Mother’s Day Tradition

Mother’s Day Tradition

Our Mother’s Day tradition is going to pick strawberries. It’s a fun time to be outside together, and we get amazing strawberries to take home!

This year, Remi got to come along for the fun!

She looked SO cute in her cowgirl romper.

It was her first time forward facing, and she was always looking down at everything- so you can’t see her face here! ha! 

We found picture perfect strawberries!

This little toodle bug even got to eat one right off the vine. 

Can you say DIVA?

It was fun to spend the morning all together!


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: Friends and Moms

Weekend Recap: Friends and Moms

This weekend was full and wonderful.

 

It started out Friday with a little dinner date with Tyler before heading to a life group date night.

The girls gathered for a walk on the trail and then game night.

I need a selfie stick.

We played Apples to Apples and ate snacks.  It was great.  And I won Apples to Apples – which is always gratifying. 🙂

Saturday was all about the moms, so I did whatever they wanted. 🙂  We started out picking strawberries.  It was supposed to rain, but held off long enough to get some fun in. 

I’m so lucky to have a MIL that we love spending time with. She and mom are great friends and it’s so fun to be together with all of us.   

We got some great yummy berries.  So juicy and sweet.

After strawberry picking, we hit up the farmers’ market and had a late breakfast. It was great.

I was going to meet up with Tyler on his lunch break, but the criminals of Fort Smith had other plans…so I ran a couple errands and came home.

I spent the afternoon napping (instead of the housework I needed to do!)…and then we watched a movie when Tyler got home.

It had rained and we opened the windows for a breeze.  It was perfect.

Sunday was interesting.  The tornado sirens went off during church, which was hectic and crazy.  After church, it was POURING- but we went to lunch anyway.  That evening, we got Gram out of the nursing home and all went to dinner.  It was a great time all together.
  

I’m so thankful for my mom, my Gram, and my MIL – and I’m glad we all got to celebrate this weekend.

 

How was your weekend?


Weekend Recap: Where Did This Weekend Go?

Weekend Recap: Where Did This Weekend Go?

So this weekend didn’t go as planned.  It felt like a non-weekend…except for Sunday.  Here’s how it went down.

We were planning on going Friday evening to a friend’s house to trick or treat with my life group folks.  We were going to be Lucy and Ricky (from I Love Lucy – a costume I’ve wanted to do FOREVER).  So we got dressed and were headed out.

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This is the only picture I got dressed up.  As we left, mom asked us to go check on Gram.  Mom and Dad were out of town for the night….and Gram wasn’t answering the phone.  Well, when we showed up- we could tell something wasn’t right.  She had slept ALL day, had an accident in bed, and was not right.  She could hardly walk (was SUPER weak) and was doing cooky things.  She tried putting underwear on her head, tried answering the alarm clock….was using words wrong.  So we convinced her to let us take her to the ER.

Well, being Halloween night…it was a bit busy.  We got there around 6 or so….and we got her into a room maybe around 9:30ish.  They did a CT scan, x-rays, blood tests….and poor Gram…they couldn’t get an IV in her.  So late in the evening they decided to admit her for more testing (thinking she had a stroke), but had to get an IV first.  SIX different people tried to get an IV, but her veins kept blowing.  She ended up getting a central line.  We got her settled and got home after 3 a.m. And yes, I took the wig off, but we were both “in costume” the whole time at the ER. ha!

We slept some…but I woke up at like 7 a.m.  I did some cleaning, took mom’s car back to her house (we had taken their car to the hospital), got donuts, and went back to bed around 11.  We got up around 1:30 and got some breakfast. Then we visited Gram again.  We left her and came home to take Mikey for a walk- since he had been home alone for so long on Friday night.

Sunday, we heard from the doctor that he thought Gram had a seizure…so they started her on seizure meds.  She got to go home Sunday afternoon.

Sunday was also my first day as a greeter at church! I really enjoyed it!

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After church, we got some lunch and went to Tyler’s grandpa’s farm.  We love it there.  Me and Tyler’s cousin Kelsey usually take naps together in the living room (which we did!) and then everyone hangs out outside.  This is the view: chairs, cars open with lots of guns and toys in the back…and the old buildings.  One of grandpa’s barns burnt down last month…which was sad to stand there and see (you can see it the pumpkin carving photo below).

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We never got around to carving our pumpkin Friday night because of Gram being in the hospital…so we decided to blow it up!

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They put some tannerite inside and set it far away in the field.

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When you shoot the tannerite, it blows up.  See the pumpkin chunks flying?! Ha!

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After the gorgeous sunset, we started a little fire for smores.

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It’s so nice to just sit around with family.

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One funny thing was I kept going inside checking on my phone charging.  And during one trip, the horses had come up to the house.  I took some time to pet sweet Sugar…and when I went in, Sugar waited at the steps outside for me- like a dog! ha!  Loved it!

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So all in all, we had a GREAT Sunday and a little bit of a crazy weekend.  I’m thankful Gram will be ok…and I’m glad we got some rest despite the craziness.

 

How was your weekend?