Fun Day in NWA

Fun Day in NWA

The idea of fun day trips is still new to us! We had no fun Labor Day plans, so we decided to go to NWA and hit up the Amazeum.

I was worried Remi would be too small, but she was totally into it! (There were lots of more advanced things for bigger kids, but plenty to keep the attention of a toddler.  I’ve had a few friends ask, and I think kids need to be walking and be able to climb onto chairs and such to do their own thing before heading to the Amazeum. They do have “baby” areas for those under 2, but they are mostly just carpeted safe spaces for crawling with some stuffed animals.  The real fun is for 2 and up.

We did LOTS of exploring.  Magnetic blocks, these fun tiles to make shapes with (or rather, to dump and sort)

She LOOOOOOVED this big lite-brite looking contraption. We wanted to explore as much as possible, so we sort of moved her through the exhibits, but next time, I think we will spend a ton of time here.

There were slides and tunnels- all made of SCOTCH TAPE!  She loved crawling and sliding and jumping around.

This picture is blurry but it’s special. It’s just a family on a normal day out. But y’all….we’ve prayed for YEARS for Tyler’s schedule to allow him to be with us on the weekends.  And God answered that prayer!

Northwest Arkansas in Walmart country, so no surprise, they had sponsored a play Walmart area. She liked filling the basket, stocking the shelves and working in the bakery.  She put that oven mitt on and started cooking.  (Little eyes are always watching us, huh mommas?)

We all got in on the fun, climbing up in the treehouse and playing on the bridges.


One room was all water stuff.  We had heard to bring a change of clothes, so we let her go wild and get soaked.  She loved this, of course.

We went outside to play and dry off, and they had a fun water painting station on some slate tiles.

Such a fun place and a fun day together.

img_5822We dried off and headed to lunch at the Flying Fish (where this hungry girl DEVOURED her fish and fries).

Then we got ice cream at the Walmart museum…and she had fun riding their old truck. (Tip: go inside the store and they will give you dimes for the machine. Free rides? YES PLEASE.)

Sweet girl conked out on the drive home, sleeping the entire almost two-hour way.


SUCH a fun day, and for sure, we will be back!

Weekend Recap: O-Fish-Ally a Good One

Weekend Recap: O-Fish-Ally a Good One

We have fully embraced Tyler’s new hobby this weekend- fishing. We did a lot of it!

But it was a busy weekend. I’m surprised I’m not totally wiped out because I really didn’t get much napping or resting in!

Before I start the weekend recap, here was a highlight from last week- buying milk that’s good past my due date! I’m due October 2! What?!

Friday at work we had a fun baby shower for my coworker, Lyndsay. We celebrated her and her sweet baby girl and then I met up with mom to hit Sam’s and Kohl’s.

While we shopped, Tyler got the boat ready and we all met up and hit the water around 6 p.m. Tyler traded our golf cart for a fishing boat. It’s pretty nice! Two fish finders, the main motor and a foot-operated trolling motor, spaces for 7 to sit.

He’s into bass fishing now. I was fishing for catfish, but didn’t catch any! He wanted to bring these home to stock our pond, but his water tank wasn’t pumping in any water. He’ll have to check on that soon.

Saturday was his family reunion. He had to work, which originally I was pretty sad about. Going without him isn’t the same.

However, I saw the PD post this on FB and was so proud of him. Saturday there was a police-loving little girl who had a birthday party and Tyler and this other officer showed up. The PD posted the picture of them with the kids….and then this guy left a comment about Tyler. I’m so proud that he embraced his calling and does his job well.

Saturday after the reunion, I came home and hit my PJs and the yoga ball.  The poor dogs HATE the yoga ball since they can’t sit in my lap! ha!

Pippin was relieved when I finally hit the couch and he could crawl all over me.

Sunday morning, we spent some time out on the porch before church. It was the first feeling of fall and it was GLORIOUS.

After church, we waited for Ty to get off work then headed to Grandpa’s for Tyler’s birthday celebration. Our friends Lauren and JJ came and brought their little boy, Ryan. He loves Tyler. They were playing with grandpa’s weights here.

While we ate dinner, some rain blew in…but then it was cool and perfect outside. So we headed to the pond to fish!

A beautiful rainbow greeted us.

Tyler caught several little bass and 3 big ones! Brad, Kelsey and JJ did some fishing, but they didn’t catch much. Tyler attributes his catches to his “Purple Power” lure! He LOVES that thing! ha! Too bad he lost it at the end with a too-big-to-catch catfish. The fish got away with his lure!

We got home after 9 and hit the hay pretty quickly.

