Monday, December 12, 2016

White Belt to Yellow!

On December 3rd, Jessica was able to test for her yellow belt in taekwondo!  She did a wonderful job and earned her patches, yellow belt, and her first white stripe on her belt.  She was excited to be able to advance to the next level.  
We will be taking a two month break from taekwondo as we prepare for the arrival of the new baby that is due on January 4th, our 20th Anniversary!  Jessica is hoping to pick up a few babysitting jobs from now until February so she can pay for her classes and gear that she will need to eventually buy.  It has been fun watching her and it is fun seeing her enjoy this class.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

November Birthdays and Friends

November was a busy month, but then again, what month isn't busy in this household??  At the beginning of November, we celebrated Joshua's 15th birthday!  I still can't believe how fast time has flown by!  He had fun as he was able to have his cousin and a friend come over and spend the night.  Lots of silliness and goofing around, but they sure had fun!
The following week, some friends of ours from back near Peel, came out for a weekend visit!  It was so nice to see them again, spend time with them, and reconnect!  The weather was absolutely beautiful, we couldn't have asked for a more perfect weekend.  Jessica was thrilled to see her friends and spend time with them.  We took them to the square and went to the Walmart museum...I know, thrilling...ha!  We then headed to one of the many bike/walking trails in hopes of finding rocks, in which we sure did!  There last day here, we took them to the Little Debbie store and the fun park the kids enjoy playing at.  It was a sad good bye, but we look forward to seeing them again!
It was now Jessica's 13th birthday!  We now have 3 teenagers in the house!!  She had a lot of fun as she had invited her cousin and two friends for a sleepover.  Completely different from a boys sleepover.  With boys, they were happy to play video games.  The girls??  First thing in the morning, they jumped on the trampoline, painted rocks, made slime, jumped on the trampoline again, went to a park to hide the rocks, came home and painted rock again...all before noon!!  Busy, busy, busy!!
As November came to an end, the weather was finally starting to cool down enough for us to enjoy a few fires in the fireplace, but for this preggo mama, it has been roasting me out!!  Haha!

End of Summer, Beginning of Fall

Summer was ending, but in Arkansas, it sure doesn't feel like it.  As we closed the chapter to September, October arrived nice and warm.  We decided to get out and go on some adventures.  The first adventure, of course, was to find some new parks in the area.  There are so many playground parks, walking trails, and bike trails, but we decided to first check out some of the many parks in the area.  The kids enjoyed finding new parks, but their favorite one is in Tonitown, which is sadly 20 minutes away.  There is a discounted Little Debbie store right there in Tonitown that we try to stop at once a month, then head over to the park.
We had the opportunity to meet some friends at a fun little pumpkin farm this fall.  There was a huge corn maze and because of the election season this year, they had a Trump and Clinton maze layout for us to go through.  It was pretty fun trying to figure out the maze, until a small group of kids ahead of us asked one of the staff for a clue...that pretty much ruined the rest of the maze for us since it was now a piece of cake to find our way out.  But it was still fun.
We recently learned of this new fun outdoor activity that was started back in July...a rock hunt!  People in the community paint rocks and hide them at parks or bike/walking trails for anyone and everyone to find.  You are to take a picture of yourself with the rock you found, or just the rock, then post the picture to the Facebook group, and re-hide the rock.  The kids have had so much fun with this that they love to paint rocks and hide them in hopes of seeing their rock posted onto the Facebook page!  Such a fun way of getting kids outside to have fun.
My sister in law had invited us to watch my niece in one of her soccer games.  On our way home, we could see the Bucky Ball, something we had never seen before!  So of course we had to drive over to it, which is near the Crystal Bridges Museum.  The ball changes to all different colors, so the kid enjoyed being able to sit back and watch the ball change.
The kids had fun being able to pick out their pumpkins and carve them.  It is fun watching Jenna as she is learning and discovering many new and exciting things!
Joshua had a mishap at one of the parks.  He was spinning Jessica and Jacob on the merry go round when he lost his balance and fell and hit his head at the base of the spinning merry go round.  It was a weekend and there were many people there at the park.  Thankfully, there was an EMT there who rushed over and helped Joshua.  We are so thankful that it was just a small cut and nothing that needed stitched!
October ended with the kids going trick or treating with cousins and friends.  Our older two boys stayed home to help pass out candy to those in our neighborhood.   I had taken the other kids over to my sister in law and brother in law's house since they have a bigger neighborhood and the kids made out great in the candy department!  We came home only to find out that not one single person came to our house even though we had our outside light was more candy for us!!  Ha