Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Summer lunches and dinners

I love to cook.  Except for when it feels like one hundred degrees outside and the oven makes it worse.   That being said, we do a lot of easy summer night dinners in these hot months.  I thought I'd share a little of what I do, and then I thought I'd ask for your help.  If you have a few favorites during these months, will you consider sharing?

Before I start with the dinners, I will mention lunches.  My boys have never been the type to eat sandwiches for lunch.  Well, not when they were little, anyway.  Almost everyday, they like something hot to eat, even if it's hot outside.  I am not like this.  I will eat anything.  A few of their favorites are anything leftover, ramen noodles, chicken strips with homemade ranch dressing (equal parts mayo, sour cream, salt to taste and any other seasoning of your choice-I use taco seasoning-and milk drizzled in slowly while you whisk it until it's the desired consistency you prefer), taquitos, or chef salad here recently.  Now that they're all older, I do actually pack lunches for Graham and Jonah before they leave for work, and of course I do the same for my hubby.  Just in the past couple of weeks, I have been packing PB&J sandwiches for them, and Graham and Jonah both love them now.  They used to hate them.

Needless to say, mornings are slightly crazy and chaotic.  It'll be worse when Drew starts school again in August, because I also make him breakfast before he leaves.  I think I'm just destined to spend all my time in the kitchen.  I am not complaining...I know that all too soon, this will no longer be an issue.  I just hope that when Graham and Drew move out, they're able to make their own stuff.  Drew better learn how to cook quick!  He is spoiled when it comes to this, and has never been interested in cooking for himself.  Graham will be fine.

Last night for dinner, Todd and I ate tomato sandwiches.  This is the ONLY time I want my sandwich bread slathered with mayonnaise.  I like big slices of tomato, and then I use plenty of salt and pepper.  We also had BLTs one night last week.  I am pretty sure I could eat that every night.  Tonight it's taco Tuesday!  My favorite night of the week, when I participate in this.  ;)  With the tacos, we will also have black beans and rice and key lime pie for dessert.  My mouth just watered!  I haven't made a key lime pie yet since it's been hot. 

I've been using this easy recipe for lemon/lime pies for a year now, and it couldn't be simpler!  All you do is zest and juice the lemons or limes until you have 3/4 cup (the zest adds a punch and makes it look pretty), add 1/2 cup sour cream and 2 cans of condensed milk.  Blend it all together well and bake at 350 for ten minutes.  I use a store bought graham cracker crust.  You can top with cool whip if you want, but why? 

As delicious as this as COLD, you should try it warm and fresh out of the oven.  Drew prefers it warm, but I'll take it anyway I can get it. 

Tomorrow night or Thursday night, I am making a breakfast casserole and pancakes.  We may have baked potatoes one night.  And then another night or two, we can have leftovers. 

I make big meals way less, in the summer time.  What are your go to ideas for summer dinners?  I would love to hear from you, I am always looking for inspiration.  (Chicken salad, tuna salad and anything similar are not favorites for a few of the boys.)  Mom will be glad if you answer my question.  I call her often and put her on the spot when I ask her this question. 

Have a great day!  Love to all. 

Monday, June 17, 2019

weekend/Hello Monday

Some weekends are good.  Some are kinda blah.  Some are GREAT.  This weekend was the latter.  We kicked it off by seeing my dad on Friday for lunch.  It's been a couple of weeks since he's been over.  One week my sister was here, and I went to his house a couple of times that week, and then last weekend, I left to go out of town.  It's always good to see him, and we went to Popeye's for lunch. 

I'll stop right there for a second, and share some real life.  You know how you love your kids all the time, but some days you don't like them?  Anybody?  Well, it was that kind of morning with Jonah.  He's such a sweet guy most of the time, but some days he wakes up on the wrong side of the bed, just like most normal people.  I have no idea why, but I wanted Taco Bell for lunch, and he immediately disagreed.  Then I suggested a couple of other places (Pyro's or Five Guys), and he disagreed with those.  I recommended Popeye's and he was good with that one, because it's his favorite.  I also need a car wash in the worst possible way, and he hates when we go through that drive through kind.  Well, he may hate it, but he's not offering to wash it, either.  So on this day, he actually told me just to drive through the one close by us. 

I wanted to slap him.  I didn't, but I really wanted to, just to smack some sense into him.  I did tell him, in a not so loving way, that he was being a major pain in the butt and that he needed an attitude adjustment. 

