Thursday, July 10, 2008

Just Life

The last few days have been pretty uneventful around the Horton Household. Life has just been happening. Derek worked a 17-hour work day yesterday, so I was busy, busy with Evan and Ella Grace.

Today, we rested up. Derek and I actually took a nap while EG was down for her nap. It was wonderful, but I always end up feeling guilty when I do that thinking there was something I could have gotten done in that time. I never sleep that sound anymore (well, since I had kids). I guess I always have an ear open in case one of them calls me. However, I slept hard during my nap today, so I guess I really did need the rest. Anyway! This afternoon I ran an errand and drove by the newest retailer in our little community.

We recently got a Wal-Mart Super Center about six miles from our house, and now we have a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market about three miles from our house. Soon, they are opening a Super Kroger (ever heard of that?) next to this Neighborhood Market. We don't live in a very large city, so I am worried that these companies think it is a city that will grow a lot in years to come. I am thankful for the conveniences, but I sure don't want us to lose our hometown feel.

Tonight Derek took us to eat at one of our favorite restaurants, The Marketplace Grill. It's a little bit of a drive from our house but so worth it. I discovered this salad the last time we were there, so I ordered it again. It is called "Chicken Berry" and it has lettuce that is covered in grilled chicken, bacon bits, strawberries and cashews, and is served with a blueberry dressing. It is delicious!

It was difficult to get a good picture of Evan because he was busy doing this. I really can't blame him! :)

Ella Grace sat for the first time in a booster seat in a booth and she did great. However, she was a little sassy putting her sandals on the table and not appreciating it one bit when I told her to stop. She thought she was big stuff with her newfound independence! She is so funny now when we take her picture, saying "cheese" and moving in with her little head to pose.
So funny!

After dinner, we went to buy some shirts for Evan's new school uniform. He is going to be too, too handsome! I am so excited. I have had the best time shopping for the uniforms and look forward to buying all his little school supplies and his little backpack. I'm a geek that way, but I can't help it. It's just true Leigh Ann-ness, plain and simple!

On our way to dinner, we got some sad news. Former, and very well-liked, Arkansas Razorback quarterback, Matt Jones, was arrested on felony charges for cocaine possession. He now plays (now probably formerly played) for the Jacksonville Jaquars. I'm sad for all the kids that looked up to him and are STILL wearing his jersey with his name and number on it. I wonder if Evan was old enough to understand this, what I would tell him. This is a reminder to me to get prepared for conversations such as this. It's amazing to me those that are considered to "have it all" seem to throw it all away and let so many other people down in the process. Maybe the pressure is too much? I don't know. When I hear about things like this, I also think of how disappointed and hurt his mother must be. I just can't imagine. Why is it that sports stars and actors are put on such a pedastal and not people that really make a difference in the world? Sometimes, it seems like the world's perspective is upside down.

Nothing like your head shot for the stat book being replaced with a mug shot. I have a feeling he's not as proud of this picture.


Meredith said...

We like the Neighborhood Market in Bentonville. OO that salad looks delish! I'll have to try it sometime! Aww that is so sweet of Evan hugging his daddy! And Ella Grace and you too! And I am just sick about Matt Jones. I can't believe awful!

Candy said...

Fun! Okay, so what is WMART N-hood market? Your salad does look yummy! Evan and EG are both SO sweet!! We love school uniforms. :) Just wait till that first day of school!! Evan will look all grown up in his uniform!!

Rachel said...

I am so jealous, I want a Neighbor named WalMart...we just have Kroger. Our town is so strict about wanting to stay "small town" they won't let hardly anyone build. Glad you guys had a good weekend.

Kelly said...

I was so sick yesterday over Matt. I have several large pictures of him in my office because I adore him - but I think I will be replacing those with someone else.
Yeah for Marketplace - it is so good! Have you had their flaming cheese dip? YUM!
Oh and Evan in a cute uniform - so fun!

Angela said...

17 hours? Bless his heart. That was a long day! Love the picture of you and EG...too cute! Oh, I envy that Evan gets to wear school uniforms. Hayden's school is the only school in our parish that gets to wear clothes...just my luck :0).

Let us know about the Super Kroger. That interests me!

Megan L Hutchings said...

