Monday, June 3, 2013

Miscellany Monday

Ah! good morning my friends! I have missed you these past couple of weeks.  I did manage to squeeze one blog post in last week, but other than that, it has been "all hands on deck" around here.  But, it's good to be back and I'll use this miscellaneous post to catch you up with the past couple weeks events in my life.  Thanks to Carissa for being such a lovely host each Monday.

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Hard work............
 
We spent a few days in Branson, Mo week before last and while there, we drove over to The College of the Ozarks.  I have heard about this college for years and knew that it was a place worth visiting.  So, we took the time to do that while in Branson.  It is no more than a 10 minute drive from Branson in Point Lookout, Mo.  It is called the University of Hard Work because every student (their enrollment is around 1500 students) pays their way through college by working on the campus.  They may work in the green houses, the kitchen where jellies and fruitcakes are made, the restaurant on campus, the gift shop, the lodging on campus, the regular kitchen where meals are provided for the students or any number of other jobs.  If you want to know more check out their website here.   
We had the most delicious lunch in the restaurant and celebrated my SIL's birthday.  They sang to her and provided a lovely dessert for her.  The food presentation, the wait staff and linens are all to perfection.
It was a lovely way to spend 3-4 hours and I highly recommend that you pay it a visit if you are in the area.  I don't think you will be disappointed. 

 Crystal Springs.......
From Branson we headed to Northern Arkansas where we went to The Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville.  This museum was founded by Alice Walton, the daughter of Sam Walton as a tribute to American Artists.  It sets on 120 acres that is surrounded by two creek-fed ponds.  It is a lovely complex and you can go here for more info.
My favorite two displays are the two men shown above.  Are they not the most realistic!  The man sitting on the bench was as real as real could be and all of us wanted so badly to touch him, but of course, it is "hands off."  The other man mounted on the wall was every bit as realistic except that he was so very large, like maybe a giant. They even had whiskers, and hair on their arms.  I have no idea how they were created or by what means they were created. But, they were captivating to say the least!!
  Memory Lane........
Our ultimate reason for this little getaway was to attend what was called a "Memory Lane Reunion" in Rogers.  It involved about 18 years of graduating classes from our local high school, from about 1955-1972.  They have a Facebook page and a couple of the gals took the lead in pulling this reunion together.  The couple, dear friends of ours, shown in the picture above, hosted the group at their lovely home on Friday evening.  As you can see, everything was to absolute perfection. There were about 35 in attendance.


Then on Saturday evening that same couple hosted us in their pizza restaurant. It was good food, good fellowship and  a whole lotta fun. There were about 55 in attendance that evening. I did not graduate from high school here, but I have been adopted by the "Class of 71" and feel very much a part of it.

 This was my "hot date" for the evening! ~big smile~

And then........
 We headed towards home on Sunday morning and arrived here around 2:00 PM.  Pulling in right behind us (literally) was our daughter and Grandson from Dodge City, Kansas.  Yep, I knew absolutely nothing about it (Hubby did)!  She had been in Ok. attending a family reunion with her inlaws and decided that since she was half way here that she would just come on and spend a few days with us.  And, once I got over the shock and surprise, I got into gear and we had a wonderful time.  I'll be sharing more about that in another post.

I leave you with this.......... 
Lea
Lea

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!

7 comments:

  1. Looks like a fun-filled vacation for you two! Love the photos. :)

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  2. look at that precious picture of your little prince!

    i love how much fun you and tommy have together. it's a sweet vision of how i want kelly and i's marriage to always be. you two haven't lost the spark... i see it in your pictures and read it in-between the lines.

    i also love all the adventures you have. thanks for sharing them with me here.

    love you sweet lady. xoxo!

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  3. Your daughter is so pretty. She looks a lot like her mama : )

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  4. My former brother-in-law and my nephew (his son) recently visited that same museum (on May 26) and posted on Facebook a picture of the man sitting on the bench ... included in the photo was my nephew peering down closely at the statue as if trying to determine if he was real or not.

    That High School reunion bringing together several classes sounds like a fantastic idea!

    What a wonderful surprise that was for you ... I'm sure you had a wonderful time ... and I can't wait to hear all about it.

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  5. I really can't believe those two men are not real!!! Especially the one on the right, that is amazing.

    Your beautiful daughter looks very much like her beautiful Momma :-)

    Hugs!

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  6. You have definitely been busy, but it looks as though it was the good kind of busy! How awesome that your daughter & grandson pulled in right behind you ... what an awesome welcome home! hugs

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  7. sounds like a busy, wonderful time! The man on the bench looks sooo real! Love the picture of you and hubby! Enjoy your day!

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So glad you stopped by and hope you enjoyed your visit. I love your comments and read each and every one of them and I always try to reply to them. Blessings to you this day!