After a total of 2500 miles round-trip and 7 states...we are back in Sunny Florida - it is SO good to be home! I can honestly say that we know the interstates and backroads of FL, GA, AL, MS, TN, AR and MO WAY too well!! Ok - I've most likely lost all my readers and you're probably already looking at my pictures...so I'll just move it on along. :)
Last Friday was spent with my parents...we hung out with mom and Mike at their home in Cherry Creek and then spent the afternoon with my dad and Judy in Maumelle Park. It was a beautiful day and we got to meet Ringo - dad's new Yellow Labrador....such a cutie! :)
Saturday was SUCH a great day (minus Rauly's temper tantrums due to lack of a nap!). Early that morning we headed up to Terri Lee's home to visit and then me, Melis, Kristin and Terri headed over to our college friends baby shower - Amanda and Jeffrey Thorton had a baby (Graecen Belle sp?) and she was such a cutie...their little girl is blessed to have them as parents! It was really fun to catch up with so many old friends! After Amanda's shower, we had lunch with the Hicks and then went over to the HU's Front Lawn for a photo op of our adorable kiddo's! If you look closely at Rauly's cheerleading outfit, you will see her little bottom cheeks hanging out...her legs were WAY too long for that costume! It was so fun to have Shep, Rauly and Kayden together - I love watching Melissa and my kids make memories together! We got to visit with my old college roomie, Kristy and her sweet family in the Heritage Inn briefly before the game began - she looked so good and her lil' Will is such a looker!! After that, we walked over to watch the Bison score touchdown after touchdown...ok, so the other team scored a lot of touchdowns also - but the only thing that matters is that HARDING WON! Chad and I ran in to so many old friends (like the Neals and the Siegels)and it sad to say goodbye to everyone! We left Searcy at half-time so that we could attend my highschool BFF's wedding in Little Rock - introducing...Mrs. Lindsey Swayne!!! Linz looked GORGEOUS - her ceremony was perfect as was the reception afterwards...and I was so happy to meet her sweet husband - I'm so happy that Linz married a Godly man who I know will cherish her always! Congrats you two!! One of the first couples we saw after arriving at the church was Justin and Shauri Phillips - their son Jace was the most adorable ringbearer...he is such a cutie!! It was so good to visit with Shauri (even though it was brief!)!! Throughout the ceremony and the reception, Chad and I got to visit with my other highschool BFF (Hayley McGuire Frye) and her hubby Jason - it was so much fun to catch up with her - I miss those girls!!
Sunday was spent at my childhood congregation - LRC - I got to sit with Rachel Smith and her new bundle of joy, Caleb, during the second half and afterwards got to laugh my heart out with Jennifer and Reagan Baber - omiword...our daughters are WAY too similar!! Rauly and Avery are so adorable but SO strong willed - we swapped stories for about 30 minutes...it was really nice to catch up with those girls! Sunday afternoon was spent with my dad and Judy and her children. I could go on and on about that afternoon, but I won't. God is faithful and He is good! It was a really good day!
Monday through Thursday was spent in Branson,MO with my mom and Mike. Rauly rode a horse for the first time - we were very impressed with her courage! Chad, myself, mom and Mike all played cards each night - we laughed so hard and probably had more fun during those hours then during any other time that week! Silver Dollar City was a blast and the Christmas parade Thursday night was definitely the finale! On our way back to FL yesterday, we were able to stop off in Valdosta and visit with the Hicks for a while - it was nice to not have any distractions and they were the perfect end to our trip!! :) Kayden is turning 2 today - Happy Birthday KAYDEN (I can't believe that!!!) and so we got to give her lots of hugs and kisses yesterday - I hate it that we couldn't stay for her party last night but I have no doubts that she was surrounded by TONS of love!!!
Well, if anyone read all of that, I will be forever impressed. Thanks for taking the time to share in our vacation - for those of you we got to see - it was GREAT to visit with you all...for those of you we missed - fingers crossed for next year!! :)