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Happy 4th of July, y’all!

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Wow, this past week has been crazy!!

The Hubs has been put on 60 hour weeks at work, so the one day of the week he is home, this is what I see:

John Reynolds in the garden

I spent the last two days doing up crock pot meals.  Man, what a lot of work!  This time I had a lot of help and everyone kicked in and we all got it done.  But, it was so much more stressful with so many people involved even though, I wouldn’t have got it done by myself so I am very grateful.

All the family (except Justin) was here today and we had a nice meal at noon time and then over in the afternoon everyone left.  Even The Hubs.  He had to go back to work.  As a true testament to the fact that I am tired, I took not one picture today!  Shame on me!  What was I thinking??

My in-laws were here and I was very glad to have them for a visit.  The house always feels extra empty when it is so full and then Wham!  It’s empty.

In other news, there has been lots of mowing and weed-eating going on around here and I’m  hoping for some rain as everything is starting to wilt.  I don’t want another drought like last summer so please, Lord, bring us some rain.  I need things to stay green for my peace of mind.

Mowing the Compound

That’s a pretty good mow job, eh?

Thank you, thank you very much.

Oh, and please pay no attention to the solid bed of weeds where my once pretty flower bed was next to the house.  I just don’t have it in me to pick all those weeds, and almost all of my pretty pink azaleas bit the dust in last year’s drought.  So sad!

This is my child of the corn.  I would say Children of the Corn, but I only had one here for this totally random picture.  Justin doesn’t like to pose like Knucklehead does so here he is:

Knucklehead in the corn

And yes, he has my flip flops on.

Shhh!  Don’t tell him I told you.

And, he won’t be so happy when we have to start picking all the corn.

One thing about Mom with her Alzheimer’s.  Dad is her comfort zone, so where he goes she follows.

Follow the Leader

If they could find a way to drive the tractor and the mule at the same time and hold hands, I’m sure they would do it.

Feeding time around here looks like this:

Feeding Time

They have feed in feeders, but corn is their daily treat.  They love it.

This is frizzie.  She’s a busy body.

Frizzie

But she’s really cute.

Frizzie

As is my Joan Jett, who is definitely not a Joan.  More like a Johnny Jett.  He tried to crow the other day, and it was a very pathetic attempt.

Joan Jett

The babies that were born on my birthday, are getting so big.  Yay! What a great present!

So, I totally have to name one of them Junie.

The Babies

There are five babies, but they are fast and the most I could get in one picture was four of them, along with one of the Mama’s butt.

So, what’s up chicken butt?

Sorry, I just had to.

And the last bit of news from Around the Compound.

RIP Pat Benatar.

Unless you are on a field trip.

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If you have been taken, (stupid Chicken-hawk, or Coyote) Karma will avenge you!

We await your return.

Susie

Cadron Settlement Park – Conway, Arkansas

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I’m really behind in posting so I will be doing some catching up!

A couple of weeks ago, Knucklehead was invited to attend a Children of the American Revolution meeting since I am now a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  The meeting was at Cadron Settlement Park, and we had a very good time.

What a great learning experience.  If you would like to know all about the settlement, you can read about it here at the Arkansas Encyclopedia of History and Culture.

Block House at Cadron Settlement Conway AR

This is a blockhouse that is on the settlement.  It is a replica that was built around 1930 (I think), the original having been built in the mid to late 1800’s.  There were people here in period clothing and everything in the house is as it would have been for the time period when it was originally built.

Inside the Blockhouse at Cadron Settlement Conway AR

As you can see, Knucklehead (far left in the photo) has spotted a bat on the ceiling and now, nothing else matters in the world.

Period.

I now have 50 photos of the bat on my camera, because right as we were about to leave he asked to see the camera and when I got home, there they were.

I’m not sure if he was waiting for this bat to turn into Batman, or Dracula, but we couldn’t hang around for the results.

Bat at Cadron Settlement Conway AR

Thankfully, they moved us upstairs to the second level, and then he was totally freaked out by all the dirt dobber nests, even though there were only a few flying around.

Cadron Settlement Conway AR

Then all the children got a lesson on what “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” really means.  I for one, am really glad I don’t have to worry about making sure the ropes on my bed are tight each night before I go to bed. Thank you Lord for mattresses!

Sleep Tight at Cadron Settlement Conway AR

Then the question you always wait for a child to ask, was asked.

Where’s the bathroom?”

Bathroom at Cadron Settlement Conway AR

Wait, what?

