Saturday, April 06, 2013

A hiking we will go

Justin, Kim and Katherine try to come see the rest of us that live in the lower 48 once a year, so they made the trip to Arkansas this spring. The kids and I were able to go see them, sadly ( or if you ask Joel, thankfully) Joel was not able to make the trip due to a VERY busy work schedule.
 We landed on Sunday night and the Northern most Lovejoy's were a little late, so Dad and I took the kids to get food and head home for a bath and bed. Justin and Kim are coming into the house and I notice something strange. Kim's tummy is a little bigger then the last time I saw her. My brother and Sis in Law are having a baby... in 10 weeks !! I am thrilled for them, but not very happy to be kept out of the loop. I will eventually get over it, but still... not cool on their part . ( and of course to make it worse they did not find out what there are having :) ).
   We had planned on going over to the Buffalo River for a few days. Sadly rain came and made things a little more complicated, but we decided to head up anyway. We arrive early afternoon on Monday and thankfully it was not raining yet, so we get out for a short hike. We went over to the Lost Valley. It was a very beautiful place and kids loved running around.

Walking with GrandDad

Granddad with the Girls!

Checking out an Old Tree
Happy to be out

After the hike we headed back to the house for dinner and bath. Lauren learned a new trick.... to get out of the pack n play, making my life more difficult, so after books we had about an hour and a half of her getting out of bed.
Books with Uncle
Books with Grammie

With it raining the next day we went into Jasper, AR to the wildlife museum. It was not to big, but a great distraction on a rainy day. The kids loved the animals and being able to run around.

Lauren smiling in front of an elk

Walking with the animals

Enjoying the display... trying really hard not to touch anything... but not being extremely successful

Had a nice lunch in town and enjoyed the afternoon and the rental house. The next morning we checked out the steel river before heading back to Hot Springs Village. 

Family Photo at the river - sorry no Kim since she was taking the pic

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