Hi everyone 🙂 Monday has already come and gone. It is STILL rainy. It was rainy here all last week and I spent a rainy weekend in Arkansas. As I told you guys last week, my best friend’s dad passed away. Hubby and I left Friday after lunch to go be with her. I appreciate all of the sweet comments you all left. I’m sure she is feeling all the prayers.
We arrived Friday afternoon and checked into our hotel. In the car, on the way to Arkansas, I realized I forgot to pack a tie for hubby. When we arrived to Little Rock, we dropped in a close by TJ Maxx to pick up a tie. He got a nice black BCBG one with a brown plaid. At our TJ Maxx here (in Oklahoma), there is a HUGE red section for all clothes OU. Well, the TJ Maxx we went into had a few Arkansas shirts. That was so very exciting because we never get to buy Arkansas “gear” anymore since we don’t live in Arkansas. Hubby left TJM with two shirts and I left with two shirts. Mine were both from the little boys section. They are Nike and they were like $7.99 each. GREAT deal, yes. Yes, they are exactly the same except one is long sleeve and one is short sleeve. You must have options, right?
Allison was visiting with family so after TJ Maxx, hubby and I dropped into the Cracker Barrel….
Why Cracker Barrel? Well, my mom told me they have great “Arkansas goodies” 🙂 I’m sure the Cracker Barrel where I live only has Oklahoma stuff so I’ve not bothered to go check out their goodie store. Mom was right. Cracker Barrel did have some fun & unique things!!
I picked up these salt and pepper shakers 🙂 I have a thing for S & P shakers.
I also got these Christmas ornaments 🙂 They are our first Razorback ornaments! I LOVE CHRISTMAS!
This is the shirt hubby got at Cracker Barrel.
Needless to say, we are ALL set on Arkansas goodies. Though I’m sure I would snatch something if I thought it were cute!
After Cracker Barrel, hubby and I met Allison and her boyfriend, Kyle, for dinner. We ate at the always delicious Texas Roadhouse. It was so nice to have dinner with her. I had been yearning to see her for 3 days. Conversation was good yet heartbreaking. Dinner was yum. After dinner, hubby and I headed to the hotel and tried to get to bed early.
Saturday morning, Katie drove in and met hubby and I at our hotel. From there, we grabbed a snack at McDonald’s and headed to the visitation. It took place an hour before the funeral. Allison, as I’ve mentioned before, became my best friend in 2nd grade. Her brother (Marshall), is two years older than we are. I also think of him as a brother. I was SO thankful to see all the family & friends that surrounded them with love. I know it was an extremely hard day for them. I lost it several times and I just can’t imagine the heaviness in their heart. Hubby and I were just glad to be there for them. There were probably 40 people we went to high school with also there to support them. It was a beautiful service and Marshall and Allison’s dad is now in a beautiful, safe place.
There was a reception at Allison’s uncle’s house. Very nice of him to have us. Later in the evening, Marshall and Allison decided they wanted to get out for a bit. A large group of their friends joined them for dinner at a sushi restaurant. We had a really nice time. It was nice to see some smiles that I know didn’t exist for many days. Here are a few pics I snapped….
Allison and her boyfriend, Kyle
Natalie & Blake
Ashley & her date Mr.Kettle of Sake
We went to a bar called “Big Whiskey”…I found this art on the ceiling.
A quote on some glass…
There are no words for this…but the picture cracks me up.
Hubby & Kyle
Sunday, hubby and I went to lunch at one of our favorite pizza places with Natalie & Blake. By the way, Natalie is one of my besties that now lives in Jackson Hole, WY. I was pretty sad to leave Allison. I really would have liked to stay with her for a few days(weeks). I talked to both her and Marshall before I left. I think they know I’ll do anything for them day or night, rain or shine. It rained on us ALL weekend long in Little Rock. It also rained hard all the way home. I have super bad anxiety while riding/driving in a rainy car. I constantly asked hubby if he could see the road as he was driving. He always replied with “yes honey”… I know Allison and Marshall are encountering the greatest storm thus far and I know God will pull them through it.
I hope you all had a good weekend and a decent Monday. Mondays can only be decent, right? We had more gloom and rain. I think it’s going to last most the week. At least it is cooling off though. I am so ready for cool weather.
More soon 🙂
xoxo ~ megan