Weekend getaway

Weekend getaway

Several months ago, Tyler suggested that we schedule a weekend getaway. We weren’t going too far away -we just wanted to stay in a cabin about an hour away. He suggested a fall getaway to see the leaves changing, relax, and we joked, to celebrate our first year of parenthood.

I am SO thankful he wants to spend time together and invests in us.

We had a GREAT weekend.

We started with a half day off work (just the way schedules fell), so we headed to NWA to eat lunch (sushi, of course….it’s the only place we eat in NWA) and did some shopping.  On our way back down the mountain, we stopped for dessert at Kream. They serve ice cream, and notably, donut ice cream sandwiches. (Let’s just say the low carb diet was OUT THE WINDOW)

We settled into our cabin and watched some movies. We love this place. It’s quaint and cozy and they have movies you can borrow. Some are OLD classics (like on VHS) and some are newer. We fell asleep watching a movie and hit the hay.

The sunrise was cloudy, but still beautiful off the back porch. (Yes, even though we were baby free, we were awake at sunrise)


We had a DELICIOUS breakfast that the hosts prepared, and then loaded up the boat and hit Lake Fort Smith.  The weather was BEAUTIFUL. Like 70s and sunny and breezy. We spent all day on the boat because it was perfect.


The fall colors had hit the lake, and it was so beautiful. IMG_3543

This tiny thing was the only fish Tyler caught! But he enjoyed exploring the lake. I did some fishing, some reading and some napping (yes, the back bench on the lake is perfect for sleeping)


One spot had a lot of bird activity.


He said despite my bad fishing luck, I was a good fishing partner. 🙂


On our way back to the cabin, we stopped at Artist’s Point.  The gift shop was closed, but the view was lovely. img_0860.jpg

That evening, we got pizza at the cabin, watched movies and played games. It ended up storming that evening and a limb fell on our truck. But thankfully, we still got plenty of rest and the truck was just a little dinged up.

We had another great breakfast, but the weather wasn’t awesome, so we decided to skip hiking and head home.

We stopped by Artist’s Point one more time, since the gift shop was open. We saw a groundhog out back!

We loved our weekend getaway. We will likely make this a fall tradition. It’s not expensive and it doesn’t require a lot of planning – it’s perfect.

Mini-Vacation in Branson

Mini-Vacation in Branson

We took a little weekend getaway to Branson/Big Cedar Lodge last weekend.  We took the moms- it was part of their mother’s day gift. It almost didn’t happen because Remi was running fever. We were originally supposed to go Thursday evening, but we waited until Friday morning to go.

Thankfully, Remi did ok on the drive up. A double ear infection can make you feel crummy, but she did pretty great.

We started our trip at Tyler’s pick- Shorty Smalls.

The grandmas helped keep her entertained during meals. She does ok, but goodness, she’s a squirmy bug.

After lunch, we did some shopping at the outlet mall. Remi mostly napped in her carrier until I wanted to try on clothes (priorities? ha!) and she woke up when I tried to transfer her.  Oh well.

We left Branson and headed down to Big Cedar. We got checked in and settled and then went to have dinner at their new Fun Mountain. It was great! We had a couple different pizzas and enjoyed dinner. They were so accommodating for food for Remi- I asked for some tomatoes and avocado since they had both on the menu- and they brought out big side bowls of both. She loved it!

After dinner, we stayed and played. They had a TON of stuff- go karts, rock climbing wall, arcade, virtual golf…but we chose bowling. It looked like it was underwater and was so fun! It was Remi’s bedtime, so I wore her and she slept through our first game.

The next morning, we were up early (thanks baby girl!) and we had breakfast in our cabin. We brought Krispy Kreme donuts back from Branson, so we enjoyed those and hung out.  Around 7:30, we headed out for some putt putt. Again, it was her nap time, so I wore her on my back for the first time.

The course is gorgeous! They do a great job landscaping everything.

It’s a fun course, especially to be included in our room.  We loved the big bass!

After golf, we walked around, down to the lake and around the resort. The weather was beautiful!

We ended up at the shop and loved playing with Remi there!

While we waited on the shuttle, daddy and R got some play time!

We got back to the room and got ready to swim.  Sweet girl didn’t keep her hat on for long, but she looked cute while it lasted! ha!

We headed to the lazy river and kid’s pool.  Remi LOVED the water.

After pool time, it was nap and lunch.  Remi passed out, we had leftovers for lunch, and while she napped, the grandmas hung out at the room. Tyler and I went back to Fun Mountain for some arcade fun. I may have beat him at a motorcycle game! ha!

We went to Top of the Rock for a wonderful Mexican dinner at Arnie’s Barn.  The views were gorgeous!

Remi had her first corn on the cob.  She was a fan.

Grammy got a little Remi lovings

And it’s safe to say she explored every corner of the condo while playing.

Sunday, we went on a golf cart tour at Top of the Rock. Lots of beautiful water falls.  Remi wasn’t impressed. ha!

We had a wonderful trip!

