Friday, April 29, 2016

Cardiac Classic

Last Saturday, Adam road with 450+ cyclists in the Heart Foundation's, Cardiac Classic.  The Heart Foundation exists to impact knowledge, inspire action and motivate Arkansans to make their heart health a priority.
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We arrived early that morning so we had some time to kill. There was an artist who did a great job of depicting each of the kids in his caricatures.  (I'm thinking it'd be fun to have these framed and put them in the playroom.)
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We hung around and watched as they took off on the ride.  They started with the 20 milers, then went to the 50 and 60 mile riders.  They did a little warm up lap around Burns Park then headed for the route.
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A 91 year old WWII veteran road in this event.  If he can do this, I believe I could totally do it!  I think the Foundation will be doing a Family Ride next year, so be looking for the Head clan to show up for that!
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Here's some of the Heart Hospital's Administrative Team who road together, at least for the first 20 miles.
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How fun does this bicycle built for two look?  They road in amazing synchrony.
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It was a great day to be outside and enjoying the beauty of our state.  We left for a bit for Emerson's soccer game then headed back down there for the end of the ride.  The hospitals chef, Coby Smith, made lots of tasty goodness including 70+ pounds of delicious granola that was divine!
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The kids and I were proud of our cyclist who did the 50 mile ride and finished in 2 hours 45 minutes.  I'd say that's really good in my book!
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Friday, April 8, 2016

Emerson's First Soccer Season

Emerson has always tagged along for his other brothers games (whether that was baseball, basketball or soccer).  He has been wanting to play soccer for some time now, so Adam and I are excited to be cheering for him this time.  We are playing at Arkansas United with some friends that we know and others we're getting to know.

I'm pretty sure that Emerson is simply excited to be running up and down the field, since chasing his shadow, gazing at the clouds, and looking through his "binoculars" were all happening at different times throughout the hour long game--insert the winking emoji--I'll be sure to have him wear his sunglasses this weekend.  Five year old soccer never changes; its all about exercise, learning to pay attention to the coach and others on the team, as well as the obvious soccer skills (dribbling, shooting and stopping the ball).  Here are some pictures from his game last week.
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There was quite a crowd of ever enthusiastic family and friends helping to cheer on the kids.
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Lawson watched and cheered from his perch up on top of the extra soccer goals which have become a jungle gym of sorts, but this Momma's not complaining because it keeps half of my kids entertained 100% of the time.
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It was pretty breezy and cool last weekend so Ava Jane took advantage of a few quilts that a friend so kindly shared with her, isn't she a cute sideline cheerleader?
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Emerson's enjoying his first season of soccer and we're having fun watching him!  Tomorrow morning we'll be cheering on the Cheetahs again.
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Monday, March 28, 2016

Spring Break: Memphis Trip Day 2

Friday morning we went to eat breakfast at Arcade, a famous restaurant, where many well known people have eaten, including JFK.  Several movie scenes have been filmed there as well.  It's situated in what looks like was once a bustling part of the city, but now is a bit run down with old buildings full of character.  The diner began in 1919 but was renovated in the 50's and still has that nostalgic diner feel that serves a hearty breakfast and lunch fare.  We enjoyed our pancakes and omelettes.
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While we waited for our large table, the kids sat in the Kennedy's booth.  (Kinda cool, huh?)
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Arcade, Memphis

We left there and headed to the Memphis Zoo.  It started off brisk and breezy so we went straight to the sea lion show which was enclosed on the sides so it blocked the wind a bit.  "Callie" had many fun tricks that the kids enjoyed watching from balancing bottles on her nose to throwing frisbees to her trainer--she would dive and splashing on demand (or should I say, on click). The trainer emphasized how they use positive reinforcement with their animals by making clicking noises...I jokingly asked my friend, "wouldn't it be awesome if we could click our tongues at our children and with positive reinforcement, always get them to perform on demand?!"  Can I get an AMEN!
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We were a large crowd as we navigated the zoo with twenty kids and ten adults. We did a great job of keeping up with all the kiddos through the first part of our day but somewhere between the elephants and the panda exhibits we realized we didn't have Emerson.  The whole group pulled to the side and watched our other kids while Adam and I ran back toward the elephant area to look for him.  Adam spotted him first with big tears streaming down his face.  He was undone and grateful to finally see us.  It was only a few minutes that he wasn't with us, but I do believe that feeling won't soon be forgotten.  I think it was one of those moments when he got distracted by something and just didn't see the group moving...and Adam and I thought the other one had him...which made for a bad combination.  We were so grateful to see that little guy!
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I witnessed an animal I'd never heard of before, a Bongo.  It has brownish, orangey coloring with white stripes and antlers.  After we all Googled this animal to try and see what it was called, I learned that both male and female bongo's have antlers, which is a unique quality for sure.
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A lot of the animals at the zoo were alert and active which made the day really fun for everyone. When we got to the panda bears, they were munching on bamboo, walking around and looking oh so cute and cuddly.
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The grizzlies were by far the most fun to watch.  We went at feeding time and seeing them grab up the carrots or sweet potatoes and watching them scarf them down was pretty awesome.  We were standing right behind the glass and one of our kiddos was literally nose to nose with the bear!  Watching them rough house and "fight" was quite entertaining, both the parents and the kiddos enjoyed this exhibit!
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The Memphis zoo is much larger then the Little Rock Zoo and was really such a treat to experience the animals active and alert because sometimes it seems like the animals in LR always seem to be sleeping or inside their exhibit where we can't see them!
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We took a little break near the penguin exhibit, aren't they all such cuties!?
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The kids thoroughly enjoyed the Sting Ray's where we could feed and touch the fish, it was a first for a lot of us.  Ava Jane and Emerson were leaning over trying to feel their slimy, jelly-like bodies as they swam by and all of a sudden one of them flipped their little fin and splashed the fool out of them.  Emerson was in tears "cause I didn't want to get wet" and Ava Jane just rolled with the wetness.   Their reactions were totally different, she smiled a smirky wet grin while he decided to go pout near the sand for a bit.  I tried to warn him that wet clothes and sand wouldn't be a good combo but he didn't want to listen.  He fairly quickly changed his attitude, and smiled his sweet smile and went right back to petting the sting rays.
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And some how the clouds burned off, the sun began to shine and miraculously we took a group shot with almost every eye looking at the camera with a smile on their face!  How did that happen?  That has to be some kind of world record?!  Truly!  I love each one of these families and their sweet littles who are such good friends to my kids.  It was a great day spent together.  Spring Break ended on a high note and left us wishing for more days in our week off.
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