2.5 Years Old

2.5 Years Old

On April 8, Remi officially turned 2.5 years old. I cannot believe how quickly this year is passing. I know it’s cliche, but time is really flying.

Sure, some days feel LONG. Days when she’s ALL of 2 and every minute feels like a struggle. But there are also days I don’t want to end. Days when I wish I could rock her to sleep and hold her again.

She’s SO independent. “I do myself” is often said at our house. She can climb into her carseat (in daddy’s car, she’s still rear facing in my car), wants to get her own snacks, help feed the dogs, dress herself (she still needs some help, but MAN does she try!).

She LOVES to play outside.  Balls, swings, slides, her trampoline, going on walks….she loves it. She doesn’t love bugs at the moment. “BUG IN THE HOUSE” when she sees one. We’re working on good bugs vs. bad bugs.

She loves music. She is singing Twinkle Twinkle and 5 Little Ducks and Monkeys Jumping on the Bed a lot. But she likes listening to lots of different kinds of music.  My favorite is when she sings Awesome God!


She’s wearing 24m/2T clothing and anywhere from a 4-6 shoe. She’s still pretty small- 27 lbs. and around 32 inches. She has ALL of her teeth.

She does pretty well with sleep. She’s now in a toddler bed, so some nights are a struggle to get her to stay in bed, but she will fall alseep.  She’s currently waking up about once a night, but we’re working on that.  She sleeps from around 8 pm to 6pm with a two hour nap.

She does well brushing her teeth and even lets me floss now, too!

Her favorite foods haven’t changed much: guacamole, tomatoes, oranges, gummies, hot dogs, soup.  She isn’t picky AT ALL (Thank you, Lord!).  She still doesn’t love zucchini or squash, but otherwise eats most things. She drinks mostly water and some whole milk. She doesn’t like tea or soda that she’s tried (not mad about it!).

She is finally into cold things- Popsicles, ice cream, shaved ice.


She LOVES her dogs. “Hey bubbies!” she will say. They regularly jump into her bed in the mornings to wake her up. She doesn’t always love sharing her space with them “Get DOWNNNN PIPPPPY” but she likes playing with them.

She loves to play with her babies- covering them up, play feeding them. She loves her magnet blocks and play doh. She’s into dress-up play: princess and doctor and superhero.

She is still very artistic, too. She loves her bath paint and coloring.

She knows all her colors, most letters by sight, her full ABCs, and she can count to 20.


She uses words and makes sentences well. I’ve stopped trying to keep a log of words. She is constantly surprising us with what she can say and use correctly.

She’s easily excitable and does this cute “Gasp” face.


She loves to be tickled and play. We often play “Don’t laugh” where I tell her not to laugh and then tickle her. She just giggles.

She likes accessories, but we only wear bows and necklaces occasionally on the weekends.  She’s been somewhat into picking her clothing on some days, and she will tell me “It doesn’t match” sometimes. She needs things to match. ha!


She makes friends everywhere she goes.  Some of her favorite friends are Connor and Luca at school, Harper and James at church.  She loves our friend’s kids- Sadie, Kenzie, Emberlynn. When we have people over, she’s great about sharing her toys and her space with friends.


She loves her family, too. She enjoys her weekly time with Mimi and Gigi. She talks about Luke, Gavvy and KK a TON. She loves when we see Tyler’s family- Kelsey and Brad and Heather and White. She will occasionally ask for Grandpa or Papa.

She knows what grandmas are now, even though we don’t call our moms that.  She will say “Mimi is my grandma.”


Daniel Tiger is her FAVORITE show.  She asks for it daily.  We don’t watch it every day, and we try to limit to just 2 episodes a day on the weekends.  She also likes Barney, but Tyler hates it, so she just watches at Mimi’s and at school. Movies she likes: Bolt, Zootopia (Hops), Bugs Life, Monsters Inc, An American Tale, Sweet Pea Beauty and Frozen.

She also gets to occasionally watch videos on my phone, including some Blippi and some Paw Patrol toy videos.