I am so happy to see you posting again ;)!! I have missed you so...even though it has only been two

I am so proud of you for taking that much needed and deserved nap! Web always reminds me that I need to take care of myself if I want to take care of my family. So true but so hard to do. Your salad looks absolutely delicious! Anything with strawberries on it, is yummy goodness in my mind!

Girl, I absolutely agree with the upside down thoughts of our society. Men bouncing a ball get paid millions while my giving husband who teaches makes pennies...GRR! I LOVE sports but I think the pay is a little much!

Can't wait for our surprise!!!

Betsy said...

That's too bad about Matt Jones!! It is so disappointing to hear things like that. We don't have any Marketplaces here in Charlotte, but it sounds so yummy! If I ever visit Arkansas, I'll have to try it.

I can't wait to see Evan in his uniform! How cute will that be??

And I LOVE Super Wal-Mart!! You can just do all your errands at one time there!

Laura said...

I loved the pics of you guys eating out! We don't have that restaurant here so I would love to try it one day because that salad looked GREAT!

I can't wait to see Evan in his uniform! We can swap pics because Alise will have to wear a uniform this year, too. Can you believe a three year old wearing a uniform? Ugh! But I know she will be so cute! As for that a Janie & Jack outfit she had on? We have the same one!! It's gettin' kinda scary how alike we are, Leigh Ann!

Sorry to hear about your star player. Lord knows Bama has had their share of "incidents" these past few months! It is so disappointing when a hero messes up! It just changes everything.

Meag said...

Wow - nice post! First, that salad looke amazing and I am starving right now... I think my tummy just growled from looking at the picture - I could almost taste it!

I am so disapointed with athelets do immature and irrisponsible things. It's a reminder that they are just human and everyone makes mistakes, but it is such a disappointment because they are looked up to by so many! Reading your post made me think of it from a mother's perspective... just gives you a lot to think about. How sad.

Oh, and what is a Walmart Neighborhood Market? I have never even heard of that!?!

LOVE YOU A GOOGLE... said...

That salad looks YUMMY! Maybe we should go there for a GNO! :) or just add an extra GNO just to go have salad. I am so sad about Matt Jones, mostly because Ethan just LOVES him. Jack and I have avoided talking to him about it and he has not seen the news. We are not sure what to tell him. I just hate it! Glad you had a great day. How is the Neighborhood Market? I have not been to it yet. Can't wait for the Super Kroger! :)

Heather said...

I'm glad you got to nap. Naps are one of my most favotite things. That salad looks so good. It's making me hungry and I just ate lunch ;) And, the drug thing. I don't get it either. Why do people want to destroy their lives?

Julie said...

I so like our WM Neighborhood Market better than the actual WM Supercenter. It is smaller and you know exactly where to find everything. But occassionally Bryan and I like to go to the local "hometown" grocery store just because we like the feel of it!!

Rachel Wheat said...

Thanks for visiting me, leigh ann! I look forward to getting to know you better. Cutie pie kidlets!!

His Doorkeeper said...

That salad looks sooo good! You are lucky to have a choice of places to shop. We have WM or WM!!

Sweetest picture of Ethan hugging Derek! That is a keeper!

The Matt Jones thing is a nightmare, isn't it? I feel sorry for his parents...just disappointment when he could have had the American dream. Life lessons should be taught and learned thru this!

Amy said...

I am JUST like you! Luke is starting 2nd grade this year, so this will be my third time to get to buy uniforms and school supplies! I had to run into Wal-Mart quickly the other day (we got a new Super Center in our neck of the woods-yeah!) and I saw the new backpacks, lunch boxes, pencils, notebooks, etc. getting stocked and I almost squealed! I LOVE IT! Last year, when I took Luke supply shopping it was funny. I would give him all these choices. "Do you want the scissors with the blue handles or the purple handles?". He didn't say this, but he was like, "Whatever, Mama...I don't care". It was so funny! He could tell I was having TOO much fun!

Leigh Ann said...

Matt graduated from the high school where I teach, and i also am a good friend of his mom's...she taught with me too. This drug thing is the result of something much deeper, they really need our prayers right now, Matt, Paula and Steve his dad. Oh, and you look famaliar from OBU, what was your maiden name?

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Leigh Ann,

I read the news about Matt Jones while in Arkansas, and it made me SO sad. I liked him so much.