I have been on summer break, that is where. But before that, I was a busy mama, teacher, bus driver, wife, and friend. The blog didn’t win when it came deciding how to spend my free time (not that there was much of that!)
So, I’ve decided to have a summer break, fall break, Christmas break, and spring break blog. Maybe even a few posts thrown in here and there during the school year. But we all know, I am never very consistent with my posts nor do I always write about the same things.
The biggest thing I plan to post about this summer, is well, we are remodeling…..AGAIN! Oh my, and I don’t think I could really do it again after this. We have been living with my parents for 5 weeks now. So thankful for their hospitality, but I NEED MY HOUSE BACK! My parents how is tri-level and keeping up with a one year old has been a small feat in itself. We should be back home this weekend, or early next week. The house won’t be finished, but it will be livable.
So for now here are a few things I’ve enjoyed (or not enjoyed) this summer.
Our first cookout of the summer at our friends Brandon and Kynda’s house. It’s always a really fun group of people.
Since I am the yearbook sponsor, I had to finish up the yearbook so I brought along some help. Good thing John was up at the school to play with Matt!
Before the end of the school year, I had asked for a new whiteboard. Previously there was a large chalkboard. (I can’t handle nails on the chalkboard!) Allen (no other description other than, he’s the best) got right to switching them out. However, he painted the wall white and the rest of my room is a cream color. I decided I needed an accent wall. So I went with…..purple!
We’ve already went swimming and played in the sprinkler! I have two little fishies!
We got a new puppy, her name is Chloe. She is a mutt, but oh so cute. If you would like one just like her, I can steer you in the right direction.
Memorial day was fantastic. We went to FOUR cookouts! Crazy, I know. I only have one picture though. This is Brian and Tiff’s house. Brian was trying to win Annie over by taking her on a golf cart ride, and he did!
The not so fun part included Matt deciding to load the primer in the back of his Gator. It spilled everywhere. I just laughed. He’s ornery. However the next day, I noticed he PAINTED MY RECLINER, that we are storing in the barn while remodel…it was probably a good thing I didn’t notice that the same day. Kids.
The past Saturday, we went to Pawhuska. TJ turned 26 on Sunday, so we went to a tack store in Pawhuska. Such a cute little town. They had some fantastic Antique shops and we had lunch at Bad Brads. I’ll definitely visit again when The Pioneer Woman’s deli opens up!
How could we forget the goat. Annie loves the goat.
Hope everyone is having a happy Hump Day! Stay tuned for remodel posts!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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??
Right now, I am totally missing some Vitamin D in my life. Since last Friday, Matt had the stomach bug for one day, I had it one day, and Annie for three. We managed to make it to VBS two nights, Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse in Enid on Monday, but I have yet to make it poolside. My nicely tanned skin is wondering what the heck is going on!
Here is a VBS pic. Matt opted to be in my group of Kindergartners and 1st Graders.
Leonardo’s…. Looks like I need to buy Matt a grocery basket.
This pic is from today, there is just something about a sleeping baby. Melts Mama’s heart. Hoping we are on the mend.
Tomorrow, we have a baby shower for my bestest friend Melanie. I am so excited for her and her growing family.
Sunday, we have my sister-in-law’s shower at the church. Busy, busy.
I have a lot of goals next week, since this week I didn’t accomplish much.
My brother and I are running The Midnight Streak 5k in OKC. I’ve always ran just never signed up for races. My brother started running to get into shape and its been rather nice to have each other for motivation. That being said, I haven’t ran since Monday, so I have got to get back on it.
Another doozie here, school starts in like a month and two days. Ah. Panic. So much to do. Three new preps next year including being the new yearbook sponsor, a new room to get ready….sigh.
And on a crazy note….this week Oklahoma has had VERY hot weather, heat advisory weather. Starting Sunday through Wednesday….highs in the lower 80’s? I’m not complaining, ok…maybe I am. I need to float in a raft in the pool and soak up major vitamin D. How’s that for goal accomplishing?
Anyone else’s summer slipping away before their eyes?
We had a fun 4th, even though TJ was gone from Thursday until Sunday. Luckily, he was home for Matt and Melanie’s annual 4th of July party….on July 3rd. (Sometime, I’ll have to elaborate on the Matt and Melanie, Bonnie and TJ connection….). Usually, I attend the party by myself, but I’m so glad he was there. In normal fashion, I forget to get very many good pictures. The food was great and the company even better.
On July 4th, TJ left to work the Canadian. TX rodeo. It is a big 3-day event. I would have loved to go, but 3 days in the horse trailer with two kids = crazy mama. So the kids and I had Nana and Papa over, and Mamaw Lois and Papaw Jim. We made a cake and bbq pork sandwiches. My mom brought the rest of the fixin’s.
How cute is Miss Annie Dale in her festive outfit?
Story of my life with pictures, he smiles….she’s ticked.
Hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July!
It’s Saturday night, and well I’m in bed. Been here an hour or so….Matt and I are having a slumber party…..Disney Channel, Special K chips, Fruit Snacks, Oreos, and milk. As much as I wish I were at the lake, on a beach, or at the benefit concert in Norman I am really enjoying my quality time with Matt. TJ has been rodeoing in Canadian, TX since early Thursday morning, and when he comes back I’ll return to chopped liver.
MAMA MISSES HIM….AND SO DO THE KIDDOS! We will see him after church tomorrow, thank goodness.
I have several posts in the works, updated kitchen cabinets, newly painted exterior trim and shutter, and 4th of July.
Speaking of 4th of July, I feel like once it has passed summer flies by. I love summer for so many reasons….a lot of time with my kids, time to re-energize for the next school year, my tan, cookouts, family time, and well watching mindless-uneducational tv shows. I know, I watch a lot of that “crap”…. That is, when Disney or RFD (ugh, that channel can be dreadful!) is not on! On the other hand, summer reminds me that I am not stay at home mom material, TJ is super busy, and I feel like my to-do project list is impossible…dang you Pinterest!
So in my free time today, well actually during my run this morning (btw, I crushed 2.65 in 24:00, 9:08 mile….that’s speedy for this gal!) I have pretty much decided to run the Route 66 half-marathon in Tulsa, in November. I love good challenge, and its on my mental bucket list.
Enough ramblings and here are a few pics from today.
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.
Speaking of rain, this pond is nice and full.
Matt likes to holler at the cows….and they run.
This was tough work for sis, she crashed.
Matt knows how to work the gear shift…..I think he’ll be hauling his own cattle in a couple years….
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!
Have a great day!