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.
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.