Ok, so I sorta have a little time right now (subject to come to a crashing halt whenever Emily decides to push buttons or want a bath) so I thought I'd try to give a quick report of our weekend trip to Petit Jean. God was smiling on us...you wouldn't believe the incredible weather, much needed after the LONG LONG winter we've had. And yes, I did attend the sunrise service which was amazing. If you've ever witnessed a sunrise at Stout's Point, you might begin to understand, but this was the best sunrise I've ever seen there (ok so admittedly the 4 other sunrises I've seen there were also Easters, but hey, at least I made it then!) and I didnt have on coveralls and I didnt need an umbrella and I didnt freeze. And the message was great, I love listening to Brother Bill (my preacher in my Arkansas days) you can just feel God there. And God used a glowworm stuck between a one year old and a wall to make sure I was awake enough to get there.
Hikes...we got to go to the foot of Cedar Falls. That was our first and only everyone (minus mother-in-law) hike. Later I had to tell the maintenance supervisor that I'm not sure how he did it, but I was positive that the trail had gotten longer and MUCH steeper in the last four years. By the time we got to the top I was sure I'm in the worst shape of my life and was questioning how on earth I'd ever done that trail four times in one day. But I was carrying a 17 month old on my back...that's all it was wasnt it? :)
When the rest of the family went to the submarine in Little Rock, EMily and I went to Cedar Creek. Was as amazing as I remembered, and Emily was a little trooper and walked most of it all by herself. She loved climbing up and down the rocks and would have gone up and down the same ones several times if I'd let her. We also put on our pretty dress to try and get some pretty Easter pictures since we cant really afford to go to Penneys right now to get them made.
And we drove around Red Bluff Drive.
And on Friday we went diamond hunting....we weren't greedy we left all the diamonds there for someone else to find:) Neal, Jill, Mark, Lauren and Andrew were seriously looking for diamonds, I was chasing Emily and Emily and Grandpa were having so much fun playing in the dirt. No diamonds, but some things are priceless!
So it was a fun trip, Emily did great on the drive considering how long she'd been cooped up in a car, and we took a couple pictures--see above post there are over 200 didnt feel like sorting through them, so you get teh good the bad and the ugly (that would be me at the end of Cedar Falls!).