After a night in the hotel (bless, Remi girl had trouble settling down in a new environment and woke up in the night…so she got to sleep with mommy and daddy a bit), we enjoyed a really great breakfast in our hotel.  Like, amazing cinnamon rolls.  Seriously.

Then we had a little time to kill, so we went by Trader Joe’s. #TJFANFOREVER

Then we drove around a bit because little bit fell asleep.  But we ended up at the Oklahoma Aquarium!

We went straight back to the Ozarks exhibit because it was almost time to feed the otters and beavers.  Remi was so into the animals and fish.  It was getting a little crowded in that area because of the feeding, so she was getting mad we wouldn’t let her down. ha!


Side note: people went NUTS over her mermaid leggings.


She LOVED all of the exhibits.  We watched the touch tanks, but she was too tiny to reach in.  This was at the stingrays.


Her two favorite things were the shark cage and the ramps in and out of the shark exhibit. ha!

(I love that you pay money to take them somewhere and they find such joy in the things that “don’t matter.”)  But we let her play for quite a while here since he was LOVING it.  (Also, is she climbing? I didn’t think so.  I think the sign behind was just so you didn’t try to climb to the top- it was like 15 feet tall).


We bought some food and fed some fish and the turtles.  She liked that a lot, too.


There were several little areas to crawl and explore- it’s such a great aquarium.  This was a tunnel into a tank, and Gigi got a pic of her inside!  She’s fearless.  Just goes right in.  In one tunnel, she encountered a little boy, probably 8 or so.  He wouldn’t move, so she started hitting him!  I yelled at her to be gentle- and so she kissed him! ha!


She LOVED Sea Turtle Island. It was a huge, bright tank with lots of bright fish.  It also had a great area playing Caribbean music- which she’s a fan of.


After the aquarium, we grabbed a quick lunch and headed home.  Such a fun memory with our family!



I took my last two vacation days of the year (my year rolls over Mid-March, so it was time) to go visit some fun spots in Oklahoma.

The whole fam took a little road trip to the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile in Pawkuska and to the Oklahoma Aquarium in Tulsa.

When we set out, we got a good laugh because mom and Nancy were sort of matching in the back seat.

We set out pretty early and ended up stopping at Bass Pro to give Tyler some fun. We got there a few minutes before they opened, so we played outside on the rocking chairs.

The result of asking “How big is Remi?”  SO BIG!


I’m in love with this sweet outfit.  She looks precious.  And since the Pioneer Woman’s family are cattle farmers, it was very appropriate.

The Mercantile is a beautiful building on Main Street in Pawhuska.  We were there at noon on a Thursday, and it wasn’t busy at all.  It was a GORGEOUS day for February- in the 70s and sunshine.  A little windy, but not too bad for Oklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plain.

Sweet Tyler waited in the lunch line while we looked around.  It only took 20 minutes or so to get a table.  Lunch was great!

We split the nachos and then got these entrees that were all great: fried chicken sandwich, chicken fried steak and spicy Caesar salad.  Tyler got the brisket which was NOT good- it was tough. I’ve made her brisket recipe before, and the flavor was good but the meat was so tough. Otherwise, it was all great.

Remi LOVED the mashed potatoes.  She went in for handfuls at a time.

After lunch, we shopped around the store.  There are housewares, gifts, clothing, jewelry, books and more.  We bought a little bit of everything.

Then we went upstairs to the coffee shop and bakery. It’s much quieter up there. Lots of seating and open windows.  We got several treats to try and they were YUMMY (we waited until later to eat most of them).  My favorite was a blueberry crunch croissant….but the cookies, blondies, knock you naked brownie and pecan sticky bun were all so good.

Tyler couldn’t wait to try his cookie sandwich. It was the size of his head!  All of the desserts were amazingly not too sweet but still very rich and decadent.

Since it was so nice outside, we decided to walk around town. There are a lot of little shops (which one owner said are booming and growing thanks to the traffic from the Merc).  One shop had these two dogs- and Remi was in HEAVEN.  She loved the pup pups…and all the store owners were so nice to us.

When we got to the hotel in Tulsa, the fun didn’t stop!  Remi got a ride around in a luggage cart and then she played some energy out in the room.

We had a great day the next day.  Watch for Part 2 this week!


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!

Resolution Revolution

Resolution Revolution

I know so many people set New Year’s Resolutions – and I usually do.  But the end of the year sort of snuck up on me and I didn’t set any goals on January 1.

Instead, I have sort of decided to look at some mini goals and tackle those, one after another.

For me, smaller goal chunks is sort of a revolutionary idea. It’s been refreshing to focus on smaller things. To be honest, most of my goals are revolving around health, fitness and wellness.  It’s just where my mind and motivation are now, so I’m focusing there.

My first goal was to hit my 100th workout at 9Round in January.  Did that.  It was sort of uneventful. ha!  It was an EARLY Friday morning. I got my free T-Shirt, signed the wall and had my blurry photo taken. And now on to the next 100 workouts.


Another goal was a weight loss goal to be in the next “decade.”  I did gain a little over the holiday break (who didn’t?!) and was able to lose that plus some in January, seeing a new decade on the scale.  Again, onward to the next one!

A goal I’m working on right now is a 30 day challenge with some coworkers. We are doing 100 squats a day on top of our regular workouts. I’m in the first week, but I can see us finishing this! We took before pics, so hopefully there’s a great after. Stay tuned!

Lastly, my other main goal at the moment is to get back on my low carb/keto eating on Saturday.  I got off-plan when I was sick last week and decided to take a week off for some travel. But I don’t want to linger. I want to finish February with no cheats starting Saturday when I get back on plan.

Some goals that are on the horizon once these are off my plate and completed: hit 200 workouts at 9Round (I’m working on it, but until it’s closer, it’s not in focus), hit the next decade of weight, no cheat March (will tackle after no-cheat-end-of-February), and completing another 30 day challenge (I think we may do tricep dips next?).


What goals are you focusing on right now?