Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Oh, Little Rock

Wow!  So much is going on and life is speeding by right before my very eyes.  
I have done a poor job at keeping at with the happenings of the Harris family the last few months.  We are smack dab in the middle of opening a second location of Bliss, our cupcake shop.  That in itself is enough to completely consume and wear one out but life always seems to throw curve balls making things even more exciting.  Just when we think we have everything under control, God gives us little reminders of our need for Him and He slowly reels us back into total dependence on Him.  But, I love to see how the Lord works and without fail, His plans are always far better than those we make for ourselves.
My parents are getting ready to move.  They are putting the finishing touches on a house that will be only fifteen minutes from us rather than three hours.  We are super excited to have the grands near by, but it is a little bitter-sweet since they are moving from the city I grew up in.  The house I grew up in.  
Cilla and I decided to make one last trip to Little Rock.  I don't know why, but I wanted to go back just one more time.  I slept in my bedroom one more time.  I drove by my elementary school one more time.  I took Cilla to the park that I played in as a little girl just one more time.  I have been awfully sappy over this transition considering I have spent very little time in Little Rock over the last few years.  We also had one more very important item on our agenda- to help Poppa celebrate his birthday!  It was a jammed crammed quick trip, but we had a blast.
When we rolled into town, Nana and Poppa had to be out of their house for a home inspection.  So, what better place to hang out that the Riverfront district?!?!  There is the best park and Cilla had the best time!  There is a tunnel slide that goes down a hill and Cilla must have slid down and climbed the hill 35 times!  I was tired watching her!
We walked over the river bridge.
We had a little "Rice and Beans", which is what Cilla calls all Mexican food, at one of my favorite local spots- Juanita's.
We had so much fun at the Riverfront park, we went again the next day.   Our main objective was to take in the Discovery Museum, but not without a picnic first!!!
Riding on Poppa's shoulders.  She's not spoiled at all!!!  Nope, NOT. AT. ALL!
Cilla loved loved loved the museum.  One of the first things you see, besides the toy store right as you walk in (genius, by the way!!!), is this enormous vacuum wall.  You put balls into the tubes and watch them go through.
Our determined little girl, trying to catch the balls as they came out of the tubes!
Look at that cute face as she saw herself on the TV screen.  Amazement!  One of her sweetest little friends has a daddy who is a news anchor here in our town and she thinks it is the coolest thing to watch him, but this must be the first time she has seen herself on screen.....and with fireworks in the background!
So much to discover.  
She literally had to touch everything!  I love watching Cilla explore and learn!  So much is still new to her and her wheels are always turning.  She is such a fun age.
She played til her little heart was content and her little three year old self was worn out!  And until this momma was worn out from chasing her around!
Trying to lift her own body weight.
Heading home.
These two are the definition of a MESS!
We went out for a little birthday dinner to help Poppa celebrate!
We made one stop to see mine and Flint's Sunday School teachers from Waco, who have since moved to Central Arkansas to work for Family Life Ministries.  We absolutely adore them and they were so dear and loyal through a very trying time in our lives.  It was sweet to see them and catch up.  I only wish I would have taken some pictures.  Cilla ate up the attention from their two kids and she loved playing with their Golden Retriever, of course!
This girl was itching to ride the street car around the downtown area, so we even fit in an evening ride.
I like to think I have trained her well, but Flint may think that he has to play damage control.  Our little lady is taking after her mommy and LOVES making lists!  Flint says I make lists for lists.  Now that is a stretch!
Here is Cilla's list of items that Nana needs for her new house!  Oh the things that go through her sweet little mind just make me smile!!!
We had such a fun "girls' trip to Little Rock.  Since we got home she has asked several times to go back and has told me on several different occasions how much she loved Little Rock.
I love my time with my girl and with Nana and Poppa!


Scott and Lauren said...

Was this last week? I was in LR Wed-Friday and swore I saw you driving but thought nah it couldn't be. Maybe I wasn't crazy after all.

His Doorkeeper said...

Cilla is such a doll and growing up so quickly! I have to say I am SO JEALOUS of your parents getting to move near you! I would move to NWA in a heartbeat to be near my girls if Hubs ever retires!!

Enjoy every minute!! I know your parents will!!

Kristen said...

I can so relate! My parents literally just moved last week. They sold their house after almost 30 years. But mine moved from 10 minutes away TO 3 hours away. My sister lives in a much nicer, hillier city so they wanted to be there. I'm kind of glad though - I think it will help me see my sister more, and for my kids to see their 4 cousins more. We'll see. But I'm trying not to think about never walking into that house again. Crazy.