Monday, May 18, 2015

Bentonville Film Festival 2015

Earlier this month, our little town of Bentonville held a film festival. It brought thousands of people to this area to see what it was all about. Our family had to find out too!
 BFF! Jackson had a great time!
 There were many places in NWA that showed independent movies and familiar movies as well. VUDU lounge was one of them. Popcorn, Coke, or M&M's, anyone?
 Jackson kept holding on to that bottle of Coke. Too funny.
 We also had fun photo booth pictures made. So fun!
 The next day, I decided to take Jackson to the festival and it was just he and I hanging out together. Our first stop was the Coca-Cola vendor booth. I was so excited to get our names on coke cans. :) It's the little things, y'all. It was great to see Jonathan Martinez and Laine Baker from our local news station while I stood in line. :)
 Jackson and I even met Laine and she asked to get a picture with Jackson. Jonathan even took the picture and he kept commenting on Jackson's "little locks." It was great meeting them!
 What's a film festival without the Oscar Mayer weinermobile? Just fun to see.
I even ran into Amy Duggar! It was so crazy I met so many well known people in a short amount of time. Haha! Amy was very sweet and so friendly! So awesome meeting her.
I think there will be a festival every year, so that's pretty exciting!
I hope that next year, we can participate in more events at the festival. I just love this place!
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to savesinners-of whom I am the worst. 1 Timothy 1:15

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Happy Birthday, Kelly Lauren!

Today is a big day! It's my beautiful sister, Kelly's birthday!
 I know this picture has been used almost every year, but I cannot help it-I love it. As a little girl, I of course loved celebrating my own birthday, but it was so much fun to watch my big sister celebrate her day. I still do!
 Everyone knows how much I love Kelly and I would do anything for her!
She is also a wonderful aunt to Jackson, who loves her very much!
Kelly, I hope you have a very special day. You are amazing and beautiful. Never forget it! Thank you for being you!
Love, Mer
For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Date Night, Farmer's Market, the Duggar's, and a New Princess

Of course I am catching up on the blog, but better late than never, right? So here's an update from two weekends ago. It was pretty memorable, so I had to document it.
 Friday night was date night for us! We were so pumped for a date night. We try to make it a priority to have one date night a month. Russell took me to one of our favorites for dinner, Venesian Inn!
 We also went to Crystal Bridges and saw the Van Gogh to Rothko exhibit. What fun!
This was a cool extra at the exhibit.  
 The next thing we did was stop by the buckyball.
 It lights up at night in every color and it's almost therapeutic to watch. Pretty neat!
 Saturday morning, we woke up early and headed to our local farmer's market! Jackson looked very handsome and like a big boy in his hat!
 Me and my baby boy.
 Gorgeous snapdragons.
 Beep, beep! Jackson in Sam Walton's red truck. :)
 So fun.
 When we got home, I watched on CNN and livestream the royal baby footage! I was pretty giddy, to say the least!!! I am so excited about the new addition.
 To celebrate, we even got Jackson the movie, Paddington. :) It came with a plush teddy.
On Sunday night, our church had about 20 special guests come, The Duggars!
They had special music and shared their testimony. It was so good. 
We even got to meet Michelle, Jim Bob, and many others. They truly were so kind and happy to be at our church. 
Anna and Josh were so sweet, too.
Jana and Joy Anna were precious. 
We also met Jessa and Ben, who got married at our church. All of them were incredibly genuine, authentic, sweet people who live for Christ. So inspiring. It was wonderful!  
That Monday, I was thrilled to find out the royal baby's name! Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. I may have teared up a little bit, to be honest. HA!
Needless to say, it was a wonderful few days!
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. and be thankful. Colossians 3:15