Christmas Day Excitement

Christmas Day Excitement

Christmas Eve, we did the exciting things- left out cookies, milk and carrots for Santa and the reindeer…and Remi went to bed excited that Santa was going to come!

When she woke up, she came in our room like normal. I was expecting “Santa came!” but she almost didn’t notice. I had to ask her “Did Santa come? Let’s go see!”

I think she was bummed that he came in the night (and she didn’t get to see him!). But once we sat down and looked at the remnants (cookie bites left behind….the toy he left) she was excited.

She got her Santa toy- the Peppa Pig house she asked for, and then we told the grandmas to come over. The nice thing now is that they both live like 5-10 minutes away!

So we quickly passed out presents in a gift-covered living room and started opening.

We took our time and enjoyed giving each other gifts. We often had to pause and open a present for Remi and let her play while we all took turns opening.


After gifts, I made homemade donuts (from canned biscuits…so easy and SO good), and sausage balls.



We played and then napped…and then Tyler asked me if I wanted to go hunt with him.

I said ok, so he arranged the grandmas to watch Remi and we suited up and headed to the woods.

It was my first time in a tree stand. I was a bit tense so high off the ground, but I enjoyed our time together.


All we saw were squirrels and owls, but it was a gorgeous day, so it wasn’t wasted!


That evening, Remi played with ALL of her new toys.

Favorites include her new kinetic sand and her big bowl of Orbees!  Who knew like 3 tablespoons of Orbeez would grow to be so huge?! It’s an 8 quart bowl!


She got lots of dress up dresses, and she made lots of costume changes.


And Kelsey gave her this unicorn crystal-growing kit. Well, it didn’t grow any crystals, but she still enjoyed painting it (I don’t think she even knew it didn’t work right ha!).

She loves creating!


We are so thankful that this year we got to share with her the reason for the season. She totally knew that Christmas was Jesus’ birthday and that we give gifts because of the gift of Jesus. I’m so grateful for that gift, and the chance to share it with her!

We hope you all had a Merry Christmas, too!

Christmas Eve with the Family

Christmas Eve with the Family

We always spend Christmas Eve with Tyler’s family. It’s a tradition I’ve come to LOVE. It’s laid back- we just hang out, eat and go to church together. But it’s great.

And having sweet Hattie with us this year made it even sweeter!

Remi LOVES Hattie! She “helped” her open her presents.


And we had some yummy BBQ and then got the girls in their matching Christmas outfits (down to bows and socks! ha!)

They were the most precious little Christmas angels!


RicRac and Ruffles just makes the best Christmas dresses. So sweet.


When Kelsey was putting Hattie in her car seat, she was fussing, so Remi came over to help. She sang her Jesus Loves Me and rocked the car seat. It was so precious- melted our hearts!


We went to Dwight and Heather’s church for service, and it’s so nice. I enjoy their preaching and music.


Remi was sort of all over during the service, but she enjoyed the candle light with Heather!


We got a great family photo after. Thankful for this family and how they’ve made me their own (and my mom, too!). It’s so wonderful to spend the holiday ALL together!


More Christmas Fun!

More Christmas Fun!

We had the MOST holiday fun, that there’s more to pack in here.

Remi went to the Christmas party at my dad’s nursing home…marking her THIRD visit with Santa. Girl loves the big man! Thankfully, she asked for the same thing every time- A big giant Peppa Pig house!


We went to our park one evening for Christmas lights and a train ride. We had a great time! Remi rode with Mimi, and Gigi and I shared a (tiny) seat.


Tyler and I enjoy this tradition every year!


The Friday before Christmas break, we got donuts. Remi had been cranky in the mornings, so I used it to snap her out of it. I told her if she was pleasant, we would get donuts. And she did!

We also picked up donuts for her teachers. She was excited to bring them to them!


That evening, we went to Christmas Lane, a super fun thing put on by a church in our area.

Tyler had to work, but us and the grandmas hit the town.

It was a little cold, but we had a great time!

We were waiting on the train to take us from the parking lot to Christmas Lane, and they were offering shuttle rides in church buses to help move the line along- and Remi opted for the van.


We got there and she immediately RAN to Frosty. Girl loves a mascot/costume. She chased down (and attacked) every person dressed like a reindeer, too.


This was amazing. It was ALL free, hosted by this church. Well organized, great signage, and happy volunteers.

Remi got to have a hot dog, smores, hot chocolate/cider, then we went inside and frosted a cookie (read: she took frosting shots!).


Inside, they had a cute set up where you took a photo and they put it on an ornament for you! Very sweet. There was live music, too!


Outside, there were pony rides, hay rides, carriage rides….she loved riding the ponies!


And the slide was a big hit! She was proud of herself for doing it alone!


And on the way back to the car, we got the train ride she was waiting for.

We LOVE Christmas time!

Weekend Before Christmas

Weekend Before Christmas

The weekend before Christmas was great. We were all off work and enjoying each other!

We started with our church’s candlelight service. There’s no child care, so we are all in service together, which is (stressful, but) nice.

Had to snag a pic before church. I love our little family.


And Remi with her grandmas. She is so loved!


This is last year’s Christmas dress. We were “behind” on wearing all of her Christmas pretties because she was sick for a week. but I just love this dress and wanted her to wear it.


She loves being on stage (guilty: she’s totally my child), and during the greeting, she went right up to say hi to everyone. So after the service, she went up to sing. It was precious.


And then we went to Hot Springs after church…and very appropriately, for family Christmas, she got a microphone.


We had a great lunch and gift time with our family! We love them so much!


Remi thinks Uncle Neil is so funny.


Tyler had to work Sunday night, so he didn’t come with us. And I was off work Monday, so we decided to stay the night in Hot Springs. This big girl pulled her suitcase herself!


We hit the hotel pool (with the family, who all came to swim with us!) and swam until almost bedtime. Mimi ran to Sonic and got us food and we crashed.


She and I ended up sharing a bed (we don’t do that often…usually if we travel, she gets her own or sleeps with a grandma) and it was sweet. She was GREAT and went right to sleep.  She woke up in the night once and it was just fun to be together right when she woke up.


Monday morning, we took Remi downtown to see my favorite Christmas spots- The Arlington! I grew up LOVING the gingerbread house. And she thought it was cool too!


We also ventured upstairs to see the pretty lobby from up top. And Remi liked the swirly staircase, too.


She took over Santa’s chair, since he wasn’t there!


We went across to Arlington Park and let Remi feel the actual hot springs and then we played hide and seek…and she LOVED hiding in this big rock! I grew up spending SO MUCH TIME downtown and at this park, so it was fun to run around it with her.


When we got home, she wanted to make her Christmas cookies with dad. It was sweet.  This was just a simple kit from Trader Joe’s, and they enjoyed making it.


We enjoyed spending so much time together over Christmas break!