Needless to say, when my best friend called me and asked me if I wanted to go see Aladdin, I jumped at the chance.  I decided not to eat dinner and to have popcorn at the movie theater, and she came and picked me up.  Of course, any time we're together, we talk about all the things, and then when the movie started, we sat mesmerized for two hours.

I cannot say enough good things about this movie, but I'll just say that it did not disappoint, not even a little.

There are a couple of scary and intense scenes, and I told one friend that her daughter may not like those parts, but other than that, it was phenomenal!  The music has been in my head ever since, and I added the soundtrack to my Spotify library.

On Saturday, my mom and I went to lunch and I needed to make a quick run to Hobby Lobby.  We did those things, and had fun together, as usual.  I took a very quick nap when I got home and then I picked up my dad for our traditional Father's day daddy/daughter date.  I picked him up, then we met Trish back here at my house.  It was such a great night!  We ate at our favorite Japanese restaurant, then we people watched at the outdoor mall, we walked around for a few minutes at Barnes and Noble, we drove by the local high school to see it for the first time since it opened last fall, then we got peach milkshakes from Chick Fil A and took them to a nearby lake to watch the sun as it lowered over Halle Lake. 

We topped off the evening by taking this picture...which isn't the best of any of us, but hey, at least we have to remember the evening with.

Yesterday morning, Toddley worked with the sheriff's department for the day.  He missed out on going to church, which I hate for him, but he wasn't gone as long as I thought he would be.  The rest of us went to church, then to lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant afterward to celebrate my stepdad.  The rest of the day was kinda lazy, and Todd got home around five.  We ended the lovely night by watching a new Netflix original movie, Murder Mystery, which Jennifer Anniston and Adam Sandler.  It was pretty funny. 

Does a holiday even happen if you don't post it to social media?  This was mine.  ;)

I have grand plans consisting of grocery shopping today.  Jonah went back to work this week, Drew's at work, Todd and Graham left, and now it's just Noah and me.  He's doing some work for my dad this week, so I know he'll be happy to earn a little money.  I already even know what we're eating for dinner all this week, which is nothing fancy, but will be delicious.  I don't like to use the oven much when it's hot outside.  One night we will have BLT's again (or maybe just tomato and mayo sandwiches), I'm doing a breakfast casserole and pancakes one night, and on another night we're having tacos with all the fixings that go with it.  We will celebrate my dad-in-love tomorrow night, hopefully, if they're able to come over, and then there is no church this week, because my church is doing Backyard Kids Clubs all over the city.  

And at some time during this week, I am going to tackle this shelf.

I have GOT to put these books back in order, according to author and genre.  It is driving me crazy all of a sudden.  I also plan on going to the library, and I really hope I can swim with my mom-in-love at some point, because it's been a few since I've done that.  

Thanks for reading!  Have a great Monday.  Love to all!  

Friday, June 14, 2019

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! 

I'm linking up with Andrea from Momfessionals, and her friends Erika and Narci, for this blog post. 

I know I did a similar post yesterday, but because I like link ups, I am still participating in this one today, and it won't be all the same stuff. 

First up on the list of favorites for the week are these cooler temps we've had all week.  This morning when I let the dogs out, it was fifty nine degrees outside! 

Unfortunately, today is the last day for this.  Tomorrow, it's back to hot and humid, per usual in these parts.

Speaking of these parts, will you help me pray for those in our city?  We have had an unusually large amount of crime lately, but on Wednesday night, there were terrible things that went on.  My prayer, like a friend posted on Facebook, is for the hearts of those here in the Memphis area.  The bottom line is that when things like this happen, like what took place on Wednesday night, their hearts are FAR from God.  I never post anything political or even somewhat controversial on this little safe slice of internet, and I am not starting that today.  But I will always ask you to pray for those in our city. 

I once heard Francis Chan talk about prayer and how people ask you to pray for things that may seem insignificant.  While I don't believe that there is no such thing is an insignificant prayer, he was suggesting that we just pray for what Ephesians three seventeen through nineteen says.  That is, that Christ would dwell in their hearts through faith, and that they would know the fullness of God's love.  (That is a major paraphrase.)  Our law enforcement officers and deputies and sheriff's department needs prayer (that includes my own husband and son, and the son of my friend who passed away in December), and families and friends affected by what took place need prayer, as well as the community in which it happened. 

