A beautiful mess

A beautiful mess

Most days, this life feels like a beautiful mess.  It’s fun, exciting but it’s also messy.  There are tantrums. There’s stress. There’s literal mess.  But there’s laughter. And hugs. And growth. And so much love.

Here’s a week in our beautiful mess!

Remi LOVES sitting on/in the sink when I do her hair. She does know how to turn on the faucet, so she doesn’t get to sit there too long- I’ve learned a time or two by her soaking herself turning on the water. ha!

This particular day, Remi hung out with Gigi while me and mom went to NWA for shopping, lunch and seeing Cabaret. I am so grateful for the support to take time for things I enjoy, getting “time off” and time to spend with my momma.

This girl LOVES brooms. It’s so cute.

Adding to the literal mess these days is her learning to use a spoon (and also a fork) by herself.  She’s doing great, but some foods are messier than others (I’m looking at you, yogurt.)

More silly sink sitting.  She’s so fun. So stinking fun. I was asking her where all her parts are- and this was her ears. You got it, baby girl!

Mornings can be crazy. She’s very independent- and we try to encourage that. One way is that I try to let her decide that she’s ready to leave and have her walk herself out of the door.  This particular day, she was posted up, like “I’m not moving until I’ve had my milk.”

And that evening we had more spoon mess, featuring guacamole. Such a big girl!

I’m reminded of these old Diamond Rio lyrics,

“What a beautiful mess, what a beautiful mess I’m in
Spending all my time with you
There’s nothing that I’d rather do”


So very true.

Weekend Recap: Sun, Friends, and Family

Weekend Recap: Sun, Friends, and Family

We managed to cram some fun into this weekend! Friday evening, Tyler and I had a little date night- early movie after work (The Jungle Book- so fun!), dinner and shopping.

I even managed to have a little bit of sugar free fro-yo built into my dinner (take THAT, gestational diabetes!!).

Saturday morning, mom and I took advantage of the water park’s early entry for season pass holders. We got there and literally had the wave pool to ourselves for a while. VERY relaxing way to start the day. 🙂

We met up with Tyler for a quick lunch, grabbed groceries from Walmart pickup, and then I met up with Amber.

Amber is a sweet friend from college (we joke that we are sisters because after I got married, our last names are the same!). She can’t make it to my baby shower, so she came down to spend the day together.

What a blessing!

We had Mexican food (like any girl friend date should!), did some shopping, and I showed her around some of the historic parts of town. And she gave us some of the CUTEST baby stuff, including a floral monogram onesie! In love!!

Saturday evening, Tyler and I just crashed at home.

Sunday, I went to church and then met up with mom for “Singin’ in the Rain” at the Little Theater. Since I was involved there last summer, it was so fun to be back and see my old friends. The show was amazing (if you’re local, there’s still time to go!) and we had a great time.

After the show, we met up with the family for Luke’s birthday dinner. I can’t believe he’s 9!

It was precious, he was adamant that his gift be wrapped in paper- he said it’s more fun to open! Sweet boy!

How was your weekend?

Empire State of Mind: Day 4

Our last day in NYC.  We were tired from barely getting any sleep, but that wasn’t going to stop us!
We got up bright and early and had breakfast in the room.
When we had our check-in snafu, they gave us complimentary room service.  So you betta believe we used it.
It was good too.
And yes, I ate it in bed.
We left the hotel and went to the Empire State Building.  
We went early to avoid lines and it was awesome just walking right through where there are usually hundreds of people waiting.
It was a bit overcast, but the views were great!
We just had time to do our last souvenier buying, and hopped a cab back to the hotel.
The same friendly private car man who picked us up at the airport came and got us.  We liked him so much, we called him back.  He was so kind and hospitable, giving us a tour as we drove one last time through the city.
We had a rough flight into Chicago.  Poor Tyler almost got sick.  He was so green.  Good thing we had a long layover.  He found a fan blowing and rested under it for a while until everything settled.
Then it was time for our Chicago feast.  Mom is originally from Chicago, so she wanted a taste of home.  We hit the food court and got Chicago deep dish pizza, a Chicago hot dog, and an Italian beef sandwich.  We all shared it and it was good.
 We landed in Little Rock at 6 p.m. Yes, there is an airport here in Fort Smith.  And I know there is one an hour away in Fayetteville.  But by using flights out of LR, we were able to travel with mom…and their flight times gave us the maximum time in NYC.  So we had a 3 hour drive back home…but it was totally worth it.
We are still unpacking and doing laundry, but the trip was so great!  I LOVE New York and can’t wait to go back again.  Tyler wasn’t completely sold on it.  He told mom and I that while he had fun, we could keep NYC as a girls trip locale. 🙂  I don’t think mom will mind that one bit. 🙂

Empire State of Mind: Day 3

We started Day 3 a little later than Day 2.  We were out of the hotel by 9 and got breakfast at Europa again.
We went and walked through Central Park a bit.  It was beautiful out.  We were going to go through the zoo…but with it being a holiday weekend, the lines were long and we didn’t want to wait. So we sat and people watched for a bit.

So we went to the Apple Store instead!  We don’t have one of those here, so it was fun to look around and play with everything!  It was mom’s first encounter with an iPad!
Next door was FAO Schwarz, and we went in to play with the toys.

We met a very friendly toy soldier.

 Such neat stuff!  They also have a sweet shop inside and Tyler got a brownie there.

We walked down 5th avenue for a little shopping.  Mom and I each picked one store to visit (so poor Tyler didn’t spend his whole time waiting on us) so I picked H&M, and Mom picked The Loft (both stores we don’t have at home).  We got some goodies there.
Then we trekked back uptown to Serendipity 3 for lunch.
OMG.  The food was amazing…but then there was frozen hot chocolate.  I die.
We shared a peanut butter frozen hot chocolate
And mom got a regular one.  I may have taken several sips of hers too in an effort to decide which one was better!

 We were stuffed for lunch, so we took another nap.  All that walking wears you out!
We headed to Times Square for some shopping and then had dinner at Juniors.  HOLY cheesecake!  I didn’t get any pictures because I was too busy enjoying it…but take my word for it…if you are ever in NYC, go to Juniors for cheesecake.  And their food was fab too.
The best part?  We got to see my friend Jonathon!  He moved to NYC in the Spring to go to NYU’s Musical Theather grad school.  It is so exclusive and the only program like it in the nation…so he is the best of the best!  He wants to act in and write musicals.  Watch out for him someday!  
After dinner, we saw Rock of Ages.  Y’all.  I haven’t seen the movie, but I think the musical was great. 
 It was over the top.  Raunchy (there were strippers and dirty jokes) but we just kept dying laughing.  The music was AWESOME and it was SO FUN.  We totally enjoyed the show.
We did some souvenir shopping after the show and headed back to the hotel for our last night.
On the way, I saw something I had to have:
Enter my awesome fake Tory Burch bag.
Now, they sell fake handbags all over NYC.  But most look fake.  These guys had TONS of fakes that looked real.  Like, really real.  I immediately spotted this yellow beauty and wanted it.  But the cops were showing up.  And the guys wrapped all their goodies up in sheets and darted.  I was so sad.
But a few minutes later as we walked away, this shady man reappeared to sell me this bag.  If he had been able to open it all up, I would have bought one of his fake LV and a fake Michael Kors.  I have no shame (and I can’t afford the real thing!).  But, I settled for just my little TB.  I love it.
Then we got some soft serve ice cream from an ice-cream food truck and went to bed.