First, we met Anna, Aura, and Lavender Thomas at AQ Chicken on our way through Fayetteville. AQ is the boy's favorite F'ville restaurant because of the chicken, mac 'n cheese, and especially because of the toy chest near the front door. Aura and Rich became good friends through various homeschool groups and eventually through speed skating together. Aura is the perfect "third man" for Rich and Brennan's comedy act - it's like watching a Looney Tunes episode when the three of them are together, and they spend more time laughing at each other than anything else.
|Aura, Rich, Brennan|
|Anna and Lavender|
|Eugene designed this bridge that crosses the pond|
|Anna, Rich, Brennan|
|Sasha and Brennan. Brennan got tired of|
us taking pictures because the camera
|Sasha and Brennan|
|Malia, Rich, Sasha, Brennan|
|Anna, Sasha, Brennan|
Aly's a great friend who has been a huge encouragement to me in our homeschooling efforts. We met at the Treehouse co-op in Springdale during our first semester of homeschooling. Our kids hit it off immediately and so did we. Her three girls are awesome and we've spent many hours playing hookey at Chik-fil-A and Cambridge Park, but I honestly don't think I would have survived the first year of homeschooling if she hadn't kept me sane. Sasha is Brennan's first real friend that was his own age and enjoyed being around him just as much as he liked playing with her. I thought I took more pictures of Malia, Rich, and Anna but they're usually so busy running around it's hard to catch them.
The next day we headed for Siloam Springs, about 45 minutes west of Fayetteville. The last year we lived in NW Arkansas we were involved in a small co-op there called Imagination Village. It was headed up by our two favorite Treehouse teachers, Bay Greenhill and Joanna Reid. We have such great memories of just hanging out while the kids played. One of those rare situations where ALL the kids get along, and the parents enjoy hanging out too. We were able to make it to the monthly gathering for a picnic.
|Aura was also in Imagination Village for awhile, so they|
joined us for the picnic.
|Silvie and Brennan|
|Mosely Greenhill, Brennan, Stella Greenhill, Rich in the awesome|
treehouse their dad built.
|It was comforting to see the group together again and for the boys|
to be able to jump right back in like no time had passed.
Hopefully we'll see everyone again soon, or as soon as we can. If anyone's headed up north soon, give us a call.