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It hit me the other day in the midst of a conversation that we have officially lived in Arkansas for a whole month. Actually, a month and a few days. In some ways it feels like yesterday that we left Indianapolis, and in other ways, it feels like we’ve lived here for much longer.
Here is what we’ve been up to our first month in Arkansas!
Outside of our Meridian Kessler duplex right before we hopped in the car for the drive. I loved that home so much! I still miss parts of it, but I’m really glad we live in the downtown Bentonville area. It reminds me of our old neighborhood.
We had the best sunset our first night in Bentonville!
We found a Vietnamese restaurant that has good Bahn Mi sandwiches and decent pho (though not as good as Pho Real in Indianapolis). Gotta fuel up before a day of unpacking!
I have no idea how we crammed this all into our small kitchen, but unpacking the kitchen was the WORST part of moving. Truth be told, it is still a work in progress. Though I’m happy to report that we can easily move around the kitchen!
For New Years Eve we went to our friend’s house, played games, and rung in the new year! Neal has a very close friend whom he grew up with and he and his wife live about 20 minutes away. I’m so thankful we know a few people and its fun to spend more time with them!
We checked out downtown Fayetteville for a brief afternoon–just long enough for me to find some gnomies to chill with!
My friend Abby had a residency interview in Kansas City so I made the drive up for a few days of BBQ, antique shopping, and girl time! We checked out Arthur Bryant’s World Famous BBQ. It was pretty good, but in my opinion, Peg Leg Porker in Nashville, TN was better. We both got a meat platter. I had ribs, pulled pork, and smoked turkey breast–my favorite!
We had our first Indiana visitor! My friend Abby came to visit us. We went to the Walmart Museum for our first night. She had to get a selfie with the Sam Walton figure!
And we had to get a selfie in front of his car that he drove. There are stickers on the floor saying where to stand for the best selfie in the museum, ha!
Abby flew into the Tulsa, OK airport and on the way back to Bentonville, we saw a sign for Natural Falls State Park. We googled it, and based on the pictures, decided we should spend a day hiking! The park is just an hour away from Bentonville and has a gorgeous waterfall and some hiking trails.
We did one of the more difficult trails. As I am NOT a hiker, I had to improvise a bit. Luckily there was an adequate stick and a vine to assist when I needed help! I felt a bit like Tarzan!
Obviously we had to go to Onyx one morning for coffee. It is the best! Abby loved her latte. It was a great treat for her last full day in Bentonville. We had such a blast with her! And it was so fun to explore with a friend.
Neal and I have been wanting a dog for a while. We thought it would happen in Indy, but with our work schedules, it wasn’t feasible. We’ve been keeping an eye out and found little Dobby!
He is a 1 1/2 year old miniature Australian Shepherd. We adopted him from Haven of the Ozarks, which is about an hour away from Bentonville in Missouri.
He is adorable but don’t let that face fool you! He is a handful! We’re working on listening to commands, crate training, some separation problems, whining to get attention, and territory issues. He has lost his couch privileges, but he brings us a lot of joy! We’re excited to get to know him more and work through his issues so he can be well adjusted! If any one has any tips on training, please share in the comments!
He sleeps with his tongue peeking out which is literally the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I can’t get enough of it.
He is also obsessed with this purple ball. I’ve never known a dog to love balls, fetch, and peanut butter as much as he does. Sometimes the only way I can get the ball from him to throw it again is to distract him with a stick!
It has been a busy month, but a fun one! We’re excited to get to know the area more and explore together once Neal is done with busy season.