Fun Day in NWA

Fun Day in NWA

The idea of fun day trips is still new to us! We had no fun Labor Day plans, so we decided to go to NWA and hit up the Amazeum.

I was worried Remi would be too small, but she was totally into it! (There were lots of more advanced things for bigger kids, but plenty to keep the attention of a toddler.  I’ve had a few friends ask, and I think kids need to be walking and be able to climb onto chairs and such to do their own thing before heading to the Amazeum. They do have “baby” areas for those under 2, but they are mostly just carpeted safe spaces for crawling with some stuffed animals.  The real fun is for 2 and up.

We did LOTS of exploring.  Magnetic blocks, these fun tiles to make shapes with (or rather, to dump and sort)

She LOOOOOOVED this big lite-brite looking contraption. We wanted to explore as much as possible, so we sort of moved her through the exhibits, but next time, I think we will spend a ton of time here.

There were slides and tunnels- all made of SCOTCH TAPE!  She loved crawling and sliding and jumping around.

This picture is blurry but it’s special. It’s just a family on a normal day out. But y’all….we’ve prayed for YEARS for Tyler’s schedule to allow him to be with us on the weekends.  And God answered that prayer!

Northwest Arkansas in Walmart country, so no surprise, they had sponsored a play Walmart area. She liked filling the basket, stocking the shelves and working in the bakery.  She put that oven mitt on and started cooking.  (Little eyes are always watching us, huh mommas?)

We all got in on the fun, climbing up in the treehouse and playing on the bridges.


One room was all water stuff.  We had heard to bring a change of clothes, so we let her go wild and get soaked.  She loved this, of course.

We went outside to play and dry off, and they had a fun water painting station on some slate tiles.

Such a fun place and a fun day together.

img_5822We dried off and headed to lunch at the Flying Fish (where this hungry girl DEVOURED her fish and fries).

Then we got ice cream at the Walmart museum…and she had fun riding their old truck. (Tip: go inside the store and they will give you dimes for the machine. Free rides? YES PLEASE.)

Sweet girl conked out on the drive home, sleeping the entire almost two-hour way.


SUCH a fun day, and for sure, we will be back!

Family Pictures at the Fair

Family Pictures at the Fair

Our beloved photographer friend Jade Graves Photography took some pictures for us at the fair.  I’m in love with our sweet family and how she captured us.



Life Lately

Life Lately

Some random updates…

I’m SO GLAD Remi can still wear all of her Spring clothes. This slow grower is getting lots of wear out of her cute dresses.

CHEESE before church.

She LOVES “noonles” or noodles at our Chinese buffet for lunch after church. She will eat a huge plate of noodles, green beans, mushrooms, chicken and oranges. But she also LOVES soup and their bowls are perfectly for drinking it down.

That same afternoon, we went to see my dad and she kept hugging and kissing his leg. So sweet.

One afternoon my mom picked her up while I was working out and brought her to the gym. She’s been there before (mostly on weekends) but she likes watching.  As soon as my gloves came off, she wanted to wear them.

I posted on Facebook that I hope she is learning to be strong and take care of herself from me. I’m learning to do those things because of her.

She also kept saying “Hit! Hit!” so one of the trainers let her mit for a minute. She was all over it. We might have to enroll her in a kids kickboxing class when she’s bigger.

I made her some frozen pancakes for breakfast and she wanted to “cheese” with them.  Carried her plate right over to the step where we take pictures.  Silly goose.

We were putting her laundry away (we have her help us…never too early to start learning!) and she decided to put on some clothes.   A pair of shorts on one leg, a pajama shirt on the other.  Then her boots and her pageant sash.

She stayed like that for an hour or so until we went outside…then she had to ditch the extra clothing. But she was so proud of her outfit.

Family Date Weekend (New Normal)

Family Date Weekend (New Normal)

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it here, but Tyler moved around at the police department. He’s now a school resource officer! That means he works full-time at a local high school, taking care of issues there and working with the students. It also means he is off work on the weekends (barring Friday night football games…he has to work those). But we have a new normal where Daddy is around more. So thankful.

We had a great weekend full of family time recently.

Friday after school and work, we met up at the library. Remi loves the library!  There’s books to play with and fun stuff to look at (we have an awesome kids wing).

She was very interested in this statue and squirmed up to sit with these kids.

Daddy had to go work a football game, so we met some friends and their toddler girls for dinner!

They were so fun to watch play together and we had a good time. It’s nice that they are (somewhat) self-sufficient and we moms could talk and visit together with them there.

This is Remi and her friend Amelia (and my friend Tara)!

That evening, we read one of our library books (that I think we may have to buy our own copy)- Charlie by the Pioneer Woman. Remi loves it!

Saturday, we went swimming at my moms, took a nap, and then went on a family date!

Tyler took us to Red Lobster (which isn’t usually where I would take a toddler….but ours recently had a hepatitis A health scare, so it’s not-so-busy right now. It’s perfectly clean and clear, but it made the news, so people have been staying away.  Locals, the food and service was wonderful. They are trying to win back customers….go see them!)

Remi was being funny with her napkin!

She was SO GOOD during the meal.  She ate the strawberry off my cocktail and wanted more, so the bartender gave her like 6 strawberries.  She ate those, then ate the tomatoes from our salads, then a biscuit, and then her meal! HUNGRY girl.

After dinner, went to a park up the street to play and watch the ducks.

She was LOVING daddy pushing her up high in the swing. So so happy.

This family time is a blessing I hope we never take for granted.