Silly Girl

Silly Girl

Little Miss Personality is having so much fun these days.

She turned into a model wearing momma’s pretties.

She’s rocking the selfie.

She’s loving her cooking stepstool and being at counterheight to play while I cook.

She gets super bossy with Dada, helping him build (and then knocking down) his block towers.

She squeals and claps on the 4 wheeler.

She plays for a long time in the bathtub.

And she giggles non-stop.

This silly girl is just the best.


Police Department Awards

Police Department Awards

Tyler got invited to the annual awards ceremony for his police department. I was incredibly proud of him – being invited meant he was nominated for some sort of recognition (we didn’t know what until we got there!).

We got to get a little dressed up for a Friday night. He pulled out his dress uniform, and I got spiffed up after work.

They gave out awards for officer and rookie of the year, dispatcher of the year, civilian of the year (which was an amazing story of every heroes), and also special awards from the chief. Tyler got a special award for the chief for exemplary service during a burglary. He and a few other officers went above and beyond and ended up helping to solve several cases of stolen goods. I was proud.  He got a certificate and letter.

And afterwards, we had a great dinner out at one of our favorite spots. A winning night, for sure!


OOOOOOKLAHOMA Part 2

OOOOOOKLAHOMA Part 2

After a night in the hotel (bless, Remi girl had trouble settling down in a new environment and woke up in the night…so she got to sleep with mommy and daddy a bit), we enjoyed a really great breakfast in our hotel.  Like, amazing cinnamon rolls.  Seriously.

Then we had a little time to kill, so we went by Trader Joe’s. #TJFANFOREVER

Then we drove around a bit because little bit fell asleep.  But we ended up at the Oklahoma Aquarium!

We went straight back to the Ozarks exhibit because it was almost time to feed the otters and beavers.  Remi was so into the animals and fish.  It was getting a little crowded in that area because of the feeding, so she was getting mad we wouldn’t let her down. ha!

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Side note: people went NUTS over her mermaid leggings.

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She LOVED all of the exhibits.  We watched the touch tanks, but she was too tiny to reach in.  This was at the stingrays.

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Her two favorite things were the shark cage and the ramps in and out of the shark exhibit. ha!

(I love that you pay money to take them somewhere and they find such joy in the things that “don’t matter.”)  But we let her play for quite a while here since he was LOVING it.  (Also, is she climbing? I didn’t think so.  I think the sign behind was just so you didn’t try to climb to the top- it was like 15 feet tall).

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We bought some food and fed some fish and the turtles.  She liked that a lot, too.

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There were several little areas to crawl and explore- it’s such a great aquarium.  This was a tunnel into a tank, and Gigi got a pic of her inside!  She’s fearless.  Just goes right in.  In one tunnel, she encountered a little boy, probably 8 or so.  He wouldn’t move, so she started hitting him!  I yelled at her to be gentle- and so she kissed him! ha!

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She LOVED Sea Turtle Island. It was a huge, bright tank with lots of bright fish.  It also had a great area playing Caribbean music- which she’s a fan of.

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After the aquarium, we grabbed a quick lunch and headed home.  Such a fun memory with our family!


OOOOOOKLAHOMA Part 1

OOOOOOKLAHOMA Part 1

I took my last two vacation days of the year (my year rolls over Mid-March, so it was time) to go visit some fun spots in Oklahoma.

The whole fam took a little road trip to the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile in Pawkuska and to the Oklahoma Aquarium in Tulsa.

When we set out, we got a good laugh because mom and Nancy were sort of matching in the back seat.

We set out pretty early and ended up stopping at Bass Pro to give Tyler some fun. We got there a few minutes before they opened, so we played outside on the rocking chairs.

The result of asking “How big is Remi?”  SO BIG!

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I’m in love with this sweet outfit.  She looks precious.  And since the Pioneer Woman’s family are cattle farmers, it was very appropriate.

The Mercantile is a beautiful building on Main Street in Pawhuska.  We were there at noon on a Thursday, and it wasn’t busy at all.  It was a GORGEOUS day for February- in the 70s and sunshine.  A little windy, but not too bad for Oklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plain.

Sweet Tyler waited in the lunch line while we looked around.  It only took 20 minutes or so to get a table.  Lunch was great!

We split the nachos and then got these entrees that were all great: fried chicken sandwich, chicken fried steak and spicy Caesar salad.  Tyler got the brisket which was NOT good- it was tough. I’ve made her brisket recipe before, and the flavor was good but the meat was so tough. Otherwise, it was all great.

Remi LOVED the mashed potatoes.  She went in for handfuls at a time.

After lunch, we shopped around the store.  There are housewares, gifts, clothing, jewelry, books and more.  We bought a little bit of everything.

Then we went upstairs to the coffee shop and bakery. It’s much quieter up there. Lots of seating and open windows.  We got several treats to try and they were YUMMY (we waited until later to eat most of them).  My favorite was a blueberry crunch croissant….but the cookies, blondies, knock you naked brownie and pecan sticky bun were all so good.

Tyler couldn’t wait to try his cookie sandwich. It was the size of his head!  All of the desserts were amazingly not too sweet but still very rich and decadent.

Since it was so nice outside, we decided to walk around town. There are a lot of little shops (which one owner said are booming and growing thanks to the traffic from the Merc).  One shop had these two dogs- and Remi was in HEAVEN.  She loved the pup pups…and all the store owners were so nice to us.

When we got to the hotel in Tulsa, the fun didn’t stop!  Remi got a ride around in a luggage cart and then she played some energy out in the room.

We had a great day the next day.  Watch for Part 2 this week!