Sorry (again) for being so behind in blogging lately, but we are just go, go, going around here!
So get ready, this is a really heavy picture post!
One of the most fun parts of Arkansas was getting to go swimming with Marion. The first time, we went to Blanchard Springs.
Marion had a lot of fun with Abby
Look – piggies in the water!
The springs were great because the shallows were rocky and nice to sit on and let the littles play
While the big kids could actually swim out in the deeper waters
Marion thought the dragonflies on my shoulder were funny
She thought splashing was even funnier
We had so much fun swimming together
Yay for the springs!
The next day, we went to Norfork Dam. They have an area roped off for swimming, which was nice. It wasn’t as pretty as Blanchard Springs, but it was deeper and not as rocky. Plus, it was a two minute drive from the lodge, so that most definitely made it better than the hour drive to the Springs.
Marzi was in full on teething mode and had skipped her afternoon nap, so she was much more inclined to just kick back and relax.
The little waves in the lake were kind of fun for her (as was watching Laura swim)
Little sleepy girl
Morgan Jane gave us a look five years into our future…
Kisses for mama!
Do you like the random old woman in the background?
Don’t worry, we’re certified to perform water tricks
Chillaxin (did I even spell that right? Is there even a right way to spell it?)
We girls, and by girls, I mean Abigail, McKenzie and I boycotted anything longer than the drive to Blanchard Springs in favor of laying around at the lodge. Which didn’t exactly make for anything exciting to blog about, but did result in lots of pictures of our favorite activity of just visiting. Visiting, by the way, is something our family has made into an art form.
Mamaw and Marion
(who I know will message me on facebox and squeal, take it offffffffffffffffffffffff, when she’s sees I’ve posted it. But I’m not. I think you look gorgeous in this picture and I love it and so I’m leaving it. Plus, it’s my blog and I can do what I want. So neener.)
Uncle Donald and McKenzie, demonstrating that visiting involves lots of laughter
Marion, demonstrating that visiting involves lots of listening (plus, I just love the way she’s holding Mamaw’s thumb)
Visiting involves lots of snuggles (father/daughter ones are the best)
Papaw/granddaughter ones are pretty special too
And mama/daughter ones as well.
Cousin snuggles. Okay, all snuggles are good.
And we all have a fondness for puppy snuggles
And sweet LP
Visiting generally involves good natured rivalry. Like Dad getting whooped by Laura in Go Fish.
And it always involves silliness
Like trying to get all the grand and great-grand kids present together for a picture for Mamaw!
Marion even made some time to visit with Rover
And Rover visited with her
After the official reunion weekend, we (we being Daddy, Mrs Gail, me, Abby, Kenzie, Uncle Don, Aunt Janis, Uncle David and Mamaw) went back to the house in Arkansas and had another wonderful three days of visiting.
And some good white trash fun
Involving guns in the front yard.
Man, I love my family.