Tuesday, September 02, 2014

HEIFER RANCH & LAKE SYLVIA: HIGHS & LOWS

Sometimes life surprises us.  On Friday we got a bit of a nasty surprise that changed our plans for this current week.  As a result, John decided to take off of work on Monday and have a fun day with the family.  At the last minute, we made plans with friends for a day trip outside of Little Rock.  If you are in the area, I can highly recommend these activities, because they are all within about 45 minutes and lots of fun for kiddos.    Here's the high/low run down.

Low:  We were going to meet up for donuts on our way out of town, but the donut shop was closed for Labor Day.  We stopped at a place that none of us would have chosen for breakfast and ordered food that no one was that excited about.  The kids did manage to choke some down.

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High:  Kids have fun doing almost whatever as long as friends are in the mix, and we pretty much had the run of the place.

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High:  We headed to Heifer Ranch where there was virtually no one except for the staff.  We started with a video that our children were actually somewhat interested in.  (Heifer is a non-profit based in Little Rock that does work internationally focused on providing sustainable solutions for those in poverty.)

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Right after the brief video, we got a golf cart tour of most of the property and animals.  We all fit on the golf cart, and the kids thought we were doing the funnest thing ever.

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We stopped to get closer to some animals, which was really interesting.  Our guide gave us lots of facts about how these animals can change family's lives.

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High:  Bella using her "Spy Goggles" from her CFA kid's meal of the day before to spot animals.  Also, the fact that she is still wearing her Cow watch from ages ago that no longer works since it went in the bath.

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Low:  Husbands who like to do slightly creepy photobombs.  (Kidding - it's pretty funny.)

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High:  After the golf cart tour, we walked through the Global Village, which has houses built to match what the homes of people in other countries look like.  It is a great visual to give kids (and adults!) some reference for what is normal in different parts of the world.

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(These houses reminded us so much of our visit to the village in Myanmar!)

Low:  Carrying twins that are sort of like squirmy sacks of rocks.  It really was okay, but not something I would want to repeat often.

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High:  After trekking through the Global Village, we found our blessedly air-conditioned vehicles and made our way to Lake Sylvia for a picnic lunch.

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Low:  The only downside to these portable high chairs is that I cannot keep Violet strapped into it.  Consequently, this is what she does during meals.

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High:  Lake Sylvia has a nice swimming area, and the kiddos and dads quite enjoyed their swimming time.

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Low:  It was fun until it wasn't.

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High:  All four of our children fell asleep in the car ride on the way back to the Rock.  We stopped for Snow Cones afterwards.  Also, Arkansas is gorgeous.  It's not called the Natural State for nothing.

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Hanging out as a family with great friends was really a treat - a happy surprise for our Labor Day!

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