Water Park Round Up!

In the spirit of summer, well the spirit of my last day of summer break, I thought I would give you a water park round up.  Matt and I went to four different water parks, three times with friends and once with daddy-o (as Matt would say!).

In June, we went to Splash Zone in Enid.  They have a good kids area, it’s not crowded, you can bring your own snacks, but it needs a little sprucing up.

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In July we went to Cushing Water Park, which is really a good deal.  It was the least expensive, very clean, and it had a good kids area, as well.  However, it was SUPER crowded!

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My favorite was Pelican Bay in Edmond.  They had a lot of fun things to do including a splash pad!  It was rather a bummer that you had to get out for 10 minutes EVERY hour!  It was crowded too.

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And Wednesday, daddy-o went with Matt and I to Sun-N-Fun in Ponca City.  It has been around a while.  Sun-N-Fun like Splash zone needed a little sprucing up.  They did have the BEST slide and a newly renovated wave pool.  However, it was the MOST expensive at $12.00!

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All of the water parks are within an hour drive so it is nice to have options!  I foresee us going to all of the parks again next summer.  Maybe Matt will decide to venture out of the kiddie areas a little more, but then again maybe not because Annie Dale will be with us!

Teachers officially report back to work Monday, and the kids come Wednesday.  I think my classroom is almost ready.  Are we ever really completely ready?  I say it every summer, I won’t let it creep up on me….oh, but it did!

How is everyone else finishing out their summer??


Destin, Florida

I guess the rain, record low temps, and my Annie having the stomach bug for 6 days now, spurred this post into action.

Sometimes, I think I was born in the wrong state.  I do believe if I wasn’t an Oklahoma gal, I would most definitely be a beach bum!!  Seriously, I love Florida! Specifically, Destin.

I ended up in Florida, the summer after I graduated from OSU (go Pokes!).  I majored in Hotel and Restaurant Administration, and I still needed to complete the internship portion to obtain my degree.  It just so happened, my Aunt Judy and Uncle Dave own a home in Destin, Florida.  They graciously offered me a place to live in the summer of 2007, while I completed my internship.  My cousin JB lived there too, and he showed me the ropes.

I worked at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort and Spa.  There were several interns, other than myself and three of the girls I met went to school at Texas Tech.  Also, there were the bell boys, most of which were locals. We were all around the same age, so it made for a really fun summer.

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When I started, I worked all the different shifts at the front desk.  Let me tell ya, I wish I wrote a book.  The things I saw, things I heard, oh my.

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Are you digging the sweet uniforms yet?  Navy blue polyester with a long sleeve gold button up.  Too bad, you can’t see my sweet shoes.  And yes, it was 2007 not the 90’s.  And yes, it was stinkin’ hot.

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After working there a couple months, I was offered a Supervisor’s position.  I supervised the front desk from 3-11 in the evenings.  Once again, the things I heard and saw, oh my.  My favorite part of the job, was when one of the desk agents would be helping a customer and they would ask to see their boss……..and out walked a 22 year old, recent college grad.  It always went over so well, especially when they were already mad at the world!

Obviously, the best part of Destin, are the white sand beaches.  Oh, how I miss the beach.

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I stayed in Destin from May 2007 to December 2007.  After everyone went back to school, it wasn’t as fun.  Also, I was offered a better paying job closer to Oklahoma so I moved.  My friend Sam and I loaded up my truck, a u-haul, and headed to Texas.

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Last summer, my parents took us to Destin for a vacation.  It was nice to go back.  Matt loved the beach.

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That summer was one of the best.  I’ll never forget the friends I made and the fun I had.  Hopefully, I will be able to take my kids back a lot.  It it truly beautiful and so fun.  The restaurants, shops, beaches, just everything about it.

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Hope everyone is enjoying their week!  Can you believe it is July, it’s raining, and 70 degrees? WOW!


Summer Days

I love summer. Summer, summer, summer.  There are so many things I love about summer…..playing with my kiddos, lazy days by the pool, staying outside until 9, fresh veggies from my garden, free time, cookouts, lunch dates with friends, and evening drives with my family!  Last night was one of the “perfect” summer nights, not to mention Danielle Bradberry won The Voice!  I know I got a little invested into this season, I would have been so disappointed had she not won.

Before we watched The Voice, we went out and checked the cows and filled up mineral feeders.  As you can see, T and Matt emptied a lot of water out of them.  We have had a lot of rain.

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Speaking of rain, this pond is nice and full.

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Matt likes to holler at the cows….and they run.

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This was tough work for sis, she crashed.

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Matt knows how to work the gear shift…..I think he’ll be hauling his own cattle in a couple years….

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No pics of me….I just ride in the truck and look pretty, well try to.

After we got home, I picked our first veggies of the summer!

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Have a great day!