Monday, July 21, 2014

Whew. .What a Schedule!!

Lesson learned. .
Take a vacation the week before the fair!!
Boy was I out of sync all week!!
One should allow an entire week to resume a normal schedule. .
BEFORE one tries to power through another not normal schedule. .
This crew came for a weekend visit at the end of our wild week. .
And we enjoyed every minute of that!!
My baby brother Nick and his family spent Friday through Sunday running around with us!
We enjoyed a tour through Alabaster Caverns. .
one of our favorite places!
Which included some hiking and critter sightings!
Cami advised me that THIS was her favorite adventure of the weekend!
She also loved playing with her cousins. .
And trying to pick up this big ole guy and kiss on him as much as he would let her!!
A woman never wants to hear shrieking coming from the bathroom when company is present. .
Especially if she is to find mile high bubbles everywhere and two panicking girls who can't find the "off'" switch on the air tub!!
There was lots of trampoline activity. .
That even sucked in the  more mature crowds. .
And I suspect. .
That Santa may be dropping one out of his sleigh for the old guy next Christmas!
I LOVE taking photos. .
And got to do some family pictures for them while they were here. .
This guy. .
And this young lady. .
Were the easiest ones to work with!!
This was the man-li-est photo that we could get of Teegan!
He was not too impressed with the whole deal!
And THIS guy. .wouldn't smile and look at me at the same time. .
It was one or the other!!
We did get fairly tickled at them though. .
When it got past the annoyance stage, right Steph??
It was a little like photographing an ant den. .
but they were quicker than ants!!
Much quicker!
There were plenty of photos that got trashed. .
But enough that showed the kids' personalities. .
That I think our mission was accomplished!!
Uh, speaking of personalities. .
I've never seen this expression on my brother's face. .
And I hope I never see it again!!
That, friends. .
Is pure evilness!!
They were headed to frog hunt!!
Also pretty sure my daughter won't be signing up to ride with him again anytime soon!!
Sorry Uncle Nick. .
She was totally traumatized!
Speakin of her and trauma??
A little trampoline trauma. .
netted another missing tooth!!
Isn't she just the cutest little jack-o-lantern ya ever saw??
Oh, by the way. .
The fair went great. .
Stop back by sometime for some of the purple ribbon recipes we'll be sharin soon!
Have a GREAT week!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Not all Water-logged. .

Hey. .
Welcome back!!
So. .
I'M. .not a lover of the water. .
It's cold. .
and wet. .
And frankly, being VOLUNTARILY surrounded with water saturated by people and animal waste . .
Grosses me out!!
And my husband. .
figured out. .
that if some NON-water activities are included. .
The whole week just goes better for him!!
I thought I would share a few photos of our non-water related excursions!
We traveled on the 4th this year. .
And we intended to eat at local place that advertises a shrimp boil EVERY Friday night. .
EVERY. Friday. night. .
they moved the one from the 4th. .to Saturday night!
It truly was a Looooooonnng story. .
You. .
are getting the short version!
We ended up. .
Getting some AMAZING pizza at a one horse local pizza place. .
Driving a couple miles to this empty lot that we had noted people to be parking in on our 3rd trip by it while we hunted down the shrimp boil place. .
And tailgating until the party started!!
And did the party ever start!!
Apparently tens of thousands of people turn out for this fireworks show. .
And it was unlike any that we had ever seen before!!
We were even coerced by some cute little kid. .
to buy two gallons of kettle corn to swallow after all that pizza!
Was my favorite part of the trip. .
hands DOWN!
But you knew I couldn't just stop at one, right??
was Cami's favorite part. .
Our day trip that included shopping!!
 (she had just run out of the "girl" spray that she bought last year. .
so she REALLY needed to shop!!)
We headed out on the curvy, twisty roads. .
Through Oklahoma, into Arkansas. .
Through Bentonville and Rogers. .
and to the edge of Beaver Lake. .
Where we visited War Eagle Cavern. .
Enjoying both the cavern excursion. .
And the awesome scenery. .
(which was a great background to showcase our clan)
After the tour, we drove a few miles back and went to the War Eagle Mill. .
The mill is generated by a water wheel. .
and grinds grains into flour.
We ate lunch at their top floor restaurant. .
And looked around for about. .
FIVE minutes. .
Because the guys were becoming uninterested!
We went back to Rogers and wandered around their fabulous outdoor mall for a while before twisting back into Oklahoma.
Not in the mood to load the boat into the water and back out again. .
We cruised around the neighborhoods of Grove. .
dreaming about our own house on the lake one day!
We just happened. .
to drive by Lendonwood Gardens. .
a place that I had taken the boys to last summer to photograph the flowers.
It was evening time by then. .
And we enjoyed strolling through the gardens. .
And feeding their fish. 
Check these suckers out. .
I'd never seen such a "feeding frenzy" in my life!!
There were a LOT of them. .
and some of them were H-U-G-E!
We also discovered the place to be crawling with these tiny frogs. .
Which was a hit!!
It is an amazing garden that is maintained by volunteers!
The daylilies were blooming and were gorgeous among all the other great foliage and flowers!!
The last thing that I found noteworthy to share. .
was this parasailing outfit that we saw both weekends.
I've never seen one. .
And it looked like an absolute ball!!
The parasailer sits on some type of seat. .
And then flies through the air being pulled along BY the boat in the front of it.
They were fun to watch when I got tired of looking at my own kids!!
I also enjoyed some window shopping and antiquing. .
And got some great close out flower deals. .
Jeremy didn't even bat his eyes when he saw me come home with clearance plants. .
Not once. .
but TWICE!!
Once a gardener. .
Always a gardener I say!!
As much fun as it is to get away. .
and have no responsibilities except feeding people. .
It was wonderful to drive into our own yard, crispy as it was. .
And return to our regular ole routines. .
There's NO place like. .

