that make this mom smile.
We also were fortunate to meet up with one of my dad's college friends on our way back to Arkansas. Lee and his wife Rhoda hosted a wonderful dinner for us, and we enjoyed getting to know them - and Meredith enjoyed going through all their little trinkets.
So, all in all - it was a wonderful vacation. I'll have to snag my parents camera to see if there are any other interesting pictures.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Russ enjoys having books read to him, and we really try to carve out individual reading time for our son. Sometimes this is easier said than done, but some of his favorites are Goodnight Moon, Corduroy, and Mama Loves Me.
Meredith is still enjoying many of her favorite books. These days she likes to recite the books back to you. Some of her favorites are The Potty Book for Girls, Tails, and Peek-a-Boo.
I am convinced that my kids favorite part of reading is getting to take most of the books off the shelf to find just the right book. Meredith has started a not-so-favorable habit of taking most of the books off the shelf and spreading them out on the floor. However, we are very thankful that our kids have an interest in reading, so I'm happy to spend a couple extra minutes cleaning up if it helps our kids learn.
On to my list of good reads. I started off the summer with Flowers for Algernon, and that is a "classic" book that I would recommend. The rest of my reading has been centered on Bible Studies and Christian writings. A group of ladies from church did a book study on the book Balcony People that was really good. A nice short book that discusses affirmers and evaluators in our lives, and how important it is to be an affirmer, or Balcony Person, in the lives of our family and friends. Another good one was Is That All He Thinks About? at the suggestion of this blog. It was a great book on intimacy, and I was really convicted about things in the entertainment media and how they affected my view of that 3 letter word. Let's just say that I now fast-forward through a lot of the soap operas.
Finally, my two current reads are Between Sundays and Refresh. Between Sundays is a Karen Kingsbury fiction book that I am about 100 pages into. She again does not disappoint the reader, and I think did an excellent job of captivating the reader early in this book. Refresh is a summer bible study book, that takes a look at several women and the struggles that they face. While most of the struggles seem more extreme than anything I may have been through, it does have good application questions and helps you to focus on the #1 thing - honoring and serving God.
What are you guys reading? Any good books I should reserve at my local library?
Saturday, July 12, 2008
First, a sprained ankle. Ms. Meredith knows that she is supposed to always sit on her bottom when going down the slide, however her independent spirit came out and bit her on the bottom -- or shall we say foot. The poor girl spent about 2 days doing everything possible to not walk on that leg, but, on a positive note, we did have a couple of successful potty training days. She is doing much better now, and thank you to all the friends that called and checked in on her.
I had a great time with 3 of my friends on Monday night - Jennifer, Kim, and Stephanie. We went to The Flying Fish down in the river market, and had a wonderful time catching up with each other. Girl's nights are FANTASTIC!
Yesterday, was Chick-fil-a's annual Cow Appreciation Day. The kids and I met Matt for lunch up at the Chick-fil-a in Conway and saw kids and adults dress like cows for a free meal. There were lots of creative folks up there! I loved the black socks pinned on for a cow's tail, and the kids that went all out and painted their faces black and white got into character well. Meredith enjoyed giving high fives to the guy in a cow suit. I guess next year we'll have to participate.
Today I was honored to help host a Bridal shower for a sweet high school friend, Beth. Beth is getting married this month, and I am so happy that she has found a wonderful man to spend the rest of her life with. It was wonderful to catch up with all my friends from Park Hill, and meet Ms. Gracie!
Going to get a new memory card now.....
Monday, July 7, 2008
Meredith helped me do a little cooking this weekend with some 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats. She got a little carried away with the sprinkles!
Another weekend flew by, and now we are starting another normal summer week. We ventured out to the pool this morning, and I'm sure we will make it to some of our other fun places (the zoo, the lake, and the park) later in the week.
I don't think I've mentioned it on here, but Matt started a new job last week. While its a little longer of a commute, the hours have been almost identical to his previous job as far as when he leaves and gets home from work and he is excited about his new position.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
They really outdid themselves for the reception. The Inn at Carnall Hall was filled with happy guests, and it was great to get to catch up with some of my sweet sorority sisters and their families. It's funny how you can just pick up with these gals like it was yesterday, even though so much has changed in our lives.
Meredith had a great time with her Dee Dee and Big Daddy. The Zoo and Chick-fil-a were the highlights of the exciting Saturday without her parental units. Thanks mom and dad for watching our energetic MerBear.