Thursday, June 4, 2009


Natalie and sweet little Arden
Natalie and Sydney

Nathan and Jacob at SDC

The family at SDC

Tim and the kids on the log ride

Last Saturday we left for a short vacation. We were very blessed to have friends who gave us 4 guest passes to Silver Dollar City for a day. Another bonus was that we were able to spend the night with this family and their 3 sweet children. Our kids and their kids quickly hit off and had a great time together. On Sunday, both families made the drive from Harrison to Branson for a day of fun. Okay, I am not a thrill ride person, but I go for my kids and of course, Tim. We started off at the log ride and then they rode Wildfire - a roller coaster. Nathan said he was terrified and will not ride it again. Their favorite was Waterboggan - you get totally drenched. Good thing someone told me to have them wear their swimsuits. This was a great time of fun and reconnecting with some old friends. When we first met them neither of us had any children and now things have changed.

After the day of rides, we made our way over to Bentonville to see another set of friends. We were going to drive there Sunday night, but decided to stay the night in Eureka Springs. This was a good idea being I had a killer headache and was exhausted from being outside all day. The next morning we drove to Pea Ridge Civil Battlefield and visited the park and watched a movie about the battle that was fought there. Every year on the anniversary (in March) there is an renactment of the battle fought there. After this, we drove over to Bentonville to spend the night with some other dear friends, who also now have 3 children - 2 sweet boys and 1 precious little red-headed girl. She was Natalie's favorite! We enjoyed some time just visiting, the kids swimming and playing basketball and then dinner that night. We have know this couple for about 15 years.

On Tuesday morning we got up, had breakfast and drove into Fayetteville to visit the UA campus. We went by the Broyles Athletic Complex to look around in the museum. This is a highlight for Tim - being he is an alumni. Usually we walk around and he will show us his name in the sidewalk, but decided to head home at this time. We all said it is great to go away, but even bettter to return home. We are so thankful for our good friends and the hospitality shown to us.

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