Now we just anxiously await the arrival of this baby any day now!

How was your weekend?

Weekend Recap: Dixie Chicks and Bunco

Weekend Recap: Dixie Chicks and Bunco

This was a busy busy weekend. Mostly, everyone was worried I would go into labor while I was 3 hours away in Little Rock! ha!  But Remi is still cooking…so no worries there.

On Friday, we were thrown for a bit of a loop when dad had to be transferred to the hospital for a short term stay. Alzheimer’s is tough, ya’ll.  It made for a stressful day, and I had to rearrange my plans. Mom was going to go to Little Rock with me, but stayed behind for dad.

So Tyler’s cousin Kelsey met me after work and we headed to Little Rock.

We had a great drive just talking and we stopped toe at at Stoby’s (yay cheese dip!).

We met up with Haley and Alden at Verizon Arena where we were all seeing the Dixie Chicks!

The concert was good, but not great. Wah wah. I should have known, but they were super political with the videos behind them. It felt too much like a political rally and not as much of a concert. And they didn’t play all our old faves. I’m glad I went, but it wasn’t AMAZING.

Saturday, I was really wanting to go to the Megaphone Conference (formerly AR Women Bloggers conference), however, I stayed here to go see dad during visiting hours with mom.

When we left her house, we spotted two deer! Not sure if you can see them….but they are there!

Saturday evening, mom hosted her bunco girls. They needed a sub, so I stepped in. It was so fun! It was a pajama party theme, so we were all comfy in our PJS eating breakfast. LOVED it. And I won for losing the most rounds and won $5! ha!

Tyler worked a long day on Saturday, so Sunday after work he was TIRED.  He came home and snuggled up in bed with me and Pippin. GOSH that dog is SO snuggly and sweet.

I did a little housework Sunday evening and then celebrated when Miss Arkansas WON MISS AMERICA!  Yay Savvy!

So that was our weekend! How was yours?

Weekend Recap: Baby Showers Round 1

Weekend Recap: Baby Showers Round 1

We had a full weekend where I felt SO loved.

We started by taking the day off Friday to go to Tulsa for a breakfast with Tyler’s family.  They do this breakfast once a month, but I have never been since I work on Fridays. However, this month, they were honoring us with a baby shower…so I took the day.

We were up early to head to T-Town and got to the restaurant and were greeted by these ADORABLE cupcakes. I LOVE that they gave Tyler his own police and gun cupcake!


They set out a cute spread for us (and a birthday cupcake for 88 year old Aunt Natha Dean’s birthday!).


After breakfast and after Aunt Natha Dean had her birthday singing, we opened gifts. It was SO fun to be in a room full of these sweet people. They’ve loved Tyler all his life, but they’ve taken me right in. I get hugs and love from them each time I see them. (I also joked that I’m glad this wasn’t a wedding shower because at least after being around for 6 years of marriage I know who they are!)IMG_3199

Several of them blessed us with things just for Tyler- OU baby outfits and this adorable camo and pink onesie! He was a little excited!


These are the sweet family members who threw the shower for us (minus Marcia, who already left before we got the camera out!). Anita, Candace and Jen have always been SO sweet to me.  Anita is Nancy’s cousin, and Jen and Candace are her girls. It’s wonderful to have so many people excited to love on our sweet baby.


And I was also so glad that they love on my momma now too- they always invite her and are so kind to her.IMG_3204

Saturday, I ran around with mom a bit and then dad’s friends came into town to visit him. It was SO great to see him laugh with these guys. They are men who have been in his life for a long time and they have so many memories.

We also went up to NWA to see comedian Kevin Hart. He was off color and a bit dirty, but SO funny.

Sunday, my sweet friend Brandy threw me a shower for Zumba friends (and some family too!). It was such a sweet time.

They did a circus theme and it was adorable!IMG_3208

Brandy’s friend made this cake! It was ADORABLE and so yummy!IMG_3211

Tyler worked on Sunday but was able to come by for a few minutes since it was in town. The shower was during his normal paperwork time, so he just did his paperwork afterwards.IMG_3215

He was HILARIOUS. We played a game where the word “Aw” was off limits. So he kept trying to get people to say it when we opened gifts!


My aunt and grandma got him this onesie. It says “My Hero wears a badge. I call him Daddy”  I loved that he was there with his uniform on!IMG_3223

My cousin Caitlyn, grandma and aunt came up to the shower and it was so special.IMG_3225

I’m so thankful for Brandy, Miranda, Sheila and Mary who helped throw this shower for me! It was such a blessing!IMG_3230

How was your weekend?