The Last Weekend of Summer

Yes, I realize there will be more weekends and yes, I understand that I shouldn’t be complaining because I’ve had the whole summer off while everyone else had to work, but I’m still going to make this weekend a big deal, okay?!

We really didn’t do much, which was perfect.  The weekend before school starts should be as relaxing as possible.  Every other day after this will be a whirlwind of grading papers, calling parents, and meetings.  Oh, and teaching English somewhere in there, too.  So, all I wanted to do this weekend was hang out with my family and try not to think about Monday.

The weather was amazing this weekend.  High’s in the 80’s in August?!  Thank you very much, Arkansas.  We’ll take it.  We took advantage of it and spent Saturday morning at the park.

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Who needs expensive playground equipment when you have rocks?

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Saturday was also Nani’s birthday and she wanted to eat at Hardin Farm and Market in Scott.  It was in the boonies, but so good!  I recommend the shrimp and grits.

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Bennett recommends the beans.

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Happy birthday, Nani!  We love you!

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I can’t say I didn’t think about Monday at least a few times this weekend, but overall, it was the perfect, relaxing weekend before the official first day of school.  I can’t believe school starts Monday!!  Ahhhhhhhh!!

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Museum of Discovery

We spent the morning at Museum of Discovery in Little Rock with Michael’s side of the family.  It’s been recently updated and I LOVE what they’ve done with the place.  There’s so many cool science and engineering related activities for kids to play around with, which is right up my husband’s alley.  I told him he needs to schedule a field trip for his robotics students this year.  They would go insane.  (You can read about his upcoming Robotics class here)

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We each took a turn lying on the bed of nails.  Surprisingly, it wasn’t too bad.  I’m not saying I would take a nap on it, but it was fun for a few seconds.

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I think the grown ups had more fun than Bennett with some of the exhibits.

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The museum has a room for kids 6 and under which is adorable.  Lots of room for them to run around and lots of things to climb on.

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This thing was so cool!  You would put a piece of material in the pipe and air would blow it all around and then it would fly out and float to the bottom.  Do you see the pink one floating down?  Bennett had so much fun with this one.

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They couldn’t resist pretending to be newscasters.  Thank goodness it didn’t get too out of hand.  We were at a CHILDREN’S museum after all.

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I really appreciate the push in society toward science and engineering even though it’s nowhere near my neck of the woods as far as teaching goes.  I think it’s important to produce people who know how to think critically and problem solve.  It just makes for a smarter student in all subject areas, not just Science and Math.  And that makes for a smarter person in the world taking care of us when we’re old and dusty.

Camping Out

This weekend was spent camping at the lake with my family.  When I say “camping” I really mean sleeping in an air conditioned RV with a stocked fridge and satellite.  You know, really roughing it.

Keagan spent the weekend looking through her dollar store binoculars Grammy bought for her.

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Bennett enjoyed sweeping the campsite even though he never could get it clean.  How frustrating!

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Both kids were on the lookout for trouble.

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Which Keagan responsibly led them away from.

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Plenty of games of baggo were played by everyone.

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We even found some ducks to feed!

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Then, of course, there was some tubing and riding around on the boat.  Keagan got a small taste of the Captain’s chair if only for a moment.  Gramps does not give up his power for long.

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Unfortunately, we forgot to put swimmer diapers on which resulted in some big ‘ol Beyonce booties.

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After all of that, Gramps had the right idea.

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