After a night in the hotel (bless, Remi girl had trouble settling down in a new environment and woke up in the night…so she got to sleep with mommy and daddy a bit), we enjoyed a really great breakfast in our hotel.  Like, amazing cinnamon rolls.  Seriously.

Then we had a little time to kill, so we went by Trader Joe’s. #TJFANFOREVER

Then we drove around a bit because little bit fell asleep.  But we ended up at the Oklahoma Aquarium!

We went straight back to the Ozarks exhibit because it was almost time to feed the otters and beavers.  Remi was so into the animals and fish.  It was getting a little crowded in that area because of the feeding, so she was getting mad we wouldn’t let her down. ha!


Side note: people went NUTS over her mermaid leggings.


She LOVED all of the exhibits.  We watched the touch tanks, but she was too tiny to reach in.  This was at the stingrays.


Her two favorite things were the shark cage and the ramps in and out of the shark exhibit. ha!

(I love that you pay money to take them somewhere and they find such joy in the things that “don’t matter.”)  But we let her play for quite a while here since he was LOVING it.  (Also, is she climbing? I didn’t think so.  I think the sign behind was just so you didn’t try to climb to the top- it was like 15 feet tall).


We bought some food and fed some fish and the turtles.  She liked that a lot, too.


There were several little areas to crawl and explore- it’s such a great aquarium.  This was a tunnel into a tank, and Gigi got a pic of her inside!  She’s fearless.  Just goes right in.  In one tunnel, she encountered a little boy, probably 8 or so.  He wouldn’t move, so she started hitting him!  I yelled at her to be gentle- and so she kissed him! ha!


She LOVED Sea Turtle Island. It was a huge, bright tank with lots of bright fish.  It also had a great area playing Caribbean music- which she’s a fan of.


After the aquarium, we grabbed a quick lunch and headed home.  Such a fun memory with our family!



I took my last two vacation days of the year (my year rolls over Mid-March, so it was time) to go visit some fun spots in Oklahoma.

The whole fam took a little road trip to the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile in Pawkuska and to the Oklahoma Aquarium in Tulsa.

When we set out, we got a good laugh because mom and Nancy were sort of matching in the back seat.

We set out pretty early and ended up stopping at Bass Pro to give Tyler some fun. We got there a few minutes before they opened, so we played outside on the rocking chairs.

The result of asking “How big is Remi?”  SO BIG!


I’m in love with this sweet outfit.  She looks precious.  And since the Pioneer Woman’s family are cattle farmers, it was very appropriate.

The Mercantile is a beautiful building on Main Street in Pawhuska.  We were there at noon on a Thursday, and it wasn’t busy at all.  It was a GORGEOUS day for February- in the 70s and sunshine.  A little windy, but not too bad for Oklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plain.

Sweet Tyler waited in the lunch line while we looked around.  It only took 20 minutes or so to get a table.  Lunch was great!

We split the nachos and then got these entrees that were all great: fried chicken sandwich, chicken fried steak and spicy Caesar salad.  Tyler got the brisket which was NOT good- it was tough. I’ve made her brisket recipe before, and the flavor was good but the meat was so tough. Otherwise, it was all great.

Remi LOVED the mashed potatoes.  She went in for handfuls at a time.

After lunch, we shopped around the store.  There are housewares, gifts, clothing, jewelry, books and more.  We bought a little bit of everything.

Then we went upstairs to the coffee shop and bakery. It’s much quieter up there. Lots of seating and open windows.  We got several treats to try and they were YUMMY (we waited until later to eat most of them).  My favorite was a blueberry crunch croissant….but the cookies, blondies, knock you naked brownie and pecan sticky bun were all so good.

Tyler couldn’t wait to try his cookie sandwich. It was the size of his head!  All of the desserts were amazingly not too sweet but still very rich and decadent.

Since it was so nice outside, we decided to walk around town. There are a lot of little shops (which one owner said are booming and growing thanks to the traffic from the Merc).  One shop had these two dogs- and Remi was in HEAVEN.  She loved the pup pups…and all the store owners were so nice to us.

