A beautiful mess

A beautiful mess

Most days, this life feels like a beautiful mess.  It’s fun, exciting but it’s also messy.  There are tantrums. There’s stress. There’s literal mess.  But there’s laughter. And hugs. And growth. And so much love.

Here’s a week in our beautiful mess!

Remi LOVES sitting on/in the sink when I do her hair. She does know how to turn on the faucet, so she doesn’t get to sit there too long- I’ve learned a time or two by her soaking herself turning on the water. ha!

This particular day, Remi hung out with Gigi while me and mom went to NWA for shopping, lunch and seeing Cabaret. I am so grateful for the support to take time for things I enjoy, getting “time off” and time to spend with my momma.

This girl LOVES brooms. It’s so cute.

Adding to the literal mess these days is her learning to use a spoon (and also a fork) by herself.  She’s doing great, but some foods are messier than others (I’m looking at you, yogurt.)

More silly sink sitting.  She’s so fun. So stinking fun. I was asking her where all her parts are- and this was her ears. You got it, baby girl!

Mornings can be crazy. She’s very independent- and we try to encourage that. One way is that I try to let her decide that she’s ready to leave and have her walk herself out of the door.  This particular day, she was posted up, like “I’m not moving until I’ve had my milk.”

And that evening we had more spoon mess, featuring guacamole. Such a big girl!

I’m reminded of these old Diamond Rio lyrics,

“What a beautiful mess, what a beautiful mess I’m in
Spending all my time with you
There’s nothing that I’d rather do”


So very true.

Tulsa Time and Urgent Care

Tulsa Time and Urgent Care


We took a little trip to Tulsa this weekend. Mostly for some friends’ birthday party, but we also did a little shopping and had some fun.

We got there at lunchtime and had lunch at SmashBurger. Yum. Remi LOVED waving at everyone and she ate great. PS. I LOVE restaurants with healthy kid’s options like grilled chicken and applesauce.

We shopped around Whole Foods to get some keto treats I can’t get at home and then we went to Lauren and JJs for Ella and Ryan’s birthday. Remi loved playing with their toys!

She and Ella were adorable together and loved playing with the boxes almost as much as the toys.

After the party, she really needed to nap, so we drove back into Tulsa. She slept in the car with Gigi while I went into my favorite shop, POSH, and did some shopping. Then we headed to Rhema Bible Church for their Christmas lights. The weather was nice- just around 50 degrees, so not too cold to walk around.

She loved people watching and waved at all the people.

The lights really were magical. SO many lights, some set to music. Remi loved it.

She was mesmerized by the sparkly lights and music.

They had a huge tunnel with lights and it was SO fun!

Me and my girl enjoyed the day together!

After we left Rhema, we went to a fun local Pho shop for some Asian food and drove home. Remi was a trooper and did great all day.

But Sunday, she woke up with fever. Womp womp. Flu was going around daycare, so I immediately took her to urgent care. But her flu test was negative- just a bad cold virus. We did find some cough drop lollipops, which she liked while we waited on her prescription.

And while I hate for her to be sick, I do love the snuggles. I got to rock her to sleep, which is always a treat.

She’s doing ok, but isn’t herself still. I’m ready for my girl to feel better!

Miss Personality

Miss Personality

Oh this girl is quickly developing such a fun, happy, silly personality! She loves making us laugh. She loves dealing with other people. She is learning to have the time of her life.

Her personality shows when I tell her “No.”  No, Remi, don’t lick the water off the dishwasher. ha!  Then she gives me this look, like “What did you say to me?”

She LOVES dancing and looking in the mirror. Her closet was open and she saw her sunglasses and pointed, so we put them on. DIVA to the max!

My sweet girl. She is loving and tender (when she wants to be! ha!)

I was chasing her around the house trying to get her picture. She thought that was pretty fun!

We were at Pier 1 and she tried climbing in this chair, so I plopped her in it. It was comfy and soft and she LOVED it.

Before church- “Dat” LOTS of pointing and talking these days.

I went on a hike with the women’s ministry while she went to play with Grandpa and the family.

The weather was GORGEOUS. We had a big group and it was fun.

We hiked around a local lake and loved it.

While I hiked, Remi saw the “Moo cows” with Uncle Dwight.

And she played with Brad and Kelsey. She LOVES them.

Such a silly girl! We love her so much and adore watching her bloom.


Weekend getaway

Weekend getaway

Several months ago, Tyler suggested that we schedule a weekend getaway. We weren’t going too far away -we just wanted to stay in a cabin about an hour away. He suggested a fall getaway to see the leaves changing, relax, and we joked, to celebrate our first year of parenthood.

I am SO thankful he wants to spend time together and invests in us.

We had a GREAT weekend.

We started with a half day off work (just the way schedules fell), so we headed to NWA to eat lunch (sushi, of course….it’s the only place we eat in NWA) and did some shopping.  On our way back down the mountain, we stopped for dessert at Kream. They serve ice cream, and notably, donut ice cream sandwiches. (Let’s just say the low carb diet was OUT THE WINDOW)

We settled into our cabin and watched some movies. We love this place. It’s quaint and cozy and they have movies you can borrow. Some are OLD classics (like on VHS) and some are newer. We fell asleep watching a movie and hit the hay.

The sunrise was cloudy, but still beautiful off the back porch. (Yes, even though we were baby free, we were awake at sunrise)


We had a DELICIOUS breakfast that the hosts prepared, and then loaded up the boat and hit Lake Fort Smith.  The weather was BEAUTIFUL. Like 70s and sunny and breezy. We spent all day on the boat because it was perfect.


The fall colors had hit the lake, and it was so beautiful. IMG_3543

This tiny thing was the only fish Tyler caught! But he enjoyed exploring the lake. I did some fishing, some reading and some napping (yes, the back bench on the lake is perfect for sleeping)


One spot had a lot of bird activity.


He said despite my bad fishing luck, I was a good fishing partner. 🙂


On our way back to the cabin, we stopped at Artist’s Point.  The gift shop was closed, but the view was lovely. img_0860.jpg

That evening, we got pizza at the cabin, watched movies and played games. It ended up storming that evening and a limb fell on our truck. But thankfully, we still got plenty of rest and the truck was just a little dinged up.

We had another great breakfast, but the weather wasn’t awesome, so we decided to skip hiking and head home.

We stopped by Artist’s Point one more time, since the gift shop was open. We saw a groundhog out back!

We loved our weekend getaway. We will likely make this a fall tradition. It’s not expensive and it doesn’t require a lot of planning – it’s perfect.