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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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

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

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She LOVED seeing her blue tongue in my camera. 🙂

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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.

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

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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…

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

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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.

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More blue snow cones!

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

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All the Fun Things

All the Fun Things

This Spring has been full of lots of fun moments!

Tyler got the lawn mower out for the first time and Remi was SO excited to go for a ride. She was in the bathtub when she heard it start up outside. “Daddy mowing the grass?”  Yes, baby, he’s mowing the grass. “Hurry and wash my hair so I can go ride!!”

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She earned a trip to the Monkey House for having 5 good nights of sleep (middle of the night wakeups/freakouts/trying to break out of her room have been happening) and after she jumped, she needed to show Gigi her Super Remi cape and mask!  Super Remi was flying around the parking lot!

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We went to one of Daddy’s soccer games, and these sweet girls were SO WONDERFUL to Remi. Remi wanted to play with them (they were from the visiting team, and just little sisters waiting for the game to pass), and I am working with her on “Say hi, ask if you can play with them, ask their name” and these sweet girls went along with everything and played so sweetly with her. Tyler snapped this picture from his perch on top of the stands.

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Our town had a great car show that we hit up on a Saturday. Remi thought the cars were fine, but she REALLY loved the snow cone and bouncy house!

I can’t get enough of this little girl!

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Tough to take pictures, but she’s 100% a fan of bounce houses now. She REALLY wanted her little friend Revin to come in and play. But he was hesitant. She kept saying “Momma, help Revin! He needs a boost to come in!”

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We went to a baby shower for our cousin Kelsey and baby Hattie.  She looked SO cute in her dress and pigtails.  She was A MESS at the shower- hyped up and wanting to help them open gifts (which they didn’t mind, but some guests who didn’t know her and their relationship were annoyed, I think).  But she looked cute, so whatever.

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We broke out her Future OBU Tiger shirt (Thanks Alumni program!) for school and of course, we had to tiger growl before school.

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This season of life is so, so good.


Touch a Truck Night at the Library

Touch a Truck Night at the Library

Our little town county library location had a fun Touch a Truck night for National Library Week.  I saw it advertised on Facebook, but we didn’t really make “plans” to attend.  Instead, it was sort of spur of the moment…and I’m SO GLAD we went!

Remi LOVES watching Blippi’s fire truck and police car videos online, so she was very excited to see the real trucks. (She was a little sad Blippi wouldn’t be there…and a little worried about the loud sirens…but she was brave and decided to go).

We got there and she immediately ran to the fire truck!  The firemen were giving out hats (and she also got a police badge sticker from the police officers!) and it’s quickly become a favorite item.

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She quickly saw that other kids at snow cones, so we had to go over to the truck. A local business had sponsored the snow cones, so they were all free!

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Different groups of hometown heroes were reading stories to the kids. The sheriff was reading an Easter book.  Remi sat and ate her snowcone and listened.

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She also heard a story from the firemen!

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We went into the library, where they had some crafts, snacks and other activities.

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There was fun facepaint (from her friend’s moms!) that was also sponsored by a business and free.  She got a blue butterfly. Blue is her favorite color- everything blue!

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Our mayor is AMAZING and always dresses up for events. He’s the Grinch at Christmas, Captain America and Uncle Sam at the 4th and he was Batman for the kids! She was VERY interested in Batman, so she had to listen to his story.

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After she got her facepaint, she was showing everyone. This was her looking at Batman for him to notice her paint.

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Our last stop was the big RV. She thought it was super fun to be in a house on wheels!

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This look on the way home- face paint, hat and blue lips- are signs of a fun night!

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Christmas Parade Fun

Christmas Parade Fun

Tyler suggested that we take Remi to the Christmas parade.  In all honesty- I wasn’t thrilled. It was COLD (like mid-30s) and the parade didn’t start until 7 (when Remi goes to bed around 7:30).  But I decided to say yes, and we bundled up and went.

And I’m SO GLAD WE DID. We had a great time.

In typical fashion, our little hometown jumped into small town fun and it was exceptional.

Before the parade, we got our spots and then walked around the block looking at Christmas lights. Businesses and homes were decorated and Remi loved looking at everything.

I love making new traditions and memories with our family!

Before the parade started, these two walked up and down the closed street. Everyone was waving at Remi and she loved it!

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Blurry parade pictures! But I loved how festive everyone was! The band was decked out.

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We bought her the third light stick in a month (one at the Showboat, one at Sesame Street and this one).  Next year we will know to bring one!

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LOTS of fun floats from businesses and groups. I loved this Santa big truck.

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Uncle Eddie made an appearance!

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Remi totally ate so much candy as it was being thrown at her. A kid’s dream! Lights, music, Santa and candy!

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She loved waving and dancing to all the floats.

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Every police and fire truck from towns around were there. Lights and sirens blaring. She loved them all!

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