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Well, we sort’ve fell off the face of the earth for a while, but we’re back now!

We took a trip to Lake Chicot State Park in Lake Village, AR. It was a nice trip!

We had car trouble while up there, which meant our trip was cut short, but the weather was really nice. Cold. But nice.? We stayed in a cabin.? We drove to the closest Walmart, which was actually in Mississippi.? The bridge, in my opinion was scary! I don’t do bridges.

We all took a travel journal along, and we made notes about the drive to, the visit, and the trip home. We are only about 3.5 hours away, and I think we’ve decided to repeat this trip. Once we crossed the state line, at Ashley County, AR, the roads all seem to be littered decorated with cotton!

I’ve never, EVER seen this much cotton just lying on the ground.? I wanted to stop and pick some up for my journal!? I mean, it’s cotton… Arkansas cotton! I really wanted some.? Joe, my darling, sweet husband, did allow me to stop and get a small handful!

Oddly enough, just a few weeks ago, we learned that there’s a Chicot State Park right here in Louisiana!

We went on a Nature Trail while in Arkansas. It was really nice. It was the first time the whole family went on a Nature Walk together.?

We saw some very interesting looking trees, leaves, and plants!

It was so nice to be able to take school on the road! The girls got their own digital cameras to snap photos! Everything was more fun because we were doing it at Lake Chicot!

A few weeks ago, we had our 1970s party! What a blast that was!? To prepare, we listened to a lot of music from the decade! I thought it would make me hate all things ’70s, but it was actually quite awesome, err… groovy!

The kids got to make their own pet rocks and blue jean pocket purses. We danced, of course! We had our own version of the Soul Train Danceline. There was School House Rock on in the background (and most of the kids REALLY enjoyed it!)
No party at our home is truly a party without a game of musical chairs!? I love how creative the parents were with the outfits.? The 70s was a time where a lot of fashions crossed over, and it was evident at the party!? Face wore a dashiki and bell bottoms with black boots, Flower Picker wore a Peace Sign shirt with bell bottoms, and #1 Son wore a suit that my dad had from the 70s.? I don’t know why he still had it, but it came in handy! I even made a T-shirt for Joe (Keep On Truckin’)

It was a blast!? All the children are either in our congregation, or children of friends who are in our congregation!

Now, we’re back to school… we joined the Arbor Day foundation and our trees arrived last week. Tomorrow, we will be planting!? We received 3 Eastern Redbud trees, 4 White Flowering Dogwoods, 3 Golden Raintrees and a Crape Myrtle.

So, that was a lot to update, but, we did a lot!? I’m hoping the kids are as excited as I am to get back into the swing of things!

~Jackie 😉

3 thoughts on “We're back, and raring to go!

  1. Hey Jackie! Looks like you had a nice excursion! We did that recently in October when we drove down to Nashville which was only about 4 hours away.
    Thats funny about your story of cotton on the side of the road. I did the SAME thing one year when we were visiting my father in law. On the way home we were passing fields of harvested cotton with tufts of cotton EVERYWHERE along the side of the road. I forget exactly where we were at in LA. But it was like cane sugar harvest time down in New Iberia, only with cotton! So we stopped and gathered a bunch of cotton. I still have it and I am STILL plucking seeds out of it lol! {Did you know there is a colored cotton that grows? They have a green and copper/brown variety – you would probably LOVE it.}
    The 70s party sounded fun. Glad it went well. I recognized a few people. Tell Kate I said hello 😉
    Right now the boys are playing on our homemade skating rink. So I better go get some photos lol!
    TTFN ~ Jessica

  2. A 70’s party sounds like so much fun! We used to have alot more parties like that when my kids were young but it seems like our congregation is a much older group now and I guess they don’t want to remember the 70’s….lol.
    The kids really look like they’re having a great time.

    The outing looked fun, too. We have so many cottonwood trees in our area, northwest new mexico, and the cotton starts flying in June. Boy does it kick up my allergies.
    Marilyn in NM

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