Walking in Memphis (Family Trip)

Walking in Memphis (Family Trip)

We went to Memphis for a friend’s wedding, but we had PLENTY of fun in the process. We’ve been LOTS of places, but only one overnight stay EVER just the three of us. This was our first real trip together just us. We’ve just always gone with one of our moms. It was a great time together.

We got a late start after work on Friday, but we tried to make the most of it. Remi mostly watched the iPad until dinner. We stopped at a Mexican place in Morrilton, that also happened to have a boutique.

Remi CRACKED us up modeling with the mannequin. This was ALL her own doing.


After dinner, she had a bit of an issue that I wouldn’t give her the iPad back because I wanted her to sleep. But after she fussed, she fell asleep.

We stayed at an AirBNB which ended up being an older home. It wasn’t the nicest, but it was clean and fine. And cheap. So a win.

After a night of sleep, we hit breakfast at Chickfila- and Remi was a fan of the slides. Then we went to the children’s museum. They had a traveling Paw Patrol exhibit, which Remi LOVED. She got to play with all of the characters.


And there were fun things, like the Paw Patroller, the bakery, the sea turtles, and Jake’s snow cabin. IMG_2388

Remi LOVED the grocery store section. The checkout had a real scanner and real printed receipts.


We rode the carousel. She wanted a not-moving horse, but she was brave and rode it.


I had to leave a couple hours in and go do wedding things, but Ty and Remi stayed all morning until naptime.

While I helped set up for the wedding, they played and napped…and then they met up with us for rehearsal.

Alden was in the wedding, which meant we got to see Avery, too!

Remi and Avery just grabbed hands and started playing and we melted. So sweet for your bestie’s baby to be your baby’s friend.


Saturday, we went to iHop for breakfast, and Remi enjoyed her pancakes (really, the whipped cream) and then we went to a little neighborhood park. Tyler and Remi dropped me off and went to play at a big park with some friends of ours that live in Memphis.

Then they napped and met me at the wedding (noticing a theme?).

Remi was SO GOOD during the wedding and then let loose at the reception. Girl LOVED to dance.


Then we made Avery and Remi take pics, and Avery had had enough. ha!


We did get one good one!


Sunday morning, we had a wonderful breakast at Brother Juniper’s. This latte.  I’m dreaming of more of them.


These two were having fun looking into their “noculars” before our food came. On Sunday, Remi had a bit of an issue at meal times, and at both meals we had to step outside to help her regroup herself. Not bad considering days of late bedtimes, new locations and being off schedule.


After breakfast, we went to the BIG Bass Pro at the Pyramid. Remi loved the “triangle building”

It was sunny with perfect weather.


Which was awesome because we walked up to a dog water jumping contest. (I’m sure there is a more technical name). But they threw these bumpers into the water and the dogs jumped in to retrieve them. It was a long jump contest….and some of the dogs were FLYING.


We enjoyed exploring around the HUGE store. We had to take a spin on some of the 4-wheelers!


And Remi loves the shooting gallery!


After some (more like HOURS of shopping), we took the BIG elevator to the top to eat lunch. The views were gorgeous and the food was great.

Also spy our matching sweatshirts. Remi loves “matchies!”


After lunch we went outside and saw views of the River.


She loved the “M” bridge and kept telling me it was my bridge, since M is for momma!


Crazy to be so close to the top of the pyramid! I grew up going to concerts in this building and it seemed so big. Now we were up top!


She was so brave (considering past experince with glass elevators was not awesome) and stood at the glass on the way down.


I’m so proud of how she was on this entire trip. I love our little travel buddy!


On our way out, we saw the dogs were about to do their final jumps, so we decided to stay and watch. We got shaved ice (and in a weird twist…Remi wanted red, not her “fave” blue!) and watched the finals.

Then we headed home. She napped for a good 2 hours and then watched the iPad for the rest of the drive. It was a wonderful time together.

Hanson at the KS State Fair

Hanson at the KS State Fair

I have been looking forward to this show for months now, and it didn’t disappoint!

This was Tyler’s second show, but I feel like it was a better experience than the first (at a beer/wine festival- it was a little crazy).

