This weekend my eldest one had to do her SCUBA open water dives for her certification. The big event was to be held in Lake Ouachita, so we decided to make it a weekend.
Me, being a moron when it comes to Arkansas weather (I know, STILL! It’s only been like 18 yrs since I’ve lived here, right?) decided we should camp by the lake since “it will be cooler than it is in the city.” Ahem…
It was NOT. It was HOT! And the “neighbors” in the campsite across from us let their kids stay up SCREAMING in the bathrooms until about 3am, while they drank much liquor and talked very loud. (Needless to say the next morning we woke up to take E to catch the diveboat and proceeded to take down the tent and I started calling hotels.)
We rented a party barge for the day and took the boys out for some fun. Next visit I think we’ll take a boat and camp on the lake edge in the woods.
Leaving the Marina
Swimming with the Fishies
Jumping Off the Boat!
We hit the Mid America Museum and the Pirate Cove Mini-Golf (boys’ choices.)
Pirate Peg-Leg Just Hanging Out
Hole in One!
Eat at J’s Italian Villa if you are there! FANTASTIC! Hot Springs is a fun place. Lots to do for the entire family (museums, hiking, art galleries, hot spring baths, lake, race track…)
Ahhhh, Sunshine at LAST! What a beautiful weekend.
Cupcakes I made for Heidi’s wedding shower (photos thanks to Tony!) Flavors included:Vanilla Bean with Lemon filling, Chocolate Fudge with Vanilla Buttercream, Spiced Carrot with Cream Cheese icing, and Vanilla Bean with Amaretto Buttercream
Now I have to think about the wedding cake! (Actually it’s all I’m thinking about.) I am going to try some small trials because I wanted to do ruffles of fondant and haven’t done that before. I am not sure if white chocolate or fondant will work best…
We went to Hot Springs yesterday and had a great time.
(Except for waiting at Magic Springs for a long time again to get our season’s passes- THE SECOND TIME!) I had ordered our tickets on the phone and they lost our paperwork. This time we did manage to get our passes made and leave- we wanted to do it before the park gets busy for the summer.
We also went to the Mid America Museum (the purpose of the drive) and had a picnic out front. I didn’t want to leave the picnic table it was so sunny and breezy! We have really missed the sun in central Arkansas lately.
A tip for anyone interested: if you have a science museum nearby- join! We have really made use of our memberships. Most science museums have reciprocal memberships with museums around the world. A family membership at Mid America Museum is only $65 for a year, and includes 3 kids and 2 adults. We can go there (or the Museum of Discovery here in Little Rock) for free the rest of the year. If we go to Memphis for the day the Pink Palace museum is free, Children’s museum is free. In Dallas the Natural History museum is free! This Spring Break we went to the several museums in San Antonio for free. When we drove to California two years ago we went to places all along the way for free! If we had to pay regular admittance it would have been at least $65 each time. *We also join our zoo for the same reason.
J. watching the koi at Mid America Museum
Terrarium I made a few weeks ago and forgot to post a picture of! (Unfortunately it’s not doing too well now, going to have to change the plants already.)
Today looks to be a gorgeous day also! Hope everyone has a great day.
Also congratulations to my lovely cousin, Molly on her graduation from Texas Women’s University! We love you and are so proud of you!