Playing Catch Up

Playing Catch Up

We had a busy couple of weeks, but here are the highlights of some fun inbetween.

One afternoon Remi asked to go to the park after school, so we agreed to a fun night. We stopped first for an early dinner (so we could play until it was time to go home), and Remi surprised us! She asked the server for chopsticks and USED THEM.

She amazes us every day.

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Caitlyn came to visit after her graduation, and Steel Magnolias happened to be showing in the theaters for the 30th anniversary.  We LOVED seeing it on the big screen!

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My work team had a fun team building day where we went to Lake Fort Smith and hiked about 6 miles on the Shepherd Springs Loop.  It was hot and mosquito-y, but it was a fun day with my coworkers.

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We finally found some sunglasses that Remi likes to wear. Yes, they are little boys. No, I don’t care.

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She was SO HAPPY to match daddy in her sunglasses and ride on the lawn mower with him.

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Caitlyn’s Graduation

Caitlyn’s Graduation

My sweet cousin Caitlyn was born when I was 13, so it’s sort of hard to believe she’s ready to graduate! I can’t be old enough for her to be 18, right?!

We are SO proud of her and so excited she’s coming near us for college. We LOVE KK and are excited to spend more time with her.

We went to Hot Springs to celebrate her graduation. Her church hosted a lovely lunch for families, and it was a good time to all be together.

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Saturday evening, they had a party at a family friend’s home. It was pouring rain, and silly Remi HAD to use her own umbrella walking in. #soindependent

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Sunday morning, my mom went to their church for the service, but I wanted to let Remi take the morning slow.  We got breakfast and went to the pool. She LOVED her Paw Patrol swim suit and swimming with us!

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After a good nap, we got ready and grabbed lunch and took it to Uncle Neil. Remi LOVES pushing him in his big chair. She also loves the library there.

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She was GREAT during graduation (thanks to my phone and some headphones). It was great to see Caitlyn get her diploma and cheer on her class.

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We snapped a few pics after the ceremony and then headed to a big dinner with extended family.

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We got home late, but it was a wonderful time with family and celebrating Cait.

 


Rainy Day in Dallas

Rainy Day in Dallas

Our second Dallas day was a rainy one.  Not just rainy, like DOWNPOUR. So we needed something indoors to do.

We had a slow morning, eating our leftover breakfasts and getting ready.  Then we headed to Grapevine for some shopping.

Our first stop was Bass Pro.  Truth be told, I thought it was connected to the big mall, but it wasn’t.  That’s ok!  Tyler and Nancy shopped while we took in the free aquarium and animals. Remi LOVED the water wheel!

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Then we headed to Grapevine Mills mall.  We did a little shopping, then we let Remi ride the little train. She was VERY excited to say the least!

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While we waited for our table at Rainforest Cafe, we walked to the chocolate shop (because, why not?!) And she got a big chocolate covered marshmallow.

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We did lunch at the Rainforest Cafe. She may not look like it here (she was ready for a nap, so picture cooperation wasn’t happening) but she enjoyed it.  The food is overpriced and not that great, and I’m not sure she loved it enough to go back….but it was fun.

She was a tiny bit scared during the first “storm” when all the animals came alive.  We sat in the middle of the restaurant under the gorillas, so there was stuff ALL around us.  But after the first one, she got excited when the rain storm would happen.

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She PASSED OUT for a nap. I’m never mad about a good naptime.

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For dinner, we went to the Gas Monkey Grill, which was a very surprising win. The food and service were fantastic. And it may be from a TV show, but it wasn’t kitchy or too overdone. It was just good food and a neat place.

And the big monkey cups were a hit!

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They have a music venue and a concert was happening, so Remi definitely wanted to go watch the show after our meal. She loves live music. So intently watching!

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That night at bedtime she read us all Brown Bear. She has it almost memorized. It was precious.

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We all slept well that night! A fun, long day together.


Dallas Adventure: Perot Museum

Dallas Adventure: Perot Museum

We had a family wedding in Dallas, so we decided to make it into a really fun weekend.

It was Tyler’s cousin, so of course, Nancy was going with. And my mom came to keep Remi during the (very fancy, swanky) wedding.

We left on a Thursday after work and made the trip. Remi’s a champ- we made only one stop the entire 4.5 hours.

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We adventured all Friday until it was time to get ready for the wedding.

We started at Cindi’s NY Deli for breakfast. My mom grew up Chicago and misses deli food. And I love it, too. Mom asked them for a sample of their chopped liver, and Remi surprised us, diving right in for a bite! She loved it!

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I got wonderful cheese blintzes. (along with some potato latkes we all shared). We all ended up taking leftovers and eating them the next morning.

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Our next stop was the Perot Children’s Museum. It was a bit cold and gloomy (especially for Texas in May), but we enjoyed the frogs outside.

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Inside, we took Remi to the toddler area (only for kids 5 and under). We thought after a while she would want to venture around the rest of the museum- but nope. We were in that are for like 3 hours. She explored and enjoyed every inch!

She loved this big water table. They put on aprons and could build and play in the water.

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In the middle was the big produce truck. They could drive it, fill it with veggies or take the produce and stock the little grocery store. Remi did all three.

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Another corner was a camping set up with a picnic, fire and animal puppets. She loved this as well.

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Outside was a giant sand area where they could dig (supposed to be for dino bones, but the kids just loved playing in the sand!)

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She also enjoyed the craft area- with glue sticks, scissors, stickers and other things to create with.

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There was an indoor slide/play/climb area with these fun conveyor belts. Remi sent like 50 blocks up them- she loved spinning that wheel.

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She CRASHED on our walk to lunch. She never does this.

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We reached the holy grail – Shake Shack. I LOVE it so much. Though the downtown Dallas location had poor service, the food was still great.

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Remi perked up after a hot dog, fries and ice cream, and she enjoyed riding back to the car with dad.

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She spotted these big 00s outside of El Fenix (to mark their 100th birthday or something- you could stand and be the 1). But she just wanted to sit inside it and she said “Take my picture” ha!

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We finally convinced her to make a big 1 to show 100!

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She had her own Rocky moment when she wanted to climb these stairs outside the Perot Museum on the way back to the car.

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We dropped her and my mom off at a park near our AirBNB while we got ready and left for the wedding (Shoutout to Mimi, carrying her the half mile back from the park when she didn’t want to walk).

The wedding was SO fun and SO nice. After the reception, we had a cold but awesome cocktail hour by the pool.

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Then we partied until after 11 at the reception. Delish food, great company (a table full of Tyler’s fun family) and dancing the night away. It was a great day in the Big D!