When we got to the hotel in Tulsa, the fun didn’t stop!  Remi got a ride around in a luggage cart and then she played some energy out in the room.

We had a great day the next day.  Watch for Part 2 this week!


The rest of Christmas break

The rest of Christmas break

I was off work a few extra days for Christmas, which was pure heaven. No alarms (well, other than Remi when she woke up! ha!), no big plans, and lots of fun.

Remi and I got to spend some extra time together.  She wore her ADORABLE outfit, which I wanted to document.  Our sweet friend Suzie MADE this sweet dress and bow.

That afternoon, Remi woke up early into her nap and was pretty upset, which is very unusual on all accounts.  I brought her into our bedroom and laid down with her (which we never do- she is such a great independent sleeper). But she fell asleep and I got to snuggle my girl- which was an AMAZING treat.

I won this ball at an arcade while at my work team building day and she LOVED it.  “Bah! Bah!”  We love to roll it back and forth.

More sled riding.  I captioned this “Pull me, peasant!” on Instagram….and it’s so true.

She was playing and I was sitting in the glider watching.  Pippin jumped into my lap.  A few minutes later, she climbed up on top of Pippin to lay in my lap. Silly girl!

We spent New Year’s Eve eating with our family. I loved her in her jacket and hat! (Side note: Daddy had a wreck New Year’s Eve morning on his way to work.  There was some ice overnight and he slid on a bridge leaving our little town. He ended up flipping his truck on it’s side and hitting a telephone pole…but somehow, thank God, he’s ok.  We spent the day at home letting him rest and recover.)

Before the food came, everybody got some Remi time.

New Year’s Day we went and played with our cousins. Remi LOVES them.

We also went to the mall for Dillard’s Sale because it’s tradition. ha!  We had a great break.

Mega Christmas Post

Mega Christmas Post

Instead of splitting it all up, here’s the big, mega, Christmas extravaganza.

It started a few days before when Remi had pajama day at school. That morning, she got to open her first present – a Tickle Me Elmo from my aunt and uncle. She was pretty excited, and she got the hang of “tickling” him pretty quick.

The last day before Christmas break, she wore her sweet Santa outfit to school.

And we got to go see Grandpa at his Christmas party.  She loved crawling on him and patting his arm. It was so sweet.  He loved it!

Dad was in an amazing happy laughing mood- which was so good. We laughed until he almost cried.

A couple days before Christmas, we got her playroom started.  It’s not perfect- we have stuff piled on the guest bed in there. But she got her table and chairs and LOVED sitting there and playing.

Another highlight- Gransy and Popsy (one of my friend’s parents- we go to church with them and they are PRECIOUS) stopped by with a Christmas gift for Remi. I LOVE having all of these amazing people loving on our girl.

We baked Christmas cookies together. I got these matching aprons last Christmas, and it was still too big for her to walk around wearing, but she liked it.  And she loved the cookie process way more than I thought she would.

Christmas Eve, we headed to church in the morning.  It was cold and drizzly…and of course, Remi ran into the driveway and sat down on the wet concrete (face palm).

There was no childcare, so she sat in the service with me.  She did pretty great, thanks to 100 puffs.

After the service, we went to lunch and met up with Tyler on his lunch break, which is always great.

We had naps and then got ready for evening service – the candlelight service.  Looking adorable.

We always do candlelight service with Tyler’s family, so Remi had lots of people to go to.  My favorite was getting to take her on the stage during the kid’s time. She did great.

Tyler met us at church right after work.

We did Christmas Eve dinner with Ty’s family at Nancy’s. We did baked potato bar, and Remi WENT TO TOWN on the guacamole.

Christmas morning was fun.  Yummy breakfast and new toys!  She got a play kitchen and loved it.

Gigi got her a sled, so she was getting pulled all over the house.

She also got a slide from us! She LOVES it.

We had a low key day.  Playing, resting and eating.  Mom and Nancy were there.

And we were so glad Daddy took the day off work to be there all day.

And in the afternoon, Grandpa showed up to play. Lots of fun!

So that was alllllll of Christmas. Hope you all had a merry holiday as well!