Monday, August 15, 2016

First Day of School in Conway

It's the first day of school in Conway.


Just kidding--the big kids were excited that school was starting (and I was too!!!).

Kindergarten starts an hour later on the first day.  Todd and I walked Anna to school (in the rain, 'cuz that's how Arkansas rolls) . . .

. . . took a picture with her at the photo op spot . . .

. . . got her bag and umbrella safely stowed, then left her happily coloring a picture.

Todd was pretty faked out when we left Anna at the school.  He kept saying, "Find Anna," and I realized she has been a constant presence in his entire short life.  It took him about half an hour to get used to the new order of things.  It helped when he realized that he now had sole access to the coveted toy stroller.

After school, Daniel arrived home with some big news: he lost a tooth the first day of school. :)

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Teacher Meet and Greet

This evening we attended the "Meet and Greet" open house at the kids' school . . .

. . . to deliver their school supplies to their classrooms . . .

. . . and meet their teachers.  Anna's teacher Mrs. Jolivette seems like a real sweetheart, and she has pretty awesome hair.

Incidentally, when you ask Anna to smile for the camera these days, you get an expression like this.  Soooo we take lots of candid shots or ask her to say cheese so she doesn't think about smiling.

Anyway, back to the open house.  We thought it was pretty fun that Daniel Hendrickson got assigned to Mrs. Henderson's class, even if she did get married during the summer and change her name to Mrs. Boogaerts (pronounced "BOH-garts").

Joy's homeroom teacher is Mrs. Buie ("BOO-ee").  That's right, homeroom teacher.  Fourth grade is when the kids start switching classrooms for reading, math, and science.  Joy thinks that's pretty cool.

Just four more days until school starts!  It's hard to say who's more excited--the kids or their mom. :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Pickles Gap Village

This morning the kids and I visited . . .

. . . a local tourist trap called Pickles Gap (nice rhyme, eh?).  According to legend, the place got its name because a German immigrant accidentally spilled a wagonload of pickles in the nearby creek. 

The kids sampled half the fudge flavors in the store before Joy bought some Cinnabon fudge to share.

We also bought some taffy for Daddy and a jar of their delicious Double Berry Jam . . . 

. . . then we fed the goats . . .

. . . and the kids rode a little merry-go-round.

Shortly before we left, Daniel and Anna found a little wall to walk back and forth on.  Every time they met up and blocked each other's way, they played Rock-Paper-Scissors to see who would step aside and let the other pass.

Monday, August 8, 2016

An Indoor Picnic and a Lucky Day

Joy proposed that we pack lunches and have a picnic outside today.  We were all set to go when it started to rain . . . 

. . . so we had a picnic indoors instead . . .

. . . then the kids took some random pictures with my camera.

Incidentally, some of you may know that I've been working really hard to get Anna admitted to kindergarten in our new town.  After months of effort, I finally got the news today that she can attend school this year.  Yay!!!

My dad has told me that in some Asian cultures, the number 8 is considered very lucky.  I'm not superstitious, but it makes me smile that we got Anna's great news on 8/8, a doubly lucky day.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Bark, Bubbles, and Beaches

Joy has volunteered to be her sibs' summertime science teacher for a day or two each week.

Today they examined tree bark and bugs . . . 

. . . tried blowing bubbles with some homemade bubble solution (which didn't work very well, but hey, it was fun to try it out) . . . 

. . . and made pudding covered with graham cracker crumbs and decorated to look like the beach.  What that has to do with science I'm not exactly sure, but when pudding is involved one doesn't ask questions.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

CTR Cookies

Joy's Activity Days group at church decided to make treats for the missionaries (and themselves) today.

Joy volunteered to make some cookies, and she decided to make pillowy sugar cookies in the shape of CTR shields.  She rolled out the dough, cut shield shapes out with a knife, then piped on the letters CTR (Choose the Right) after the cookies had baked.  I guess they were a hit, because there were none left after the activity.

Um, Joy . . . it is considered uncouth to eat icing straight from the piping bag.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Road Trip to Memphis

Today we took a long road trip (three hours each way) . . .

. . . to Memphis, Tennessee.

It was cool to see a Bass Pro Shop shaped like a giant pyramid (after all, the city is named after the ancient capital of Egypt) . . .

. . . but the real reason we went was to worship in the Memphis Temple, which is the closest temple to our new home.  Some friends from church kindly took our kids on a picnic at a nearby park while Phillip and I attended a session in the temple.

It was lovely feel the peace of being in the temple, and receive the inspiration that comes so readily there.

Before heading home, we stopped for dinner at Chick-Fil-A.  The three oldest kids spent several minutes at the indoor playground negotiating the most efficient and equitable order for them to use the slide.  Playtime is serious business, folks.