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!


Weekend Recap: Reunion Fun

Weekend Recap: Reunion Fun

This weekend was Tyler’s 10 year high school reunion.  It was actually our third set of plans for this weekend.  We originally were supposed to be in Las Vegas on vacation…but then Tyler took a new job and we had to cancel that.  Then we made plans to be at OBU for homecoming and Tiger Tunes…but then the reunion popped up and we had to cancel that.  But even though this wasn’t our first pick of weekend plans, it was fun.

Friday, we went to the football game. Before the game, we went and split fajitas at a Mexican place in town, then we split some ice cream. 🙂 (oops.  Sorry diet.  It’s all about moderation!)

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Greenwood is known for being a great team…and they played super well.  The band made me miss my high school experience the most.  No, I wasn’t in band…but we had a GREAT band and we would go to band competitions and be groupies.
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Saturday morning, Tyler was up early to go hunting, and I did some cleaning around the house.  Then I met up with my life group to serve one of our members who is going through some family stuff….and then Tyler and I spent the afternoon hanging out at home.

Saturday night was the big reunion dinner downtown.  They had a great turnout with like 60 people from their class of 240 there.  1/4 of the class is pretty good.

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They closed a local sushi place and had dinner, music, and mingling. Even though the music was too loud (who can talk and visit over pounding music?!), we stayed there until around 11…and then a group of us went to Emily and Ted’s house to visit and hang without the loud music over us. We stayed there until 2 a.m.!  Needless to say, Sunday we were pretty tired.  I was blessed with a great class in the nursery, and then took a glorious nap after lunch.

Sunday night, I did some batch cooking for the week while Tyler hunted.  He’s seen several deer, but hasn’t taken a shot yet.  Hoping for a deer this week!

So that was our weekend.  Tyler seeing old friends and me being the trophy wife. 🙂

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How was your weekend? Have you been to a high school reunion yet?  This weekend made me think about mine next year…I guess I’ll decide that when the time comes.