September 27, 2022-Weekdays In Maumelle Park and Happy 11th Birthday Keaton!

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It was another fun day camping out at Lake Maumelle. Really, I know that I have said it before, but Robby and I could do this every single day. Robby had a work phone call pretty early this morning. When he started the call, I laid in bed and read some, and by the time that he finished the call, most everyone was awake, and I was headed out with Bentley. 

I took her on a walk this morning so I could throw away our trash from the camper. Our trash can inside is tiny so it doesn't time long to fill it up, and the dumpsters are few and far between here so to get to one, it took us a good while. That was good for her since she was able to do all of her business and get her walk out.

Since it was Keaton's birthday, we had her favorite camping breakfast-pancakes. We spiced it up a little bit by having Reeses pancakes. We cut up Reeses Peanut Butter Cups in a few of the pancakes. I still prefer pancakes with chocolate chips in them though.

After eating our breakfast, we cleaned up and went for a short walk. At least they said it was going to be a short walk. We walked around the campgroun, then left the campgroun and walked a good ways. By the time that we made it back to our campsites, we had walked 4 miles. It was a bit warm in the sun, but overall it was fairly pleasant out still. I did discover one thing-I probably need better shoes. My shoes are pretty decent right now, but Robby said his feet didn't hurt after our walk, but mine did. Maybe I need to invest in some before Disney.

While we were walking, Campbell, Keaton and Whitman were riding their bikes all around this campground looking for Geocaches. They found 2 different ones. They were super proud of this. They actually found a 3rd, but couldn't get to it becuase of ants surrounding it. I think that we need to do more geocching since they enjoyed it so much 

Once we did get back, it was time to knock out some school. Campbell had already finished some, but we all read together. Then I helped Whitman with his math. Once that all was finished, we went to Sonic for birthday slushes. Whitman's bike needed the handle bars raised along with the seat so that was the next project after our drinks.

Then we had about an hour to sit down and do nothing-to really enjoy our camping. I finished my book just as Reagan, Anderson and Graham arrived. They had all gone to school this morning after doing a little bit of school at home. Grandpa them brought Anderson and Graham home from church-they stopped to pick up lunch and a drink on their way home. Reagan had a few more classes so it was later when she did get home.

Around 5, Robby started on supper-tonight's supper was Keaton's special request: street tacos make on the blackstone. They are a Dennie family favorite. Anderson said he "loved" them and continued to say that they were even better than ChickFilA even though they aren't the same at all. Reagan reminded us that she doesn't like Mexican food, but the street tacos are one of her favorites.

Jason even showed up as we were scooping up supper so he enjoyed it with us as well. After eating, we took a short walk (it really was short this time.) Then we had the long awaited, and much planned birthday event: a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Taste Test.

We had 10 different types of Reeses that we ate and rated using a 5 point scale. The ratings were in the category of appearance, taste, flavor, texture, after taste and overall. Here were the samples and some of the results:

  1. Reese's Minis-3 way tie for 3rd place
  2. White Reese's Peanut Butter Cups-3 way tie for 3rd place
  3. Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins-2nd place
  4. Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Thins
  5. Reese's Potato Chip Cups
  6. Reese's Sticks-1st place
  7. Reese's Pretzel Cups
  8. Reese's Crunchy Snack Cake-Loser (people were spitting this one out)
  9. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups-3 way tie for 3rd place 
  10. Reese's Peanut Butter Lovers Cups
And yes, this was just 10, but the kids read that Reese's has over 60 different products. However, when we had finished having a bite of each of these, we had pretty much had enough Reese's for a good long while. Maybe Robby and I need to have an ice cream taste test, and we will get tired of it and will not have to have some every single evening. 

Once the taste test was over, the big 3 headed back to the house. We had intended on them staying here, but then decided that it was fine for them to go home so we let them choose. (We knew what they would choose). However, the big 3 is working well for Campbell and Keaton who are in their sleeping spots watching Duck Dynasty on the tv-they are living it up for sure-I think that she has had a pretty great birthday for sure.

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