“You mean I would have to go to the bathroom right there in a chair?”

“What happens to it after you are done?  Wait, what?  I have to dump it out somewhere?”

“Oh, Man, that’s gross!!!!!!”

Cadron Settlement Conway AR

They had a great time though, learning why there were no closets, and why the sheet or fabric was hung to divide off the room.  The ladies also cooked a meal and showed the kids how it was done way before ovens and all the modern conveniences like the microwave that Knucklehead loves so much!

Cooking at Cadron Settlement Conway AR

Might I say once again, thank you Lord, but this time for the oven and microwave I take for granted everyday!

Then we gathered the kids together for a group picture, and let’s just say, my oldest son who was just along for the ride, was not really impressed with having to stand in with the “kids” for this photo-op.  I mean, get real Mom, I am 19!!

Kids at Cadron Settlement Conway AR

He laughed and was a great sport about it anyway.  They also showed the kids how to make ink and use them in quills.  I didn’t get a photo of that, because we had to leave right before they did that.

I would like to point out that this is also along the “Trail of Tears” as the Cherokee were brought down the Arkansas River right through here.  The story and history of that is on the link above that I gave you.

Trail of Tears at Cadron Settlement Conway AR

All in all, this was a great outing for Knucklehead.  He loved the CAR, and they have invited him to another meeting, which will be aboard a submarine!  How cool is that!!

If you have children and live in the area, this is a must see!  Even for adults!!!

Susie

Wordless Wednesday – Around the Compound

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I’ll have to say a few words I can’t go wordless.

Ever.

I wanted to share some pictures of what’s been going on around here at my house.  I’ve said before we call it “The Compound” because my brother and his family lives across the street and my parents live next door to me.

Now that Mom can’t cook anymore, my brother and I usually take turns cooking meals, but we usually all gather at my house to eat.  This time Jonathan came with his family for a visit and it was sure good to see them.  They are doing so good and we are so proud of them.

Here is a four generation picture of my Dad, Jonathan my nephew, John my brother, and Skylar my great-nephew.

4 generations of HiggInbothams

What dinner time looks like around here these days:

dinner time 2

The men gather together and the girls get together.  We don’t do this on purpose it just seems to happen this way.

Since this past weekend was mother’s day, we went in with John and Addie and got my Mom a bird house.  She loves them.

Moms mothers day present

She was totally surprised.

Mom's surprised

Myself, with my Mom and my brother John on Mother’s Day.

Susie Mom and John Mothers Day 12 May 2013

Knucklehead had a kickball tournament on Saturday.  They didn’t win, but it was fun anyway.

the pink dominators Michael as catcher Michael kicking the ball

All the really fun things are over with and now there’s work ahead, because when its summer around here, it’s work, work, work.

Got the pool opened.  Still a little cool to get in, but it won’t be long.

Pool opened

My roses are growing and blooming.

my roses yellow rose of mt vernon

And so our my chickens.  Did I show you my new coop we spent several weekends working on?  It houses my new babies.

new coop feeding time chicks are getting big

John and Justin got the garden’s planted.  Notice the chickens?  Anywhere there is fresh turned up dirt, the chickens are right there looking for worms and bugs.

chicks digging for bugs John and Justin in garden JT taking a break freshly planted peas and potatoes

Now that the coop is done, we are working on adding an outdoor area for the chickens, once they get a little bit bigger, they will free range with the others.

bugs bugs bugs

I took this picture of Justin and he was like, “Momma, get that camera outta my face!”

Dang Mom move the camera outta my face

But then he was like, “Hold up, let me rock this out.”

Ok hold up let me pose

Michael played with the chickens while the work was going on.

michael with brownie Weirdest chickens ever

I love this picture of Brownie.

Brownie

And this sucker bit the dust, and will no longer be chasing my chickens.  He’s now a warning to his partners in crime.

cant eat my chickens

That pretty much wraps up a weekend around the compound, in a not so Wordless Wednesday, but I couldn’t help myself.

Susie

Happy Mother’s Day!

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I took this picture of my Momma last year, but I love it.

Mary Helen Parks Higginbotham

She is a wonderful, wonderful woman and words can’t even begin to express how much I love her.  I see her daily struggle with Alzheimer’s and it saddens me to no end.  If I could have one wish granted it would be to take this horrible disease away from my mother.  She has never expressed one worry about her herself throughout this whole ordeal.  She worries about being a burden and what she is doing to us.  I tell her and I mean it, she will never be a burden.  EVER.  We love her and we will see this through with her, together as a family.

