September 26, 2016

A Peek at Our Week: September 19 - 25

First thing on Monday, Annie and I drove to my hometown for a quick visit.  My Grandma Noma Mae (aka Granny P) had to have emergency surgery over the weekend, and I wanted to spend some time with her during her recovery.  Grandma is almost 97, so recovering from major surgery will not be quick or easy.  To be honest, none of us are sure how much time the lovely lady has left.  All I know is that I want to see her as often as possible.

Having lunch before we go to the hospital.
Annie shared a princess sticker with Granny P.

The rest of this week is just a blur of taking care of all the things that require my time and attention.  Grad school, PTA, household drugery, etc.

Then on Friday morning we did our usual volunteer bit at school in the morning and headed to the lake in the afternoon.

PAWS-ing for a Break.
It's hard when you have to be at school for 5 hours straight.

Our view at the lake!

They loved it!

Teense was a little fish!

Watching the sunset and searching for arrowheads!

Playground at Sequoyah State Park!

Stopped for a sec on the trails at the park.
This pic reminded me of something...

Except Plitvice was amazing and Sequoyah was okay at best.
I miss living in Europe.
Every. Single. Day.

Lunch at the Lodge with this little lady.
Staying hydrated after a very thirst walk on the fossil trail!

Home again, home again.

I'm not much of a lake person, but this was a much needed chilled out weekend for my family.  The cabin was basic, but it met our needs.  We enjoyed the natural beauty and enjoyed a few days with no demands on our time or screens for our eyes.  It's fun to have our little family in such close quarters with no distractions.

September 19, 2016

A Peek at Our Week: September 12 - 18

After a truly awesome week (birthday! concert! family!) this week was relatively chilled out.  Lots of time with my Teensa while the bigs were at school followed by an action packed weekend.

Story time at the library with this girl.
See her little shiner on her eye?  :(

Creepy or awesome?
You be the judge.

She is a flower maniac.

Annie dressed herself.

Lunch with this beautiful friend!

Kate has been "practicing" this face for days now.

Bright and early on Saturday morning...

...they made the swim team!

Do not pass Go, do not collect $200.
Go straight to the Greek Festival and eat gyros.

Nana and Poppa were here for all the weekend's excitement.
These ladies love their Nana and Poppa!

September 12, 2016

A Peek at Our Week: September 6 - 11

This week was totally awesome.  

We celebrated Ella Mae's NINTH birthday (last year of single digits...tear), saw an awesome show (sixth row at Dixie Chicks), spent the weekend with my awesome family (Kara, Ty, Price, Brennan, Callen, Mom, Dad, and Layton Thomas), and celebrated Ella again with her sweet friends (nine girls and a cooking party...what was I thinking?!). 

We also had some other super geeky things thrown into our week for good measure, which is just how these PJ's roll.

Love the shirt, love the kid.

On campus at TU with my littlest lady.
She played in the fountain while I planned with the other Tulsa Girls Math Circle teachers.

This is what nine years old looks like.

That outfit.  So very Ella Mae.

Ella's birthday was also Annie's first day back at MOPS!

Nine candles is about the limit on a petit four.  :)

Concert with my sister, Nick, and Tyler!

My view of this chick.

Love the DCX so much!
Their music has seen me through all the formative phases of my life.
Our boyfriends love a lot to put up with all this estrogen evening.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Ellen Degeneres's favorite librarian on Thursday.
She's from Tulsa!

These ladies came to my house for the weekend!

While we took selfies, the bros did this.

I love these two men.
My bro-in-law is so dang cool.
Meanwhile my husband is making  his super uncool junior high photo face.
He made that face in every picture for years.
Kinda glad I didn't know my Nicholas when we were adolescents.

Ella's guests for her birthday party!

We had a cooking party for nine girls ages nine and under.
I don't know how I let her talk me into this.

These girls were AWESOME.

After the cooking, we shooed them outside.
I was praying that trampoline didn't bust.

Aunt Teene and Teensa.

Post-party, post-visitor sister down time.

Family Drive-In(side) movie night at church.
The film was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

I might have fallen asleep...
I was TIRED from this exciting week.

Packing up the bean bag and the baby!

Sometimes weeks go by where nothing really exciting happens.  And then you have weeks like this one where everything that happens is exciting!  

Birthday party, DCX concert, math meeting, librarian interview, family time, Harry Potter...

So many awesome things in one week.

September 6, 2016

A Peek at Our Week: August 29 - September 5

First things first, our featured video of the week.

This whole week was fun.  Busy, but fun.

Kate had to have a filling, so afterward we went to the nail salon.
Annie was so excited to sit in the Hello Kitty chair with its rainbow water.

Mokie Toes,

Pedicures will wear a girl out.

When your big kids like blocks as much as your two-year-old.

This kid.
Paint on her face and she looks at me like I'm doing something wrong.

Playdate at the park, and all Annie wants to do is play in the dirt.

Brushing Kate's hair before bed.
Such a beautiful blonde.

These girls have tons of thick, gorgeous hair.
Love Ella's streaks.

Dinner with friends!

Ella is on a huge cooking kick right now.
She's trying a "fluff" dessert here.

Sisters (and Daddo) get in on the action.

We did a quick run to OKC for shopping and AUNT TEENE!

Spent the day shopping, eating, and being silly with Nana and Grandpa.

This kid's sense of personal style has me terrified.
I miss uniforms.

After all that shopping, we had to come home and put on a fashion show.

Ella cannot stand still long enough to strike a pose.

My three supermodels.

Labor Day waffles!

Our four day weekend was gone in the blink of an eye, but this eight day week was a whole lot of fun.