Thanksgiving with Grandpa

Thanksgiving with Grandpa

We started our Thanksgiving celebrations early with dinner at my dad’s nursing home.

It’s not ideal, and I wish we were all together and there was no such thing as Alzheimer’s, but I’m thankful they put on a nice family night and that dad was having a good day.

I had to get some Remi pics before we left. I love this little turkey outfit!

She was very interested in Grandpa’s cool chair. Dad loved her playing with him. He just smiled.

We had a good dinner. The food was actually really great and dad ate a whole piece of pie for me! He even kissed me on the cheek a couple times when we were leaving. Sweet memories.

Mom and I have talked and there is some sadness because the holidays aren’t what they used to be. We’re missing Gram and Grandpa and dad. We live in different places. It used to be that like 20 of us piled into our home, but this year it’s just like 5 of us. But that’s ok. Love is love and it’s great to share family, no matter who is there.


Morning Snapshots

Morning Snapshots

Most mornings, I take Remi’s picture. I mean, I would anyway because, have you seen her? Adorable. But most mornings I take pictures to send to Tyler. He’s usually either working or asleep when we leave. Here are some fun pics from the last couple of weeks.

She was up early thanks to the time change, so we had time to play (most school mornings, it’s a little snuggle, new diaper/clothes, milk and out the door).

She loves to “help” with the laundry while I get our bags together.

I was doing dishes. She was mad she couldn’t get in the child-proofed cabinets.

This hooded onesie.  I died.

Weekend morning- extra snuggles. She’s loving taking selfies and seeing herself.

Sunday morning picture. Now that she’s walking, our front walkway is a great photo spot. Expect to see more of it. She walks down it and I can take her picture, where in the house there are too many distractions. ha!

A little kitchen playing while I got things together for the day. The whale spout hair kills me.

Milk face. Big smile. Love her so much.

An outfit pic for us both. And her sticking her tongue out for her selfie. Silly girl.


The happiest baby on the block

The happiest baby on the block

This past week or so, she’s been the happiest. We thought she was pleasant before, but getting tubes has just changed her life.

I loved this sweet dress on her before church!

And it was pretty cold that morning, so we wore this ADORABLE bunny jacket. It’s honestly too big and she probably won’t wear it again until next year, but it’s so cute!

A little Sunday night football watching…

And then some park playing because it was so nice out.

On Halloween, she wore her cute Halloween dress (thanks to the thermometer for keeping her attention so I could snag a pic.)

And I can’t even with this little ham. She’s a mess.

Such fun!

*Week 54, maybe? I’m losing count. ha!


Thirteen Months

Thirteen Months

I feel like I say this every month, but it’s just getting more and more fun together. She’s getting such a personality (some stubborn sass, to be expected) but we laugh so much.

*side note: no more staged monthly photos. Instead now, just my faves from the last month*


We haven’t been to the doctor lately, but home measurements, she’s around 21 lbs and 30 inches. She’s wearing size 4 diapers and pretty much 12m or 12-18 clothing. She is FINALLY wearing size 2 or 3 shoes easily, and has even outgrown a couple pairs of shoes!

The big highlights this month include:

WALKING! She took her first steps on November 4, just a few days shy of 13 months. We were at Uncle Neil’s in Hot Springs, and she pulled up on his chair and took a few steps. Now she’s walking pretty great- more walking than crawling.

TALKING! Ear tubes have been amazing for her verbally. She started babbling more and more that day and started imitating us the next. She now easily says Puh-puh for puppies, Nana (banana), Moo for cows and Ni-Ni (night night).  She is understanding more too, listening to more commands (sit on your bottom, let’s go sleepies, come here).

PLAYING. She will pretend to sleep now when we lay down and say “Momma tired. She’s going sleepies.”  She will lay down and suck her thumb. It’s the cutest! She will put her play phone (or really, anything that looks like a phone, including my key fob ha!) to her ear and babble. She is also VERY adventurous and climbs on everything. She is very into balls and throwing them/watching us throw them.

MOVING. She can stand from crawling without pulling up, is bear crawling with her booty in the air, she’s starting to point at things she wants.

SLEEPING. She still sleeps like a champ. Time change was a little rough- she adjusted to new bedtime, but is up about 30 minutes earlier than I want her to be currently. She sucks her thumb to sleep and is getting a little callous on her finger from that. She LOVES her lovey.

TEETHING. Bless it, y’all.  She has 7 teeth and her little gums feel so hard and swollen all over.  I feel like she’s gonna break a molar or side tooth any time. Maybe all 4. Who knows.

EATING. Still eating like a champ. In fact, I’m having to order her kids meals when we are out, because eating off my plate means I don’t get enough! ha!  She also isn’t satisfied with a dinky side of mac and cheese any more. Oh well. I don’t mind paying for it if she eats it. Her favorites are quickly becoming bananas, since she will say nana or bana when she sees one. She is eating more and more meals of exactly what we are eating – she has done great with meals.

She had her first weekend without mommy and daddy.  We’ve spent evenings where daddy was working and she didn’t see him, and I’ve been out of town, but we were both out. She was great, of course. She’s so easy. She spent the nights with my mom and spent Saturday with Gigi. And we came home to a happy girl.

She had ear tube surgery and has recovered well. We have a follow-up soon to look in her ears, but they seem to be great. It was amazing how quickly she started moving more adventurously and talking more.

She loves roaming all around the house. She is still obsessed with the dog food bowls (and water bowl) but we are trying hard to learn it’s a “no no.”  She loves playing in our shower, playing outside at the park (slides are her JAM!), and riding her toys. She LOVES music- lots of fun having dance parties together. I love to watch her giggle as we spin around her room to the radio. She loves music, she will go over to her radio and ask that we turn it on. We had a great Halloween- her first time to dress up and go out. She loved it.

Here’s to another month of fun that will include Thanksgiving and lots of family time!