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

There's NO place. .like the lake!

So. .
We survived our vacation. .
We moved it up a little bit this year. .
So that Jeremy and I could take an anniversary trip to Boston later this summer.
The weather was just a little cooler than we are used to. .
You may recall that I am a fair weather water lover. .
And the water was WAY colder than urine temperature!!
Needless to say. .
this swimmer stayed dry for much of the trip!
We left on July 4th. .
Unfortunately, on July 3rd, Devin got stung by a wasp on the bridge of his nose. .
Resulting in BOTH his eyes swelling completely shut by Thursday night.
Friday morning found me running him to town to get a steroid shot and some oral steroids to take with us. .
He could finally see by Saturday evening. .
But his eyes weren't back to normal until the next Tuesday!
If it's going to happen. .
It's going to happen to him!!
We did the usual. .
Surfing. .
Skiing. .
Snoozing. .
Swimming. .
And a NEW "S" word. .
One of my favorite activities. .
Is just looking through the lens of my camera. .
I LOVE this picture of my kids. .
All four of them!!
Devin. .
Was always posing for my camera. .
And is pretty much just a little hot shot!!
He demonstrated that he could surf WITHOUT using the rope to hold him in to the wake. .
long enough to do his own dancing!!
Cami started out the week with her old standby. .
lying on the surf board and being dragged around. .
BUT. .
her dad had other ideas for her. .
And did some smooth talking. .
and convinced her that she needed to try and surf herself. .
She was able to stand up briefly. .
and if you look closely. .
you will see Jeremy's hand holding the rope in front of her as he helped her to get up!
He decided that she is just too light with no muscle to be able to stand up herself. .
So into town they went to the boat shop. .
And came home with some beginner skis. .
As you can see. .
She was able to do by herself!!
She skiied really well for her first time. .
but decided it was just too fast. .
And she was done!
Her dad can't WAIT to take her out to the lake at home and get her goin again!
I thought that I should include this photo of me. .
Since it appears like I can do tricks too. .
I can't. .
Like NONE. .
Jeremy just happened to catch me as I was about to wipe out. .
Fun times!!
Nasal enemas with lake water are just not comparable to ANYTHING that I can think of!
Everyone had their fill of the water. .
Well. .
maybe with the exception of this one!
And THIS one. .
He got to play on the water one evening after it had rained all day. .
without arguing about whose turn it was or how long they had been AT their turn. .
Thats. .
because it was FREEZING!!
I had a sweatshirt AND a towel around me as we watched. .
The cold didn't bother the two little ones. .
In fact, they were a little put out that no one else would get in the lake with them!
We got home in time to celebrate Tristan's 18th birthday. .
And get our exhibits for the county fair finished up. .
Judging is today. .
And with any luck. .
I hope to pass along some good recipes for you to try out over the next few weeks!!
So as the sun goes down on this post. .
I hope you will stop back by soon and see the non-water related portions of our vacation!
Wishing all my friends and family here good luck at the fair this week. .
And all my friends and family out in cyber world. .
A very BLESSED middle of the summer!!