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.

 


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.


Dallas Adventure: Perot Museum

Dallas Adventure: Perot Museum

We had a family wedding in Dallas, so we decided to make it into a really fun weekend.

It was Tyler’s cousin, so of course, Nancy was going with. And my mom came to keep Remi during the (very fancy, swanky) wedding.

We left on a Thursday after work and made the trip. Remi’s a champ- we made only one stop the entire 4.5 hours.

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We adventured all Friday until it was time to get ready for the wedding.

We started at Cindi’s NY Deli for breakfast. My mom grew up Chicago and misses deli food. And I love it, too. Mom asked them for a sample of their chopped liver, and Remi surprised us, diving right in for a bite! She loved it!

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I got wonderful cheese blintzes. (along with some potato latkes we all shared). We all ended up taking leftovers and eating them the next morning.

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Our next stop was the Perot Children’s Museum. It was a bit cold and gloomy (especially for Texas in May), but we enjoyed the frogs outside.

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Inside, we took Remi to the toddler area (only for kids 5 and under). We thought after a while she would want to venture around the rest of the museum- but nope. We were in that are for like 3 hours. She explored and enjoyed every inch!

She loved this big water table. They put on aprons and could build and play in the water.

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In the middle was the big produce truck. They could drive it, fill it with veggies or take the produce and stock the little grocery store. Remi did all three.

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Another corner was a camping set up with a picnic, fire and animal puppets. She loved this as well.

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Outside was a giant sand area where they could dig (supposed to be for dino bones, but the kids just loved playing in the sand!)

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She also enjoyed the craft area- with glue sticks, scissors, stickers and other things to create with.

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There was an indoor slide/play/climb area with these fun conveyor belts. Remi sent like 50 blocks up them- she loved spinning that wheel.

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She CRASHED on our walk to lunch. She never does this.

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We reached the holy grail – Shake Shack. I LOVE it so much. Though the downtown Dallas location had poor service, the food was still great.

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Remi perked up after a hot dog, fries and ice cream, and she enjoyed riding back to the car with dad.

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She spotted these big 00s outside of El Fenix (to mark their 100th birthday or something- you could stand and be the 1). But she just wanted to sit inside it and she said “Take my picture” ha!

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We finally convinced her to make a big 1 to show 100!

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She had her own Rocky moment when she wanted to climb these stairs outside the Perot Museum on the way back to the car.

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We dropped her and my mom off at a park near our AirBNB while we got ready and left for the wedding (Shoutout to Mimi, carrying her the half mile back from the park when she didn’t want to walk).

The wedding was SO fun and SO nice. After the reception, we had a cold but awesome cocktail hour by the pool.

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Then we partied until after 11 at the reception. Delish food, great company (a table full of Tyler’s fun family) and dancing the night away. It was a great day in the Big D!


Exciting Weekend: Strawberries and Motorcycles

Exciting Weekend: Strawberries and Motorcycles

I’m a little behind on posting, but I’m going to try and get caught up.

We had a full weekend at the beginning of May. On a Friday evening, Tyler had to work, so me and Remi had a quiet evening at home- where she drug out ALL the toys. (Side note: we got rid of our coffee table and I don’t miss it! Love the open space).

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Saturday morning, we went to see our friends for their garage sale. In fact, I took them breakfast. Tara asked for cheesecake for breakfast, and you better believe I delivered!

Remi and Amelia played together (somewhat…Remi wasn’t feeling well…turns out she had a UTI, so she was borderline bratty). But it was fun watching them together. They were throwing Easter eggs in the yard together.

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After the yard sale, we met Mimi and Gigi to pick strawberries! It’s always our mother’s day tradition- and since we were going to be out of town on mother’s day- we had to do it early. Remi wasn’t totally into it since she wasn’t feeling great, but we all got a big bucket full of delicious berries.

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After a nap and a dose of antibiotics (PS yay for at-home UTI tests from Walgreens and telemedicine to call in antibiotics after Facetiming a doctor!), she was feeling a little better.  Tyler was working a motorcycle rally downtown, so we ventured down there for dinner to see him.

Remi LOVED all the loud bikes! She wanted to stand on the side of the road to watch them.

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This picture cracks me up. Sometimes she’s my mini, and other times, she is Tyler’s carbon copy. This was one of those times.

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I’m thankful for family time, no matter how we have to get it.