Arkansas

We vacationed in the hills and caverns of Arkansas this weekend, so I am going to share some of our journey.

Awesome views on the drive. We took many scenic routes.

These are some pics of the caverns in Blanchard Springs.

This water was so gorgeous! It was completely clear, and there was a beautiful waterfall!

We had an awesome time lying on the beach watching fireworks, at Heber Springs. They said it was the biggest display in Arkansas this year, with over 20,000 people!

All the boats on the lake were lit up, and all playing patriotic soundtracks from the local station. We heard past presidents with words of such inspiration!
It was a great trip!

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Swallow Hard

Today, we went to the end of the year softball party. It was a pool party in a ritzy area, and I must say, I was overwelmed with all kinds of anxiety! I took my 8 year old and my 5 year old, and relied on some old advice. . . . Just take a deep breath, swallow hard, and do it!

I knew I couldn’t disappoint my little girl, but I sure did not want to go. So I started getting them ready about an hour before it started. I had made up my mind, maybe, I was going to do this thing, possibly.

I knew nobody. I didn’t know whose house it was, none of the names of the adults, I was a stranger. We tell our kids all the time, just go in, you’ll make new friends. Don’t be shy. So how could I opt out? We went, and the kids had an awesome time. They were back flipping off the diving board! I guess those gymnastics lessons are paying off! I sat nervously by the pool, but I didn’t self destruct. I was fine. I even talked to a few other parents who were very nice!

Lesson today? It’s probably not as bad as you feel like it is.

Apache wars: A Book Review

I requested this book because I am a homeschool mom, but I also love to read personally. This was a pleasure for me, and I related the stories and facts to my little ones, who happen to be studying Native Americans. As I have yet to complete the book in its entirity, I am skeptical about reviewing too soon. But I feel compelled to encourage others to invest in this as a part of your library. I read a chapter nightly, and then rehearse my new discoveries to my young ones. The stories are great. It is well written, with an abundance of facts. If you are interested in the specifics, you will enjoy this book. It could be used as a novel or text book, as it is easy to read, yet packed with information. It is very large, with 427 pages, plus 87 pages of notes. I would probably suggest a slightly older grade than my 3rd grader who is getting it second hand, but if you are willing to help, it is worth it.

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This is a very thick book

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Inside sleeve

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Front cover

I was given this book to review for my honest opinion by blogging for books

Apache wars: A Book Review

I requested this book because I am a homeschool mom, but I also love to read personally. This was a pleasure for me, and I related the stories and facts to my little ones, who happen to be studying Native Americans. As I have yet to complete the book in its entirity, I am skeptical about reviewing too soon. But I feel compelled to encourage others to invest in this as a part of your library. I read a chapter nightly, and then rehearse my new discoveries to my young ones. The stories are great. It is well written, with an abundance of facts. If you are interested in the specifics, you will enjoy this book. It could be used as a novel or text book, as it is easy to read, yet packed with information. It is very large, with 427 pages, plus 87 pages of notes. I would probably suggest a slightly older grade than my 3rd grader who is getting it second hand, but if you are willing to help, it is worth it.

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This is a very thick book

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Inside sleeve

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Front cover

My oldest One is leaving for camp today. It is bitter sweet. I know she has a great time and makes good friends, but at the same time, being a homeschool mom, I must confess I have a hard time letting go. My best friend, the Pastors wife of our church, will be staying with them the whole time. Why is this so hard?? I am missing her already and she hasn’t even left the house. It’s just a week. I will live. Right?

Last night she said, “Can I just stay here?” No, you are going to do great!

But now I feel so sad!

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Ugh, pray for me, boggy mommys!