Birthday-Adjacent Weekend

Birthday-Adjacent Weekend

The weekend surrounding Remi’s birthday was just so much fun.

Saturday morning, I gave Remi an early birthday present.  Her sweet friend Connor sent her a birthday present (I work with his momma…and it was his birthday weekend, too!) and she was SO EXCITED about her new outfit.  She tried to put the pants on right away!

We were just going to hang at home, but Tyler saw a post on Facebook about our town’s Fall Festival getting set up- so we got changed and headed to town.  The park was transformed with fun booths, food trucks, inflatables, hay rides and more fun.

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Remi was finally big enough to climb the inflatable by herself! She loved it!  And her little friend Lyla was there, too and they enjoyed playing together.

We went on a hayride around the park and Remi loved it.  We laughed though- the hay was poking her, and she figured out to sit on her paper fan.  (And don’t worry, we got LOTS of feedback about her. *insert eye roll*  On the hayride, she said she had to potty, and we were telling her to hold it and we would find a bathroom when we finished.  A lady commented “Isn’t she a little young for that?” Ugh. #mindyourown)

We got some snacks and food- mini donuts, shaved ice and egg rolls.  Yum.  Remi was a big fan of the donuts.

After her birthday we went back to Mimi’s house to swim. It was warm enough and my mom has a heater for the pool.  I didn’t get in, but Remi enjoyed swimming with the family.  The view out there is gorgeous.

Sunday morning, I set up all her birthday gifts. It was like Christmas.  She went between all the presents and was loving it.  She started with her princess shoes and gloves, then played basketball and built with her magnatiles.  Well rounded.

Sunday morning, we had a bit of a birthday hangover and she was SHOWING her two-year-old-ed-ness.  But she looked precious.  And after her nap she was much better.

I got some snuggles which are always great.  And it was my last Sunday afternoon snuggles with my one year old (she turned two the next morning).

The weather was beautiful, so Sunday night, she got to play in her water table.  And she happily dumped water on her head.  Silly goose.

A super fun weekend for all!


4th of July Fun!

4th of July Fun!

We were all set up to have an amazing 4th of July!  Tyler was off work, family was in town, and we were going to have a great day.

Our town hosts an AWESOME all-day festival with music, food, games, inflatables, events and fireworks. We LOVE it. It’s such a small hometown thing. You see everyone down there, the kids play, you eat delicious food, listen to live music and all watch fireworks together in the town square. It’s perfection.

The morning started off with the Miss Freedom Fest pageant, which Remi was participating in. We ran into Krue, who was born the same night as Remi in the next room. 🙂 She tried kissing him, but he wasn’t feeling it. ha!

She’s been eating apples like crazy, and HAD to bring one with her.

Before the pageant, she hung out with family, being passed from person to person and running around with everyone.

She did SO good in the pageant!  I went on stage with her because the stage was only a couple feet deep and I worried about her trying to jump off.  She waved, blew kisses and did a twirl.

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She won her age division and got some fun trophies and a crown! She was most interested in the sash and has played with it since.

She looked so big with all the queens on stage afterward.

After the pageant, the fun really began because we just enjoyed the festival (well, until naptime).  We saw our “boyfriend” James. He’s a little sweetheart- and his momma is a Hanson fan, so he’s already met Taylor Hanson. 🙂

We grabbed a pickle-sickle and watched the band play. She did a LOT of dancing.

After lunch at the square and a nap at home (a loooong nap, thank goodness!) we went and swam with the fam.  This silly girl loved playing with everyone.

Then we all got dressed and headed back to the square for dinner, music and fireworks.

We ran into Uncle Sam (our amazing mayor).

We all ate dinner (of course, Remi had a “hoddog” and listened to Ricochet (the country band from the 90s).  They were FANTASTIC live. And the music was LOUD, but we put Remi’s earplugs in and let her go.  She wanted to be up front dancing, so we sat up front so we could watch her.

It was a wonderful family day together (even if it was a little hot).  I dream of WAY more days together like this if Tyler gets the school officer job next fall.

This little peanut danced by the stage all night.

