Thursday, August 9, 2018

15 Years Together

15 years ago today these two kids were in love with one another and super excited to stand before God and 400 of our dearest friends and family to make a life time commitment to one another.  It's been the best decision I ever made (other then asking Jesus to save my soul)!
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This young girl walked down the aisle to her high school sweet heart and made a decision to love and to cherish, in sickness and in health, til death do us part.
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The people who stood with us on that day are still the people we do life with and who still exhort and encourage us on our darkest days and happiest moments.
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15 years.  15 total months separated by the Army--9 months straight without seeing one another.  9 job changes.  6 moves.  4 kids.  2 1/2 weeks in the CVICU with Ava Jane's heart surgery.  Multiple ER trips.  Countless dinners and events together.  There's been laughter and tears, sickness and hernia surgery, fights and make-up sessions.  Adam has been my best friend--through time spent in Gods word and praying together...in the big decisions and the small day-to-day routine things of life, he has been and will continue to be the love of my life.  God tailor-made him just for me and I'm so thankful for the man that he is and that I get the spend the good moments and the hard ones with him.

Adam-I love you, I'm your biggest fan, your constant cheerleader and your life long confidant.  I look forward to time alone with you this weekend.  Thanks for loving me, for taking care of me, for supporting me, listening to me, holding me when I just need to be held and for helping me to loosen up when I get tied around the axle.  Thank you for your godly leadership and for your selfless sacrifice!  I could not love you more!   -Me xoxoxoxox (lets go back to the Dominican Republic!)
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Missouri Trip - Part 2

After the zoo in Springfield we drove back to Branson where we had tickets to the Dixie Stampede.  None of us had ever done it never, so we were all excited to see the show.   Emerson, our little cowboy-want-to-be, loved seeing all the horses, reading their names and finding out a little bit about them before the show started.
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It was a great dinner, with a TON of good ole southern food.  You eat everything with your hands, there are NO utensils so hand sanitizer is definitely a must!  The meal started with a yummy potato soup and cheese roll then followed up with a whole rotisserie chicken (for each person), a slice of tenderloin, a potato wedge, corn on the cob and was topped off with a GYNORMOUS apple fritter of which I ate the entire thing!!  We definitely made a memory and had a great time!
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When we left Little Rock on Wednesday we knew that Peyton had some breathing troubles going on. We'd been to the doctor and gotten another Albuterol inhaler and Prednisone prescription on Monday before we left to help clear him up, however, with all the horse dander, hay and dust from the Dixie Stampede, we had the perfect concoction for a major asthma attack. After doing all the breathing treatments, Rx medicine, cough medicines, etc...with no relief, we ended up in the ER about 3:30 that next morning. It wasn't exactly how we wanted to spend the wee hours of the morning but thankfully, the ER was fairly empty and we were able to be seen and get out of there within a few hours.  Once they gave him an updraft treatment, did a chest x-ray to rule anything out and gave him some kind of "pearl pill" that immediately calmed down his constant and continuous coughing, we were able to leave and rest for a few hours at the hotel.
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Thankfully Peyton and I woke up somewhat rested and ready to try to make more fun memories. After a stop at Walgreens for more medicines we headed to Silver Dollar City for a day of roller coasters and wet rides!
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I rode a lot of the rollercoasters with the kids, I did however, draw a line on the very last one and let the big boys ride by themselves...and they LOVED it!  I love these boys and their friendship, I'm so grateful they have one another to do fun things like this together.

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Gigi, Lachlan, Ava Jane and I rode in one hot air balloon while the bigger boys were in another.  Ava Jane and Lachlan thought this was a fun one.

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After a day of walking and riding, eating and drinking our fill of theme park goodness, we couldn't dare leave empty handed, so each one picked out what they wanted most. The boys went with guns (of course), Ava Jane, who has a stuffed animal obsession went with "Stripes" the white tiger, while Lachlan walked away with his much requested "big sucker"....all in all it was a perfect day.  A fun way to round out our summer.
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Thanks Mom and Dad for wanting to do a fun get away with the kids and for helping to top off our summer with a bang.  We love you!
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Trip to Missouri - Part 1

Last week while Adam was on business in New York, the kids and I joined my parents on a trip that they gave to my kids last Christmas.  They had been wanting to take the kids to the new Wildlife Museum and Aquarium done by Bass Pro Shop in Springfield, MO so we thought while Adam was away might be a good time to take the little trip.  On our way up, when driving through Harrison, we stopped at a tasty lunch place called Neighbor's Mill Bakery and Cafe.  If you've driven through Harrison, AR you know that there is not many options for restaurants, so we were thankful to have found this little gem....think La Madeline's without the french feel.
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There's indoor seating as well as outdoor tables for when the Arkansas weather is just right.
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We drove to Springfield and all enjoyed getting the grand tour of the The Wildlife Museum and Aquarium.  It is so well done, but you don't expect anything less from Bass Pro Shops.  The kids had a lot of fun seeing all the many exhibits and when I say this place is huge....I mean it goes on and on and on.
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There were some HUGE alligator gar and ginormous eel that the kids were pretty thrilled to see.
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There was a lot of history throughout the museum explaining Theodore Roosevelts desire to conserve  not only our countries natural resources, but also help maintain the populations of wild animals that live within the timbers of our country so that future generations get to experience those animals too.
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But Theodore Roosevelt was also into hunting and there was an entire room twice this size and on both sides of the room that were filled with deer mounts that he had shot.  (Lawson was getting upclose and personal with one of the deer.)
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The penguin exhibit was fun to observe because the little tuxedo-clad animals enjoyed performing for the crowd, waddling to the edge of the rocks, jumping off the edge and swimming around in front of the window.  It made for a fun stop along the tour.
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Literally there is an aquarium tank with 13 million gallons of water filled with all different species.
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In my opinion, the museum and aquarium were definitely worth the drive.  (Ava Jane enjoyed climbing up "into" the coral pretending to hold her breath.)
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This last little snippet is a perfect representation of how the kids felt about getting to see everything throughout the museum....they were mesmerized.
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We enjoyed dinner at Whole Hog and then hit the pool to get out the last bit of kid energy.
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The next morning we ended up having a little time to kill so we moseyed through the Springfield Zoo to see some more animal.
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Our first two days of the trip went fairly smoothly.  Part 2 of our trip to Branson will be up next.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Sweet Summer Time

We have taken full advantage of every opportunity to be at the lake this summer.  Its a place our entire family enjoys and I hope it stays that way for years to come.  Usually our trips are weekend jaunts but we were able to stay longer and the kids enjoyed every single minute of our time there.
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The boys liked playing king of the tube!
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While Gigi made for a great nap spot for Lachie-poo.
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My sweet little tribe.
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We try to do this at least once a summer.
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We did some fishing from the docks several evenings after dinner.
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Playing Mexican Train and eating lots of popcorn was how we spent our evenings.
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We took an evening sunset cruise and enjoyed the cooler part of the day.
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Sure was a lovely way to end a day!
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Dad and Adam took the big boys and went bass fishing on Lake Hamilton.  I'm pretty sure they had a great time catching those fish!
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I have been so grateful for this summer, for the fun times and the relaxing days spent with family and friends.  It really has been some sweet summer time.

15 Years Together

15 years ago today these two kids were in love with one another and super excited to stand before God and 400 of our dearest friends and fam...