Friday, July 3, 2015

Highs and Lows Of This Week

This past week we have had some highs and lows.

High:
Last weekend we had the opportunity to go and spend some time at the lake.  Adam was able to get off a little bit early so we headed straight down to Ouachita.  We had the whole crew coming so we needed a party barge to spread all of my side of the family on.  Thankfully we were able to find one to borrow since none were available to rent all.weekend.long!  The kids were excited and we all had high hopes for spending the late afternoon on the water.  We arrived about 3:30 and thought we were headed toward fun times.

Low:
When we arrived at the party barge we new we had quite a bit of cleanup to do.  It was the boats first time out this season and we found more then a dirty boat to clean, there was a duck who'd laid eggs beside and inside the boat so we had to be careful not to make a little momma duck angry!   After we got her shoo-ed off, and the cracked duck eggs taken care of, wasps started stirring.  Apparently there was a wasp nest up underneath the steering wheel.  So I loaded up the littles and headed to the nearest gas station to purchase wasp spray.  It only took about an hour and a half to finally get on the water.  Here's the guys, finishing up…we were so grateful for the free "party boat" (as my kids like to call them) but we were a little disappointed that it took so much time to get on the water.
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High/Low:
We enjoyed about an hour on the water and had just started to get the junior skis pulled out for Peyton to try and ski when…CRACK…lightening struck and the rain began to fall.  We headed straight to the dock and pulled into the slip just as the bottom dropped out.  We spent the early evening eating at Shangri-La and enjoying some of Ms. Carrs famous pie.  We hoped that the rain would let up but there was no chance of that.  The power ended up going out just as we were paying and it didn't come back on til late the next morning.  Getting all the bags out of the car and into the cabin was a soggy experience, poor Adam was totally soaked to the bone.  With all the thunder, lightening and pouring down rain there was no way to leave the kids alone in one of the cabins so that all of us adults could gather to play cards and visit.  So the evening felt a little bit like a bust.

High:
Though the evening hadn't gone as we'd hoped, we did have fun. At the kids suggestion, we made a tent and Adam told a Bible story before we tucked them into bed.
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High:
Saturday we enjoyed a few hours on the water before we had to head home.
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Peyton was determined to get up on the skis, how excited we were to see him do it!  It was a lot of fun at the lake, though the time was too short.
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HIGH:
The Heart Hospital had a fun employee night at the Travelers game so we enjoyed endless popcorn, hotdogs and drinks.  It was a really great evening for baseball since there was absolutely no humidity. We were a family of seven that night (cause we were keeping a friends little one) but I must say the boys enjoyed watching the game and the littles did great as long as I kept the popcorn and hotdogs  coming!
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At the end of the night we ran into Lawson's teacher, we love Mrs. Dees!!
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High:
Ava Jane has been doing awesome with potty training, I'm truly hopeful that she'll keep up the good work.  Over the past few weeks she has been doing great during the day.  I thought this little moment, when she was watching her favorite show (Octonauts) while going potty then decided to take a picture of what she "produced", was super gross but too funny not to post!  This is just where we are right now!
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High:
A dear sweet friend came to visit from Northwest Arkansas.  All of us Momma's decided lunch at CFA sounded good, so here was our brood of kiddos.
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Low:
I neglected to get a pic of the Mommas all together. Boo!  Linds, I loved seeing you twice in one month!  We must do a couples night next time, it'd be so fun!!  Loved that our kiddos got to interact together!


High: We had the chance to go see the new movie Inside Out with some friends.
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Low:
It was a cute movie but it is really mostly sad.  It's such a taste of true reality.  And having moved a fair number of times in my adult life, I can totally relate to most of the feelings that the little girl had.  In the movie, at the touch of a button, the little girls attitude/feelings could change.  It would be so nice to have that kind of ease to change my own outlook on situations and circumstances.  To be able to adjust the levers or turn a dial on my emotions would be so nice, unfortunately, it takes much more self control than I'd like, in order to change my attitude or perspective on things.

Well, that's our week at a glance.  It's been a fun one, full of activities from the lake to the pool, the movies to the grocery store.  I was honestly glad for the rain that fell most of the day because it gave me a perfect reason to stay put and do a little catching up with my kiddos and my laundry!

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