Turkey Day 2018!

Turkey Day 2018!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Remi had a bit of a bug all week, but inbetween some bouts of not feeling great, she was a happy, easy kid.

Our family came up from Hot Springs Wednesday evening, so we got lots of time with our people. (Sadly, Tyler’s grandpa was in the hospital, so Nancy was gone for most of it).

Remi got LOTS of cousin play time. She loves her KK, Gavvy and Luke! They colored, played Play Doh, and watched movies.

This year, I decided to try something new with the turkey. I used Alton Brown’s roast turkey brine and roasting method and it was GOOD. Everyone loved it- and I think I’m the new turkey cook.

Remi liked watching them carve the turkey and the was ready to EAT EAT.

We had a great meal and then Carl (my Nene’s boyfriend) made us balloon animals. Remi is still talking about all the dogs and swords Carl made for her!

She’s a lucky little girl to have her great grandma in her life!

After the meal, our family headed back to Hot Springs (well, Nene and Carl stayed the night) and we helped put up Mimi’s Christmas tree!

We are so thankful for all of our blessings! For God’s love, for family, for our health, our jobs, our home, our friends, for great teachers for Remi- it was a season of thankfulness for sure!

Hiking Pinnacle Mountain

Hiking Pinnacle Mountain

Our church has a fantastic women’s outdoor ministry. They get together once a month for some sort of outdoor adventure- hiking, canoeing, ziplining…something fun. I haven’t been in a while (was pregnant and then with a baby) but now that Tyler is off work on the weekends, I knew I was able to take a day trip with them soon.

And when I saw that the November hike was Pinnacle Mountain- I signed up! It’s 1,013 feet- located outside of Little Rock.  We got up early and drove to the state park.  We hiked the entire 3.5 mile base trail and also the .75 miles up and .75 back down from the summit.

We took the West Summit Trail (apparently the East is reallllly hard. They did it a few years ago and it wasn’t fun because it was so hard!). This was labeled moderate, but it was moderate-to-hard, in my opinion.

It had been cold in the 30s, but on Saturday warmed up to the 60s and was GORGEOUS. This made the park very busy, but it was still a great hike. The base trail was quiet, but the summit hike was very busy.

We got about half way up and stopped to take a breather. Beautiful views.

A couple ladies in our group stopped short of the summit (one had been up before and decided she just wanted to people watch from a bench! ha!). The last 1/3 of the hike was more of a climb. It was over a boulder field- nothing but big rocks to climb up and over.

But we made it to the top! I’m so proud of my mom. She’s worked out hard these last couple of years (she did her 200th 9Round workout not long ago!) and she made it to the top!

At the summit!

Renee, on the left, is our fearless outdoor leader. She does a great job planning these outings!

I can now check “climb a mountain” off my bucket list. 🙂

Thanksgiving with Papa

Thanksgiving with Papa

We had our annual Thanksgiving dinner at my dad’s nursing home (if you’re new here, dad is pretty advanced with Alzhiemer’s.  And for what it’s worth, he’s 30 years older than my mom….people get confused when they see them together).

His nursing home does a GREAT job with these family nights. The food is actually good and they do sweet decorations and even give Remi a sweet toy!

Remi was looking SO BIG wearing last year’s Thanksgiving outfit.

She loves to see Papa and just runs around the nursing home. She goes on parade, waving at all the people. It’s so fun.

Dad started out pretty sleepy but ended up eating well and laughing at Remi while she sat with him and danced and giggled.

Papa got LOTS of hugs from this sweet girl.

And for comparison sake, here is our little turkey last year and this year. SO big!

Wine, Fire and Friends

Wine, Fire and Friends

We have a REALLY neat new wine bar here called Uncork’d. It’s just tapas (small plate appetizers) and a bar with lots of wines, beers on tap and neat cocktails.

Some coworkers and friends decided to gather there one Friday evening and it was great!

They have these neat sort of vending machines. You fill a card and then can get 1, 3, or 6 ounce pours of different wines. Neat to try wines before committing to entire glasses.

It was packed when we got there, so we ended up outside- but they had firepits and heaters and plush blankets- so we were cozy. We tried almost all of the appetizers and everything was so good!

This will be a great girls night or date spot, for sure!