Weekend Trip to Hot Springs

Weekend Trip to Hot Springs

We made a little road trip this weekend down to Hot Springs. We had some celebrating to do!

My bestie Alden was having a baby shower for her sweet baby due in a couple months. So we trekked to Central AR to celebrate. I loved this picture of Remi when she realized Alden was someone new holding her. So sweet.

After the shower, we headed to Hot Springs to see the family. We were coming for a surprise party for my Nene (my grandma). She was turning 70 and her sweet boyfriend had planned a big party.

She was indeed surprised! (And side note: Poor Remington was SO scared by the “Surprise!” yell. She was with Aunt Sandy during the yell and started like hyperventilating crying after. We had to go outside and sing some songs before she calmed down. Sweet baby. She was also scared by the air dryer and toilet flushing this trip. Apparently loud noises are bad now.)

She was so cute with her big cake.

4 generations (and one cranky baby because it was getting late)

And Uncle Neil got to come to the party. We were glad to see him!

Cousin Luke finally held Remi! He had been afraid to, but I think now that she’s bigger and less fragile he finally did.

And I let her chew on a spoon. You do what you gotta do.

Sweet girl had her first night in a hotel and did GREAT. Slept just like she does at home (up once in the night…she’s been either sleeping through or up once). She woke up SUPER happy.

We went down to the pool for her first swim! You gotta teach them all about hotel stays. We jumped on the bed and swam in the pool.

(So many pics of this weekend she’s pulling on that ear….calling the doctor worried about another ear infection)

Sweet flamingo girl! Her Aunt Sandy bought her this adorable swimsuit!

We went downtown for breakfast and met up with the fam. And since she wasn’t getting tired, we got a good pic with Nene.

She LOVED being outside walking around downtown. So happy at the sights and sounds. 

She slept the entire way home- we wore her out! Thankful for a little travel buddy!

 


Week 22 Highlights

Week 22 Highlights

This week seemed to zoom by in a flash. I’m in Easter choir and there are extra rehearsals, so I’ve been gone extra for rehearsals. That makes our time together even more special.

Saturday evening, we did a little bathtub swimming. Since Ty was working on his truck, it was just me and Remi. I usually put on a swimsuit and get in with her, but since I was solo, I stayed out.

She doesn’t smile much while swimming, but she splashes and kicks around, so I know she likes it.

We got into the toy box and added some new toys to our rotation, including this “purse” I bought her. It crinkles, has some key chewers and even a little crinkly money attached. It’s adorable. She held onto her purse while we “shopped” at lunch.

She wore some SUPER CUTE Ric Rac and Ruffles to church! Everyone loved this outfit!

We spent some time at Grandpa’s over the weekend. She was the center of attention. Tyler’s cousin Kelsey is holding her, and Nancy, Grandpa and Uncle Dwight are all gathered around. 

Great grandpa and his girl. Precious. 

So that was week 22! So much fun happening around here!


Weekend with the Fam

Weekend with the Fam

We had a very Fort Smith weekend.

The family from Hot Springs came to visit and we spent Saturday exploring our town.

Side note: on Friday we had dinner and hung out at mom’s. Remi was a bit fussy (it was bedtime) but she went to bed at mom’s and allowed us some time to visit before heading home. It was great.

Saturday, we had breakfast. I got my wires crossed and went to the Egg and I to get a table, while everyone else went to Calico County. Ha! They walked in and didn’t see me and had to leave. Ooops! At least we got a great breakfast, even if it wasn’t initially what everyone wanted.

After breakfast, we hit the river trail. It’s a gorgeous paved trail right along the river. It was sunny and warm and beautiful.

Everyone took pictures with Remi, of course.

Remi and her Grammy.

Me and my mini me. We wore matching monogram shirts.

Caitlyn loves Remi and is SO good with her.

Me and mom. Love this one.

Caitlyn took this adorable pic (on Snapchat, of course, since she’s 16, it’s her main form of communication. Ha!)

And Sandy and Remi at breakfast. Sandy has kept Remi fed with LOTS of formula. We are so thankful!

After our walk, we hit up the Popped Popcorn Company and Savoy tea for a snack and drink. The rest of the family went out to shop and hang the rest of the day, and we went home for R to nap.

It’s so great to spend time with the family!


Baby Dedication

Baby Dedication

Our church does baby dedications differently from most.  Most churches I know do dedications twice a year- Mother’s Day and Christmastime. However, ours does each baby separately.

We do a small prayer ceremony in church, and then a family ceremony after.

(Full honesty, I don’t love the way I look in these pics.  I feel like my face looks round and I feel big. Heck, I am at my heaviest non-pregnant adult weight right now…where I was years ago when I started to lose weight…but I want to be in the pictures. I want to have these memories. I’m happy and I want to be there. So non-flattering pics be damned, I’m in them and I’m posting them. We can’t all look like super models all the time).

Our sweet friend Beth took these pics from the balcony of Remi’s church dedication.

She had a big ol flower on her little head. I loved it!

My sweet friend Brandy came to watch. It’s a blessing to have friends who love your baby.

After church, the whole family came for lunch. Hardly any pics except for this one- Brad holding her for the first time finally! He didn’t have much of a choice, his FIL basically handed him the baby! Yay for cousin Brad!

We went back to church where our pastor did a lovely ceremony for us. He presented us with a Bible for her, a letter to give her when she accepts Christ, served Tyler and I the Lord’s Supper, and then we literally placed her on the alter and the family gathered to pray over her life. Very special.

And then we took pictures.

I love my husband for coordinating his shirt with us.

Our wonderful pastor. He married us, has counseled us through difficult times, and now helped us dedicate our daughter to the Lord.

The whole family. What a blessing to have them all there.

All the dedication means is that she is a gift from God, and we promised to lead her to know Him as she grows up. We were thanking God for her life and promising to raise her in His truth.

Such a special day!