Thank you, in advance. 

On a lighter note, I love looking back on apps that tell you what you were doing on this day in history a year or more ago.  I was looking at one such app yesterday, and found this picture from a family mission trip we took three years ago, to a Navajo reservation in Arizona.  We drove halfway across the country for what seemed like hundreds of hours, and on the start of our second day of driving there, we made a pit stop.

I had always wanted to see Cadillac Ranch, and when I realized it was outside of the town we spent that first night of traveling in, it was the perfect opportunity.  I'd love to go back, but I'm glad we all got to see it at least once.  For anyone who doesn't know, this is a piece of land with cars buried and standing up like this.  There are cans of spray paint laying around, for anyone who wants to commemorate that they were there, like Todd did with this above.  It was a fun little sight seeing opportunity.

Another favorite spot is when my friend and I went to Bentonville, Arkansas and visited this Frank Lloyd Wright house.

I loved being there and seeing that minimal, very simplistic and modern architecture.  I took pictures of the inside, too, even though we weren't supposed to do that.  I posted about the whole trip on Monday, so feel free to scroll down, if you want to read and see more.

Having painted nails is my favorite, and my favorite polishes are always by OPI.  Not only because of the cute names, but really because even Sally Hansen polishes from Walgreens are about the same price, but OPI polish stays on so much better, and I like the brushes better as well.  I have a whole box full of these, but I keep having to throw older colors away, so I have been replacing them slowly.  I bought this new color yesterday when my mom and I were out.  This one is called Just Lanai-ing Around, from their Hawaiian line from a few years back.  I even did a pedicure for myself, and I figured out a way to do that without hurting my fractured foot.  Toddley offered to do them for me last week, but I wanted to try one last way and it worked. 

Reading is my favorite, and so are Nora Ephron movies (like Sleepless In Seattle and You've Got Mail), and I plan on reading this book tonight.  I got this in the mail on Tuesday, after preordering it a couple of months ago.  Does Amazon recommend books to anyone else?  According to them, I'm going to love this.

These DW Home candles are my favorite.  I usually buy them at HomeGoods, but I found this one at Marshalls a couple of weeks ago.  I love the cute jars they always come in, and this one has a lid, which I also love.  This one doesn't smell as good as some of the other ones I've had by this brand.

I got a new pair of shoes yesterday, and I came home and put the one on.  (Rolling my eyes.)  These are quickly becoming my new favorite pair.  It is SO COMFY!  And it's the same height as my boot, so bonus.  (If it's not the same height, it makes my hips and back hurt.)  I had the boot off for a long time last night while I did my pedicure, and I can say that my foot is still definitely hurting and the boot is needed.  The last time I fractured the same foot and bone, it took right at eight weeks before it felt good again, and I know this time it'll be the same.  I have four more weeks.  (And the only time I take this thing off is when I go to bed, except for last night and one time before when I gave myself a pedicure.)

The inexpensive little Kroger bouquets of flowers are my favorite and they last for WEEKS.  These are two weeks old, or a little more than that, actually.  They're still going strong.  I just change the water every few days. 

This dog hasn't been my favorite this week.  He is crazy.  This is how he eats all his meals.  When we sit in there with him, blocking the other dogs from seeing or getting him, and he eats his food so slowly that it makes me lose my mind.  One piece at a time.  He is so cute, my little Chip, but he has acted like a punk all week.

Last weekend was my favorite part of the week, when Missy and I were here.  We had so much fun!  Of course, we don't need to travel to have fun and laugh our heads off, we could just sit in her van in my driveway, as she picks me up and drops me off. 

I am grateful for family, for friends God has given to me, and for times of laughter.  We shouldn't ever take ourselves too seriously, and my dad always says, "Don't be so heavenly minded that you're not earthly good."  I am definitely serious minded the majority of the time, but I do also know how to laugh and cut up and have a good old time.  The Lord gave us abundant life, the bible tells us, and He means for us to enjoy what's He has lavished us with. 

Thanks for reading!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Love to all! 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

a few things I love

I love reading or hearing about what people love right now, and things I may or may not know about.  I thought I'd share a few of mine, but I really want to hear from you.  This could be any category of your choosing, if you have something right now that you can't get enough of, share it with me.  (i.e.: books, makeup, hair stuff, a product, a new place to eat, flowers, you name it, anything goes.)

