Long New Years Weekend

Long New Years Weekend

I had four days off work for the New Year’s weekend (well, I naturally had Saturday and Sunday, I took Monday off and Tuesday was New Years Day, so we were off work).  We packed a lot into those 4 days.

We decided to take Remi to her first movie! A local spot was showing Frozen (and it was pretty cheap!) so we thought we would try.  She made it a little over an hour (might have been more if she had more popcorn!) but then started moving around, wanting to potty/get up and being loud, so we left. But it was a fun experiment!

They had Elsa there to take pictures before the movie, and our girl jumped right in and loved on Elsa.  Elsa also came out and sang Let It Go before the movie!


Sunday, it was COLD, so we wore our matching red coats to church. She was pretty excited to match momma.

That afternoon, she FINALLY put on all of her princess stuff from her birthday. She’s played with pieces of it, but she finally wanted the dress all the way on and then she fully accessorized.


Monday, we spent the afternoon working on her room so we can (hopefully) transition to a toddler bed soon.  We needed to anchor the furniture and work on a few toddler-proofing things, and we got it all done!


We also decided to hit up the park since it was in the 50s. We took her doll stroller and she LOVED pushing her babies around. ALLLLLL her babies. I think there are 5 things in that stroller.


Monday evening after the park, we met up with some of our family for Mexican food and an early New Year’s Eve. Remi LOVES playing with Kelsey and Brad and Uncle White (Uncle Dwight…but he has white hair, so he gets called Uncle White). She shared their food and drinks and laughed a lot at their antics. We love family time!

Tyler and I were boring on NYE. We watched some Netflix and went to bed before midnight. He had to be up at 3:30 to go to work, so no crazy partying for us!

On Tuesday, she and I played at home while daddy worked. Then we went to my friend Brandy’s dance fitness class with my mom. I thought Remi would sit in her stroller like she does at 9Round. NOPE. She wasn’t sitting still for dancing.

She wanted OUT and she quickly got her confidence and danced around the room. To be honest, I was nervous because I didn’t want her to get hurt (we move around a lot) or inhibit someone else from fully working out, but the ladies were so nice.

She even helped Brandy at the front for a bit!


It’s a bit strange to be back into normal routine after two weeks of holidays….but it’s back to real life (for a month at least, until our vacation!).

Goals for 2019

In year’s past, I’ve posted a “Year In Review” and a look back at goals and a look ahead.  Man, I don’t know why, but the thought of wading through a year’s worth of photos and recapping seems daunting.  And to be honest, I’m not sure I accomplished many exact goals last year because I was sort of floating without much purpose.

I did a great job of maintaining my weight in 2018.  I’m only up a couple of pounds from last December. But there’s so much more to goals than weight loss.

I’ve also been struck with a sense of making sure my goals are attainable.  No more “be a better friend” because that’s not measurable.  I want to set goals and then set out steps to achieve them.  So here are some things on my list for 2019:

  • Save money.  I have a goal in mind and I’ve actually changed my automatic withdrawals from my paycheck, so as long as I don’t dip into that, I can save without much effort.
  • Read through the Bible again. I’ve done it before, and I know the discipline it takes (and how wading through some Old Testament is HARD).  But I bought the Chronological one-year Bible (I prefer a chronological reading) and I’ve started it.  When I have time, I plan on doubling up days to prevent me from “getting behind.”
  • Have monthly dates with Tyler. Doesn’t always have to be a big thing.  But purposeful, intentional time alone every month.
  • Get to my “goal weight” (which TBH is flexible, but right now entails losing about 20 more pounds).  To do that, I have some process goals:
    • Hit my 300th and 400th workouts at 9Round.  I’m currently around 250, so that’s doing 150 workouts this year.
    • Do a 3-month stretch on keto. I’ve restarted, but I’m not counting January (as we leave the beginning of February for a cruise).
    • Run another 5k completely.


These will take dedication and focus. However, I also want to live in a place of personal grace. It’s a delicate balance to both pursue things and forgive yourself when you fall short- but I hope to walk in that space.


What are you working towards in 2019?


2016 Year in Review

2016 Year in Review

I’ve got to be honest, this year was monumental. Learning we were pregnant in January, my dad going into the nursing home, a new job at work, having a baby….a LOT happened. It also felt like a whirlwind. Looking back at some of these memories, some feel 1,000 years ago and some I hardly remember (lots of emotional fog going on!).

Here’s a look back at 2016.

In January, dad had emergency eye surgery (which sadly, started the spiral of Alzheimer’s progressing quickly and him ending up in a nursing home). But it’s an important part of this year. We had to drive him to Little Rock in snow and icy roads for the surgery.


My sister came to visit, we went to ClueMasters for an escape room (and this was the day I found out I was pregnant!).


At the end of February, mom and I went to NYC and saw HAMILTON! Highlight of the year for sure! Seeing the entire original cast was AMAZING.


In March, we announced our pregnancy!


I got my concealed carry license, which was a big accomplishment this year!


In April, I got to go back to NYC for work! It was a great conference and I got to see 4 more shows!


We had a gender reveal party to announce that we were having a GIRL!!


We went to  Tulsa with our moms to shop for baby furniture and see Pentatonix!img_2884

While we were in Tulsa, I flew a kite for the first time ever!


In May, Amber and I went to Hanson Day! Always a good time!img_2971

We celebrated my 29th birthday in June! img_3085

Mom and I spent many afternoons floating around the lazy river at the waterpark. Pregnant in the summer meant floating in the water for relief.img_3133

Tyler and I took a little babymoon to Branson/Big Cedar.


While in Branson, I took Tyler bowfishing, which spawned a new hobby.


In July, I took the dreaded glucose test and was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. It stunk to have to be so careful and check my sugars 4x a day…but it kept me and Remi healthy!


We took our maternity pictures!


We were beyond blessed with 4 amazing baby showers!


My bestie came to visit and she had sweet baby Avery was just a peanut in her belly!


Tyler bought a fishing boat which meant spending the end of my pregnancy on the water. img_0104

In October, Remington Grace joined our family!img_0375

And we had the BEST gift ever under our tree!


2017 will be big. Turning 30- having a baby with us. I can’t wait to see what’s in store!

Looking back, here are 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011. I’ve been documenting life here for going on 6 years!

New Years Weekend

New Years Weekend

We had a great New Years Weekend.  A mix of productivity, relaxation, fun, and friends.

One morning, I woke up far too early for being off work…and was frustrated a first.  Instead, I chose to take the beautiful sunrise as a joy bomb from God. It was too cold to sit outside, but I sat in my kitchen and admired the view for a while.

We spent New Year’s Eve relaxing.

I started the day off work (I took a vacation day) and got a massage, met up with my parents for lunch, and hung out with Tyler.

We decided to celebrate the new year at 11 with the East Coast and then head to bed. 🙂

We all piled on the couch for the ball drop.

I’ve also started on turning my health around for the new year! I’ve started the Whole 30 again and started working out.  One evening, I did my walking DVD in the guest room while Tyler watched a movie.  It feels good to be back on it!  

On the 2nd, we went to the 1st birthday party for our friends’ little boy Ryan.  It was pretty low key and was great to just watch him play and enjoy the company.

Look at the PRECIOUS cupcake cake!

He had a good time eating it, too!12440340_10205263984426196_6342359124169780501_o.jpg 

I also chose my life verse for the year.  Our pastor challenges us to pick a verse for this year to guide us. It’s 1 Peter 5:10 “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong,firm and steadfast.”


So that was our low key weekend. Lots of naps, lots of time together (thanks to Ty’s foot), and some cleaning.  We’re ready to hit 2016 running!


How was your New Year?