Birthday Celebration

Birthday Celebration

I had THE BEST time celebrating my birthday with friends.

Earlier in the day, I had brunch with my bestie Brandy (though we were busy eating and talking and I didn’t take any pictures).

Then that evening, “the circle” and our husbands got together for fun at Uncorked. It’s the best place to just hang with your friends- and these friends brought some fun party decorations and leis and noise makers for me! So fun!

Before we settled in to eat and drink, we took some pictures. LOVE these girls.

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And I love these husbands and how they put up with us (Vini wasn’t off work yet…so he missed the husband pic).

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They got me a cute little glass that I used for my water all night.

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There was lots of selfies and snap chatting happening.

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Sweet Tyler. He’s exhausted from working like 180 hours over 2 weeks, but he came out and was a great sport.

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They told them it was my birthday and Uncorked brought me a brownie with a HUGE sparkler! I was so excited!

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We played What Do You Meme and laughed and laughed. At some point, Rachel’s shirt ripped, Tara broke a wine glass….it was shenanigans all around.

At the end of the night, we were all just so happy to have had so much fun together.

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It is honestly an answered prayer to have such sweet friends, and I’m honored that they celebrated me and our friendship. Here’s to 32!


Memorial Day Weekend Part 2

Memorial Day Weekend Part 2

Sunday after naptime, we headed south to a horse camp where Tyler’s family was camped out.  My MIL Nancy goes down there with her brother, niece and some friends…and we went for the afternoon and dinner.

It was basically a nice RV park, but with horse stalls.  They ride trails during the day and cookout and enjoy RV life in the evenings.

Remi had to ride Rex, Gigi’s horse, and she waved to everyone around the camp.

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We also made friends with two younger kids there who were VERY excited to share their horse with Remi. They let her feed the horse a popsicle (miniature horses are known for eating just about anything…I had one growing up!).

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And then she rode it bareback with a little help from daddy! She’s so brave!

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Monday we headed over to my mom’s for breakfast with our Hot Springs family who was in town. Remi LOVES Luke, so wherever he was, that’s where she wanted to be!

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After breakfast we swam. The water was SO nice.

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Remi isn’t a normal kid- she complains about the water being too cold, so Nene helped her bundle up. I love that she knows her great grandma!

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We all walked down to the lake to feed the fish. Well, we walked. Remi rode her 4 wheeler down (and Gavin carried it back).

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I think Remi ate as much bread as she gave the fish!

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We all ate lunch together (while she entertained us with gymnastics) and then the family headed home (and we headed home to nap!).

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While Remi napped, I set up our hammock on the back porch and started a new book.  This one is a bit “racy” in some parts, but it’s kept me interested so far!

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Tyler had to work a VERY long day. Over Memorial Day weekend we got crazy flooding in our area- the Arkansas River went beyond the 500-year floodplain.  But he’s such a good daddy.  He came home and helped put Remi to bed.  This is her version of “snuggling”- we just lay halfway in her bed while she pats us on the head.

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(I wrote this on June 5, and at this point, Tyler is in his second week of working 12 hours every day because of the flooding.  I feel for the people whose homes were demolished, and I’m glad he’s called to help…but we miss him!)


Memorial Day Weekend Part 1

Memorial Day Weekend Part 1

We packed a LOT into Memorial Day weekend, so I have split it into two parts.

Saturday morning started off bright and early with a 5k with some coworkers. Becca and I had matching shirts made. Since we knew we weren’t going to be the fastest- they say “I run like a 90’s slow jam”

We got lots of compliments on them! (PS. My friend who made them has them for sale here).

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We also met up with our coworkers Daysi and Ashlyn. So fun to do this together (though Daysi and Ashlyn were faster than us!)

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After the run and a quick shower, we went to brunch together. Remi was SO funny this day. She was adamant that she wanted a dish pictured on our table- it was pancakes with fruit and bacon. She didn’t care about the pancakes, but she wanted fruit and bacon and “sour cream” (which was whipped cream).  She and daddy also enjoyed coloring together.

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And she wore her cape to breakfast, because she’s super Remi.

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We stopped by the park at the dump (yes, our city dump has a fun park right outside!) and played on the equipment for a few minutes.

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The park is (of course) trash and recycling themed, so you can drive a trash truck and slide down a trash can. ha!

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She always LOVES the swings.

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After the park, we went to a hair appointment where I chopped off my hair! 🙂 I love the new, easier to style, short do!

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We spent the evening at my mom’s.  The pool water was a bit cold, but the view and the sunshine were awesome.

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Sunday morning, Remi got into my makeup while I showered and she gave herself a 5 o’clock shadow. ha!

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And we all matched in our red, white and blue and sunglasses. We had our friend Gabby take a picture in the nursery. Love it!

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Part 2 coming tomorrow!


Playing Catch Up

Playing Catch Up

We had a busy couple of weeks, but here are the highlights of some fun inbetween.

One afternoon Remi asked to go to the park after school, so we agreed to a fun night. We stopped first for an early dinner (so we could play until it was time to go home), and Remi surprised us! She asked the server for chopsticks and USED THEM.

She amazes us every day.

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Caitlyn came to visit after her graduation, and Steel Magnolias happened to be showing in the theaters for the 30th anniversary.  We LOVED seeing it on the big screen!

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My work team had a fun team building day where we went to Lake Fort Smith and hiked about 6 miles on the Shepherd Springs Loop.  It was hot and mosquito-y, but it was a fun day with my coworkers.

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We finally found some sunglasses that Remi likes to wear. Yes, they are little boys. No, I don’t care.

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She was SO HAPPY to match daddy in her sunglasses and ride on the lawn mower with him.

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