Yes, she’s strong-willed and we have moments where I feel like I’m just fighting her to obey. But she can also be so sweet and fun. She’s empathetic.  She saw me crying one day and tried to make me feel better. Sweet girl.

I am so thankful for her and proud to be her momma.  She may drive me and daddy crazy some days when she’s trying to be independent and in control, but we’re so glad she’s ours!

Touch a Truck Night at the Library

Touch a Truck Night at the Library

Our little town county library location had a fun Touch a Truck night for National Library Week.  I saw it advertised on Facebook, but we didn’t really make “plans” to attend.  Instead, it was sort of spur of the moment…and I’m SO GLAD we went!

Remi LOVES watching Blippi’s fire truck and police car videos online, so she was very excited to see the real trucks. (She was a little sad Blippi wouldn’t be there…and a little worried about the loud sirens…but she was brave and decided to go).

We got there and she immediately ran to the fire truck!  The firemen were giving out hats (and she also got a police badge sticker from the police officers!) and it’s quickly become a favorite item.


She quickly saw that other kids at snow cones, so we had to go over to the truck. A local business had sponsored the snow cones, so they were all free!


Different groups of hometown heroes were reading stories to the kids. The sheriff was reading an Easter book.  Remi sat and ate her snowcone and listened.


She also heard a story from the firemen!


We went into the library, where they had some crafts, snacks and other activities.


There was fun facepaint (from her friend’s moms!) that was also sponsored by a business and free.  She got a blue butterfly. Blue is her favorite color- everything blue!


Our mayor is AMAZING and always dresses up for events. He’s the Grinch at Christmas, Captain America and Uncle Sam at the 4th and he was Batman for the kids! She was VERY interested in Batman, so she had to listen to his story.


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After she got her facepaint, she was showing everyone. This was her looking at Batman for him to notice her paint.


Our last stop was the big RV. She thought it was super fun to be in a house on wheels!


This look on the way home- face paint, hat and blue lips- are signs of a fun night!


Every Moment a Memory

Every Moment a Memory

I’ll be honest, some days Remi is ALLL of 2.5. She can be full of tantrums and cranky. But we also have plenty of sweet memorable moments.  She can be as sweet and fun as she is rotten.

We LOVE playing and being silly with her. One thing I love to do is put her on my shoulders and dance around. I caught us in the mirror one evening. I’m thankful to be strong enough to do this!


I made a cake for my friend’s birthday and gave her the beater to lick. She licked that puppy CLEAN.


This sweet dress used to be almost a maxi dress on her! (It’s 12m sized, so that was a year ago!). But she wore it to school for Easter pics (more on those on another day) and was ADORABLE.  Daddy was standing next to her at her request (I promise, that’s a playing hand, not daddy ordering her to stand still or anything haha)


She suddenly LOVES our neighbor’s storm cellar and the vent fan on top. “SO pretty” when it spins! We had to take a picture with it at her request.

A fun memory- we watch a LOT of Daniel Tiger. He talks about his neighbors, so she’s very interested in our neighbors. She loves to go visit them when they are outside (it’s a very nice man who’s a National Park ranger and his father). They are always so sweet to her.


We have been playing on our swingset a LOT. She is loving “going high” and the wind in her hair.


We often snuggle while watching TV, but I was partial to this afternoon when she grabbed my hand. Sweet tiny hand.


I was letting daddy sleep in one Saturday, which is easier if we aren’t home. She can get loud, and she also likes us all to be together, so sometimes convincing her to let daddy sleep can be tough. So we went to get donuts. This shop is more bakery and isn’t really built for sitting and eating (other than two tiny tables) but she liked picking at her sprinkles, admiring the cookies (which we had to buy!) and seeing all the people.


It was raining, so I gave her a rain jacket and umbrella and she was ON CLOUD 9.


Country Girl Life

Country Girl Life

Our Spring weather has been unreal! Perfection!

We’ve totally taken advantage of it- playing outside all evening. We have restarted our favorite Spring/Summer tradition of walking to the pond and feeding the fish.

Country girl life suits her well!


Daddy threw out a few casts and caught her a bass! She was interested, but then got a little skiddish around it.


But we got her to stand still and get close to the fishy. She thought it was neat!