A Day at the Races

A Day at the Races

We spent the majority of our day in Hot Springs at the races, and it was the best day!

The weather was awesome, there were fun activities happening all around, and we just enjoyed ourselves so much!

We stopped to see the statue out front and a nice group of college boys took our picture for us.


When we walked in, Remi spotted the mascot horse walking around and we had to follow him to take a picture. I didn’t catch a smile from her in this pic (I was taking it quickly because the National Anthem was starting), but she was thrilled to see him!


Mom and Remi got food and I got a drink. Remi looked SO big just eating her own big piece of pizza.


Oaklawn tea for the win! Lemonade with sweet tea vodka.


I took Remi down to the fence for the first race and we had some special time. I told her all about coming here as a little girl with my parents, and told her all about grandpa and how he taught me about the horses.


My mom snapped this from behind. Love my girl. Thankful to share these special moments with her.


We made our way to the infield because it was open for the food truck festival. First stop were the bouncy houses! Remi had a blast.


Face painting is always a hit. I’m thankful when stuff like this is free (it all was!).


They also had a petting zoo, and she got to bottle feed a goat. She loved this.


We grabbed lunch at the food trucks and then went back to the stands to find Nene and Carl. Remi was SO excited to see Carl down with the horses, and so he came up to say hi to us.


She loved seeing Nene (and I know Nene loved showing her off), and then Nene got her a sweet stuffed horse- which was the same color as the horse we bet on- Cherokee Chatter- so that’s what Remi named her new stuffy. Love it!


It was the perfect day at the track!

Adventure Date

Adventure Date

Tyler and I had a Saturday night free- my mom and Caitlyn were keeping Remi. We debated going out, but we have two weekends with plans, so we didn’t really want to spend the money or the effort. ha!

So Tyler had the idea to go explore the woods near our house. He’s been down in there hunting (thanks to some neighbors who let him use their land), and he said it was neat. And it sure was!

We trekked almost 3 miles round trip, first through his hunting spots (looking for an arrow that he lost the last week of hunting season), and then we went down through old mining areas (our area was heavily mined in the late 1880s). You could see basins that were dug for water for the mining process.


But probably the neatest was the old mining railroad. The rail lines are long gone, but lots of old railroad ties are still littered on the sides, and the railroad is still built up. There’s even parts of a bridge left over the creek.


We walked for a ways down the tracks, looking for antler sheds, watching for tracks and droppings, and just enjoying the beautiful day.


When we got home just before dark, there was a lovely sunset! A perfect date night, even if it only involved a walk in the woods and leftovers from the fridge. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be perfect.


So Much Personality

So Much Personality

Y’all, I keep saying it, but we are in such a sweet season of just having so much fun together. Yes, there are some hard moments, but in general, we’ve gotten a handle on Remi in this stage. We’re at a great place of understanding together – that she needs to listen and cooperate, and in return, we will have a BLAST together. I LOVE being the “yes” mom- but she knows that she has to do her part, too.

She’s LOVING dressing up so much right now. And sweet dad gets to be the dragon a lot. I think mostly because it’s a costume that fits him (thanks, cape!), and it’s a “boy” thing to be.  She was dressed up like “Chase” (which is just her police outfit, but she barks like a dog…haha) and she needed to arrest the dragon. Cracked me up!


She has a love/hate relationship with Pippin. She wants to love on him, pick him up, and play with him. But when he comes to her first, she’s mad about it.  This day though, she was sitting and watching TV and he climbed up in her lap and she welcomed him. They sweetly snuggled and watched Daniel Tiger.  They love each other. He’s SO good with her, and puts up with a lot.


This morning was a great example of “get through the things we need to do, then the fun can start.”  We got ready for school without any issues, and then she wanted to accessorize.  I was happy to give her a couple minutes and whatever she wanted. She picked a big purple bow, a necklace (which was a compromise- she initally wanted her flower lei, but I didn’t want to deal with losing it….so I talked her into these beads because no harm, no foul if they go missing), and her sunglasses.  Then last minute right before we went out the door, she ran back to the playroom and brought two crowns.  She picked this purple one, and then out we went!  When we went to school, she left the sunglasses and crown in the car.  And the necklace went straight into her cubbie at school. She loves to put special things in there.  Whatever.  It makes her happy and doesn’t hurt anything.


She’s just so full of life and joy and personality. Love everything about her!

So Creative

So Creative

I’ve been loving Remi’s creativity and her desire to learn! We’ve been having a great time together.

She’s suddenly VERY interested not just in puzzles, but in the strategy behind puzzles. We’re working through picking out the edge pieces, corners and doing them in a way that makes more sense than just picking out matching pieces. She’s always so proud when she figures it out!


We went to swim at the gym I used to teach Zumba at…and she LOVED it. She cracked us up saying “Those are for exercise, we have to stay over here” about the swim lanes. She was right….but where did she figure that out?! She loved spending the evening at the pool.


She wanted to paint her toes…and I let her. They were ALL blue at first, but then I showed her to just do the nails, and the second foot was much better. Always learning! (And I say that learning is made in messes!)


She wanted a “tea party” one morning before church.  We made “tea” (flavored water) and then it turned into a birthday party and she asked me to make her a card. She also brought ALLLL the things from the playroom. They all had a purpose. I love watching her mind work.


This is mostly just a pic of that cute fox dress. But she’s LOVING church these days. She LOVES the songs and stories. She knows that Jesus loves EVERYONE and that God made EVERYTHING.


She wanted to make a lemonade stand, so we did (except, no lemon juice…”lemons are spicy” – AKA sour). Daddy and her set it up, and I was her first customer. She cracks me up!  She loved using her cash register and giving us change and yelling “open for business!” when they were all ready.


This girl is just too much. In the best way.