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Let’s Review

We made it home last night about 9:20 p.m. It was a wild ride with four stops along the way, stand still traffic on I-35 and torrential rain. But we got back in one piece and it was a great trip. Well worth the three years of ‘banked’ cookie money from selling over 20,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies. So, let’s review just what a cookie can do!

Last Sunday, thirteen girls and six moms headed to Tyler, Texas en route to Hot Springs, AR. Fun at the pool and all you can eat pizza.


Then on to Hot Springs the next day to live at the Radford Girl Scout House for the week.


Our first activity of the week was to dig for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro.


Followed by a quick trip to Sonic for supper. Yum, Slushies!


Wednesday we all wore our pink shirts and visited Garvan Woodland Gardens in the morning,


Bath House Row, The Grand Promenade and The Arlington Hotel for refreshments in the afternoon.


We walked up the hill to fill our jugs with natural spring water and shopped downtown.


Finally ending the evening with a haunted tour.



Late night after getting back to the house and having snacks and showers.

Little Rock bound the next morning and ready to learn about Heifer International.


Enjoyed our time at Heifer Village and learning about “Green Building.” Then we were off for fun in the sun? at Willow Springs.


Not so much…


So we came home for supper and the girls had a blast just hanging out, visiting and giving foot massages! What a deal.



Bedtime, sweet dreams ladies.


After a lazy morning and a delicious meal of breakfast tacos, we departed for Magic Springs and Crystal Falls.




What a day of overwhelming fun. Over eating and playing hard, hard, hard!
It led to an interesting night for some. Seeing Krista out of bed and thinking it was time to get up, Miss Karen deflated her air mattress at 4:00 a.m.–oops!

6:00 a.m. came way too early for everyone but there were kapers to do and cars to load. They did not enjoy the kapers!





We left the house in true GS fashion–cleaner (way cleaner) than we found it. Then it was time for breakfast and more spring water fun before hitting the road to Texas.




It took us quite a while to get home but we made it eventually and all Safe and Sound.


Thank you leaders and mamas! It was a wonderful, memorable trip for the books. The shirts were quite fitting by Saturday too. 🙂

Just in case you can’t read them, they say, “Fatigued Mom.”



Pit Stop #4

One last stop in West after sitting in traffic for quite a while. Fed everyone Church’s. Haven’t had that many tenders in two days in years! Back on the road again, hooray!


Going, Going, Stopping

Some of us are stoppers and some of us are drivers and the stoppers are winning at the moment.

Saying goodbye to Amaree in Texarkana. She’s moving, wah-wah!

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Lunch stop outside of Mt. Pleasant.

Krista tried to top my bra event by leaving the trailer open and entering the freeway. Even with all of our honking and texting it still took us a couple of minutes to stop her. Thank goodness Patricia got them on the phone and our stuff didn’t get strewn all over I-35!


Then on to South Dallas for gasoline at 7-Eleven, snacks and drinks too, of course.

And now, we’re sitting in dead stop traffic on 35 about ten miles from where we filled up the cars. Must be an accident because we’ve seen the police going by.


There’s a movie going in every car so we’re in good shape at the moment, no worries, feeling fine.

Pancake Shop and Water Fill Up

The Pancake Shop was a zoo but delicious as always. Our waitress was from Texas and graduated from ATM of all things. We gave her a good hearty Hook ’em at our table.





After yet another potty and postcard stop at The Arlington Hotel we headed to Mountain Valley Spring Water Co. and then to refill our gallon jugs at the spring.



Now we’re hitting the road for Texas. It’s been an awesome week girls, you are officially ‘young ladies.’

Congratulations, Cadettes! We are proud of you but we are tired!



Reveille Came Early This Morning


Lots of sleepy girls this morning as the rooster crowed at 6:15. Rise and shine troop #131! Time to head home. But first a stop at The Pancake Shop, yum!


Grand Finale! Magic Springs and Crystal Falls

Today was our last full day in Hot Springs and the one thing on our agenda was Magic Springs and Crystal Falls, the local amusement and water park.


The girls were beyond excited and still full of energy, despite a very long and fun week of activities. Some girls were ‘riders’ and others were not so we divided accordingly and hit the park!



One group enjoyed a magic show and got autographs and a photo with the magician afterwards.


Standing on the bridge for the Plummet Summit was a big hit and Denise got this great before and after shot of her girls.



A mid-afternoon storm rolled through with some thunder and lighting so we took a lunch break and shopped in the stores. Then it was over and we visited the water park.


At seven, that part of the park closed so everyone changed back Into their clothes and headed back to the ride side. Guess who got to take lots of stuff back to the truck?


We closed down the park at eight with lots of last minute riding and everyone’s favorite, funnel cakes! Lots of powdery mouths when that was finished.




Back at the Radford House we had ‘potluck’ dinner and boy was that fun. This table chose Cheetos, cereal and brownies. Aren’t we the best?


Karen and Krista made this cute gift that we all signed to leave as a token of our visit to the Radford House.


Now I’m sitting here on my air mattress amongst the snores and sighs of sleeping girls and leaders. One last blog before we hit the road tomorrow morning. What an amazing week this has been.

I must also add that Karen didn’t want me to have to be the only one who gave the girls a life lesson this week…she had to stay home today because of dehydration (one too many Cokes?) but is feeling much better now and has drunk plenty of water all day long.

Time for me to go to sleep so I’ll be able to drive my truckload home tomorrow, goodnight.


Like I said on FB, this place had the best music!

Flag Raising

So, the girls have not forgotten the events of yesterday and honored me with a very special flag raising just now.

Be sure and zoom in on the picture for the full effect!



Oh how I love these girls!

The fun is only just beginning.

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