These two boys, are the apple of my eye.  I love them to the moon and back and I am so thankful God chose me to be their mother.

Justin Cole and Michael Cunningham

Yesterday I called my Dad and asked him to think about a special memory of his mother and to ask my mother to do the same.  When I called back later in the day, they had some stories for me to share with you.

Dad told me that when he was about 5 or 6 years old, his momma played on the women’s Independence Basketball Team as a guard and they always played at the North Heights Gym in Texarkana. He loved to go and watch her play. This is one of his favorite memories of her. This is a picture of my Dad with his Mother, Edna Harris Higginbotham at an anniversary party for my Mom and Dad. It was their 25th anniversary. This year will be their 49th anniversary.

Rufus Higginbotham and Edna Harris Higginbotham

Here is a picture of Dad and Memaw from the way back files.

Edna Harris Higginbotham and Rufus Higginbotham

Mom told me that one day when she was a little girl she and her mother were walking down the street in downtown Texarkana and as they got closer and closer they could hear the radio playing over the loud-speaker at Hawkins Feed Store, and they heard the announcement that Pearl Harbor had been bombed. My grandmother grabbed my mother’s hand and they ran all the way home. Not long after that, my grandfather volunteered for the Army and ended up in Japan fighting. They lived with my great-grandfather Parks at the time in what my mother calls “The Big House”, on Walnut Street in downtown Texarkana. Granddad Parks took in women to live in the house whose men were away at ar, and my mother remembers all the good times she had with all the women in the house. After the war was over she and my grandmother went to Fort Chaffee to pick up my grandfather, and he was so skinny and worn down they walked right by him and didn’t even recognize him until he called out to them.

Here is a picture of my grandmother and grandfather Parks.

Bill and Mary Parks

This is the house they lived in during the war, and until my Granddad Parks died in 1966.  My mother always lived here until she went to college.  She had a room in the big house with her grandparents, and my grandparents lived in the little apartment house to the side of the big house.  This house is at 406 Walnut.  A group of lawyers have it now and they have restored it beautifully.  They gave my mom and I tour of it one time.

The Big House, 406 Walnut, Texarkana Arkansas

This is a picture of my mom and grandmother, probably at about the time of the war.

Mary and Mary Helen Parks

One of my favorite memories of my mother and I (I have many though) is the time she, Addie and I went to Bethany, Missouri and found out all about her maternal grandmother’s family that she had never met.  Her grandmother died giving birth to her father so she had never known her.  Her name was Helen Roleke Parks and her father was the mayor of Bethany for 32 years!  Addie took this picture of Mom and I standing by a street sign for a road they named for him.

My Mom and I in Bethany Missouri by a street named after my 2nd great grandfather

Well, that’s our walk down Mother Memory Lane, I hope you will take the time out today to think of your favorite memories and preserve them for future generations.  Had I not asked my father and mother for their memories to do this post, I would never have known my grandmother Higginbotham played basketball!

Susie

Tombstone Tuesday – Knucklehead’s Ancestors

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I just love that Knucklehead (AKA Michael, my son) loves to go to the cemeteries with me.  In fact, last week he and my older son Justin went to a cemetery just down the road all by themselves and got pictures for me for Find A Grave.  I was a happy camper!

Somehow, all the subliminal messages I send out about genealogy must be taking root.

I just hope they don’t show up with tinfoil hats on and ruin my parade!

Any who, back to the matter at hand.

Last Fall Knucklehead and I went to Texarkana and I took him to see some of his ancestor’s resting spots.

Here he is, with two different sets of his ancestor’s headstones, who were all in Sylverino Cemetery in Texarkana, Arkansas.

The first is Rufus Francis Higginbotham Sr. and his wife Margaret Jacobs Higginbotham.  Rufus served in the Civil War for the CSA.

Michael with Rufus and Margaret Higginbotham's Headstone

Knucklehead with Rufus and Margaret Higginbotham’s headstone. They are Knucklehead’s 3rd great-grandparents.

The second is with William Lynn Davis, and Sarah “Sallie” Robertson Davis.

Knucklehead with William Lynn and Sarah Davis' Headstone

Knucklehead with William Lynn and Sarah Davis’ headstone. They are also Knucklehead’s 3rd great-grandparents.

I’m so glad that he likes to do this with me!

Susie

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