21 Months Old

21 Months Old

Oh my goodness.  3/4 of this year is over.  Sadness is my first initial reaction, but then I’m happy because of all the fun we’re having. She’s learning so much and is such a joy to be around.

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So many fun things to update this month, but let’s start with some measurements because I actually took some! She weighs 24.5 lbs and is 31.5 inches tall.  Wearing size 5 diapers and anywhere from 12-18 to 2T clothes depending on the brand/style (still mostly 18-24m stuff).  Officially in a size 4 shoe- we got to get a bunch of the ones I’ve been hoarding done from the closet to wear!

She’s talking SO much. She loves to know names and knows all of her teachers, her family and some friends at school.  She also LOVES to name the dogs often. She also knows and uses the names of some of her toys (Abby, Bah Bah the sheep, Lovey).

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She loves buckling herself in to high chairs and the stroller.  Then she wants to play with it, asking you to “opoo” it for her.

She’s an amazing fearless swimmer- jumping in and putting her face in the pool.

She loves animals- fish, geese, the hummingbirds outside. Loves watching them.  Still a big puppy fan.

She loves big kids still and will play great with them. We went on vacation to Big Cedar and she played in the kid’s pool with some older girls. She just doesn’t like when they treat her like a baby and want to carry or hold her.

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She’s still SO busy and on the move, but she will sit still for movies (Zootopia and Cars are the faves) and she sat still while I was at the chiropractor.

She HATES when you cut some of her food (unless she asks). Want it all whole. But she’s eating great. Some favorite foods are cherry tomatoes, turkey lunch meat and apples.

She LOVES to sing along with songs now. We get the ABCs, Twinkle Twinkle, Bah Bah Black Sheep, Jolly Good Fellow, and more.

Some words she’s using often are: the body parts (she talks about her belly, cheek, arms, neck so often), please, flower, fireworks, lovey.  She also talks about her prayers at bedtime.  She says “Pwayers” and folds her little hands and then says “Amen” when we finish. It’s the sweetest.

She now knows that cooking is hot, but she’s still very interested. She will get up in her little countertop tower and help me cook. She likes to play with her toy knives and plates and play with food.

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She (tries to) dress herself, working on her shirts and pants.  She can get shoes and socks on by herself, and she often will take socks out just to play putting them on.

She will ask to “pway” (play) in the mornings when we get ready, and I try to always let her have a few minutes.  I’m never too busy to let her learn and explore.  I am not a perfect mom, but I try to give her patience and grace to be little.

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She calls herself “Rere” which is THE BEST.

Remington Grace, you are the highlight of our days. You make us laugh, you test our patience, and you teach us about God’s grace. We are so excited to keep exploring this world with you.

 


4th of July Fun!

4th of July Fun!

We were all set up to have an amazing 4th of July!  Tyler was off work, family was in town, and we were going to have a great day.

Our town hosts an AWESOME all-day festival with music, food, games, inflatables, events and fireworks. We LOVE it. It’s such a small hometown thing. You see everyone down there, the kids play, you eat delicious food, listen to live music and all watch fireworks together in the town square. It’s perfection.

The morning started off with the Miss Freedom Fest pageant, which Remi was participating in. We ran into Krue, who was born the same night as Remi in the next room. 🙂 She tried kissing him, but he wasn’t feeling it. ha!

She’s been eating apples like crazy, and HAD to bring one with her.

Before the pageant, she hung out with family, being passed from person to person and running around with everyone.

She did SO good in the pageant!  I went on stage with her because the stage was only a couple feet deep and I worried about her trying to jump off.  She waved, blew kisses and did a twirl.

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She won her age division and got some fun trophies and a crown! She was most interested in the sash and has played with it since.

She looked so big with all the queens on stage afterward.

After the pageant, the fun really began because we just enjoyed the festival (well, until naptime).  We saw our “boyfriend” James. He’s a little sweetheart- and his momma is a Hanson fan, so he’s already met Taylor Hanson. 🙂

We grabbed a pickle-sickle and watched the band play. She did a LOT of dancing.

After lunch at the square and a nap at home (a loooong nap, thank goodness!) we went and swam with the fam.  This silly girl loved playing with everyone.

Then we all got dressed and headed back to the square for dinner, music and fireworks.

We ran into Uncle Sam (our amazing mayor).

We all ate dinner (of course, Remi had a “hoddog” and listened to Ricochet (the country band from the 90s).  They were FANTASTIC live. And the music was LOUD, but we put Remi’s earplugs in and let her go.  She wanted to be up front dancing, so we sat up front so we could watch her.

It was a wonderful family day together (even if it was a little hot).  I dream of WAY more days together like this if Tyler gets the school officer job next fall.

This little peanut danced by the stage all night.

She was getting a little tired, but perked up when neighbors around the square started shooting fireworks. She wasn’t scared at all, and in fact, kept asking for more “firewys” She LOVED the big show. She moved around a lot, going from person to person, but she kept her eyes on the skies and kept “oohing” and “ahing” It was precious.

It was a late night, but we all slept good that night!

 

We are so thankful to celebrate independence, for those who have fought and continue to fight for it.


Mexican Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Mexican Chicken Salad Sandwiches

One of my favorite summertime no-cook meals is chicken salad. I love all forms of it, sweet and savory. A local bakery makes a cranberry pecan chicken salad that they serve on a fruit and nut bread- and it’s amazing.

Tyler recently went out of town for a week, and I knew I wasn’t going to want to cook every night for just Remi and I, so I made a batch of Mexican chicken salad.  It was refreshing and flavorful. If you wanted to make it spicy, you could easily add some chopped jalapenos or chipotle powder. But for the little lady and I, we didn’t add any heat.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups shredded chicken (you could use storebought rotisserie- I did!)
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can diced green chilis
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup enchilada sauce or salsa
  • 1/4 cup mayo (I used light mayo)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro

This would also be delicious with additions like a can of black beans, some fresh chopped tomatoes or bell peppers or even sliced black olives.

Mix everything together in a big bowl.

Serve on toasted buns with a side of tortilla chips or fruit.

 

Remi loves to just eat it with a spoon!


Extra Fun

Extra Fun

Tyler was gone for a training, so I got some extra Remi one-on-one time, and Tyler also got some extra time off (in exchange for the time spent training out of town).  Fun all around.

We got to go to church together as a family TWICE.  What a treat.

We took a selfie to commemorate the occasion.

While Daddy was gone, we went on some evening walks (a nice way to keep a busy toddler contained!) and I picked her a flower. She was very proud and very sweetly kept saying “fwower” until she tried to eat it and I took it away. ha!

She had her 4th of July party at school.  Y’all.  She does this weird thing when you tell her to “cheese” and it makes me laugh.

We ate out for dinner a couple nights and she was just a sweet girl.  She enjoyed dipping her chicken strips at Slim’s.

When Daddy got home, he got LOTS of snuggles and giggles.

He had the Saturday off, and there was a police and fire picnic, so we all went and had a great time. Remi played, we all ate free snow cones and a great lunch!

She was pretty into the softball game as well.  Very intense! (And police won! yay!)

Sunday we headed to church together again.

Then we went to grandpa’s for an afternoon visit.  She wore his boots and LOVED it.  We are really into boots right now.

She wanted to play outside, and thankfully, Gigi had brought her bubble mower. She was pretty excited to mow grandpas lawn.

Then she had her snack in Papa’s lap.  She liked that a lot too.

I snagged this week picture of the family- 4 generations- on our way out.

And one more for good measure- she had to dress patriotic for her day at school before the 4th!