Hanson Day Weekend 2017

Hanson Day Weekend 2017

This was my 5th Hanson Day event. It may have been my favorite one yet.

We headed out Friday morning after dropping Remi off at daycare (shoutout to the grandmas and Tyler for keeping her at home so I could have a fun weekend. It was much needed, and she had a blast at home without me).

We got to Tulsa right as the rain was rolling in.  We pulled out our rainjackets and headed to Cain’s to register.

The bottom DROPPED out right as we got to Cain’s. Poor Amber got a wet butt trying to get inside, but we were mostly spared.


After we registered, we waited in line for pics with the band. We took our pic with the band before our pic with the band. ha!


After we met the band, we got in line for the store. We waited like 3 hours in the rain (#hardcore) but we got our shirts and such. Then we went to Cain’s for the “lectures.”  We thought they were just going to talk about Middle of Nowhere and some other song history….but they did like a 2.5 hour acoustic storyteller session instead. It. Was. Amazing.


They played deep cuts that they hardly ever play- including Yearbook!  I have loved that song since I was 10. And I finally got to hear it!img_3607

After the lectures/concert, we went to dinner at Hey Mambo with a couple of my friends who were also there.  The power went out while we were eating, which was interesting. They kept cooking, the musicians kept playing….we just ate by flood lights. ha!


Saturday was a SPECTACULAR day.

We started with Hurts Donuts for breakfast. Yes, please.img_2560-1

I got a Jjesus (cinnamon sugar frosted and a maple bacon bar….I could only eat like 1/3 of it all).img_3641

It was sunny (thank you, Lord!) but was a little cool, so we had jackets on. We walked down from the Blue Dome District to the art gallery. img_2554

At the art gallery, they also had Hanson memorabilia. We got to take pics with the original MMMBop pansy. It was amazing to stand there with history (even if the photo booth pics are bad quality).


On the way back, we stopped by the “Center of the Universe” a strange statue and an echo circle. img_2574

This is our feet in the center of the universe. 🙂img_3648

We headed to the Blue Dome Arts Festival next where we bought some super cute artwork, ate yummy food truck goodness and listened to live music. These were bacon bombs from MASA- shrimp, cheese, and peppers wrapped in bacon. img_3652

After lunch, we went back to the hotel for some relaxation time. We spent it in the warm sunshine (now that it warmed up) by the rooftop pool. So wonderful. img_3660

After we got ready, we headed back to the store to grab some EPs and we visited the 3CG wall mural. img_2602-1img_2604-1

After the store, we went in for the concert. 1,200 fans makes for a long line.


They played a GREAT show. The new EP (In Color), lots of fan club classics, and plenty of normal Hanson music. The disco ball came on at Cain’s and we partied. Love. img_3697

I am so thankful that my favorite band makes such special times for their fans. We are so lucky. img_3706

My 5th Hanson show with this girl! At my most favorite venue. img_2660

Sunday we grabbed breakfast, went by Trader Joe’s and came home. Amber had a long drive ahead of her, so we didn’t stay for their beer/music festival. It was SUCH A GREAT weekend. Lots of laughs, good food, relaxation, and amazing music.

Weekend Trip to Hot Springs

Weekend Trip to Hot Springs

We made a little road trip this weekend down to Hot Springs. We had some celebrating to do!

My bestie Alden was having a baby shower for her sweet baby due in a couple months. So we trekked to Central AR to celebrate. I loved this picture of Remi when she realized Alden was someone new holding her. So sweet.

After the shower, we headed to Hot Springs to see the family. We were coming for a surprise party for my Nene (my grandma). She was turning 70 and her sweet boyfriend had planned a big party.

She was indeed surprised! (And side note: Poor Remington was SO scared by the “Surprise!” yell. She was with Aunt Sandy during the yell and started like hyperventilating crying after. We had to go outside and sing some songs before she calmed down. Sweet baby. She was also scared by the air dryer and toilet flushing this trip. Apparently loud noises are bad now.)

She was so cute with her big cake.

4 generations (and one cranky baby because it was getting late)

And Uncle Neil got to come to the party. We were glad to see him!

Cousin Luke finally held Remi! He had been afraid to, but I think now that she’s bigger and less fragile he finally did.

And I let her chew on a spoon. You do what you gotta do.

Sweet girl had her first night in a hotel and did GREAT. Slept just like she does at home (up once in the night…she’s been either sleeping through or up once). She woke up SUPER happy.

We went down to the pool for her first swim! You gotta teach them all about hotel stays. We jumped on the bed and swam in the pool.

(So many pics of this weekend she’s pulling on that ear….calling the doctor worried about another ear infection)

Sweet flamingo girl! Her Aunt Sandy bought her this adorable swimsuit!

We went downtown for breakfast and met up with the fam. And since she wasn’t getting tired, we got a good pic with Nene.

She LOVED being outside walking around downtown. So happy at the sights and sounds. 

She slept the entire way home- we wore her out! Thankful for a little travel buddy!