Night to Shine and Valentine’s Week

Night to Shine and Valentine’s Week

Tyler and I spent Friday night at the local Night to Shine. It’s sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and is a fun prom night for people with special needs. A coworker asked me to volunteer and I jumped on the opportunity.

They asked Tyler to come in uniform. Apparently police officers are pretty popular folks at Night to Shine.

I got to wear a dress that hasn’t fit in a while (hey-o!)


I was a Buddy- meaning I was sort of a “date” for the night, making sure my King or Queen (that’s what they call the prom-goers) had a great night.  I was paired with an extraordinary gentleman named Christopher. He was a teen who was into so many fun things- rodeo, cowboys, wrestling and country music.  We had a GREAT time.  The event is amazing.  The girls get hair/makeup touch ups, corsages and crowns and the guys get shoe shined, boutonnieres and a crown.  Everyone got their photo taken then out to a limo ride around the parking lot.  Then you entered on a red carpet of SCREAMING fans while an announcer said your name.

27747706_10156064644422302_6450460506505618239_o.jpgThen we had dinner, dancing, karaoke and a photo booth.  We had a great time together.  Christopher and his family were all so sweet, and I hope he had as much fun as I did.


While we were at the prom, mom kept Remi.  She sent me this fun picture of her playing with all of my old children’s books. So special!


She came home and kept digging!  I made her a bean bucket- and she’s a big fan.


Last week, she had her Valentine party at school (they do things a little early at our school) and she looked ADORABLE in her romper and bow!


We then took the opportunity to wear our Valentine red and pink the rest of the week.  Sunday….


Monday (while making a mess in the kitchen)…




And the big day…


Such a great expression of love all week long!

Valentine’s Then and Now

Valentine’s Then and Now

My bloggy friend Jessica did something similar and I liked it. So here we go…

We’ve had some fun Valentine memories over the years. Fun dates to Movie Lounge with friends, leaving love notes all around the house, and fancy dates – but I want to remember our very first Valentine’s day together.

Back in 2008, Tyler and I had only been officially dating for a couple months.

We were in college, so there wasn’t a huge budget for fancy dates. He took me 45 minutes away to “town” to have dinner at Red Lobster. While we were in the parking lot, an old lady pulling into her parking spot hit his car! She didn’t really do any damage, so he let her pretend like she didn’t hit him. She never even noticed we were still in the car, much less that she hit anything!

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Tyler bought me a High School Musical balloon. I joke that even back then, he knew the way to my heart: musicals and cheese biscuits.

This year, Valentine’s day looked quite different.

A work day. I had a dentist appointment at lunch, and Tyler was working overtime until 9:30 pm.

But he got 15 minutes at lunch, so I snuck out just before my dentist appointment and we grabbed lunch together at Taco Bell! ha!

While I was at the dentist, he left a card and flowers for me on my desk.

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After work, I picked up cupcakes for him to enjoy when he got home.

He worked late, I spent the evening with Remi…and once she went to sleep I took a bath and went to bed early.

Life looks a lot different. It’s not spontaneous and crazy and fancy. But it’s perfect.


Weekend Recap: Valentine Fun

Weekend Recap: Valentine Fun

I had a good weekend this weekend.  Sadly, I didn’t get to spend too much time with my Valentine since our schedules were opposite, but it was good nonetheless.

Friday night, Ty worked overtime at the mall and I went over to mom’s for dinner.  My grandma and cousin came up from Hot Springs, so we cooked dinner and played some games.

Then on Saturday, we had a little Galentine’s Day. We did some shopping, eating, and saw Mamma Mia at the Walton Arts Center.  The show was GREAT! 

We did lots of laughing and had a great time together.

Sunday, Tyler was working, so I headed to church. My life group leader gave us these pretty little flowers- Thanks, Amy!

We had lunch after church then I did my grocery shopping and came home and napped. YAY for naps!  Tyler had to work an extra long shift because the Fort Smith marathon was going on…so he didn’t get home until around 6.  He didn’t forget it was Valentine’s Day! 🙂

Excuse the sideways picture, but he brought home a funny card, chocolates, and these Luma Pots- light up flower pots.  

We watched Million Dollar Arm last night- it was SO good.  Especially for a sports movie. I’m not usually a fan of sports movies, but this was great!

I was up early with Tyler’s 3 a.m. alarm…so here’s to a Monday (hopefully) not feeling so long.

How was your weekend?


Weekend Recap: Valentine Weekend

Weekend Recap: Valentine Weekend

Oh my goodness- did I have a weekend filled with LOVE!  I spent lots of time with friends, got some beautiful flowers from my sweet Tyler, and spent some time with my “girl soulmate” bestie. 🙂

Friday night, we celebrated Galentine’s Day.  Lauren said it was the day to celebrate your girls.  So we hit the town and had dinner, a candy exchange, and LOTS of laughs.


Saturday, I was finally able to open my card from Taylor.  And of course, she personalized it with Zac Hanson pics. ha! Loved it!


When Tyler got home from working all night, he came with these beauties.  I loved them.  He isn’t a big fan of giving flowers, but he knows I love them. 🙂 Love that man of mine.  He worked all night, but still stopped to get flowers for me.IMG_8754.JPG

While Tyler napped, I went to Zumba…then came home and got ready because Alden and Mike were on their way!  My best friend (whom I refer to as my girl soulmate…truth) Alden lives on the other side of the state.  We hadn’t seen each other since their wedding last March.  So they came to spent the weekend with us.

We started with a trip to Sonic to enjoy the BEAUTIFUL day.


After Sonic, we went up to the park to explore.  It’s one of the highest points in town, so lots of beautiful views.  Tyler was showing them something. 🙂



I love these newlyweds. 🙂


Saturday night, we went to Movie Lounge for dinner and a movie. Truth time: we loved the movie and the company (of course) but Movie Lounge is just missing the mark.  They were out of half of the appetizers (I mean…it’s V Day.  You know people are going to splurge), our food came out cold, and the service was SLOW.  They needed more servers for sure.  We totally enjoyed our night together, but were sort of disappointed in the service.



Sunday, we all went to church together, but the incoming winter weather (and Alden was getting sick) meant they needed to leave Sunday afternoon.  But before they did…we had to watch The Last Five Years together.  We downloaded it on iTunes and hooked up the computer to the TV.  Alden was the one to introduce me to this musical, we i wanted to watch it with her.


I was sad to see them leave, but glad to have spent time together.

So that was my weekend full of love.  Happy heart for sure.

How was your weekend?