This past weekend, we were able to drive up to Arkansas to spend the long weekend with Brad's parents. It had been way too long since we had been able so see them (Thanksgiving!), so this trip was long overdue. Brad was so excited to get out of the city and have some space to roam around, that I tried to pre-pack everything I could so that we could get on our way as soon as possible. Well, I made the mistake of doing this while he was at school, so that, when he loaded up the car, he didn't know where all the bags were. So we got everything...guns, underwear, dog, dog treats, dog toys, dog pen, even supplies to clean up after the dog. Well, it was about halfway to Vicksburg that we realized that we never loaded up the hanging bag....which had all of our nice Easter clothes in it. If this is any indication of what we're going to be like when we're parents, we are going to have a beautifully dressed baby...but we might only be able to remember to shower.
Luckily, we were spending the night with Brett and Laura Beth Williams, both of whom wear the exact same sizes as us. After a little freakout followed by some closet shopping, we were appropriately dressed to attend the Easter Sunday Service. So, we got to see the latest improvements on the Williams house and eat a yummy breakfast compliments of Laura Beth, but, before we knew it, we were on the road again.
We arrive in Arkansas and what's the first thing we do? Go skeet shooting and fish frying with the boys. Brad was sweet and let me use his brand new Remington 870 that he got for Christmas and his .22. Even though I'm not so great at shooting a moving target, yet, I was picking off some shotgun shells he set up on a log. I was so proud of my husband! After being a city boy for 6 months, he was outshooting the other boys!
The next day, we hid 850 eggs for the Eggstravaganza at First Baptist Church and acted as perimeters for the kids as they trampled through patches of clover in search of the neon colored prizes. After that, Brad did some welding for his dad and I hung out with Mrs. Carolyn. After dinner that night, we weren't super exciting. I gave the Dakota a bath and the whole family settled down to watch The Bucket List. I can see that post coming soon...
The next morning we celebrate at FBC El Dorado and came home to a tasty ham and plenty of sides. Brad's grandfather was able to join us, which is always a pleasure, and we exchanged Easter baskets. Unfortunately, we had to leave pretty soon after lunch, but Brad had to be at work at 5a.m., and we thought we should return Brett and Laura Beth's clothes on the way back.
Borrowed Easter Clothes
Six hours later, we were back at home, the weekend seeming like a whirlwind. I love holidays, what they celebrate, and the family time spent together. Brad and I are blessed with wonderful in-laws and are of the few that can say we honestly look forward to going home.