Summer Memories that I Somehow Missed

Summer Memories that I Somehow Missed

I went back through our summer pics and realized I had a few things that I never posted!

Remi woke up early one morning and asked me to catch a grasshopper for her. Mark that down as “Things I would only do for my child” I was NOT a bug lover as a kid. In fact, I would scream, cry and avoid them at all costs. Very afraid. So I’m trying to foster an interest in critters so she’s not scared.

We went to a NWA Naturals game. A fun summer tradition. We enjoyed the kids area, the food, the game and the fireworks!

The only one sadness was that she didn’t get to see the mascots. She handled the disappointment well (which is a theme this summer, she’s much more controlled on her emotions).

I did a quick trip to Nashville by way of Memphis to see Hanson at the Ryman! I stopped at Amber’s for the night, we grabbed Emily and drove to Nashville!

The show was AWESOME. We ended up with AMAZING seats (and even got a quick cameo in a news segment!) It was a quick trip but TOTALLY worth it!

We love running into friends around town, especially sweet Barret! Remi loves “Bear” and he ALWAYS gets a big hug from her. We see lots of friends at Geno’s anytime we are there. It’s fun to see friends and eat and hang together!


Quick Back to School Branson Trip

Quick Back to School Branson Trip

Tyler won us a quick overnight stay in Branson in a silent auction, so we decided to take it after the first week of school. After school on Friday, we jetted off to Branson.

We stopped for dinner on the way and got to Branson at dark. We started next to our hotel at the Branson Ferris Wheel. Remi was a little hesitant but once she got in, she LOVED it. We went around twice, and enjoyed the lights and views.

We followed that ride with a little go kart run. Remi wanted to do the ones she could drive. Not super exciting, but she was glad to drive herself.

Then we took her on a bumper boat ride. I LOVED the bumper boats as a kid and we just LAUGHED and loved it! We were soaked so we got ice cream outside at Andy’s so we could drip dry before we left.

We did a late night swim when we got to the hotel. It was late, but Remi napped on the way, and I figured we had to make the best of our trip! Thankfully the pool was open until midnight so we got to enjoy it late!

We slept in and went down for breakfast in our matching PJs.

We got ready and headed to the other part of our auction win- tickets to the Amazing Pets show. We LOVED it. The pets were fun, but Remi LOVED that she kept getting to go on stage with all the kids. Apple Jack, the comedy host, was so fun. She wanted a pic with him after!

We crammed a lot into our day! We followed the show with some indoor putt putt. Remi and I both got holes in one! She was so excited!

We grabbed quick pizza for lunch, and she thought the giant banjo was very fun.

After lunch, we headed to the aquarium. They have a really neat octopus at the entrance!

The visit starts with a 3D ride. Remi wasn’t so sure, but she loved it afterwards! It was an exciting way to start our trip.

The aquarium was a little smaller, but it meant we could easily get through it in a couple of hours. The exhibits were really well done.

We all loved the mirrored jelly fish room! So fun!

I was SO proud of Remi. They had this climbing structure, and at first, she went like halfway up and said she was scared. She kept coming down and talking to us, and I was just telling her she could do it. Finally, she said, I’m doing it! And she went in with determination and went all the way to the top!

After the aquarium, we hit the outlet mall for a little shopping and then drove home. It was a whirlwind 24 hours, but we had a GREAT time!


First Day of Kindergarten!

First Day of Kindergarten!

The time has come for Remi to start big school. She was SO excited and ready.

We got up and around and took a few minutes to snap a few pictures.

If this isn’t her personality right now, I don’t know what is. Her cute outfit, her sassy hair cut, her sparkly backpack, crocs, and “twos” on her fingers!

I couldn’t believe the time has come! She’s ready. I teared up a bit, but I’m mostly just so proud of who she is and excited to see how she grows at school.

Tyler hung back a few minutes to take her on her first day with me. He still takes her to school most mornings, so they get their special drive time.

We drove up to school, parked and walked her to the door. She saw her teacher and RAN to her. She gave her a hug and walked away almost without looking back! I had to ask her for a quick high five before she went inside.

When I picked her up, she said “I didn’t even miss you! It was great!” I hope most of her school days are like that!


Prepping for the Start of School

Prepping for the Start of School

As summer was winding down, we were gearing up for kindergarten!

Remi was SO excited to go meet her teacher. We got to go in, see her desk, meet her teacher and classmates, and get ready for the first day.

On her last day of preschool, I took her for a pedicure. I think our closing of the school year tradition will be a pedicure! We enjoyed a little pampering!

Our little local cafe had a back to school bash, and we went and had a (hot) good time. They had some carnival games, a school supply giveaway, lunch and they prayed over the kids. It was great!

They also had a “touch a truck” and Remi enjoyed getting up in the fire truck!

The night before school, we had a water balloon fight…which was TOO much fun! We really had fun ganging up on dad. I would bring Remi balloons and she would hit him from her tower. We just laughed and laughed.

We got all her clothes set out, read her kindergarten book, put “jitter glitter” under her pillow and went to bed for the first day of school!