Incredible Family Time


We had a lot of fun family time this weekend!

We started with spending time with cousin Caitlyn on Friday. She’s here for college, and while we’ve seen her a lot when she’s been with my mom, we haven’t just made plans with her. So we changed that. We met her at the park and played until dinner.  Love these two girls! Caitlyn was born when I was 13, so I have such nostalgia sometimes when we are with her and Remi- thinking about her at that age.


The park has a big pond and some ducks that love to be fed (along with some geese that bully the ducks…Remi was VERY into yelling at the bullies). Mom brought saltines and we fed them a bunch of crackers. Remi was brave, letting them take it out of her hand.


That evening, we had dinner at Texas Roadhouse, and our little dancer got in on the action!  She went with our server and line danced in front of everyone. She’s so brave!

Saturday morning, she did her makeup. Ha!  She washes it off almost immediately after, but she has fun playing in it.


Then we did her Curious George puzzle. She’s so into this right now- doing all the edges, finding the corners, and figuring it out all by herself.


Then we drove to Poteau to see cousin Hattie!  Her momma owns a little shop, so we stopped by to play for a while. Hattie’s getting so big- crawling around and playing more. Remi LOVED playing with her.


And she read her a book, too!  Such a sweet friendship forming.


We went to our favorite taco spot for lunch, where Remi showed us her fish face with every drink of water. Silly goose.


Then, she was ECSTATIC (a word she’s learning thanks to a new book), about her sand box. It was warm (and I think most of our freezing days are behind us), so we decided to set it up. I bought it used on Facebook Marketplace, and daddy got the sand put inside of it. She LOVES to dig in the sand. She was SO pumped that it was set up to play in!


I’m so thankful for weekends like this where we spend lots of time together. We may have done a lot, but there were no “plans” really. It’s a nice change of pace. I’m usually a planner and a do-er, so it’s nice to have some downtime, too.

So Much Personality

So Much Personality

Y’all, I keep saying it, but we are in such a sweet season of just having so much fun together. Yes, there are some hard moments, but in general, we’ve gotten a handle on Remi in this stage. We’re at a great place of understanding together – that she needs to listen and cooperate, and in return, we will have a BLAST together. I LOVE being the “yes” mom- but she knows that she has to do her part, too.

She’s LOVING dressing up so much right now. And sweet dad gets to be the dragon a lot. I think mostly because it’s a costume that fits him (thanks, cape!), and it’s a “boy” thing to be.  She was dressed up like “Chase” (which is just her police outfit, but she barks like a dog…haha) and she needed to arrest the dragon. Cracked me up!


She has a love/hate relationship with Pippin. She wants to love on him, pick him up, and play with him. But when he comes to her first, she’s mad about it.  This day though, she was sitting and watching TV and he climbed up in her lap and she welcomed him. They sweetly snuggled and watched Daniel Tiger.  They love each other. He’s SO good with her, and puts up with a lot.


This morning was a great example of “get through the things we need to do, then the fun can start.”  We got ready for school without any issues, and then she wanted to accessorize.  I was happy to give her a couple minutes and whatever she wanted. She picked a big purple bow, a necklace (which was a compromise- she initally wanted her flower lei, but I didn’t want to deal with losing it….so I talked her into these beads because no harm, no foul if they go missing), and her sunglasses.  Then last minute right before we went out the door, she ran back to the playroom and brought two crowns.  She picked this purple one, and then out we went!  When we went to school, she left the sunglasses and crown in the car.  And the necklace went straight into her cubbie at school. She loves to put special things in there.  Whatever.  It makes her happy and doesn’t hurt anything.


She’s just so full of life and joy and personality. Love everything about her!

So Creative

So Creative

I’ve been loving Remi’s creativity and her desire to learn! We’ve been having a great time together.

She’s suddenly VERY interested not just in puzzles, but in the strategy behind puzzles. We’re working through picking out the edge pieces, corners and doing them in a way that makes more sense than just picking out matching pieces. She’s always so proud when she figures it out!


We went to swim at the gym I used to teach Zumba at…and she LOVED it. She cracked us up saying “Those are for exercise, we have to stay over here” about the swim lanes. She was right….but where did she figure that out?! She loved spending the evening at the pool.


She wanted to paint her toes…and I let her. They were ALL blue at first, but then I showed her to just do the nails, and the second foot was much better. Always learning! (And I say that learning is made in messes!)


She wanted a “tea party” one morning before church.  We made “tea” (flavored water) and then it turned into a birthday party and she asked me to make her a card. She also brought ALLLL the things from the playroom. They all had a purpose. I love watching her mind work.


This is mostly just a pic of that cute fox dress. But she’s LOVING church these days. She LOVES the songs and stories. She knows that Jesus loves EVERYONE and that God made EVERYTHING.


She wanted to make a lemonade stand, so we did (except, no lemon juice…”lemons are spicy” – AKA sour). Daddy and her set it up, and I was her first customer. She cracks me up!  She loved using her cash register and giving us change and yelling “open for business!” when they were all ready.


This girl is just too much. In the best way.

Wardrobe Words Week 1 Recap

Wardrobe Words Week 1 Recap

Week 1 of Wardrobe Words is done! We’ve reallllly enjoyed digging in our closets and creating looks around these words. I have two coworkers playing along for sure (and if anyone out there wants to join us- come on along!)


  1. Nautical. I did some blue/white stripes, but then to me right now, nautical means cruising! We are headed on an Alaskan cruise this summer (Coronavirus be darned!), and so I’ve been adding a few pieces to my wardrobe to pack, and this cozy oversized sweater is one I can’t wait to wear on the boat. So it’s nautical to me!


2. Preppy! A floral blazer with a gingham scarf and a clean, white shell were preppy for me!


3. BRIGHT. This is Donna and Paige- two of the sweetest people you’ll ever know that I’m blessed to see every day!  Donna has an amazing wardrobe because she’s spent a lot of time in Africa for missions- and this skirt is one of those unique pieces!  I love our bright looks here!  This dress is one that I bought but hadn’t worn yet (in like a year of it hanging in my closet).  I got lots of compliments, and was told I looked like a pinata, in a good way! ha!


4. SOUTHERN. I went gingham (second time this week, yes!) and a tied chambray shirt. I also rocked some pearls, because that feels southern belle to me.


Paige did a cute tied shirt and her boots, while Donna (with her AMAZINGLY long never-been-cut hair) was in cute pigtails with a denim skirt.


5. MONOCHROMATIC.  I went with all green. Camo and a green suede shirt. I usually wear these camo pants with a jewel tone- like a burgundy- and I felt a little off in the green, but I think it worked!


Paige did classic all black, and Donna went with pinks head to toe


6. FAVORITE.  So I did my favorite band- Hanson!  And I’m PUMPED to be fitting into this shirt again (it’s a fitted medium). I also wore my leopard TOMS, my favorite shoes, but I didn’t get a pic on my way out the door. 🙂


Can’t wait to see what we put together next week!