Turkey Day 2018!

Turkey Day 2018!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Remi had a bit of a bug all week, but inbetween some bouts of not feeling great, she was a happy, easy kid.

Our family came up from Hot Springs Wednesday evening, so we got lots of time with our people. (Sadly, Tyler’s grandpa was in the hospital, so Nancy was gone for most of it).

Remi got LOTS of cousin play time. She loves her KK, Gavvy and Luke! They colored, played Play Doh, and watched movies.


This year, I decided to try something new with the turkey. I used Alton Brown’s roast turkey brine and roasting method and it was GOOD. Everyone loved it- and I think I’m the new turkey cook.


Remi liked watching them carve the turkey and the was ready to EAT EAT.


We had a great meal and then Carl (my Nene’s boyfriend) made us balloon animals. Remi is still talking about all the dogs and swords Carl made for her!


She’s a lucky little girl to have her great grandma in her life!


After the meal, our family headed back to Hot Springs (well, Nene and Carl stayed the night) and we helped put up Mimi’s Christmas tree!

We are so thankful for all of our blessings! For God’s love, for family, for our health, our jobs, our home, our friends, for great teachers for Remi- it was a season of thankfulness for sure!

Family Date Night!

Family Date Night!

We had a super fun family date night. The Community School for the Arts was previewing their newest show- The Lion King- at the library, and I figured it was the perfect opportunity for Remi to watch!

She’s still too little to really sit through an entire performance, but this was casual and short.

It started at 4 (and I get off at 4) so Tyler picked her up and I met them there after work.

She LOOOOOOOOVED it. The room was packed with family of all the kids, so we sat along the wall (which probably worked out better because she had a clear line of sight).

At the start of every song, she would say “I like song!” and then at the end say “Again!”

At one point she even tried mimicking the dancing (be still my heart).

After the show, we went downtown to eat.  We started at Bookish- our new independent bookstore because I had my eye on a book they had. She played around their wonderful kid’s area for a bit.

Then we went to dinner at Rolando’s. I hesitate sometimes taking her to “nicer” places- but we were there pretty early (like 5:15) and she ended up being REALLY good. She ate a big person sized portion of cheese enchiladas and guacamole (girl LOVES Mexican food).

Halfway through our meal, Tyler said “Let’s take the rest to go and finish our night with ice cream!” UM YES.

So we hit up Vargas Ice Cream, which is a great Mexican ice cream shop that makes freakshakes and rolled ice cream. Remi and I shared some ice cream (which she was NOT happy about, btw. She wanted her own, but doesn’t eat enough ice cream to justify her own) and Tyler got a big shake.  She ate the donut and marshmallow off of his shake and had a few bites of ice cream.

It was a super fun night together. It’s so fun for Remi to be more easy going and enjoy more nights like this together.

Another Fun Weekend

Another Fun Weekend

Another exciting weekend has come and gone! The time just flies by when you’re having fun, I suppose!

Tyler is still working football games on Fridays, so it’s me and Remi hanging out.

This week, we grabbed a grocery pickup order and then I mentioned going home and eating pizza (like a frozen pizza) but she asked for pizza and ice cream (our local pizza place), so I said yes! We had a fun night eating together and then came home for bath and playtime.

While we were laying in the floor playing she said, “Momma, take picture.”  Yes, ma’am! (I’m wearing a tank top, not naked as I might look lol)

On Saturday, I left Remi with Tyler and Nancy and mom and I headed to Tulsa.

We did some shopping (read: LOTS of shopping), had a great lunch and then did a little sightseeing around Tulsa.

This is one of my fave quirky Tulsa spots: The Center of the Universe! It’s a statue and an echo circle, but you have to visit!

We saw Love Never Dies – the sequel to Phantom of the Opera.  I’ll be honest- we didn’t love Phantom (I’m not a huge Andrew Lloyd Webber fan, to be honest) but we really enjoyed Love Never Dies.

After the show, we had a GREAT dinner at The Melting Pot. It’s all fondue- cheese, then you cook your meats in a seasoned broth, then chocolate. We were SO FULL after the meal!

Sunday was daylight savings time, but thankfully, Remi woke up at her normal hour, so we realy did get our extra hour of sleep! She was snuggly when she woke up, which I had zero complaints about!

After church, we had a quick lunch at Taco Bell (since we wanted to hit Walmart to shop on our way home before naptime) and she was cracking us up eating her tacos. She just looked so big and so small at the same time.

Sunday evening, my Hot Springs family came to town (for a college visit for Caitlyn, how did she get so old for that?) and we had fun eating dinner and playing together.

That evening, Remi gave everyone several hugs and kisses on her way out, and then she did her first prayer. We pray every night together but it’s the first time she’s said more than “Amen.”  She wanted to thank God for all of our family.

“Thank you God, Gavvy. Thank you KK,  thank you Wuke, thank you Auntie, thank you D.”  So sweet.  I was so proud.


A Baby Shark Halloween!

A Baby Shark Halloween!

We had some Halloween ideas, but as it got closer to time to really gather supplies, we changed our minds and went with what Remi REALLY wanted: Baby Shark.

She’s obsessed with the song and video, so we were a shark family.

She LOVED putting on her shark jacket- I wish I had videoed it because she totally got that she was now baby shark and enjoyed it. (The teeth were pretty stiff felt and bothered her a little)

Of course, Daddy and Momma Shark joined in.

And we introduced Gigi and Mimi Shark!

Our town does a big Halloween- high school clubs set up on the walking trail and several churches do a trunk or treat. Well, it was POURING down rain, so everyone moved inside. I was so thankful that the kids still had a great time.

We were going to hit the high school, but the line was long outside and Remi isn’t great at waiting in line yet…so we just came to church.

It was fun to see a lot of our friends, including sweet Eden who helps in the nursery. Remi loved her unicorn outfit!

We waited in line getting candy a little bit, but then she just took off walking around. Thankfully, everyone was in a great mood (and we knew like half the gym), so people would sort of let her come and go in between lines and games and walking around.

She ate several pieces of the candy she got on the spot (What’s Halloween for if not to eat too much candy?!)

She loved this shark game! The people running this booth were dressed like pirates (I think? It was a blur!) and the kids had to “walk the plank” through shark infested waters to get their candy! So creative! Remi loved walking the plank. (We had joined back into line with our sweet friends Sophia and Lyndi! It was a great night)

We did manage to get a great picture of our whole shark family! Remi was too busy eating her sucker to smile.

I joked we were famous locally because the next morning in our big town Facebook group was this post asking for pictures of the shark family. ha! A friend tagged me and I was able to share our picture. I’m glad people enjoyed it.  We loved it and had a great time.


We weren’t out late- at like 6:45 Remi was acting like she’d had too much stimulation (too many people, sights, sounds, packed into a church gym) and we went home. But she keeps talking about when she was baby shark. We had a great Halloween!