The Most Family Fun

The Most Family Fun

We had a TON of family fun over the weekend.

Remi overheard me telling Tyler about our Christmas in July at work, and how we decorated Christmas cookies….and then she asked to decorate cookies.  Thankfully, we were giving away the extra frosting at work, so I snagged a few. And we decorated graham crackers, which MADE HER DAY.  She was so excited.


On Saturday, we headed to Tulsa for the Taste of Summer ice cream festival!  For $5, you got all you could eat Blue Bell! YES PLEASE.

When you walked in, you were first met by the novelties (popsicles, ice creams on a stick, etc.) so we did that first. Then we all played and visited the booths. It was HOT but we were having fun.


Gavin is in town spending the week with my mom, and Caitlyn and her friend Kalleigh were here for a concert with us, so it was a big fun time.


They had a fun little sand pit game, and Remi DID NOT care about the game….she just wanted to play in the sand. Thankfully, the people running the game let her sit in the corner and dig.


We also lucked into a short wait for face painting.  A blue butterfly on one side…


And a red sparkly flower on the other!


We went through the ice cream lines and got plenty!  It was SO efficient. There were different lines for groupings of 4 flavors, so you only waited a short time while they scooped them.  We all tried several flavors (thankfully the scoops were pretty mini so you didn’t feel too bad about sampling several).

Then while we were walking around, we saw this guy from Charlie’s Chicken. Well, my quick mom wit told Remi it was Chickaleta from Paw Patrol, and she was so excited. 🙂 It’s not a lie….it’s just mom magic.

Remi played on the playground while we finished our ice creams, and then we got pretty hot and decided to find some air conditioning.


When we had our fill of the heat, we hit up Bass Pro.  We met up with Norma and Randy, some of Tyler’s family and had fun walking around.

I found this cute little deer in the hunting section!


After Bass Pro, we had lunch all together, which was nice, too. Norma and Randy are so fun- Remi just loves them!


I’m so thankful we could have a big family fun time together!

4th of July Fun

4th of July Fun

Goodness did we have a super fun holiday!

We kicked it off on the 3rd with a birthday for our cousin Caitlyn! I LOVE that she wants to be here with us for her birthday. This is somehow the only photo I took that evening…of Remi eating the cake.


After dinner, we went to see fireworks. It’s a tradition for Cait on her birthday! It was BUSY because the only fireworks in the area were at a town about 30 minutes from home….and EVERYONE was there. My aunt had some car trouble that threw a wrench into the plans, but we still watched the big show and it was fun.


Remi was a little nervous, but ended up doing great, not even needing me to hold her. She sat by her KK most of the night!


On the 4th, we headed to the square in the morning to get some fun family time before Tyler had to go to work!

Remi wanted to bring her bike, and (even though I was nervous she was going to run into someone!) she had a great time peddling around. Our small town celebration is a great time to ride your little bike around.


She got plenty of play time on the bouncy houses (even though she was afraid of the ones with water).


And we loved getting some family time together. If you’re not dressing crazy patriotic for the 4th, are you even American? ha!






We cooled off with snowcones- off course blue for this one!


She LOVED seeing her blue tongue in my camera. 🙂


After a good nap, we hit up Mimi’s house for swimming and lunch!  We were there with our family and some friends (my friend Rachel’s crew came to swim, too!). SO MUCH FUN.


We got ready that evening (and got some Nene snuggles) and then headed back to the square.


My favorite 4th of July tradition is the HUGE block party that happens on our town square. Live music- so many friends. It’s HOT (see everyone sweating like crazy?) but it’s SO fun.

We dance, we eat dinner from the food trucks, we get snow cones and watch fireworks.

We LOVED dancing with our friends Tara and Amelia…


And we also partied with my sweet friend Brandy and her son.


Tyler had to work, but we were so grateful to meet up with Tara and her family- and sweet Heath played with Remi just like a daddy would have. So thankful for friends who are more like family.


More blue snow cones!


And then fireworks!  Remi wasn’t too interested (it was her third fireworks in like 4 nights)….but we enjoyed being all together!


Meeting Cousin Hattie!

Meeting Cousin Hattie!

Tyler’s cousin Kelsey had her sweet baby girl and we FINALLY got to go see her when she was 2 weeks old (her momma had a complication after delivery when we were initially going to see them and then we were on vacation).

Remi was hesitant until we got there and then she just LOVED ON HER.

She wanted to hold her and kissed her SO MANY TIMES.


She very much wanted to help with Hattie- trying to rock her swing and rock and play, wanting to bring her a stuffie….it was sweet. Remi is going to be a great big cousin!


Big Cedar Vacation: Day 4

Our last full day at Big Cedar we PACKED IT IN!

We started our morning splitting up- Tyler and Remi played on the beach while me, Nancy and mom did a stand up paddle boarding class. Y’all. I can’t express enough how much we LOVED this.

It wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be (or we are just strong enough now that I wasn’t worried about myself?).

But we paddled down the lake to the Devil’s Pool waterfall, and then we did some fitness stuff.

The instructor brought her phone out (because she’s brave!) so she took some pics for us.


After the class, we headed to the kid’s fishing pond for a fun time. Remi was a bit hesitant to fish at first, but once she saw the other kids, she wanted to try it. Thank goodness she caught a fish because she was starting to get over it.

They used real worms and she was so brave picking it up! I don’t know who enjoyed it more- her or daddy teaching her how to cast.


They caught one! She got to take it and have it weighed- a big 5 ounces!


We spent the rest of the afternoon pool hopping- visiting two pools and the lazy river. It was perfect. We had a lazy afternoon with lunch and naps.

And that evening, I grilled out some deer steaks that we brought with us. They were YUMMY. I don’t mind vacation cooking. I love to cook and on vacation, someone else is occupying Remi and cleaning up! Win, win!


Once Remi went to sleep, I packed up and then met Tyler for some night fishing. We didn’t get any bites, but we did see lots of HUGE crawdads in the water. This big one was a good 5 inches or bigger.


The next morning, Tyler and Remi took it slow while me and mom tried a dance fitness class that KICKED our butts!

After that, we changed and headed to Branson for some outlet shopping and lunch. Remi LOVES the rides at the outlet mall.


We made it home around 5 and got settled back in.

It was a SUPER fun trip. I’m so glad we can all go together.