We decided to load up the entire family.. Yep, ENTIRE family--Gaga, Papa, Shane, Lisa, My four peeps, Meme, Sandra, Michelle, Stephen, Alexis, Kelsey and Gayle. Lots of peeps ready for a fun filled weekend at Gaston's. If you don't know about this place, you should. It is wonderful!!!
Before we made it too far down the road Dad decided he needed to stop and fix a part on the motor home. It was a very important part as it holds the lock that pulls the Hummer behind the motor home. Yep, necessary stop. While he was trying to figure out how to get it fixed we perused other motor homes and the store. We made the best of the pit-stop.
I rode some in the motor home and some in the Ridgeline. We had a master plan to leave around 10ish and then stop in the tiny town of Alpena for lunch. If you are from NWA you are probably giggling at this and doubting there is anywhere to eat in a town with a population of 392. Well, you are probably right. We packed sandwiches and stopped at the local park. Across the street from the park is the most awesome concrete and wood carving shop ever. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures. Next time we roll up to Branson I will stop and get some for you. This isn't your average concrete and wood carving shop. I'm not real sure what an average one would be but this isn't it. It has a TON of Razorback pieces and a Sasquatch that is about 9 feet tall. Super cool and a must stop if you are traveling through Alpena, AR. Just don't blink or you will certainly miss it!
Papa is so good with Chaz and Chaz is quite the fan of his Papa. I cherish these memories of my boy driving with his Papa. I used to help my Papa drive his little motor home when I was small. I wish I had a picture to compare. Oh memories! With a little help of Instagram, I get to make them look like they are circa 1977
My brother loves the outdoors and was ready to catch a fish.
Kelsey got some one on one time with the boys.
Chaz retreated inside for a little color-time. This kid will be an artist. I just know it. He loves to color, draw, create things, etc. He is very, very artistic!
Love this picture of Lisa!
Gaga and Chaz went on a bike ride.
He had no clue until he hit the water.. "AHHHHHHH. IT IS FREEZING!!" *Bahahaha the evil momma laughed while sitting in her lounge chair*
Dane lasted all of 2 minutes, literally. If I would have known it was that cold I probably wouldn't have even put him in but oh well, he survived. Once he was dressed, I gave him to Meme to warm him up. He loves her so very much. Can you believe this woman is almost 86 years-old?? She wouldn't mind me saying that a bit BTW. She is amazing, youthful and very proud of her 86 years. That she should be!
I headed to check on the fishermen/women. Dad was in his full fishing gear..
He was pumped. He got to climb the GIANT ladder (his words, not mine) all by himself.
Separately, have you ever seen a white peacock?? I hadn't and I thought it was SO pretty!!
The bro and the Popsicle
Shane and Lisa also had to head home to meet her son who was in for a visit. The Hubs decided to go to the bank to fish one last time. Before I knew what was happening, I heard "T, grab Chaz and the camera. I caught a fish!" Chaz went running down to the bank to help his daddy real in a fish. When I got down there I was amazed. He really did catch a fish and it was big!