First up is this makeup that my niece introduced me to.  It's Limelife by Alcone, and it isn't very expensive.

I do not sell this.  But I know people who do, so if you want to try this out, let me know and I can put you in touch with a gal who can help you.  Here is the thing about makeup, though, at least for me: I don't really think you have to have makeup all by just one brand.  Before my niece gave me this foundation and powder to try, I was using Clinique color correcting foundation, and everything else was from a drugstore.  Now, I use Limelife for foundation and powder.  I don't wear a lot of either of those, so the stuff lasts me forever.  The cool thing is that it comes in these little metal containers, so when your foundation starts to run low, hold a hot blow dryer to the bottom or place it on a flat iron, and it will melt back down to where it looks full again.  There is little to no waste.  The foundation is light and does not go anywhere, and I do not have the time setting spray they sell, because in my opinion, it's just not needed.  I sweat like nobody's business, and cry actual tears most days, and still, this stuff stays put.  The powder is translucent, but I apply foundation, then blush, then a bit of the powder and it kind of sets all that I just applied.

Now that I have tried this makeup, I will never be able to wear anything else.  It's really good for your skin, and doesn't contain all the other junk that most other makeups contain.

Two things about this picture: one, I want to start getting my nails done again, because LOOK how good they look.  I am still doing my own and do a good job, but I miss being able to do this.  That stuff is terrible for your nails, though, and ruined mine, so I probably won't start up again.  Bummer. 

Two, is this Pop Socket.  I love mine!  I had this one for a long time, but it all faded from this to white.  I still have one, even on the new phone I just got a few weeks ago.  The thing I love about the Pop Socket is that it helps me hold onto my phone better.  I drop it way less, it makes it easier for me to hold, and it's a great stand to prop it up on when I watch a show on my phone. 

Nowadays, I buy all mine on Amazon.  Here's the one I have. 

Next up is quiet time related.  I always, always sit at the kitchen table, but with my back to the window.  Yesterday as I was about to sit down, I wondered why I keep my back turned away from the window, so I switched spots and sat here facing the outside. 

I like to sit at a table or desk for this, because I write a lot during this time.  I also feel so close to the Lord in nature, so I enjoyed this change of scenery, and I was less distracted.  Bonus. 

When I came home from Bentonville Sunday night, this is what I came home to find.

Drew was eating dinner, Alex (my bonus son) was here hanging out, and this is his little brother Carson.  LOOK at how precious he was.  He was thoroughly entertaining us by singing Baby Shark and asking all kinds of questions.  He is the cutest, most funny little guy, and I have loved watching both him and Alex grow up.  I've known Alex ever since he was Carson's age, so it's crazy to think how long he's been in my life. 

Hello, my name is Jennifer, and I love lipstick.  The brighter, the better.  Although I've actually been in a phase where I'm wearing more neutrals now than ever before, the other day, I pulled out my Revlon lipsticks and mixed a couple of colors together to get to this look.  I mixed a cherry red with a bright fuschia.  (Um, hello spell check, that word is NOT misspelled.)  In my personal opinion, when everything else on your face is neutral and you're wearing a plain top or dress, it's okay to go all out with a fun lip color. 

And lastly is this that I saw on Instagram the other day that I cannot get out of my mind.

Man, that hits home to me.  This is who Jesus is to me, my friends.  When I mess up, I go straight to Him.  When I'm happy, I go straight to Him.  When I'm sad and/or overwhelmed, I go straight to Him.  I envision myself sitting in His lap, pouring out my heart to Him.  I don't have big fancy words I say to Him, either, though I do pray His word back to Him a lot.  I just talk to Him.  He is always with me, because His Spirit lives in me.  There is nothing I can ever do that would separate me from Him. 

Other things I love that I don't have pictures of:

I am on a fresh flower kick and have been buying cheap bouquets from the grocery store.  The ones I have right now are two weeks old.

Avocados and soft boiled eggs.  I could eat them both everyday of my life, but for now, lunch or dinner will do. 

Fresh fruit and veggies!  I am buying tomatoes today from the grocery store and plan on eating tomato and mayonnaise sandwiches this weekend. 

Beach towels.  They're all over the place in these warm months, and no matter how many times I wash them, they still smell like sunscreen.  I love that!  It's baked in, it seems. 

