Professional Pictures from the Boat

Professional Pictures from the Boat

They take your photo at every turn on the boat. I’ve heard some other ships have digital galleries where you can purchase downloads.  Our boat didn’t have that.  Instead, they had walls and walls and walls of printed photos for purchase.  And we were suckered in to the memories.

We got pictures of….

Remi meeting Thing 1 and Thing 2!

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Her love for the giant towel elephant.

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Her excitement for the Cat in the Hat (though it looks a little like she’s scared here…she wasn’t scared! She was pumped!)

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Mom and I at formal night in the dining room.

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Our beautiful family!

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Me and my love.

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Our messy girl with her grandmas…

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Our big girl at dinner one evening.

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And then our beautiful mommas took some pictures, too.  We all loved how gorgeous they looked!

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Final Christmas Celebrations

Final Christmas Celebrations

We had a couple more family Christmas gatherings this past weekend, and we had a good time visiting with everyone. And Remi got even more presents, which she was pumped about. I desperately need to organize/clean because I’m getting overwhelmed at all the stuff in our house.  But we will get there.

We had Tyler’s dad’s family Christmas, and they totally went overboard on the kids. There was a mound of gifts, but it was fun to watch them open stuff.  Remi loved this little hamper, but as a hat/cage? haha we all laughed at her doing this.

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She got to play with a second cousin, Bretli. She’s a year older and the girls were so cute together.

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On Sunday, we drove an hour or so away to meet up with my Aunt Bobby and Uncle Jerry.  I love them. My dad had several sisters, but Aunt Bobby was the only one I got close to.  I’ve been to stay with them a bunch and just love them. Remi did too.

They gave her a sweet baby doll, and more than anything, Remi just loved making them laugh.

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When we got home from the drive, Remi needed to burn off some energy. She had been a VERY good girl at the family gatherings- so we let her go crazy outside.  It was a gorgeous 60-degree day, so we played and jumped and ran a ton. I love her wild spirit!

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We totally enjoyed our holiday season, but there’s something nice about returning to “normal.”  Looking forward to that as well!


Family Christmas #1

Family Christmas #1

We had our first family gathering weeks before Christmas. It just made sense, though. Cousin Luke had his Christmas band concert, and we wanted to go see that….so while we were in Hot Springs, we got together with the family.

I decided Remi and I would wear our matching RicRac and Ruffles outfits!

We headed to Hot Springs and got a yummy lunch at Newk’s when we arrived. Then we went to Luke’s band concert. He plays trombone in the 6th grade band, and they did great playing some traditional holiday hits.

After the performance, we all went to Uncle Neil’s for food and fun. We played a fun dirty santa sort of game that the kids liked. (We did the Dirty Dice Gift Grab here).  Then we opened gifts.  Remi got a doctor kit and proceeded to give everyone shots!  She also got some dinosaurs and roared at everyone.

She also got lots of tickles and giggles. She loved sitting with Uncle Neil in his chair.

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Family photo isn’t perfect, but we love each other. 🙂


Rhema Christmas Lights

Rhema Christmas Lights

After Sesame Street live, we threw bedtime to the wind and decided to stop at the Rhema Christmas lights before heading home.

Rhema is a church campus and also a Bible College campus, so it’s very big. And they do a lovely drive through light display, but the holiday magic is the walk-through areas because you are surrounded by acres of lights. They say it’s over two million lights. It’s so beautiful!

We went last year on a Saturday, and it was packed….so being there on a week night was SO NICE because it wasn’t busy. In fact, Remi actually did a lot of running around the displays, and it was open enough for her to run free.

It was cold (in the low 40s) but there was like no wind, so it was pretty comfortable, so we took our time exploring the entire area.

This *blurry* tunnel and the area around it are my favorite. This section is set to music and the lights change and go on and off with the music. LOVE.

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Remi LOVED all the pretty lights. Sweet girl wanted to get close and kept trying to get off the sidewalk.

They sell treats and hot drinks, and a lady in the snack shack gave her a little cup of popcorn, and she looked so big walking around carrying her snack.

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On our way out, I tried to capture the scene, but only could get like 1/8 of it in frame. It’s just magic.

I’m so thankful we got to stop and enjoy the display. I love this time of year, and seeing the magic in Remi’s eyes makes it even more special.