Hello, again, blog. I’m sorry that I have completely neglected you over the past several weeks. Since we arrived home on the 8th, we have been going non-stop.
So now I would like to take this time to sit back, relax and reflect on the fun time we had in Arkansas! Ben had several “firsts”! For the very first time he: celebrated Thanksgiving, bounced on a trampoline and played in the snow to name a few!!! He was very busy!! What a glorious time! Here are the highlights from our trip:
My mom made the trek to Springfield to pick us up! It was certainly a blustery winter’s day when we arrived. As we made our way across the airport parking lot to the car, Ben made little gasping sounds as the gusts of wind blew in his face. Here he is all bundled up waiting patiently while Jake installed the car seat.
Our first stop was grandma and grandpa’s house. Here’s Ben playing on grandpa’s knee!
The day before Thanksgiving we celebrated Candice’s 29th Birthday at Noodles, a very yummy Italian restaurant in Northwest Arkansas. Even sweet Baby Laci came out to join us for dinner! At the end of our meal, we surprised Candice with a tasty chocolate cake and ice cream dessert topped with a rather large firecracker thing on top! It was de-lish and quite sparkly might I add ! Happy Birthday, Candice, we were so excited to celebrate with you!! Here are some pics from the night (if Ben could have had it his way, we would have loaded up this Christmas tree and taken it home with us…he loved it!):
My sister, Jill, and her husband, David, hosted Thanksgiving out at their house this year! They were wonderful hosts and we had such a great day! Ben even got to sample the mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes! He loved them both!!
On Sunday morning we woke up early and little did we know that a BIG surprise was in store for us…a gift from Mother Nature…SNOW!! Here’s a clip of Ben and Jake trying to catch snowflakes!!
One evening Ben and I drove down to Greenwood to visit one of my best friends, Sonya, and her girls, Laynee and Raegan. We met up and had dinner at a great local diner. The food was yummy, but the company was even better. Sonya is one of those friends that even though I don’t get to see her too often, when I do we pick up right where we left off. We had a great time catching up! We always talk about how much fun it would be to live in the same neighborhood one day so that our kids can grow up together. I would love that!! We tried to get a group shot of the three, but it proved to be a little difficult. Here’s the best pic I got of the three of them together:
We also spent a few days at Opi and Omi’s house. As you can see, Ben got to sit on the Harley with his Opi…very cool! We also toured their new home to check out how things are progressing. The brick on the exterior is completed and the crown molding was finished the day we stopped by to visit. As you can see from the pics below, the cabinetry is going in now. The kitchen is awesome! I am always stunned by how amazing the view is from the back of the house too! It is looking good and we can’t wait to see it finished!
Ben and I also joined Candice and Baby Laci at the mall one afternoon to do some Christmas shopping. It was Laci’s first visit to the mall, but we know it certainly won’t be the last! By the time we got to the mall, unpacked the babies, strollers, diaper bags and toys out of the car, ate lunch, fed the babies and changed their diapers we had already spent two hours at the mall and had not stepped a foot inside an actual store. So we finally ventured off to Gymboree and spent about 30 minutes there before it was time to pack it all back up to leave. Ahh, how life has changed…but I wouldn’t trade it for the world! Thanks to our friends and family for making our time in Arkansas so wonderful! We look forward to seeing you all again IN LESS THAN A WEEK for Christmas!!