Having my car accessible to me again.  Drew had to drive it for several weeks while his truck was being repaired at the body shop, from the wreck he was in recently. 

Spotify summer playlists.  I follow several and created a couple of my own.

This cool weather we've been having!  It is GLORIOUS.

Fries and friends.  Every single Wednesday night for the last six, I have done this with a few ladies from church, after our bible studies.  Last night was so much fun, because it allowed me to get to know a sweet lady that I sing in choir with, and don't get to talk with that often.  I love the whole older lady/younger lady concept of disclipleship.  I have another lady that I meet with as often as possible as well, and I love our times together just as much. 

Well, I am having lunch with Mom today, so I have to run.  Thanks for reading, and share whatever it is that you love right now.  I'd love to hear from you! 

Love to all. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

a bunch of random things on a Wednesday

(Thanks, Google, for your image.)

Happy Wednesday, friends!  I wish I had a fun or wise post for you today, but I don't.  I do, however, have a list of random thoughts and things rolling around in my brain that I thought I'd share. 

I took this picture above yesterday morning, but check out that forecast!  It is unseasonably cool here this week, at least through Thursday, and then the humidity and heat will start to come back.  I opened the door yesterday morning to let my dogs outside, and I was shocked by how cool it was.  At the time I woke up, it was sixty four degrees.  If my back porch were nice, I'd sit outside for quiet time, but it's not and I'm slightly scared of it, so I will just stay inside. 

Also, this post reminds me of the kind of house I came home to Sunday evening.  It was moderately clean when I came home, so I'm grateful for that, but it was dark and kinda stale.  When I'm at home, I turn a lamp on in the living room, I plug in these mantle lights you see in this picture, I usually burn a candle.  I like for my house to always feel cozy and inviting, even if it's just me at home by myself.  I like the furniture to be dusted, so I do this every other day because we have three dogs, and for the floor to be as hair free as possible.  I will say that someone started the Roomba, but it had gotten stuck by the time I came home, and there was hair everywhere.  I just ignored it all until Monday, when I cleaned and fluffed and freshened things up.  It's just funny how things are so different when I'm away from home.  This is such a prime example of men and women and how vastly different we are.  I am so thankful that I didn't come home to a messy kitchen, though.  That is my biggest pet peeve. 

My church family is still reading along in the New Testament reading challenge, and yesterday, we finished out the book of Acts.  I'm so excited about today's reading, starting in Romans!  If you're doing this with us and have fallen behind, today is a great day to start again.  We just read one chapter per day, so this week we will read Romans 1-3.  I love the book of Romans. 

Speaking of the bible, I'm also doing a bible study on the book of Galatians.  We are doing this together as small group leaders during these weeks of summer, then in the fall, the women in the church will be offered this same study on either a Monday morning or a Wednesday night. 

Yesterday was a happy mail day.  I pre-ordered this book a few months ago, when I saw the reviews for it, and that Amazon recommended it for me.  The actual description on the back talks about Nora Ephron, and I read in a review that if you're a Nora Ephron movie lover, then this book will be one you love.  Nora Ephron was the mind behind movies like Sleepless In Seattle, and You've Got Mail. 

It seems like it will be a fun and lighthearted read.  I'll read it and let you know what I think.  I've only finished one book this month so far, so I need to get to reading.  I picked up a book last night and it's not holding my interest, one that I had already started.  I'm probably going to put it down after last night. 

Other random things:

I'm looking forward to tonight!  Wednesday night church is something I love, and I always look forward to catching up with friends afterward. 

Drew is at orientation for his first semester of nursing school this morning!  I'm so excited for him. 

Jonah is off all week at work, and this has been an unexpected blessing.  I miss him when he's gone!  Noah and Drew are my quiet ones, and now that Drew's summer schedule has started at work, it's just Noah and me all day.  He is like his mom and likes the quiet.

Graham and Jonah made it back home Monday in time for dinner, and it is SO GOOD to have them back home.  They're my talkers. 

A Christmas miracle has occurred twice in one week, and we have all eaten dinner together at the kitchen table for TWO nights in a row!  I cannot remember the last time we all ate together before this week.  Last night we had two extras join us, and the Lord multiplied our food.  (I had enough for six and there were eight of us.)  We had no leftovers and just enough.

