Thursday, September 15, 2011

My Ballerina Girl

Laney started ballet this week and really enjoyed it. I think my little ballerina looks adorable in her leotard.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sunday Picture

This is a picture from Sunday.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Vacation Days Continued

Afterward we went to Chad's favorite attraction, The Monster Truck ride. We had a crazy driver who made this lots of fun. I wish I had more pictures to post of this event.

On our last day in Wisconsin, we enjoyed the water park and went to the movies to see the Smurfs. I think I enjoyed this as much as the kids.

This is my last vacation post. After days 5 and 6 things went downhill for our trip. I ended up with food poisoning and am choosing not to remember the last two days of this vacation.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Vacation Days 5 and 6

Day 5 of our vacation was spent at one of my favorite attractions, The Wisconsin Deer Park. We were able to feed the deer from our hands. The kids were able to hug and pet them. It was a wonderful experience for all of us.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Vacation Day 4

On our first full day in Wisconsin, we visited the outlet mall. I was a little disappointed in the shopping. It could not compare to Dallas. The kids enjoyed the Disney Store but that was about the extent of our purchases.

We ate at a local restaurant called Sprecher's for lunch. It was great. They made gourmet sodas which were delicious. I had cherry cola and the kids had root beer. After lunch we headed back to the Great Wolf Lodge to play at the waterparks.

We ended the day with a round of miniature golf.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Vacation Day 3

We made the 5 1/2 hour trip from Des Moines to the Wisconsin Dells. This seemed like one of the longest days of our trip. We basically drove across Iowa which is filled with red barns, cornfields, and silos. We stopped in Waterloo for lunch at Popeyes. I was so happy to see sweet tea.

We arrived in Wisconsin in time to eat dinner at Buffalo Phil's. This is the restaurant that delivers your food and drink by train. The kids loved it!. We also had a couple of hours to enjoy the waterpark at our hotel. Let's just say we all slept well that night.

Vacation Day 2--Adventureland

We spent the second day of our vacation in Des Moines, Iowa at Adventureland. This was a really nice amusement/water park. Everything was really clean and we did not have to wait too long in line.

The kids favorite ride was the Frog.

Chad's least favorite ride was the Silly Silo. Apparently 30 is too old for spinning.

We ended the day with dinner at Uncle Buck's fishbowl grill located at the Bass Pro Shop. It was like eating in a large aquarium complete with a bowling alley. Sorry no pictures of this experience but we had a good time.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Vacation Day 1

We have returned from our long awaited vacation to the Wisconsin Dells. We had a wonderful time and took advantage of the cooler weather. While Arkansas was sweltering at 115 degrees we were enjoying low 80s. Our first day we woke up early and drove to Kansas City for lunch. The kids loved eating at the T-REx Cafe and making a Build-a-dinosaur.

We also stopped at Cabelas and shopped. Chad thinks he likes this better than the Bass Pro Shop. The kids and I enjoyed looking at all of the "stuffed" animals and feeding the fish.

Afterward, we drove to Des Moines, IA where we played in the swimming pool before calling it a night. The kids were so excited and did so well considering we drove a total of 8 hours.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Family Tree

I have found a new hobby to occupy the little spare time that I have after work and kids. I am working on our family tree through Ancestry. It is so much fun and I have found some interesting stories and people. Periodically, I will share some of this information on my blog.

Meet my 34th great grandfather, King Louis IV of France. He is related to me through my father's maternal side.
Louis IV (10 September 920 – 30 September 954), called d'Outremer or Transmarinus (both meaning "from overseas"), reigned as King of Western Francia from 936 to 954. He was a member of the Carolingian dynasty, the son of Charles III and Eadgifu of England, a daughter of King Edward the Elder.

He was only two years old when his father was deposed by the nobles, who set up Robert I in his place. When he was only three years old, Robert died and was replaced by Rudolph, duke of Burgundy. Rudolph's ally, a Carolingian himself, Count Herbert II of Vermandois, took Charles captive by treachery and the young Louis's mother took the boy "over the sea" to the safety of England, hence his nickname.
Charles died in 929, but Rudolph ruled on until 936, when Louis was summoned back to France unanimously by the nobles, especially Hugh the Great, who had probably organised his return to prevent Herbert II, or Rudolph's brother Hugh the Black, taking the throne. He was crowned king at Laon by Artald, archbishop of Rheims, on Sunday 19 June 936.
Louis IV fell from his horse and died 10 September 954, at Rheims, in the Marne, and is interred there at Saint RĂ©mi Basilica

Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer Fun

We had a great weekend. It has been really hot so we took a trip to swim at Lake Fort Smith. While we were there, we got to see a family of deer. The kids love spending time there.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Playtime with Mackenzie

Logan had his best friend/girl friend over to play last week. They had fun playing dress up and swinging. We had birthday cake ice cream for snack. I think that was mine and Mackenzie's mom's favorite part. I hope we can do it again soon.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Logan Helps

Logan helps his dad put on the new license plate for his truck. He loves to help Chad with projects.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Huston's Party

The kids had fun Saturday celebrating with their cousing Huston at McDonalds. He is now 4 years old. The highlight of the party was watching little Maylee 18 mths climb up the playset and decide she wasn't coming down. It took half of the party including Logan, Kristin, and Chad to finally get her back down :)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Last Day of Swimming Lessons

I am so proud of my two swimmers. Both have learned so much in their swimming lessons. Laney went from depending on floaties to swimming the length of Mrs. Kelly's pool. Here are a few pictures from our last lesson. If you notice, Chad works really hard at the swim lessons.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

We have Library Cards..

Saturday my children became official library card holders. Since Logan has really enjoyed reading this year in kindergarten, we want to continue through the Summer. Both kids joined the summer reading program and checked out books. We are going to have lots of fun reading together this summer.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


We attended our very first Rodeo Friday night as a family. It was extremely hot but we were still able to have a good time. Logan's favorite was the bull riding and Laney liked the dandies. We look forward to going again next year.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Swimming Lessons

We started swimming lessons over Memorial Day Weekend. The kids are loving it and learning so much. Logan is swimming across the pool by himself and Laney is swimming without her floaties. Both are improving from last year. Now if we could just put in our own pool...