Caitlyn’s Graduation

Caitlyn’s Graduation

My sweet cousin Caitlyn was born when I was 13, so it’s sort of hard to believe she’s ready to graduate! I can’t be old enough for her to be 18, right?!

We are SO proud of her and so excited she’s coming near us for college. We LOVE KK and are excited to spend more time with her.

We went to Hot Springs to celebrate her graduation. Her church hosted a lovely lunch for families, and it was a good time to all be together.

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Saturday evening, they had a party at a family friend’s home. It was pouring rain, and silly Remi HAD to use her own umbrella walking in. #soindependent

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Sunday morning, my mom went to their church for the service, but I wanted to let Remi take the morning slow.  We got breakfast and went to the pool. She LOVED her Paw Patrol swim suit and swimming with us!

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After a good nap, we got ready and grabbed lunch and took it to Uncle Neil. Remi LOVES pushing him in his big chair. She also loves the library there.

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She was GREAT during graduation (thanks to my phone and some headphones). It was great to see Caitlyn get her diploma and cheer on her class.

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We snapped a few pics after the ceremony and then headed to a big dinner with extended family.

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We got home late, but it was a wonderful time with family and celebrating Cait.

 


Hanson Day 2019

Hanson Day 2019

Hanson Day is one of my favorite things each year.  I get a weekend away with friends to a city I love (Tulsa), great food, and Hanson concerts. Over the years, we’ve made some traditions including a local Tulsa art festival…and I just couldn’t love it more.

The weekend this year was longer- 4 days for most fans- but it was cut short to just 2 days for me since I had to leave and go to Caitlyn’s graduation.

Amber and Emily came to my house from Memphis late Wednesday and we went straight to Tulsa on Thursday morning.

We got registered quickly and then walked around and got lunch. Kim chi fries from Lone Wolf hit the spot! So good!

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The Hanson stuff was BUSY that afternoon.  We thought it was due to it just being the first day, but turns out it was just a big attendance and things were busy all weekend.

We spent the afternoon sort of hunting murals! It was fun to walk around Tulsa and see some art.

This BIG mural is by the BOK center. Lots of fun imagery that Hanson has adopted- headphones, bison, lightning bolts, etc.

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And we found this Tulsa flag one, too!

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That afternoon, Hanson did an acoustic show that they call a Storytellers- since they do a bit more talking than a typical concert. This year it was mostly music from the Underneath album- one of my faves!

And as always, I LOVE being in Cain’s Ballroom!

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After a fantastic concert, we hit up another tradition: Caz’s Chowhouse! Shocker to anyone who’s been there with me: I didn’t get the chicken fried steak. Instead, I got a chicken sandwich that was great.

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And of course, we went to Glacier for chocolates (this was actually our second Glacier- we got gelato at their bean-to-bar location earlier in the day! Not mad about it).

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Friday, we spent a ton of time waiting at the store, but it was sort of our only opportunity. Whatever. It’s worth it. We also got breakfast and coffee from Marie Antoinette Bakery while we waited. A really great biscuit and chai.

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We usually hit up the Blue Dome Arts Festival, but it wasn’t happening. Instead, they expanded May Fest, so we got to see the art there. It was fun to see artists we’ve come to love and find some new people to enjoy. And we also ate street food for lunch! HELLO INDIAN TACO!

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When circling back from Mayfest to our hotel, we found a CUTE bookstore and then saw that Glacier had painted their window with one of our favorite fan club songs. #photoop

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The weather was gorgeous! Like mid-80s and sunny, so of course we hit up the rooftop pool for a bit! Nothing like some drinks, sunshine, pool time and friends.

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We had Andolini’s pizza delivered while we got ready. Another great food choice. YUM.

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We walked next door to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center for String Theory- Hanson’s venture into a show partnering with the symphony. It’s toured the entire world (London, Sydney Opera House, all across the US) and Amber and Emily had already seen it (to be honest, most of the fans there had already seen it). I hadn’t.

I was GIDDY to finally see this show. It was sold out- and super fun to see them on the marquee!

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The show was breathtaking. I think on it’s own, the String Theory show was special. But this was extra- their hometown. We saw their family on the first two rows. The place was PACKED with super fans from across the globe. And the final two songs had this community feeling that I’ve never felt before. We were standing, singing, using our lights…it was beautiful.

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I HATED to leave, but after String Theory I had to head back home. We do love NY, but we also LOVE Tulsa.  Here’s to next year!

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Mother’s Day in Dallas

Mother’s Day in Dallas

We went for a very delicious Mother’s Day brunch in Dallas!

We went to a place I’ve heard many of my DFW friends talk about- Whiskey Cake. And the brunch was SO GOOD.

We were thankful to have our moms there with us.  This girl loves her Mimi and Gigi.

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She may have been bribed to take this photo with me. But whatever. Me and my munchkin.

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The food was AWESOME.  We got deviled eggs (which I didn’t eat, but everyone said they were good.  They were BLT eggs) and the best cheddar jalepeno biscuits with sausage gravy. OMG they were wonderful.

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For the meal, we all got yummy things- Remi got a great yogurt parfait, I had a monte cristo, mom and Ty got chicken and waffles, and Nancy got a farmer’s breakfast plate. It was all so good.

After brunch, we headed out of town, but first we HAD to stop at Trader Joe’s. Remi enjoyed wearing Mimi’s sunglasses in the bright car! ha!

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When we got home, it was a mad dash to do laundry and unpack before our work week started.

I’m so thankful we had this fun time together in Dallas. It was a great getaway.


Rainy Day in Dallas

Rainy Day in Dallas

Our second Dallas day was a rainy one.  Not just rainy, like DOWNPOUR. So we needed something indoors to do.

We had a slow morning, eating our leftover breakfasts and getting ready.  Then we headed to Grapevine for some shopping.

Our first stop was Bass Pro.  Truth be told, I thought it was connected to the big mall, but it wasn’t.  That’s ok!  Tyler and Nancy shopped while we took in the free aquarium and animals. Remi LOVED the water wheel!

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Then we headed to Grapevine Mills mall.  We did a little shopping, then we let Remi ride the little train. She was VERY excited to say the least!

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While we waited for our table at Rainforest Cafe, we walked to the chocolate shop (because, why not?!) And she got a big chocolate covered marshmallow.

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We did lunch at the Rainforest Cafe. She may not look like it here (she was ready for a nap, so picture cooperation wasn’t happening) but she enjoyed it.  The food is overpriced and not that great, and I’m not sure she loved it enough to go back….but it was fun.

She was a tiny bit scared during the first “storm” when all the animals came alive.  We sat in the middle of the restaurant under the gorillas, so there was stuff ALL around us.  But after the first one, she got excited when the rain storm would happen.

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She PASSED OUT for a nap. I’m never mad about a good naptime.

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For dinner, we went to the Gas Monkey Grill, which was a very surprising win. The food and service were fantastic. And it may be from a TV show, but it wasn’t kitchy or too overdone. It was just good food and a neat place.

And the big monkey cups were a hit!

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They have a music venue and a concert was happening, so Remi definitely wanted to go watch the show after our meal. She loves live music. So intently watching!

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That night at bedtime she read us all Brown Bear. She has it almost memorized. It was precious.

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We all slept well that night! A fun, long day together.