I am more on top of the laundry this week, than I have been in AGES.  The only thing in the hamper is the clothes everyone wore yesterday.  I love it when that happens!

Chip is on the struggle bus and has been a punk this week.  He is on my last nerve. 

Not helping said nerve is that for two nights in a row I've asked someone in the house who drinks coffee to make it the night before because I keep forgetting, and TWO mornings in a row, I've had to come downstairs to no coffee.  Not helping this even more is the fact that we have no k cups right now, so I have to wait on the coffee to brew. 

I'll stop with that last thought, because I need to get started on my day.  I also don't want to think too long about that last statement, because I don't want to be even more grumpy than I was this morning.  I need some time with Jesus.  If you know me at all, you know I mean that and don't say it flippantly.  It's been a busy morning, getting everyone out the door, so I am just now having a quiet house.  (I need it to be quiet, so I can better concentrate.) 

Thanks for reading!  Love to all. 

Monday, June 10, 2019

girls weekend getaway

(Warning: long post)

Goodness gracious, my friend and I sure do have some fun traveling together.  We have certain characteristics about us that most people don't have (meaning, we are weird while most other people are normal), and because of that, we travel well together. 

I'll give you some examples of this: we love being at home, so because of that, we don't like to overextend ourselves.  We might plan several things, but not many of them are set in stone.  There was one thing I really wanted to do on this trip, and one thing she really wanted to do, so we accomplished both and never complained or made fun of the other.  We also both love similar things, like Walmart and museums.  I am laughing as I write that.  And rolling my eyes at us both.  

We love good food, but we're not totally obsessed over where we eat.  I wanted to eat at different restaurants this weekend while we were away, but would have also been fine had we eaten at a chain restaurant.  I'm pretty low drama when it comes to food and can eat ANYTHING, although I did realize even more this weekend how much of a texture person I have become.  We are very similar in personality, so it's easy and non stressful for us to be together.  We're both introverts and have moments when we're serious and can be quiet, but on the flip side we can also laugh ourselves silly and do and say the dumbest and most funny things ever, and WE NEVER RUN OUT OF THINGS to talk about.  We listened to the radio one time for a few songs, and the rest of the trip it was turned off.  Seriously.  We talk all the time.  Even when we're at home, we do this.  There are times we may talk on the phone upwards of three times in one day.  

That being said, we know everything about each other.  And still love each other, in spite of it all!  

If you want to do this kind of thing and never have before, consider all that above when picking your person to travel with.  It wouldn't work well if you had one person who loved to relax at the pool if the other one preferred shopping.  And even if you're not exactly like, learn the art of compromise.  It's all about giving and taking when the opportunities arise.  Also, if you're not sure, start small.  Take a day trip together to somewhere not far from where you live.  Last year Missy and I made a trip to Nashville and back on a weekday.  (We already knew we traveled well together because of several youth camps we went on with high school students.)  Try a one night trip, if you can't do two nights or a week.  

We don't have the kind of money to go on some extravagant trip, but we can definitely swing (occasionally) a one night trip to somewhere pretty close by.  So far we've done Dallas, Nashville, Jackson Tennessee, and now Bentonville Arkansas.  Before that, though, we've traveled to Black Mountain in North Carolina and Daytona Beach in Florida together for youth trips.  There was also a two night camping trip with several teenagers thrown in, and an all night lock-in at our church with the high school girls,but we don't like to talk about either of those.  

Now, about our weekend.  There is a lady whose blog I have read for a whole decade (this is a theme with our trips), who lives in this cute little town, and when I started looking into us going there, I realized that just about everything to do here is free, all thanks to Walmart.  It's where their HQ is located, and we lost count how many Walmarts we saw.  All I can say is that now I really wish we had a Walmart Neighborhood Market.  We both had some ideas of what we wanted to do, so we put them to paper and took off.

On Friday night, we went to a baseball game!  I can't remember the names of the teams, but one was the triple A version of the Royals and the other was the same version of the Cardinals.  The Royals team won.  The stadium was small, but really pretty, and check out that sky!  And y'all.  It was like seventy degrees.  We wanted ice cream, but decided it would make us too cold, so we went with a funnel cake instead.  It was glorious.  The night, AND especially that funnel cake.  

