Celebrating Hanukkah!

Celebrating Hanukkah!

My mom is Jewish- she grew up going to temple, Hebrew school (or rather, skipping Hebrew school by going to the park).  She may have changed her religion, but the Jewish heritage remains for our family.

I went to temple some with my grandparents growing up, and I remember some things about the faith. We’ve decided to celebrate our heritage and learn more about the Jewish foundation of our faith, including starting to celebrate some holidays.

We had a small Hanukkah dinner together. I made potato pancakes (aka latkes- this is the holiday to fry things….it revolves around a miracle of oil!) and brisket (probably not traditional, but we like the Pioneer Woman’s Passover Brisket recipe).  We bought challah bread at our local bakery and had chocolate coins (gelt).

Not to brag on myself, but the latkes were AMAZING. Crispy edges and soft inside.  Served in traditional fashion with sour cream and applesauce (I like both, but am totally #teamapplesauce)

We also chased Remi around the house playing.  She  thought it was hilarious to make us run all over and then she thought it was super funny when Mimi “got stuck” in her tunnel.

We also had sword fights with wrapping paper tubes. Another fun thing!

I’m learning more about the feasts and festivals because next fall I’m teaching a class at church about them! Excited to share our heritage with others!

Day Date! Hiking and Brunch

Day Date! Hiking and Brunch

Tyler has had a busy season- working lots of football games, so we’ve been busy on the weekends and haven’t had a date in a while. We wanted to do something different, so we went for a day date!

We went hiking at Lake Alma. We had never been, but we decided to try it out and the trail was nice! It had rained the night before, so it was a little slippery, but that meant the waterfall was beautiful!

We went a little over a mile in, and then came back (we heard the bridge crossing the bayou was out and we would get wet if we decided to go all the way around the lake).

McWaters falls was gorgeous!

And there were also beautiful views of the lake as we walked.

After our hike, we went to brunch at Jeff’s Club House. It’s SO GOOD. If you’re local, you HAVE to try brunch. They make all sorts of sweet and savory food. The hashbrown casserole and beef tenderloin were my faves. And don’t get me started on their delish mimosas!

After lunch, we spent some time exploring Aldi and grocery shopping together, then came home for naptime with Remi! It was a fantastic day together!



Our fun silly girl

Our fun silly girl

Remi is getting (mostly) such a fun personality. I say mostly because she does have an anger streak that we are working on, but for the most part, she’s so fun and funny and quirky.

Here are a few fun things we’ve gotten ourselves into lately.

She LOVES to help momma cook! She likes to sit close to the action and she will pretend to stir or season things. I hope we can be cooking buddies for life! I love teaching her things in the kitchen.

She’s such a funny eater. She’s been eating nonstop lately! And what seems like strange things. She wanted soup for breakfast….so she got potato soup! Guess it’s like liquid hashbrowns? ha!

She likes doing things herself and doesn’t want help very often. One thing she WILL NOT let us help with is her princess dress. If we offer help, she gets mad and throws her dress! But she managed to get it on herself and Princess Remi was reigning over the household the other night.

And I can’t post a video because she was in the bathtub, but she totally sang Jesus Loves Me like 90% (missed a line here or there) but it’s SO SWEET to not only hear her sing but hear her sing about Jesus!

And she’s been praying for our friends and family at night. She will name her classmates, saying “Thank you Bodhe, Thank you Rhett, Thank you Avie….” It’s precious!

Branson Black Friday

Branson Black Friday

We decided to be crazy and go to Branson for Black Friday. We didn’t plan on doing much shopping, but wanted to just spend some time together and do some fun Christmas stuff!

Remi was recovering from a little bug, so she slept on the way. She woke up about an hour in and was pretty upset and fussy. We debated going home, but decided to press on, and I’m so glad we did. Once she slept a little more, she was GREAT and her sickness was over.

When we got to Branson, we started with Dolly Parton’s Stampede! Remi was still in a nap fog (and had decided she didn’t like her first shirt, so we had to change)


But once the show started, she was INTO IT. She loved the music, the horses, and the whole thing. She also WENT TO TOWN on the food.

The show was from 3-5, so we went back to the hotel after to chill. We let Remi girl play, and she wanted to take a bath in the big tub! We let her get water up to her neck (unlike at home) and she loved it. She (thankfully) slept pretty great in the hotel and was a happy girl when she woke up!

Saturday morning we donned our matching pajamas and headed to the Showboat for a Pancakes with Santa cruise!

A little better group photo this time. 🙂


Remi was INTO all the characters on the boat.  Hugging the gingerbread man, getting candy from the Sugar Plum Fairies…

We waited in line (which she was much more patient for than I thought she would be) and she got a snowflake face painting.

It was a gorgeous day (like 65 degrees) so we walked around the outside deck looking at the water wheel.

We ate pancakes and then the show started. She LOVED it. There were dancing hippos (I want a hippopotamus for Christmas!) and even a dancing dinosaur! And bless it, when Santa came out, she said “I hug him!” and tried to climb down to go get him!

She did get to hug Santa after the show! He was waiting on the dock to meet all the kids. She (again) waited patiently and hugged Santa and sat on his lap.


After breakfast, we all changed clothes to head out and go shopping.  Remi liked walking back to the car- she played with those polar bears you see behind her, played in the rocks and found herself a stick.

While we shopped, she rode the rides at the outlet mall. She LOVES them and remembered them from this summer. As soon as we walked up to the mall, she said “I ride horses!”

After a little shopping, we got lunch and drove home.  A great trip all together!