Remi’s Second Birthday Party

Remi’s Second Birthday Party

So yesterday you saw the setup, so today let’s look back at the party!

We rented a room at the park (I was worried about rain and didn’t want to use a pavilion outside) and set up a fun party. Remi girl LOVED it all.

We invited some of her sweet little friends- and it turned out all girls showed up. A fun little girl gang.

Remi and Amelia were first, and they were drinking their ducky punch and coloring.

When everyone got there, we had snacks, punch and cupcakes.  We didn’t do a big cake- Remi hasn’t loved the candle part of birthday cakes…so we just sang to her when she ate her cupcake.

I played some kids songs, and Remi entertained us with her dancing.  This was (of course) Baby Shark.

We helped her open her gifts, and so did several of her friends.  (Side note: I was SO PROUD of how she was sharing her presents right away.  She didn’t fuss at them helping open presents. She was only territorial over her bike.)

As soon as something was opened, she wanted Dada to “cut it up” and open it.  So we started throwing things back in the floor and had an impromptu play session with the new baby dolls and play doh! The girls were SO FUN.

While she opened presents, Carl (my Nene’s friend) made balloon animals.  He has done some clowning, so he’s a pro!  The littles and even some adults enjoyed the balloons!

At one point, Remi climbed up on this stack of tables, and the other girls quickly followed.  They jumped and danced and had the best time up here stomping around.

After presents, we headed outside to ride the train! This park has a free train, and the kids (and the adults) LOVED it!  Remi DID NOT want to sit by me, she wanted back by her little friends. (Shoutout to Avery and Lyla’s moms for sitting behind them and making sure they stayed put!).

After our train ride, the girls all played at the park!  Swinging, sliding and jumping. LOTS of fun.

After a bit, all the little friends went their respective ways, and the family stayed to help us clean up.  We got pics with Remi and her family!

We love Kelsey and Brad!

Remi is a big PawPaw fan! (He’s her great grandpa)  She wanted him to sit at her table during the party.

And our Gordon clan came to party! We were so glad they came up from Hot Springs. She loves her “Gabby” (Gavvy, Gavin), Mr. D, Auntie, “Wuke” (Luke), and KK (Caitlyn).

And Nene (Remi’s great grandma) was there too! Remi loved giving hugs to everyone!

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It was so fun to watch Remi interact with her friends and enjoy the fun.


Birthday-Adjacent Weekend

Birthday-Adjacent Weekend

The weekend surrounding Remi’s birthday was just so much fun.

Saturday morning, I gave Remi an early birthday present.  Her sweet friend Connor sent her a birthday present (I work with his momma…and it was his birthday weekend, too!) and she was SO EXCITED about her new outfit.  She tried to put the pants on right away!

We were just going to hang at home, but Tyler saw a post on Facebook about our town’s Fall Festival getting set up- so we got changed and headed to town.  The park was transformed with fun booths, food trucks, inflatables, hay rides and more fun.

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Remi was finally big enough to climb the inflatable by herself! She loved it!  And her little friend Lyla was there, too and they enjoyed playing together.

We went on a hayride around the park and Remi loved it.  We laughed though- the hay was poking her, and she figured out to sit on her paper fan.  (And don’t worry, we got LOTS of feedback about her. *insert eye roll*  On the hayride, she said she had to potty, and we were telling her to hold it and we would find a bathroom when we finished.  A lady commented “Isn’t she a little young for that?” Ugh. #mindyourown)

We got some snacks and food- mini donuts, shaved ice and egg rolls.  Yum.  Remi was a big fan of the donuts.

After her birthday we went back to Mimi’s house to swim. It was warm enough and my mom has a heater for the pool.  I didn’t get in, but Remi enjoyed swimming with the family.  The view out there is gorgeous.

Sunday morning, I set up all her birthday gifts. It was like Christmas.  She went between all the presents and was loving it.  She started with her princess shoes and gloves, then played basketball and built with her magnatiles.  Well rounded.

Sunday morning, we had a bit of a birthday hangover and she was SHOWING her two-year-old-ed-ness.  But she looked precious.  And after her nap she was much better.

I got some snuggles which are always great.  And it was my last Sunday afternoon snuggles with my one year old (she turned two the next morning).

The weather was beautiful, so Sunday night, she got to play in her water table.  And she happily dumped water on her head.  Silly goose.

A super fun weekend for all!


What My Weight Loss Has Looked Like

What My Weight Loss Has Looked Like

I’ve lost 20 pounds in the last year.

You could say I’ve only lost 20 pounds in the last year. Or you could say Wow! I’ve lost 20 whole pounds in the last year!

I had lost 20 pounds in the year before that (I’m a slow loser, I suppose).

And there was a long period of no change….but I’m losing.

I’m doing things to make change. I’m working on myself.  I’m working out.  I’m making healthy choices (some of the time. more often than not).

Here’s my chart from MyFitnessPal.  Each line is 10 lbs. This is the last year.

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I’d like to lose another 20 lbs. And I sure wish it would happen faster than the next year, but I’m going to finish. I always quit before I finish.

But this time, it’s been a long process, so it’s become more of a lifestyle than it ever has before. To be really honest.  The slow losing has been annoying, but it’s been helpful because I’ve had to focus on the process and goals there (like getting 16 kickboxing workouts in a month, for example) rather than the pounds lost.

Here’s to seeing that line keep going down! And losing this last 20 pounds, in whatever time frame it takes!


OBU Homecoming 2018

OBU Homecoming 2018

At the last minute, I decided to go to Ouachita’s homecoming.  Alden had an extra ticket to the big music production, Tiger Tunes, and she offered it to me.

But I knew we were starting potty training a couple weeks prior, and I wasn’t sure I could leave so soon.  But since Remi took right to that, I felt ok to leave her.

I got up early and headed to campus. Alden was bringing a high schooler from their youth group and they got hung up on the way to campus, so they were a little late.

I got there about 45 minutes early and walked around. It’s the strangest feeling, like everything and nothing had changed.

It was early (like 10 am) so not many older alumni were there yet, but I did manage to catch up with a few people and professors before Alden and Maddie arrived.

I enjoyed meeting some current Tri Chi girls and singing the song with them!

And we had to take a picture with the letters, of course!

And we HAD to throw the chis!

We hit the bookstore and visited our names in the sidewalk.

And we took a picture with our tiger! We were told an interesting story- we used to “ride the tiger” and sneak up on the statue at night (and it used to be gold and without a tail….they’ve refurbished it since I graduated). Turns out, it has lots of cracks in it and it’s close to crumbling….so no more riding the tiger (hence the new fence keeping students out).

We headed down to the VERY PACKED football field, ate a Chick-fil-a sandwich and watched the game. Tiger victory!

After the game, we met Megan at Burger Barn (an Arkadelphia MUST) and then went to Tiger Tunes! The show was FANTASTIC. Tri Chi girls were boxers, and it was so cute.

I also had the opportunity to perform with the hosts and hostesses during the finale (I’m almost hiding behind the third host from the right in the black vest).  We sang a song from Wicked together. It’s fun to be back on the JPAC stage!

After the show, we celebrated with our girls and got a little Tri Chi family picture with Jessie (and Bailey!).  Love these girls!

I got to catch up with some friends like my sweet SaraJane and then I headed to Hot Springs for the night.  I met my family for breakfast before they had church (the most amazing cinnamon rolls at Will’s Cinnamon Shop!). Then I did some walking and shopping downtown before heading home.

I made it just in time for Remi’s nap after church (and got to take a nap myself!).  It was a great weekend!