Saturday morning we woke up kinda early and had our quiet times (separately, not together) and got dressed and I went to breakfast alone while she started getting dressed.  This is another of those things that works well with us~I shower at night and she showers in the morning.  I went to eat alone with my Instagram stories (tell me you love those as much as me) and then I brought her breakfast to our room.  We had a ten thirty appointment to see a Frank Lloyd Wright house, which I was totally fan-girling over.


It was beautiful and amazing, and basically every other thing I knew it would be.  I have loved his style of architecture for as long as I can remember.  I have also always appreciated architecture because of my childhood and a couple of people I know who passed on their love to me.  Inside photography was forbidden, but when am I ever going back here?  I took some pictures on the sly until I noticed the security guy following me around, so I stopped.

I love the symmetry of his architecture.  In that picture of the couch in the living room, the lines in the floor and couch match up.  I also love the minimal thing, and the simplicity of his design.  He worked to make the main thing the main thing, and that was family.  In his spaces, we learned that the inside of his homes were designed to bring family together.  That floating staircase was TO DIE FOR.  When we first walked in, it immediately reminded me of the inside of a bunker.  He used wood, glass, and concrete in all of his designs, and the glass was so that the outside could be brought inside.  Hence the wall of glass in back.  I wanted to go upstairs SO BAD, but we weren't allowed.  

Originally, this house was in New Jersey, but it was taken apart, packed, labeled, and brought here and reassembled.  Is that not amazing?  We were not allowed to touch anything, and you'll be happy to know I did oblige that rule, though my purse bumped into the wall three times.

This house is a part of the Crystal Bridges Museum, and all of this was free to the public, though to see this house, you do need a reservation.  

Because it was so hot outside at this moment, we flew through this art museum.  I did like the glimpses it gave us of the outside.  This spider thing was a giant exhibit outside the museum.  I took this picture for my friend Lori, who hates spiders as much as me.  

After we left the museum, we went to Walmart.  Imagine that.  We browsed the whole store, then bought lunch and had a picnic in my car at the HQ of Walmart.  That wasn't planned, but it was close by and there was good shade for us to sit under.  

After lunch, we headed into Springdale, where a used bookstore was that we wanted to go to, called Once Upon a Time books.  They had a great selection, but I only bought TWO, can you believe that?  Anytime I go into a place like that, it's like I get a mental block of authors I like, and can't decide.  Missy got more than two.  I'm laughing.  That's what she told her hubby, when he asked.  

This place is way better than McKay's, which charges more than the clearance price at Barnes & Noble.  (Seriously, I bought a book that would have been $5 at B&N, but they marked it up to $8.  No thank you, McKay's, never again will I visit you.)  This place, however, charges about $2 per book, maybe $6 if it's newer.  

We went back to our hotel to relax, and I took a nap. 

For dinner we headed back into Bentonville, and ate at this place.

We also toured the Walmart museum, which was fascinating, and I loved seeing Sam Walton's truck.

We walked around a Walmart Neighborhood Market, too, all before dinner.  After dinner we drove around looking at all the cute houses near the square, and even saw some deer that were not afraid of us.

Then, I think the highlight of our trip for both of us was The Buckey Ball.  And this isn't so much because of what this was, but because of what happened when we got there.  

This is a big sphere thing that lights up at dusk, and the darker it gets, the better the colors get.  For your comfort, they have these great benches to recline on, but the minute I sat down on it, I fell onto it and kind of slid into place accidentally, and immediately was struck with the thought wondernig how in the HECK I was going to get back up.

I am the least graceful person ever, and am currently in a walking boot, which is why I was near panicking.  But we started talking about this and laughing, and before we realized, the laughter turned to the inappropriate kind and we could not stop.  For almost a solid hour, we did this, while texting our husbands that we may have to call 911 or spend the night.  Turns out, it was way easier than we expected, getting up from the reclining position, and all that was for nothing.  

This thing was beautiful.  Once we stopped laughing to watch it more closely, that is.  

And, here we are.

The next day we got up and had our quiet times again and repeated the whole breakfast thing, and then we checked out at eleven and started the drive back home.  It was such a great weekend, and we will never forget all our antics and all the memories, like pronouncing ourselves the Queens of Tontitown.  We may have bought mood rings and light up princess wands.  I'm not saying for sure, but that really may (or may not) have happened.  I'll let you decide which.  

I'm looking forward to our next trip!  

Now to just figure out our next spot.

Thanks for reading!  Love to all.  

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