We went in when doors opened and got a GREAT spot on the floor.


We had shirts made. His said “I’m here because I love my wife and my wife loves Hanson” and mine is lyrics “All my friends are here, I don’t want to go home”


Tyler stepped out to grab us drinks and they were all giant. Oh well. Bring on the fun.


We were pretty excited.


The show was fantastic. They played like 1.5 hours. The weather was great. I always love a concert in the wind and watching the moon come out was nice. Tyler actually enjoyed some of the music, and I loved having him there.

Some concert shots:


SO happy. My band. My love.


After the show, we went out for food and then came back in for the DJ set. We didn’t stay too long because we were on our feet all day, but it was a GREAT show.

Kansas State Fair!

Kansas State Fair!

I made an entire post for the Kansas State Fair (without the concert) because we spent several hours there and ate a LOT of food I want to talk about. 🙂

When we arrived, we were in awe of how big it is.  Our local Arkansas/Oklahoma State Fair is more like a county fair, but this is bigger than the one in Little Rock. It was HUGE.

We parked pretty far away and got pretty hot walking in and we were hungry- ready for food and a cold drink.

I got an ear of roasted corn (yum!) and Tyler got philly cheese steak fries- and we shared some cajun fried pickles.

We ate them inside the swine barn- because it was shaded and we found a table and chairs along a wall.  Nothing like eating with the pigs- but it didn’t bother us! ha!


We walked around and saw the animals and then watched them showing some tiny goats. They were so cute!


As we walked around, we decided we needed ice cream, so we got some! This place was making homemade cones and dipping scoops of delicious homemade ice cream.


We walked through art entrees, saw them auction off carved wooden furniture, explored the trade show hall, and watched people playing fair games.

After the concert, we were hungry again, so I got a Pronto Pup. Everyone said this is the fair staple- it’s NOT a corn dog. The breading isn’t made of corn. It was a wheat, more like an unsweet pancake. I liked it, but I think I liked a corn dog better.


Tyler sought out an item new to the fair this year- a Roni dog- hot dog topped with macaroni and cheese and bacon.

He also tried some chocolate covered bacon and I got a Dole Whip for dessert. #treatyoself


We had a great time at the fair! It was a fun way to spend the day. Now I need to run a marathon for all the calories. ha!


Going to Wichita

Going to Wichita

Right before my birthday back in June, tickets went on sale to see Hanson at the Kansas State Fair. I googled, and it was outside of Wichita, which is like 5 hours away.

Tyler bought me tickets for the concert (at my request) and then he decided he would go with me (instead of me taking a friend or my mom).

We set off on Friday after work and enjoyed the drive.

We stopped in Tulsa for his favorite dinner at Los Cabos, then kept driving.


One downside was ALL the tolls: like $11 each way!

But the upside was staring at this sunset for hours. It was gorgeous to drive into it until the sun set.


We stayed at a super nice, new Hampton Inn. Tyler commented that it was one of the first hotels where he felt as comfortable as our house. The breakfast was AMAZING- more than usual. They had multiple types of waffles (banana bread, chocolate chocolate chip), fresh made yogurt smoothies, cold-pressed juices….it was delish!

Before we did the fair, we hit up Strataca, a salt mine museum that was 650 feet underground!

It was super neat- exceeded our expectations. You took a long elevator down (in complete darkness!) and then entered salt. Salt above you, salt around you- so much salt!

We learned about the process, the history, and the process of making rock salt. This is the same kind of salt you eat, but they don’t do the process to make this eating salt.

We got to take a little train ride and a tram ride around as well, seeing old mining areas and equipment.

And you had to wear a hard hat the entire time you were underground.


This was showing where the salt actually fell off the roof because of a layer of sediment separating. It sort of looked like the moon!


This was an old mining train. They say “What comes into the mine, stays in the mine” because it’s too expensive and time-consuming to remove stuff, so everything old is still down there.


Turns out the salt mines are the perfect temperature and no humidity, so they are great for storage. They store lots movie memorabilia, old tapes and digital files.


These were files of Friends tapes!


And they also have The Dorothy from Twister!


I would totally recommend this for anyone who was old enough to read and enjoy the exhibits. Super interesting!