She was getting a little tired, but perked up when neighbors around the square started shooting fireworks. She wasn’t scared at all, and in fact, kept asking for more “firewys” She LOVED the big show. She moved around a lot, going from person to person, but she kept her eyes on the skies and kept “oohing” and “ahing” It was precious.

It was a late night, but we all slept good that night!

 

We are so thankful to celebrate independence, for those who have fought and continue to fight for it.


More Christmas Fun! 

More Christmas Fun! 

We had a lot more Christmas fun this week!

On Monday night, we headed up to Bell Park after dinner for our local light display. I love this one. You donate a few dollars and get to drive through a beautiful park filled with light displays. And this week, they had the live nativity, so we also got to see donkeys, camels, goats, and a live nativity.A great focus on the real reason for Christmas.
  

  
Funny story- at the live nativity, there was a goat stuck in the fence. Tyler hated to see him stuck so badly that after we finished our drive through, we went to a friend’s house who lived nearby to get tools to go cut the goat out of the fence. I love that big hearted man of mine!

Then on Tuesday, we headed up to Fayetteville after work (yes, playing hookie from Zumba!) to have dinner and see Home Free at the Walton Arts Center. Home Free is a country acapella band that won the second season of the Sing Off. We love them- we listen to their music in the car a lot. So I was thrilled to hear their Christmas music live! It was a fun night! We were so impressed with their talent! 

Of course we had sushi since we were in  Fayetteville. Tyler’s favorite!   
   
Now we move on to prepping for our Christmas parties this weekend!

What are you doing to celebrate the season?


Weekend Recap: SDC and July 4

Weekend Recap: SDC and July 4

This weekend was a great long weekend.  What a blessing it was to take some time to recharge, have fun, rest, and enjoy my family and friends.

My weekend started early because I was off work Friday. (do you hear the hallelujah chorus?!).  I had made plans with my MIL Nancy to go to Branson together….which was sort of on again/off again because of Gram in the ICU.  However, when Thursday rolled around, I felt comfortable leaving since we would only be a few hours away.

So after Zumba Thursday night, we headed to Branson.  After a quick Chick-fil-a dinner stop in NWA, we trucked on to Branson.  It’s really a second home for me.  I spent a few great years during my teens living there and I just love it.

We HAD to make a pit stop by Cakes and Cream on the way to the hotel.  We split an ice-cream-topped funnel cake (diet started today, don’t worry!).

 

Take this in: funnel cake topped with cinnamon sugar, Bunny Tracks ice cream, and hot fudge. OMG.

On Friday, we went to Silver Dollar City (SDC).  I worked at SDC for two summers, and it’s just home to me. I love it love it love it.

When we entered the park, the smell of fresh baked bread was too strong and we ended up in the bakery.  We split a red velvet cinnamon roll (which, tbh, could have used more cinnamon).  We only made it through about half of this.


We also found these AWESOME sunglasses.  They have a bow!  I had to have them.

We rode a few rides (there were NO lines anywhere because of the threat of rain.  And thankfully, it only sprinkled for a few minutes).

We were “those adults” who ran in to meet Blue, yes of Blues Clues.  There was no line, they were playing fun music, and we couldn’t resist.

We shopped, saw some shows, and ate. OH DID WE EAT.  We split everything, but we ate our way round and round the park. SDC just has amazing food. OF course we had my favorite, the family feud succotash, and this was my new favorite: fried veggies topped with chipotle.

I also had a frozen lemonade, duh. Gotta have it.

We had a fun day together, and then headed back home Friday night.

Saturday, I helped with the Miss FreedomFest pageant in Greenwood.  I was the emcee.  It was fun, and I tried not to make a total fool of myself. (if you’re new to the blog because you met me Saturday- hey!)

I’m glad I wasn’t a judge.  The girls were adorable.

The rest of the 4th was full. Visiting Gram, hanging with the family (Sandy and the cousins came up to visit), lunch at Chili’s with everyone, a nap, swimming, and fireworks on the Square.  A great day, indeed.

Sunday was for resting and cleaning.  Much needed on both fronts.

 

I hope you had a great holiday weekend! Did you watch fireworks?  They’re my favorite part of the 4th of July!