A group of friends has a group text going pretty much all the time.  We talk during stressful times, we ask for outfit advice, we vote on new hairstyles….and one day we decided we needed a Girl’s Night Out soon.

I’m so glad to have people who say “yes!”  We decided to dress all nice and head out for sushi and wine. Perfect evening!

We mayyyyy have gotten a little too loud at dinner, but I don’t think anyone minded. 🙂

So here are my sweet, beautiful friends!  We initially met at our church’s Wednesday night Bible study (well, Tara and Rebecca work together) but I’m so thankful they are in my life!

Tara- she’s wise, funny, organized and has an amazing sense of vintage style.


Sideways…but this is Rachel and Rebecca.  Rachel is fun-loving, resilient, and gives such sound level-headed advice.  Rebecca is one of the most caring, calm, patient people I’ve ever met.

I’m just so thankful for friends and time away together, even if it’s just for dinner!

Basketball Practice

Basketball Practice

Remi has been very into her basketball goal and balls lately. It’s been fun to watch. Tyler has taken his role of coach very seriously (a good thing, because I am NO good at sports!).

He’s helped her learn to toss the ball, moreso than just place it in the basket.  She really likes to yell “Miss!” or “Made it!” And the funniest thing was when Tyler was shooting and standing far back- he made a shot from far away and yelled “Downtown!”  Now Remi says “DOWNTOWN” when she shoots!

I know she’s my kid and she likes music, but I also forsee many more sports practices with Daddy in her future!

Very Particular

Very Particular

I don’t know if this is typical toddler or not, but Remi is developing VERY particular tastes. I mean, we’ve struggled for a while of cutting food only for her to FREAK OUT and want it whole (I’ve honestly taped a cookie back together and then advised her not to eat the tape).

It’s transferring now to clothing, cups, toys…all the things.

Sometimes she’s not picky, but other times it’s like “I had in mind EXACTLY what I wanted, and THAT’S NOT IT.”   She won’t rest until she gets the specific cup she wants (which makes me want to get rid of ALL the cups and only have one kind) or instead of getting a serving of snack, she wants “Whole bag!”

She’s also been picky some days about which shoes she wants. And the funniest has been bows. We typically only wear bows on the weekends (I just don’t worry about sending her in them to school- one more thing for her teachers to keep up with) but lately she’s asked for them.

We had several days of asking for this brown bow….

And then nothing but this big, red, polka dot bow would do.  Never mind that it DID NOT MATCH AT ALL.  I sent her to school with it anyway.

Trying to find a balance between “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit” and letting her express her wants and her preferences.  You win some, you lose some. And some days she wears a giant polka dot bow because it makes her happy. You do you, baby girl.

Final Christmas Celebrations

Final Christmas Celebrations

We had a couple more family Christmas gatherings this past weekend, and we had a good time visiting with everyone. And Remi got even more presents, which she was pumped about. I desperately need to organize/clean because I’m getting overwhelmed at all the stuff in our house.  But we will get there.

We had Tyler’s dad’s family Christmas, and they totally went overboard on the kids. There was a mound of gifts, but it was fun to watch them open stuff.  Remi loved this little hamper, but as a hat/cage? haha we all laughed at her doing this.


She got to play with a second cousin, Bretli. She’s a year older and the girls were so cute together.


On Sunday, we drove an hour or so away to meet up with my Aunt Bobby and Uncle Jerry.  I love them. My dad had several sisters, but Aunt Bobby was the only one I got close to.  I’ve been to stay with them a bunch and just love them. Remi did too.

They gave her a sweet baby doll, and more than anything, Remi just loved making them laugh.


When we got home from the drive, Remi needed to burn off some energy. She had been a VERY good girl at the family gatherings- so we let her go crazy outside.  It was a gorgeous 60-degree day, so we played and jumped and ran a ton. I love her wild spirit!


We totally enjoyed our holiday season, but there’s something nice about returning to “normal.”  Looking forward to that as well!